Hand out this card (not candy) for Halloween

What is scarier than a crowd of Zombies roaming your neighborhood on October 31? How about a crowd of kids munching on candy?  Instead of handing out sugary sweets, how gamequacces about pencils, toys, stickers, nuts, or other non-sugar treats?  And while you”re at it, plop this card in their bag.

San Jose City Councilman Proposes Ban on Sugar Drink Sales at City Venues

by Jill Escher

Ash Kalra

Oh, happy day for San Jose!  My junk-food-crazy hometown, overrun with obese kids, dialysis shops, diabetes diagnoses, and the lumbering heavy disabled buying shopping cart-fuls of Mountain Dew, is getting a clue!  Well, at least one of its councilmembers seems to be getting a clue.

Councilmember Ash Kalra has proposed — to the sad but predictable eyebrow-raising of his colleagues — the radical and crazy notion of a ban on selling one form of toxic food at City venues, the sugary drink. See  http://www.mercurynews.com/politics-government/ci_23929752/san-jose-councilman-proposes-banning-sodas

Last time I checked, we the citizens and taxpayers of San Jose collectively own those public venues, and must have the discretion to exert reasonable control over the sale of addictive poisons that are fueling a mass epidemic of perfectly preventable disease and disability that threatens to bankrupt our healthcare system.  Is that asking too much? Kathie Dolgin, the sugar-slaying brains behind New York’s Sugar Free Schools movement, speaking about Kalra’s proposal, thinks not:

“We are making our selves sick and NO ONE WANTS TO PAY THE HEALTH CARE COSTS.  I do not think it unreasonable to be asked not to make ourselves sick on public property.  If you were drunk on public property you would be asked to leave or be arrested. Drinking large amounts of sugar that is proven to cause health issues should not go unchallenged any more than public intoxication.”

Now, let’s say Kalra proposed removing other toxic and addictive substances like cigarettes would anyone protest? Of course not.  So what’s the difference?  The difference is ignorance.  The populace has accepted the poisonous and addictive nature of cigarettes, but remains under the delusion that sugary sodas, completely foreign to innate human metabolism, are “fun,” “just empty calories,” and, most damaging of all, somehow a legitimate form of “food.”

Kalra is right: the City of San Jose has no business profiting from toxic liquids that blast our blood sugar levels, spike our precious insulin, induce addiction, and lay the foundation for dozens of preventable diseases.

A single can of soda can have about ten teaspoons of sugar.

Yesterday my friend told me about an obese San Jose boy who visited her house and asked her for soda.  When she said they had no soda, and offered him water instead, he complained, “But I only drink soda, I don’t drink water.”  You… what?  You only drink soda?  If he drinks 6 sodas a day, which one can reasonably assume under the circumstances, that amounts to 60 tablespoons of refined sugar, per day… sixty … six- zero … oh dear, I am going into diabetic shock thinking about this boy. Our tastes are so corrupted and deranged by hypersweet corn-sludge that water, the very foundation of life and health, seems like bitter garbage.

Oh, people of San Jose, take the gift that Ash Kalra is so gently offering us and our children, a small lesson in the importance of distinguishing healthy food from candy-colored harmful poison posing as food.  Sugar is slowly killing us and threatening the biological normalcy of our children.  It’s a first step.  We should take it.

Jimmy Moore's "Cholesterol Clarity" Sets the Record Straight on Dietary Fats and Heart Disease

by Jill Escher, August 11, 2013

Jimmy Moore, who lost 200 pounds eating a healthy high-fat diet, with his co-author Dr. Eric Westman.

When I wrote my book, Farewell, Club Perma-Chub: A Sugar Addict”s Guide to Easy Weight Loss, in 2011, I knew exactly who I wanted to write the introduction, a popular podcaster and author named Jimmy Moore.  Jimmy”s podcast, Livin” La Vida Low-Carb, which features colorful and extended interviews with all manner of people, credentialed and not, who truth-tell about nutrition and diet, was a big inspiration to me as I found my path toward quitting sugar and losing my excess weight. By quitting sugar, flour, starches, and processed food I dropped from a size 12 to a size 6, and emerged as a much more energetic and healthy version of me.

When I say that Jimmy”s tireless work bringing nutritional truths to the masses has saved more lives than a hundred doctors combined, I am hardly exaggerating.  I am in glowing good health today because of Jimmy and others like him who are unafraid to question some destructive pieces of medical orthodoxy. And I know the same is true for countless others.

So when I learned that Jimmy was writing a book spotlighting the falsity of the cholesterol hypothesis of heart disease, I was thrilled. You see, the primary reason Are you an expert in an area of pharmaceutical law?  Would you like to publish a paper similar to the above piece [ regarding ongoing lawsuits concerning atypical antipsychotics ] on this web trustedrxreviews.com where it will be seen by potential clients, scholars, law students and their professors and other people who need to see it?We can pay you for your piece or we can provide you with generous free publicity [in the form of multiple links to your web trustedrxreviews.com and a blurb about the author or authors] on the page that carries your piece [in perpetuity] in consideration thereof. doctors recommend a low-fat diet high in grains and starches to patients is the conventional wisdom, developed out of whole cloth in the 1970s, positing that dietary fat leads to heart disease.  From this false belief has sprung a population with soaring blood sugar levels, obesity, diabetes, and yes, heart disease.

Cholesterol Clarity: What the HDL Is Wrong With My Numbers?, which will be released August 27, will help change the wrongheaded narrative that has ensnared us in this national nightmare.  Its central messages are essential to turning the health of this country around:

• The root of heart disease is systemic inflammation, not “artery-clogging fats.” Inflammation is caused by high blood sugars, smoking, stress, toxics, and other stressors.  The high-starch, low-fat diet recommended by the USDA, ironically, causes heart disease.

• Our blood cholesterol largely derives from the liver”s production of it, not from dietary cholesterol.

• Cholesterol is essential for healthy brain, hormone and muscle functioning. Statin drugs may reduce cholesterol numbers, but simultaneously attack multiple physiological pathways, undermining long-term health.

• Low cholesterol levels are not associated with reduction of risk of heart attack. (Surprise!)

• Most doctors don”t know how to read or make sense of cholesterol numbers in a lab report.

In vintage Jimmy Moore fashion, the book is tightly interwoven with quotes and observations of numerous experts, who bring in new angles and level of detail.  The book sings in a chorus of delicious multi-part harmony that makes it particularly enjoyable and easy to read.

What inspires Jimmy and sets him on his tireless mission is apparent before you even hit the table of contents. The book is dedicated to the memory of his beloved late brother, Kevin, who succumbed to the consequences of misguided low-fat, low-cholesterol orthodoxy at a young age.  Jimmy has made sure that his brother”s premature and completely preventable death was not in vain. Kevin”s spirit lives on between the lines of every page of this worthy and important book.

Jimmy Moore has one of the biggest, kindest hearts I know.  We, the beneficiaries of Jimmy”s prolific teaching, are blessed that he continues his quest to cut through noisy junk science to find the best way to keep that beautiful heart of his so strong.  Cholesterol Clarity should be required reading for all people undermining their own health by buying into the destructive myth that dietary cholesterol causes heart disease.

By the way, Jimmy would be happy to know of my breakfast this morning: avocado, bacon, Brussels sprouts sauteed in butter, and coffee with heavy cream. A high-fat meal if ever there was one, and I have never in my life been healthier since adopting this way of eating, a way that would make conventional medical practitioners shudder.



Sugar Addiction Is a Brain Disease, and She Can Prove It

by Tricia Zigrang

[Editor's note: At EndSugarAddiction, we know sugar addiction as a brain disease that is physiological in nature, and not as a "behavioral" problem or defect of character. We recently received this story from a reader with a very remarkable story of recovery that seems to reflect our point. Thanks so much to Tricia for submitting this. -- JE]

On July 12th of 2012, I had a brain aneurysm. I was in the hospital 12 days. 10 of that was in critical care. I ended up in the lucky 20% that lived and did not have permanent neurological damage.

But I did even better then that. I had a positive neurological change. My sugar addiction was gone.

I have been a sugar addict all my life. I couldn’t bake cookies because I would eat the whole batch. I think it was related to the fact that my family is riddled with alcoholics. Alcohol is a sugar. I got a sugar addiction instead of alcoholism. I am a psychologist in private practice and have noticed that the majority of people I see with sugar addictions come from families of alcoholics. I have always thought it was something biochemical. I react to sugar the way an alcoholic reacts to alcohol.

When I got out of the hospital, I walked down the candy aisle and discovered I had a complete lack of interest. I went to a potluck and instead of sampling 2 or 3 deserts like I normally did, I had none.

I had no idea if this was a permanent change or not so decided I wouldn’t eat sugar again. I asked my surgeon about this. He said he had never seen this happen before but that my sub arachnoid bleed was right next to my pituitary which controls hormones so it could be related.

I don’t weigh myself and didn’t change my diet in anyway except I added in more fat. I lathered my bagels with cream cheese and put the peanut butter on really thick. I ate whatever I wanted. Eventually I noticed that I was having to pull my pants up. I went to Nordstroms and discovered I was down two pant sizes. Not conceiving that I could possibly drop any more, I bought two pairs of the expensive stretch jeans I like. It wasn’t too much later that I noticed that these were getting frayed at the bottom and sure enough it was because they were too loose and falling down. This time I wised up and only bought one pair. I have now gone down a total of five pant sizes, while eating everything I want.

While this was all happening, I saw Robert Lustig’s book Fat Chance which makes a compelling case that sugar is behind the obesity pandemic. Before 1980 only 15% of adult Americans were overweight or obese. Now 55% are. Fat and protein consumption has remained the same during this time, while sugar consumption has doubled.

I have now added sugar to the list of substances (tobacco, caffeine, alcohol and drugs) that I ask clients about. I think that sugar is wreaking havoc, causing a huge increase in the metabolic syndrome that is behind type two diabetes, heart disease, etc. Not only are overweight people in trouble, Dr Lustig points out that 40% of thin people are insulin resistant. This is because the food industry is adding all this sugar to our food. In fact the obesity pandemic really took off when they started making all these low fat products. They didn’t taste as good so the food industry added sugar to make them more palatable.

Lustig points out that trying to get the government to do anything about this has been fruitless (the sugar lobby is probably pretty powerful) and that what is going to have to happen is that people will need to be educated so they will demand that sugar be taken out of all their food.

Best of Recent Podcasts

by Jill Escher

I walk about an hour each day, so I have the perfect opportunity to keep up with the latest in the podcast-sphere.  If you”re looking for great nutrition science, or stick-to-it inspiration, you have a goldmine to choose from, including classics like Jimmy Moore”s Livin” la Vida Low Carb Show, Sean Croxton”s Underground Wellness and Angelo Coppola”s Latest in Paleo, and newcomers like Jonathan Bailor”s Smarter Science of Slim and, from Down Under, That Paleo Show.

Here are a few from the recent crop worth highlighting:

Tom Naughton and his family guest-hosting Livin” la Vida Low Carb.  Listen to 7 and 9 year-old girls thoroughly outsmart 20,000 staffers of the USDA and FDA.  While the bureaucrats dither, these two say exactly what it will take to end the diabetes/obesity epidemics.  You think I”m kidding? I”m not.  Tune in to episode 664.

Latest in Paleo episode 67. Because everything Angelo Coppola does is sheer genius.  Tune in here. “Eye-opening stories cover the intriguing cereal industry, why the dairy industry would like to change the definition of milk, and you’ll hear a major processed food industry organization try to convince you that all food is processed.”

That Paleo Show episode 5, Why Grains Aren”t Paleo.  Some ideas for living a grain-free life.  Tune in here.

Happy listening!


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