Carbs, Are You Following The Glycemic Index?

Carbs, The Reason For The Glycemic Index?

close-up-fast-food-snacks-behind-no-symbol-low-carb-diet-fattening-unhealthy-eating-concept-deep-fried-squid-rings-french-65973872Now that we know what this supposedly “healthy” food staple has been doing for us as well as what it’s doing to us, how is this information going to help us, if we don’t know what kind of foods they’re actually coming from. That’s what we’re going to talk about here. What can I eat? What effect will this have on my body? How is this food going to affect my glycemic index load? Where do these foods lie on the glycemic index? What can I eat and what effect will that have on my body?

Bcoke & Pepsi cansefore we can start on the foods that are good for us and the ones that aren’t, we have to talk about the effect these foods have on the Glycemic Index, and how that impacts what kind of effect they have on your body. The first thing you should know is that foods that are lower on the glycemic index are much healthier than those that are higher on the index.

Stop DiabetesThis is due to the number of sugars that are present in the food, that influence your blood glucose, making necessary the production of insulin in your body. Insulin is what you need to digest those sugars, to turn them into a fuel that your body can use, fat. The higher the food is on the glycemic index, the more insulin it needs to be digested and hence because it needs more insulin, that means it going to create more fat. This is your body’s Fat Factory and it’s carbohydrates, that turn it on.

The Glycemic Index is your best guide to what’s going to increase your fat, by increasing your blood glucose.

This is how it works; It’s the insulin that turns carbohydrates into fat, so it can be burned and used by the body. The more carbohydrates you feed yourself, the more sugar you’re feeding the Fat Factory and the more glucose you’re pouring into your system, requiring your pancreas to crank out more insulin to digest those carbohydrates. Because, carbs aren’t fully digested in your intestines, they’re simply broken down into sugars to be metabolized cellularly with insulin. The more glucose you have in your system, the more insulin your body needs to turn all that glucose into fat. The more insulin you need to digest your carbs, year after year, the more this puts your pancreas into a mode that keeps generating insulin and after a while your body becomes adjusted to the excessive amounts of insulin in your system to digest the excessive amounts of carbs in your system and your body becomes insulin resistant. This is type 2 diabetes and it’s deadly. This is what leads to four of the deadliest of cancers, most of all cardiovascular diseases (which are the number one killer or all diseases), all Alzheimer’s disease as well as most all brain disorders. It also plays a major role in many emotional disorders. This is why it’s so important to control the intake of sugars into your body and carbohydrates are sugars.

So, what should we be eating and what shouldn’t we be eating?

Starchy carbs are the foods that occupy the highest slots on the glycemic index, with the exception of alcohol and beer, and potatoes and parsnips which are also very high on the index. Beer is one of two things that can raise your blood sugar more than pure glucose, which is what the index is based on.

According to Wikipedia;

“The glycemic index or glycaemic index (GI) is a number associated with a particular type of food that indicates the food’s effect on a person’s blood glucose (also called blood sugar) level. A value of 100 represents the standard, an equivalent amount of pure glucose.[1]

The GI represents the total rise in a person’s blood sugar level following consumption of the food; it may or may not represent the rapidity of the rise in blood sugar. The steepness of the rise can be influenced by a number of other factors, such as the quantity of fat eaten with the food. The GI is useful for understanding how the body breaks down carbohydrates[2] and only takes into account the available carbohydrate (total carbohydrate minus fiber) in a food. Although the food may contain fats and other components that contribute to the total rise in blood sugar, these effects are not reflected in the GI.”

“The glycemic index is usually applied in the context of the quantity of the food and the amount of carbohydrate in the food that is actually consumed. A related measure, the glycemic load (GL), factors this in by multiplying the glycemic index of the food in question by the carbohydrate content of the actual serving. Watermelon has a high glycemic index, but a low glycemic load for the quantity typically consumed. Fructose, by contrast, has a low glycemic index, but can have a high glycemic load if a large quantity is consumed.”

“Glycemic load is based on the glycemic index (GI), and is calculated by multiplying the grams of available carbohydrate in the food times the food’s GI and then dividing by 100. Glycemic load estimates the impact of carbohydrate consumption using the glycemic index while taking into account the amount of carbohydrate that is consumed. GL is a GI-weighted measure of carbohydrate content. For instance, watermelon has a high GI, but a typical serving of watermelon does not contain much carbohydrate, so the glycemic load of eating it is low. Whereas glycemic index is defined for each type of food, glycemic load can be calculated for any size serving of a food, an entire meal, or an entire day’s meals.”

I copied the above 4 paragraphs from Wikipedia for a reason, as important as the glycemic index is, it’s the glycemic load that’s more important because this is what dictates how much insulin your body is going to need to digest all the carbohydrates you eat. It also tells you how much fat that food is going to create when you eat it. The only thing that creates fat in your body is carbohydrates and how much they create can be seen by how high a food is on the glycemic index. The higher a food is on the glycemic index, the more fattening it is. It’s that simple.

If it’s glucose in the system that leads to fat on the body, what does that tell us? To stay away from foods that raise the glucose levels in your blood. When you look at all the foods on the glycemic index, you’ll see all the starchy foods that are grain-based, at the highest levels of the glycemic index. This one factor should tell you to stay away from those foods. Problem is those foods are the ones that are most addictive, simply because of the amount of sugar (carbs) in them.

The first thing you need to recognize is that carbohydrates are not nutrition, by themselves. They simply offer a path to get that nutrition into your body. Carbohydrates are complex sugars that are turned into fat, the kind of fat your body doesn’t use that much. When you eat fruits and vegetables, you’re eating carbohydrates, but the tradeoff of the nutrition you’re getting with the small amount of sugar that comes with it makes it worth the trade-off.

That means you need to weigh the nutrition you’re getting from the food against the number of empty starchy carbs that you’re putting into that same system. Does this food offer enough nutrition for all the carbs you’re getting out of it? If so, is it worth the tradeoff?

This is where grains based foods fall short. None of them have enough nutrition to counterbalance the number of carbs they put into your system. The sugar overload is just too much. This is because of their easily digestible fiberless carbohydrates that are made from flour and sugar. Despite what others say, any food that’s made out of whole wheat has hardly any fiber that’s worth anything. What fiber it had was lost as soon as it was milled into flour and it’s the flour that you need to make any bread product, like pastries, pasta, cereals, tortillas, crackers, cookies, cakes. Without milling the flour, the grain can’t be used to make any of the comfort foods that everyone loves to eat so much. This is what makes the food so satiating or satisfying, the amount of sugar it immediately dumps into your body to create more fat. This is also what makes it addictive, but then, you know that by now. For ideas of how to eliminate this from your diet, see Carbs, How To Cut Back.

Quite possibly the most important carbs to avoid are the ones you drink. The ones that come from sodas, fruits drinks and juices and worst of all alcohol, especially grain alcohol should be avoided at all costs. Rule # 1 when it comes to cutting your carbs, is to stop drinking your calories. Those calories are truly worthless calories and should be the first to be removed from your diet.

Too often though, these carbs are the most addictive making them the hardest to stop. We all know how addictive alcohol is. Where does most drinkable alcohol come from? Carbohydrates, like fruit and grains. Both make ethanol, ethyl alcohol, which is the predominant alcohol in alcoholic beverages” This means that they are concentrated sugars, waiting to create fat in your Fat Factory. Obviously, this is a whole other world to the sins of sugar. That’s why drinking your calories, should be at the top of your list, NOT TO DO.

What to do? If you have to have something sweet, don’t use artificial sweeteners, as many of those are more fattening than sugar itself or they carry implications of causing cancer. I use Stevia. It’s natural and it’s very sweet. Too much of it though can be bitter. As well as being completely natural, it has 0 calories, nor is it linked to cancer in any way, shape or form. I sweeten my green tea with it. (I still haven’t been able to drink my tea without it or lemon juice.) I also sweeten my hot chocolate with it.

Cheese Please

If you’re not lactose intolerant, dairy products are a great source of protein. If you are lactose intolerant, you can still enjoy some cheeses, as they also make an excellent source of protein (clean protein if it comes from grass-fed cows). I’ve known a lot of lactose intolerant people who ate cheese, yogurt, cottage cheese and sour cream without any problems. All of those are good sources of protein.

I can see where that might raise concerns for someone who it lactose intolerant, but “ripened cheeses like Cheddar contain only about 5% of the lactose found in whole milk,  and aged cheeses contain almost none. Wikipedia also says about the lactose in cheese, “Cheese is often avoided by those who are lactose intolerant, but ripened cheeses like Cheddar contain only about 5% of the lactose found in whole milk, and aged cheeses contain almost none.[34]

Nevertheless, people with severe lactose intolerance should avoid eating dairy cheese. As a natural product, the same kind of cheese may contain different amounts of lactose on different occasions, causing unexpected painful reactions. Yet, I had a friend who was lactose intolerant and loved to eat cheese. According to Wikipedia, “For a few cheeses, the milk is curdled by adding acids such as vinegar or lemon juice. Most cheeses are acidified to a lesser degree by bacteria, which turn milk sugars into lactic acid, then the addition of rennet completes the curdling.”

Dr Perlmutter has a number of lactose intolerant patients whose symptoms cleared up, simply by stopping their consumption of wheat. What was thought to be lactose intolerance was actually gluten intolerance. Because once the gluten was removed from the diet, lactose could be re-introduced again back into the diet with no severe reactions. No other doctor, at the time though, thought that something made from a staple food such as bread could ever cause something so bad – gluten intolerance. I guess they never read any of the studies. They all thought that the only gluten intolerance was that of celiac disease. little did they know that 90% of the population have some sort of intolerance to gluten. I happen to be one of those people. If you’re overweight, you are too.

What I eat most of, myself, are raw nuts. They’re super high in clean protein and fats making them very nutritious calories to use to fuel my body. I say clean protein because wheat has protein also, but it’s not clean. It’s a very dirty protein, as it comes with carbohydrates and carbohydrates are the bane of healthy protein because they have a tendency to bend the protein into misshaped amyloids, which are the basis of the deadliest of diseases, both cancer and heart disease. And that’s not to mention what it does to the brain. Amyloid plaque is associated with half of the cancers and Atheroma plaque is the biggest player in cardiovascular diseases. And these are only two of the 4 different kinds of plaque caused by this food. That, to me is the definition of dirty protein, especially when you look at what it does to the body.

When people ask me, what exactly I do eat? I say everything but grains and high starch foods, which actually includes more than grains. It includes potatoes, parsnips and even sweet potatoes. It doesn’t include yams, though. They’re tubers and have a lot more fiber than potatoes and sweet potatoes, making them much more difficult to digest quickly. Because of their fiber, they’re actually digested slowly making their glycemic load much lower than their glycemic index number which is still low.

When I stopped my bread ingestion, I replaced those lost calories in my diet with a lot of yams. They’re high in beta-carotene and they taste great. I got in the habit of carrying a baked yam with me, just so I had it to gnaw on, whenever I was hungry.

You basically can’t go wrong eating those truly high fiber carbohydrates. Almost all vegetables are excellent sources of nutrition. The nutrition to carb ratio is worth the tradeoff because the carbs are so slow to digest, lessening their impact on the blood glucose. I say almost because some vegetables are primarily starch and have little nutritional benefit for the body. Potatoes and parsnips fall into this category.

If you’re not a vegetarian, meats are excellent sources of clean protein, as most meats have more iron in them than other sources of protein. Eggs are another excellent source of protein and vitamins and minerals, all essential to your health. Dr. Perlmutter likes to remind us of the old egg commercials of the Incredible, Edible Egg. I still remember the jingle. Eggs are an excellent source of protein and cholesterol. Remember, cholesterol is your friend. Your brain uses cholesterol. Your body uses cholesterol. Your immune system uses cholesterol. There are only a few parts of your body where it isn’t important.

What should you fear while choosing your foods? Fear the substance that glycates cholesterol, glucose. It’s glucose in the system that gums it up and keeps it from running efficiently. You might find after you cease your intake of wheat and grain products that your options to eat other foods that used to be off-limits to you, may be more easier to eat, now. It’s happened for a lot of other people, who’s to say it can’t happen to you? The important thing is to keep track of what you eat and where it falls on the glycemic index.

Why No Outrage? Why No Warnings About Carbs?

Why No Outrage? Why No Warnings About Carbs?

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When ugly people do ugly things, it has a tendency to catch people’s attention. As with the recent acts of terrorism. Ugly people acting like bullies, being ugly. Their tactics only work when we agree to be as stupid as they wish, and be afraid. That how bullies work, through fear, and if you don’t fear them, their tactics won’t work.

We’re all outraged about terrorism and the number of lives it’s taken and continues to take, which is understandable. Acts of terrorism are always emotionally senseless acts of violence done simply for political or personal gain. There’s absolutely no rationality to it, except for greed.

Why is it, we’re so afraid of terrorism, when we stand a much more chance of suffering and dying just by getting on the freeway, or by continuing simply to eat our comfort foods.

Terrorism in itself might be responsible for maybe .3% of all deaths.

According to Wikipedia “as of 2002, the percentage of deaths, from intentional injuries, i.e. war, violence and suicide was 2.84%”.  Terrorism as bad as it is has yet to claim as many lives each year, as heart disease or cancer or obesity or type 2 diabetes or Alzheimer’s disease, alone! As bad as terrorism was last year, it still hadn’t claimed a million lives. yet cancer alone was responsible for over 8.2 million deaths or 14.6% of all human deaths in 2012. That’s 22,465 deaths per day, worldwide, due to cancer. Heart disease was the number one cause of death with 17.3 million deaths in 2013. That was 47,397 deaths per day. In 2002 it was responsible for 29.34% of all deaths.”  In 2013, it was up to 31.5 %.

It’s sad how we’ve become complacent in our acceptance of the death toll of cancer and heart disease as well as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. They take far more lives than any heroin or prescription drug abuse take, yet I don’t hear anybody ever talking about it. It’s just assumed we’re doing everything we can to lower it. I’ll admit that they doing all that they can to find more treatments for all these diseases. Why are there so few of us looking for a cure? My cure is simple, remove that which is responsible for most disease, inflammation. If you can limit the inflammation you can limit the effects of the disease. Eliminate the inflammation and you can eliminate the disease.

The reason our complacency exists is that we assume that we are doing all we can. My question to that assumption is, are we? Have you stopped eating bread yet? Have you gone ketogenic yet? Eliminate the inflammation to eliminate the disease. Eliminate the carbohydrate diet and you will eliminate the inflammation that is the root cause of most disease.Can it really be that simple? Maybe not easy, but simple it is. There are a few others who are also talking cure along with me, yet their voices are drowned out by the sound of our celebration of the marketing of this addiction. You know the power of a ketogenic diet and how healthy it is. Only through a ketogenic diet will our society be able to put an end to these diseases.

1/2 of all cancers can be linked to excessive carbohydrate consumption. 1/2 of all cardiovascular diseases can be linked to excessive carbohydrates consumption.
ECC – Excessive Carbohydrate Consumption is responsible for as much as 42% of all deaths, a minimum of 24 million deaths each year.

I know that sounds outrageous. I think it is outrageous. Yet, I never hear any outrage, about the number of people’s lives that these diseases claim. Allow me to show you exactly how these grain-based foods – breads, cereals and pastas (high starch carbs) if removed from the diet, would reduce the occurrence of these diseases by a minimum of 80%. Yes, a reduction of 80% in the occurrences of these diseases, in aggregate, simply by removing the excessive consumption of high starch carbohydrate foods from our diet. Why isn’t this treated as a medical condition? It has a very simple cure, don’t eat these types of food anymore.

Reducing the occurrence of these diseases would have a couple adverse side effects to our society, reducing the need for the medical community to treat these diseases and eliminating the need for diet companies. I haven’t researched how big of an industry the diet and health industry is, but it would definitely have an effect on it, and it might force a lot of people to seek alternative employment.

I tend to wonder if this is why most doctors won’t discourage their patients from consuming it? I think mostly, it’s just a matter of ignorance, They don’t know, or they don’t want to know because of their own addiction. (Once you kick the addiction, you can see its influence in those who doubt this concept, the most.) Maybe it’s because of their patients addiction to it and their fear of losing their patients to their addiction. This happens when the addiction speaks louder than a patient’s personal health, the patient will find a doctor who will treat them with pills or surgery instead of giving up their addiction. That in itself is proof of the addictive nature of this food.

4,100,000 Preventable Deaths From Cancer Each Year!

Where’s the outrage?

When you add cancer deaths of over 8.2 million in 2012, half of which are linked to diet, to the 17,3 million deaths from heart disease, 90% of which are preventable, that adds up to 25.5 million deaths each year, 77% of which are completely preventable. That’s 19.67% of all deaths, worldwide,  each year are completely preventable and it doesn’t count the deaths from any of the other diseases that come from being obese or from having type 2 diabetes or type 3 diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, which are completely preventable also.

5,000,000 Preventable Deaths From

Alzheimer’s Disease Each Year!

Where’s The Outrage?

It’s hard to say exactly how many people die from Alzheimer’s disease. With a life expectancy of just six years after diagnosis and with between 21 million and 35 million (as of 2010), having the disease, that means that there will be approximately another 30 million deaths (give or take 3-5 million) from Alzheimer’s disease alone, within the next 6 years. That’s 5 million each year, 90% of those diseases are preventable.I never hear any outrage about the number of people’s lives that these diseases claim.

After experiencing what I’ve experienced and researching what I’ve researched,  I can link 1/2 of all cancers directly to diet. With that said, combine 4.1 million deaths from cancer that could be saved with the 90% of the 17.3 million deaths from heart diseases (15,570,000) and you get a total of 19,670,000 deaths each year that are completely preventable, simply by making a simple yet major diet change. Don’t yield to the addiction of this food and buy into the lifetime of a need to purchase drugs to combat the diseases that these foods cause.

15.570,000 Preventable Deaths From Cardiovascular Disease Each Year!

Where’s the outrage?

According to Wikipedia, “Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death globally.[1] This is true in all areas of the world except Africa.[1] Together they resulted in 17.3 million deaths (31.5%) in 2013 up from 12.3 million (25.8%) in 1990.[2]“ “It is estimated that 90% of CVD is preventable.[3] Prevention of atherosclerosis is by decreasing risk factors through; healthy eating, exercise, avoidance of tobacco smoke and limiting alcohol intake.[1] 90% of 17.3 is 15.57 which attributes to 15.57 million deaths, due to heart diseases that are preventable. That, to me is nothing short of astounding, yet where’s the outrage?

Although relatively few die from obesity alone (usually because the obesity leads to something worse, first), it leads into so many other diseases, that it is indirectly attributable to more deaths than many of these other diseases. Type 2 diabetes, obesity’s first disease of death, is what leads to many cancers and heart diseases alone and is why its danger is unparalleled. That’s why its control is paramount. If you can control diabetes, you can control every disease it plays a part in. And, it plays a part in most of the deadliest diseases; half dozen cancers, half dozen cardiovascular or heart diseases. And most importantly, it happens in the ones that kill the most people.

Looking at just cancer and cardiovascular disease, they’re responsible for more than 25.5 million deaths a year as of 2013. Half of those deaths are due to high carbohydrate consumption, either directly or indirectly. Usually, it’s indirectly and that is where the trouble lies. Because it is indirectly, it’s practically unseen. It was unseen until Dr. Davis and Dr. Perlmutter uncovered all the evidence. Studies were done and the results (evidence) were quietly stored away for years, with little notice that the studies that produced the evidence ever got published or even announced that they existed.

It’s Time For A Cure!

But there was enough evidence there to influence these doctors to write two books about the danger, Wheat Belly and Grain Brain. I had already quit eating bread before I read Wheat Belly, but as I read it, it was validating everything that was happening to my body, since I gave it up. Wheat Belly led me to Grain Brain, which gave me the tools that I needed to piece this blog together.

But I must give credit where credit is due. Dr. Daniel Amen had persuaded me to give up bread after reading his book Use Your Brain to Change Your Age. In his book, he spent more time talking about eating a healthy diet, than any other one thing. At least, that was his lengthiest chapter. It was Thanksgiving 2013 and I weighed 195 lbs at the time, 40lbs more than what I carry now.

After working out extensively for 6 years and not being able to get past the first 30 lbs I lost, in the first month I had started, I decided that it must be my diet. I was eating healthy, very healthy, I thought. It wasn’t until I quit eating bread that I found out just how unhealthy it really was. After losing 20 lbs in one month after quitting bread, I decided to give up all grains. When I mention bread, I’m talking about all bread and cereal products, including pasta, crackers and breakfast foods. If it was made of wheat, I wouldn’t touch it.

In only one month I dropped to a weight, lower than what’s prescribed for my height (175 lbs), I was at 165 lbs when I decided to quit all grain foods. I lost another 10 lbs, down to 155lbs. That’s about where I “hover” now. I say hover because my weight fluctuates with what I’m doing with my diet. Today, for example, my weight is down to about 151lbs, because I’ve been on a calorie restriction diet for the last 45 days since I started writing this blog. This action alone has been more beneficial for my brain, in particular, than anything I’ve ever done for it in my lifetime. Of course, it’s done wonders for my body and my immune system. When I go hungry I’m creating Ghrelin in my stomach. I can feel the hunger pangs right now, but I’d rather sit here and write than get up and get something to eat.

I’ve learned that it’s those hunger pangs that tells me my stomach is creating the Ghrelin that activates BDNF in my brain which in turn is building me a bigger and better brain. Everything I’ve done in the last 45 days has virtually proven what this diet can achieve, something a carbohydrate diet can’t. When you read my about me page and compare that to what I’ve accomplished in the last 45 days since I started this blog, it’s astonishing. At least it is to me. I have never been able to do anything like this before in my entire life. Nobody ever thought I could ever do this after my brain injury 31 years ago. I never thought I could do it. I had always thought, brain cells don’t grow back. At least it had made a nice excuse for me, for all the fubars I was responsible for.

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That was until I read Dr. Perlmutter’s book Grain Brain and learned that you actually can grow brain cells. I learned that thinner people have bigger brains and that calorie restriction helps build brain cells and new neural networks to connect those cells. It just takes the right formula, a formula that doesn’t include any grains or starches.

High starch food just doesn’t have enough nutrition to compensate for the overload of glucose it pours into your system.

The system it starts with is your digestive system. Then it moves to your circulatory system where it can affect every other system, and then your brain, pancreas, and kidneys and eventually most all other organs until it gives us the statistics above. Since the most ubiquitous forms of these diseases involve inflammation, and these foods are a major cause of inflammation, doesn’t it make sense that if you removed these foods from the diet, you would remove a major cause of the diseases that are influenced by it?

Why are they still promoted like they are?
Where’s the recommendation from more doctors to stop eating it?
There’s absolutely no rationality to it, except greed.
Where’s the outrage?

To take a look at how removing carbs out of the diet of everyone worldwide could lead to the end of terrorism worldwide, visit, My Thoughts on the Eradication of Carbs From Our Society.

Carbs and Their Influence in Heart Disease

Carbs and Their Influence in Heart Disease

With the rise in cardiovascular disease and heart disease and the deaths occurring from it, it’s a wonder that this major cause of it is still allowed to be advertised, as much as it is. With over 17,300,000 deaths alone, in 2013, our society thinks it’s more important to find new drugs to suppress the symptoms instead of finding a lasting cure, that doesn’t include any drugs at all. I guess there’s no money in it.

Carbohydrate influence in many heart diseases is clearly undeniable. Whereas cancer is a catch-all term, for a myriad of diseases, heart disease, and cardiovascular diseases are catch-all phrases for all diseases involving the heart and circulatory system. That alone makes it difficult, to nail down any one agent, source or reason for its pervasiveness in these diseases. Yet, there is one common thread that shows up in at least half of these diseases – inflammation. Inflammation’s largest contributor is glucose. Glucose’s largest contributor is carbs. They’re woven from two strands, sugar and flour – grain-based products from wheat (gluten ), corn, rice and oats in particular. This article is going to look at carbs influence on as many cardiovascular diseases as we can and I’m going to talk about carbs influence, in each one, again showing just how dangerous these food staples (flour and sugar) are. (Of course, when I mention flour, I’m talking about all wheat and grain products, because the two most prevalent, wheat and corn, are ground into flour before their preparation, to make into foods, before marketing.) It’s this grinding into flour that takes away any fiber that the food ever had. Flour and water make paste which is so quick to digest and break down to its basic form, glucose, that it loses any nutrition that it ever held. To get a better idea of the scope of cardiovascular diseases and the role carbs play in each one, I’ll list as many of them as I can, and attempt to tie each disease to what influences it most.

There are many cardiovascular diseases involving the blood vessels. They are known as vascular diseases as well as cardiovascular diseases.

Vascular diseases include:

  • Coronary artery disease(also known as coronary heart disease and ischemic heart disease)
  • Peripheral arterial disease– disease of blood vessels that supply blood to the arms and legs
  • Cerebrovascular disease– disease of blood vessels that supply blood to the brain (includes stroke)
  • Renal artery stenosis
  • Aortic aneurysm

There are also many cardiovascular diseases that involve the heart and since all vascular diseases deal with plaque in the arterial walls, we going to be looking at the ones that deal with the heart itself; “Together they resulted in 17.3 million deaths (31.5%) in 2013 up from 12.3 million (25.8%) in 1990.

With an increase like this, don’t you think it’s time for a cure?

  1. Cardiomyopathy– diseases of cardiac muscle
  2. Hypertensive heart disease– diseases of the heart secondary to high blood pressure or hypertension
  3. Heart failure
  4. Pulmonary heart disease– a failure at the right side of the heart with respiratory system involvement
  5. Cardiac dysrhythmias– abnormalities of heart rhythm
  6. Inflammatory heart disease
  7. Endocarditis– inflammation of the inner layer of the heart, the endocardium. The structures most commonly involved are the heart valves.
  8. Inflammatory cardiomegaly
  9. Myocarditis– inflammation of the myocardium, the muscular part of the heart.
  10. Valvular heart disease
  11. Congenital heart disease– heart structure malformations existing at birth
  12. Rheumatic heart disease– heart muscles and valves damage due to rheumatic fever caused by Streptococcus pyogenes a group A streptococcal infection

“There are several risk factors for heart diseases: age, gender, tobacco use, physical inactivity, excessive alcohol consumption, unhealthy diet, obesity, family history of cardiovascular disease, raised blood pressure (hypertension), raised blood sugar (diabetes mellitus), raised blood cholesterol (hyperlipidemia), psychosocial factors, poverty and low educational status, and air pollution. While the individual contribution of each risk factor varies between different communities or ethnic groups the overall contribution of these risk factors is very consistent.[18] Some of these risk factors, such as age, gender or family history, are immutable; however, many important cardiovascular risk factors are modifiable by lifestyle change, social change, drug treatment and prevention of hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and diabetes.”

To take a closer look at each one, you need to examine the risk factor I consider the most important, lifestyle. When I talk about lifestyle, I’m talking mostly about eating habits and the foods that we ingest the most, simple carbohydrates. As mentioned before, and it’s something that you all know, you are what you eat. You know that sugar kills. Carbohydrates are sugars amplified. The term carbohydrate is defined as a multiple sugars and this is what makes it so dangerous. It’s its ability to be turned into glucose, with little to no other nutritional value. That is precisely what makes it so deadly.

Just looking through the various causes of the different types of cardiovascular disease, was enlightening, to say the least. What I found to be a prevalent factor, throughout many of the causes for many of the diseases, was evidence of carbohydrate consumption, so I attempt to point out the fact that if this one factor was taken out of the equation of heart disease, that would change the end result of the equation.

Only by looking at each one individually and learning, will we know;

  • Cardiomyopathy– literally “heart muscle disease”) is the measurable deterioration for any reason of the ability of the myocardium (the heart muscle) to contract, usually leading to heart failure. Common symptoms include dyspnea (breathlessness) and peripheral edema (swelling of the legs). Those with cardiomyopathy are often at risk of dangerous forms of irregular heart rate and sudden cardiac death. The most common form of cardiomyopathy is dilated cardiomyopathy.Although the term “cardiomyopathy” could theoretically apply to almost any disease affecting the heart, it is usually reserved for “severe myocardial disease leading to heart failure.” Cardiomyopathy and Myocarditis resulted in 443,000 deaths in 2013, up from 294,000 in 1990. Of all the types shown on Wikipedia, only the last one was obesity-related, as “Obesity-associated Cardiomyopathy”. We all know what causes obesity – carbs.
  • Hypertensive heart disease– diseases of the heart secondary to high blood pressure or hypertension. Hypertension or high blood pressure affects at least 4 billion people worldwide. Hypertensive heart disease is only one of several diseases attributable to high blood pressure. Other diseases caused by high blood pressure include ischemic heart disease, stroke, peripheral arterial disease, aneurysms and kidney disease. Hypertension increases the risk of heart failure by two or three-fold[6]and probably accounts for about 25% of all cases of heart failure.[15]In addition, hypertension precedes heart failure in 90% of cases,[6] and the majority of heart failure in the elderly may be attributable to hypertension. Hypertensive heart disease was estimated to be responsible for 1.0 million deaths worldwide in 2004 (or approximately 1.7% of all deaths globally), and was ranked 13th in the leading global causes of death for all ages. A world map shows the estimated disability-adjusted life years per 100,000 inhabitants lost due to hypertensive heart disease in 2004. The risk of cardiovascular disease and death can be reduced by lifestyle modifications, including dietary advice, promotion of weight loss and regular aerobic exercise, moderation of alcohol intake and cessation of smoking. Drug treatment may also be needed to control the hypertension and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease,[6]manage the heart failure, or control cardiac arrhythmias. Patients with hypertensive heart disease should avoid taking over the counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), or cough suppressants, and decongestants containing sympathomimetics, unless otherwise advised by their physician as these can exacerbate hypertension and heart failure.

To get an idea of how carbs influence hypertension, read article 7. My abstinence from carbs for the last two years has given me, for the first time in my adult life, absolutely perfect blood pressure, 120/60. And I attribute it to the lack of carbs in my diet plus the conversion of my diet to a ketogenic diet. My doctor told me I still have high blood pressure (it used to always run high). I just control it better now. Even she is astounded by what my diet has done for my health.  I know what causes high blood pressure more than anything else, carbs. High blood pressure is a major influence on most types of cardiovascular disease, as you’ll see in the following explanations of various forms of heart disease.

  • Heart failure often referred to as congestive heart failure(CHF), occurs when the heart is unable to pump sufficiently to maintain blood flow to meet the body’s needs. The terms chronic heart failure (CHF) or congestive cardiac failure (CCF) are often used interchangeably with congestive heart failure. Signs and symptoms commonly include shortness of breath, excessive tiredness, and leg swelling.[5] The shortness of breath is usually worse with exercise, while lying down, and may wake the person at night.[5] A limited ability to exercise is also a common feature. The underlying mechanisms vary depending on the disease in question. Coronary artery disease, stroke, and peripheral artery disease involve atherosclerosis. This may be caused by high blood pressure, smoking, diabetes, lack of exercise, obesity, high blood cholesterol, poor diet, and excessive alcohol consumption, among others. High blood pressure results in 13% of CVD deaths, while tobacco results in 9%, diabetes 6%, lack of exercise 6% and obesity 5%. Rheumatic heart disease may follow untreated strep throat.

“It is estimated that 90% of CVD is preventable. Prevention of atherosclerosis is best done by decreasing risk factors through; healthy eating, exercise, avoidance of tobacco smoke and limiting alcohol intake.  Treating high blood pressure and diabetes may be most beneficial.

Common causes of heart failure include coronary artery disease including a previous myocardial infarction (heart attack), high blood pressure, Atrial fibrillation, Valvular heart disease, excess alcohol use, infection, and Cardiomyopathy of an unknown cause. These cause heart failure by changing either the structure or the functioning of the heart.[5] There are two main types of heart failure: heart failure due to left ventricular dysfunction and heart failure with normal ejection fraction depending on if the ability of the left ventricle to contract is affected, or the heart’s ability to relax.  The severity of disease is usually graded by the degree of problems with exercise. Heart failure is not the same as myocardial infarction (in which part of the heart muscle dies) or cardiac arrest (in which blood flow stops altogether). Other diseases that may have symptoms similar to heart failure include obesitykidney failure, liver problems, anemia and thyroid disease.”

A majority of inflammation and plaque that builds up in the blood is directly due to oxidative stress and the byproducts it produces, free radicals in the form of cytokines that form macrophages, that wreak real havoc in all systems.

With all the cytokine activity going on in the blood, I wonder if the influence of glucose on our hormones (hormones are what influences thyroid disease), doesn’t also have an influence in thyroid disease? We know that carbs influence our hormones. We learn that in The Payoff Of Life Without Carbs, as well as Carbs, Why The Addiction Is So Hard To Break,  and touched on it in Carbs, How They Cause A.G.E.s, Your Ticket To Alzheimer’s Disease, Cancer, Heart Disease and More I don’t think too many studies were done on the influence that carbohydrates have on the hormones that affect thyroid disease. Other forms display the influence of carbs a lot more, with inflammation.

  • Pulmonary heart disease– a failure at the right side of the heart with respiratory system involvement
  • Cardiac dysrhythmias– abnormalities of heart rhythm
  • Inflammatory heart disease
  • Endocarditis– inflammation of the inner layer of the heart, the endocardium. The structures most commonly involved are the heart valves.
  • Inflammatory cardiomegaly
  • Myocarditis– inflammation of the myocardium, the muscular part of the heart.
  • Valvular heart disease is any disease process involving one or more of the four valves of the heart(the aortic and mitral valves on the left and the pulmonary and tricuspid valves on the right). These conditions occur largely as a result of aging. Most people are in their late 50s when diagnosed, and more than one in ten people over 75 have it.
  • Congenital heart disease– heart structure malformations existing at birth
  • Rheumatic heart disease– heart muscles and valves damage due to rheumatic fever caused Rheumatic fever is a disease of inflammation. Nothing more needs to be said because we know what causes inflammation.

I can see where glucose plays a major part in more than a few of these causative factors. We know that glucose is the major player in high blood pressure because of the way it’s digested into fat. We know that wheat has a propensity to cause muscle tics and spasms. The question I ask myself is, why can’t wheat affect the heart muscle as what happens with Atrial Fibrillation when the heart starts to race for no apparent reason?

“Heart failure may also occur in situations of “high output,” (termed “high output cardiac failure”) where the ventricular systolic function is normal but the heart cannot deal with an important augmentation of blood volume.  This can occur in overload situation (blood or serum infusions), kidney diseases, chronic severe anemia, Beriberi (vitamin B1/thiamine deficiency),  Thyrotoxicosis, Paget’s disease, Arteriovenous fistulae, or Arteriovenous malformations.”

“Viral infections of the heart can lead to inflammation of the muscular layer of the heart and subsequently contribute to the development of heart failure. Heart damage can predispose a person to develop heart failure later in life and has many causes including systemic viral infections (e.g., HIV), chemotherapeutic agents such as daunorubicin and trastuzumab, and abuse of drugs such as alcohol and methamphetamine. Additionally, infiltrative disorders such as amyloidosis and connective tissue diseases such as systemic lupus erythematosus have similar consequences. Obstructive sleep apnea (a condition of sleep wherein disordered breathing overlaps with obesity, hypertension, and/or diabetes) is regarded as an independent cause of heart failure.”

Inflammation is a major influence in most of the various types of heart disease as well as cancer. The number one cause of inflammation is overeating and obesity; with the closer to obese your body is, the more inflammation you get to deal with. We know that overeating is heavily influenced by carbohydrate consumption. We know that carbohydrates are the direct cause of body fat. We know that the most dangerous of these fats, is visceral fat, the kind your body deposits, from eating carbohydrates. Since we know all of the above, why haven’t we figured out that keeping this food out of our diet will eliminate 90% of the reasons for inflammation?

I remember learning about amyloids and amyloidosis when researching cancer. It’s the folding of misshaped proteins caused by glycation of cholesterol, which in turn, is caused by consumption of carbohydrates. It seems everywhere I look I see evidence of carbohydrate consumption involved in the equation too many types of cardiovascular disease. How much closer would the reduction of carbohydrate consumption bring us to controlling these epidemics? That begs the question, in whose interest is it, that we continue going down this path, we’re on. What corporate industries would rather we stay on this path?

How many more people have to die before the rest of us will heed these words? I know why the general public can’t. I know why they don’t want to pay attention to this. It’s called addiction. It’s called denial of addiction. The first people to deny this are quite often the ones who have it worst and are in complete denial that this would ever happen to them. This is a denial that we as a society need to face. I know. I was there. I denied it. Read my story in About Me, How hard it is for me to appear normal.

I weighed 205 lbs just 3 years ago. My blood pressure averaged 140/90. I controlled it with diuretics which depleted my body of potassium and calcium, both crucial micronutrients for a healthy heart. Then, I quit bread, alone. Then I quit all wheat products. That started a cascade of miraculous things that began to happen to my health. And they all happened in beneficial ways removing any side effects (from wheat consumption), that existed prior to my conversion. I’m as normal of a person as you can get. If this can happen to me, it will happen to anyone who does the same thing that I did.

I ask myself, why is this food still advertised as “healthy”?

This truly begs the question, if this food staple was replaced in our food supply, with something more nutritious and less glycemic, would we see a decline in the occurrences of these horrendous diseases? This is my biggest what if question, what if society saw the truth and reality in what is really going on when you eat high starch carbohydrate grains and foods and started to reduce their consumption of these foods, would we see a decline in these diseases? I don’t just think so, I know from experience, that it will. Science says, yes it definitively will.

The question is, will this (food) industry allow us to do that? I seriously doubt they’ll do anything about it if it’s going to hurt their business in any way. Alternatives need to be found for this food staple, not only in our diet but in our food industry as a whole. We must make it evident, to the food industrial complex that we need to reduce our consumption of these high starch foods, if we’re to remain healthy as a society. Where are the warnings: contains glucose? Where does the responsibility lie with the food industry, the grain industry, in particular, those who provide the crop seed for our farmers who grow this food for us. Isn’t it about time they took responsibility for the damage their food is responsible for, diabetes, heart disease and cancer it causes?

That’s going to be a really fun one to tackle, but I try on Carbs, Industry Concerns Of Dispelling Wheat And Grains and Carbs, Industry’s Influence In The Expansion Of Carb Production, Carbs, Why The Addiction Is So Hard To Break, and Carbs! My Life Without Them.

Editing note; Thank you immensely to Wikipedia. Even though it is an open source encyclopedia, I trust their sources to be correct, as all documents on Wikipedia are vetted by volunteer experts in that particular field. Wikipedia’s comments are italicized, while all of my comments are not. I did this to keep everything organized so people can decipher encyclopedic fact from my comments and conjecture.

Carbs and Cancer go together like love and marriage.

How Carbs Influence Cancer

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Cancer is responsible for over 8,200,000 deaths every year.

Cancer comes in so many different forms, it makes it very difficult to nail down any one solution for all the different types of cancer. However, playing a major influence in half of the different types of cancer, listed below, is one common thread that permeates our diets everywhere – glucose. It’s woven of three strands – wheat, sugar and grain-based foods (flour and sugar). These basic staples that we were all encouraged to eat massive quantities of, is actually what’s killing us. The worst aspect of this whole problem is that we were told to eat them. We were told that they should be the largest portion of our meals and that we eat them on a daily basis. We were told to do this because, (we were told) that it was healthy for us. Why was the truth was never shared? I don’t know. But we do know now, just how dangerous this food staple really is. Cancer is like the carriage to the carbs’ horse. Carbs lead the way and cancer follows.

I mentioned in Carbs! The Newly Discovered Death Sentence that this is not healthy food, and I intend to prove it, starting with this page.

Because of the lack of studies done on the effects of wheat in the diet and cancer, it’s not always easy to piece the information together. Many of the studies that were done years ago have been suppressed from public knowledge and are not easy to obtain now. Dr. Davis and Dr. Perlmutter have already located many of these studies and they can be found in their books, Wheat Belly and Grain Brain. I spent only enough time to decipher sugar and wheat’s influence in half of the various types of cancer listed below. If the CPSC is considering warnings for chemicals that cause cancer, (which they are in California) why isn’t anyone considering warnings for the consumption of these food staples, sugar and flour?

Suffice it to say, there is enough evidence here to prove that this food source should come with the same warning that everything that causes cancer has to bear, like cigarettes, and now, processed meats and fast foods, and chemicals in California. (California’s attorney general, Bill Lockyer, filed suit in August against McDonald’s; Burger King; Frito-Lay, owned by PepsiCo; and six other food companies, saying that they should be forced to put labels on all fries and potato chips sold in California. The proposed warning might say something to this effect: “This product contains a chemical known to the state of California to cause cancer.”)

It’s interesting that California is going after fast food companies for the “cancer-causing French fries” when it’s the bread that has as much if not more influence on cancer as trans-fats. I’ll admit, French fries play a definite role in cancer, but if they’d only look at the studies that show how sugar and wheat cause cancer, diabetes, HBP, cardiovascular disease, digestive disorders, etc they’d soon have labels on everything that flour and sugar were used in. The full list is viewable on the page mentioned above.

This page is going to show how this food actually contributes to the environmental factors that are at the root cause of many cancers.

Cancer – There are over 100 different known cancers that affect humans.[2] causing 8.2 million deaths as of 2012 The great majority of cancers, some 90–95% of cases, are due to environmental factors. The remaining 5–10% are due to inherited genetics.[5] Environmental, as used by cancer researchers, means any cause that is not inherited genetically, such as lifestyle, economic and behavioral factors, and not merely pollution.[28] Common environmental factors that contribute to cancer death include tobacco (25–30%), diet and obesity (30–35%), infections (15–20%), radiation (both ionizing and non-ionizing, up to 10%), stress, lack of physical activity, and environmental pollutants.[5] Diet, physical inactivity, and obesity are related to up to 30–35% of cancer deaths.[5][39  The largest influence in obesity is wheat, sugar and grain-based foods.

We’re only going to look at a few of the 100s of different kinds of cancer.
Of the 12 listed below, we’ll look at 6 of those in detail further below;
  1. Lung cancer – 1.56 million deaths annually, as of 2012
  2. Pancreatic cancer – 330,000 deaths globally
  3. Colorectal (colon) cancer – 610,000 deaths (Inflammatory bowel disease – 51,000 deaths in 2013 due to inflammatory bowel disease (largest influence to colorectal cancer) alone.)
  4. Breast cancer – 18.2% of all cancer deaths for men and women together or 283,920 deaths
  5. Liver cancer – In 2013, 300,000 deaths from liver cancer were due to hepatitis B, hepatitis C, or alcohol
  6. Thyroid cancer – in 2010, 36,000 deaths globally up from 24,000 in 1990.[35]Obesity may be associated with a higher incidence of thyroid cancer, but this relationship remains the subject of much debate.[36] 
  7. Ovarian cancer – estimated 15,000 deaths in 2008
  8. Cervical cancer – 266,000 deaths
  9. Prostate Cancer – In 2010 it resulted in 256,000 deaths up from 156,000 deaths in 1990.[155]
  10. Bladder cancer – is the 9th leading cause of cancer with 430,000 new cases[3]
  11. Kidney cancer –17,870 deaths in the US and the UK alone in 2012, with 208,000 new cases each year
  12. Endometrial cancer – caused 76,000 deaths
Let’s take a closer look at some of these types of cancer;
  • Lung cancer – 1.56 million deaths annually, as of 2012, is the most common cause of cancer in the US. The most common cause of lung cancer is smoking which warnings are required on cigarette packs.
  • Breast cancergallery-thumbnails– 18.2% of all cancer deaths for men and women together or 283,920 deaths is the second most common cause of cancer-related deaths in women. Risk factors for developing breast cancer include; female sex, obesity, lack of physical exercise, drinking alcohol, hormone replacement therapy during menopauseionizing radiation, early age at first menstruation, having children late or not at all, older age, and family history.[2][4 There is a relationship between diet and breast cancer, including an increased risk with a high-fat diet,[44] alcohol intake,[45] and obesity,[46] related to higher cholesterol levels.[47] In breast adipose tissue, overexpression of leptin leads to increased cell proliferation and cancer.[69] Dietary iodine deficiency may also play a role. [48] Don’t forget what increases leptin levels in the system more than anything else. What would happen to breast cancer if you removed wheat, sugar and grains from the diet? Would that decrease the expression leptin and put a hamper of the spread of cancer? A high-fat diet, in this case, would be a diet that creates a lot of fat. Carbs create fat. Eating fat doesn’t. I’ve never seen a warning about obesity and breast cancer, or that eating grain-based foods can cause obesity. There should be.
  • Prostate Cancer – In 2010 it resulted in 256,000 deaths up from 156,000 deaths in 1990.[155]  is the leading cause of cancer death in males worldwide.   The data on the relationship between diet and prostate cancer is poor.[87] In light of this, the rate of prostate cancer is linked to the consumption of the Western diet.[87] There is little if any evidence to support an association between trans fat, saturated fat and carbohydrate intake and risk of prostate cancer.[87][88] Evidence regarding the role of omega-3 fatty acids in preventing prostate cancer does not suggest that they reduce the risk of prostate cancer, although additional research is needed.[87][89] Vitamin supplements appear to have no effect and some may increase the risk.[9][87] High calcium intake has been linked to advanced prostate cancer.[90] Consuming fish may lower prostate cancer deaths but does not appear to affect its occurrence.[91] Some evidence supports lower rates of prostate cancer with a vegetarian diet.[92] There is some tentative evidence for foods containing lycopene and selenium.[93] Diets rich in cruciferous vegetables, soy, beans and other legumes may be associated with a lower risk of prostate cancer, especially more advanced cancers.[94]  Men who get regular exercise may have a slightly lower risk, especially vigorous activity and the risk of advanced prostate cancer.[94]
  • Colorectal cancer – 610,000 deaths (Inflammatory bowel disease – 51,000 deaths in 2013 due to inflammatory bowel disease (largest influence to colorectal cancer) alone.) IBD is a complex disease which arises as a result of the interaction of environmental and genetic factors. It is increasingly thought that alterations to enteral (probiotics?) bacteria can contribute to inflammatory gut diseases[20][21]IBD affected individuals have been found to have 30-50 percent reduced biodiversity of commensalism bacteria such as a decrease in Firmicutes (namely lachnosperacieae and Bacteroidetes), what I believe are pro-biotics (but I can’t find a definitive answer to that). Further evidence of the role of gut flora in the cause of inflammatory bowel disease is that IBD affected individuals are more likely to have been prescribed antibiotics in the 2-5 year period before their diagnosis than unaffected individuals.[22]The enteral bacteria can be altered by environmental factors, such as Concentrated milk fats (a common ingredient of processed foods and confectionery) or oral medications such as antibiotics and oral iron preparations.[23] This tells me that those who are taking headache medication (NSAIDs) often, are themselves open for colorectal cancer and one thing we know about wheat and grain consumption is that it causes headaches, forcing one to use NSAIDs for pain relief.
  • Liver cancer – In 2013, 300,000 deaths from liver cancer were due to hepatitis B, hepatitis C, or alcohol. Liver cancer, also known as hepatic cancer, is a cancer that originates in the liver. Liver tumors are discovered on medical imaging equipment (often by accident) or present themselves symptomatically as an abdominal mass, abdominal painyellow skin, nausea or liver dysfunction. The leading cause of liver cancer is cirrhosis due to either hepatitis B, hepatitis C, or alcohol.[1] Cirrhosis is most commonly caused by alcoholhepatitis Bhepatitis C, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.[1][2] Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease(NAFLD) is one of the causes of fatty liver, occurring when fat is deposited (steatosis) in the liver due to causes other than excessive alcohol use. NAFLD is related to insulin resistance and the metabolic syndrome and may respond to treatments originally developed for other insulin-resistant states (e.g.diabetes mellitus type 2) such as weight loss, metformin, and thiazolidinediones.[4] We know that carbohydrate consumption in the form of wheat and grains cause insulin resistance. Doesn’t it make sense then, that the consumption of wheat and grains has a major influence on liver cancer?
  • Kidney cancer – Factors that increase the risk of kidney cancer include smoking, which can double the risk of the disease; regular use of NSAIDs such as ibuprofen and naproxen, which may increase the risk by 51%[9] or may not;[10] obesity; faulty genes; a family history of kidney cancer; having kidney disease that needs dialysis; being infected with hepatitis C; and previous treatment for testicular cancer or cervical cancer. There are also other possible risk factors such as kidney stones [11] and high blood pressure, which are being investigated.[12] 17,870 deaths in the US and the UK alone in 2012, with 208,000 new cases each year
  • Bladder cancer – is the 9th leading cause of cancer with 430,000 new cases[3] and 165,000 deaths occurring in 2012.[4]  Urothelial carcinoma is a prototypical example of a malignancy arising from environmental carcinogenic influences. By far the important cause is cigarette smoking, which contributes to approximately half of the disease burden. Chemical exposures such as those sustained by workers in the petroleum industry, the manufacture of paints and pigments (prototypically aniline dyes), and agrochemicals are known to predispose to urothelial cancer. Interestingly, risk is lowered by increased liquid consumption, presumably as a consequence of increased urine production and thus less “dwell time” on the urothelial surface. Conversely, risk is increased among long-haul truck drivers and others in whom long urine dwell-times are encountered. As with most epithelial cancers, physical irritation has been associated with increased risk of malignant transformation of the urothelium. Thus, urothelial carcinomas are more common in the context of chronic urinary stone disease, chronic catheterization (as in patients with paraplegia or multiple sclerosis), and chronic infections. Some particular examples are listed below:

The one factor that intrigues me the most is the influence of agrochemicals, in the disease. Some of the most treated foods in our diet are wheat, corn, soy and grain-based foods. They genetically modify these foods to withstand the rigors of agrochemicals like herbicides and insecticides, both of which contribute to bladder cancer. What is the one food that we were all told to eat the most of? Grains. If this one food were taken out of the diet, would that affect the numbers of people dying from bladder cancer? I think so. (I’m sure Monsanto doesn’t think so.)

Risk factors for pancreatic adenocarcinoma include:[2][3][4][32]

  1. Age, gender, and race; the risk of developing pancreatic cancer increases with age. Most cases occur after age 65,[4] while cases before age 40 are uncommon. The disease is slightly more common in men than women, and in the United States is over 1.5 times more common in African Americans, though incidence in Africa is low.[4]
  2. Cigarette smoking is the best-established avoidable risk factor for pancreatic cancer, approximately doubling risk among long-term smokers, the risk increasing with the number of cigarettes smoked and the years of smoking. The risk declines slowly after smoking cessation, taking some 20 years to return to almost that of non-smokers.[33]
  3. Obesity; a BMI greater than 35 increases relative risk by about half.[3]
  4. Family history; 5–10% of pancreatic cancer cases have an inherited component, where people have a family history of pancreatic cancer.[2] The risk escalates greatly if more than one first-degree relative had the disease, and more modestly if they developed it before the age of 50.[6] Most of the genes involved have not been identified.[2][34] Hereditary pancreatitis gives a greatly increased lifetime risk of pancreatic cancer of 30–40% to the age of 70.[5] Screening for early pancreatic cancer may be offered to individuals with hereditary pancreatitis on a research basis.[35] Some people may choose to have their pancreas surgically removed to prevent cancer developing in the future.[5]
    1. Pancreatic cancer has been associated with the following other rare hereditary syndromes: Peutz–Jeghers syndrome due to mutations in the STK11 tumor suppressor gene (very rare, but a very strong risk factor); dysplastic nevus syndrome (or familial atypical multiple mole and melanoma syndrome, FAMMM-PC) due to mutations in the CDKN2A tumor suppressor gene; autosomal recessive ataxia-telangiectasia and autosomal dominantly inherited mutations in the BRCA2gene and PALB2 gene; hereditary non-polyposis colon cancer (Lynch syndrome); and familial adenomatous polyposis. Pan NETs have been associated with multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1 (MEN1) and von Hippel Lindau syndromes.[2][5][6]
  5. Chronic pancreatitis appears to almost triple risk, and as with diabetes, new-onset pancreatitis may be a symptom of a tumor.[5] The risk of pancreatic cancer in individuals with familial pancreatitis is particularly high.[5][34]
  6. Diabetes mellitus is a risk factor for pancreatic cancer and (as noted in the Signs and symptoms section) new-onset diabetes may also be an early sign of the disease. People who have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes for longer than ten years may have a 50% increased risk, as compared with non-diabetics.[5]
  7. Specific types of food (as distinct from obesity) have not been clearly shown to increase the risk of pancreatic cancer.[2] Dietary factors for which there is some evidence of slightly increased risk include processed meatred meat, and meat cooked at very high temperatures (e.g. by frying, broiling or barbecuing).[36][37]

Highlighted areas are all wheat and grain caused conditions that would not exist if this food weren’t in our diet.

If 90 – 95% of all cases of cancer are due to lifestyle and behavioral factors, what does that say about our eating habits? Our eating habits are the most influential factor in anyone’s lifestyle. The old adage, “you are what you eat”, is more valid here, than anywhere else.

Our individual diets are what separate us from each other more than almost anything else, as that’s what distinguishes us from each other. In every diet, there exists one common thread throughout the world, and that’s grains, wheat in the western hemisphere and rice in the eastern hemisphere. They’re in every diet of every ethnicity. This is the one common thread that affects everyone on the planet. It does so simply because it’s in every diet on the planet, in some fashion or another.

As evidenced above, there are 6 types of cancer on this page, alone, in which wheat and grains play a part. If you eat food that causes cancer and you’ll more than likely, contract cancer.

What if this one factor was removed from the equation of cancer? What if wheat and grains were removed from our diets? What would happen if you took out that one factor in the equation of cancer, out of the equation? Would you still come still come up with the same result?

I contend that it would change the whole equation enough that the end result of cancer would inevitably be changed. This begs the question if we removed wheat and grains from the diet, would that be a start for a cure for cancer?

I understand why a warning label is on every pack of cigarettes, one should be, we know that smoking causes lung cancer. If they put out warnings for something that may cause cancer, like processed meats and ‘fast foods’, why can’t they put out a warning for something that clearly causes cancer, sugar and wheat-based products?

Hopefully, the day will come soon.

Next, we’ll take a closer look at cardiovascular diseases and grains influence there.

A thousand thanks to Wikipedia, I would have never been able to compile this without their help. 85% of this page came directly from Wikipedia.