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In Sugar We Trust

February 13, 2013

Sugar Pyramid

Sugar, Diabetes and Incurable Disease
by Unknown (Don Buscher)

White sugar is refined sucrose (simple sugar),  C12H22O11 , produced by multiple chemical processing of the juice of the sugar cane or sugar beet, and by removal of all fiber, protein and minerals, which amount to 90 percent of the natural plant.

This is also about brown/ raw/ turbinado sugar, molasses, syrups, and other concentrated sweeteners like : dextrose (glucose) , fructose, galactose, maltose, lactose, dextrin, dextrains,  and honey. Our body digests and absorbs these concentrated sources of sugars rapidly, and quickly turns them into saturated fatty acids and cholesterol. If we do not burn off the fat through activity, it will start accumulating under our skin, in our liver, in our arteries, and other organs.

One thing is a common characteristic for all those sweeteners: they are concentrated and composed of simple sugars  (monosaccharide  and disaccharide). Simple sugars are also called rapid sugars because they do not need digestion and are absorbed rapidly in our bloodstream.

After being absorbed in our bloodstream, they rise blood glucose levels too high. This condition is called hyperglycemia, and is one of the symptoms of diabetes. If or pancreas function as it should, it will produce enough insulin to remove excess glucose from our bloodstream with amazing efficiency.

But, huge production of insulin can not be stopped in the same moment as sugar stop coming in the bloodstream. Too much insulin will then cause too rapid fall of glucose level in the blood. That is called hypoglycemia, and symptoms may include depression, dizziness, crying spells, aggression, insomnia, weakness, and even loss of consciousness.    

When blood glucose falls too low, our adrenal glands will mobilize the body’s stores of glycogen (starch like carbohydrate, stored in liver and muscle) and will also stimulate the synthesis of glucose from proteins and other substances present in our body.

A diet rich in sugars will catch our pancreas and adrenal glands in a biochemical see-saw, overworking them. It could weaken pancreas and result in diabetes. Cardiovascular complications that follow excess glucose or fats kill many diabetics. If our body is unable to use all of the extra fats and cholesterol produced from sugars, it must dump the additional load. Fats can be deposited in the cells of our liver, heart, arteries, fat tissues, kidneys, muscles, and other organs.  That is beginning of  fatty degeneration.

One of the aspects of fatty degeneration is deposition of visible fat in places where it is not normally found in healthy people. Fatty degeneration includes atherosclerosis, fatty liver and kidneys, some tumors, obesity and some forms of diabetes. 

Sugars inhibit the function of our immune system, and increase diseases caused by poor immune function, such as colds, flu, AIDS, allergies, infections, …

Sugars increase our body’s production of adrenaline by four times, which puts the body into a state of  ‘fight or flight’  stress, without anything to fight or flee from, except the consumption of sugar. This stress reaction increases the production of both cholesterol and cortisone. Cortisone inhibits immune function.

Sugars lack the vitamins and minerals required for their own metabolism. To be metabolized, sugars must draw on our body’s stores of these nutrients. The more sugars you eat, the more vitamins and minerals you need. It can leach B, C, D  vitamins, and minerals: calcium, phosphorous, iron, selenium, zinc, chromium, vanadium, tin, boron, bismuth, rear earth elements etc. from our teeth, bones, and tissues.

As these are depleted, our body becomes less able to carry out other functions that require minerals and vitamins to be present: to metabolize fats and cholesterol; to convert cholesterol into bile acids for removal from our body through the stool; or to burn-off excess fats as heat or increased activity. As a result , our cholesterol level rises; our metabolic rate goes down; fats burn more slowly; gall stones are crystallizing in or liver; we feel less like exercising, and our weight is increasing.   We have already started walking our way to cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.

According to Kathleen DesMaisons in her book Potatoes Not Prozac sugar sensitive people , those who have a more volatile reaction to the substance, usually have low levels of serotonin and low levels of beta endorphins.

The level of beta endorphins have a direct impact on a person’s self esteem, tolerance for pain, sense of connectiveness and to the ability to take personal responsibility for action. It follows that with higher levels of beta endorphins the disease management process would be easier.

When blood sugar spikes it signals the adrenal glands to release more adrenaline. This leads to adrenal fatigue and in turn makes blood sugar ups and downs ever more pronounced. Note this, for many of us have adrenals already fatigued from overeating of sugar.

How to stop eating sugar ?

If , after reading those facts you feel to stop eating sugar , we are recommending next alternatives: dry fruit, fresh fruit, fresh fruit juice,  resins, apple syrup, rice malt, barley malt.

But, do not just replace sugar with malt, or apple syrup.  It is also important to generally decrease consumption of concentrated sweeteners. Eat more fresh fruit and compote.       

The easiest way of decreasing consumption of sugar is by decreasing consumption of meat. If you eat meat, you need sugar, and visa versa. Serious trouble can happen if the balance is off which is easy since sugar is addictive, like a drug. If you are a vegetarian and eat mostly carbohydrates, the effect of extra sugar is heightened.

According to William Duffy in Sugar Blues the difference between sugar addiction and narcotic addiction is largely one of degree.  Here are some suggestions to make the withdrawal easier:
– As you are reducing the amount of sugar also reduce the amount of meat you are eating.
– Eat a bit of ginger before meals.
– Craving for Sugar and sweets is a symptom of Chromium and Vanadium deficiency. Taking Colloidal minerals that contain trace minerals  Chromium and Vanadium would solve problem of craving for Sugar and sweets!
– Don’t eat any concentrated sweetener for breakfast.
– Eat your breakfast, but start with fruit.
– Take a pause between fruit and other food.
– Never eat fruit together with other food.
– Get to know some new foods that have a subtle sweet taste from natural sugars. Try manna bread (tastes like a muffin but is made only from sprouted grains).
– Get to know more about the sugar/depression/energy connection. Read Food and Healing, Sugar Blues, or Potatoes Not Prozac.

 More about sugar :

Consuming large amounts of refined sugars places an extra burden on the body to supply the nutrients, specifically the B vitamins, chromium, magnesium, and zinc, needed to convert glucose (blood sugar) into energy. According to USDA biochemist Richard Anderson, refined sugar may also impair the absorption of trace minerals like copper and chromium present in some of the other foods we have eaten.

Refined simple sugars also have an impact on brain chemistry. They raise serotonin levels, which can leave you feeling drowsy. However, the unrefined simple fruit sweeteners have less impact on brain chemistry because they are high in the sugar fructose, which does not affect serotonin levels.

Choosing natural sweeteners  rich in complex carbohydrates and reading labels before buying a product will help you reduce your consumption of refined sugar. Natural sweeteners retain most of their vitamins and minerals, and many contain complex carbohydrates.

(P.S.  I do not want to be misunderstood. I will explain that concentrated sweeteners are bad for your health. BUT, that does not mean that you should use artificial sweeteners like aspartame (nutra sweet), xilitol, sorbitol, or any other artificial sweeteners.)


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