Pancreatic Cancer is Scary
Pancreatic cancer is scary business. By the time it's discovered, you're pretty much a goner.
But a 15-year-old high school student from Maryland, Jack Andraka, recently came up with a fast, inexpensive, reliable dipstick test that allows early diagnosis. Current tests are hugely expensive, miss nearly 30% of the cancers and don't know from nothing until it's too late.
So this is huge.
Media reports celebrate Jack's discovery, but make it sound like a simple week-end adventure with Google.
Well, search engines put big-time oomph into research, but take it from me, research is never a walk in the park. Wading through misinformation, malinformation and miscellaneous garbage in search of treasure is not for the faint of heart. It takes over your life.
And contacting 200 labs before one decided to let him in took determination, too.
Fortunately, Jack was on a mission because a family friend, whom he considered an uncle, died unexpectedly-and way too early-of pancreatic cancer.
So, he powered through all the disappointments, denials and dead ends until he reached victory. And now he's working on getting his test sold over-the-counter.
That is one fabulous young man.
Unfortunately, treatment for pancreatic cancer is iffy. For one thing, medicine has no experience in handling early-stage pancreatic cancer-and no real idea what will work. Protocols will take years to figure out.
Avoid pancreatic cancer
The better approach, to my mind, is to avoid pancreatic cancer. Cancer isn't a "luck of the draw" kind of thing; it's the result of a long series of unfortunate choices, often made in innocence and good faith.
One huge mistake is allowing high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) to pass through your lips.
A daily 12-ounce can of soda sweetened with high fructose corn syrup skyrockets your risk of pancreatic cancer. That single can of soda drowns your liver in many times more HFCS than it can process in 24 hours. Chaos ensues leading to liver disease, kidney disease, gout, elevated triglycerides, etc., etc., etc. until you finally reach cancer.
And plain, everyday fructose can take you to that bad place, too. A fruit-based diet gives your body way more fructose than it can handle, especially when juiced.
Steve Jobs was a self-proclaimed "fruititarian." Fruit for breakfast. Fruit for lunch. Fruit for dinner. And he died of pancreatic cancer.
To research his role as Steve Jobs, actor Ashton Kutcher also ate a fruititarian diet-and ended up in the hospital with a severely whacked pancreas. Kutcher said, "It was really terrifying . . . considering everything."
Most media outlets saw no need to report any of this fructose news, so you may not have heard about it.
And in spite of mountains of research to the contrary, the American Cancer Society insists fructose doesn't cause pancreatic cancer.
In this follow-the-money world, we need to know how to protect ourselves.
Which is why I do what I do.
God is good,
Copyright by Bette Dowdell. All rights reserved
P.S. Bette Dowdell is not a doctor, nor does she purport to be She's a patient who's been studying and successfully handling her own endocrine problems for more than 30 years. She offers introductory teleseminars and an in-depth 12-month subscription program, "Moving to Health" about living well with endocrine issues. She explains how things work-or don't, discusses what things to avoid as well as the things that help, and she provides a lot of well-researched nutritional information. Subscribe to her free e-zine at Information is power.