Sugar: it’s everywhere. It’s the easiest way to make food desirable to the public, and even though most everyone knows that sugar is dangerous, they keep insisting on it in the foods they buy. Obesity and diabetes are running rampant throughout our society, but that isn’t stopping the sugar rush. Some city and state governments are throwing a tax on sugary drinks, and why not? They know people aren’t going to stop buying them, so may as well grab some of their money in taxes in the process. Sugar causes a host of diseases, yet it remains popular. Even skilled politicians can’t do this much damage and retain popularity.

So is sugar evil? Does sugar deserve a bad reputation? Well, we uncovered a testimonial from a sugar molecule that sets the story straight. Sugar isn’t evil, but it is often misused and misunderstood. Here’s the testimony we found:

Dairy of a distressed sugar molecule

I want to set the story straight. As one of a trillion trillion sugar molecules out there, I have witnessed a holocaust. One human woman ingested myself and many trillion of my brothers (we sugar molecules have large families), and she had no regard for our fate. I know her story is repeated billions of times by humans all over the world. Now, don’t get me wrong: we sugar molecules are happy to be used for the right reasons and in the right way, but we don’t appreciate when we are both consumed and then blamed for bad health results. We don’t have control over what happens after ingestion. We get blamed for diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, high blood pressure, and even cancer, but we are the real victims. We particularly get blamed for obesity — like we had any choice in the matter. I want to tell everyone what has been happening to my fellow sugar molecules, to hopefully set the record straight. Here’s what happened as some of us were eaten by this woman just last week.

After eating a cupcake, which had only a few trillion sugar molecules in it, we traveled to her stomach. Few of us were absorbed into her body there, because we were mostly sucrose molecules. You may not know that about us: sucrose is a glucose and fructose molecule stuck together. A few of my brothers were glucose that came from milk in the cupcake, and some of those were absorbed in her stomach. But sucrose is a bit too complex for stomach absorption. Anyway, sitting in the stomach for a couple of hours before it emptied was enough to irritate it just a bit. Enough of this irritation and this woman might develop GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) — looks like she is headed in that direction. Fortunately for her, we moved on.

So we headed into the small intestine. There we spent a few hours, those of us that were not hydrolyzed into fructose and glucose by the enzyme known as sucrase. Somewhere around 10-25% of us got converted, and the fructose headed right to the liver via the portal vein. Interesting report from my companions who got sent there: her liver already is showing some signs of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) — basically she already had a “fatty liver” because she’s eaten way too many of us. If eaten in excess, we can damage the liver. When that becomes a full-blown disease, she’ll probably blame us for it when it was her who decided to eat so much sugar. She’s already in denial about her weight.

Anyway, sitting in the small intestine exposed us to some interesting gut microbes. In the stomach, microbes didn’t have a lot of time to do much, but in the small intestine they had some more time. Some of them were munching on us and creating alcohols and other toxins, which were then irritating her intestinal lining big time. The irritation created gaping holes where those toxins could just march right through and get into her blood stream. This was a bod idea though, because this woman’s immune system was already going crazy seeking out the toxins that were getting through, so those that hit the bloodstream met with a sad ending, being eaten by white blood cells. Although, her immune system was overloaded by them and having trouble keeping up with the onslaught. It would have been much better for her without all of us sugar molecules feeding the bacteria.

Next stop was the large intestine. There, many of my companions hung around for the longest time, kicking off all sorts of problems for this woman. She had lots of gut flora that were already built up from multiple previous sugar-laden meals, and they were everywhere — not only bacteria, but also yeast. In fact, the yeast was very prevalent, and I’m told that this woman was suffering from candida, giving her symptoms in a many other health problems — not surprising with so much fungi hanging around her large intestine. And we thought the small intestine was bad! Many of my companions fell prey to all those nasties in her lower gut. So sad.

How did I get out to tell the story? I evaded all the gut obstacles and got into her bloodstream. I got dumped out through her urine, because her kidneys were trying to reduce the blood sugar overload she was experiencing. Her kidneys were also getting overworked doing this, and I wouldn’t be surprised if she developed kidney damage down the line if she keeps satisfying her sugar addiction.

Her working out isn’t quite working out
Anyway, now that I’m out, and can view all this from the outside, I can see that this woman is not inactive. She actually has a decent exercise routine. Apparently she thought she could afford to eat more sugar because she’s been burning it off with that routine. Well, it isn’t working out that way. I’m sure the exercise is doing her some good, but it can hardly compensate for even the gut flora damage she has been causing. Exercise didn’t stop us sugar molecules from spending plenty of time feeding all those bad bacteria and fungi that were doing her damage with lots of toxins. Her blood sugar was being reduced by her exercise — for a while. But she had trained her body to be a sugar burner rather than a fat burner, causing spikes in her energy. She wasn’t doing nearly as well with her exercise program as she wanted, as her energy wasn’t stable. She thought she would have plenty of energy from of her exercise, and instead she was exhausting herself because of bad fuel. And sugar didn’t give her vitamins and minerals, phytonutrients, or anything she really needed besides simple, short-lived energy. Plus, her exercise was creating a lot of free radicals that desperately needed antioxidants to counteract them, and her sugary diet was not giving her those antioxidants: it was depleting her store of them because all that sugar just fueled more free radical oxidation. It’s a shame she excused herself from having a non-nutritious, bad habit by thinking exercise would take care of it.

So I was curious: why did she think she could just eat sugar and get away with it, even with exercise? Or was she right in her thinking? Well, scientific research, the objective way to find out what is really happening, confirmed that she was wrong. I found research that was published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition — where researchers conducted a massive study of about 100,000 adults over 30 years.

The researchers in this study admitted that exercise is helpful and healthful. They saw the risk of cardiovascular disease cut in half by it. But that wasn’t enough to counter many of the adverse effects of excess sugar. Sugar causes too much damage on its way through the body. And besides, trying to counter a typical meal of around 500 calories — more if it is an extra sweet meal — with a half hour workout which is maybe burning 250 calorie, means a full hour is needed to cover that one meal. Most people eat calories quickly but burn them off slowly, even with exercise.

I’m told that there are other sugar myths out there. Some of my friends told me that they noticed people eating lots of fruit, thinking that was the way to stay healthy even though that is a high sugar diet. Well, they dealt with one problem: now they were getting vitamins and minerals from their diet. I’m sure that helped. What they just didn’t understand is that fructose comes from fruit (see how both begin with “fru”) — I found a helpful rating system called the glycemic index, so people could look up how much sugar that their fruit contains. These days people are demanding that their food is sweet, and they managed to breed the plants so that they produce the sweetest fruit possible. That threw a number of healthy fruits into the high glycemic index category when they didn’t have to be there. But that’s what people want. Well, fructose goes right to the liver if it escapes the gut flora, and the liver gets to work overtime to deal with that excess. That’s just not good for health.

Some other researchers published an article in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. They made a great point: “refined sugars represent up to 40% of caloric intake within industrialized countries. However, high sugar intake is associated with multiple tissue and organ dysfunctions. Both hyperglycemia and excessive sugar intake disrupt the intestinal barrier, thus increasing gut permeability and causing profound gut microbiota dysbiosis, which results in a disturbance in mucosal immunity that enhances infection susceptibility.” Simply put: lots of sugar causes lots of health issues, period.

If I were to council you people — not that you’d listen to me — I’d tell you to leave us sugar molecules alone as much as you can. Don’t worry, you’ll still get enough sugar to live — you won’t have a shortage. That study I mentioned focused on sugary drinks, and those may be the worst offender of excess sugar because people drink them throughout the day. Their bodies don’t even get a break before they get thirsty and take another gulp. But they mostly know that the sugar drinks are bad for them. The worse delusion is those who think they are burning up the sugar with exercise, so they can indulge freely, as well as those thinking they are eating “healthy sugar”, which doesn’t exist. I can tell you as an authority on the matter: sugar is still sugar regardless of what form it takes.

So how about this? Learn to get more energy from good plant fat, such as avocados, nuts, and seeds. It’s a lot longer lasting and more stable energy source than even protein, and certainly more than sugar. By all means exercise — it’s great, but then support yourself with higher nutrition. The highest you can get is from raw leafy veggies, low glycemic index vegetables — especially that are not cooked — and a few low glycemic fruits, and the plant fat foods. Sprouts are great for an additive because they are releasing their nutrients as they begin to grow. Go eat those and leave us sugar molecules alone! If you insist on eating us, it’s not our fault that your health plummets.

We sugar molecules are getting a bad rap. We are fed up with you being fed up with us!

 

Dr. Nemec’s Review

All the exercise in the world will not get rid of the detrimental effects of sugar in the body. You cannot exercise it away, because when you go over a certain limit, sugar produces inflammatory damage in all cells of the body. Sugar is a type of neurotoxin. It’s stimulates brain cells to become hyper reactive, and even die prematurely. Sugar produces inflammatory damage to neurons in the brain.

Sugar was meant to be eaten in one form and one form only, and that is in the form of complex carbohydrates that are low on the glycemic index. The best sources of complex carbohydrate calories are found in leafy greens, in all raw vegetables that are low glycemic index (20 or lower), and fruits that also are low glycemic index, which are just a few lemons, limes, fresh cranberries, and sour cherries. These are the fruits that do not have much sugar, but have high amounts of phytochemicals and antioxidants.

How do you know what a low glycemic index complex carbohydrate is? You can go by charts or you can also go somewhat by taste. If it tastes sweet in the slightest amount, then it has too much sugar and the wrong carbohydrates. The glycemic index of Romaine lettuce is around 5. Most fruit is 60 to 80, most bread is 60 to 80, and a baked potato is 90. There is sugar all around us and we don’t even know it is sugar. Add to that cake, candy, ice cream, soda pop, and fruit juice and now the addiction is full-blown and regularly stimulated with every meal you eat and every treat you eat. We need to move away from the sweet taste that most all were trained with from childhood.

The new paradigm shift is: sweet is equivalent to smoking. Both are toxic to the body. Both should never be started. Both become an addiction. Both need to be broken of the addiction. Both will destroy your health, but of the two, sugar is the worst because it affects every cell in the body. It is a hidden poison that fools the cells of the body. Appearing as an essential nutrient, a carbohydrate, the sugar gains entry into the cell, but because of the amount of sugar in the standard American diet, the cells become inflammatory and either die prematurely or eventually turn malignant.

How to break the addiction?
Well, like any addiction, it’s not easy because an addiction has stimulated neurotransmitters in the brain to actually need and crave those sugar molecules. No different than the nicotine addiction in smoking or an alcoholic addiction, but sugar addiction is much stronger than nicotine or even alcohol addiction.

The reason it is stronger is because it has such a repetitive stimulation in the standard American diet: from an early age we’re indoctrinated into the addiction, not even knowing the addiction was being formed.

So the way it works in the brain is: if the addictive substance, which is sugar, enters into the brain, it stimulates the stimulatory neurotransmitters dopamine, norepinephrine, epinephrine and acetylcholine. Addictions work on a pleasure-pain cycle, and first they start appearing innocently as parents reward young children with sugar-laden food just because that’s the way they were raised. The addiction has passed on generationally. Give a little Georgie an ice cream cone: he’s a good boy. Give little Sally some candy, she’s a good girl. And then the addiction is set — from that point on, the child starts craving the neural stimulation and begins at a young age to scheme to get more sugar, more stimulation. Unfortunately, this is an artificial stimulation which sets off a roller coaster of neurotransmitter changes, which ends with attention deficit disorder and hyperactivity syndrome, along with emotional roller coasters of anxiety and depression. All of this from just a little bit of sugar on a regular basis.

Stop the generational addiction now!
Like any hard-core drug addiction, there has to be a program to break the addiction, or at least to slowly wean away from the addiction. This can only be done by complete withdrawal, or the slower process is progressive withdrawal of the stimulus of the sugar. The body needs some amount of carbohydrates to stay healthy, but these absolutely must be complex carbohydrates with low glycemic index. These do not do damage at the cellular level and do not create addiction pathways in the brain and the nervous system.

The best way to break the addiction
This is always complete withdrawal. If you take a drug addict and put them in a lock up facility that has no drugs, they will go through extreme agony for anywhere from two weeks to a month, but eventually the neurotransmitters down-regulate because they are no longer receiving the stimulus, and they emerge from captivity free of an addiction.

The problem is pain
Even with this addict free from his drug addiction, in life there is a lot of pain — mental-emotional pain — and nobody likes pain, so the first thing we strive to do is to cover it up with pleasure. Hence the cheapest pleasure on the planet that is accessible to most everyone is sugar. It doesn’t have to be sweet: it could be bread, chips, pretzels, pasta or any other higher glycemic index grain or starch.

So to get to the root cause of what drives the addiction: it’s simply pain. People are in pain mentally-emotionally, and because we do not like pain we seek to get rid of it immediately, and this is achieved with sugar in most all forms.

The only way to break the addiction
Truly, the only way to deal with the pain in life, in the world, is to see your life and your world through bigger eyes. To see a bigger picture in life is the key, and this bigger picture is called purpose. When we have a purpose in life, this becomes our pleasure. This becomes our drive and our motivator and we no longer seek cheap temporary fixes for pleasure. Instead, we focus on the long-term gratification of living a life on purpose.

So what is your purpose?
What has been placed in your heart, not in your mind? What will you live for and die for? What will fuel you to get out of bed every morning with vitality of life? What will give you continual pleasure in life?

This answer is found within each one of us, but not found in our minds — only found in our hearts, in our spirits. When you find this and implement this, you no longer have the addiction to non health-producing food. But instead, you will in a sense be addicted in a beneficial way to your purpose.

So purpose is the new sugar

Now the big question: how do I find my purpose?

It’s within you. It’s always been within you, within your heart, within your spirit, but not within your mind.

If you seek this purpose, you will find it if you seek it with all of your heart and none of your mind.

Your purpose stands at the door of your heart, knocking — waiting for you to open the door so it can come in and become one with you.

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