Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Sugar is not an allergy, but...

Sugar is not an allergy, nor is the effect of sugar on a child's body so harmful that it could be considered adviceable to restrict intake. This is the conclusion I make based on two significant observations. First, when we first eliminated sugar from the diet of Kidone and saw astonishing results in both growth curves and behaviour, the reaction of our nurse at the health center was this: "why sugar?". She could to a certain extent accept the elimination of wheat but she did not understand at all why on earth we would limit the intake of sugar. This is a nurse with decades of experience controlling children's physical and psychological growth. I was astonished by this reaction. I have the greatest respect this nurse and she is excellent in her profession and I have to say, she was not saying that sugar is good for you, but neither she pinpoint to the exact harms of sugar. This is why my conclusion that sugar is not consider harmful by society stands out even more. Second, filling in the form for daycare kitchen about allergies (yes, finally!) I go through two pages of all kinds of food commonly causing allergic reaction (even 'safe-bets' such as potatoes and sweet potatoes are on the list) but sugar is nowhere to be found. Yes, there is the condition of diabetes  (Heaven forbid that they now start filling her food with tons of toxic artificial sweetners!) and there is the allergy to honey (honey is actually the sweetner that I would think is quite ok to use in our situation).

However, the response to our now legitimate concerns about our child's health (we have a doctor's statement) has been excellent. This is where you see that we live in a bureaucratic society where medical authority is extremely high regarded. For informed people concerned about their health, the way to make the surrounding community understand is not by providing information but by first presenting a medical statement, and only then informing.  I had to go out "shopping doctors" to achieve this. Because my first visits only resulted in negative test results, discrediting my concerns, and an appointment at the mainstream dietist because "eliminating wheat from a child's diet is dangerous".

I myself am mostly concerned about how this elimination of sugar at daycare will affect my child's socialization and view of herself as an outsider. This is why it made my day to hear that today the daycare chef had prepared an afternoon snack starting from our daughter's needs, so that everybody eats the same. I cannot express how much that meant for me. Yesterday I had almost a nervous breakdown thinking of the effect this one-sheet paper with the signature of a licensed physician would do to my daughters self-esteem. I was actually ready to call back to the doctor asking for a new statement, not restricting sugars....Today hearing about this it really makes me feel so much better!

Now that I have a statement, I go on and inform the public...Maybe sugar is or is not an allergy, by definition. But it certainly has some very nasty impacts on the human body. And I am surprised that our society is not ready to grasp this information (addiction blindness?). Borrowing from Nancy Appleton, who has researched sugars's effect on the body for over 30 years, here you can see the 143 effects sugar has been found to have on the body (she bases her list on published articles from scientific research):

  1. Sugar can suppress the immune system
  2. Sugar upsets the mineral relationships in the body.
  3. Sugar can cause hyperactivity, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, and crankiness in children.
  4. Sugar can produce a significant rise in triglycerides.
  5. Sugar contributes to the reduction in defense against bacterial infection (infectious diseases).
  6. Sugar causes a loss of tissue elasticity and function, the more sugar you eat the more elasticity and function you lose
  7. Sugar reduces high density lipoproteins.
  8. Sugar leads to chromium deficiency
  9. Sugar leads to cancer of the ovaries.
  10. Sugar can increase fasting levels of glucose.
  11. Sugar causes copper deficiency.
  12. Sugar interferes with absorption of calcium and magnesium.
  13. Sugar can weaken eyesight.
  14. Sugar raises the level of a neurotransmitters: dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine.
  15. Sugar can cause hypoglycemia.
  16. Sugar can produce an acidic digestive tract.
  17. Sugar can cause a rapid rise of adrenaline levels in children.
  18. Sugar mal-absorption is frequent in patients with functional bowel disease.
  19. Sugar can cause premature aging.
  20. Sugar can lead to alcoholism.
  21. Sugar can cause tooth decay.
  22. Sugar contributes to obesity
  23. High intake of sugar increases the risk of Crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis.
  24. Sugar can cause changes frequently found in person with gastric or duodenal ulcers.
  25. Sugar can cause arthritis.
  26. Sugar can cause asthma.
  27. Sugar greatly assists the uncontrolled growth of Candida Albicans (yeast infections).
  28. Sugar can cause gallstones.
  29. Sugar can cause heart disease.
  30. Sugar can cause appendicitis.
  31. Sugar can cause multiple sclerosis.
  32. Sugar can cause hemorrhoids.
  33. Sugar can cause varicose veins.
  34. Sugar can elevate glucose and insulin responses in oral contraceptive users.
  35. Sugar can lead to periodontal disease.
  36. Sugar can contribute to osteoporosis.
  37. Sugar contributes to saliva acidity.
  38. Sugar can cause a decrease in insulin sensitivity.
  39. Sugar can lower the amount of Vitamin E (alpha-Tocopherol in the blood.
  40. Sugar can decrease growth hormone.
  41. Sugar can increase cholesterol.
  42. Sugar can increase the systolic blood pressure.
  43. Sugar can cause drowsiness and decreased activity in children.
  44. High sugar intake increases advanced glycation end products (AGEs)(Sugar bound non-enzymatically to protein)
  45. Sugar can interfere with the absorption of protein.
  46. Sugar causes food allergies.
  47. Sugar can contribute to diabetes.
  48. Sugar can cause toxemia during pregnancy.
  49. Sugar can contribute to eczema in children.
  50. Sugar can cause cardiovascular disease.
  51. Sugar can impair the structure of DNA
  52. Sugar can change the structure of protein.
  53. Sugar can make our skin age by changing the structure of collagen.
  54. Sugar can cause cataracts.
  55. Sugar can cause emphysema.
  56. Sugar can cause atherosclerosis.
  57. Sugar can promote an elevation of low density lipoproteins (LDL).
  58. High sugar intake can impair the physiological homeostasis of many systems in the body.
  59. Sugar lowers the enzymes ability to function.
  60. Sugar intake is higher in people with Parkinson´s disease.
  61. Sugar can cause a permanent altering the way the proteins act in the body.
  62. Sugar can increase the size of the liver by making the liver cells divide.
  63. Sugar can increase the amount of liver fat.
  64. Sugar can increase kidney size and produce pathological changes in the kidney.
  65. Sugar can damage the pancreas.
  66. Sugar can increase the body's fluid retention.
  67. Sugar is enemy #1 of the bowel movement.
  68. Sugar can cause myopia (nearsightedness).
  69. Sugar can compromise the lining of the capillaries.
  70. Sugar can make the tendons more brittle.
  71. Sugar can cause headaches, including migraine.
  72. Sugar plays a role in pancreatic cancer in women.
  73. Sugar can adversely affect school children's grades and cause learning disorders..
  74. Sugar can cause an increase in delta, alpha, and theta brain waves.
  75. Sugar can cause depression.
  76. Sugar increases the risk of gastric cancer.
  77. Sugar and cause dyspepsia (indigestion).
  78. Sugar can increase your risk of getting gout.
  79. Sugar can increase the levels of glucose in an oral glucose tolerance test over the ingestion of complex carbohydrates.
  80. Sugar can increase the insulin responses in humans consuming high-sugar diets compared to ow sugar diets.
  81. High refined sugar diet reduces learning capacity.
  82. Sugar can cause less effective functioning of two blood proteins, albumin, and lipoproteins, which may reduce the body´s ability to handle fat and cholesterol.
  83. Sugar can contribute to Alzheimer´s disease.
  84. Sugar can cause platelet adhesiveness.
  85. Sugar can cause hormonal imbalance; some hormones become underactive and others become overactive.
  86. Sugar can lead to the formation of kidney stones.
  87. Sugar can lead the hypothalamus to become highly sensitive to a large variety of stimuli.
  88. Sugar can lead to dizziness.
  89. Diets high in sugar can cause free radicals and oxidative stress.
  90. High sucrose diets of subjects with peripheral vascular disease significantly increases platelet adhesion.
  91. High sugar diet can lead to biliary tract cancer.
  92. Sugar feeds cancer.
  93. High sugar consumption of pregnant adolescents is associated with a twofold increased risk for delivering a small-for-gestational-age (SGA) infant.
  94. High sugar consumption can lead to substantial decrease in gestation duration among adolescents.
  95. Sugar slows food's travel time through the gastrointestinal tract.
  96. Sugar increases the concentration of bile acids in stools and bacterial enzymes in the colon. This can modify bile to produce cancer-causing compounds and colon cancer.
  97. Sugar increases estradiol (the most potent form of naturally occurring estrogen) in men.
  98. Sugar combines and destroys phosphatase, an enzyme, which makes the process of digestion more difficult.
  99. Sugar can be a risk factor of gallbladder cancer.
  100. Sugar is an addictive substance.
  101. Sugar can be intoxicating, similar to alcohol.
  102. Sugar can exacerbate PMS.
  103. Sugar given to premature babies can affect the amount of carbon dioxide they produce.
  104. Decrease in sugar intake can increase emotional stability.
  105. The body changes sugar into 2 to 5 times more fat in the bloodstream than it does starch.
  106. The rapid absorption of sugar promotes excessive food intake in obese subjects.
  107. Sugar can worsen the symptoms of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
  108. Sugar adversely affects urinary electrolyte composition.
  109. Sugar can slow down the ability of the adrenal glands to function.
  110. Sugar has the potential of inducing abnormal metabolic processes in a normal healthy individual and to promote chronic degenerative diseases.
  111. Intravenous feedings of sugar water can cut off oxygen to the brain.
  112. High sucrose intake could be an important risk factor in lung cancer.
  113. Sugar increases the risk of polio.
  114. High sugar intake can cause epileptic seizures.
  115. Sugar causes high blood pressure in obese people.
  116. In Intensive Care Units, limiting sugar saves lives.
  117. Sugar may induce cell death.
  118. Sugar can increase the amount of food that you eat.
  119. In juvenile rehabilitation camps, when children were put on a low sugar diet, there was a 44% drop in antisocial behavior.
  120. Sugar can lead to prostate cancer.
  121. Sugar dehydrates newborns.
  122. Sugar increases the estradiol in young men.
  123. Sugar can cause low birth weight babies.
  124. Greater consumption of refined sugar is associated with a worse outcome of schizophrenia.
  125. Sugar can raise homocysteine levels in the blood stream.
  126. Sweet food items increase the risk of breast cancer.
  127. Sugar is a risk factor in cancer of the small intestine.
  128. Sugar may cause laryngeal cancer.
  129. Sugar induces salt and water retention.
  130. Sugar may contribute to mild memory loss.
  131. As sugar increases in the diet of 10 years olds, there is a linear decrease in the intake of many essential nutrients.
  132. Sugar can increase the total amount of food consumed.
  133. Exposing a newborn to sugar results in a heightened preference for sucrose relative to water at 6 months and 2 years of age.
  134. Sugar causes constipation.
  135. Sugar causes varicose veins.
  136. Sugar can cause brain decay in pre-diabetic and diabetic women.
  137. Sugar can increase the risk of stomach cancer.
  138. Sugar can cause metabolic syndrome.
  139. Sugar ingestion by pregnant women increases neural tube defects in embryos.
  140. Sugar can be a factor in asthma.
  141. The higher the sugar consumption the more chances of getting irritable bowel syndrome.
  142. Sugar could affect central reward systems.
  143. Sugar can cause cancer of the rectum.

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