The Sugar Epidemic: Why Sugar Is Almost As Detrimental To Our Health and Society As Drugs.

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The Sugar Epidemic: Why Sugar Is Almost As Detrimental To Our Health and Society As Drugs.

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“Why I’m Kicking Sugar Cold Turkey”

 

Can sugar be as addicting as cocaine?  Because from what I can see, high levels of sugar can act like cocaine

The other day I was in Dunkin Donuts getting a medium coffee, I brought my own packet of raw stevia by the way.  What I witnessed was very scary to me.

I watched a riot almost ensue right in front of me over a donut.

There was a long line of people that day getting their usually coffee’s and fast food breakfast.

The guy in front of me, who was a bit overweight, ordered two large coolatta’s, which contains 114gms of sugar each.  That’s accurate because I checked the Dunkin Donuts website.

Talk about a sugar blast!

Next the women working behind the counter said, “You get a free donut with your order, what would you like?”

Immediately the man snapped back at her saying, “I get two free donuts because I ordered two drinks!”

The Dunkin Donuts attendant disagreed and said you only get one donut per order.

This guy had a look on his face like that extra donut would mean life or death.  He continued to snap back and argued that he should get his free donut with each drink.

Now the other Dunkin Donuts disciples on line started to become restless.  People started shouting back and forth.  I thought a riot would ensue over a donut.

All I could think to myself was, are they giving out donuts or cocaine?

Or maybe, what’s the difference.

I know, sounds harsh.

But in fact, pretty true…

And I’ll prove it.

When I was a bit younger, lets say from childhood to about 38, I was able to get away with eating just about anything that contained any trace of sugar.

This mainly included:

  • Alcoholic drinks (wine and beer being my fave)

  • Pizza

  • Bread

  • Pasta

  • White rice

  • Ice cream

That pretty much sums up my own delicacy of what I like to put in my body from time to time.

Your list may be similar or maybe you can even add to the list.

Taking a good look at that list, you can say that is pretty much a staple in good ole American living.

At thirty-eight years old I started to notice something different.

There was a difference in not only how I looked in the mirror, but also how I was feeling.

You know, that feeling where you generally don’t feel good. I just felt off.

On top of that my joints started hurting.

Don’t get me wrong…

It wasn’t like I was putting those things in my body everyday. Like most Americans, I was ‘treating’ myself.

‘Treating’ myself maybe a little more frequent than my body wanted.

Something needed to change.

So I decided to remove all of those things that contained sugar and guess what…

I felt normal again.

Then again, because I enjoyed my list of sugar containing delicacies, there were many times I started to ‘treat’ myself again.

And bam!

I felt like crap again!

That’s it! I’ve had it sugar! You’re out of my life! I’m breaking up with you.

It’s the only way.

Now I’m not saying that I’ll never have a drink again or chow down a whole pizza pie ever again in my life.

However, deleting sugar out of my life will be a main focus of mine.

Especially if I want to live the rest of my life feeling good, looking good and thinking clearly.

So if this hasn’t motivated you enough to dump sugar…

Then maybe the rest of what I’m about to share with you about sugar will.

If you look at what sugar really does to you in the long term, it definitely holds the characteristics of what drugs do to you.

It’s just maybe not as extreme.

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Let’s take a deeper look at what sugar is REALLY doing to you…

    1. Sugar has ruined many long thriving primitive societies.

Don’t believe me? Check out a book called Nutrition and Physical Degenerative by Weston A. Price:

This book is a study by a dentist who traveled the world back in the 1930’s when there were still true primitive groups of people who were not yet ‘Westernized’ or modernized. He documented how these once thriving communities were ravished by disease, tooth decay and crime once western civilization introduced modern industrialized food containing high amounts of sugar.

2. Sugar can cause mood swings, ADD and irritability.

Don’t believe me? Check out these studies:

SCHOENTHALER, S., ET AL. THE IMPACT OF LOW FOOD ADDITIVE AND SUCROSE DIET ON ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE IN 803 NEW YORK CITY PUBLIC SCHOOLS. L986, INT J BIOSOCIAL RES 8:2.

SCHOENTHALER, S., DETENTION HOME DOUBLE BLIND STUDY: SUGAR GOES ON TRIAL. INT J BIOSOCIAL RES L982 3(1): 1-9.  SCHOENTHALER, S., NORTHERN CALIFORNIA DIET-BEHAVIOR PROGRAM: AN EMPIRICAL EXAMINATION OF 3,000 INCARCERATED JUVENILES IN STANISLAUS COUNTY JUVENILE HALL. L983, INT J BIOSOCIAL RES 5(2): 99-108.

[38] SCHOENTHALER, S., DETENTION HOME DOUBLE BLIND STUDY: SUGAR GOES ON TRIAL. INT J BIOSOCIAL RES L982 3(1): 1-9.  SCHOENTHALER, S., NORTHERN CALIFORNIA DIET-BEHAVIOR PROGRAM: AN EMPIRICAL EXAMINATION OF 3,000 INCARCERATED JUVENILES IN STANISLAUS COUNTY JUVENILE HALL. L983, INT J BIOSOCIAL RES 5(2): 99-108

Several important studies have actually confirmed the relationship between sugar consumption and behavioral changes.

Dr. Stephen Schoenthaler conducted diet research on children for almost 30 years.  His original seminal studies eliminated sugar and junk foods from the lunch programs of one million school children in over eight hundred New York schools during a seven-year period (1976-1983).

There was a 15.7% gain (from 39.2% to 55%) in learning ability compared with other schools during the years in which these changes in diet were introduced.

Schoenthaler also noted that out of 124,000 children who had once been unable to learn grammar and mathematics, 75,000 were able to perform these basic tasks after dietary changes alone.  In other words, removing sugary foods made children smarter!

One day I was in Dunkin Donuts getting a medium coffee, I brought my own packet of raw stevia by the way.  What I witnessed was very scary to me.

I watched a riot almost ensue right in front of me over a donut.

There was a long line of people that day getting their usually coffee’s and fast food breakfast.

The guy in front of me, who was a bit overweight, ordered two large coolatta’s, which contains 114gms of sugar each.  That’s accurate because I checked the Dunkin Donuts website.

Talk about a sugar blast!

Next the women working behind the counter said, “You get a free donut with your order, what would you like?”

Immediately the man snapped back at her saying, “I get two free donuts because I ordered two drinks!”

The Dunkin Donuts attendant disagreed and said you only get one donut per order.

This guy had a look on his face like that extra donut would mean life or death.

He continued to snap back and argued that he should get his free donut with each drink.

Now the other Dunkin Donuts disciples on line started to become restless.  People started shouting back and forth.  I thought a riot would ensue over a donut.

All I could think to myself was, “are they giving out donuts or cocaine”?

Or maybe, “what’s the difference”?

3. Sugar is linked to joint pain and arthritis.

Don’t believe me? Check out this study:

The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition warns that processed sugars trigger the release of inflammatory messengers called cytokines. Sugar goes by many names so look out for any word ending in “ose,” e.g. fructose or sucrose on ingredient labels.

Also, According to Scientific American, processed carbohydrates may trump fats as the main driver of escalating rates of obesity and other chronic conditions. These high-glycemic index foods fuel the production of advanced glycation end (AGE) products that stimulate inflammation.

4. Sugar is linked to many autoimmune diseases.

Don’t believe me? Check out Dr. Hyman’s blog:

According to Dr. Hyman, nine-time #1 New York Times bestselling author, and an internationally recognized leader, speaker, educator, and advocate in his field, autoimmune diseases stem from immflamation and your body’s own defense against itself.

Sugar is one of the main culprits when it comes to inflammation and recovering from autoimmunity is all about addressing the root causes of inflammation.

5. Sugar can be highly addictive and is the main culprit of obesity.

Don’t believe me? Check this out:

As I mention in my book The Brain Detox Diet, sugar and carbohydrates will give you an initial spike in dopamine and serotonin, which is why some people turn to those types of feel good foods.

The good feeling is short lived and those feel good chemicals in your brain dip fast.

Another adverse side effect is that the more you do this, the weaker the reaction of the chemical becomes, so you begin to eat more junk food to find that good feeling again. This is how addictions are formed, which is why sugar addiction has similar characteristics as cocaine addiction.

One of the neurotransmitters playing a major role in addiction is dopamine. Many of the concepts that apply to dopamine apply to other neurotransmitters as well. As a chemical messenger, dopamine is similar to adrenaline.

Dopamine affects brain processes that control movement, emotional response, and ability to experience pleasure and pain. It also acts as our reward sensation chemical, so you can see how certain food addictions could develop because of low levels of dopamine.

Am I scaring you? GOOD.

Do I expect you to be perfectly sugar free? NO.

Am I going to be perfect? NO.

Can we still have the things we enjoy once in a while without feeling the guilt of a drug addict who had a relapse? YES.

Are you ready to go almost sugar free for 30 days with a great group of people so you’re not alone? If the answer is YES…

In your corner,

Greg ‘#OffTheSugar’ Crawford