25 Ways Sugar Can Ruin Your Health

lick sugar habitDr. Nancy Appleton wrote a book in 2004 called “Lick the Sugar Habit,” with the ways that medical journals and other scientific publications have documented that sugar wrecks your health. She gives 78 ways, with an impressive references list. But I’ll share 25 with you here, in case you’re looking for some good reasons to stop eating high-fructose corn syrup and refined sugars! So often people wonder why they’re experiencing health problems and don’t connect it to what they’re eating.

  1. Sugar can suppress the immune system.
  2. Sugar can upset the body’s mineral balance.
  3. Sugar can cause hyperactivity, anxiety, concentration problems, and crankiness in children.
  4. Sugar can cause drowsiness and decreased activity in children.
  5. Sugar weakens the body’s defense against bacterial infections.
  6. Sugar damages the kidneys.
  7. Sugar increases harmful cholesterol and decreases good cholesterol.
  8. Sugar can cause copper, chromium, calcium, and magnesium deficiencies.
  9. Sugar can lead to cancer of the breast, ovaries, prostate, and rectum.
  10. Sugar can cause colon cancer, with especially high risk for women.
  11. Sugar can weaken eyesight.
  12. Sugar can cause hypoglycemia.
  13. Sugar can produce an acidic stomach.
  14. Sugar can increase risk of coronary heart disease.
  15. Sugar can lead to alcoholism.
  16. no sugarSugar can cause fluid retention.
  17. Sugar can cause headaches, including migraines.
  18. Sugar increases the risk of Alzheimer Disease.
  19. Sugar stresses the pancreas, causing damage.
  20. Sugar increases the amount of fat in the liver.
  21. Sugar can cause kidney stones.
  22. Sugar makes multiple sclerosis symptoms worse.
  23. Sugar can contribute to diabetes.
  24. Sugar can cause cataracts.

Now you’ve got some great reasons to stop eating refined sugars and stick to whole foods! Whole plant foods taste so much better when you stop eating sugar, too!

Alternatives to Antibiotics

Winter’s coming up. The more raw plant foods you eat, and the more Chapter 8 probiotic-foods habits you incorporate into your diet, the more your body become inhospitable to viruses and infections.

But be prepared to nip the baddies in the butt, the minute you feel symptoms coming on, with natural alternatives to antibiotics. The sooner you get on it, the more effective natural solutions are.

In fact, even if people around me are getting sick, or if traveling soon, I start taking Kyolic garlic caps, goldenseal herb caps, spraying ACS and ACZ in my mouth every few hours.

I use ACZ nano for chelating toxins out of the body, and ACS 200 silver for killing all kinds of viral and bacterial organisms, only bad ones. They are phenomenal products to have on hand and use regularly, especially in the winter.
When you’re armed with effective natural solutions, which are cell-specific and don’t harm gut flora, you don’t have to get sick repeatedly, and you don’t have awful side effects like thrush and vaginal yeast infections. Sometimes those side effects can go on for years!

(Doing Step 8 to 12 Steps to Whole Foods is a MUST, if you’ve ever been on an antibiotic and need to rebuild your gut health. Making and eating cultured foods can rebuild that all-important healthy GI tract where most of your body’s defenses happen.)

Now you can get KEFIR GRAINS from GreenSmoothieGirl.com

I have been working for a long time on a way to get you quality kefir grains. It’s hard because they are live organisms, and so we cannot mass-produce them.

I’m happy to announce that Melinda (GSG staff) and I have been growing them, both WATER grains and MILK grains, and we have them up on the site HERE.

See the photos and instructions on that page, how to use your grains to make infinite batches of kefir, and what to do with your kefir.

Please note that we will likely sell out after I post this on the blog.

But if you try to get some grains and we’re sold out, just make a note of the page on the GreenSmoothieGirl.com site, and come back. We’ll have more later.

When people ask me what the two most important steps in 12 Steps to Whole Foods are, it’s kind of like asking who my favorite child is when I love them all. But with so many people with gut issues, I say Step 1 and 8.

Step 8 is all about making fermented foods to replace the probiotics missing in anyone’s diet who has EVER been on antibiotics, or who eats processed food, or who has ever eaten animal products from animals fed antibiotics.

When you start eating kefir every day, you may find you don’t get sick any more. It’s a critically important habit to keep your immune system strong. Most of your immune function is in your gut. Your helpful microorganisms in your body outnumber your body’s cells 9 times over.

Dietary philosophy and supplements

DIETARY PHILOSOPHY

Dr. Connealy’s program, executed by her nutritionist, Liliana, is 80% alkaline and 20% acid foods (like animal products, grains, berries). They feed patients 20% fat, 30% protein, 50% carbs in the form of veggies, and about 50% raw in the form of vegetables, 2 green juices, and two salads daily. They do not serve any foods with dairy or gluten, and use only minimal grains and starchy vegetables (potatoes, yams, carrots, sweet vegetables). No more than 20 grams of sugar (no refined sugars) per meal.

SUPPLEMENTS DR. CONNEALY PRESCRIBES

Dr. Connealy says, “Every drug causes a nutritional deficiency. You must supply nutrients against the deficiency. For instance, Metformin causes B vitamin deficiency. Statin drugs deplete CoQ10. Red yeast rice also depletes CoQ10.”

I like how she studies the work of other pioneers and revolutionaries in integrative medicine and references and leverages their work regularly. (This is critical so that practitioners build on a foundation and everyone isn’t reinventing the wheel. Some, however, like Stanislaw Burzynski, truly invented “a wheel,” if not “the wheel.”)

She uses some of the research and/or best practices of Dr. Nick Gonzales, the Nobel Prize-winning Otto Warburg, the Gerson Therapy, Ann Wigmore, and more. (In fact, the Gerson Clinic used to be housed in Oasis of Hope, by Dr. Connealy’s partner Dr. Francisco Contreras.)

Tumors are formed, she said, when the immune system is depressed, through too much exposure to toxic chemicals and heavy metals, toxic foods, viral loads, and stresses. It takes about 8 years for a tumor to form. Cancer cells have been coating themselves with fibrinogen glue and mucous, creating 15 layers of protection.

Her philosophy is to use nutraceuticals to slow down the cancer, then stop it, then turn the body around and bring it back to a healthy state. The ideas below are to shift the pH, shut down the blood supply to the tumor, increase natural killer cell production, detoxify the patient, increase antioxidant levels, increase SOD production, strip the glue layer from the cancer cells and kill them.

pH Balancer: This product uses cesium and rubidium together to shift the pH around the tumor to 7.4, as cancer thrives in an acidic environment. This must be done at the cellular level; it is not enough to increase the pH of the blood.

Pancreatic enzymes: Dr. Connealy notes that Drs. William Kelly (and Nick Gonzales) proved that enzymes must be a major part of any integrative treatment of cancer. The kind I have used for years are not effective for me personally, I learned when Liliana tested me using Zyto technology. (Then I came home and had my friend Laura Jacobs test me again, with the same result.) I am switching brands, based on their testing of frequencies of many different products, relative to my own biochemistry. (Sometimes using the same product for a long time causes your body to react to it less effectively. What’s right for me might not be precise for you.)

Dr. Connealy likes Nutrizyme, taken 1-2 hours before meals. It is enterically coated so it can pass through stomach acid and enter the blood stream to break down the fibrinogen glue layer of a cancer cell. This product also has anti-carcinogen factors attached to aid the immune system in killing the cancer cell.

5,000 to 10,000 IU of Vitamin D: It’s absolutely critical as probably the nutrient most linked to cancer prevention. Hundreds of studies now show that cancer could be slashed in half, or better, if people did not fall below Vitamin D minimum thresholds.

4000 mg of oral Vita C: Even the FDA and National Institutes of Health (NIH) now acknowledge, due to incontrovertible evidence, the power of Vitamin C. It may be the best antiviral agent available—I have gotten rid of hundreds of little bugs in my family by administering this amount of it the minute anyone feels ill. Vitamin C increases the antioxidant level in your body on a cellular level, to stop damage to DNA.

Dr. Connealy manufactures VITALITY C that has a neutral pH so high doses will not upset your stomach. Part of the magic of Vita C is that it is mistaken for a glucose molecule by a cancer cell, which has 43 receptors for glucose, compared to a healthy cell that has only 2. When a cancer cells grabs it up, hydrogen peroxide is produced, which kills the cancer cell.

Essential Detox (Badmaev 269): Dr. C believes this to be the best natural antiviral medication and detoxifier of metals and environmental pollutants. It’s made from botanicals based on traditional Tibetan medicine but was developed by physicians in Russia, Europe, and the U.S.

Noni: Morinda Citrifolia increases natural killer cell production, and Dr. C prescribes Nutriceuticals’ freeze-dried Noni fruit in capsules, which retains enzyme activity and is 30 times more powerful than other Noni liquid or capsule.

Ecomer and V-Statin: Ecomer is used to shut down the blood supply to the tumor, as evidenced by 37 clinical trials, using shark liver oil. In addition to its anti-angiogenesis properties, it also increases white and red blood cell and platelet counts in all human beings, and detoxifies mercury by encapsulating it, carrying it through the kidneys with no damage, and excreting it in the urine.

Stress Release: This is fetal wheat tissue product (no fiber, no gluten, only protein) developed over 50 years by a family of botanists from Michigan. They used it in Chernobyl to detox the radiation damage. It increases SOD (Super Oxide Dismutase) in the body that detoxifies poisons from chemo and radiation, which reduces their side effects. SOD is the intracellular garbage man in the body. Fetal wheat protein increased SOD level in 100% of those tested.

Natura Herbals Anti-Cancer Formulas: Dr. Huang Chuan Gui is Asia’s most respected cancer physician, and his family has made herbal medicines for cancer for over 900 years. His proprietary formulas are specifically for the respiratory, digestive, urinary, ductless glands, blood, lymphatic, motor system, and central nervous system.

I need to gain some weight! Part 2 of 3

But some of the uber-thin are actually not digesting food and are quite unhealthy. They might be eating as much junk as the overweight people are, but because of chronic gut issues, they are not absorbing nutrition—not even calories, but certainly not minerals and many vitamins as well.

Last week after a tennis match, both my doubles opponents wanted to ask me questions while my teammates waited in the car. One of them told me about her daughter-in-law, who is in her 20’s, but exhausted, pale, sick, and underweight. She has open, pus-oozing sores all over her head that are stuck to her pillow in the morning. My opponent said to me, “She’s trying to heal with steroids–luckily her father is a doctor.”

I withheld my opinion on most of that, but I did say, “Steroids heal exactly nothing. What they do is suppress some symptoms, only temporarily, while knocking out the immune system.”

If you want to gain weight, eat healthy, exactly like I’m teaching in 12 Steps, with an emphasis on higher-calorie whole foods. Not dead, denatured, refined-oil,   If you want to boost protein, do it with vegan protein powder, and high-protein unprocessed plant foods like legumes and nuts rather than animal products like meat, eggs, and cheese.

Boost your good fats, with avocadoes, nuts, seeds, and unprocessed oils like coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, flax crackers (Ch. 7), etc. Avocadoes might be nature’s most perfect food, so eat 2-3 a day if you want, as guacamole or in sandwiches. Eat lots of young Thai coconut meat–make it into pudding, smoothies, chocolate mousse, ice cream. Make yourself a 4th meal, between breakfast and lunch, or after dinner, that is a high-calorie protein shake with lots of almond butter and raw chocolate and frozen bananas! Make kefir or yogurt (Ch. 8) with whole, organic, preferably unpasteurized goat or dairy milk. Freeze it in ice cube trays and make frozen yogurt with it in your BlendTec. Eat a handful of Brazil nuts every day—great selenium as well as good fats and calories.

Don’t forget to eat a big bowl of GRANOLA for breakfast—I have a baked recipe as well as a live/sprouted recipe (both delicious, but the raw/live one is more time-intensive but the most delicious thing ever). If you make the baked one, add a big spoonful of raw pumpkin or sunflower seeds, soaked overnight.

Britni, do you have the 101 Healthy Lunches book? I love a baked potato (with the skin) with tons of garlic aioli sauce on it, yummy. Plus a big green smoothie, and put some flax oil in his. You can get plenty of calories without resorting to meat, dairy, or processed foods. There are coconut-milk frozen desserts (sweetened with agave) that your husband will love. Or you can make your own (see Ch. 11).

Of course, food isn’t the only issue when it comes to weight loss or gain. It’s the biggest one, but there are two other biggies. About that, tomorrow.

How the mighty fall! And rise up again. Part 2 of 2.

After drinking bacteria-infested water at his baseball game, Cade took some colloidal silver and Dr. Christopher’s Immune Formula and went to bed.

From my tennis club next morning, I had this text exchange with him. (Text messaging is part of my “drip system” of parenting: say as few words as possible, but make each word count. Repeat messages in different words on different days. Intermittent conversations, texts, and others giving them opinions to back your good ones up!)

Me: How are u feeling, kid?

Cade: I’m terrible.

Me: I am coming home to make u a tonic that will blast those bacteria right outta there.

Cade: That sounds pretty nasty.

Me: Garlic, lemon, ginger, apple cider vinegar, cayenne.

Cade: I’m getting sicker just READING that.

Me: Yes. But u will feel much better much faster and it strengthens ur immune system. U gotta kill those viruses or bacteria before they multiply and cause more problems. All those ingredients kill the bad guys and leave the good guys alone (unlike drugs). Plus–think of your throwing arm–some of those ingredients are great anti-inflammatories too.

Anyway, he was feeling good quickly after drinking the “kinda weird lemonaid,” I called it as I gave it to him a few times that next day. (I had some, too, just for fun. It’s not bad. I blended all those fresh ingredients with a whole apple, and water and ice. Use as much cayenne as you can stand–it amplifies the effects of the other ingredients.) The following day, Cade went to his job all day working as a laborer.

Thanks, readers, for the reminders of quick ways to deliver the knockout punch.

GSG reader Katrina Mayer who is my “facebook friend” wrote this on her wall this week:

“My parents put solar panels on our house in the 70’s. They made me read the labels on everything I ate, drank, or put on my body. They had two organic gardens and a huge compost pile in our backyard. They grew most of our own fruits and vegetables. They taught me about recycling and reusing before it was the “in” thing to do. We never had junk food in the house. And today they drive a Prius. Thanks Mom and Dad! I didn’t appreciate how cool you were until I grew up!”

If you’re doing some of this stuff, your kids will remember it. They may roll their eyes now, but you’re putting roots in them that run deep. Someday, like Katrina, they will follow your example and marvel at your environmental consciousness, your health that is the reason you can enjoy your grandchildren on levels some of your peers can’t, and your general foresight and wisdom.