The Sugar World Summit Begins October 17: Save the Date

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Sugar-World-Summit_w_Date.fw_Save the date Friday, October 17, 2014.

That’s when the frist Sugar World Summit — a virtual event — will take place to educate, entertain and motivate you to Take Back Your Sugar Power. The Sugar World Summit begins Friday, October 17 — exactly two weeks before Halloween, or what I like to call Sugar Overload Day.

Dr. Lustig During this once-in-a-lifetime virtual event, you’ll have access to world-renowned  anti-sugar pioneers, scientists, researchers, New York Times bestselling authors, educators, and wellness gurus, who specialize in weight loss, emotional eating, compassion, mindful eating, and cravings.

We’re also planning a few surprise celebrity guests.

Sign up below now to get exciting details delivered directly to your in box.

In this Sugar World Summit, you’ll get both The Sweet News and The Sour News.

You’ll not only find out about sugar’s dangers, but you’ll also discover sweet, simple tools to help you let go of your addiction to sugary foods and much-like-sugar carbs (or what I call auickie carbs or culprit carbs.).

order now Among those who’ve already agreed to participate are:

Sign up now for this exciting Sugar World Summit so you won’t be left out in the cold this holiday season with all those tempting “treats,” which can trick you into weight gain, mood swings, low libido, heart disease, and more.

So why would you want to quit or cut back on sugar? Well, you could: :

  • Easily shed your dreaded excess weight.
  • Leave behind your depression and get filled up with good cheer, passion and enthusiasm.
  • Have enough energy to keep up with your kids or perform well on the job..
  • Tame Your Cravings™ for sugary, salty or fatty unreal foods.
  • Banish your horribly annoying brain fog and begin to concentrate with a razor-sharp focus..
  • Rev up your libido so you’ll be thrilled with your time alone in the bedroom with your beloved..
  • Ditch those debilitating female ailments (either PMS or menopause, depending on your time of life.)
  • And much more.

Connie-headshot (2)Connie Bennett is a former sugar-addicted journalist. After kicking sugar on doctor’r orders in 1998, all 44 of her ailments vanished. Connie is now known as The Sweet Freedom Guide, and she is a transformational speaker, blogger, certified health coach, certified life coach, Gab with the Gurus host, and bestselling author of Beyond Sugar Shock, which was praised by many experts such as Dr. Wayne W. Dyer and Dr. Daniel Amen. Her first book, Sugar Shock. was  praised by Dr. Mehmet Oz. Connie’s next book will be out later this year.

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FDA to Include Added Sugars on Nutrition Labels

Added sugars will be singled out for the first time, according to proposed label changes from the United States Food and Drug Administration.

This is very good news for those of us, who’ve been warning people about sugar’s dangers and who’ve been trying to help people reduce their consumption of potentially harmful sweeteners.

What you’ll see are two lines of information for the total amount of sugar contained.

One line will say, “Sugars,” and another line will state “Added Sugars,” according to the FDA.

By offering information about “Added Sugars,” this will help consumers to cut back on their sugar consumption. which the U.S. government now recommends.

It’s reassuring that the FDA is now making efforts to educate consumers about of how much sugar occurs naturally in a product, and how much has been added.

Other changes you’ll see will include:

  • Updated serving sizes, which will make it clearer for products that are consumed in one sitting. (You’ll find dual column labels that indicate both “per serving” and “per package” calorie and nutrition information for larger packages that could be consumed in one sitting or multiple sittings.)
  • Calorie information will be provided in a bigger font and bolder. Serving sizes would be bold, too. (The proposed label “would drive attention to calories and serving sizes,” Michael R. Taylor, the FDA’s deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine, said in a statement.
  • The new labels would take out Calories from Fat. (This decision was to show type of fat rather than amount so that consumers can choose products lower in saturated and trans fats.)

Changes Won’t Happen For 2 Years

Unfortunately, consumers won’t see changes right away. Food companies will have two years to comply with the new requirements, according to the FDA.

Even though this will take some time, the FDA’s plans are exciting, because they’re designed to reflect the latest scientific information, including the link between diet and chronic diseases such as obesity and heart disease.

Learn about other FDA food label changes here.

Sugars on nutrition labelsSpecial thanks to Karl Tate, who created the above infographic for LiveScience.


Dr. David Perlmutter of “Grain Brain” Fame on Gab with the Gurus

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Dr. David Perlmutter Do you have “Grain Brain”?

Find out from renowned neurologist David Perlmutter, M.D., author of the fabulous book, Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar — Your Brain’s Silent Killers, who appeared on my Gab with the Gurus Show.

Dr. Perlmutter has come to recognition for blowing the lid off a topic that’s been buried in medical literature for far too long — carbs are destroying your brain.

But he’s not talking about just unhealthy carbs. Even so-called healthy carbs such as whole grains can cause dementia, ADHD, anxiety, chronic headaches, depression, and much more.

Dr. Perlmutter will tell Gab with the Gurus listeners what happens when your brain encounters common ingredients in your daily bread and fruit bowls, why your brain thrives on fat and cholesterol, and how you can spur the growth of new brain cells at any age.

Of course, you can get lots more information in Dr. Perlmutter’s book, Grain Brain, but on our Gab with the Gurus Show, he will give you hope about how you can take control of our “smart genes” through specific dietary choices and lifestyle habits, demonstrating how to remedy our most feared maladies without drugs.

David Perlmutter, MD, FACN, ABIHM is a Board-Certified Neurologist and Fellow of the American College of Nutrition. He received his M.D. degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine where he was awarded the Leonard G. Rowntree Research Award for best research by a medical student. After completing residency training in Neurology, also at the University of Miami, Dr. Perlmutter entered private practice in Naples, Florida.

To tune into the show either live or later, go here.

Reformed Sugar Addict Alec Baldwin Interviews Dr. Robert Lustig on “Here’s the Thing”

Alec BaldwinDid you know that the formerly overweight actor Alec Baldwin is now a reformed sugar and carb addict, who used to consume  “a fish-tanked sized bowl of pasta” and other sweets but now is a sugar-free crusader?

Alec Baldwin also now has a fascinating podcast, Here’s the Thing, which you can learn about here.

Now listen to this intriguing interview Alec Baldwin had with Dr. Robert Lustig, a pediatric endocrinologist at UC San Francisco, about our country’s addiction to sugar.

What a fabulous interview!

But here’s my overriding concern: We keep hearing about sugar’s dangers, but we’re not learning enough about how to quit this national addiction.

That was the impetus for my new book, Beyond Sugar Shock: The 6-Week Plan to Break Free of Your Sugar Addiction & Get Slimmer, Sexier & Sweeter.

Given Alec Baldwin’s keen interest now in sugar addiction, I’d be honored to have the opportunity to share some tips for his listeners on how to break free of their sugar prison.

Welcome, Fans of The Hannah Murray Show on Talk Radio Europe

Hannah murrayWelcome, fans of The Afternoon Show with Hannah Murray on Talk Radio Europe.

I truly hope that I brought you valuable information about sugar addiction that speaks to you during my interview with Hannah.

In addition, it’s my deepest wish that I’ve inspired you to leave behind your Sugar Sadness and instead embrace a life of Sugar Freedom.

Make sure to take advantage now of my contest to win complimentary admission to my Sugar Freedom Now Course.

To enter, all you have to do is submit your comments here on this Sugar Shock Blog.

You want to briefly answer the following two questions:

  • How your sugar addiction has caused challenges and misery for you.
  • What does life look like when you’re Beyond Sugar Shock?

Enter the contest now and let me guide you from Sugar Shock to Beyond Sugar Shock, where you’ll enjoy delicious Sugar Freedom.

To catch my interview with Hannah, who has interviewed such amazing guests, visit The Hannah Murray Show blog.

Remember, enter the contest to win admission for one to my Sugar Freedom Now Course.

Tempted by Cupcakes On My Book, Beyond Sugar Shock? Cover Them Up!

Cupcakes covered -- sugershock-sm Are you hooked on cupcakes but want (and need) to get my book, Beyond Sugar Shock?

Follow the advice of my creative Facebook friend Natalie Rothman, who came up with an innovative way of dealing with those enticing cupcakes on the cover of my book: Just cover up those annoying (but pretty) cupcakes by pasting a piece of paper over them!

Thank you, Natalie, for this brilliant idea and for sharing a photo with would-be readers of Beyond Sugar Shock about how you got rid of temptation.

Here's what prompted Natalie to cover the cupcakes on the cover of my book:

"For me 'out of sight is mostly out of mind' and seeing the cupcakes on the cover was really bugging me — making me think of cupcakes — so I covered them up! Maybe when i'm done the book and the process, it won't matter!"

When I learned about Natalie's cupcake challenges, I invited her to send a photo of her holding up a copy of my book. When I got the photo, I cracked up. (Please forgive me if that's politically incorrect!)

Now bear in mind that I'm not laughing at her — I'm cracking up at Natalie's ingenious way of dealing with the enticing cupcakes. She was quite clever. Indeed, sugar addicts, as I've discovered from working with them for a decade, are really sharp people.) Also, I can relate to Natalie, because I, too, was once tempted by just about any sweet I saw. I daresay that the sugar-addicted Connie of 1998 might have had the exact same reaction upon viewing the cupcakes.

It's now time for an apology to all you sugar addicts out there.

Please, please, please forgive me if the cupcakes on the cover of my new book, Beyond Sugar Shock, are too enticing for you right now!

But bear in mind that at the end of our six-week Mind-Body-Spirit adventure together, those cupcakes won't bother you if I do my job right as your Sugar Freedom Coach/guide and you use the innovative tools you get in this program.

So Why Are Cupcakes on the Cover of Beyond Sugar Shock? Am I Being Mean to You Readers?

In case you're wondering why cupcakes are on the cover of my book, here are thoughts from my perspective. My astute publisher, Hay House, probably has other brilliant marketing ideas.

  • Wherever you go these days, whether it's to the corner market, the drug store, a restaurant, or even a hospital, you will — without fail — be tempted, tortured or even taunted by sweets galore from cupcakes to donuts to sweet rolls to cakes. Usually, those tantalizing "treats" are really gorgeous, too. So what you see on the cover of Beyond Sugar Shock represents what's already facing you when you're "out there" in the real world.
  • My role, as your Sugar Freedom Coach and guide to the book's six-week program is to help arm you and make you strong enough by teaching you simple, but powerful tools and techniques so you can easily face temptation, whether they come in the form of cupcakes, cookies, or pies. So, over the course of our six weeks together, you'll learn to make peace with cupcakes or whatever dessert foods most tempt or bother you. My goal is for you to finish reading the book and doing the Adventurcises (adventurous exercise) and be unfazed by these cupcakes on the cover of the book.  For instance, when I look at the cover of Beyond Sugar Shock, I just see something pretty — those cupcakes don't entice me in the least. Make sense?
  • Another reason cupcakes are on the cover of Beyond Sugar Shock  is to draw the attention of sugar addicts everywhere. If the cover intrigues them — you? — enough, you'll pick up the book or go online to discover how it can help to dramatically change your life, right? (And my goal is lofty. I seek to help millions of sugar addicts. What better way to reach you than to have a book, which has a snazzy book cover such as this?)
  • Now, for one final thought as to why cupcakes are featured. I suggested to my publisher, Hay House, to put cupcakes on the cover, becuase lately, cupcakes have become all the rage. In fact, if you do a Google search for cupcakes today, you get 102,000,000 hits! But what's missing from just about every post featuring cupcake recipes and information is the dirt — you just don't learn how dangerous these sweets can be — how too many cupcakes or any kind of dessert can trigger disease and an early death. 

So I hope you forgive me for the cupcakes on the cover. Now, let me help you overcome your desire for cupcakes or any other sweet, dangerous foods.

Cupcakes chocolateBy the way, I just love getting feedback from readers. And coaching sugar addicts is something I feel compelled to do.

I also applaud Natalie for challenging me and asking me why cupcakes are on my book cover. You sugar addicts always give me amazing ideas! Thank you again, Natalie, for telling me about your cupcakes challenge and making me think about this.

For those of you who want to get help from my book but find the cupcakes too tempting, here's what I now recommend: Take the cupcakes test before you buy Beyond Sugar Shock!

Beyond Sugar Shock final coverIf the cupcakes on the cover tempt you too much, cover them up as Natalie did after you bring it home. (Bear in mind that you're creating something that's only temporary.) Then, keep the cupcakes covered from you for as long as you need.

When you've succeeded in breaking free of your sugar addiction, then go back to the original cover.

And stay tuned, because we're going to hold a contest to see who can come up with the most creative interim cover to put over the three cupcakes on my book cover. (Bear in mind that your goal is to be able to see those cupcakes and not be tempted.)

So, are cupcakes your Achilles heel? Tell us now. And I'd love to hear from you — was putting cupcakes on the cover a good idea?

Please note: Beyond Sugar Shock is not officially published yet, but you can pre-order it now from either Amazon or my publisher, Hay House. The official publication date is June 1 in the United States and Canada and June 4 in Great Britain. Please keep checking back here, on this Sugar Shock Blog, to find out about exciting Beyond Sugar Shock Book Launch activities planned from June 5 to 14. You will, for instance, have opportunities, to listen to my interviews on my Gab with the Gurus Show with top health experts and leading thought leaders such as Jane Velez-Mitchell (on June 5, the official Beyond Book Launch Day) and Jeff O'Connell, author of the amazing book, Sugar Nation, on June 6. In addition, you'll have a chance to catch me interviewed on a number of radio shows and teleseminars or webinars.   



Anita Moorjani: On Cancer, Near Death & Treasuring Our Magnificence

Dying To Be MeAs a journalist, author and radio host, I’ve interviewed hundreds, if not thousands of people on a variety of topics, from sugar addiction to vision boards to forgiveness to the power of the Law of Attraction.

Today, I was deeply honored and profoundly touched by my interview with Anita Moorjani on my Gab with the Gurus Radio Show.

Anita — whose story about her remarkable journey back from a near-death experience and her subsequent spontaneous remission of cancer is rapidly spreading on the Internet — gave a truly spectacular interview.

If you haven’t yet heard of Anita, you need to discover her and her riveting, magnificent, new book, Dying to Be Me: My Journey from Cancer, to Near Death, to True Healing.

Dying to Be Me has a foreword by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer, the internationally renowned speaker and author in the field of self development.

In our Gab with the Gurus interview, Anita offered her compelling thoughts and insights about a variety of topics, such as:

  • Why she got cancer in the first place.
  • How emotions play a “grossly overlooked” role in the development of cancer.
  • Her key to healing so quickly.
  • The role of fear in getting cancer and not recovering from it.
  • Why she chose not to undergo chemotherapy.
  • What her near-death experience was like.
  • How it’s important — imperative, if you will — to live fearlessly, joyously and authentically.

In particular, for you skeptics out there, I asked a number of questions to clarify for you her unique claims. For instance, you’ll discover:

  • How ample medical proof documents her claims of having a near-death experience and spontaneous remission of her cancer.
  • How recognized oncologist Dr. Peter Ko of the University of Southern California carefully reviewed her medical chart and was simply astounded by her recovery
  • How other medical professionals also are intrigued by her experiences.

Listen now to this fascinating Gab with the Gurus interview with Anita Moorjani. Remember, you can listen anytime.

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Before You Indulge this Holiday Season, Consider Nearly 150 Ways Sugar Ruins Your Health

As 2011 winds down and we approach the holidays, we’re about to enter what I call the Season of Overeating and the Season of Sugar Gorging.

So before you over-indulge this holiday season, I urge you to learn the sour news. You need to know that when by continually chomping on delicious desserts, sugar can ruin your health in nearly 150 ways.

Suicide by SugarBelow you’ll find an extensively researched list from my mentor and heroine, Nancy Appleton, Ph.D., author of Suicide by Sugar: A Startling Look at Our #1 National Addiction.

If you doubt the facts on this list, bear in mind that Nancy has been researching sugar’s dangers for more than three decades, and she found (and cites) medical studies to back up all of the claims on this list.

An avid researcher, Dr. Appleton is also the best-selling author of Stopping Inflammation and Healthy Bones. In addition, she lectures extensively throughout the world, has appeared on numerous television and radio talk shows, and maintains a private practice in San Diego, California.

Incidentially, to this day, more than 13 years after I quit sugar myself, I’m grateful to Nancy. In fact, her book, Lick the Sugar Habit, helped me quit sweets back in 1998.

Now review Nancy’s shocking list of nearly 150 ways that sugar can ham you before you continue to overdo it on sweets this holiday season.

Nearly 150 Ways Sugar Can Ruin Your Health by Nancy Appleton, Ph.D. (Reprinted with permission.)

1. Sugar can suppress your immune system.

2. Sugar upsets the mineral relationships in the body.

3. Sugar can cause juvenile delinquencey in children.

4. Sugar eaten pregnancy and lactation can influence muscle force production in offspring, which can affect an individual’s ability to exercise.

5. Sugar in soda, when consumed by children, results in the children drinking less milk.

6. Sugar can elevate glucose and insulin responses and return them to fasting levels slower in oral contraceptive users.

7. Sugar can increase reactive oxygen species (ROS), which can damage cells and tissues.

8. Sugar can cause hyperactivity, anxiety, inability to concentrate and crankiness in children.

9. Sugar can produce a significant rise in triglycerides.

10.  Sugar reduces the body’s ability to defend against bacterial infection.

11.  Sugar causes a decline in tissue elasticity and function – the more sugar you eat, the more elasticity and function you lose.

12.  Sugar reduces high-density lipoproteins (HDL).

13.  Sugar can lead to chromium deficiency.

14.  Sugar can lead to ovarian cancer.

15.  Sugar can increase fasting levels of glucose.

16.  Sugar causes copper deficiency.

17.  Sugar interferes with the body’s absorption of calcium and magnesium.

18.  Sugar may make eyes more vulnerable to age-related macular degeneration.

19.  Sugar raises the level of neurotransmitters: dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine.

20.  Sugar can cause hypoglycemia.

21.  Sugar can lead to an acidic digestive tract.

22.  Sugar can cause a rapid rise of adrenaline levels in children.

23.  Sugar is frequently malabsorbed in patients with functional bowel disease.

24.  Sugar can cause premature aging.

25.  Sugar can lead to alcoholism.

26.  Sugar can cause tooth decay.

27.  Sugar can lead to obesity.

28.  Sugar increases the risk of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

29.  Sugar can cause gastric or duodenal ulcers.

30.  Sugar can cause arthritis.

31.  Sugar can cause learning disorders in school children.

32.  Sugar assists the uncontrolled growth of Candida Albicans (yeast infections).

33.  Sugar can cause gallstones.

34.  Sugar can cause heart disease.

35.  Sugar can cause appendicitis.

36.  Sugar can cause hemorrhoids.

37.  Sugar can cause varicose veins.

38.  Sugar can lead to periodontal disease.

39.  Sugar can contribute to osteoporosis.

40.  Sugar contributes to saliva acidity.

41.  Sugar can cause a decrease in insulin sensitivity.

42.  Sugar can lower the amount of Vitamin E in the blood.

43.  Sugar can decrease the amount of growth hormones in the body.

44.  Sugar can increase cholesterol.

45.  Sugar increases advanced glycation end products (AGEs), which form when sugar binds non-enzymatically to protein.

46.  Sugar can interfere with the absorption of protein.

47.  Sugar causes food allergies.

48.  Sugar can contribute to diabetes.

49.  Sugar can cause toxemia during pregnancy.

50.  Sugar can lead to eczema in children.

51.  Sugar can cause cardiovascular disease.

52.  Sugar can impair the structure of DNA.

53.  Sugar can change the structure of protein.

54.  Sugar can make the skin wrinkle by changing the structure of collagen.

55.  Sugar can cause cataracts.

56.  Sugar can cause emphysema.

57.  Sugar can cause atherosclerosis.

58.  Sugar can promote an elevation of low-density lipoproteins (LDL).

59.  Sugar can impair the physiological homeostasis of many systems in the body.

60.  Sugar lowers enzymes ability to function.

61.  Sugar intake is associated with the development of Parkinson’s disease.

62.  Sugar can increase the size of the liver by making the liver cells divide.

63.  Sugar can increase the amount of liver fat.

64.  Sugar can increase kidney size and produce pathological changes in the kidney.

65.  Sugar can damage the pancreas.

66.  Sugar can increase the body’s fluid retention.

67.  Sugar is the number one enemy of the bowel movement.

68.  Sugar can cause myopia (nearsightedness).

69.  Sugar can compromise the lining of the capillaries.

70.  Sugar can make tendons more brittle.

71.  Sugar can cause headaches, including migraines.

72.  Sugar plays a role in pancreatic cancer in women.

73.  Sugar can adversely affect children’s grades in school.

74.  Sugar can cause depression.

75.  Sugar increases the risk of gastric cancer.

76.  Sugar can cause dyspepsia (indigestion).

77.  Sugar can increase the risk of developing gout.

78.  Sugar can increase the levels of glucose in the blood much higher than complex carbohydrates in a glucose tolerance test can.

79.  Sugar reduces learning capacity.

80.  Sugar can cause two blood proteins – albumin and lipoproteins – to function less effectively, which may reduce the body’s ability to handle fat and cholesterol.

81.  Sugar can contribute to Alzheimer’s disease.

82.  Sugar can cause platelet adhesiveness, which causes blood clots.

83.  Sugar can cause hormonal imbalance – some hormones become underactive and others become overactive.

84.  Sugar can lead to the formation of kidney stones.

85.  Sugar can cause free radicals and oxidative stress.

86.  Sugar can lead to biliary tract cancer.

87.  Sugar increases the risk of pregnant adolescents delivering a small-for-gestational-age (SGA) infant.

88.  Sugar can lead to a substantial decrease the in the length of pregnancy among adolescents.

89.  Sugar slows food’s travel time through the gastrointestinal tract.

90.  Sugar increases the concentration of bile acids in stool and bacterial enzymes in the colon, which can modify bile to produce cancer-causing compounds and colon cancer.

91.  Sugar increases estradiol (the most potent form of naturally occurring estrogen) in men.

92.  Sugar combines with and destroys phosphatase, a digestive enzyme, which makes digestion more difficult.

93.  Sugar can be a risk factor for gallbladder cancer.

94.  Sugar is an addictive substance.

95.  Sugar can be intoxicating, similar to alcohol.

96.  Sugar can aggravate premenstrual syndrome (PMS).

97.  Sugar can decrease emotional stability.

98.  Sugar promotes excessive food intake in obese people.

99.  Sugar can worsen the symptoms of children with attention deficit disorder (ADD).

100.   Sugar can slow the ability of the adrenal glands to function.

101.   Sugar can cut off oxygen to the brain when given to people intravenously.

102.  Sugar is a risk factor for lung cancer.

103.  Sugar increases the risk of polio.

104.  Sugar can cause epileptic seizures.

105. Sugar can increase systolic blood pressure (pressure when the heart is contracting).

106. Sugar can induce cell death.

107. Sugar can increase the amount of food that you eat.

108. Sugar can cause antisocial behavior in juvenile delinquents.

109. Sugar can lead to prostate cancer.

110. Sugar dehydrates newborns.

111. Sugar can cause women to give birth to babies with low birth weight.

112. Sugar is associated with a worse outcome of schizophrenia.

113. Sugar can raise homocysteine levels in the bloodstream.

114. Sugar increases the risk of breast cancer.

115. Sugar is a risk factor in small intestine cancer.

116. Sugar can cause laryngeal cancer.

117. Sugar induces salt and water retention.

118. Sugar can contribute to mild memory loss.

119. Sugar water, when given to children shortly after birth, results in those children preferring sugar water to regular water throughout childhood.

120. Sugar causes constipation.

121. Sugar can cause brain decay in pre-diabetic and diabetic women.

122. Sugar can increase the risk of stomach cancer.

123. Sugar can cause metabolic syndrome.

124. Sugar increases neural tube defects in embryos when it is consumed by pregnant women.

125. Sugar can cause asthma.

126. Sugar increases the chances of getting irritable bowl syndrome.

127. Sugar can affect central reward systems.

128. Sugar can cause cancer of the rectum.

129. Sugar can cause endometrial cancer.

130. Sugar can cause renal (kidney) cell cancer.

131. Sugar can cause liver tumors.

132. Sugar can increase inflammatory markers in the bloodstreams of overweight people.

133. Sugar plays a role in the cause and the continuation of acne.

134. Sugar can ruin the sex life of both men and women by turning off the gene that controls the sex hormones.

134. Sugar can cause fatigue, moodiness, nervousness, and depression.

135. Sugar can make many essential nutrients less available to cells.

138. Sugar can increase uric acid in blood.

139. Sugar can lead to higher C-peptide concentrations.

140. Sugar causes inflammation.

141. Sugar can cause diverticulitis, a small bulging sac pushing outward from the colon wall that is inflamed.

142. Sugar can decrease testosterone production.

143. Sugar impairs spatial memory.

144. Sugar can cause cataracts.

Go here now to find find Nancy’s extensive references, which back up the citations on this list.

To learn more about sugar’s dangers, I urge you to get Nancy’s book, Suicide by Sugar. I also invite you to read my book, Sugar Shock.

In addition, find out more about more about sugar’s dangers by listening to a special Gab with the Gurus Radio Show on which I interviewed Dr. Nancy Appleton.

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Move Over, Halloween! Sugar Addiction Awareness Day Comes First


It's that time of year again. We're entering into what I call the Season of Sugar Overload, beginning with Halloween, where, as you well know, it's considered normal and inevitable for most of you to consume lots of candies.

Yes, Halloween on Oct. 31 is National Sugar Overload Day.

Unfortunately, most of you — i.e., the average American — doesn't need a National Sugar Overload Day to get license to over-indulge.

The average American consumes a whopping 22 teaspoons of refined sugar a day from hidden or overt sweeteners in packaged, boxed, or canned foods and beverages, according to recent statistics.

In my opinion, though, most of you are taking in far more sugar than that — you're consuming more like 50 teaspoons per person each day.

Of course, you may think you don't consume that much. Years ago, I didn't realize I was that hooked.

But after releasing my sugar addiction in 1998 (on doctor's orders), I learned that I was killing myself (and not so slowly) with sugar — specifically candies. For me, it was Halloween every day!

Now, I'm dedicated to dishing the sour scoop about sugar so that you can have a happier, healthier, more enjoyable life.

Which brings me back to this 22-teaspoons–day figure.

It's easy to consume that much In fact, just add up the sweeteners you get from a bowl of most breakfast cereals, a can of soda, a granola bar and three small cookies, and you've already topped 22 teaspoons of sugar.

Anyhow, given the fact that Halloween is upon us soon, a group of us health experts, researchers, authors, nutritionists, physicians, and concerned citizens have joined together to help wake you up to sugar's dangers.

We've banded together to celebrate the first annual Sugar Addiction Awareness Day (SAAD), which kicks off the day before Halloween, on October 30, 2011.

Jill Escher headshot new.png.opt160x198o0,0s160x198The mastermind behind Sugar Addiction Awareness Day is Jill Escher, who, like me, has personally triumphed over her sugar addiction.

She also wrote about her success (even offering tips) in her new book, Farewell, Club Perma-Chub: A Sugar Addict's Guide to Easy Weight Loss.

Jill makes the important point that while Halloween may seem like an innocent occasion, but "the reality is that millions of Americans are hooked on refined sugars, and it starts in their youth."

Chronic consumption of sugar can lead to a plethora of diseases, including obesity, cancer, and type 2 diabetes, as I point out in my book Sugar Shock.

Join our worthwhile effort. Just check out the helpful website, End Sugar Addiction Now, where you can see a collection of healthy and inexpensive Halloween ideas that can take the place of sugar.

You'll also get some ideas for reducing sugar at home, in the schools, in the community and at work. The website also offers a list of resources about Sugar Addiction and an extensive Q & A section.

Those of us who support Sugar Addiction Awareness Day include:

  • Gary Taubes, award-winning journalist and best-selling author of Good Calories, Bad Calories and Why We Get Fat. Taubes is widely credited for writing groundbreaking pieces that have changed the way we understand today's chronic diseases.
  • Nicole Avena, Ph.D, University of Florida. Dr. Avena's pioneering research, using rodent models, has demonstrated the addictive qualities of highly palatable refined foods. (See a fascinating video here.)
  • Zoe Harcombe, nutritionist, obesity expert, and author of The Harcombe Diet and The Obesity Epidemic, and host of the podcast "Diet and Health Today." 
  • Ashley Gearhardt, doctoral candidate, Clinical Psychology, and with the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale University. Gearhardt’s 2011 study revealing patterns of addiction based on brain scans of people affected with compulsive overeating was widely reported. (Watch this fascinating video here about "Food & Addiction: What it is, How it is Measured in Humans."
  • Darlene Kvist, Licensed Nutritionist, host of the podcast "Dishing Up Nutrition." Ms. Kvist has helped thousands of clients lose addictions, lose weight and regain their health through proper nutrition. Ms. Kvist is located in Minnesota.  
  • Jimmy Moore, host of "Livin' La Vida Low-Carb,” one of the most popular health podcasts on iTunes.  Mr. Moore has interviewed hundreds of health experts, has written two books relating to the subject, and himself found recovery from sugar addiction through a low-carb food plan.
  • Jeff O’Connell, editor, fitness expert, and author of the recently published Sugar Nation: The Hidden Truth Behind America's Deadliest Epidemic and The Simple Way to Beat It. 
  • Fred Pescatore, M.D., weight loss physician and author of The Hamptons Diet. Dr. Pescatore, who began his career working with Dr. Robert Atkins, has been helping patients recover from Sugar Addiction and find permanent weight loss for decades. 
  • Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D., physician and author of Beat Sugar Addiction Now! Dr. Teitelbaum specializes in helping patients recover from chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia and other conditions related at least in part to Sugar Addiction.
  • Yours Truly. I'm author of Sugar Shock. The reason I've been not as active lately is that I've been finishing my next book, Beyond Sugar Shock, which is set for release next spring from Hay House. (I kicked sugar back in 1998).

Although in an ideal world, you'd have no refined sugar at all, I'm realistic.

According to the American Heart Association, adult women should consume no more than 6 teaspoons a day.

Adult men may have 9 teaspoons a day for adult men.

Meanwhile, the AHA’s recommends no more than 3 teaspoons for children.

As noted previously, today, most of you are vastly exceeding these maximums, with the average adult intake consuming about 22 teaspoons, and teens, about 34 teaspoons. (Again, I think most people consume more, but I'm using the often-cited stats.)

Sugar Stacks - colasTo illustrate sugar content of common foods, jsut look at how much sugar is found in soda, thanks to

For instance, one 12-ounce can has 39 grams of sugar.

To calculate how many teaspoons that is, just divide by 4, and you come to nearly 10 teaspoons os sugar (about 9.75 tsp.)

Meanwhile, a Snickers 2 to Go bar — which you may seen in stores lately — contains 23 grams of sugar or 5.75 tsp. of sugar. 

Bear in mind that only single sugary drink or candy treat can put a child well above the limit.

In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that nearly 25 percent of teens drank one can of soda per day.

A study in the journal, Pediatrics cites a much higher figure. According researchers, soda contributed about "67% of all sugar-sweetened beverage calories among the adolescents, whereas fruit drinks provided more than half of the sugar-sweetened beverage calories consumed by preschool-aged children."

"On a typical weekday, 55% to 70% of all sugar-sweetened beverage calories were consumed in the home environment, and 7% to 15% occurred in schools."

The researchers concluded that children and adolescents today "derive 10% to 15% of total calories from sugar-sweetened beverages and 100% fruit juice." Plus, they taking in more and more.

"Schools are a limited source for sugar-sweetened beverages, suggesting that initiatives to restrict sugar-sweetened beverage sales in schools may have an only marginal impact on overall consumption. Pediatricians’ awareness of these trends is critical for helping children and parents target suboptimal dietary patterns that may contribute to excess calories and obesity."

Join us on Sugar Addiction Awareness Day and in the coming week, which I'm dubbing Sugar Addiction Awareness Week.

This is a wonderful opportunity to help  us spread the word that if you just cut back on your consumption of candies, other refined desserts, and processed carbs, you could easily shed weight, get more energetic, possibly halt or reverse such diseases as cancer and type 2 diabetes, and boost your libido.

And if you're hooked, then get help from such resources as my book Sugar Shock, as well as the new book, Sugar Nation.

Please join the Sugar Addiction Awareness Hour on my Gab with the Gurus Radio Show. It will take place Tues., Nov. 1 at 2 pm EST, the day after Halloween, with a number of top experts. Stay tuned for details.

Also, stay tuned for some tips to deal with what I call Halloween Havoc. 

Begin Your Day With Positive Thoughts to Create an Exceptional Life, Louise Hay Urges

You Can Create an Exceptional Life 5718_c1.gifHow do you begin each and every day?

What are the very first thoughts you think?

What ideas fill your head as you get out of bed, hop in the shower, make breakfast, and prepare for the day ahead?

Do you dread the projects and duties that lie ahead of you? Or do you approach your day with happy anticipation?

No matter what challenges you are facing — whether it’s sugar addiction, financial issues, or other family situations — If you begin your day joyously and gratefully, you’ll have a fabulous day — and life.

Lately, I’ve been giving quite a bit of thought to how I begin my day, thanks to the fabulous new book, You Can Create an Exceptional Life, from two of my heroines, Louise Hay and Cheryl Richardson, both mega-best-selling authors, who’ve helped millions around the world. (Follow these amazing ladies on Facebook — just click the links I just gave.)

Both of these remarkable women are living proof that the spiritual principles they discuss in their new book really do work. As you read You Can Create an Exceptional Life, you’ll discover that you, too, can create  an exceptional life, too.

In fact, I now follow their wonderful advice religiously, and I urge you to do that, too.

In You Can Create an Exceptional Life, which features the collective wisdom of Louise and Cheryl, you get many wonderful tidbits of advice on how lead a glorious life.

For instance, Louise suggests that you begin your day by looking at yourself lovingly in the mirror and telling yourself how much you love yourself and how awesome you are. Try it! You’ll find that this simple little tool works amazing wonders!

Also, see this wonderful YouTube video with Louise and Cheryl.

Anyhow, in this fabulous new book, You Can Create an Exceptional Life, you get many wonderful affirmations to use as you begin and go through your day. (There’s an amazing Collected Affirmations section in the back of the book, which you’ll love, I predict.)

By the way, another one of my absolute favorite CDs/books is, I Can Do It: How to Use Affirmations to Change Your Life, also from Louise Hay.

Since June — after getting quite exhausted, rundown, headachy, low on energy, and really burnt out (I developied electropollution from working long hours on my book, Beyond Sugar Shock) — I’ve been listening to I Can Do It or another Louise Hay CD every morning.

My daily Louise Hay booster shot helped to quickly bring back my natural energy, enthusiasm and joe de vivre. Wow! If you’re facing any kind of challenge, I urge you to check it out!

Let us know here what you think of both of these fabulous books, You Can Create an Exceptional Life and I Can Do It: How to Use Affirmations to Change Your Life.

Stay tuned for photos of me with Louise and Cheryl at Louise’s recent 85th birthday party. 

So what new affirmations and thoughts are you having as you begin your day?


(Full Disclosure: My next book, Beyond Sugar Shock, is for Hay House, which is the same publisher for both You Can Create an Exceptional Life and I Can Do It: How to Use Affirmations to Change Your Life, but just because we’re in the same publishing family does not affect my thoughts about these books. Both of these books are amazing, and I’d be raving about them no matter what. Get them now to change your life, and tell us what you think!)