Sweet Poison! How To Stop Craving Sugar And Its Horrible Side Effects!
Sweet Delusion: Why We Crave Carbohydrates
A popular women's magazine recently trumpeted its cover story with large, bright letters saying: 'The Return of Comfort Food!'
And what a return it was. Twelve pages long with the most spectacular and mouthwatering food photography imaginable: overflowing plates of pasta, pans of casseroles, mashed potatoes and gravy, towering layers of cake with chocolate frosting, and so on. I'm sure that issue was a big seller. After all man or women. . . who doesn't love comfort food?
According to the article, the majority of American women do. For women, comfort food lives up to its name as they consume up heaping quantities of piping hot, creamy, heavy and gooey carbohydrate-laden meals to actually help stop depression and control mood swings. Psychologists identify this as using food as therapy.
And therein lies the problem.
Serotonin – the Happy Hormone
At the heart of the connection between carbs and the way women and men feel is serotonin – the happy hormone – and one of the brain's many neurotransmitters. Formed in the brain, serotonin is involved in the transmission of nerve impulses between nerve cells.
In the brain, serotonin's main effects include improving mood and giving you that "satisfied" feeling from food. It has been suggested that neurones that use serotonin as a transmitter are involved in coping responses to acute and chronic aversive events.
Remarkably only 2% of the total body's serotonin is in the brain (other locations include the lining of the digestive tract, and in blood platelets), although its activity in the brain is what's affected by psychiatric medications. Drugs and situations that reduce the amount of serotonin available in the brain result in depression as a side effect. Now you see why the scientific community is convinced that serotonin is involved in the causes of depressive illness. Some drugs, like Prozac, can actually lower serotonin to such a point that they can actually cause suicide. Which is why they have a black box warning on the labels of these meds. More on that later.
That serotonin is often referred to a the 'happy hormone', is no accident: it greatly influences an overall sense of well-being and also helps to regulate moods, calm anxiety and relieve depression. It is also credited with being a natural sleep aid. Other duties of serotonin include regulating body temperature, aggression, appetite, metabolism and sexuality. Research has also shown that women's brains produce less serotonin and deplete their store of the chemical more rapidly than men, thus increasing their need to often elevate their mood with food.
Carbohydrate-rich meals typically increase serotonin levels. However, manipulating serotonin levels through food may be very difficult to achieve because serotonin's properties may have varying effects in different people. Some people may experience a temporary lift in mood after a carb-heavy meal, while others may become relaxed or sleepy. Candy (simple carbs) will increase serotonin levels for up to 2 hours, while complex carbohydrates (rice, potatoes, pasta) may increase serotonin levels, but not to the same extent because the protein content of these foods tend to actually inhibit serotonin production.
How food affects serotonin levels is interesting: after eating a high carb meal, the hormone insulin is secreted. Insulin lowers the blood levels of most amino acids (the building blocks of protein), except for tryptophan (a precursor to serotonin). Amino acids compete for transportation across the blood-brain barrier, and when there is a larger proportion of tryptophan, it enters the brain at a higher rate, thus boosting serotonin production. To make matters more interesting, tryptophan is present in many protein-rich foods, which have been found to prevent serotonin production. So tryptophan is a key, but it is difficult to use and absorb unless taken in supplemental form.
Effect of a Low Serotonin Level
Low serotonin levels are associated with a wide range of disorders. Several studies proved that low serotonin production or activity is observed in people with multiple psychological and biological disorders. People diagnosed with clinical depression often have low serotonin levels in the brain. Low levels of serotonin may be related to sleep disorders such as insomnia and sleep apnea. Further, low levels of serotonin is also considered to be an underlying factor in weight gain or weight loss for individuals suffering from eating disorders and depression. Among them: anorexia, Carbohydrate Craving Obesity (CCO), Pre-menstrual symptoms (PMS) and more.
In a landmark study of the relationship between carbohydrates and depression, Massachusetts Institute of Technology scientist Judith Wurtman and MIT professor Richard Wurtman concluded that “not only is carb craving is part of daily life, but is related to decreases in the feel-good hormone serotonin, which when reduced is marked by a decline in mood and concentration."
But here's the problem: While carbohydrates raise serotonin levels naturally and act like a natural tranquilizer, the Wurtmans discovered that the brain makes serotonin only after a person consumes sweet or starchy carbohydrates – and, here's the kicker – the carbs must be eaten in combination with very little or no protein. This can cause the blood sugar to rise resulting in a corrresponding spike in insulin. The body then uses the insulin as a storage hormone to store the extra sugar as, guess what . . . FAT. So it becomes a vicious cycle of binging on carbohaydrates with a correspoding rise in blood sugar followed by a rise in insulin followed by fat storage followed by low blood sugar followed by carbohydrate craving and so forth and so on.I remember several years ago I used to have a 24 year old women in my local town cut my hair. She had been a high school beauty queen. Her husband joined the army and was sent to Iraq. She became lonely and depressed. She had great fear that her husband was going to be killed. Well I am sure you know why I am including this story..She started binging on carbohydrates to combat the depression. When her husband returned on leave after a year in Iraq his wife had gained what I estimate to be over a hundred pounds. He then for reasons unknown to me divorced her.
In case no one told you, obesity not only poses a major risk for chronic disease, including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, stroke and certain forms of cancer, it also shortens your life span by up to 12 years. The obesity epidemic in the USA, I believe, can be quantifiably linked to the series of events described in the above text. It's unfortunate, but so many of our obesity issues today can easily be avoided by taking the proper supplementation to naturally increase serotonin – to stop carbohydrate binging.
Let me give you another example: Recently, one of my female clients (who was already in great shape) decided to go on a high protein low-carbohydrate diet to reduce body fat. Her diet, (which had included our cod liver oil supplement), reduced carbs and fat. Unfortunately, within a month she was diagnosed as clinically depressed. In fact, her mood swings were so extreme, not even her husband could handle them. It was only because her husband and I realized what the problem was and that she was willing to take corrective action, did her condition reverse itself without the potential nightmare of psychiatric intervention. What I did was to recommend that she take the proper concentration of supplements (listed below). Within 48 hours, her symptoms were gone and she was feeling great. Yes, it was that simple and that fast.
So consider this: A carb-heavy meal like pasta allows the brain to make serotonin while, eating chicken or steak will actually prevent serotonin from being made. According to Wurtman's clinical studies, if the carbohydrate craver eats protein instead, she (or he) becomes grumpy, irritable or restless.
The downside to this is that filling up on lots of fatty foods (like bacon or cheese) makes you tired, lethargic and apathetic. That's no good. And though people feel good while eating sweet carbs, they're also ingesting considerably more harmful sugars and starches than they should. And again the only outcome of this behavior . . . is weight gain, obesity and a whole new set of health issues, including diabetes.
Adding to the Wurtman's study, researchers at Chicago's Rush University Medical Center went even further to say that carb cravers who are mildly depressed seem to be self-medicating to make themselves feel better. (Using food as a mood-altering drug to increase serotonin is a frequent cause of weight gain). The researchers studied overweight women that had a history of carb cravings and gave them a choice between a protein-rich beverage or a carb-rich one. They found that when the women reported being in the worst moods, they picked the carb beverage more often than the protein one. They also found that the carb drink improved their mood better than the protein drink.
The return of comfort food? I don't think so! I would call it 'death and obesity food.' Send it back! Don't eat it!
The Link Between Antidepressants and Suicide
Antidepressant medications are designed to 1) make serotonin more active in the brain and, 2) extend that activity for longer periods of time – all while they assist in regulating moods. However, doing so can deplete the raw material stores the body needs to manufacture serotonin, thus resulting in suicidal behavior. I know I've mentioned this already, but it is such important information that it bears repeating.
A class of medications called monoamine oxidase inhibitors and tricyclic antidepressants , such as Marplan, Nardil, Prozac and Zoloft. These drugs work to prevent the breaking down of neurotransmitters, allowing them to increase in the brain and relieve depression.
Unfortunately, these antidepressants have many serious and well-documented side effects: the fact that they tend to react dangerously with various other types of medication is alarming enough, these drugs are also linked to the emergence of suicidal thoughts and behaviors. In many cases, these thoughts occur in people who have never even thought about suicide.
A British Columbia, Canada study was conducted on nearly 300,000 men and women who had been prescribed antidepressants between 1997 and 2005. The study evaluated whether specific antidepressant medications would increase the risk that a person would attempt or complete suicide during their first year of taking that drug. Among the 287,543 men and women in the study, there were 751 suicide attempts and 104 suicides.
In 2004 the US Food and Drug Administration issued a warning to clinicians, patients, families and caregivers that children and adolescents taking antidepressants might have an increased risk of suicidal thoughts and behaviors. In 2006, it extended the warning to include young adults up to age 25 (I personally believe that these side effects are NOT age specific and that these drugs can induce suicidal thought and actions in anyone taking them). However, if you're currently taking these drugs consult your medical doctor before discontinuing their use. As a result, all antidepressant labels must now carry a "black box" warning stating that they can increase a person's likelihood of suicidal thoughts and behaviors. The drugs cited by the FDA include Paxil, Zoloft, Wellbutrin and Prozac. These suicidal tendencies are in addition to the already established side effects of anxiety, agitation, panic attacks, insomnia, irritability, hostility, impulsivity, akathisia (severe restlessness), hypomania, and mania.
Feeling Good . . . Without the Risks
Evidence shows that improving one's mood doesn't have to come at such a high cost.
Certain fats, vitamins and minerals deficiencies have repeatedly been identified as the culprits behind occurrences of depression, which can then be remedied with supplements. Among those helpful minerals and nutrients:
5-Hydroxytryptophan (Health Masters' 5-HTP): also known as oxitriptan (INN), is a naturally-occurring amino acid that has be shown to successfully enhances the synthesis of serotonin in the treatment of depression, overeating and insomnia.
Certain vitamins and minerals have repeatedly been identified as the culprits behind occurrences of depression, which can then be remedied with supplements. Among those helpful minerals:
Manganese (Health Masters' GHI Cleanse) This metal is needed for proper use of the B-complex vitamins and vitamin C. Since it also plays a role in amino-acid formation, a deficiency may contribute to depression stemming from low levels of the neurotransmitters serotonin and norepinephrine. Manganese also helps stabilize blood sugar and prevent hypoglycemic mood swings.
Magnesium (Health Masters' Magnesium Glycinate) Deficiency can result in depressive symptoms, along with confusion, agitation, anxiety, and hallucinations, as well as a variety of physical problems. While stress also contributes to magnesium depletion, most American diets do not include enough this mineral. Calcium: Depletion affects the central nervous system. Low levels of calcium cause nervousness, apprehension, irritability, and numbness.
Zinc (Health Masters' Zinc Glycinate) Inadequacies result in apathy, lack of appetite, and lethargy. When zinc is low, copper in the body can increase to toxic levels, resulting in paranoia and fearfulness.
Iron (Health Masters' Iron Glycinate) Depression is often a symptom of chronic iron deficiency. Other symptoms include general weakness, listlessness, exhaustion, lack of appetite, and headaches.
Potassium (Health Masters' GHI Cleanse) Depletion is frequently associated with depression, tearfulness, weakness, and fatigue.
B-complex (Health Masters' B Complex) B vitamins are essential to our emotional well-being. And since they can't be stored in our bodies, it's important to include them in diets each. Alcohol, refined sugars, nicotine, and caffeine are responsible for B vitamin deficiency. A high quality B complex supplement is super important
The following details B Complex (Health Masters' B Complex) vitamin's relationship to depression:
Vitamin B1 (thiamine): Used by the brain to help convert glucose (blood sugar) into fuel. Deprived of this fuel, the brain rapidly runs out of energy, which can lead to fatigue, depression, irritability, anxiety, and even thoughts of suicide. Deficiencies can also cause memory problems, loss of appetite, insomnia, and gastrointestinal disorders. The consumption of refined carbohydrates, such as simple sugars, drains the body's B1 supply.
Vitamin B3 (niacin): Early stage vitamin B3 deficiencies can produce agitation and anxiety, as well as mental and physical slowness.
Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid): Needed for hormone formation, the uptake of amino acids and the brain chemical acetylcholine, which combine to prevent certain types of depression. Symptoms of deficiency are fatigue, chronic stress, and depression.
Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine): Needed in the manufacture of serotonin, melatonin and dopamine, this vitamin aids in the processing of amino acids – the building blocks of all proteins and some hormones. A marginal deficiency sometimes occurs in alcoholics, patients with kidney failure, and women using oral contraceptives. Certain antidepressants may also lead to a shortage of this vitamin. Many nutritionally oriented doctors believe that most diets do not provide optimal amounts of this vitamin.
Vitamin B12: Because vitamin B12 is important to red blood cell formation, deficiency leads to an oxygen-transport problem known as pernicious anemia. This disorder can cause mood swings, paranoia, irritability, confusion, dementia, hallucinations, or mania, eventually followed by appetite loss, dizziness, weakness, shortage of breath, heart palpitations, diarrhea, and tingling sensations in the extremities. Deficiencies take a long time to develop, since the body stores a three- to five-year supply in the liver. When shortages do occur, they're often due to a lack of Intrinsic factor (If) – an enzyme which allows vitamin B12 to be absorbed in the intestinal tract. Because it diminishes with age, older people are more prone to B12 deficiencies. This one is super important.
Folic acid: This B vitamin is needed for DNA synthesis. It is also necessary for the production of S-adenosyl methionine. Poor dietary habits contribute to folic acid deficiencies, as do illness, alcoholism, and various drugs, including aspirin, birth control pills, barbiturates, and anticonvulsants. It is usually administered along with vitamin B12, since a B12 deficiency can mask a folic acid deficiency.
Why Women Crave Chocolate
Unofficially (or officially, depending on whom you believe) chocolate is the number one food women crave. As long as they're eating dark chocolate, nutritionists agree, it's actually okay to occasionally indulge in this oh-so guilty pleasure. And they do: in the U.S. alone, women – who purchase 75% of all chocolate sold – spend almost $12 billion dollars annually on the stuff.
While nobody has yet put a finger on why women love chocolate, all kinds of theories abound, from chocolate releasing chemicals in the brain that simulate happiness and feels of sexual arousal to the luxuriant 'mouthfeel'. Nobody really knows.
What we do know is that chocolate contains a group of ingredients that gives you an overall optimum happy brain feeling. They are: Theobromine (a caffeine-like stimulant), Tryptophane (which increases the brain's serotonin levels for a happy, feel-good result), Phenethylamine (which releases endorphins) and of course, fat and sugar (a comfort food staple that makes chocolate so creamy).
Chocolate's Health Benefits
So . . . sugar and fat aside, is chocolate good for you? Yes and no.
Cacao – the base ingredient from which chocolate is made – is a powerhouse of flavonoids, an antioxidant. Emerging research claims that flavonoids in dark chocolate can increase blood flow, which could in turn, helps reduce high blood pressure. Other benefits of flavonoids in chocolate include: reducing the risk of certain cancers, heart disease, and age-related degenerative diseases. There's even some research that indicates flavonoids may help prevent tooth decay and reduce the occurrence of the flu.
The rule of thumb here is this: the higher the percentage of cacao, the higher the percentage of flavonoids.
But not all chocolate is created equal: Because there are more flavonoids in dark chocolate, milk chocolate falls short of having the same health benefits of dark chocolate. Be sure to choose a high quality dark chocolate with the highest percentage of cacao you can find. Also, read the labels. Ideally, the chocolate you select should have a low amount of saturated fat and zero trans fat.
Here are my recommended supplements (that I use daily!) to maintain a healthy brain chemistry.
B5 and B6 (Health Masters' Corticare B5 B6) – 4 tablets in the morning with food
B complex (Health Masters' B Complex) – 3 tablets in the morning with food
Multi-vitamins (Health Masters' Ultimate Multiple) – 2 tablets twice daily
Sublingual B12 (Health Masters' Sublingual B12) – 1 dose under tongue 3 times daily
Cod liver oil (Health Masters' Cod ) – 1 teaspoon daily
1% hydroxytryptopheane (Health Masters' 5-HTP) – 1 - 2 times a day
Nutritional Factors Causing Brain Problems Including Suicide, Dementia, Alzheimer’s, Depression, ADD, ADHD, Hyperactivity, Criminal behavior, Poor Grades, and Memory Problems.
Back in January, Alexander C.* came to my home with William Wise. I’ve known William Wise for many years. (At the end of this post, you can actually read the testimonial from Alexander concerning the health problems he was having and how changing his diet and taking HealthMasters supplements completely took care of the problem.)
William brought Alexander to see me because Alexander was terribly depressed; having anxiety attacks and was suicidal. The medication he had been placed on only made matters worse. Alexander told me his story of how he had lost a fortune through bad business partners and less than a year earlier, his oldest son was killed on a motorcycle. The depression that the incidences caused completely debilitated him. He would spend days in bed, never leaving the house. When I met him, he was in bad shape. When I examined his diet and saw what he was eating, I understood why. Alexander started on my Healthy Brain Program.
Several months later, Alexander was a new man. He feels great. The anxiety he felt is gone. He’s a new person. I’ll explain to you the protocol I shared with him and why.
At the end of this article, I will list the specific supplements I used. I want anyone who is suffering from the problems I listed at the beginning of this email to have the same results. I want you to read through this entire email.
Nutrition is the Brain’s Fuel
First, let’s start with nutrition and how it affects behavior and brain function. My key point is when proper nutrition is not given to the body, many of the genes responsible for keeping us healthy are not activated. This is particularly true in prenatal nutrition.
If certain nutrients are not available to the fetus, lifelong health problems can occur, including breast cancer and other types of degenerative disease. Please read my wife’s book, “Train Up Your Children in the Way They Should Eat” if you are pregnant or you have young children. It will really help you so much to have healthy children. Plus do your research on immunizations! Just last week Julie’s (my niece) best friend lost a 3 month old due to sudden infant death syndrome just several days after receiving a DPT shot. In one study over half the death from SIDS occurred within a week of receiving the DPT shot. Those are horrible odds!
Proper prenatal nutrition has been shown to reduce breast cancer, and many other diseases later on in life, especially in the developing fetus. Always remember, the brain never rests. The brain burns a huge amount of fuel. The burning of all of this fuel, especially low nutrient fuel, produces a lot of free radicals. If your diet does not contain sufficient quantities of the antioxidants A, C, E, Selenium, and Omega 3 oil, your brain could be slowly poisoned causing Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and Lou Gehrig’s disease. These free radicals actually destroy the structure of the brain, including the all-important mitochondria and your DNA.
Your brain components are constantly being replaced. The primary need of the brain is Omega 3 fat DHA, the brain uses it in only 2 weeks. A deficient brain will begin to deteriorate and change in structure in just 2 weeks without a constant supply of Omega 3 DHA in our blood. Health Masters’ Cod Liver Oil is the finest quality of DHA and Omega 3 supplements available on the planet as far as I’m concerned. I take Cod Liver Oil and omega three capsules every single day.
Several weeks ago, Alexander C. was feeling so good he neglected to take the Cod Liver Oil for ten days. He immediately started relapsing and having anxiety symptoms again. He came by my house and I fussed at him and immediately gave him 4 tablespoons of Cod Liver Oil. I sent him to the office to replenish his supply. He’s doing great again.
Nutrition and Behavior
Significant brain research has been going on for over 100 years. Back in 1935, it was shown that hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, can cause or initiate anxiety, neurosis, hysteria, and psychosis. When Alexander was tested for hypoglycemia, he tested positive. That’s why I started him on our Fit Food Protein. Fit Food Protein is a 100% New Zealand Organic Whey protein powder. It has never been heated over 85 degrees and it stabilizes blood sugar. I told Alexander to drink 2 scoops, 2 – 3 times a day, either in water or raw certified cow’s milk. He noticed an immediate difference in his mood swings and energy levels.
By 1973, additional studies showed the 74% increase in schizophrenia and hyper-activity with hypoglycemia. Plus 60% of hypoglycemic patients had alcoholism in their family. High blood sugar causes a rise in insulin. The problem is that the insulin reduces the blood sugar so much you get “hypo” or low blood sugar. This presents a major problem for the brain. It doesn’t get enough glucose which severely impairs cognitive function.
I spoke to you about this process in detail in my fat-burning article “How to Rip Your Abdominals” and “How to Burn Body Fat and Increase Your Muscle Weight.” Bad diets and hypoglycemia also increase criminal behavior, probation violation, drug abuse, suicide, childhood felonies, and abnormal EEG’s (Electroencephalogram), which measures brain wave activity.
The third component of Alexander’s program was Vitamin E-400 with Selenium. Vitamin E helps to thin the blood to increase the blood flow to the brain. Selenium deficiency radically affects brain function causing confusion and depression.
Sugar Consumption and Behavior
In the 1900’s, we only ate about 4 pounds of sugar per year. It has increased to 129 – 160 pounds of sugar per year depending on whom you read, a 2500% increase! Sugar affects all kinds of violent, anti-social behavior and criminal behavior. Multiple studies in prisons have shown that when inmates were given extra sugar, their violence increased. When they weren’t given sugar, the violence decreased.
Sugar is hidden in foods. Matter of fact, the majority of our sugar (43%) comes from fruit juices and sodas. What folks don’t realize is that there is 35 grams of sugar in just a few ounces of apple juice. You should never give children or infants juice to drink. It is way too much sugar for the body to process properly. Also, you should never drink soda. One soda has up to 12 teaspoons of sugar.
Since 1974, soda consumption has doubled. Today, the average teenager consumes 54 teaspoons of sugar a day. From 1972 - 2001, adults ages 49 – 59 have had a 250% increase in soda intake. Adults over the age of 60 had a 300% increase.
Sugar dramatically increases pre-radical activity in the brain. In other words, it causes the brain to deteriorate. That’s what I was talking about earlier when I said that if you have bad quality glucose or bad quality food you massively increase the products in the brain that cause free radical damage.
Sugar makes every cell, particularly in the brain, age very, very quickly. It causes cross-linkage in cells, makes the skin sag, and ages the whole body. People who eat a lot of sugar have 6 times the incidences of Alzheimer’s. By the way, 50% of the population of the USA has functional hypoglycemia. Basically what that means is, if you eat the wrong foods, your blood sugar spikes then drops down because of insulin, and you feel horrible. When you have hypoglycemia, your sugar goes up so high, and then insulin reduces the sugar to such a low level, you feel like you will pass out. You can actually end up with permanent brain damage and or seizures. You can actually die from hypoglycemia if your blood sugar gets too low, you can have a seizure and die.
Nutrition and Crime
Almost all violent felons in prison are alcoholics and they have hypoglycemia. In fact, the most violent offenders in prison are alcoholics. 97% of alcoholics are hypoglycemic compared to 18% in the controlled study. Alcohol is a tremendous source of energy because it releases sugar so quickly into the blood, but it also causes tremendous toxicity of the brain. When you treat hypoglycemia and you stabilize the blood sugar, like I did with Alexander with the Fit Food Protein, 71% of the alcoholics become sober. Now think about that. When you treat hypoglycemia in alcoholics, 71 % of the alcoholics become sober. The most violent crimes, auto accidents and road rage are all connected to alcohol consumption. By the way, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) only has a 25% sober rate. So I suggest to AA, they need to check people’s blood sugar to find if they have a problem with hypoglycemia.
Now, this is interesting, if you take the temporal lobe of the brain, which is the part of the brain that contains the memory, and you electrically stimulate the brain, you create instantaneously violent behavior so violent that the people actually attacked the researchers.
What’s also interesting is hypoglycemia also attacks the temporal lobe of the brain causing anger. In many cases, these people lose all control. They will stab people; they will kill people and become very violent. In fact, most alcoholics are very, very violent. When they are submitted into emergency rooms, in many cases, it takes multiple people to subdue them.
I remember when I was young, we used to talk about people being a “mean drunk” or people being a “passive drunk.” Most “drunks” that I knew got mean. The sad part of it is in many cases, the alcoholism was brought on by the hypoglycemia. The problem is we didn’t know about this back then in the 60’s. If they would stabilize their blood sugar, the alcoholism simply goes away. The lowering of blood sugar of an alcoholic can actually drive them wild like animals. High hypoglycemia can cause extreme anger.
Hypoglycemia and Aggressive Behavior
Back in the 80’s, I worked with a lady named Bonnie, and she was hypoglycemic. When she would show up at the office you never knew if you were getting Bonnie #1 or Bonnie #2. Bonnie #1 was extremely nice, Bonnie #2 was an absolute total nightmare that you wanted nothing to do with, and in many cases, it was because of the hypoglycemia. When tested, it was found that Bonnie had hypoglycemia. When we stabilized her blood sugar, we were able to completely control the hypoglycemic symptoms.
Cecilia Rosenfelt, a medical doctor, wrote in one of her books, one of the primary causes of marital discord is blood sugar imbalances or hypoglycemia. If a spouse had a blood sugar condition, in many cases, they were impossible to live with and they were given to fits of rage. When their blood sugar was stabilized, they were able to stabilize the sugar in such a way that the conditions completely went away. Again, this is why I gave Alexander C. our Fit Food Protein. I wanted to stabilize his blood sugar.
Now, let’s talk about Aspartame and MSG. Both release insulin which causes hypoglycemia. I repeat that, Aspartame and MSG both initiate an insulin response of the body causing hypoglycemia. This is the reason that when people drink diet sodas they think they are losing weight, but in reality, they are gaining weight because the Aspartame releases the insulin to cause hypoglycemia. The insulin is a storage hormone to store these extra calories from sugar as fat, plus you have constant sugar cravings because of the hypoglycemia. Diet sodas and MSG both cause weight gain because they release insulin and actually force the body to become hypoglycemic in many cases.
MSG (monosodium glutamate) can actually induce intense rage. Studies have shown that if you inject MSG into the brain of a mouse, the mouse can attack a cat, and can actually kill a cat. Now, personally, I have just read about these studies, I have not actually seen a mouse kill a cat, but because the mouse becomes so incredibly violent, due to the MSG in the brain, it goes berserk. Well, MSG is in almost every single Doritos or potato chip that you are going to eat. Then, when you combine a diet soda with the Aspartame and the Doritos with MSG, it can put people into severe rages. Think about how many children eat this way on a daily basis. It’s no wonder we have out of control children in classrooms. These children are drugged into a stupor with schedule 2 drugs. How sad is that! The MSG goes into the blood sugar and the person goes into severe rage again. The MSG actually kills brain cells because of too much calcium influx into the neuro cells, causing them to die. This is one of the reasons for extreme headaches when you eat MSG. Another reason for the extreme headaches with MSG is because of the type of hypoglycemia that is induced. Remember, when you have low blood sugar headaches, in most cases, they are in the back of the head. High blood sugar headaches are usually in the front of the head or around the temporal lobes.
When low blood sugar that is raised suddenly, it can cause people to become kleptomaniacs, stealing products out of stores. In many cases, they have hypoglycemia. In some cases when you stabilize the blood sugar, the kleptomania is secured.
Several years ago, I read a really, really good book called “The Maximum Solutions to ADD, Autism and the Learning Disabilities of Children.” The book is out of print, but we were able to take multiple chapters of that book, and reprint those reports, making those available to you. They are available from my office.
There’s a strong relationship between serotonin level and sugar levels. The serotonin level is that “feel good” chemical in your brain. This is why, in many cases, women who are having their monthly periods, crave sugar because they are trying to elevate their serotonin because they are having mood swings. Also, children, taking SSR (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) in many cases actually lower their own serotonin levels. This is why there is a “black box” warning on Prozac and Zoloft when given to children and it warns you implicitly that it induces suicidal behavior in children. Anytime you lower serotonin levels, you have a problem with suicidal behavior in adults or your children. So, what I am telling folks is this: If you can avoid serotonin reuptake inhibitors, don’t use them. There are all kinds of natural ways to increase serotonin without the use of these “suicide” drugs. Alexander C. and many other clients have proven that again and again.
Now, I am not saying SSRI prevent suicide; I’m saying they can cause suicide, and the label clearly states that. So be careful with these types of drugs, and I personally don’t recommend the use of them whatsoever.
High sugar intake seriously reduces mental performance. Remember that. You simply can’t think. A person with hypoglycemia wants to stay away from high glycemic foods such as sugar, white potatoes, pastas, white rice, and anything that will elevate sugar causing a rise in insulin which drops the sugar too quickly. Primarily juices, white potatoes and sugar need to be completed avoided along with sodas, including diet sodas. Never use them! Interestingly, one of the most reactive foods for hyperactivity in children is soybeans. I have an entire report on soy. Yellow dyes are bad and soybeans are bad for kids with ADD and ADHD. Also, some of the red dyes are bad.
Nutrients and Behavior
I’ve got a really good article you need to read: “Does Soy Turn Little Boys into Little Girls?” Here’s the link:
Soy is the most reactive food that a child eats when he when he has a problem with ADD. In 1985, Egger and Carter did one study: 76 hyperactive kids were placed on a low-carbohydrate diet, and also eliminated food dyes. 82% of these children improved on the diet and 28% of these children returned completely to normal. They had the highest reaction again from Yellow Dye #5, sodium benzoate and from soy products. The reactive food was soybeans. 73% of children who were ADD and ADHD reacted to soy products. Also, pasteurized cow’s milk – 64%; and Chocolate – 59%.
Let me stop here for just a second. I don’t put raw certified cow’s milk into that category. I’ve never seen a child react from raw certified cow’s milk. Yet, you need to be very careful. Make sure it’s state certified if you are going to drink raw milk and you make sure you know the dairy. However, I am saying that we lived off of raw cow’s milk for thousands of years, but pasteurization process has only been around for the past few decades; and we’ve had a tremendous amount of health problems in our families and children because of all of the processing in the food that we eat.
Serotonin also helps the brain resist violent acts including suicide. Corn is low in tryptophan, and it also lowers serotonin levels. Almost all cereal products are made from corn. You have to have tryptophan in your diet to maintain serotonin levels. It’s very, very important.
We have 5HTP Tryptophan product we use now in our office. It is phenomenal. It’s one of the best things I’ve ever seen to elevate serotonin naturally and helps to stabilize and elevate moods and keep people from being depressed. Low niacin B3 can also increase to risk for mental illness. We have a very good product called “Vascular Relaxant SR” which also helps to reduce cholesterol levels. I put Alexander on all of these products because I knew that they would work. Niacin also helps to reduce the incidences of mental illness. Deficiencies of niacin can cause diarrhea, dementia, and schizophrenia.
Vitamin C, D, B, K, A, E are all associated with brain function. Again We put Alexander on the Vitamin C from HealthMasters and Vitamin D-3 from HealthMasters. I put him on 20,000 IU’s of Vitamin D initially for the first 30 days. Read the article I wrote on “Does the Flu Vaccine Actually Stop the Flu?” The answer is NO. We talked about the importance Vitamin D supplementation during the flu vaccines and what it did as far as increasing the brain, decreasing the risk of mood problems and also increasing mood and increasing serotonin. Vitamin E we already talked about. Vitamin K – very, very important. Vitamin A, from the Cod Liver Oil, absolutely critical. B Complex and B -5, B- 6 are critical.
Deficiencies in any of these specific nutrients can cause behavioral and brain problems. Just B1 Thiamine deficiency can cause mental depression, memory failure, chronic fatigue and personality changes. The problem, most of the time, with B1 is that it is a supplemental deficiency and it can’t be detected, but the problems are still there. It’s kind of like coming down with scurvy because you don’t have enough Vitamin C. Scurvy has been shown to have been a clinical definition of Vitamin C deficiency so they treat it by giving you Vitamin C. Eating sugar and carbohydrates deplete B1. A recent survey of adolescents shows that 60% were deficient in iron, 57% were deficient in Vitamin A, 43% were deficient in Vitamin C, and 39% were deficient in B1, 30% deficient in protein, and 16% in riboflavin.
Studies have shown that using a very good multivitamin like our HealthMasters Ultimate Multiple can reduce almost all of these symptoms and can increase CAT scores in children. Also you can increase CAT scores by removing the dyes out of their diets. Dyes and additives can cause brain problems. You can have a profound influence, by changing a child’s diet, in the behavioral and cognitive functions. Even marginal deficiencies can cause brain problems.
Food allergies directly affect brain function. Now let me tell you what happens with food allergies. Foods that cause allergies can actually be absorbed as macro molecules by the intestinal tract through a condition called leaky gut syndrome. And when this happens, you have a situation where the immune system causes an immune reaction. The immune reaction is not localized to the torso; it also goes into the brain. When the brain has an immune reaction, it releases glutamate, which causes neurological dysfunction. In other words, when you have food allergies, it causes neurological dysfunction. Guess what one of the primary causes of food allergies is? Soy products!
Here is an interesting study done with schizophrenics. They were taken off of gluten completely; bread, pasta, rice, and pastries – everything with gluten in it. 100% of the schizophrenics on a gluten-free diet returned to normal. When given just a little bit of gluten, they became schizophrenic again and had to be re-hospitalized. It’s amazing to me how food affects everything.
I am also amazed at the soy craze in the United States!
Vaccinations and Brain Function
Now, let’s talk about vaccinations again. Some people ask about over - vaccinating and I say that pretty much ALL vaccinations are over-vaccinations. What happens is they cause neurological affects: When you inject a vaccination into the body, it causes an immune response but it also causes an immune response in the brain. This immune response in the brain goes on for years. It can also linked to the mercury another neurological toxin used in many vaccines and an ongoing immune response in the body and the brain. This inflammation of the brain simply will not calm down. It goes on for years and years and years.
In order to prevent immunizations you may be able to get a “Religious Exemption” to vaccinations so that your children can still attend public or private school.
Now, you may say, “Well, you should immunize your kids.” Well, why? I’ve written entire articles on it; you can go back to my blog, and you can see that. We have seen that children who have been diagnosed with autism, in many cases have been diagnosed after their second measles booster. Do your own research! Go look at the dangers of immunizations. Google it on the Internet. You’re going to find that everything I’m telling you about immunizations is true.
By the way, high animal fat such as lard can also cause a problem with the brain. Remember, the first food on my top ten list to never eat is high fat luncheon meats. I include bacon, sausage, ham, pepperoni and hot dogs. I’ve actually sent you an article from The Biological Therapy 1983, Volume 1 and 2, by Professor Hans Reckweg called The adverse influence of pork consumption on health which can be found here. Pork is one of the worst foods you could eat. It can cause all kinds of problems with the brain including brain parasites!
Omega 3 fats actually improve depression, memory, and thinking. It also improves schizophrenia. This is what I was telling you with Alexander earlier. The first thing we did is put him on the Cod Liver Oil. We put him on the Omega 3 fats in high doses because most of the time the brain is extremely deficient.
Remember, 50% of the brain fats are from the Omega 3 DHA. Also, when you take the Omega 3 Fats, you also improve your eyesight. The brain is 60% fat and putting lard and high fat luncheon meat fat from your diet into the brain is absolutely horrible. It causes massive destruction. Low DHA levels and causes violent behavior. As we mentioned earlier, alcohol, MSG, and NutraSweet also lowers DHA in the brain. Lead can also cause violent crime in changes in brain function. Omega 3 however is the most important. Take Cod Liver Oil, how many times have you heard me say that over and over and over again! Omega 6, however, is something we need to stay away from as much as possible.
What’s interesting is our current ratio of Omega 3 to Omega 6 is 1 to 46. In other words, we get 46 more times of Omega 6 oils than Omega 3 oils. Omega 6 oils are from like soybeans, canola oil, corn oil, and all safflower oil. They all need to be avoided as much as possible because they really affect brain function in a negative way. Artificial estrogen is also shown to be a brain toxin, like premarin. However, natural estrogen is not.
MSG, Aspartame, pesticides, herbicides, industrial solvents, food dye, and again, vaccinations all affect the brain function. You can have a profound role in brain function by eliminating these foods out of your diet.
A good friend of mine, Charles Gaudwin who’s a 53 year-old professor at Southeastern University, starting using one of our water treatment system about a month ago, plus he’s on the B vitamin and supplement program that I put Alexander on. It was interesting. He tells me every other day:
So, friend, listen to me. It’s so important and so easy to have proper brain health and good brain chemistry. But, there are certain things you need to eliminate out of your diet. Avoid my Top Ten Foods List Never To Eat. Avoid all of those chemicals we talked about throughout this email. And make sure you take the supplements we talked about.
And if you take all of these products every single day it will greatly influence and affect your brain chemistry. You will feel so good and have so much energy if you start on this program. You will have the same type of results that Alexander had.
Now, I want you to read on. I want you to read Alexander’s testimony in his own words. God Bless you! I’m looking forward to hearing from you!
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