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    Seems like everything I read says : no sugar! Cancer cells crave sugar. But in the hospitals, during chemo tratments they have volunteers passing candy bars. Anyone has an opinion about it?

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      FreeBird

      Hospitals aren't the healthiest places around. Did you notice they're full of sick people? Stay away from there!

      Once upon a time, there were little break rooms inside hospitals for employees where even the papers on the bulletin board were yellow from all the cigarette smoke. Now if you pay attention to the smoke-free campuses, you'll see people out at the curb puffing away. Some of them may be a couple hundred pounds overweight. And some of their name tags say, "Bob Jones, M.D. PhD" I think you're better off relying on your own judgment and responsibility when it comes to what goes into your mouth. You are the gatekeeper. They are the experts in the chemo infusions. Some patients also continue their lifestyles that may be less than ideal after they have the cancer, and if it makes them happy today to eat a lot of candy, maybe it's the best thing for them today. Unfortunately, the standard of care isn't really holistic, or considering the big overall picture of health. They are taking a hammer, banging down the nails, and sending you the bills. Disease management as opposed to health care.

      Refined or simple sugars aren't the best thing for you overall. But our bodies do need sugars to function, and produce blood sugar from the foods we eat. Complex carbohydrates are preferred in the diet. A lot of those supplement drinks are loaded with simple sugar, as is the drink I make for my dad. The reason I use it, is because sometimes it's the only thing he will eat, and I can sneak in some nutrition with that scoop of ice cream, or see him smile with that little piece of chocolate or comfort junk food.

      I think what you described is another example that no matter where you go, the phrase, "If it's going to be, it's up to me" applies, whether you're in a hospital or grocery store, or tobacco shop.

      It's a balancing act I think.

      over 8 years ago
    • Moonflay's Avatar
      Moonflay

      I'm normally not a meat eater but throughout treatment I have craved protein! Everyone at the center I go to including my onc says to eat..eat..and eat. Whatever tastes good and whatever makes you feel good. Eating healthy is best but keeping your body replenished and strong is imperative so if you crave sugar and have trouble getting other foods down..eat some sugar..just keep the protein and veggies coming in as well. Peanut butter and honey or jelly sandwiches have been wonderful for me along with chocolate milkshakes and Carnation Instant Breakfast drinks.

      over 8 years ago
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      FreeBird

      "In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. Find the fun and snap! the job's a game. And every task you undertake becomes a piece of cake. A lark. A spree. It's very clear to see that a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down."

      over 8 years ago