Illness is NOT an inevitable part of aging. Work on keeping the level of inflammation in your body low and greatly reduce your risk of developing any of the various autoimmune conditions we’ve come to associate with old age.
Some splendid examples:
Many thanks to Shielagh Shusta-Hochberg sending me these wonderful images.
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.. IVs (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 prediabetic 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.
144. Sugar can cause endometrial cancer.
145. Sugar can cause renal (kidney) cell carcinoma.
146. Sugar can cause liver tumors.
Many thanks to Dr Beth Forgosh, of Discover Chiropractic of Soho, for bringing Dr Appleton’s list to my attention.
Note added to this post on 12/29/2014:
Suzette Lawrence, MSN, commented that Dr Appleton’s list, above, describes the effects of REFINED sugars:
“This is not the case for natural fruits sugars that are attached to the fiber in the fruit, known as levulose … if absorbed it occurs low in the intestines and is converted to glycogen in the liver and stored there as an emergency energy source. I agree that the SAD (Standard American Diet) beginning in infancy sets the stage for every disease, and some new ones. Think, GMO beet sugar … ”
Sugar, in all forms, is a simple carbohydrate that the body converts into glucose and uses for energy. But the effect on the body and your overall health depends on the type of sugar you’re eating, either natural or refined.
We wanted to explore the difference between these sugar types as a follow-up to our post about whether sugar drives the growth of cancer, which has received several comments. We again turned to Julie Baker, Clinical Oncology Dietitian at our hospital outside Atlanta, for her expertise on the issue.
Natural sugars are found in fruit as fructose and in dairy products, such as milk and cheese, as lactose. Foods with natural sugar have an important role in the diet of cancer patients and anyone trying to prevent cancer because they provide essential nutrients that keep the body healthy and help prevent disease.
Refined sugar comes from sugar cane or sugar beets, which are processed to extract the sugar. It is typically found as sucrose, which is the combination of glucose and fructose. We use white and brown sugars to sweeten cakes and cookies, coffee, cereal and even fruit. Food manufacturers add chemically produced sugar, typically high-fructose corn syrup, to foods and beverages, including crackers, flavored yogurt, tomato sauce and salad dressing. Low-fat foods are the worst offenders, as manufacturers use sugar to add flavor.
Most of the processed foods we eat add calories and sugar with little nutritional value. In contrast, fruit and unsweetened milk have vitamins and minerals. Milk also has protein and fruit has fiber, both of which keep you feeling full longer.
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AO Biome, the brilliant skin microbiome company that’s bringing us the live, Ammonia-Oxidizing Bacterial spray AO+ Mist, is now beta-testing two new products especially formulated to be supportive to the live bacteria (Nitrosomonas) in their spray: A shampoo and a skin cleanser, both skin biome friendly.
Having signed up to be an early user of AO+ Mist, I’m one of the lucky people to have received free samples of their new shampoo and cleanser. Both arrived yesterday so I’m looking forward to testing them out.
As the printed material that came with the new products says:
HUMAN: THE ECOSYSTEM
To think of ourselves as only a body and a mind is to limit our understanding of what it means to be human. In reality, we’re much more than that. We’re a vibrant, diverse ecosystem.
Invisible to the naked eye, our bodies play host to trillions of microorganisms. Each plays a different role, some more important than others. Just like our gut relies on good bacteria and probiotics to help us be healthy, our skin regularly relies on microorganisms to maintain its function and health. This elaborate ecosystem is called the skin biome.
Today, our skin biome faces many challenges. Our obsession with cleanliness & sterility has created a difficult environment for many beneficial organisms to survive. Furthermore, because much of our biomes are shaped by our natural environment, urban living has made it difficult for us to re-establish or maintain beneficial bacteria that we’d be regularly exposed to in nature.
These modern chemistry and lifestyle shifts have undermined this ecosystem, making it less diverse and leaving us more susceptible to many challenges including sensitivity, irritation and other skin problems.
WHAT WE DO:
To reverse this, we need to embrace the skin for the living ecosystem it is and help it reconnect with the balanced state that it once had. That is why it’s our mission to create products that enhance and protect the skin biome. We believe restoring and maintaining beneficial bacteria is the answer to healthy skin and a great first step to a healthier lifestyle.
Part of a healthy biome is putting the good bacteria back on (as we do with the AO+ mist). The other piece of it is making sure that the products we do use do not hurt the good bacteria of the skin. This is where our next two products come in: The biome-friendly shampoo and cleanser.
Our shampoo and cleanser have been formulated, tested and screened for their friendliness to the skin biome. This means that it will not harm the beneficial bacteria of the microbiome, specifically the AOB found in your mist. Both products are unpreserved. The reason for this is because all preservatives we’ve tested to date have been found to harm the AOB in the mist.
HOW ARE THESE DIFFERENT FROM THE AO+ MIST?
Both of these products are different from the AO+ Mist in that they do not contain a live bacterial culture. However, they’ve been formulated for their friendliness to the good bacteria of the skin (specifically the AOB in the AO+ Mist), making them the perfect complement to the mist.
WAIT I THOUGHT YOU GUYS SAID SOAP IS BAD?
Many people have perceived our story to be about “not showering” or “not using soap/shampoo.” Trust us, we’re definitely not saying that we shouldn’t bathe! We’re merely saying that we’ve confused “clean” with “sterile” and that this distinction is causing more harm than good. Why? Because our obsession with clean is all about removal of bacteria. In doing so, we’ve been removing the beneficial and necessary ecosystem that is our skin microbiome. (Emphasis added by me – they’re making a most important distinction and I don’t want you to miss it.)
Instead, what we’re proposing is formulating products that take the biome into account. This way we can still create a routine for ourselves with little sacrifice. This is one of the many reasons we’re excited to launch these two products – it will help fix this narrative and create more flexibility for people to cultivate a healthy biome.