Sugar, it seems, is lethal to many. It's apparently responsible for increasing ill-effects of a plethora of disorders and diseases, ranging from ADHD to Metabolic Disease. Sugar can promote much ill health and may lead to (extremely hard to treat) autoimmune diseases that can cause grave psychological distress, as well as contributing to existing disorders. In short, sugar can prolong the duration of disease.

'Autoimmune disease is typically defined as an aberrant response of lymphocytes to self antigens that ultimately leads to tissue damage' ( Elsevier article 'Innate Immune Response Triggers Lupus-like Autoimmune Disease Cell, Volume 130, Issue 4, Pages 589-591 J. Paulson)

Surely it can't be that difficult to change that which we grow and sell? Sure, people would complain a lot if sugar is drastically withdrawn, but only until they understand just how much physical and emotional damage sugar actually is responsible for?

Consider this:

'refined white sugar is treated as a toxic foreign agent by the immune system, owing to its unnatural chemical structure as well as the industrial contaminants it retains from the refining process.' ( Internet citation; Daniel Reid,

It is really difficult to spot prepared food produce in stores, that doesn't contain far too much sugar or processed, unhealthy starch.

Any sugars that are refined, are often triggers for many diseases- aside from some of the 'better' sugars in starches like (often not so offensive) wholegrain rice, fruits, rye (not an exhaustive list)

This isn't news to drug companies or 'big pharma'- so what are the real alternatives?

Stopping excess sugar can truly be at least as hard as stopping smoking. Why is this not acknowledged as a warning on food packaging? Sugars and starches can cause a 'feeling'
of hunger, that you know is weird if you have actually already eaten a nutritious meal, yet 'crave' more food.
That 'hunger pang', is in fact, an unhealthy digestive system wanting to be fed more toxic foodstuffs. It's unwanted bacteria screaming to be fed, sort of like a nasty creature in your stomach! It's little gremlins that you must not feed with sugary stuff and not white flours nor white rice either!

There are many sugar alternatives available now, for me, the least damaging sugar replacements are plant-based, like Maltose, Maple Syrup, Molasses, Honey, Stevia and Xylitol, but even those, to be taken in moderation.

Losing your sweet-tooth is like any addiction. After about 3 weeks of stopping sugar, you often lose your 'sweet tooth' altogether, but fruits, in moderation, are a fantastic source of nutrition. Especially in the skins.

A 'low allergy' diet can help.

Limit fruits (an hour before or after food), eat plenty of vegetables, nuts and legugmes - including almonds, avocado (limit avacado to 2 per week), sunflower seeds, brown rice,
dried fruit (in moderation) millet, beans, nuts (raw, unroasted if possible) and natural 'live' yoghurt.

Soaking nuts, like Almonds, for several hours/overnight, can realise their 'live' amino acids and other great nutrients that are a fantastic benefit to health in most cases.

A General whole food diet recommended, being careful to check for intolerance and cravings as some foods will cause hunger pangs rather than relieving it - common offenders such as tomatoes and capsicum/peppers can do this. Vegetables generally help though as they absorb fungal poisons called mycotoxins.

Address the problem initially, whilst reducing sugars, for 10-21 days as appropriate, then begin a standard wholefood diet. See a Nutritionist or Dietician for advice.

It may be wise to consider using Miscellised EFA's,A & E, with Sodium Ascorbate (sodium salt of Vitamin C) a dosage of 500mgs Daily is generally accepted as healty and safe, taken 12 hours apart from Zinc and with a 1/4 Teaspoon of Bicarbonate of Soda or half a Alka Seltzer, this helps promote the synergy of these chemicals that promotes the beneficial effects of the Vitamin C. Please see the Linus Pauling site for more on Vitamin C.

Manufacturers of food and drink consumables, please take note;

People are turning to healthier alternatives where possible so please now stop the production of refined white sugar and refined white flour, until you put a label on food telling facts to people that 'Sugar Can Seriously Damage Your Health or 'Sugar kills'

Elizabeth Lucye Robillard

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Author's Bio: 

Elizabeth Lucye Robillard was an actress, a political campaigner, a para-legal and now holds a certificate in Nutrition. Elizabeth is a consultant behaviorist and supports ACT Therapy incorporating 'mindful' meditation. Elizabeth is currently studying Herbalism and Addictions in order to practice as General Practitioner in holistic medicine.