Make no mistake about it refined sugar is a deadly poison. Corrupt to the extreme this poison is noxious to the human body even in relatively small amounts. In fact, it is so corrupt that no one should consume it. How dangerous is it? As little as a few teaspoonsful daily is enough to disturb the metabolism, severely so. This is so much the case that those few teaspoonsful could cause noticeable symptoms.
In fact, there is no way that this substance can even be regarded as a food. There is nothing food-like about it. Rather, as it is a mere purified chemical substance it behaves more like a drug than a foodstuff, in fact, an adulterant to the extreme. For instance, refined sugar destroys the teeth, eating away at the enamel, even the base bones. The teeth are the hardest, most indestructible tissues in the body. How much more corrupt can a substance be than to destroy the teeth?
It is also a highly addictive substance, which gives reason for classifying it as a drug rather than a food. Refined sugar is drug like, similar to cocaine or opium? This makes sense, as any sugar addict will attest. It is even drug-like in its consequences, the occurence of withdrawals and cravings. Truly, so extreme can be the consquences to the addicts that it is virtually impossible to withdraw from it ‘cold turkey.’ It often requires massive nutritional and dietay support, as well as emotional support, to achieve successful withdrawal in the case of extreme addicts.
Here is an example of how the corruption known as ‘sugar’ can lead to addiction. When significant amounts of this substance are consumed, the brain is directly impacted. It releases powerful substances, mood-altering chemicals, including serotonin and dopamine. These substances create a sensation of mood elevation, a kind of sugar-induced high. People do get this mood shift, though it is temporary at best. Howeve, continued consumpiton leads to disastrous consequences, including a major down, manifested by anxiousness, anxiety, depression, and even fits of anger or at least obnoxiousness. The body gets adjusted to this high then low state, and most people fail to recognize that it is entirely sugar-induced.
The sugar industry is fully aware of this addiction. It is the way this corrupt cabal can maintain its multi-billion dollar sales. As published by S. O’Connell in Sugar: The Grass that Changed the World rat studies have confirmed this addiction capacity. Princeton investigators, led by B. Hoedel, fed rats a normal diet supplemented with refined sugar, given in the a.m. The, they stopped the sugar feeding. The results were highly revealing. The rats started chattering their teeth, and it was obvious that they were nervous or anxious. The anxiousness and teeth chattering were a sign of a sugar-induced imbalance in brain chemistry. It is destructive in a wide range of ways besides its effects on the nerves and teeth.
Clearly, refined sugar is a metabolic poison and has particularly noxious effects on the hormonal system, especially the adrenal glands. It is a frank poison of these glands, eventually causing them to be systematically destroyed. Furthermore, sugar can readily distort the body, for instance, causing rapid weight gain. Again, as described by O’Connell if it is consumed in an amount in excess of what can be burned, weight will be gained. As little as five teaspoonsful extra daily was determined in humans to lead to a yearly weight gain of up to 10 pounds. No wonder people in America are so obese considering the excessive amount of this noxious chemical that they consume.
Consider what would happen if a person routinely consumed 10 extra teaspoonsful above metabolic burning capacity daily. The weight gain would be as high as 20 pounds per year, amounting in 10 years of an extra 200 pounds. Sugar destroys much more, including the internal mechanisms of human chemistry. As published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism human subjects who consumed the equivalent of the sugar in two cans of cola had greater than twice the amount of free radical damage than controls, who consumed no sugary drinks. Furthermore, in this study, among others, it was found that this refined chemical caused the loss of key nutrients, including those which protect the body from oxidative damage such as vitamin E and vitamin C.
Let it not be forgotten that the B vitamins are also destroyed by refined sugar. Once again, for what reason would anyone consume this substance? A listing of the body systems which are adversely affected by refined sugar are as follows:
• the boney skeleton
• the joints
• the endocrine glands
• the brain
• the liver
• the immune system
• the dental system
• the free radical protection system
• the skin (which it ages aggressively)
Worse yet, a number of sugar sources are tainted with GMOs, notably high fructose corn syrup, fructose sweetener, invert sugar, glucose, and beet sugar. Corn syrup is one of poisonous of all sugars, largely because the combined effect of heavy refinement,along with the GMO toxins. Avoid sugar as you would avoid the plague.
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Written by Dr. Cass Ingram
I enjoy teaching natural health to so many people and it never fails during my Q&A time someone always asks me about cortisol. This blog post today is not just about cortisol, but brain health and stress. When I get asked about cortisol, I’m standing at my whiteboard ready to spell one of the most important nutrients that will improve your focus and relieve your stress…P-H-O-S-H-A-T-I-D-Y-L-S-E-R-I-N-E.
What is Phosphatidylserine?
Phosphatidylserine is a kind of nutrient classified as phospholipids. Phospholipids, essentially, are fat soluble chemicals. These nutrient s play an important role in cell building and growth of cells in our body. Naturally, phospholipids are already present in cell membrane.
Generally, Phosphatidylserine is a non-essential nutrient present in abundance in our cell membrane. Moreover, our body is able to produce Phosphatidylserine naturally and does not require additional supplement through food or medicine. However, with the passage of time, the aging mechanism affects the synthesis of Phosphatidylserine in our cells. This is one of the explanations behind degrading mental functions and cognitive ability with age. In many cases, this phenomenon leads to dementia and age associated memory impairment. In such cases, Phosphatidylserine supplements for memory can serve as a beneficial cure.
Where does it come from?
Our body may produce enough Phosphatidylserine for us but when it comes to supplement, it can come from animal as well as plant sources. In both cases, there aren't too many options. Animal Phosphatidylserine is obtained from bovine brain and organ meat such as lamb's kidney. In plants, Phosphatidylserine is found in beans containing soy lecithin, for instance, soy beans and white beans.
However, Phosphatidylserine supplements are now easily available in the form of standardized medicines. Yet, you must consult your physician before taking these supplements.
As a side note, everyone needs to feed their brain healthy fats from fish oil as our brains are 60-70% fat and 60-70% of that fat needs to contain EPA/DHA for optimal brain health.
Benefits of Phosphatidylserine
The major benefits of Phosphatidylserine involve improved brain function and memory. However, since it is a vital element for our cells, it also found helpful in improving many other health conditions as well. Here is a list of conditions in which Phosphatidylserine can prove to be most beneficial.
This mainly includes conditions such as Alzheimers. The proposition is made on concrete results of a test conducted by several scientists. The results suggest that 300 mg Phosphatidylserine everyday for twelve weeks can roll back a person's memory and mental capacity to as much as twelve years. Moreover, it also improves language skills and thinking abilities. This, however, works more efficiently on people aged 50 to 80.
Phosphatidylserine helps to keep the brain’s membranes fluid, which has a direct effect upon your memory and memory recall. This is vitally important when it comes to reducing aging of the brain.
Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD)
Phosphatidylserine also has a positive effect on children and adults with ADHD. It’s not be the complete cure, it does relax the brain in order to reduce ADHD related symptoms such as anxiety, nervousness and hyperactivity. This property also makes it a useful supplement for students who do not suffer from ADHD but do have issues related to memory and concentration. Phosphatidylserine supplements for memory can greatly improve their academic performance. Every young person can benefit from taking PS daily. One 100mg capsule before school and even after school will help memory and relieve any stressful situations when it comes test time.
This is the number reason I believe most people take Phosphatidylserine daily. It lowers cortisol with amazing effectiveness! Cortisol levels are higher when we wake up in the morning and will elevate again towards the late afternoon and evening. When that happens it can prevent us from falling asleep. Taking this nutrient daily will help you mentally feel better, but it will help you cope with surrounding stress more effectively. Being calm and more focused is what everyone wants today, and it’s as easy as taking Phosphyatidylserine daily.
Most natural health professionals recommend Phosphatidylserine supplements for memory but benefits of Phosphatidylserine are not limited to brain functions. Some other proven effects of Phosphatidylserine are as follows.
• Increases attention, concentration and learning
• Reduces stress and relaxes the mind
• Decreases anxiety and depression
• Improves hearing and prevent related problems
• Lowers blood pressure
• Reduces asthma
Ward W. Bond, PhD
More and more people are dealing with Restless Leg Syndrome. There are many theories as to what causes this phenomenon, but for those under the age of 50 the cause is most likely stress. When it comes to this condition, the diet must be looked at first. Sugar is notorious for irritating the nervous system and causing the twitching and jerking people feel in the legs. And it's not just isolated in the legs, but also the arms in many people too.
What does one do naturally? Well, once you leave or reduce the sugar in your diet and this includes artificial sweeteners too. Check your caffeine level as well. I know there are pros and cons to the health and benefits of coffee, but take a close look as to where all your caffeine intake is coming from your diet.
There are few remedies I'd like to share with you as I know exactly how this condition feels and it's awful! My restless leg and sometimes arms comes from stress. Sugar and caffeine will just aggravate the problem and prevent one from falling asleep at night. Many deal with this condition in the evening, but many are dealing with it on a regular basis. Two nutrients one needs is Calcium and Magnesium. These are needed for healthy muscle contraction and relaxation. Did you know both nutrients are depleted by the intake of sugar and caffeine? Get the picture? One can use a Calcium/Magnesium supplement, one I recommend is the Natural Vitality Calm Magnesium with Calcium. It's a powder, mixes easily in water and tastes great. Best part is, it works beautifully for those with a mild case of restless leg.
Another nutrient I like to recommend is the amino acid Tryptophan. This converts to the neurotransmitter Serotonin and has had a positive effect in reducing or eliminating restless leg. This is not recommended for those taking antidepressants in the MAO or SSRI class of drugs.
For those of you who like herbal remedies, I find the combination of Passion Flower, Chamomile, Hibiscus, Lemon Balm found in the product called NAPZ works very well too. In herbal medicine, these herbs are called nervines which operate by relaxing the nervous system and are very effective. The product is used for sleep, but we all know restless leg will keep you from falling asleep!
So what are you waiting for, give the suggestions a try and see how much better you'll feel!
Ward W. Bond, PhD