The joy and dangers of sugar



Life is sweeter with honey and, well, sweets!


But taken in excess these delectable morsels may kill.


Most North Americans eat too much sugar. It's found in almost everything but fresh food, including many brands of table salt!  Chemically as a close cousin to cocaine(!) it is addictive, rewards the brain but can later depress it, reduces our mental capacities, and refined sugar likely injures every organ in our bodies.


Recent research indicates that sugar, not salt, is more likely to increase your blood pressure, increase the risks of heart disease, and more.


Tobacco was made popular in the early 1900's by making it sweeter!


Are you addicted to sugar? Most of us are! Some researchers consider sugar to be as addictive as cocaine. As a result refined sugar consumption (including the even more dangerous high fructose corn syrup) in North America continues to rise (it's now at least 120 - 150 pounds per person per year!), and leads to Type-2 diabetes & obesity, as well as being linked to cancer, stroke, hypertension, gallstones, tooth decay, heart disease, weight gain, lethargy, cognitive decline (dementia as well as poor memory function), and mental instability (sometimes leading to violence). Refined sugars are actually "anti-nutrients", that is, the body extracts vitamins and minerals from our bodies in order to digest refined sugars! This leads to bone and tooth decay, and harm to the brain and every other part of our bodies.


Not bad enough? Sugar also makes our blood more acidic, the perfect environment for cancer and other diseases. Also, refined sugar is composed of right-spinning molecules -what cancer cells crave. Indeed, some consider sugar a toxin or poison, such as Dr. Robert Lustig, the leading expert in childhood obesity at the University of California School of Medicine in San Francisco. He also calls sugar usage a public health crisis. View a 60 Minutes segment on his findings or see him on Youtube called "Sugar: The Bitter Truth" (1.5 hrs; if you care about your health it is well worth watching!). An excellent historical and informative read is the bestseller "Sugar Blues" (by William Duffy or read this abbreviated piece). Two other excellent books are Dr. Richard Johnson's The Sugar Fix and Gary Taubes' The Case Against Sugar. More warnings about sugar can be read in these links: here, here and here. The CBC on-line has a short story on how the sugar industry is using the same tactics as has the tobacco industry to confuse the public. Watch this video about how sugar is likely more deadly than the top-10 causes of death combined!


Why haven't we known about the dangers of sugar? Because the industry has very cleverly avoided attention by encouraging the medical community to focus on fats and other things. Old documents from that industry have now revealed this strategy. Click here to read an article about the findings.


Artificial sweeteners are also dangerous, actually raising the risk of type-2 diabetes and weight problems.2 And they often increase one's appetite.


So what happens when we eat sugars? The pancreas releases the hormone insulin in response to sugars (including refined carbohydrates from grains such as wheat, rice, etc., but at a slower rate). Then the liver has to work hard to re-balance the blood sugar (glucose) levels. Frequent intake of sugars exhausts this process and the cells are increasingly less able to take in insulin, leading to type-2 diabetes. On the way to diabetes, many people become hypoglycemic (too much insulin is produced, leading to tiredness and a desire to repeat the cycle by consuming more sugar...).


It is likely that the added colorants and acid in soft drinks combines with their high sugar intake to significantly increase the likelihood of developing cancer, osteoarthritis and other health issues.  We are wise to withdraw from refined sugars altogether (including fruit juices), and instead go back to nature's sweeteners that also contain vitamins and minerals: maple syrup, black-strap molasses, honey and agave syrup -but in limited quantities (they are all high in fructose, especially agave). Here's a link to some other suggestions.


Enjoying a treat now and then helps to make life more enjoyable. Limiting consumption may lead to having a somewhat longer, higher quality, life to enjoy!


Here's to a living a sweet life!





Residue of popular herbicide likely encourages illness


A chemical and food company wants us to believe that glysophate, a widely-used herbicide, is not only safe -it might be used to treat cancer!


How profitable, as it may also increase your risk for cancer.


Glysophate is considered to be toxic to animals, including humans. A study by two independent scientists, published in Entropy April 2013, connects the increasingly widespread use of glyphosate with modern diseases because of its "inhibition of cytochrome P450 (CYP) enzymes, an overlooked component of its toxicity to mammals. CYP enzymes play crucial roles in biology, one of which is to detoxify xenobiotics. Thus, glyphosate enhances the damaging effects of other food borne chemical residues and environmental toxins."


In other words, it slowly induces disease.


"Consequences are most of the diseases and conditions associated with a Western diet, which include gastrointestinal disorders, obesity, diabetes, heart disease, depression, autism, infertility, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease."


A copy of the whole report can be found under the link GMO's.


Conclusion: only eat organically grown food or foods known not to have been sprayed with Round-up Ready herbicide. Consider also helping your cells to repair from this damage by using Asea.






Ending the Junk Food Obsession

Eating healthy
Eating healthy

We all know that smoking tobacco is bad for our health. With both public pressure and far higher taxes, smoking is (thankfully) on the decline in Canada.


Now we are facing the crushing health effects of junk food and beverages. These are filled with bad fats, sugar, and salt -plus colorants in soft drinks. The results are alarming: rapidly rising rates of obsity, diabetes, heart conditions, cancer, and far more. Our health care system can't keep up. It turns out that a tobacco company is the largest junk food company! Even the most ardent libertarian (who dislikes government intervention in our lives) may have to concede that doing nothing about this epidemic is harming all of us.


Thus we may have to do the same thing with junk food and drinks as we did with tobacco: apply social pressure as well as add taxes. We know that banning didn't work with alcohol (and isn't working with street drugs). At least taxing these ills will raise money needed to pay for the freedom to eat and drink ourselves into oblivion. For more information read this Globe & Mail article.