Sugary Poison

What is a favorite flavor, is in almost everything we eat, is difficult to resist, yet is poison to our body? If you guessed sugar, you were right! One of the most difficult things to resist, especially around the holidays are the sweets. They satisfy the palate, are pleasing to the eye and just plain ol’ taste good. Too bad they’re not as good for you as they taste.  Worse than not good, sugar is poison.

According to the dictionary, “a poison is a substance with an inherent property that tends to destroy life or impair health”. There’s no question that that definition describes sugar. Sugar is a poison. Not only does it impair health, but it destroys life – directly, and as a risk factor for many other life-threatening diseases such as heart disease and cancer.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, “National Diabetes Statistics 2011”, diabetes affects 25.8 million people, which comprises 8.3% of the U.S. population.  Diabetes is a major cause of heart disease and stroke and is the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S.

When faced with an unpleasant diagnosis related to sugar, we tend to take the easy way out. We blame our genes for it (and for everything else), when in reality, our genes are surprisingly different than formally presumed.  Our genes, once thought to be static and something we are stuck with, turns out to be far more dynamic and intelligent than originally thought. Our DNA appears to be able to collect information, through the language of food, and then adapts, alters, or otherwise responds intelligently to changes in its nutritional environment. This can be good or bad.

Sugar causes glycation. That means that basically the stickiness of sugar is also sticky on the cells, and in the membranes of your tissues. Sugar reacts with proteins on the surface to form easily breakable chemical bonds. This creates cross-linking of normally mobile proteins which hardens your cells and tissues, making them brittle and stiff. If in small amounts, your white blood cells and kidneys clean and excrete them. But when overwhelmed, the body can’t keep up with it. This makes the cells less responsive to nutrient flow through the cell wall, allowing infections to occur, cancer cells to proliferate, and makes your joints stiff.

Sugar also affects your circulatory system, has been shown to have a major affect on developing infants in utero, contributing to birth defects, affects brain function, and even “pre-diabetic” states are cause for alarm.

As you choose to leave the sweets on the platter, it becomes easier to resist with time. As you become healthier, you will find sweets are, well, too sweet. Every effort made to eat healthier is worth it. You’ll find your taste buds become more acute, and you enjoy the healthier foods even more! It’s really quite amazing when you trade the sugary poison for the other great foods nature has given us. Health is worth every morsel!

©2018 Holly A. Carling, O.M.D., L.Ac., Ph.D.

Medical/Health Disclaimer:

The information provided in this article should not be construed as personal medical advice or instruction. No action should be taken based solely on the contents of this article. Readers should consult appropriate health professionals on any matter relating to their health and well-being. The information and opinions provided here are believed to be accurate and sound, based on the best judgment available to the author, but readers who fail to consult appropriate health authorities assume the risk of any injuries.

Dr. Holly Carling

Dr. Holly Carling

Dr. Holly Carling is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine, Licensed Acupuncturist, Doctor of Naturopathy, Clinical Nutritionist and Master Herbologist with nearly four decades of experience. Dr. Carling is a “Health Detective,” she looks beyond your symptom picture and investigates WHY you are experiencing your symptoms in the first place. Dr. Carling considers herself a “professional student” – she has attended more than 600 post-secondary education courses related to health and healing. Dr. Carling gives lectures here in the U.S. and internationally and has been noted as the “Doctor’s Doctor”. When other healthcare practitioners hit a roadblock when treating their patients nutritionally, Dr. Carling is who they call. Dr. Carling is currently accepting new patients and offers natural health care services and whole food nutritional supplements in her Coeur d’ Alene clinic.

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