Sugar and the Body
“We cannot get along without sugar. This is true, but in order to know where the danger lies we must consider just what the body requires in sugar supply. It is indeed a very important element in nutrition, but its nature and use are little understood by most people. The best form in which we can obtain sugar to meet our needs is from fresh fruit, dried fruits such as dates, and raisins or from honey. The sugars derived from sugar cane, beets and the maple tree are all unfavorable, and because they are of such wide use, the evil they cause is one that should alarm us.” The Original Diet, page 43.
A high sugar intake is implicated in elevation of the serum lipoprotein, which is just as bad, if not worse, than high cholesterol in the production of heart disease. Sugar consumption has also been associated with dental cavities, gall bladder disease, diabetes, acne and indigestion. In the book Counsels on Diet and Foods, page 321, the following statement appears: “The less of sweet foods… eaten, the better; these cause disturbances in the stomach, and produce impatience and irritability in those who accustom themselves to their use.”
Another important fact about sugar has to do with disease resistance. The white blood cells with segmented nuclei increase in numbers in the blood stream when the body has a bacterial infection. These cells destroy bacteria. They are the body’s soldiers. However, when the blood sugar level goes up, these cells get sluggish and cannot destroy as many bacteria.
Diabetes – “This is essentially a disease of degeneration of some part of the digestive tract, nearly always the pancreas. When the pancreas fails to function normally and does not produce enough insulin, you have diabetes.” Back to Eden page 319. “The number one dietary consideration for diabetes must be a strict vegetarian , low calorie, alkaline diet of high quality natural foods. Plenty of whole grains, especially buckwheat, and raw vegetables – especially Jerusalem artichokes and green beans – and fruits, especially grapefruits and bananas. Contrary to popular notion, fruits a re beneficial in the diabetic’s diet. Fresh fruits contain sugar, fructose, which does not need insulin for its metabolism, and is well tolerated by diabetics.” How To Get Well, page 70. “Use all kinds of fresh fruits that are ripened in the sun, such as strawberries, oranges, apricots, currants, blueberries, peaches, pears, pineapples, apples, lemons, red raspberries, grapefruit and limes. Fruits should never be sweetened with sugar. Cane sugar, raw or natural brown sugar, and all sugar syrups are harmful. The natural sugar contained in grapes and other fruits is beneficial.” Back to Eden, page 322.
“Keeping fruit juice beside the bed and sipping a little whenever you awake can prevent insulin reaction during the night.” Let’s Get Well page 119. “There are many herbs which have medicinal properties that can be used and will greatly aid the vegetables and fruits in supplying the needed alkaline elements for the body. 1. [burdock root, yellow dock root, or bayberry bark] Vegetables; [String bean juice, parsley, celery, lettuce]. Emphasis should be on raw foods. About 80 percent of the diet should be raw. Raw foods stimulate the pancreas and increase insulin production.” Back To Eden, page 320.
Hypoglycaemia – “If too little food is eaten, a meal is missed, or the adrenals are exhausted, the blood sugar falls, causing symptoms: tension, irritability, headache, fatigue, hunger and a craving for sweets. The understandable result is that one overeats at the next meal or possibly goes on a sugar binge. Should sweets or excessive carbohydrate be eaten, sugar absorbs so rapidly that a health pancreas is overstimulated and produces too much insulin. This excessive insulin causes most of the sugar in the blood to be changed immediately into storage fat; the blood sugar again falls and intense hunger recurs. As this vicious circle repeats itself, the pancreas becomes increasingly trigger-happy-actually more efficient -until the person develops low blood sugar much faster than other individuals given identical food. Low blood sugar triggers the onset of stress, causing much potassium to be lost in the urine and sodium and pounds of water to be retained. When doctors have given 2 to 5 grams of potassium chloride to replace the urinary loss of potassium, the blood sugar has quickly increased and the unpleasant symptoms of hypoglycaemia have disappeared almost immediately. However, this should only be used as a stop gap measure since it is preferable to using drugs.” Let’s Get Well, Page 82.
“Avoid completely all refined and processed foods; white sugar, white flour and everything made with them; pastries, cookies, ice cream, soft drinks. Natural honey is ok in moderation. Potassium and sea water can help to normalise mineral balance and supply essential trace elements which are involved in sugar metabolism. Excessive salt consumption causes loss of blood potassium which leads to a drop of blood sugar.” How to Get Well, page 113.
Honey – “Natural, raw, unheated unfiltered and unprocessed honey possesses miraculous nutritional and medicinal properties and has been used for healing purposes since early history. It has been found that most centenarians in Russia and Bulgaria use honey liberally in their diets. Honey increases calcium retention in the system, prevents nutritional anaemia, is beneficial in kidney and liver disorders, colds, poor circulation and complexion problems.” How to Get Well, page 191.
“Raw” sugar is too low in nutrients to be of value and nature herself did a remarkably good job of refining honey. Let’s Get Well, page 406. “Honey can be used by diabetics when ordinary sugar would be disastrous. Recently it has been successfully used in treatment of gastric duodenal ulcer.”
Molasses – “Because of its mineral and vitamin B content, molasses is one of the most valuable foods we have.” The Original Diet, Page 46.
Let’s Get Well – Adelle Davies – Biochemist
How to Get Well – Dr Paavo Airola – N.D. Ph.D
Back to Eden – Jethro Kloss
The Original Diet – D. Nicolici