Sugar, Commercials, and ADD

A while back I had a discussion with a professor who felt
there is nothing wrong with sugar, particularly High Fructose Corn Syrup. I
felt she had been watching those commercials on TV paid by the Sugar
Association of America, rather than reading the latest medical and nutritional
journals. Are you also getting your health information from the former?

No, there isn’t anything wrong with sugars that are found
in Mother Nature’s unprocessed foods. Our cell membranes in each cell and vital
cell pathways like protein DNA functions must have the right sugars,
(Glycosylation, Glycobiology—J. Science, cover issue March 23rd 2001[1]) fats and proteins. The
problem is refined and processed foods. They basically hinder optimal function
at the cellular level.
But, if you still believe that Big Food has your best
interest at heart, rather than profits at all costs, I will say no more, but
merely hope that reading the latest article on this subject may have an
impression on you:
Effects of high-fructose corn syrup and sucrose on thepharmacokinetics of fructose and acute metabolic and hemodynamic responses inhealthy subjects,                                                     Journal Metabolism Clinical and Experimental

Blood pressure, heart rate, fructose, and a variety of other metabolic
biomarkers were measured. Fructose area under the curve and maximum
concentration, dose-normalized glucose area under the curve and maximum
concentration, relative bioavailability of glucose, changes in postprandial
concentrations of serum uric acid, and systolic blood pressure maximum levels
were higher when HFCS-sweetened beverages were consumed as compared with
sucrose-sweetened beverages. Compared with sucrose, HFCS leads to greater
fructose systemic exposure and significantly different acute metabolic effects
Translation: processed sugars like HFCS make you fat.
For more information read my book “LICKING SWEET DEATH:
Energy & Information to stop sugar-coating your addiction to processed
Exhibit A: ADD and
the brain

Last month I saw a patient that will not soon fade
from memory. While I have seen many cases like hers before, her presentation
was so unique and the results so dramatic that I thought I would share her
story with you: B_______ is a 7 year old little princess who came in with her
mom. She wondered about my skull on the shelf. “That is from a kid who would
not buckle up in the car.” Then her attention shifted to my leather-bound
antique books. “They are in French. Would you like to read one?” “Yes.” So, she
sat there while I took the initial history from her mother who had come in to
see me for the first time the month before. Mom, with a change in diet (no
processed foods) and a few supplements, got rid of constipation, food allergies
and migraines. She had asked back then if her little girl, B____, could do the
diet, too.
After some initial drama, B_____ also got rid of
processed foods. By the time I saw her as a new patient she had overcome her
allergies, asthma and constipation. But, most important of all, her ADD, which
was confirmed by her Pediatrician and school teacher, was totally gone. B_____
is now scoring very high in reading comprehension and has avoided Special Ed
for “learning disabilities.” Her mother also related that she had been upset
that the only treatment offered before was 2 psychiatric medications.
While I was typing all the above in her chart,
B______ remained absorbed in Rousseau, occasionally lifting her head to ask
what some word meant…..
You may be interested in a study that just came
out: HFCS
diet impairs cognitive function. This is reversed by supplementing Omega oils.
This protocol has also been shown to be helpful in military PTSD.[3]

J. Science 2001;291:2263-25
J. of Physiology May 1st 2012
  1. Catherine Reply

    "But, if you still believe that Big Food has your best interest at heart, rather than profits at all costs, I will say no more, but merely hope that reading the latest article on this subject may have an impression on you:" I agree with you. I think they are really not concern with our health and all they think of now is the money they can get if they use fructose. It is cheaper and the fructose they used in their products didn't really came from fruits but it came from corn and they processed it already. That makes it not good for us.

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