The cells that make up our body indeed need glucose (a type of sugar that the body converts into energy). However, cancer also thrives when an organism is full of simple carbohydrates and refined sugars – found in excess in sweet and processed foods. If someone you know is unfortunately suffering from cancer, they should investigate eliminating refined sugar from their diet.
Medical experts began debating cancer’s affinity for sugar as early as the 1920s, but in many cases doctors fail to mention the theory and benefits of a sugar-free approach to patients suffering from cancer.
Dr. Otto Wartburg, the Nobel Prize winning German physiologist, biochemist, medical doctor, and Nobel laureate theorized that cancer could be “starved” out of the body by refraining from refined sugar intake. He argued that malignant tumor growth was caused by cells that drew sustenance from adenosine triphosphate (ATP) through a breakdown of glucose (sugar). In his opinion, the glycolysis caused by this process and the re-introduction of adhA back into the body caused anaerobic respiration – the reverse of what would occur in healthy cells. Normal cells create energy through the oxidative breakdown of pyruvate, a product of glycolysis, which leads to oxidized mitochondria.
Wartburg concluded that cancer was actually a disruption on the mitochondrial level, when a normal process of respiration of oxygen transforms into to the fermentation of sugar. Therefore, if one was to remove sugar from the equation, the cancer should not develop further.