Diabetes Mellitus and Cancer: How Processed Foods are Killing Us All
Recent studies by Cancer Research UK, and the Harvard Medical School appear to show curative advances in the fight against Breast Cancer from a relatively inexpensive drug used to treat Diabetes Mellitus, Metformin.
Metformin is one of four antidiabetic drugs classified as biguanides. The others are Proguanil, which is used as an antimalaria treatment, Phenformin and Buformin, predecessors to Metformin that are no longer used, and are outlawed in some countries because of fatal side effects, the biggest one being Lactic Acidosis.
With the advent of processed foods, specifically processed flour and processed sugar, the type 2 Diabetes era was born. The processing of raw sugar cane to create white refined sugar, which we all use in our homes and is also used in soft drinks, involves the breaking down and removal of the outer coating from the sugar crystals, as it is less sweet than the inner crystal. It is mixed with heavy syrup and then spun in a centrifuge to remove this outer layer. This process is called Affination.
The resulting mixture is disintegrated further to make a syrup, and is then purged of all color in the clarification process, using calcium hydroxide and phosphoric acid to induce calcium phosphate. The calcium phosphate is then used to eliminate impurities in the sugar, however, some of it is left behind, and in high concentrations, calcium phosphates are toxic.
The purified syrup is then concentrated and re- concentrated by centrifuge, and then dried to make granulated sugar, which we all use daily.
So you see, raw sugar, which is what we all used for centuries, has been replaced by a sweeter, more concentrated version that has taken a toll on humans, inundating the organs in the human body, and thus creating the need for Metformin, which helps your organs process excess amounts of glucose in your blood.
Processed or “Refined” flour, is the act of removing the bran and the germ from the grain. These removed particles are essential to the human body, but were initially removed because of the slow distribution methods of old. The altered flour was then heated to eliminate the fatty acids, which would make the flour rancid and spoiled very quickly.
Bleached flour is a process whereby the flour is “bleached” to make it white. The act of bleaching synthetically ages the flour by using a maturing agent, a bleaching agent or both. There are four main additives used in this process and they are, Benzoyl peroxide, Potassium bromate, Ascorbic acid, and Chlorine gas. The Potassium bromate and the Ascorbic acid are maturing agents, while the Benzoyl peroxide is strictly a bleaching agent. The Chlorine gas does both jobs, as well as weakening the gluten, which is bad for bread, but good for cakes and cookies.
Enriched flour returns specific nutrients to the flour that were eliminated during the removal of the bran and the germ, such as, iron, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, folic acid, and B vitamins, in quantities comparable to what was removed during the milling process. Fortified flour adds even more vitamins and minerals, and is generally advertised as such, generally in breads, and biscuits.
Nitrates are also used in food processing, as preservatives, sodium nitrate the most commonly used. Sodium nitrite is also used as a food additive, as one preserves food and the other acts as a coloring agent. Now used in normal doses, these chemicals, and the chemicals used in the flour bleaching process are not hazardous to your health, but what about over the course of 2 or 3 decades. And how about what they do to your smaller, individual organs?
The Diabetes Mellitus and Cancer Link
If taken in extreme quantities, all these food additives will cause Cancer, and no studies have been done to compare the overall long term effects on the organs in your body against smaller, non-toxic levels of these additives. The FDA is advancing these issues, but for some of us nearing our 60’s and beyond, it may already be too late.
Recent studies have shown promising results with regards to Metformin having curative effects on certain types of Cancer, Breast Cancer being one.
Metformin is generally used to help the bodies organs accept and process the extra blood glucose it has from the processed flour and sugar in today’s world.
So it does not surprise me that it helps slow the advancement of Cancer cell generation, as the Cancer is more than likely caused by decades of eating processed food with those toxic additives, the amount of which ingested has never been tested to see if it metastasizes in the organs, thereby causing the cancers in the first place.
Perhaps Metformin will be the new wonder drug.
So now we have to take more pills to counter-act the other chemicals in our system. The question is why?
I can’t wait for the day when the Doctor tells me, “Take NO pills and call me in the morning”
Article by Jim Donahue