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Sugar Feeds Cancer and Disease

There are few things more fear-provoking than the word “cancer”. Due to regulatory restrictions, it is not possible to discuss natural approaches to treating any health condition, especially cancer. But what I am about to share with you could help you protect yourself from countless potential conditions. I tell my patients who want to remain well, to simply avoid sugar.

Researchers have shown that cancer cells have a ravenous appetite and in fact cancer cells will use up to 4 to 5 times more blood sugar than most healthy surrounding tissues. You may say, “I don’t have cancer” but the question is – do you have abnormal cells being created regularly in your body? The answer is yes. I describe this as follows: if you have a plot of land where you want to plant a garden, you first dig up the soil and are all ready to plant lettuce, tomatoes, corn, etc. Is this land also highly fertile ground for a “weed seed” to settle into and grow? The answer is yes!

So, here comes the “weed seed” (abnormal cells) as it settles in; now if you water it and feed it with the best fertilizer (in the body that is glucose), will the weed flourish? Definitely!

My serious patients wanting to be well, avoid sugar like the plague. You don’t want to wait to get diagnosed with something to stop your sugar habit. You don’t have to quit cold turkey, yet it is time to chill out on the sugar addiction or sweet tooth. And as for the pre-diabetics, accounting for 60 million Americans, or the over-diabetics, running rich in regards to sugar levels, this must be controlled.

To better understand this issue, lets look at the diagnostic test called “PET” and how it works. The most common form of a PET scan begins with an injection of a glucose-based radiopharmaceutical (FDG), which travels through the body, eventually collecting in the organs and tissues targeted for examination. Yes, radio-active glucose (the sugar tested for in the blood for diabetes and that surges with a high sugar diet). If the target tissues in question light up, this generally means that there is a high likelihood of cancer or other disease being present. What this tell us is, “cancer cells are pigs” – let’s make sure we don’t feed them.

In Summary:
There are many reasons to avoid a high sugar diet: diabetes prevention, immune support, weight management and yes, possibly even helping making your body just a little bit more resistant to being the place that a “weed-seed” may want to grow. Sugar is like all other habits – it is a hard one to kick, but you’ll be healthier in your victory.

Managing Stress and Anxiety

We all thought life would get easier with advances in technology and modern living. Unfortunately, life has become even more complex due to excess connectivity. In years gone by, if you weren’t home there wasn’t even an answering machine. If someone wanted to contact you, they would have to try again. Virtually everyone with a smartphone or Blackberry have this technological traveling companion with them all the time. Between texting and emails, even finding time to spend time with our loved ones can be challenging.

It is no wonder that most people don’t have time to catch up with their daily lives and many people go to bed fully knowing that they are behind. The end result is that most people feel like they are in a race, where they rarely if ever, take the lead and claim victory. Then it starts all over again the next day. The good news is that we don’t have to be stuck in the race of stress. There are many proactive things we can do to deal with the anxieties of life successfully. Here are some helpful hints to make life more manageable.

Tip #1
Try fasting. No not traditional fasting from food; rather try taking a vacation from “your connectivity.” It may be as simple as leaving your phone in the car when walking into a store, or making sure that your phone never comes to the dinner table. Basically, taking a technology vacation can help you rest more than you realize.

Tip #2
Make sure you are recalling your dreams at least 3 times a week. If you are not remembering your dreams, it might point to either a B vitamin deficiency or interrupted sleep due to a bed partner snoring, needing to get up at night to urinate (don’t drink any liquids 2 hours prior to bed) or possibly even that you suffer from a sleep condition called apnea. Check with your doctor on the latter, if you wake up tired even after 7 to 8 hours of sleep.

Tip #3
Let the little things that worry and annoy you slide, otherwise they win and you lose. Use L-theanine that is a special extract from green tea; it has been shown to support GABA, a brain chemical that helps lessen worry/stress and also increases alpha-waves. Alpha-waves are part of the brain frequency that is present when one is in a Zen state. Take L-theanine before a stressful day, meeting or presentation can help take the edge off.

Bottom line:
These 3 tips when implemented on a regular basis help over 90% of patients claim victory over stress and anxiety.
It is important that we live life successfully without letting stress bring us down. Take charge today with one or more of the above proactive steps and victory will be yours with a little effort.

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