High Heels Can Harm You

Sure, You May Look Suave & Snazzy, But is the Pain or Potential Pain Worth It?

Recently, I’ve attended several events and traveled to several cities, where I saw many women wearing very high heels that rose two, three, even four or five inches off the ground. Admittedly, I may be a little envious since I can’t wear  high heels myself (due to pronated feet and two ankle injuries), but I began worrying about the millions of smart, suave, sophisticated ladies, who may be causing irreparable damage, all because they want to look chic.

Undoubtedly you’ve seen or are among those women, who walk awkwardly, tilt forward while standing, and aren’t comfortable in their own shoes.

So just how dangerous are high heels? You’ll be astounded.

The pain doesn’t seem to matter. Close to half of women (49 percent)  wear high heels, according to the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA)

I’m not advocating ditching your high heels. But limiting wearing them makes sense. Matthew Garoufalis, DPM and past president of the APMA agrees.  “With high heels, moderation is key.  It’s best not to wear them every day,” he wrote in an May 19, 2014, APMA article.

Why are high heels so dangerous? To begin, they put your ankle joint in an unnatural position by forcing your foot into plantar flexion (flexing your toes or foot downward in the direction of the sole of your foot).

Now before you dismiss my concerns about high heels as crazy, consider some of recent findings:


IMPORTANT: Learn about Lyme Disease

Did You Know that Celebrities Such as Avril Lavigne, Richard Gere, Debbie Gibson & Mel Gibson Have Been Bitten & Stricken?

Every year, some 300,000 people, especially those, who hike in nature or whose dogs frolic in deer-popular wooded areas come down with a host of strange ailments such as fatigue, night sweats, swollen glands, memory loss, depression, sleep disturbances, chest pain, blurred vision, vertigo, headaches, and more. They have the debilitating Lyme disease, which is known as The Great Pretender, because its symptoms mimic many diseases and conditions.

Every year since summer 2008, when I was unknowingly Bitten in the City by a disease-carrying tick, I’ve been really ticked off and determined to spread important information about this alarming disease.

No one is immune. Indeed, Lyme’s victims include many celebrities, including pop star Avril Lavigne (see video below); actors Richard Gere, Ashley Olsen, Parker Posey, Peter Sarsgaard, and Jamie-Lynn Sigler (“The Sopranos”); and authors Rebecca Wells (“Ya-Ya” novels), and Alice Walker (“The Color Purple”), Amy Tan (“The Joy Luck Club”).

Other well-known people stricken by Lyme disease include former President George W. Bush, former New York Gov. George Pataki.

Likewise, singers Debbie Gibson. Daryl Hall (of Hall and Oats) and Pete Seeger; and athletes such as golfer Tim Simpson and baseball player Pete Harnisch (New York Mets) also are Lyme sufferers.

Recently, Tom Nicoli, world renowned hypnotist and motivational speaker, shared with Facebook friends about his challenges with Lyme disease, too.

Now, it’s urgent that you get educated and alarmed by this insidious disease. First, I invite you to listen to Avril’s Lyme fight. (See video below.) Next, I invite you to listen to this Gab with the Gurus show,  during which you’ll learn about diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of one of the fastest spreading diseases in the U.S. (more prolific than AIDS). And it’s caused by a tick bite you may never know you’ve had.

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Watch “That Sugar Film,” a Fun Shockumentary That Blows the Lid on So-Called “Healthy” Foods

Australian Actor/Director Damon Gameau Sheds Light on Sneaky Hidden Sugars in Processed Foods

If you eat processed foods out of boxes, cans, jars, and packages, you must watch That Sugar Film, an amusing, new shockumentary (shocking documentary), which reveals how eating allegedly “healthy foods” can, in fact, demolish your health.


Australian Director/actor Damon Gameau — who is today’s special Gab with the Gurus guest — will blow you away when you discover what happened to his poor body in a mere 60 days, when he consumed processed foods full of Sneaky Hidden Sugars, as I call them.

You will be so shocked but also entertained while find out how Gameau’s health disintegrated in a mere six weeks.

Check Out Health Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with Gab With the Gurus on BlogTalkRadio


7 Reasons to Stay Away from Agave

Clearing the Sweetener Confusion

Agave-NectarOne of my closest friends—a smart, health-conscious, exercise enthusiast—recently texted me questions about alternative sweeteners while she was planning to create a healthy dessert for a birthday dinner party.

“What about agave?” she texted me.

“No! The Worst!” I text-replied.

She was perplexed.

“Is agave low-glycemic or not?” she text-quizzed me.

“It doesn’t matter,” I answered.

“High in fructose…. Will send you articles soon.”

My friend’s questions alerted me that it was time to do another Sugar Shock Blog post to Clear the Agave Confusion and to warn people that it’s not safe.

Over the years, I’ve repeatedly tried alerted people to agave’s dangers.

First, I wrote about it in my book, Sugar Shock! 

New Website/Blog is Under Construction To Serve You Better

What Do You Suggest?

Website Under ConstructoinPlease note that my new Website is under construction, and a number of changes are in the works:

  • For the first time in 10 years — since I started my Sugar Shock Blog elsewhere — my blog will be part of my main Website.
  • My new Website will be more user-friendly.
  • You’ll find it easier to share posts, quotes, tantalizing tidbits, and fun graphics to your Facebook friends, Twitter followers, Pinterest buddies, etc.
  • Soon, you’ll find my new logo and branding, too.

I’m eager to get your ideas and input so this site will be awesome! What changes do you recommend that will make this site more provocative, user-friendly, and inspiring?

Soothing Tunes to Calm You As You Face Anything: What Are Your Favorites?


If you’re going through a challenging, stressful or upsetting time, one of the best ways to rise above the situation is to soothe yourself with melodies that calm and comfort you.

Forget comfort foods that send you into Sugar Shock. They don’t work!

Music is one of the most exhilarating ways to achieve this serenity and peacefulness. (Meditation works, of course, too. More about that later.)

So please help me compile a list of Soothing Tunes.

For instance, the title Hans Zimmer soundtrack from the film, Gladiator, with the talented Russell Crowe as Maximus, is one of my favorite melodies. Doesn’t it evoke a feeling of triumph in you?

Here’s another one from Beyonce that’s so fun! No matter how big you’re a funk you’ve landed, this’ll lift you up.

So what are your favorite Comfort Tunes (not Comfort Foods, of course)?

(Usually, I don’t care to share anything personal here, but please know that I have two reasons I’m seeking Comfort Tunes. Of course, my first goal is to help you, because I know music can soothe you in a way that food or other addictions can. Secondly, I’m facing a very trying situation, and I’m seeking to arm myself with a number of powerful, potent tactics to get me through this easily. One of the ways to sail through such pain is with the help of magical melodies.)

Special thanks for the photo used above.

Please submit your ideas for Magical Melodies and Soothing Tunes.


Dessert for Breakfast? Sugary Children’s Cereals

Kellogg's ServeImage.aspxHow would you feel if your kids had a Twinkie or even had cookies for breakfast?

Well, that’s exactly what she or he — or maybe even you — may be doing most mornings.

Suffice it to say that millions of children are beginning their day going into Sugar Shock.

So found a scary new report on popular cereals, Sugar in Children’s Cereal, from the Environmental Working Group, a non-profit, non-partisan research organization dedicated to using the power of information to protect human health and the environment.

The Environmental Working Group arrived at its frightening sugar findings after studying 84 popular brands of cereal, many of them marketed directly to children, to see if they meet either the federal government’s proposed nutrition guidelines or the industry’s looser nutrition guidelines.

And the EWG found lots about sugar, sugar, sugar.

Kellogg’s Honey Smacks, which has nearly 56 percent sugar by weight, leads the list of the 10 worst children’s cereals, according to EWG’s analysis.

In fact, the EWG found, a one-cup serving of the brand contains more sugar than a Hostess Twinkie.

Meanwhile, one cup of any of the 44 other children’s cereals has more sugar than three Chips Ahoy! cookies.

Here’s EWG’s list of the 10 worst cereals.

10 Worst Children’s Cereals
Based on percent sugar by weight
1.) Kellogg’s Honey Smacks 55.6%
2.) Post Golden Crisp 51.9%
3.) Kellogg’s Froot Loops Marshmallow 48.3%
4.) Quaker Oats Cap’n Crunch’s OOPS! All Berries 46.9%
5.) Quaker Oats Cap’n Crunch Original 44.4%
6.) Quaker Oats Oh!s 44.4%
7.) Kellogg’s Smorz 43.3%
8.) Kellogg’s Apple Jacks 42.9%
9.) Quaker Oats Cap’n Crunch’s Crunch Berries 42.3%
10.) Kellogg’s Froot Loops Original 41.4%

Of course, this EWG report comes as no surprise to me, given that I often share information about sugar’s pervasiveness and its dangers, as I did in my first book, Sugar Shock.

So why should you care about your kids eating so much sugar for breakfast?

As the EWG points out, studies suggest that children who eat breakfasts that are high in sugar have more problems at school.

For instance, they become more frustrated and have a harder time working independently than kids who eat lower-sugar breakfasts, as the EWG noted. And by lunchtime, these kids who filled up on sugar for breakfast have less energy, are hungrier, show attention deficits and make more mistakes on their work.

Kudos to the Environmental Working Group for sharing this important news.

Click here to see the best and worst cereals, as discovered by the EWG.

Wondering what’s a good breakfast then? Well, for starters, why do your kids have to have cereal to start the day?

But if they do, make sure, as nutrition expert Marion Nestle, Ph.D., recommends that you pick:

  1. Cereals with a short ingredient list
  2. Cereals high in fiber.
  3. Cereals with little or no added sugars (such as honey, molasses, fruit juice concentrate, brown sugar, corn sweetener, sucrose, lactose, glucose, high-fructose corn syrup and malt syrup).

An easy breakfast for children would be a piece of fresh fruit (like an orange or apple), a cooked of steel cut oats (sprinkled with cinnamon), some plain milk (if they can handle dairy), and a hard boiled egg (prepared the night before).

Have you heard yet that my next book, Beyond Sugar Shock, is due out next year? Stay tuned for details.

Eat All the Pancakes You Want & Leave Happy, Ad Says. Huh? Wrong!

eat all pancakes ad Frankly, I don’t get it. Here we are in the midst of a horrific nationwide obesity epidemic, and a certain national chain is now enticing people and tempting them via a TV ad to eat can eat all the pancakes they want and leave happy!

You’ve got to be kidding!

Eating as many pancakes as your heart desires will not make you happy!

Isn’t it more accurate to say: “Eat all the pancakes you want, especially ones smothered in butter and syrup, and leave feeling bloated, gross and angry at yourself for pigging out!”

Just imagine: After you eat a pile of pancakes, you’ll probably say, “Ugh! I can’t believe I ate all those pancakes! I’m so unhappy!”

Wait, that’s not all! Let’s assume the restaurant’s deal really entices you. So, after overeating for several days running on all that sugar (think syrup), fat (butter) and those refined carbs or sugar (the pancakes work in your body like sugar), you can expect to get even more unhappy when you look on the bathroom scale!

Admittedly, you may feel “happy” ever so briefly. In other words, you’ll be upbeat and “high” from all the sugar and refined carbs for maybe 1/2 hour or even an hour. But soon, you’ll come crashing down and reality will set in. Unfortunately, you may even have more sugar cravings later that day.

What baffles me is that this particular eatery does sell other food fare that’s not carb-centered. How can this company permit their ad agency to create such a politically incorrect ad in this weight-worrying climate? Why not promote all-you-can-eat salads or something more healthy instead?

In case you believed the TV bunk that eating pancakes to your heart’s delight can will make you happy, I’d recommend that you learn about the dangers of all those refined carbs and sugars. Would you like to be healthy and happy? If so, then gobbling pancakes is not the answer.

Eating pancakes, along with other processed carbs and sweets can, over time, lead to health troubles galore, from heart disease to cancer to type 2 diabetes, as you can learn my book SUGAR SHOCK!

Still want some pancakes? I hope not!

Stay tuned for my healthy “pancake” recipe, which I’ll post here tomorrow,

Soft Drinks: Do you REALLY Need Them?

Soda drinkers, beware! You may want to kick your habit immediately after watching this pretty graphic Mercola.com video!

I challenge you! The next time those sugary, bubbly beverages call out to you, ask yourself, "What does my dear body really need?"

New Yorkers, get help with me to break free of your sugar habit on Tuesday at 6 pm at the New York Open Center.

Get more info here about the dagners of high fructose corn syrup.

High Fructose Corn Syrup: Sour Surprise

Bookcover Do you eat prepared, processed cereals, breads, pasta, yogurt, tomato sauce, crackers, frozen foods, pickles, canned vegetables or fruits? If so, then, without knowing it, you’re probably consuming a lot of sweeteners, especially high fructose corn syrup (HFCS).

And did you know that when eat or drink too many sugars, especially HFCS, you can gain weight, as well as develop heart disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and numerous other life-shortening illnesses?

Learn more about HFCS in a mere three minutes by watching the 3 Minute Ad Age interview I gave last year. I just found out today that from the new Sweet Disguise blog that the video interview about HFCS is posted on YouTube so please spread the word to your friends and loved ones.

Find out more about the dangers of high fructose corn syrup and other sweeteners by getting my book SUGAR SHOCK!

  • You also can learn more about HFCS by visiting the new Sweet Disguise blog, which kindly featured my book and 3 Minute Ad Age Interview today.