The other day I was craving one of those delectable Cream Puff Gari Gari Kun ice pops from my local 7-Eleven with their sweet milky ice crystals coating a rich custard sauce center. So you know what I did?

I went right down to my local hospital for a colonoscopy, that’s what. Normally I’d actually eat the delicious snack, but after hearing about the latest book by Japanese author, Munetetsu Tei, I learned that it might actually be cancer trying to trick me.

In Tei’s latest book Gan No Iyagaru no Shokuji (Diets Cancer Hates) he explains why a sudden change in appetite might be a sign of something more serious going on inside you.

He recalls his early days as a physician. When making his afternoon rounds, Tei noticed that several cancer patients indulged in ice cream. He also claims that the patients who he saw pigging out on the stuff often made another visit when they relapsed, whereas patients who didn’t seemed to keep out of cancer treatment.

He then compares this to the changes in cravings that pregnant women experience. However, instead of a bundle of joy’s mouth, it’s malignant tissue calling the shots. While some foods require digestion to be broken down into energy providing sugars, junk foods like ice cream provide the glucose that cancer cells require to spread the fastest. And that’s not all says Tei.

“Cooling the body decreases its immune system functions and causes the cancer to spread. Cancer thrives on a diet that’s cold and sweet. Eating foods like candy or sugary drinks is like feeding cancer in patients.”

At first it might seem this is just another doctor bashing the easy target of junk food, but Tei says that this is more of an unusual change in cravings. This means if your an ice cream junkie to begin with wanting a popsicle is not alone a reason to panic.

However, if said ice cream junkie were to suddenly want carrot sticks and apples something also might be amiss. In a surprising move Dr. Tei doesn’t hesitate to lash out at foods generally considered healthy either.

“Although nutrients are lost when cooking vegetables, it helps them to absorb into the body. Therefore I believe it’s more effective than eating them raw. Not only that, recently fruits have very high sugar contents which means you can no longer flatly claim that fruit = healthy.”

Munetetsu Tei is currently the president of Nihon Pharmaceutical University, an institution which combines modern medicine with holistic treatments. As such many of his claims would seem to be more theoretical and based on experience rather than rigorously tested and evaluated through clinical study.

That being said, his core message of paying attention to changes in one’s body for signs of illness is definitely food for thought. However, if you don’t normally like thought but find you suddenly have a craving for it, you might want to get yourself checked out.

Source: News Post Seven via My Game News Flash (Japanese)
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