Oxygen and Four Sad Sugar Stories
Majid Ali, M.D.
A Self-learning Program for Health and Healing
When was the last time you went to a shoe store to buy flowers? Why would I go to a shoe store to buy flowers, you ask. That is the point. Please remember my question the next time you ask a question about nutrition from a doctor who does not use nutrient therapies to reverse chronic diseases.
The Oxygen-Sugar Story
Oxygen turns sugar into clean ATP energy, water, and carbon dioxide. When the cells are covered with grease, oxygen cannot freely get back into them to break down sugar completely. This causes a buildup of acids and cells bloat up. Cellular grease also blocks the action of insulin, creating insulin waste and toxicity. Insulin wastage leads to diabetes. Oxygen is the detergent that removes grease from cells (see the tutorial entitled “The Grease and Detergent Model of Obesity”for details).
Excess sugar sticks to fats and proteins. Sticky fats and proteins are fattening and inflaming. Excess fat and inflammation cause heart attacks, strokes, kidney failure, blindness, and other diseases. Please think of this before drinking soda or eating sugared cereal—the ones that TV commercials tell you are healthy. Sugar also raises blood cholesterol levels, exactly the opposite of what the commercials tell you.
This is the oxygen-sugar story.
The AMA-Sugar Story
Returning to the matter of going to a shoe store to buy flowers, I have much empathy for drug doctors who religiously follow all edicts of the American Medical Association. Consider this:
The meta-analysis synthesis of the studies to date found that sugar does not affect the behavior or cognitive performance of children.
Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). 274:1617;1995
What studies did those JAMA researchers undertake to pronounce the safety of sugar? None! The authors of that study were not scientists at all. Otherwise they wouldn’t have defended a position which every mother of a sugar-sensitive child knows to be stupid. A meta-analysis is not an original research. Rather, it is a study that puts together the results of previous studies and draws cumulative conclusions. The problem is that they summarized previous studies published by sugar-lovers supported by the sugar industry. JAMA diligently avoided thousands of reports of adverse effects of sugar by nutritionally-enlightened physicians. Such is the science of JAMA’s sugar researchers!
The Wall Street-Sugar Story
Wall Street like its sweets. It knows how and where to get the money. It always chooses a friend to send to the White House to do its bidding. President Clinton is doing good work now. I like him. Still, I ask you to consider the following:
Agricultural socialism was supposed to end this week with the signing by President Clinton of the landmark Federal Agriculture Improvement and Reform Act (FAIR). Touted as the most ambitious effort to bring free enterprise to the farm…the overall slashes price supports for staples from wheat to cotton…But for the America’s sugar growers, how sweet it still is…The (sugar) growers outfoxed not only congressional reformers but also a high powered coalition of sugar and sweetener users.
Time Magazine Aril 8, 1996
So, the men-of-sugar outfoxed Congress as well as the President. Who could have imagined that?
The Bood-Sugar Story
How much total sugar (glucose) is present in the entire circulating blood of a ten-year-old girl weighing 100 pounds?
A. 400 grams (100 teaspoons)
B. 100 grams (25 teaspoons)
C. 40 grams (10 teaspoons)
D. 20 grams (5 teaspoons)
E. 4 grams (1 teaspoon)
You are not right if your answer was A, B, C, or D.
Now, which story would you like to share with five of your friends who have children or grandchildren? Be a sport and send it to five of them. Won’t you please? The sugar-monsters need to be exposed. Don’t you think so? Yes, you do. If you need more prompting, consider this:
233 calories, all sugar (65 grams)
290 calories, all sugar (77 grams)
Snapple’s Tropical Mango Antioxidant Water
150 calories, all sugar (37 grams)
McDonald’s Mocha Frappé (small [12-ounce] order)
450 calories, 56 grams of sugar
Starbucks Caffè Mocha (16-ounce order)
330 calories and 33 grams of sugar
And the winner is:
McDonald’s 32-ounce Triple Thick Chocolate Shake
1,160 calories, 168 grams of sugar
Now, do you want to spread the word? Please forward this article to your friends? Won’t you, please?