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Nobel Peace Prize 2020: Food Security & International Peace in the context of Climate Change

Nobel Awards recognise exemplary contribution of individuals & institutions “who have conferred the greatest benefit to humankind”. At the same time, they highlight some of the most pressing problems in the world. This year’s winner, the World Food Program (WFP) is world’s largest humanitarian organisation addressing hunger and promoting food security. Statement issued by Norwegian Nobel […]

Nobel Peace Prize 2020: Food Security & International Peace in the context of Climate Change

Climate change effects ‘IT’S ALL ABOUT GOVERNANCE’.

“It’s all about governance” This year’s theme on the International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction is about conveying the message that many disasters can be avoided if there are Disaster Risk Reduction strategies put in place by governments..I shared the same sentiments on the study that I carried out in 2019 as I was completing […]

Climate change effects ‘IT’S ALL ABOUT GOVERNANCE’.

Governments, Corporations or Individuals, Who Can Stop Climate Change?

The ecological crisis is at a tipping point. If we do not reduce the output of greenhouse emissions dramatically by 2030, we will trigger a catastrophic series of events which will be irrepressible. It is projected by The Grantham Institute on Climate Change that if we continue along our current path then in 2070 70-90 million people will be affected by flooding while two billion people will struggle with increased water scarcity. The impact will be so significant that millions of people will die and pressures on the Western states will cause a total political and economic collapse. This is a truly global issue that requires dramatic change across the world, however, will the individuals changing their behaviour stop climate change.

Governments, Corporations or Individuals, Who Can Stop Climate Change?

40% of Plants Threatened with Extinction

Can you imagine a world without plants? A recent study by the Royal Botanical Gardens in the UK found that two out of every five plant and fungi species are at risk for extinction. Unless immediate action is taken to address climate change, pollution, defrotestion, and other forms of environmental destruction, the planet could lose […]

40% of Plants Threatened with Extinction


Climate change is an activity of global warming and human interference. Earlier it was a natural process as nature repairs itself and provides us resources in various ways, but with the passes of time as the population is increasing human touch has increased in nature and its creating a ecological imbalance. Greta Thunberg a 17 […]


Rewilding could be the key to carbon capture

We can and should change our lifestyles to combat global warming, but everyone knows it will take time. Meanwhile, there’s an awful lot of carbon sloshing around in the atmosphere, heating us up, turning our coasts into sea and our land into deserts. And according to Nature, there is hope-rewilding. Here’s what they say Restoring […]

Rewilding could be the key to carbon capture

Is This The Only Thing We Need Do To Save The Planet?

Before I get started there are a couple of things you should know.  The first is I’m a pilot. (What? Didn’t you know!?) My choice of profession means I’m responsible for pumping copious amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. (Seriously a fucking lot!) It should also be said I love to do this in […]

Is This The Only Thing We Need Do To Save The Planet?

Artificial Intelligence helps detect deepfake videos

The Hindu Researchers tested the tool with an AI-based neural network on videos of former U.S. President Barack Obama. The neural network spotted over 90% of lip syncs involving Obama himself. (Subscribe to our Today’s Cache newsletter for a quick snapshot of top 5 tech stories. Click here to subscribe for free.) Researchers at Stanford […]

Artificial Intelligence helps detect deepfake videos

Eating no sugar diet

Fact-check: Eating a no-sugar diet does not cause cancer cells to ‘die naturally’

Eating a no-sugar diet does not cause cancer cells to ‘die naturally’. Photo: AFP
A Thai-language Facebook post claims that eating a sugar-free diet will cause cancer cells to “die naturally”. The misleading post, which also claims that hot lemon water and coconut oil cure cancer, has been shared tens of thousands of times. Similar misleading claims have circulated in social media posts from Africa to the United States. But the claims are all false; numerous doctors, cancer charities, and scientific studies all say that eating a sugar-free diet, drinking hot lemon water, and taking spoonfuls of coconut oil are not cures for cancer.
The post was published here on a Thailand-based Facebook page on July 8, 2019, where it has been shared more than 39,000 times.
The lengthy Thai-language caption translates to English in part as: “#howdocancerpatientsdie? Russian research found out that the cause of cancer patients’ death is from carelessness.”
The post claims: “If patients stop eating sugar, cancer cells will die naturally.”
It also claims: “Mixing lemon with hot water and drinking it for three months is actually better than chemotherapy.
It adds a final claim: “Take spoonfuls of organic coconut oil morning and night, and cancer cells will gradually disappear.”
Below is a screenshot of the misleading Thai-language post:

Similar claims about cancer cures have also been shared in Thai-language posts hereherehereherehere, and here.
Similar claims about a no-sugar diet’s cancer-killing abilities, and the benefits of hot water and lemon and coconut oil, have been in English on Facebook pages from America to Kenya.


Multiple doctors told AFP that the claim that a sugar-free diet causes “cancer cells (to) die naturally” is false; scientific studies also show that normal, healthy cells need sugar for energy.
Dr. Punlert Tanyakul, an oncologist at Phyathai Hospital in Bangkok, told AFP by phone on November 11, 2019, warned against a no-sugar diet.
“It is certainly not good to cut sugar out of your diet as sugar is needed for every human being’s body. If you don’t have any sugar in your body, body cells will not be able to survive and will be unable to function.”
But he added that “consuming too much sugar could increase the risks of cancer.”
Glucose is a primary energy source for most cells, according to this report published by the US-based National Library of Medicine.
The report states in part: “Glucose is a primary energy source for most cells and an important substrate for many biochemical reactions. As glucose is a need of each and every cell of the body, so are the glucose transporters”.
This report, ‘Curing cancer with effective methods for the better lives of patients’, written by Dr. Isara Anongchanya for the Vejthani Hospital in Bangkok does not list a sugar-free diet as a cure for cancer.
The “effective methods” for treating cancer listed in the report include: surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, hormonal therapy, immunotherapy, and bone marrow/stem cell transplantation.
This article published by UK based cancer charity Cancer Research UK states there is no evidence that a sugar-free diet can lower the risk of getting cancer or increase the chances of surviving it after diagnosis.
Cancer Research also published a video on YouTube here headlined: “Does Sugar Feed Cancer”.
“Fact: cutting out processed sugar won’t kill cancer cells” the video report says.

The Cancer Research written report states in part: “Cancer cells usually grow quickly, multiplying at a fast rate, which takes a lot of energy. This means they need lots of glucose. Cancer cells also need lots of other nutrients too, such as amino acids and fats; it’s not just sugar they crave.
“Here’s where the myth that sugar fuels cancer was born: if cancer cells need lots of glucose, then cutting sugar out of our diet must help stop cancer growth, and could even stop it developing in the first place. Unfortunately, it’s not that simple. All our healthy cells need glucose too, and there’s no way of telling our bodies to let healthy cells have the glucose they need, but not give it to cancer cells.
“There’s no evidence that following a ‘sugar-free’ diet lowers the risk of getting cancer, or boosts the chances of surviving if you are diagnosed.”

 Lemon water 

AFP has previously fact-checked claims that drinking hot lemon water can cure cancer in this report published in French on June 18, 2019.
Professor Nicolas Boissel, a specialist in blood cancer at the Saint-Louis hospital in Paris, told AFP: “Neither hot water, nor lemon, nor sugar-free diets have proven anti-cancer action. Lemon derivatives (like many other plants for that matter) have shown anti-cancer activity. This probably explains the confusion.”

Coconut oil 

The misleading post also claims: “Take spoonfuls of organic coconut oil morning and night, and cancer cells will gradually disappear.”
Multiple other Thai-language posts on Facebook make similar claims about the purported role of coconut oil as a cure for cancer, for example herehere, and here.
Below is a screenshot of one of the misleading Facebook posts:

The misleading post’s caption says: “Coconut oil’s effectiveness in killing colon cancer cells is as high as 93%” and it shares a link to a post with the same headline on a real estate blog.
The claim is false.
There is some evidence that lauric acid, which is found in coconut oil, could inhibit cancer cells’ growth, according to this study published by the US-based National Library of Medicine in 2017.
But the study cautioned that: “additional studies are warranted to further corroborate (lauric acid’s) usefulness in more comprehensive therapeutic approaches.”
Oncologist Dr Punlert told AFP that the claim that taking “spoonfuls of organic coconut oil” would cause cancer to disappear was incorrect.
“The claim is false. We haven’t seen any evidence or information about the cancer treatment related to coconut oil in the human body.”
This claim has previously been fact-checked by Africa Check in a June 2019 report published here.