Monday, January 13, 2020

Sugar Substitutes

Sugar substitutes don't add calories, right?
So that is good, right?
No it's not.

Although a HUGE subject, I will touch very briefly on a simple fact for now.  

The artificial sweeteners like aspartame (NutraSweet and Equal), saccharin (Sweet'N Low), and sucralose (Splenda) all raise blood sugar levels much higher than refined sugar. (1)

This is because the artificial sweeteners alter the bacteria in your gut.


1. T. Feehley and C. R. Nagler, "Health: the Weighty Costs of Non-Caloric Sweeteners," Nature 514, no. 7521 (Oct 9, 2014): 176-77.

Sugar Samples

See previous "Sugar!" post before reading this one.

Sugar:  Causes chromium and copper deficiencies. (1,2,3)

Sugar:  Interferes with the absorption of calcium and magnesium. (4)

Sugar:  Feeds cancer cells and is connected to the development of the following cancers: breast, ovaries, prostate, rectum, pancreas, biliary tract, lung, gallbladder, and stomach. (5,6,7,8)

Sugar:  can cause autoimmune diseases like arthritis, asthma, and multiple sclerosis. (9,10)

Sugar: can lower your vitamin E levels, which can initiate the autoimmune process. (11)

Sugar:  can cause food allergies. (12)

Sugar: can cause toxemia during pregnancy and can contribute to eczema in children. (13)

Sugar: can cause atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease. (14)

Sugar: can impair the structure of your DNA. (15)

Sugar: can make your skin age by changing the structure of collagen. (16)

Sugar: can cause emphysema. (17)

Sugar: can lower the ability of enzymes to function. (12)

Sugar: can cause pathological changes in the kidney and the formation of kidney stones. (18,19)

Sugar: can damage your pancreas and compromise the lining of capillaries. (20)

Sugar: may induce cell death. (21)

Sugar: can cause gum disease. (22,23)


1. F. Couzy et al., "Nutritional Implications of the Interactions between Minerals," Progressive Food and Nutrition Science 17, no.1 (Jan-Feb 1933):  65-87.

2. A. Kozlovsky et al., "Effects of Diets High in Simple Sugars on Urinary Chromium Losses," Metabolism 35, no.6 (June 1986):  515-18.

3. M. Fields et al., "Effects of Copper Deficiency on Metabolism and Mortality in Rats Fed Sucrose or Starch Diets," Journal of Nutrition 113, no.7 (July 1, 1983): 1335-45.

4. J. Lemann, "Evidence That Glucose Ingestion Inhibits Net Renal Tubular Reabsorption of Calcium and Magnesium," Journal of Clinical Nutrition 70 (1976):  236-45

5. E. Takahaski, Tohoku University School of Medicine, Wholistic Health Digest 41 (Oct 1982):  10

6. Patrick Quillin, "Cancer's Sweet Tooth,"  Nutrition Science News (Apr 2000)

7. M. Rothkopf, "Fuel Utilization in Neoplastic Disease: Implications for the Use of Nutritional Support in Cancer Patients," Nutrition 6, no. 4 (July-Aug 1990):  14S-16S.

8. D. Michaud, "Dietary Sugar, Glycemic Load, and Pancreatic Cancer Risk in a Prospective Study," Journal of the National Cancer Institute 94, no.17 (Sept 4, 2002): 1293-300.

9. L.Darlington, N. W. Ramsey, and J. R. Mansfield, "Placebo-Controlled, Blind Study of Dietary Manipulation Therapy in Rheumatoid Arthritis," Lancet 1, no. 8475 (Feb 1, 1986):  236-38.

10. J. Cheng et al., "Preliminary Clinical Study on the Correlation between Allerigic Rhinitis and Food Factors," Journal of Clinical Otorhinolaryngology (China) 16, no. 8 (Aug 2002):  393-96.

11. S. Ayres Jr and R. Mihan, "Is Vitamin E Involved in the Autoimmune Mechanism?" Cutis 21, no.3 (Mar 1978):  321-25.

12. Nancy Appleton, Lick the Sugar Habit (New York: Avery Penguin Putnam, 1988).

13. Thomas Cleave, The Saccharine Disease (New Canaan, CT: Keats Publishing, 1974).

14. M. Tominaga et al., "Impaired Glucose Tolerance Is a Risk Factor for Cardiovascular Disease, bu Not Impaired Fasting Glucose:  The Funagata Diabetes Study," Diabetes Care 22, no.6 (Jun 1999): 920-24

15. A. T. Lee and A. Cerami, "Modifications of Proteins and Nucleic Acids by Reducing Sugars: Possible Role in Aging," Handbook of the Biology of Aging (New York: Academic Press, 1990).

16. D. G. Dyer et al., "Accumulation of Maillard Reaction Products in Skin Collagen in Diabetes and Aging," Journal of Clinical Investigation 93, no. 6 (1993):  421-22

17. Monnier, "Nonenzymatic Glycosylation."

18. N. J. Blacklock, "Sucrose and Idiopathic Renal Stone," Nutrition and Health 5, no. 1-2 (1987): 9-17.

19. G. C. Curhan et al., "Beverage Use and Risk for Kidney Stones in Women," Annals of Internal Medicine 28, no. 7 (Apr 1, 1998):  534-40.

20. F. S. Goulart, "Are You Sugar Smart?" American Fitness, (Mar-Apr 1991):  34-38

21. D. Donnini et al., "Glucose May Induce Cell Death through a Free Radical Mediated Mechanism," Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications 219, no. 2 (Feb 15, 1996):  412-17

22. W. Glinsmann, H. Irausquin, and Y. K. Park, "Evaluation of Health Aspects of Sugar Contained in Carbohydrate Sweeteners: Report of Sugars Task Force, 1986," Journal of Nutrition 116 (Suppl 11; Nov 1986):  S1-216.

23. J. Yudkin and O. Eisa, "Dietary Sucrose and Oestradiol Concentration in Young Men," Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism 32, no. 2 (1988): 53-55

Monday, January 6, 2020


From the wonderful book "The Autoimmune Fix" by Tom O'Bryan:

"Sugar itself is not bad for you, but bad sugar is bad for you.  There are few health benefits and even less nutritional value to processed sugar.  Sugar in its most natural state, sugarcane, actually has some nutritional value.  In developing countries, children chew on sugarcane everyday and don't get cavities.  But in the United States, children who eat lots of sugar-laden sweets end up with lots of cavities.  When children chew on sugarcane, they are exposed to the entire plant and ingest many other vitamins, minerals, polyphenols, and antioxidants as well as sucrose, the chemical extract of table sugar.  Our children, on the other hand, are snacking on highly refined sugar in its most potent state."

In a study done in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition: "Role of Sugars in Human Neutrophilic Phagocytosis" the article states that "overexposure to sugar suppresses you immune system, making it ineffecient, especially when it has to fight off infections.  Sugar will suppress white blood cells for about 10 minutes after it's consumed.  So, for example, if you eat lots of sugar when you have a cold, your recovery will take days longer."

In my opinion, this book by Tom O'Bryan is a must read for everyone.
There is a ton of information that any health-conscious person would love to learn.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Combining Childhood Vaccines at One Visit is Not Safe

There's an interesting article by a medical research journalist was published in the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons Volume 21 Number 2 Summer 2016. Here are some snippets from various sections of the article. If you would like to read the entire article, a link is provided at the end of this post.

Background: In the 1980s vaccine manufacturers were frequently sued by the parents of children who were permanently disabled or died following vaccination. After paying out millions of dollars in these lawsuits, vaccine manufacturers were prepared to stop producing vaccines unless the federal government provided them with immunity from jury verdicts. In response to pharmaceutical manufacturers’ threat to close their own vaccine factories, in 1986 Congress passed the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act (NCVIA), protecting vaccine manufacturers from most financial liability associated with their products. Under NCVIA, the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) was created to provide cost-effective arbitration for vaccine injury claims. Vaccine manufacturers can no longer be sued in a state or federal court for damages arising from a vaccine-related injury or death unless a petition for compensation under the new program is filed and denied. Compensation under the program is paid for by a 75-cent excise tax on every vaccine purchased. (MMR contains three vaccines, so the tax is $2.25.) The money goes into a Trust Fund managed by the U.S. Department of the Treasury. As of Mar 1, 2016, more than $3.2 billion had already been paid out, most of it to compensate parents whose children were severely disabled or died after receiving vaccines.1 Today, vaccine manufacturers not only make millions of dollars annually from their lucrative business, but they have been disincentivized from producing safer vaccines, since they are shielded from liability when their mandatory products harm consumers.

The Safety of Simultaneous Vaccines: Although CDC recommends polio, hepatitis B, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, rotavirus, Haemophilus influenzae type B,and pneumococcal vaccines for two-, four-, and six-month-old infants, this combination of eight vaccines administered during a single physician visit was never tested for safety in clinical trials. Vaccine Doses and Mortality: Our study also calculated the case fatality ratio (mortality rate) among vaccinated infants, stratified by the number of vaccine doses they received. Of the 38,801 VAERS reports that we analyzed, 11,927 infants received one, two, three, or four vaccine doses prior to having an adverse event, and 423 of those infants died: a mortality rate of 3.6%. The remaining 26,874 infants received five, six, seven, or eight vaccine doses prior to the adverse event and 1,458 of them died: 5.4%. The mortality rate for infants who received five to eight vaccine doses (5.4%) is significantly higher than the mortality rate for infants who received one to four vaccine doses (3.6%), with a rate ratio (RR) of 1.5 (95% CI, 1.4-1.7). Of infants reported to VAERS, those who had received more vaccines had a statistically significant 50% higher mortality rate compared with those who had received fewer.

The Age Effect on Hospitalizations and Death: In the 38,801 VAERS reports we analyzed, 26,408 infants were younger than six months. After receiving one or more vaccine doses, 1,623 of those infants died: a mortality rate of 6.1%.

To Read this entire article, follow this link:

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Lose Your Train of Thought?

Have you ever experienced mental exhaustion where you feel that you just can't get your thoughts together? There is an explanation for this and it will get on your nerves. Let's start with a brief explanation fo nerves. Nerves are not directly connected to one another. There is a fluid filled cavity that exist between the axon and dendrite (these are input and output connections of two adjacent nerves) and it is called a synapse. When the electrical impulse travels down the axon and meets the space/synapse, it causes a chemical reaction in the synapse. If the impulse from the axon is strong enough the chemical signal will cause the next nerve to fire. The impulse will then travel through the next nerve. However, when this same nerve circuit fires throught the same synapse many times over, the fluid in the synaptic space becomes exhausted. When that happens, the incoming nerve signal can no longer stimulate the next nerve to fire. This results in the signal dying out at the synapse. This is how thoughts can be lost. We start a thought, but since the synaptic fluid is exhausted, the signal does not propagate any further. The result is that we forget what we were thinking about. So what leads to this synaptic exhaustion? The underlying cause is this type of "forgetting" is usually a deficiency in B vitamins. B vitamins are the main precursors to synaptic fluid. the body can store B12 easily, but the other B vitamins are harder to store. B vitamins are depleted rapidly is you are under stress (and who isn't?). When we take a good supply of B vitamins (and vitamin C), the synaptic fuild is renewed in around 20 to 30 minutes and mental exhaustion quickly disappears.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Vitamin P

A little history lesson. Nutrients are designed to work together. How do we know? A Nobel Prize- winning physiologist, Albert Szent-Gyorgyi MD, was the first to find how nutritional elements work together. He is credited with discovering Vitamin C. He also discovered Vitamin P. How? In 1934 he gave fruit juice extract to a patient who suffered from scurvy, which is caused by a Vitamin C deficiency. The patient quickly recovered from the scurvy. It wasn't long afterwards that a purified form of Vitamin C became available. So, thinking that this purified form would give a better results to scurvy patients, he gave the purified Vitamin C to another scurvy patient. He was surprised to find out that the "purified" form of Vitamin C did not work as well as the fruit juice extract. In 1935, Szent-Gyorgyi studied the fruit juice extract and identified the "impurities" in the fruit juice, calling them Vitamin P. In today's terms, Vitamin P is known as bioflavonoids. The bioflavonoids are the cofactors that help Vitamin C do it's job better. This Vitamin C- bioflavonoid connection is only one of thousands of similar factor/cofactor reactions that occur in nature.

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Green Tea-th

Yeah I know, a poor attempt at pun.

Green tea has been shown to benefit the teeth as well as all the other benefits that it give.

The polyphenols in the tea help inhibit the growth of bacteria that cause tooth decay. It also helps prevent halitosis (bad breath), strep throat, and other types of infections.

In order for cavities to form in your teeth, acids must break down the enamal. Green tea increases your teeth's resistance to acids.

Also, the catechin in green tea is what is responsible for the beneficial effect on periodontal health.

So, enjoy your green tea-th