by Carla Garcia, D.O.M.
“Deadly Carbohydrates – The Lethal Sugar/Carbohydrate Connection”, an article in the October 2014 issue of Life Extension magazine explains how diets high in sugar and refined starch raise breast cancer risks. The article states, “A new study shows what researchers have suspected for years – consuming carbohydrates dramatically increases the risk for a common type of breast cancer, a kind that is notoriously hard to treat.” It goes on to say that “In addition to increasing the risk of developing breast cancer in postmenopausal women, glycemic load and total carbohydrate consumption are also associated with the worst kinds of breast cancer.” Cancers that are more deadly and have fewer treatment options.
Why are simple carbohydrates so “bad” for us? Simple carbohydrates (sugar and refined grains) raise insulin levels. Insulin not only regulates the amount of glucose in our blood; it is a growth factor that seems to “stimulate breast cancer cells to grow and reproduce”. Insulin is not misogynistic (prejudiced against women) it also raises the risk for prostate cancer. Chronic elevated insulin levels not only increase the risk for cancer; but also contribute to obesity, diabetes and vascular disease. Read the entire article at: http://www.lef.org/magazine/2014/10/carbohydrates-sharply-increase-breast-cancer-risk/page-01.
Grain Brain; a book by Dr. Perlmutter published in 2013, describes how carbohydrates are destroying our brains. Perlmutter says that even healthy carbohydrates like whole grains can cause dementia, ADHD, anxiety, headaches, depression and more.
Thermographic images below indicate that reducing carbohydrates and gluten intake also reduces the heat or inflammation in the breast tissue. AND remember that inflammation is a precursor to many diseases, including cancer.
The before picture could be captioned “grain breasts” (patient consuming excess carbohydrates) has red (heat) in the axillae (arm pits). Heat in the axilla is an indication for inflammation and/or lymph congestion. The left breast (more green than blue) is warmer than the right (an indication of mild inflammation). Eleven months after being gluten free and reducing carbohydrates both breasts are blue (less inflammation) and there is less heat in the axillae.
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