Thanks for writing, Erin. That’s a good way of stating it — sugar does create “a haven for the yeast” and it does make your body “run amock.” Here’s another way to put it: If you eat a chronic sugar diet, the Candida can become “opportunistic,” as Dr. Deborah Metzger puts it. That can lead to such symptoms as fatigue, brain fog, rashes and more. Sugar is the # 1 contributor to Candida.
As for the cancer-sugar connection, already in the early 1900s, this cancer-sugar connection was recognized. Cancer was known as “white man’s disease” among Eskimos living in the Arctic Circle, because there were no known or reported fatalities from it. Then, in 1931, Dr. Otto Warburg became a Nobel Laureate for discovering that cancer cells use glucose as fuel. Now, a growing number of scientists cite a high sugar intake as a factor in the development of cancers of the breast, gallbaldder, prostate, colon, uterus and pancreas. But if you reduce or eliminate sugar, it can reduce or contain cancer growth. As cancer specialist Dr. Keith Block told me, “very few cancers can survive without a steady supply of glucose.”
Kathleen, I’m so glad you mentioned the cancer-sugar connection. Cancer is head over heels in love with sugar! Unfortunately, not enough people know about this. How do you know about this? Did you have cancer and then found out that sugar is cancer’s best friend?
Whenever I give talks or begin to work with new clients, one of the first questions they ask me is, “What’s the first thing I should do to kick my sugar addiction?”
One of the most powerful ways to jump on the no-sugar or less-sugar bandwagon is to get spooked and shocked.
Seriously, there’s nothing more powerful than being scared to the depths of your being to convince you to quit your health-harming ways lickety split.
Back in spring 1998, I hit upon this potent technique after my doctor ordered me to quit my cherished sweets and refined carbs to eliminate my 44 ailments, from scary heart palpitations to embarrassing mood swings to annoying brain fog.
“Connie, if you keep eating so many sweets and simple carbs, you’ll continue to feel awful much of the time and you’ll probably die way before your time,” my doctor bluntly told me.
Despite my physician’s dire warnings, I didn’t want to listen.
Let’s face it, as I’m sure most sugar addicts can appreciate, bidding farewell to my edible sweethearts was the last thing I wanted to do.
How could I ever live without my beloved candies, red licorice and chocolate chips even if they were toxic?
After my M.D.’s “prescription,” I still kept eating my favorite “treats.”
But I went head first into research mode. You see, since I’m a journalist, I always want to get to the bottom of the story.
So while still shoving sweets into my mouth, I read every book I could find on the subject.
You see, my goal with Sugar Shock! was to give you the kind of book I wish I’d had back in 1998, because not only do I see to scare you, but I also give you some tips and tactics to help you to Break Free of Your Sugar Addiction. (By the way, I'm now writing Beyond Sugar Shock for Hay House. My intention with this book is to give you The 6-Week Plan to Break Free of Your Sugar or Carb Addiction & Get a Slimmer, Sexier, Happier, Sweeter Life.)
Please note that getting spooked is the first step. After you're shocked into action, you'll want to start using other tried-and-true tips and tactics, too.
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