After reading a quote that David Just (researcher of the Cornell Center For Behavioral Economics) made to the Chicago Tribune pertaining to junk food and weight, I required the use of both hands to close my mouth! Mr. Just stated,

“For 95 percent of the country, there is no relationship between how much fast food and junk food they’re eating and their weight”

This statement made it clear to me why those associated with Ivy League colleges suffer the same health consequences as the rest of the population. Talk about a disconnect between intellectual aptitude and our ability to integrate common sense. Sometimes we need to reach conclusions by asking ourselves, “do the scientific facts and design of the research provide answers that MAKE ANY SENSE (INCLUDING COMMON SENSE!”)

The human brain likes the concept of CAUSE and EFFECT. It’s simple and direct. Life, however, (in most cases) is more complicated than simple cause and effect. For example:


We can’t ask a question like this and reach definitive conclusions because there are too many factors that can influence the outcome.

  • What is the age of the person?

  • Do they live an active or sedentary lifestyle?

  • How much sugar is consumed?

  • How frequently do they consume sugar?

The list of questions goes on…

A better question to ask is:


This question allows us to combine intellect and common sense to reach an answer with merit. I have written the following paragraph in blue using as little technical language as possible to explain the point.

Cancer thrives in the body in the absence of oxygen (known as an anaerobic environment.)  Cancer cells (just like any cell) need to produce energy to survive. When we consume sugar, the cancer cell and healthy cell compete for it. The cancer cell consumes sugar through a process which creates a very small amount of energy (2 molecules of energy known as ATP.) The healthy cell goes through this same process producing 2 molecules of energy, however, has the ability to utilize an oxygen RICH environment (known as an aerobic environment) capable of producing an additional 34 molecules of ATP.

This means that cancer cells require approximately 18 molecules of SUGAR to produce the same energy as 1 molecule of SUGAR in a healthy cell.

From a common sense perspective we can understand the greediness of cancer cells; their INEFFICIENT ability to create energy necessary for survival mandates a larger reservoir of food supply. Cancer needs sugar to SURVIVE. Healthy cells have greater flexibility due to a structure known as the MITOCHONDRIA (the “powerhouse” structure in the cell responsible for producing the additional 34 ATP molecules discussed above.) Healthy cells can also take certain byproducts of FAT (known as ketones and fatty acids) and PROTEIN (known as amino acids) and utilize these components to generate the energy needs of the healthy cell. Cancer cells are UNABLE TO DO THIS. Cancer cells, however, are extremely smart. Where they lack the flexibility in food sources, they make up for it by directing the body to redirect blood flow and find sugar sources created from other proteins (glucogenic amino acids) and other components of fat including glycerol (from triglycerides.)

Now, let’s get back to the question:


The answer is yes. Cancer will eat 18 molecules of sugar leaving 1 molecule available for healthy cells. This leads to HEALTHY CELL STARVATION. Have you ever noticed how people with cancer lose significant amounts of weight.  This is known as CACHEXIA (the weakening and wasting of the body due to this disease.) Many assume this is caused by chemo and radiation. In reality, there are a multitude of factors including HEALTHY CELL STARVATION. Can you see where the proper utilization of FOOD can be an important component in the battle with cancer? By feeding the body nutrients that cancer is unable to “consume” and utilize for energy we strengthen healthy cells while starving cancer cells. This approach combines basic scientific information and COMMON SENSE. Why isn’t this tool utilized by our medical oncologists? They know that sugar is a primary fuel for cancer and they know it consumes 18 times as much as healthy cells.


It’s a fact! They use PET scans to identify tumors. In order to do so, they inject radioactive GLUCOSE (SUGAR) into the patient knowing the cancer cells will “act as scavengers ravenous for sugar” making it clearer to identify a cancerous tumor on the scan.

Why then aren’t dietary protocols utilized (at the very least) as a component in combating cancer? Why is candy made available to patients after completing chemotherapy  and radiation sessions? I am not accusing the medical field of intentionally harming their patients; I am accusing them of foolishness for excluding a simple tool (FOOD) as part of a comprehensive approach to addressing this disease that can profoundly impact the end results of care.

Are you now convinced that SUGAR CONSUMPTION IS HARMFUL IF A PERSON IS DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER? Since statistics reveal that 1-2 men and 1-3 women will get cancer, wouldn’t COMMON SENSE dictate we begin limiting our sugar intake TODAY (since we know how addictive it is) rather than attempting to do so once the diagnosis is made? In addition wouldn’t COMMON SENSE also tell us that sugar’s damaging effects on overall health provides enough REASON to limit consumption of this ingredient even in the absence of cancer, diabetes, heart disease, obesity, etc…


I have been writing articles addressing various health topics since April of 2015. People may feel slightly uncomfortable with the information discussed because it places them in the center of a new health care reality with greater responsibility dealing with health, disease and decision making. It seems much easier to convince oneself to follow the current health care system that maintains chronic disease (high blood pressure, diabetes, colitis, cardiac disease, etc…) and approaches LIFE PRESERVATION in terms of EXISTENCE rather than QUALITY.

I challenge you to challenge my ideas and approaches to healthier living. I’m hoping this challenge motivates our thinking and actions and opens a dialogue among our blogging community. I’m hoping COMMON SENSE becomes a tool we seek out and utilize in the decision making process rather than assuming those with experience have all the answers. Learning to use professionals to obtain further knowledge so that YOU can take greater responsibility (and SUCCEED) when taking personal action steps will provide a new level of self confidence. Everything starts in the MIND. Make it more accessible to new ideas and new approaches and experience A LIFE FULL OF CHOICES.

New Experience


  1. Yes. some of your posts are a bit disturbing, but we need to hear these messages. I can’t remember the last time I went to a doctor and he discussed healthy choices. They are always quick to reach for the prescription pad. I will relay this information to someone who is battling cancer. And to my daughter who consumes sugar as if it were going out of style. Thank you.

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  2. To improve relationships we address communication. Doctors require a similar approach to improve the doctor/patient relationship. Doctors are well “trained” by their patients. Patients (often) want a prescription for almost any ailments in place of a “lecture” about lifestyle modifications. Rather than “swimming” upstream against the current, doctors have complied with their patients requests knowing this form of treatment is not entirely in the best interest of their patient. It becomes the patient’s responsibility to discuss with their physicians steps to take (outside the office visit) to improve healthier outcomes. Doctors will be more inclined to engage in this type of dialogue if they see their patients are interested and willing to comply with mutually agreed upon recommendations. Give it a shot and see if it makes a difference. If it doesn’t, it might be time to go doctor shopping!

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    1. donutsplace · · Reply

      Do you have a website or a site with your email addy?
      I would like to pick yoir brain on some questions on health related things. Also some information on type 1 diabetes? I don’t have it, my daughter does.
      Thank you.
      I like your way of thinking. Many doctors would do well to think towards natural solutions like you do!

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      1. My email address is Type I is certainly more challenging. As I’m certain you realize, lifestyle is ESSENTIAL.

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        1. donutsplace · · Reply

          🙂 thank you!
          Yes type 1 is challenging.
          Especially when she has a boyfriend that is a sugar addict!
          I try teaching her things. Now if she will just listen!
          I will send her your wordpress site to read.
          Thank you again. 🙂

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          1. If you don’t mind me asking, how old is she? This can be a big factor, because younger teens and adults often deny the disease on a certain level. Acting like everyone else makes them feel like everyone else.


  3. I so wish I could totally quit the sugar. I could, of course, if I wanted to, but I’d also like to stay married! LOL

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    1. You will be happy with the results if you keep your real food ratio between 80-90% healthy choices and 10-20% comfort food choices. You’ll feel good and the marriage (from a nutrition perspective) should remain healthy as well. ☺

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  4. Howto$tuffYourPig · · Reply

    As a self proclaimed sugar addict, I found this to be an eye-opening post. I am naturally drawn to sugar especially when I feel pressured. Co-workers used to laugh at me because if I had a Twizzler hanging out of my mouth, then they knew not to go near me. Most of the time I wouldn’t eat the whole Twizzler, I just liked to chew on it to get a temporary sugar high. I did start eating healthier at the start of this year, but I am always trying to avoid temptation. I will have to try and visualize the sugar as cancer so I won’t go near it!

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    1. You know my philosophy…. don’t deprive oneself ANYTHING enjoyable, because the reality seems to return people to older patterns of poor choices if they try to. Instead, don’t keep poor choices in the house and reduce the frequency of selecting “poor choices.” This makes for a realistic approach without creating increased stress through total deprivation.

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  5. interesting….I was aware of the sugar concept with cancer….that is why so many people who have cancer go on a full blown health food diet…sugar is bad for you all the way around….good post kat

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    1. Most people are truly unaware how dangerous sugar and processed carbohydrates are to their health. Most people assume we “catch” diseases. The reality is, our systems are abused by our poor choices in life and begin to function at sub par levels. This permits opportunistic “bad guys” (including bacteria and viruses) and free radicals (uncharged molecules that destroy healthy cells ) to overwhelm our immune systems making us susceptible to diseases and degeneration.

      Our bodies have the capability to live to approximately 120 years according to scientists. Accumulated damage from detrimental behavior reduces this capacity. Until this is taught to the general public, they will continue following a less than desirable path.


      1. how true and even though I know that it is bad for me I continue to eat some of it…..but getting better…..thanks kat

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  6. So if diagnosed with cancer, the ones who start to eat healthily, cut out all sugar and any sugar forming foods are the ones who do not feed their cancers and therefore they reduce?
    Remarkable to think that it could be so entwined. Thanks Doc, it certainly makes me think that sugar is less and less a thing I want in my diet…..

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  7. There are multiple factors to incorporate to regain control over one’s health when diagnosed with cancer, however, this is an important component to include. By approaching a health malady from multiple angles at the same time, the success rate to restore the body’s immune system and its mechanism to combat disease is significantly elevated. The explanation to why certain things worth may be complicated, but the acts themselves aren’t. People are simply too afraid to follow a healthier approach to disease because our system applies intimidation rather than offering compassion and decency in achieving the best outcomes.


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