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    Post  Carol on Mon Apr 12, 2010 1:55 am


    I stumbled across reading this somewhere and I didsome googling...

    I thought people would be interested in this as we all seem to be boosting it with mms etc but could be countering it with other measures.

    I know refined sugar is a big no no on cancer diets...

    Overdosing on sugar
    Eating or drinking 100 grams (8 tbsp.) of sugar, the equivalent of one 12-ounce can of soda, can reduce the ability of white blood cells to kill germs by forty percent. The immune-suppressing effect of sugar starts less than thirty minutes after ingestion and may last for five hours. In contrast, the ingestion of complex carbohydrates, or starches, has no effect on the immune system.

    Sugar's effect on your health
    The average American consumes an astounding 2-3 pounds of sugar each week, which is not surprising considering that highly refined sugars in the forms of sucrose (table sugar), dextrose (corn sugar), and high-fructose corn syrup are being processed into so many foods such as bread, breakfast cereal, mayonnaise, peanut butter, ketchup, spaghetti sauce, and a plethora of microwave meals.

    In the last 20 years, we have increased sugar consumption in the U.S. 26 pounds to 135 lbs. of sugar per person per year! Prior to the turn of this century (1887-1890), the average consumption was only 5 lbs. per person per year! Cardiovascular disease and cancer was virtually unknown in the early 1900's.

    The "glycemic index" is a measure of how a given food affects blood-glucose levels, with each food being assigned a numbered rating. The lower the rating, the slower the absorption and digestion process, which provides a more gradual, healthier infusion of sugars into the bloodstream. On the other hand, a high rating means that blood-glucose levels are increased quickly, which stimulates the pancreas to secrete insulin to drop blood-sugar levels. These rapid fluctuations of blood-sugar levels are not healthy because of the stress they place on the body.

    One of sugar's major drawbacks is that it raises the insulin level, which inhibits the release of growth hormones, which in turn depresses the immune system. This is not something you want to take place if you want to avoid disease.

    An influx of sugar into the bloodstream upsets the body's blood-sugar balance, triggering the release of insulin, which the body uses to keep blood-sugar at a constant and safe level. Insulin also promotes the storage of fat, so that when you eat sweets high in sugar, you're making way for rapid weight gain and elevated triglyceride levels, both of which have been linked to cardiovascular disease. Complex carbohydrates tend to be absorbed more slowly, lessening the impact on blood-sugar levels.

    Sugar depresses the immune system.
    We have known this for decades. It was only in the 1970's that researchers found out that vitamin C was needed by white blood cells so that they could phagocytize viruses and bacteria. White blood cells require a 50 times higher concentration inside the cell as outside so they have to accumulate vitamin C.

    There is something called a "phagocytic index" which tells you how rapidly a particular macrophage or lymphocyte can gobble up a virus, bacteria, or cancer cell. It was in the 1970's that Linus Pauling realized that white blood cells need a high dose of vitamin C and that is when he came up with his theory that you need high doses of vitamin C to combat the common cold.

    We know that glucose and vitamin C have similar chemical structures, so what happens when the sugar levels go up? They compete for one another upon entering the cells. And the thing that mediates the entry of glucose into the cells is the same thing that mediates the entry of vitamin C into the cells. If there is more glucose around, there is going to be less vitamin C allowed into the cell. It doesn't take much: a blood sugar value of 120 reduces the phagocytic index by 75%. So when you eat sugar, think of your immune system slowing down to a crawl.

    Here we are getting a little bit closer to the roots of disease. It doesn't matter what disease we are talking about, whether we are talking about a common cold or about cardiovascular disease, or cancer or osteoporosis, the root is always going to be at the cellular and molecular level, and more often than not insulin is going to have its hand in it, if not totally controlling it.

    The health dangers which ingesting sugar on an habitual basis creates are certain. Simple sugars have been observed to aggravate asthma, move mood swings, provoke personality changes, muster mental illness, nourish nervous disorders, deliver diabetes, hurry heart disease, grow gallstones, hasten hypertension, and add arthritis.

    Because refined dietary sugars lack minerals and vitamins, they must draw upon the body's micro-nutrient stores in order to be metabolized into the system. When these storehouses are depleted, metabolization of cholesterol and fatty acid is impeded, contributing to higher blood serum triglycerides, cholesterol, promoting obesity due to higher fatty acid storage around organs and in sub-cutaneous tissue folds.

    Because sugar is devoid of minerals, vitamins, fiber, and has such a deteriorating effect on the endocrine system, major researchers and major health organizations (American Dietetic Association and American Diabetic Association) agree that sugar consumption in America is one of the 3 major causes of degenerative disease.

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    Here is a list of ways sugar can affect your health:
    Sugar can suppress the immune system.
    Sugar can upset the body's mineral balance.
    Sugar can contribute to hyperactivity, anxiety, depression, concentration difficulties, and crankiness in children.
    Sugar can produce a significant rise in triglycerides.
    Sugar can cause drowsiness and decreased activity in children.
    Sugar can reduce helpful high density cholesterol (HDLs).
    Sugar can promote an elevation of harmful cholesterol (LDLs).
    Sugar can cause hypoglycemia.
    Sugar contributes to a weakened defense against bacterial infection.
    Sugar can cause kidney damage.
    Sugar can increase the risk of coronary heart disease.
    Sugar may lead to chromium deficiency.
    Sugar can cause copper deficiency.
    Sugar interferes with absorption of calcium and magnesium.
    Sugar can increase fasting levels of blood glucose.
    Sugar can promote tooth decay.
    Sugar can produce an acidic stomach.
    Sugar can raise adrenaline levels in children.
    Sugar can lead to periodontal disease.
    Sugar can speed the aging process, causing wrinkles and grey hair.
    Sugar can increase total cholesterol.
    Sugar can contribute to weight gain and obesity.
    High intake of sugar increases the risk of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.
    Sugar can contribute to diabetes.
    Sugar can contribute to osteoporosis.
    Sugar can cause a decrease in insulin sensitivity.
    Sugar leads to decreased glucose tolerance.
    Sugar can cause cardiovascular disease.
    Sugar can increase systolic blood pressure.
    Sugar causes food allergies.
    Sugar can cause free radical formation in the bloodstream.
    Sugar can cause toxemia during pregnancy.
    Sugar can contribute to eczema in children.
    Sugar can overstress the pancreas, causing damage.
    Sugar can cause atherosclerosis.
    Sugar can compromise the lining of the capillaries.
    Sugar can cause liver cells to divide, increasing the size of the liver.
    Sugar can increase the amount of fat in the liver.
    Sugar can increase kidney size and produce pathological changes in the kidney.
    Sugar can cause depression.
    Sugar can increase the body's fluid retention.
    Sugar can cause hormonal imbalance.
    Sugar can cause hypertension.
    Sugar can cause headaches, including migraines.
    Sugar can cause an increase in delta, alpha and theta brain waves, which can alter the mind's ability to think clearly.
    Sugar can increase blood platelet adhesiveness which increases risk of blood clots and strokes.
    Sugar can increase insulin responses in those consuming high-sugar diets compared to low sugar diets.
    Sugar increases bacterial fermentation in the colon.

    Honey and fruit or Stevia is the best option.

    Hope this helps... John

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