Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by PatPalmer, May 2, 2003.

  1. PatPalmer

    PatPalmer New Member

    For those of us who crave something sweet every day and want to cut back, - this little piece of info just may help you.
    This is just a section from a rather long article I came across.

    I have had to cut right back from anything sweet, specially after 6pm because my heart would be racing all night and also feel dreadful all the next day...

    In 1957, Dr William Coda Martin tried to answer the question: When is a food a food and when is it a poison? His working definition of "poison" was: "Medically: Any substance applied to the body, ingested or developed within the body, which causes or may cause disease. Physically: Any substance which inhibits the activity of a catalyst which is a minor substance, chemical or enzyme that activates a reaction."1 The dictionary gives an even broader definition for "poison": "to exert a harmful influence on, or to pervert".

    Dr Martin classified refined sugar as a poison because it has been depleted of its life forces, vitamins and minerals. "What is left consists of pure, refined carbohydrates. The body cannot utilize this refined starch and carbohydrate unless the depleted proteins, vitamins and minerals are present. Nature supplies these elements in each plant in quantities sufficient to metabolize the carbohydrate in that particular plant. There is no excess for other added carbohydrates. Incomplete carbohydrate metabolism results in the formation of 'toxic metabolite' such as pyruvic acid and abnormal sugars containing five carbon atoms. Pyruvic acid accumulates in the brain and nervous system and the abnormal sugars in the red blood cells. These toxic metabolites interfere with the respiration of the cells. They cannot get sufficient oxygen to survive and function normally. In time, some of the cells die. This interferes with the function of a part of the body and is the beginning of degenerative disease."2

    Refined sugar is lethal when ingested by humans because it provides only that which nutritionists describe as "empty" or "naked" calories. It lacks the natural minerals which are present in the sugar beet or cane. In addition, sugar is worse than nothing because it drains and leaches the body of precious vitamins and minerals through the demand its digestion, detoxification and elimination make upon one's entire system.

    So essential is balance to our bodies that we have many ways to provide against the sudden shock of a heavy intake of sugar. Minerals such as sodium (from salt), potassium and magnesium (from vegetables), and calcium (from the bones) are mobilised and used in chemical transmutation; neutral acids are produced which attempt to return the acid-alkaline balance factor of the blood to a more normal state.

    Sugar taken every day produces a continuously overacid condition, and more and more minerals are required from deep in the body in the attempt to rectify the imbalance. Finally, in order to protect the blood, so much calcium is taken from the bones and teeth that decay and general weakening begin.

    Excess sugar eventually affects every organ in the body. Initially, it is stored in the liver in the form of glucose (glycogen). Since the liver's capacity is limited, a daily intake of refined sugar (above the required amount of natural sugar) soon makes the liver expand like a balloon. When the liver is filled to its maximum capacity, the excess glycogen is returned to the blood in the form of fatty acids. These are taken to every part of the body and stored in the most inactive areas: the belly, the buttocks, the breasts and the thighs.

    When these comparatively harmless places are completely filled, fatty acids are then distributed among active organs, such as the heart and kidneys. These begin to slow down; finally their tissues degenerate and turn to fat. The whole body is affected by their reduced ability, and abnormal blood pressure is created. The parasympathetic nervous system is affected; and organs governed by it, such as the small brain, become inactive or paralysed. (Normal brain function is rarely thought of as being as biologic as digestion.) The circulatory and lymphatic systems are invaded, and the quality of the red corpuscles starts to change. An overabundance of white cells occurs, and the creation of tissue becomes slower. Our body's tolerance and immunising power becomes more limited, so we cannot respond properly to extreme attacks, whether they be cold, heat, mosquitoes or microbes.

    Excessive sugar has a strong mal-effect on the functioning of the brain. The key to orderly brain function is glutamic acid, a vital compound found in many vegetables. The B vitamins play a major role in dividing glutamic acid into antagonistic-complementary compounds which produce a "proceed" or "control" response in the brain. B vitamins are also manufactured by symbiotic bacteria which live in our intestines. When refined sugar is taken daily, these bacteria wither and die, and our stock of B vitamins gets very low. Too much sugar makes one sleepy; our ability to calculate and remember is lost.

    If anyone wants the full article I can EMail it to you.

    Love Pat.
  2. lilwren

    lilwren New Member

    It is incredible how much better I have gotten from doing that! I would love to have the full article - it's hard to convince people that this is a real problem with our diets and written material helps to back up what I tell them. Thank you very much for the offer!

    Sharon L
    [This Message was Edited on 05/03/2003]
  3. Dayle

    Dayle New Member

    for this article & a firm reminder of how bad sugar is. My Husband, Son & myself have been trying hard to eat low-carb since January. We are all feeling much better. My 18 yr old son is even sleeping better.
  4. DonnaG

    DonnaG New Member

    the article as well.Thanks for posting it.
  5. Plantscaper

    Plantscaper New Member

    I have totally banned sugar from my residence, but have a hard time convincing my parents of it's harmful effects..You know, sugar-filled junk food is so abundant in this society, whereas, you have to go far to find healthy, nonpolluted food..

    I am buying most of my food from a health food store, now, but I have to travel far to find it...But, it is worth the effort..When I stay off of it, completely, I no longer desire it..When you come on, tomorrow, I would like to get a copy of the whole article...to show them..

    [This Message was Edited on 05/02/2003]
  6. PatPalmer

    PatPalmer New Member

    Amelia & DonnaG,

    Can I have your email addys to send this article to you?

    Amelia, I have also cut right back and no longer crave/binge.
    When I do want something sweet it`ll be honey on wholemeal bread, liquorice or a mug of hot chocolate drink.

    With also taking so many supplements, specially the OLE, maybe these have helped along the way, by correcting chemical changes within the system...

    My diet is purely one of healthy eating by natural choice now too, my appetite has altered as I no longer want large meals anymore. - Little & often.

    I am so much better on the whole these days. It feels good to be alive.
    Hope you are all having a good day today.

    Lots of love Pat.
    [This Message was Edited on 05/03/2003]
  7. KCD

    KCD New Member

    Thanks for the information on sugar. It will be helpful. I had been trying to get off and was doing good until Easter. I have 3 kids and sugar was everywhere! Can you get my email address off my bio? I don't all the rules yet. thanks, KCD[This Message was Edited on 05/03/2003]
  8. Cycie

    Cycie New Member

    Hi Pat, A great article, Thanks. I have really bad sugar cravings they are soooo bad and I do have a lot of trouble trying not to eat sugary items.
    I run a Support group in Australia and I feel this info would be beneficial to all interested.
    I would like you to email it to me please
    Cheers cycie
  9. MtnDews

    MtnDews New Member

    Pat, thank you so much for the information. I'm working towards no sugar and the more info. really helps. I hate being told to do something without the reasoning behind it. I'm guessing I was one of those kids you'd want to tape their mouths shut.
  10. KCD

    KCD New Member

    My email is valhuse@hotmail
    thanks, KCD