Sugar, sugar

Let’s cut to the chase and be radical, and let’s be honest.


Sugar wreaks havoc on our health, leading to such serious ailments as obesity, 

type 2 diabetes, heart disease, inflammatory dis-eases, candidiasis, and even cancer.


With sugar intake we get the accompanying insulin surge. Think of the number

of sugar hits you get each day (the rea number may shock you) and you end up with

an overly sensitive insulin trigger and chronically elevated insulin levels. And the

adverse effects of too much insulin: Weight gain, especially around the midsection

(visceral fat), elevated blood pressure, elevated cholesterol and triglycerides, increased

deposits of plaque in the arterial walls, immune suppression (ie a reduction in the

effectiveness of the dis-ease and infection fighting immune system) and  insulin

resistance (when the cells in the body are resistant to insulin and are unable to use it



There’s a lot of hype at present in the media about sugar; but is it really the latest in a line of foods to be attacked as unacceptable? In this case, no. So if you thought sugar is all about sweetness and light, it is anything but. It has, if you had not already suspected from the above, a dark, sinister and heavy side (heavy being weight!)


What is sugar?


Table sugar isn’t the only baddy when it comes to sugar. Sugar comes by many, including corn syrup, dextrose, fruit juice, glucose, maltodextrin, maltose and molasses – and the artificial sweeteners eg Splenda and aspartame.


Sugar damage


We eat more sugar now than ever our ancestors did because we eat loads of processed, refined, and takeaway foods; almost all processed foods contain sugar. Processed foods are not good for you. And it takes little extra cost or time to prepare meals and eat natural foods.



While once we believed fatty foods to be the culprit for our expanding waistlines, that is now proven incorrect, and obesity, and many other epidemics have only worsened since food manufacturers, in order to tempt our taste buds and prolong the life of food,  began replacing fat with sugar.


Fortunately, the damage caused by sugar can be easily prevented and even reversed. While most diets (and who needs diets) tend to take months to show results, cutting back sugar consumption can show immediate, positive effects on overall health.


How sugar damages


It can:-


upset the body's mineral balance

suppress the immune system

contribute to a weakened defense against bacterial infection

contribute to hyperactivity, anxiety, depression, concentration difficulties, and

crankiness in children…and some adults!

raise adrenaline levels in children

contribute to eczema in children

cause drowsiness and decreased activity in children

produce a significant rise in triglycerides - a type of fat found in your blood. Your body needs triglycerides for energy and good health. But high triglycerides might raise your risk of heart disease and may be a sign of metabolic syndrome, the combination of high blood pressure, high blood sugar, too much fat around the waist, low HDL ("good") cholesterol, and high triglycerides. Metabolic syndrome increases your risk for heart disease, diabetes, and stroke.


reduce helpful high density cholesterol (HDLs)

promote an elevation of harmful cholesterol (LDLs)

increase total cholesterol



cause kidney damage

increase the risk of coronary heart disease


lead to chromium deficiency

cause copper deficiency

interfere with absorption of calcium and magnesium



It can cause …


an increase in delta, alpha and theta brain waves, which can then alter

the mind's ability to think clearly


cardiovascular disease


food allergies

free radical formation in the bloodstream

headaches, including migraine

 hormonal imbalance


liver cells to divide, increasing the size of the liver

toxemia during pregnancy









The calorie connection


Not all calories are created equally. 100 calories of sugar is not the same as 100 calories of spinach, kale, avocado, salad etc. Unfortunately, this is not what food companies would like you to believe, as they spend millions of dollars on advertising their ‘low-calorie’ food products trying to con you into believing that this means it is a healthy choice. It isn’t.


In fact, recent evidence suggests we shouldn’t even be counting calories; we should be focusing more on the ingredients in our food, and they should be natural foods with good vitamin, mineral, nutrient content.


While sugar may be advertised as “fat free,” this is just not-so-clever marketing, because although sugar itself contains no fat, it becomes stored as fat within the body system, especially if you are ingesting more sugar / carbohydrates than your liver can process at any given time.


We do not need to add sugar to our diet; it may provide taste but it provides absolutely no nutritional value to the body. The naturally occurring sugars in whole, natural foods are the only ones we need. Think of the sweetness in raspberries and other fruits and vegetables.


To avoid added sugars. read ingredient labels diligently. Added sugars come in many disguises, so look out for its various names, including: glucose/fructose, high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, sucrose, maltose, dextrose, beet sugar, glucose solids, cane sugar, dehydrated cane juice, dextrin, and maltodextrin, among others. A great way to avoid sugar is to just quit buying processed packaged and tinned foods and opt for whole, fresh foods instead.


That means, more vegetables and some fruit, preferably organic if you can afford it  – anything that has been unadulterated.


Remember, sugar is also highly addictive, as addictive as hard drugs.  It triggers the same centres of your brain as drugs like cocaine or heroin do.


Sugar and health conditions


Of the over 4 million cancer patients being treated in the U.S. today, and it’s estimated 1.8 million in the UK, almost none are offered any scientifically guided nutrition therapy other than being told to "just eat good foods." That was my family’s experience when my younger sister was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. Despite having a diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes, candidiasis, and now cancer, the grim reaper of a consultant, when we asked (note we were not volunteered the information) about nutrition, simply said, “eat anything and everything.”  When we challenged him on the effects sugar would have on her medical state, we were told that didn’t matter. “Just eat anything and everything!”


But non-conventional wisdom now states that many cancer patients would have a major improvement in their heath if they controlled the supply of cancer's preferred fuel: GLUCOSE ie sugar ie not stop it altogether, energy is needed, but reduce it radically.  By slowing the cancer's growth, patients make it possible for their immune systems to catch up to the disease. Controlling one's blood-glucose levels through diet, exercise, supplements, and prescription drugs - when necessary - can be one of the most crucial components to a cancer treatment program.  Is it any wonder the epidemic is allowed to rage out of control?


Again and again you can read about the link; cancer, as well as most other diseases, thrive in a toxic, acidic, oxygen-deprived environment. Fast food, meat, Genetically Modified Organisms, additives, preservatives, sugar, and sodas all create just such an environment.


If you want to avoid autoimmune disease, cancer, diabetes, increased cholesterol levels, liver dysfunction, obesity, and countless other diseases then stop drinking sodas and eating anything with high fructose corn syrup or high sugar content. This is the easiest and simplest way to begin weight loss and avoid disease.


And remember, brown sugar, cane sugar, sugar crystals are the same bad boys and you should avoid at all costs. 


And that includes “sugar-free” versions of your favourites : -


            All diet sodas, cokes, Irn-Bru, fizzy drinks etc

Sugar free snacks and desserts

Sugar free ice cream

Sugar free jams and spreads

Sugar free chewing-gum

Sugar-free sweets


In fact, anything that says “sugar free” is a no-no; it's  guaranteed to contain one or more of Aspartame or Splenda, artificial sweeteners which are also no-no’s!



So - where to begin


Take a radical look at where and when sugar sneaks into your body

Consider the health risks of sugar – is it really worth consuming the amount of sugar you do?

If you have children, what are you storing up for them by feeding them sugar?

Notice the heath conditions you already have which are exacerbated (even caused) by sugar

Commit to healthier eating through cutting out other than natural sugar

Clean out the cupboards of anything that has sugar in it that is not natural or anything labelled “sugar-free!”

Change your shopping habits – avoid sugar, processed, and refined foods as far as possible

Read labels and don’t buy sugar-containing unnatural foods

Change your eating habits – switch to natural, real food!

Get moving - yoga, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Pilates, bar bells (in the gym, not the pub!) - avoid running which increases sugar cravings





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Sugar can also 

cause hypoglycemia

increase fasting levels of blood glucose

contribute to weight gain and obesity

contribute to diabetes

lead to decreased glucose tolerance

cause a decrease in insulin sensitivity

promote tooth decay

lead to periodontal disease


produce an acidic stomach

accelerate the aging process, causing wrinkles and grey hair

contribute to osteoporosis

increase systolic blood pressure


overstress the pancreas, causing damage

compromise the lining of the capillaries

Sugar can also increase

           the amount of fat in the liver

blood platelet adhesiveness which increases risk of blood clots and strokes

bacterial fermentation in the colon

insulin responses in those consuming high-sugar diets compared to low sugar diets

kidney size and produce pathological changes in the kidney

the body's fluid retention

the risk of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis

Eat natural sugars


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