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Update: 22 October 2017

Sugar

Author: Julie Casper, L. Ac.

Sugar, in all of it's overt and clandestine forms — from the refined stuff in the bowl on your table, to honey and high fructose corn syrup — is a key contributor to many diseases and conditions, including obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and cancer.

Contents
  1. Sugar Toxicity
  2. Ensuring Addiction Struggles — for Life
  3. Metabolic Similarities Between Sugar and Alcohol
  4. Sugar and Increased Cancer Risk
  5. Resources
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Sugar Toxicity

Today there are many books, websites, and health advocates dedicated to warning us about the harm caused by eating sugar. Doctors have been warning us about the dangers of sugar for decades. Weston Price proved it with his extensive research in the early 1900's and explained it in his seminal book Nutrition and Physical Degeneration, physician and biochemist John Yudkin warned us in his 1972 book Pure, White and Deadly: How Sugar Is Killing Us and What We Can Do to Stop It

Because of its overwhelming presence in industrially processed food and drink products, sugar has become culturally normalized. Unfortunately sugary products are heavily marketed to those most vulnerable. Children are psychologically incapable of recognizing that they are being programmed for a life of sugar-realated health problems. A major factor that has kept us in the dark about sugar's detrimental impacts is the role that industry has played in keeping it that way. Food companies use tactics similar to the tobacco industry to downplay the harm caused by their sugar laden foods. The Union of Concerned Scientists is concerned about this issue too, check out this short article, Added Sugar, Subtracted Science: How Industry Obscures Science and Undermines Public Health Policy on Sugar. Sugar laced foods are so common that people are oblivious to the seriousness of the health threats. The list of debilitating health conditions related to sugar consumption is a very long one, including heart disease, obesity and hypertension.

I never drank soda much, but once I cut my fruit intake, I lost weight and never gained it back. Even when I am not exercising much. When I started hTMA, I eliminated all simple carbohydrates and fruit from my diet for several months. Now that my health and weight have improved, I do eat small servings of fruits to get all the good vitamins and antioxidants. A Happy Patient

The research condemning sugar is conclusive. In order to protect health, sugar consumption should be minimal. "Sugar" includes, sucrose, fructose, (anything with the suffix "-ose,") and many commonly consumed carbohydrates, like bread for example.

How sugar affects the brain - By Nicole Avena, animation by STK Films. When you eat something loaded with sugar, your taste buds, your gut and your brain all take notice. This activation of your reward system is not unlike how bodies process addictive substances such as alcohol or nicotine — an overload of sugar spikes dopamine levels and leaves you craving more.

Ensuring Addiction Struggles — for Life

sugar cocaine brain scan comparison

PET brain scan comparing the similarity of the neurological activity stimulated by sugar with that of cocaine. The same areas in the brain are affected.

Many people do not appreciate the fact that sugar is a ‘gateway drug.’ For most of us, our childhood sugar consumption initiates a lifelong struggle with addictions of all kinds, chemical and emotional. There is growing clinical evidence of the likelihood of soda being at the root of many health and weight related conditions, including alcoholism. Excessive sugar intake also is likely one reason behind alcohol overconsumption as a child gets older.

Dr. Robert Lustig points to the overabundance of sugar in today's processed convenience foods, and explains how our bodies metabolize these sugars in the same way as alcohol or other toxins, causing damage to the liver and other organs.

Metabolic Similarities Between Sugar and Alcohol

Sugar in Fruit
Fruit Fructose Content
Apple 9.5 grams
Apricot 1.3 grams
Banana 7.1 grams
Blackberries (1 c.) 3.5 grams
Blueberries (1 c.) 7.4 grams
Cantaloupe (1/8 of melon) 2.8 grams
Cherries (10) 3.8 grams
Dates (1 medium) 2.6 grams
Orange 6.1 grams
Peach 5.9 grams
Pear 11.8 grams
Strawberries (1 c.) 3.8 grams
Watermelon (1/16 of melon) 11.3 grams

Sugar and Increased Cancer Risk

Something many people do not realize is that cancer cells are highly attracted to sugar. Since the odds of getting cancer are about 50% (1 in 2), doing what you can to improve your odds makes sense. For example, drastically reducing your sugar intake.

"Cancer lives on glucose. The cell takes glucose via insulin. Cancer cells have up to 15 more glucose receptor sites than healthy cells. Greedy for glucose, cancer cells starve the body, ergo the patient…"

Charles Walters, Minerals for the Genetic Code
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