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My journey as a writer began as a child. I wrote poems and short stories which were my way of dealing with various life changing events. I am a member of Rave Reviews Book Club. Follow me on Twitter @KIngallsAuthos www.facebook.com/KarenIngalls, and you can find my books at www.amazon.com. My first book is Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir which received two awards. All proceeds are donated to gynecologic cancer research. My second book is a novel Novy's Son, about one man's attempt to find love and acceptance from his father. This is an all too common problem in our society. My third book, Davida: Model and Mistress of Augustus Saint-Gaudens is about the love affair between this great American sculptor and his model. ALL ORIGINAL CONTENT COPYRIGHT 2011 THROUGH 2016.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016


No, this is not about Oscar Wilde's play, "The Importance of Being Earnest." It is about four men who represent determination, a sense of purpose, and strength. Despite some serious health challenges they each faced them in earnest, or with fierce and intense conviction. I admire each of them and I know there are lessons to learn from them. They are wonderful role models.

  I am highlighting four people, who like my friend, Earnest are inspirational. He suffered a series of three strokes from 2011 to 2013. He is 62 years old, has high blood pressure, has lost his ability to return to his job, and is the father of 4 adult children. "The last stroke was the worst. Then I lost almost all function on the left side of my body."

   I met Earnest at the YMCA where he goes three times a week to exercise. He is tenacious with his exercises from the bicycle, to weights, and to the tai chi classes. He said "I am not angry at God nor do I blame Him. I do blame one doctor who did not do anything about my blood pressure which kept rising."

   He is slender of built, states he has not always eaten well, but has always been physically active, and is a former basketball player for one of the European teams. "You have to take care of your health. You only have one body and it cannot be traded in for a new model."

   Another person who is inspirational to me does everything in earnest despite his limitations. My neighbor Bert has been afflicted with macular degeneration which has left him legally blind. A couple of years ago he fell and broke his femur. One leg is one inch shorter than the other which is now causing some hip and back pain. Yet, it does not keep Bert down in the doldrums. "It is what it is," he says with a smile on his face. "Soon I will be 77 years old and that is quite an accomplishment."

   He faithfully went through rehabilitation for his broken femur doing the exercises with a smile on his face. Bert is a former high school history teacher and coached basketball and baseball. He knows the importance of exercise. He is also slender of built and has always been active in athletics. "I don't think I am inspirational," after I asked permission to write about him. In Bert's easy manner there is a gentle determination and conviction when making the best of his physical limitations.

   John bicycled 20-25 miles a day, which he has done for some 40 years. His slender built, smiling face, and friendly demeanor left all of us shocked to hear that he had a double bypass a few months ago. He and his wife are very conscientious about good nutrition and her incredibly good recipes and cooking make it easy to eat right.

   Three times a week John has been going to rehab for cardiac exercises under the guidance of the program at Florida Hospital. He has not returned to bicycling yet though one can see the excitement and determination in his eyes when the subject comes up.

   John always has a smile, a helping hand, and a hug for everyone. He has been a successful businessman whose career required the same sense of earnestness as does his present health challenge.

   Earnest should be the middle name of my husband, Jim who has met the challenge of his general health and more recently his extensive back surgery. Three years ago he decided to lose weight and return to the level of exercise and activity he enjoyed most of his life. "I used to play racquetball every day." He played football in high school and college.

   He joined the YMCA and went there 5-6 times a week working on the elliptical, stationary bicycle, and weights. Jim's back started giving him more pain and episodes of spasm that "sent me to the floor. I have known for 25 years I had stenosis, but did not realize how serious it was." 

   His surgery took 5 hours instead of the usual 2 hours because the arthritic vertebrae were so deeply calcified they looked like the top of the femur. Now it will be several months of recovery but he is determined to return to the YMCA and get back into his exercise regimen as soon as possible. He uses humor, common sense, and determination to overcome his present condition.

   All four of these men have lessons for all of us.
          1. Attitude is everything!
          2. Sense of humor is evident with each and their big smiles are bright lights.
          3. Each of them has always been earnest about taking good care of themselves.
          4. And they have each been involved in sports.

   Our bodies are still vulnerable, fragile, and our family history plays into our health status.  What we do with our bodies today; what our attitude is; how we eat today; and what exercising we do...and knowing our family health history ALL ARE IMPORTANT ASPECTS OF OUR FUTURE HEALTH.
                              Thank you, Ernest, Burt, John, and Jim for sharing your stories. 
                                          You are inspiring and outstanding role models.

Sunday, July 31, 2016


                                ARE YOU SEEING THE ROAD SIGNS 

         How often we jump into situations or make decisions before considering possible consequences, alternatives, or consulting with God or other people? 
We have all seen drivers rolling through an intersection (California stop) causing accidents or near-accidents. 
 Good advice is to stop, listen, and look in all directions. Decisions made in that manner always will prove to be the healthiest, wisest, and most rewarding.

           When I was a senior in college my mother required major     heart surgery and the family asked me to leave school to take care of her at home once she was discharged from the hospital. Selfishly I did not want to put my education on hold nor for my
safety did I want to return to the dysfunctional house I grew up in. 
           Yet, I took the detour and helped my mother during her recovery, returned to college a few years later, and confronted and healed from the memories of my childhood.
           By taking the detour I had a clearer purpose and goal for my education (nursing and psychology), and most importantly my mother and I resolved our issues.

          When a personal, business, health, or spiritual issue arises I call them challenges. I see them as times to learn and grow; to become better people. Sometimes these bumps in the road
seem endless, rough, and difficult to drive upon. To get onto a smooth road I believe we need to seek help through prayer, sharing with trusted friends, and looking toward peaceful 
resolutions. How long we are on the rough roads varies with the challenge and how we each face them.

                  In relationships we often yield to the wishes or needs of our partner for their growth and health; and it is usually best for us also. In the work world we must yield to the requests of our bosses and the company's policy. As citizens we are to follow the laws of our city, state, and country. Such yielding prevents chaos and  disruption. 
                  Sometimes it is difficult to yield to certain people, traditions, or laws because we do not agree with them or see that they are not in the best interest of yourself. The line between when to yield or not can sometimes be difficult to define.  Just as with most things in life it is best to seek help through prayer and trusted friends  for counsel.

We have just spent a week in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. There are two seasons in Minnesota: winter and construction! Everywhere we went there were detours, road closures, and construction. As we maneuvered our way around I could not help but think about my road of life. There have been many detours, stops, yields, and rough times that have been a part of my journey.

In my Outshine book I share how I coped with that big bump.
Available at myBook.to/Ovarian  All proceeds go to gynecologic cancer research. 


Friday, July 15, 2016


I am posting an interview I did with Sally Cronin. I am grateful for this opportunity.

Smorgasbord Open House – Award Winning author Karen Ingalls.

smorgasbord open house twoMy guest today is Karen Ingalls, the author of two novels and an award winning non-fiction book. Her journey as a writer began as a child, writing poems and short stories which were Karen’s way of dealing with various life changing events. She is a member of Rave Reviews Book Club and supports other authors in the club in posts on her blogs.
Karen’s non-fiction book, Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir, won first place at the 2012 Indie Excellence Book Awards in the the category of women’s health. It was a top three finalist for the Independent Publisher Book Award of 2012 in the two categories of health and self-help.
The purpose of the book is to provide information about this too often deadly disease, and offer hope and inspiration to women and their families. Karen is a retired RN and has a master’s degree in human development. She faced the challenge of ovarian cancer with the same tools when she dealt with abuse, alcoholic parents, divorce, and untimely deaths. All proceeds from the book go to ovarian cancer research
Her first novel, Novy’s Son, The Selfish Genius, is about Murray Clark, who sought love and acceptance from his father, who had been raised as the bastard child of the famous sculptor, Augustus Saint-Gaudens. After reading Iron John by Robert Bly, Karen recognized what was missing in her father’s life.
Davida is Karen’s second novel. It is about the love affair between her great-grandfather Augustus Saint-Gaudens and her great-grandmother Davida Johnson Clark. Very little is known about Davida except her role as a model for many of the sculptor’s famous works.
Karen Ingalls is a Californian by birth, a Minnesotan in her heart, and a contented Florida retiree. She loves gardening, golfing, and reading, but her real passion is writing.
Let’s take a more detailed look at Karen’s books and reviews.
About Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir
When Karen Ingalls was diagnosed with Stage II Ovarian Cancer, she realized how little she knew about what was once called ”the silent killer.” As Ingalls began to educate herself she felt overwhelmed by the prevalent negativity of cancer. Lost in the information about drugs, side effects, and statistics, Ingalls redirected her energy to focus on the equally overwhelming blessings of life, learning to rejoice in each day and find peace in spirituality.
In this memoir, Karen is a calming presence and positive companion, offering a refreshing perspective of hope with the knowledge that ”the beauty of the soul, the real me and the real you, outshines the effects of cancer, chemotherapy, and radiation.”
Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir is a story of survival, and reminds readers that disease is not an absolute, but a challenge to recover.
Some of the many positive reviews for the book.
From the very beginning, it is clear that Outshine: An Ovarian Cancer Memoir will do more than tell a story. It will take us on a journey.
We seem to shy away from talking about Ovarian Cancer. As a two-time Ovarian Cancer survivor myself, I know just how true that can be. It’s called the silent killer, but it’s as if somewhere along the line that came to mean we should stay silent. Thankfully, Karen Ingalls did not stay silent. In this beautiful, touching memoir, she shares with us her reality. And as she does, we realize that we stay silent because silence is easy. What the author has done is not easy, but it makes a difference, and I for one am extremely grateful that she shared her journey with us.
Very positive By Future Boy on November 6, 2014
Very positive story. I like the author’s frame of mind and her very useful tips for avoiding, confronting, and surviving cancer, whatever form it might take.
She also writes in an easy-to-follow, conversational style that never makes for dull reading. The inclusion of uplifting quotes and the frequent, but not overwhelming, mentions of her spiritual faith are touching.
Thank you for your service to the millions of us who do not have cancer, and for those of us who may get cancer someday.
The novels by Karen Ingalls.
Novy’s Son, The Selfish Genius – a biographical novel
From his early childhood, Murray Clark sought love and acceptance from his father, who was raised as the bastard child of a famous artist. Murray struggled with jealousy toward his younger brothers, and he questioned the morals and values of people around him.
As an adult, Matthew lived life his way, with years of lying, womanizing, and heavy drinking. Though married four times, did he ever find unconditional love?
Would Murray’s high intelligence, his love for his two daughters, and his unique philosophy of life help him rise above his demons?
One of the reviews for the book
The thing that struck me the most about this biographical novel was the way the author, Karen Ingalls, was able to reflect social changes surrounding the main character, Murray. 
Ingalls does a great job of putting us into the life of a boy growing up in 1920s California. And from the morals and parenting styles of that era, she adds a new light to universal coming-of-age dramas. Puberty, the opposite sex, and sibling rivalry. This first part of the book reminded me of the brothers’ story in East of Eden, right down to one brother going off to war and even some shockers involving paternity.
As Murray reaches adulthood, we see that he is a very capricious (and somewhat frustrating) protagonist. He can’t seem to stay focused on anything for very long, and that includes wives, mistresses, jobs, entrepreneurial ventures—even his own children are neglected. He’s always envisioning slights or plots against him, and his default reaction to these perceived injustices is to storm away from the problem and ignore it. Still, if you like flawed characters who represent the tumultuous and indulgent decades of the 60s and 70s, you may be very intrigued by Murray. Think Mad Men’s Don Draper.
And it’s interesting to see Murray’s lifestyle come full circle as he reaches his nineties and find himself more and more dependent on healthcare workers and his semi-estranged family.
About Davida: Model and Mistress of Augustus Saint-Gaudens
51UoH+3YtiL._UY250_Augustus Saint-Gaudens was the premier American sculptor from 1880-1920. Though married he fell in love with his model, Davida Johnson Clark and their love affair lasted more than twenty-five years. This fictionalized account will introduce the reader to some of the great art, historical facts, and the moral values of that era.
The author is the great-granddaughter from this union and her purpose in writing the book is to bring recognition to Davida and remove any negative stigma to her. Her grandfather suffered his whole life from being labeled a bastard while growing up and this story is intended to remove that label.
How can a love affair last for such a long period of time? What affect did it have on his career? How did his wife and son cope with their being a second family?
This is a compelling and beautiful love story that has needed to be told.
One of the reviews for the book.
Read and Heed By Book Maven on June 21, 2016
Davida: Model and Mistress of Augustus Saint-Gaudens is a fictional memoir (not my usual genre) based on conjecture of true history. The characters are believable and well-defined, making poor decisions that result in both joy and grief, as is the case too often in real life. The main character maintains a good attitude, but her lot in life saddened me.
The history is well-researched making it easy to feel the way life moved and changed from the late 1800’s to the early 1900’s. I had to go look up Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ actual works which are amazing. The writing is well-edited; the pace is relaxed, and it is written in third person (which I prefer). It is geared for adult readers due to a couple of explicit scenes.
The blogger
Karen has a weekly blog on relationships, health, facing life’s challenges, and spirituality. A second weekly blog for authors and avid readers.
There is no doubt that excessive sugar is not healthy for humans as there is an increased risk of obesity and related diseases such as diabetes and certain cancers. However, sugar has also been associated with the accelerated growth of cancer cells. Karen provides a details and informed post on sugars in general and the my ths surrounding it and cancer.
Karen’s second blog is a showcase for authors and you will find some excellent interviews including this with Rave Reviews Book Club Spotlight Author, Joy Nwosu Lo-Bamijoko.
Now I have great pleasure in welcoming Karen this morning and handing over to her to answer the questions she has chosen about her family history, favourite leisure pastimes, choice of actor to play her lead character and which guests she would like to entertain for dinner.
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Where were you born and can you tell us something about the history of your place of birth or any interesting historical fact?
I was born in San Diego, California in the hospital that my great aunt Helen started. She was a nurse who had a vision for good and fair nursing care in a hospital. She started her dream in a boarding house on Park Blvd; then expanded to another building on Date Street; and finally completing her dream with her own hospital named Quintard Hospital.
It was a 50 bed hospital with an emergency room, small surgical suite, and a penthouse on the top floor where she and her husband lived. My dad, grandfather and uncle with the aid of some other workers built the hospital brick by brick. My sister and I were both born there, which is a wonderful thing to claim in our heritage. Unfortunately the hospital was torn down around 1962 unable to compete with the new health care programs and hospitals being built in surrounding areas.
Which is your favorite leisure pastime?
I love to play golf. I wish I were better but I love the challenge to my athleticism, sense of reading greens, and understanding the mechanics of the swing and stance. I would love to get a hole-in-one which I know is just plain lucky, but it would be a great accomplishment for someone like me who has been playing golf for 40 years. One of the best things about playing golf is being with friends and nature. Whether it is cold, windy, and cloudy I would rather be outside with nature. On courses I have seen deer in Minnesota, hawks in Arizona, and eagles, hawks, and many alligators in Florida. One time my ball landed about ten feet from a very large alligator who was enjoying the warm afternoon sun. I left my ball where is was and dropped another one further away. I was not interested in being his lunch!
If you are an author and one of your books was selected to be made into a film; who would you like to play your main character and why?
My most recent book titled Davida is based on the true story of the love affair between Augustus Saint-Gaudens and his model, Davida. He was America’s premier sculptor from 1880 to 1925.
I am not as familiar with today’s young actresses. I think Emily Blunt might be a possibility with her simple beauty. If Ingrid Bergman were alive, she would be the perfect actress. Davida was considered by Saint-Gaudens as the epitome of beauty…the ethereal woman. It was not just her physical beauty, but her mental and spiritual beauty. She was kind, gentle, sweet, and naturally beautiful. It would take a very gifted actress to capture her essence.
Which four famous guests would you ask to a dinner party and why?
The first person who came to mind was Mahatma Gandhi. I admire his strength of faith, his ability to lead, and his the principals by which he lived. What a better place each of our lives would be in if we adopted at least one of his gifts.
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Mother Teresa would also be at my dinner party for the same reasons as Gandhi.
James Michener’s gift of retelling history in a biographically fictionalized way was most interesting and I read every one of his books. I do not know but I do believe he was a spiritual man which Gandhi and Mother Teresa were.
51Jeir2TMeL._SX392_BO1,204,203,200_My final guest would be Augustus Saint-Gaudens who had the beautiful gift to express his spirituality through sculpture. In his personal life I believe he sought that peace and contentment which I believe the other guests had.
The round table sitting would be in clock-wise: Gandhi, Saint-Gaudens, Mother Teresa, James Michener, and then me. The round table would be simply set with delicious vegetarian dishes. I would start the conversation by asking them each to describe their vision of God and how He did or did not influence their lives. They each made incredible contributions to the world and I believe we all have some great lessons to learn from them just as they do from each other.
All the above books are available from https://www.amazon.com
My projects for this year:
My number one project is to promote my newest novel, Davida which was just published in March 2016. I just started a new blog site (www.kareningalls.blogspot.com) for writers and avid readers. My purpose is to help other authors and to bring awareness about old and new books to the reading audience. I like doing interviews because a personality comes forth. He or she is not “just an author,” but a human being with hopes, dreams, and frailties like all of us.
My goal is to get a minimum of 100 followers for the new blog site, and increase the followers of my first blog site (www.outshineovariancancer.blogspot.com). At this site I blog about health/wellness, relationships, and spirituality. Here again I invite guest bloggers including authors and writers.
My goal for 2016 is to do at least one presentation each month about one or all of my books. Aside from those my goal is to do a gynecologic cancer presentation at least once a month and write monthly articles for blogs, websites, and journals.
Sally, thank you again for the opportunity to share a little about myself with you. If you need any clarification or more information please do not hesitate to contact me.
Connect with Karen on her blogs and social media.
My thanks to Karen for sharing her work, family history and passions with us. As always would be delighted to receive your comments and if you could share on your own networks that would be great.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016



       CANCER WILL STRIKE 15,780 CHILDREN AND            
              ADOLESCENTS THIS YEAR (According to NCI)

                  OF THAT 1,960 WILL NOT SURVIVE.

According to The American Cancer Society the most common cancers diagnosed in children are:
  • Leukemia.
  • Brain and other central nervous system tumors.
  • Neuroblastoma.
  • Wilms tumor.
  • Lymphoma (including both Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin)
  • Rhabdomyosarcoma.
  • Retinoblastoma.
  • Bone cancer (including osteosarcoma and Ewing sarcoma)


At the age of 3 years old, Daniel Patton was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia. He went through extensive chemotherapy, bone marrow biopsies, and  many spinal taps. His family decided that they wanted to provide information and support to others, and Daniel began talking about his experience. 
 “No story is the same, and no battle is the same,” he says of the people he’s met, but he does have a piece of advice for anyone touched by the disease, whether in childhood or beyond: “Live life to the fullest. I think most people who have been diagnosed with cancer can really relate to that.”

Cole Eicher had been experiencing double vision, lack of balance, and nausea and vomiting. He was diagnosed with medullablastoma, a brain tumor the size of a golf ball. He had surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, and a stem cell transplant.
"When I was on the cancer floor and I would walk by all the rooms filled with kids, I saw that they were often too small or too sick to be able to speak out and help others. I knew then that I must speak for them and other kids fighting cancer."

At one years old, Alexandra Ojeda was diagnosed with a type of bone cancer, Ewing sarcoma. It settled in her right jaw and she went through 32 surgeries and chemotherapy. 
Today she states "I feel my problem was just God's way of letting me know my role in this planet. I am alive because I am meant to help those parents and children who might be affected by this painful and awful disease."

              What can you do to help children,      
          adolescents and their families?

**Abigail Sterns of Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI is working on a project called CancerEd where she and her team are developing curriculum materials to teach children about cancer in an interactive way.

**If you know someone whose child is now facing or has had cancer, please share this blog with them. 

**Here is the link https://calvin.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_0MndeNMpGJ3iKEd to a brief and confidential survey that will lend information and direction to this team of students trying to make our world a little better for children and their families dealing with cancer. 

                   Thank you for your help with this
                              most worthy cause.

Friday, June 24, 2016


                              THERE ARE SO MANY NEEDS IN THE WORLD...
                                          OFTEN THEY ARE RIGHT NEXT DOOR...
                                                   OR IN OUR OWN HOMES AND FAMILY.
Here is one story about a young mother who turned tragedy and sadness into a way of serving others. She now brings peace and comfort to those who have suffered the same loss as she did.

The young couple heard the words, hydrous fetalis for the first time. They had been celebrating the pregnancy of a little girl who they named Viviana Iris Acosta. Sonograms confirmed that Viviana's lungs and her head had filled up with fluid and were told the baby would not likely make it to term.
The choice of an abortion was not an option for this couple based on their Christian beliefs. However, Viviana's heart stopped beating by the seven month of pregnancy and was born Nov. 3, 2008.

Leaving the hospital without a sweet baby in her arms was a very traumatic experience and it was then that the idea of making boxes with keepsakes in them came about.

                                                  Viviana’s Memory Boxes

Each keepsake box contains the following:
  • “When Hello Means Goodbye” (a booklet on infant loss and grieving)
  • Handmade receiving blanket for baby
  • Bible scriptures and poems to help comfort the family
  • Plush Teddy Bear
  • Forget – Me – Not Seeds
  • Small photo album
  • New Testament Bible
  • Journal with ink pen
  • Tissues
  • Lip gloss
                        For more information go to: http://kalebkares.com

John Michael Night at 18 years old on Dec. 14 suffered a very rare stroke, in the brain-stem. This has left the young man unable to move anything but his eyes, yet his spirit is strong and vibrant. He went through intensive rehabilitation at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta. Received visitors, cards, and gifts from all over the world offering him prayers and encouragement.

The senior high student wanted to walk at graduation. And, he did with the help of his classmates and his own sense of will and fortitude. For weeks he practiced the simplest of movements that any of us take for granted. He can now hold his head up, swallow food, lift his arms, and even speak a few words. John's sense of self-will, tenaciousness, and faith made him a great LaCrosse player and now helping him to overcome this great challenge.

On Twitter he listed John 13:7 as the Bible verse he lives by: "You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand."

              From an article in the Orlando Sentinel: ksantich@tribpub.com

I think of the woman who started Ovarian Cancer Women on Facebook as a place for support, encouragement, and information, and is now in hospice
...for a dear friend whose only child and her long-time pet died within 6 months of each other
...of another precious friend whose son died unexpectedly
...of all my teal sisters who are dealing with ovarian cancer
...of the tragic and senseless deaths here in Orlando on June 12
...for the hundreds who die in war, accidents, poverty, illness, or natural weather events

WHY? I have no answer to that question. Why do some people suffer more than others? I only know that whatever challenge that comes into my life I need to learn and grow from it. I try to be a better person.
                  As my coffee mug states: Just when the caterpillar thought the world
                                   was over, it became a butterfly...Proverb

Monday, June 6, 2016


               SUGAR CAUSES CANCER...

                             OR DOES IT?

The question as to whether or not sugar causes cancer is a controversial one. The purpose of this blog is to present the scientific facts from some respectable researchers have done. I hope you read it with an open mind and come to a decision that is right for you as to the role of sugar in your diet.

                          Where does the myth come from?
"... spread by many cancer-related websites and reports. According to the myth, eating sugar feeds cancer making it grow faster. This myth has convinced many cancer patients to stop eating sugar hoping that in way, the cancer will stop growing. In addition, cutting sugar off your diet means that you eliminate also beneficial foods, such as fruits.
                            The reality behind the myth
What we know is that sugar doesn't make cancer grow faster. All cells, including cancer cells, depend on blood sugar (glucose) for energy. But giving more sugar to cancer cells doesn't speed their growth. Likewise, depriving cancer cells of sugar doesn't slow their growth.

This misconception may be based in part on a misunderstanding of positron emission tomography (PET scan), which uses a small amount of radioactive tracer — typically a form of glucose. All tissues in your body absorb some of this tracer, but tissues that are using more energy — including cancer cells — absorb greater amounts. For this reason, some people have concluded that cancer cells grow faster on sugar. But this isn't true.

However, there is some evidence that consuming large amounts of sugar is associated with an increased risk of certain cancers, including esophageal cancer. It can also lead to weight gain and increase the risk of obesity and diabetes, which may increase the risk of cancer.

Cancer cells have receptors called insulin growth factors, which cancer cells can use to spread cancer. Excess sugar goes to the liver, which is then metabolized. When there is an overload of sugar in the liver, it is concerted to fat. This causes a buildup of belly fat and cytokines, which can increase your risk for cancer.

Sugar consumption in the United States is on the rise. Americans on average individually consume about 100 to 150 pounds of sugar per year. Based on these findings and other research suggesting a link between sugar consumption and cancer, the researchers advise a diet low in sugar. Other than cancer, sugar consumption is a major risk factor for the development of other health conditions such as obesity and heart disease. According to the American Heart Association, women should have no more than 6 teaspoons of sugar per day, and men should have no more than 9 teaspoons of sugar per day. Many Americans consume about double that amount.
It is important to be able to spot the hidden sugars in food, as this is where many people don’t realize their dietary mistakes lie. Sugar isn’t just found within “sugar” on a food label. Sugar can be within a number of other ingredients such as fructose, lactose, sucrose, maltose, glucose, and dextrose. While it is unlikely you’ll be able to completely avoid sugar, it is possible to choose healthier, natural sugars such as agave nectar and honey. Artificial sweeteners should be avoided.
Let’s look at the evidence to find out whether sugar causes cancer to grow and spread more quickly.
                 It’s what sugar does to your waistline that can lead to cancer.
 ...being overweight or obese puts you at a higher risk for cancer and other diseases.

“Your body’s cells use sugar to keep your vital organs functioning,” says Clare McKindley, clinical dietitian at MD Anderson’s Cancer Prevention Center. “But too much daily sugar can cause weight gain. And, unhealthy weight gain and a lack of exercise can increase your cancer risks.”

                                           Eat the right amount of sugar
So, how much sugar is safe to eat?  Women should have no more than six teaspoons per day (25 grams), and men should have no more than nine teaspoons per day (37 grams), says the American Heart Association. This equals to about 100 calories for women and 150 for men.

If you’re like most Americans, you actually eat more than double that much sugar in a day — about 22 teaspoons. That’s 260 cups or 130 lbs. of sugar each year.
Even worse, all that extra sugar breaks down to about 500 calories per day. That’s hundreds of calories with absolutely no nutritional or cancer-fighting benefit.
And, it’s not just sweets that are loaded with sugar. Pasta sauce, salad dressings and canned vegetables also have hidden sugars. Canned and processed foods are some of the biggest offenders.

Spot hidden sugars in food

Some sugary foods don’t include “sugar” on the ingredient list. That’s because sugar is often disguised under different names. Here are some hidden “sugar” words to look out for:
  • fructose (natural sugar from fruits)
  • lactose (natural sugar from milk)
  • sucrose (made from fructose and glucose)
  • maltose (sugar made from grain)
  • glucose (simple sugar, product of photosynthesis)
  • dextrose (form of glucose)
Opt for natural sugars
Natural sugars, like molasses, agave nectar, honey and maple syrup, are packed with antioxidants that protect your body from cancer.

Even though these sweet options are natural, they still have about the same amount of calories as regular sugar. So, it’s important to stick to the recommended daily serving for sugar.

Avoid artificial sweeteners
Do you prefer artificial sweeteners over sugar?
Some studies done with laboratory animals have found links between artificial sweeteners and cancer. But, no proof exists that says artificial sweeteners definitely cause cancer. Until more is known, your best bet is to avoid or limit artificial sweeteners.

Rein in your sweet tooth
Bottom line: sugar, when eaten in small amounts, can fit into a balanced diet. And, if you have a sweet tooth, it’s better to get your sugar fix from naturally sweet fruits than processed foods. 

"The current study investigated the impact of dietary sugar on mammary gland tumor development in multiple mouse models, along with mechanisms that may be involved," said co-author Lorenzo Cohen, Ph.D., professor of Palliative, Rehabilitation, and Integrative Medicine. "We determined that it was specifically fructose, in table sugar and high-fructose corn syrup, ubiquitous within our food system, which was responsible for facilitating lung metastasis and 12-HETE production in breast tumors."

The MD Anderson team conducted four different studies in which mice were randomized to different diet groups and fed one of four diets. At six months of age, 30 percent of mice on a starch-control diet had measurable tumors, whereas 50 to 58 percent of the mice on sucrose-enriched diets had developed mammary tumors. The study also showed that numbers of lung metastases were significantly higher in mice on a sucrose- or a fructose-enriched diet, versus mice on a starch-control diet.
"This study suggests that dietary sucrose or fructose induced 12-LOX and 12-HETE production in breast tumor cells in vivo," said Cohen. "This indicates a possible signaling pathway responsible for sugar-promoted tumor growth in mice. How dietary sucrose and fructose induces 12-HETE and whether it has a direct or indirect effect remains in question."
The study team believes that the mechanism by which dietary sucrose or fructose affects breast tumor growth and metastasis, especially through the 12-LOX pathways, warrants further investigation.

5 Reasons Cancer and Sugar are Best Friends

cancer_and_sugarPatrick Quillin, PHD, RD, CNS, former director of nutrition for Cancer Treatment Centers of America in Tulsa, OK, wrote: “It puzzles me why the simple concept ‘sugar feeds cancer’ can be so dramatically overlooked as part of a comprehensive cancer treatment plan” (Nutrition Science News, April 2000). I agree.  Sugar is cancer’s favorite food.  There are at least five reasons that cancer and sugar are best friends.


Cancer cells love sugar! That is why refined carbohydrates like white sugar, white flour, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and soft drinks are extremely dangerous for anyone trying to prevent or reverse cancer.  Sugar essentially feeds tumors and encourages cancer growth. Cancer cells uptake sugar at 10-12 times the rate of healthy cells.  In fact, that is the basis of PET (positive emission tomography) scans — one of the most accurate tools for detecting cancer growth.   PET scans use radioactively labeled glucose to detect sugar-hungry tumor cells.  When patients drink the sugar water, it gets preferentially taken up into the cancer cells and they light up! The 1931 Nobel laureate in medicine, German Otto Warburg, PhD, discovered that cancer cells have a fundamentally different energy metabolism compared to healthy cells. He found that malignant tumors exhibit increased glycolysis — a process whereby glucose is used as a fuel by cancer — as compared with normal cells. 


Warburg also found that cancers thrive in an acidic environment. Sugar is highly acidic.  With a pH of about 6.4, it is 10 times more acidic than the ideal alkaline pH of blood at 7.4.


Sugar suppresses a key immune response known as phagocytosis – the Pac-Man effect of the immune system.  Consuming 10 teaspoons of sugar can cause about a 50% reduction in phagocytosis.  
Not only the amount of sugar, but also the frequency of ingesting sugar is relevant to immune function. In one study, research subjects were found to have nearly a 38% decrease in phagocytosis one hour after ingesting a moderate amount of sugar. Two hours later, the immune system was suppressed 44%; immune function did not recover completely for a full five hours.


In most people, when sugar in any form is consumed, the pancreas releases insulin.  Breast tissue, for example, contains insulin receptors, and insulin is a powerful stimulant of cell growth.  One group of Australian researchers concluded that high levels of insulin and insulin-like growth factor (IGF) may actually be causative of cancers of the breast, prostate, endometrium and pancreas. A broad study conducted in 21 countries in Europe, North America and Asia concluded that sugar intake is a strong risk factor contributing to higher breast cancer rates, particularly in older women. A four-year study at the National Institute of Public Health and Environmental Protection in the Netherlands compared 111 biliary tract cancer patients with 480 healthy controls. Sugar intake was associated with more than double the cancer risk.
5- Obesity
Sugar ingestion seriously contributes to obesity, a known cause of cancer.  Obesity also negatively affects survival.  More than 100,000 cases of cancer each year are caused by excess body fat, according to the American Institute for Cancer Research.  These include esophageal, pancreatic, kidney, gallbladder, breast and colorectal cancer.

Sugar Substitutes

Although I am against sugar, please don’t think I recommend artificial sugar substitutes! Sweeteners containing aspartame, saccharin or sucralose have been shown to contribute to bladder cancer, lymphoma and leukemia, according to the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. Good sugar substitutes are stevia (an all-natural herb from South America), barley malt, rice syrup, and palm sugar.  Even high-glycemic sweeteners like Sucanat, evaporated cane juice, molasses, honey and pure maple syrup are nutritionally superior to refined table sugar or HFCS, and you can avoid sugar spiking if you consume them in the presence of high fiber foods like ground flaxseeds.

Do I consume processed sugar? Yes, in very low amounts. A piece of Dove dark chocolate after supper is my main source of processed sugar. I use stevia when I bake, which is seldom. I believe in moderation in all things. 
Please comment about your thoughts on the role of sugar and cancer. We can all learn from each other.