Experts, Authors & Sugar Kickers Support The Great Worldwide Sugar-Out Challenge

Wow! The support has been tremendous!

Quotes are coming in from numerous experts, who are supporters of the first-ever Great
Worldwide Sugar-Out Challenge, which kicks off my Gab With the Gurus Radio Show on Jan. 16 at 12 p.m. Eastern and via tantalizing tweets on the new TwitAsYouQuit site (from 12 noon Eastern on Jan. 16 to 12 p.m. on Jan. 17).

The response has been so phenomenal that we've decided to extend this event for two weeks so that the radio show kicks off the event and then you — dear readers of this blog — have two weeks to help us get a buzz going virally. We want to help you! We want to help obese and overweight people everywhere.

Check back here to this Sugar Shock Blog and to my new Gab With The Gurus Blog to get updates about this first-of-a-kind event that I'm co-coordinating with Dr. Scott Olson, a naturopathic doctor and author of Sugarettes through the end of January.

Here are some thoughts from supporters of our event:

"Many so-called mental health problems, including anxiety, depression,
insomnia, addiction and even bipolar illness have a strong relationship
to blood sugar imbalance, caused by eating–you guessed it, sugar!
These often-serious conditions can be overcome by eliminating sugar,
eating a healthy diet, and taking specific supplements, as needed. I
have helped many of my patients and readers replace medication using
this natural approach, with excellent results!…."

Hyla Cass M.D., integrative psychiatrist and author of 8 Weeks to Vibrant Health and Natural Highs

Ann Louise Gittleman, Ph.D., C.N.S.
"Sugar absolutely paralyzes the
immune system and is the major culprit behind diabesity."

– Ann Louise Gittleman, Ph.D., C.N.S., author of Get The Sugar Out: 500
Simple Ways to Cut the Sugar Out of Any Diet

"As a certified nutritional microscopist (live and dried blood analysis,
trained by Dr. Robert O. Young), I have seen the devastation caused by
the fermentation of sugar in the body.  You see, sugar will either burn
as a fuel (because you have enough oxygen present) OR since our body
has limits to how much oxygen we can intake…  sugar that cannot have
oxygen to be able to burn will ferment which increases acidity considerably."

– Rick Panson, Certified Nutritional Microscopist, Raw Food Creator of Raw Jaw Foods &  Water Filtration/ionization Consultant

"Sugar is a major cause of inflammation in the body and therefore a
cause of many modern diseases. I support your efforts fully!"

– Gerianne C. Geszler, M.D., The Center for Health and Restoration, Inc., Fayetteville, North Carolina

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"I'm excited to be a part of Connie Bennett's and Dr. Scott Olson's First Annual
Great Worldwide Sugar-Out Challenge, because kicking my sugar habit five years
ago saved me from morbid obesity and certain heath destruction."

– Jimmy Moore, founder of the Livin' La Vida Low Carb Blogspot

Note from Connie: Please note that Jimmy also will join us on Friday, Jan. 16 on the special 90-minute Gab With the Gurus Radio Show on Blog Talk Radio. Jimmy will be one of several successful "Sugar Kickers," who will reveal how just removing that one substance made it easier to peel off the pounds.

Jimmy is a very captivating guest — as I learned when I interviewed him previously on my show. If you want to lose weight, you have to catch Jimmy's interview, because he'll tell you how he lost a whopping 180 pounds, mostly by kicking sugar.

"I am a registered nurse… and I have avoided sugars for 10 years now. I think that The Great Worldwide Sugar-Out Challenge is a great idea. Let's all decrease our sugar intake so that we can increase our intake of nutrient rich, delicious foods that will leave us healthy and satisfied. We'll feel better, look better, live longer, be more efficient, think more clearly and enjoy more."

– Laura Stanley, R.N., Author, Don't get Diabetes: a short and simple guide

"Sugar isn’t just bad for our bodies. When we consider its history – how it changed the nature of meals, fueled the Industrial Revolution, generated a brutal new form of slavery, jump started the fast-food revolution and fueled the obesity epidemic through soft drinks, we realize that sugar is also toxic to society in general. The Great Worldwide Sugar-Out Challenge is a great way to begin to challenge the supremacy of the seductive sweet stuff."

– Dr. Elizabeth Abbott, author of Sugar: A Bittersweet History

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"Connie, Dr. Olson and these other health experts participating in this Great Worldwide Sugar-Out Challenge could help cure the single largest cause of many diseases in America by exposing the fact that highly refined and processed foods and beverages are killing us, because they're full of harmful, refined sweeteners such as high fructose corn syrup that can… lead to obesity, cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes, as well as cause insulin harm and many forms of nutrient depletion. In particular, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS, which comes from corn), is dangerous because it's so pervasive in our food supply. In my opinion, corn is to real food what porn is to fine art. …You, your family, your friends, your colleagues, your associates, your clients and your fellow citizens are being led to early disease and death by processed food and beverages… Want to get well? Stop consuming any product or brand with refined sugar (cane or beet), high fructose corn syrup, fructose (which is not fruit sugar), agave (which is criminally fraudulently labeled and is chemically refined hydrolyzed high fructose inulin syrup), etc. It's shocking how much sugar we consume. The per capita consumption of refined sweeteners in the U.S. is almost 190 pounds per year when a century ago, it was less than 6 pounds per year. Perhaps it's so popular, because after air, water and salt, refined sweeteners are the least costly (for-profit) bulking ingredient in the food and beverage chain. We are what we eat and will we die (much faster, costlier and more painfully) when we eat junk, fast, take-out, processed, refined, food or beverages, full of bad-for-you sweeteners. We need to eat real foods in their natural state. Like Mark Bittman says in his short lecture, "What's Wrong with the Food We Eat" on or, 'It's not the beta carotene, it's the carrot.'"

– Russ Bianchi, Managing Director and CEO, Adept Solutions, Inc., a global, natural product development firm

MeMe Roth
"Sugar is so last millennium! We now know that refined carbs and sugar get us high (great fun for the moment!), then wreck our moods, endocrine system and, ultimately, our health. It's time to Sugar-Out this Friday and every day after. And for crying out loud, don't teach your kids to use sugar to get high. Instead give them the natural highs that come with playtime, holding hands and laughter. The Great Worldwide Sugar-Out Challenge: what a great idea!"

– MeMe Roth, Nutrition Adviser, National News Pundit and President, National Action Against Obesity

"Connie, you are doing more for the world than than any doctor or scientist. Keep it up."

– Jeraldine Saunders, author of Hypoglycemia: The Complete Health Care HandbookStephen Sinatra

"Cholesterol is not your enemy when it comes to heart disease. It’s sugar. Cholesterol may be found at the scene of the crime, but sugar is the major perpetrator, not cholesterol.”

– Cardiologist Stephen T. Sinatra, M.D., contributing author of SUGAR SHOCK!

"Dramatically reducing refined carbohydrate intake is one of the greatest health challenges the U.S faces in the next decade, as we seek to restore our national health and health care system."
– Woodson Merrell, M.D., Chairman, Department of Integrative Medicine, Beth Israel Medical Center & Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

"Sugar and high glycemic starches rapidly convert to sugar when eaten and they cause a highly destructive pro-inflammatory response in our bodies. This is the single greatest precipitator of aging and age-related diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis, certain forms of cancer, and wrinkled, sagging skin."

Nicholas Perricone, MD, CNS, Board certified dermatologist and best selling author

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"We must focus on educating the public about the
significant health benefits of eating whole and unprocessed foods to combat the
growing public health epidemic of obesity."

– Jill R. Baron,
MD, Primary Care and Holistic Medicine Specialist New York, New York

Do you support our Great Worldwide Sugar-Out Challenge? Share with us now why.

Sign Up Now for the Great Worldwide Sugar-Out Challenge on Jan. 16

Are you like Oprah — tired of lugging around excess weight?

Do you feel that you have no control over your sugar or carb habit?

Are sugary foods your "drug of choice"?

Would you like to get more energy, focus better, rev up your libido, get along better with loved ones and get a hot, trim body?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you'll want to join the First Annual Great Worldwide Sugar-Out Challenge, which takes place Jan. 16.

Many of us experts are here to help you begin to lick your sugar habit.

We're here to give you the support, compassion, information and education that you need and deserve.

My co-organizer Dr. Scott Olson and I invite you to take our challenge by submitting your comment here.

Spend time on Jan. 16 to look  at your sugar issues, learn about the
dangers of sugar overloading (which people around the world are doing) and cut
it out totally on that one day.

Wondering what could happen if you kick sugar? Read these amazing success stories now.

So sign up here now.

Make sure to tell us about your sugar history, what a lot of sweets do to
you and what you envision for the future if being sugar-free was a

What are you waiting for? Join us now.

And spread the word. We want to get a huge viral campaign going.

After you sign up, mark your calendar.

Our festivities begin Jan. 16 at 12 p.m. Eastern on my Gab With the Gurus Radio Show for the Great Worldwide Sugar-Out Challenge,.where we'll be joined by some of the biggest health and sugar experts in the country. (You can listen live or later, at your convenience, to a podcast.)

For instance, we'll be joined by Dr. Ann Louise Gittleman, author of Get the Sugar Out; Elizabeth Abbott, author of Sugar: A Bittersweet History; Dr. Eric Westman, director of Duke Lifestyle Medicine Clinic; (?),
Cass, integrative psychiatrist and author of 8 Weeks to Vibrant Health
and Natural Highs
; MeMe Roth, founder and president of the National
Action Against Obesity
; Dr. Nancy
Appleton, author of Lick the Sugar Habit;
 Dr. Woody Merrell, author of
Your Natural Energy
; Dr. Fred
Pescatore, author of The Hamptons Diet;
Amy Kalafa, co-founder
of “Two Angry Moms,” which is dedicated to cleaning up the school food environment;
 Susan Linn (?), director of Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood;
 Dr. Yvonne Sanders Butler, principal of
Browns Mill Elementary School in Lithonia, Georgia; the first sugar-free school
in the country; Roberta Ruggiero,
founder of the Hypoglycemia Support Foundation;; Dr. Larry McCleary, author of The Brain Trust  Program; Dr. Roberta Lee, vice chair of
the Department of Integrative Medicine at Beth Israel's Center for Health and Healing in New York City; the “Nutrition Twins” Tammy Lakatos Shames and
Elysse ("Lyssie") Lakatos, authors of Fire Up Your Metabolism;
and integrative medicine practitioner Steven J. Bock, M.D.

In addition, several
happy, successful “Sugar Kickers” will participate, including popular low-carb
blogger Jimmy Moore, who lost 180 pounds, mostly by cutting out sugar and
refined or starchy carbs, and Amanda Lerner, who shed 25 pounds and got more
energy, clearer skin, increased focus, creativity and a profound feeling of
freedom. In addition, her cravings, depression, eczema, candida and fainting spells

Then from 12 noon Friday to 11:59 Saturday, we'll conduct a supportfest on Twitter. If you don't have an account yet, just sign up at Twitter and then start following @TwitAsYouQuit.

Frustrated right now? Want support this minute? Get going now by becoming a member of my free online Kicksugar discussion group.

Remember, if you have sugar issues, this Sugar Shock Blog is your place to get news updates, information about upcoming programs and much more.

Sign up now for the Great Worldwide Sugar-Out Challenge.

Memory Woes? Sharpen Your Mind, Stop ADD & Defeat Depression… Learn How & Ask Your Questions Tuesday

Are we all destined to lose our minds? Will you all have failing memories? Will we become depressed, anxious and tired much the time?

No way!

But then why does there seem to be an epidemic of people with mood problems such as depression and irritability; attention and behavior problems such as ADD/ADHD and autism; and aging problems such as dementia, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's?

Because people have "broken brains," according to three-time New York Times bestselling author Dr. Mark Hyman, a pioneer in the cutting-edge field of functional medicine.

But there's a way out, claims Dr. Hyman in his fascinating new book, The UltraMind Solution:  The Simple Plan to Defeat Depression, Overcome Anxiety and Sharpen Your Mind.

In fact, you can use Dr. Hyman's simple 7-step solution right now to "unleash your body's hidden ability to dramatically improve mood, memory and thinking speed," according to “Oprah” regular Dr. Mehmet Oz, who endorsed this exciting new book.

I was so fascinated by what I read in The UltraMind Solution that I had to post a quick item about it.

In addition, I rushed to book Dr. Hyman on my Gab With the Gurus Radio Show so you could learn about this amazing solution.

Catch Dr. Hyman Tuesday, Jan. 6 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern. (You can listen live or later.)

You have a rare treat. For the last third of the show, you can ask Dr. Hyman questions about how to get an "UltraMind." Just reach us at the show call-in number: (347) 426-3366.

You’ll be really surprised at how simple, yet powerful the solution is to getting an “UltraMind.”

Dr. Hyman says that the seemingly separate problems you may have with your brain — poor memory, lack of focus, anxiety, etc. — and even your chronic problems such as depression, autism, Alzheimer's, dementia, ADD/ADHD and more — are really all the SAME problem.

But the solution to resolving your broken brain isn't found in your head. It's found in your BODY — in the core underlying biology that runs every cell, organ and system you have.

By fixing your body FIRST, you’ll awaken your body's natural intelligence, allowing it to heal your brain automatically…all by fixing the imbalances in the 7 core biological systems at the root of health and most diseases.

You can learn more about how to get an “UltraMind” by visiting this special website.

As I was reading The UltraMind Solution, I was fascinated by the case studies, such as that of Jackie, a 40-year-old, type-A, high-achieving lawyer who was at the top of her class in high school and college and who suddenly lost her short-term memory, developed a deep depression and gained 30 pounds.

Dr. Mark Hyman 2908263 After seeing Dr. Hyman and going on The UltraMind Solution, Jackie came out of her brain fog, began to reconnect with life, experienced a tremendous lift in energy and even lost the 30 extra pounds she’d put on after college. Pretty amazing, right?

I also read about a little boy, Jackson, who was diagnosed with autism. He had been developing completely normally until the age of 2, when he suddenly began losing his verbal skills. Within 3 months, Jackson completely lost his speech, became extremely irritable, threw terrible tantrums and eventually completely disconnected socially from his family.

But, after Jackson’s parents took him to see Dr. Hyman and he went on the same program found in The UltraMind Solution, his tantrums stopped almost immediately, his focus improved and he began building up his verbal skills! Now Jackson is talkative again and once again part of his family. Isn’t that remarkable and exciting?

UltraMind Solution C_1416549714 Dr. Hyman's groundbreaking approach in The UltraMind Solution shows us that that there IS hope…

…Hope for our children with ADD, autism and Asperger's.

…Hope for kids who have problems concentrating, staying focused and controlling their behavior…

…Hope for our aging parents, who are suffering from dementia, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's and whose lives are quietly slipping away.

…Hope for those of us who suffer from depression, anxiety and brain fog.

…Hope for those of us who have problems remembering things and dealing with stress and mood swings…

And this is all validated by more than 400 scientific references and dozens of case studies like the ones I've listed.

Fortunately, Dr. Hyman is making this program available to you right now after having tested and refined this approach while serving as co-medical director at Canyon Ranch for 10 years and while working in private medical practice in Lenox, Mass.

In fact, you may have seen Dr. Hyman on the “Today Show,” “Good Morning America” or on public television discussing his groundbreaking solution.

This is the same solution that he personally used to help cure himself of chronic fatigue syndrome more than a decade ago… Dr. Hyman was, in essence, his own guinea pig –- he had no other choice.

You can find out much more about The UltraMind Solution and which of the 7 of your own biological systems may be out of balance, by going to this special website now.

Some of the interesting things you'll discover and be able to put to immediate use are:

  • How to increase your body's own natural flypaper-like sticky substance to gobble up and eliminate toxins that are dulling your mind…
  • What substance you eat every day that literally hardens and encrusts your brain, slowing your thinking and causing mood swings…
  • How two of the most powerful natural chemicals in your body, when out of balance, can send your brain into a thick fog (and make it harder to fit into your jeans)…
  • Why this one natural supplement can often defeat depression far more effectively than can any drug…
  • How a dangerous food to which you may be allergic can set your brain on fire with inflammation and destroy brain cells…
  • How this one activity you may do every day literally shrinks your brain and how you can learn a simple technique to prevent this from happening…
  • How to go on a simple 6-week brain-boosting program to cleanse, heal and strengthen your brain, leading to an UltraMind…

I sincerely hope that you get as much out of this engaging new book as I have.

And I hope you find your own path to an UltraMind — one that's calm, confident and happy and leaves you capable of fully enjoying all of the wonderful things that life has to offer.

Remember, Dr. Mark Hyman will explain his fascinating UltraMind solution on Tuesday, Jan. 6 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern on my Gab With the Gurus Radio Show. Just listen live or later, at your convenience, at And make sure to call us with your questions.

You’ll be absolutely amazed when learning about the success that some people had after going on Dr. Hyman’s program, but after reading case study after case study, it will all make sense to you.

One of the most powerful examples is George, a 70-year-old man who suffered from dementia. He wasn't allowed to play with his grandchildren, and he couldn't manage his business anymore.

But after going on “The UltraMind Solution,” he began managing his business again and playing with his grandchildren. He could even sing in the shower and remember the words to all of his favorite songs! Better yet, he didn’t have the “dementia” diagnosis anymore! Isn’t that remarkable?

Learn more now. Just watch Dr. Hyman describe some of these powerful case studies in clips from his upcoming PBS special on “The UltraMind Solution.” 

Wishing You a Sweet & Happy New Year. Take the Great Worldwide Sugar-Out Challenge

New Year's resolutions ist2_2024989-new-year-s-resolutions-dieting To all of you wonderful readers,

I just wanted to take this opportunity to wish you a very sweet, happy new year.

In addition, I invite you to listen to this brief new year's greetings and announcement to get your invite to take the Great Worldwide Sugar-Out Challenge along with thousands of people around the globe.

By this, I mean that as your New Year's resolution, you're encouraged to either kick sugar and other sweets entirely or at least cut back on your consumption of the stuff for the month of January. (And I'm also including refined carbs.) 

Nancy Appleton You can learn more about the Great Worldwide Sugar-Out Challenge on Friday, Jan. 16 at 12 noon Eastern on my Gab With the Gurus Radio Show, when I'm joined by several other sugar opponents and authors, including Dr. Nancy Appleton, author of Lick the Sugar Habit, and Dr. Scott Olson, author of the new book, Sugarettes

FYI, those of you you who've read my book SUGAR SHOCK! know that I issued a 21-day challenge in the book. In fact, in the past two years, I've heard heard from thousands of happy readers who took me up on it and found their life completely transformed by kicking sugar.

But I've never officially announced such a challenge even though it was on my list of things to do. Now that we're making New Year's resolutions, I have to admit that even though it was a priority item, I just never got around to completing this goal.  

Drscott Olson nd Because I always believe in giving people credit when it's due, I need to give thanks to Dr. Olson, a Colorado-based naturopath, whose challenge I chanced upon last week, thanks to Google alerts.

I was so impressed by Scott's passion and commitment to helping people give up sugar for a better life that I decided to join him in his challenge.

Even better, I invited him to join me in a special radio show with several of us sugar experts and a Worldwide Sugar-Out Challenge. (Collaboration is so much better than doing things on your own all the time!)

So join us! By the way, you don't even have to turn your back on sugar yet. Just join us on the Gab With The Gurus Radio Show on Friday, Jan. 16 at noon Eastern (or later, at your convenience) to learn why your life will be much better and healthier without sweets and refined carbs.


Also stay tuned for other exciting Gab With the Gurus Radio Shows. Hope you can join us for the first two radio shows of 2009:

In addition, I'd like to invite you to join me at the 11-part Thrive (Don't Just Survive) in 2009 program, which will begin Wed., Jan. 7 at 5:30 p.m. Eastern. You'll get a chance to be inspired, educated and encouraged by a Who's Who of health, wellness and empowerment experts. Here's the schedule for the groundbreaking teleseminar/webinar series:

Session 1: Wed., Jan. 7, 2009 — 5:30 pm Eastern
How to Lose W*eight In the New Year
With Jonny Bowden, Ph.D.,
Famous Nutrition & Weight-Loss Expert

Session 2: Wed., Jan. 14, 2009 — 5:30 p.m. Eastern
Fitness Secrets To Tone Up for the New Year
With Kevin Gianni, CPT, One of America's Top Fitness Experts

Session 3:   Wed., Jan. 21 – 5:30 Eastern
Toss the Toxins & Get Healthy in the New Year
With Famed Nutrition & Fitness Expert J.J. Virgin, Ph.D.

Session 4:  Wed., Jan. 28 – 5:30 pm Eastern
How to Tap Away Your Stresses In the New Year
With Rick Wilkes, LMT, EFT-ADV, Emotional Freedom Coach & EFT Pain Relief Specialist

Session 5: Feb. 4 at 5:30 pm Eastern
How to Tame Your Stressed-Out Tiger Nature
With Stress-Management Expert & Integrative Physician Jill R. Baron, M.D.

Session 6: Feb. 11 at 5:30 pm Eastern
Five Healthy Habits to Turn Your Life Around
With "Health Ranger" Mike Adams, editor of

Session 7: Feb 18 at 5:30 pm Eastern
How To Grow Your Soul & Become Spiritually Fit
With Canyon Ranch Spiritual Director Jonathan Ellerby, Ph.D.

Session 8: Feb. 25 at 5:30 pm Eastern
Look & Feel Younger By Giving Sugar the Boot in the New Year
With Connie Bennett, C.H.H.C., Certified Health Counselor, Life Coach & Author of SUGAR SHOCK! (That's yours truly. : ] )

Session 9: Wed., March 4 at 5:30 p.m. Eastern
Hypnotize Your Way to Weight Loss
With Acclaimed Hypnotherapist Jim Katsoulis

Session 10: Wed., March 11 at 5:30 p.m. Eastern
Superfoods to Rev You Up & Heal You
With Renowned Expert (TBA)

Session 11: Date and time TBA
Secrets to Shed Your Clutter & Make Way for Fun, Joy & More
With "FlyLady" Marla Cilley, Founder of FlyLady on Yahoo & Bestselling Author of Sink Reflections and co-author of Body Clutter

Again, a sweet and happy new year to all of you.


Just a quick reminder. I just started a Gab With the Gurus Radio Blog, where you can get updates about all upcoming radio shows.

Tired of Being Tired, Overweight, Stressed Out, Moody, Empty, Disorganized & Hooked on Sugar? Learn How to Thrive (Don’t Just Survive) in 2009! Eleven Renowned Experts Tell You How in Life-Changing Program

Now that the year is coming to a close, it's time to finally begin to confront those demons that sabotage you and find ways to change your life for the better.

For instance:

  • Are you fed up with lugging around extra weight?
  • Are you tired of being unfit and getting out of breath walking up stairs or even being on the treadmill for 2 minutes?
  • Have you had enough of being stressed out? 
  • Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? (In other words, are you wiped out much of the time? And do you need energy now?)
  • Are you angry at yourself that you're a slave to your sugar habit?
  • Do you feel empty and unfulfilled, and does your life lack meaning?
  • Do you wish you had simple tips and techniques (like EFT or hypnosis) to lose weight, win out over cravings, conquer stress, etc?
  • Are you worried about money and just don't know how to calm down your fears?
  • Are you overwhelmed by clutter and disorganization and long to take charge and be focused?
  • Are you concerned about how you'll survive in 2009?
  • Do you feel hopeless because this battle with your weight battle has gone on for years?

Fret not! Help is here You can learn to Thrive (Not Just Survive) in 2009!

Because of hearing all of the above complaints, I've put together a life-changing program with 11 of the most amazing, internationally recognized experts, who will help you deal with all of the above… and much more!

Starting Wed., Jan. 7, you can learn via teleseminar or webinar — how to Thrive (Not Just Survive) in 2009!

In your Thrive (Don't Just Survive) in 2009 program:

  • You'll get easy-to apply tools, tips and tactics to help you peel off the po*unds. 
  • You'll learn simple techniques to help you calmly rise above annoying obstacles that cross your path. 
  • You'll learn secrets to becoming fit without over having to over exercise. 
  • You'll get simple techniques to rise above your stress. 
  • You'll learn how to get meaning in your life and bring a spirituality to it. 
  • You'll get secrets to becoming energetic, focused and calm. 
  • You'll find out about superfoods so you feel good and heal. 
  • You'll get tried-and-true tactics to use when temptation tries (it seems) to overcomes you. 
  • You'll get valuable information on how to release toxins that make you tired, mooody and unfocused. 
  • You'll learn how clearing your clutter will open up space in your life for wonderful things and people. 
  • And much, much more.

Get details now here at

As my new year's gift to you, I've decided to make this remarkable program affordable for each and every one of you! How?

Well, for the first 24 hours, you can listen live for F*REE via teleseminar or webinar — or to an audio replay. (Please note that admission is limited for the teleseminar. There's only room for 200, but thousands can listen via the Web.

Then, the information you'll get is so amazing that you're encouraged to get audio replays, which are priced for a mere $39 for all 11 programs.

That's an absolute steal, which amounts to only an unheard-of $3.55 per teleseminar/webinar.


Many people told me I'm absolutely crazy to offer 11 programs for such an absurdly low price — other wellness experts offer programs for about $99, $179 and up — but I want to make this great information accessible to ALL of you so you all can Thrive (Not Just Survive) in 2009.


So what are you waiting for? Get details now on how to Thrive (Don't Just Survive) in 2009 at

I look forward to having you join us, beginning Jan. 7.

Now, here's the exciting schedule for your groundbreaking 11-part series:

Session 1: Wed., Jan. 7, 2009 — 5:30 pm Eastern
How to Lose W*eight In the New Year
With Jonny Bowden, Ph.D.,
Famous Nutrition & Weight-Loss Expert

Session 2: Wed., Jan. 14, 2009 — 5:30 p.m. Eastern
Fitness Secrets To Tone Up for the New Year
With Kevin Gianni, CPT, One of America's Top Fitness Experts

Session 3:   Wed., Jan. 21 – 5:30 Eastern
Toss the Toxins & Get Healthy in the New Year
With Famed Nutrition & Fitness Expert J.J. Virgin, Ph.D.

Session 4:  Wed., Jan. 28 – 5:30 pm Eastern
How to Tap Away Your Stresses In the New Year
With Rick Wilkes, LMT, EFT-ADV, Emotional Freedom Coach & EFT Pain Relief Specialist

Session 5: Feb. 4 at 5:30 pm Eastern
How to Tame Your Stressed-Out Tiger Nature
With Stress-Management Expert & Integrative Physician Jill R. Baron, M.D.

Session 6: Feb. 11 at 5:30 pm Eastern
Five Healthy Habits to Turn Your Life Around
With "Health Ranger" Mike Adams, editor of

Session 7: Feb 18 at 5:30 pm Eastern
How To Grow Your Soul & Become Spiritually Fit
With Canyon Ranch Spiritual Director Jonathan Ellerby, Ph.D.

Session 8: Feb. 25 at 5:30 pm Eastern
Look & Feel Younger By Giving Sugar the Boot in the New Year
With Connie Bennett, C.H.H.C., Certified Health Counselor, Life Coach & Author of SUGAR SHOCK! (That's yours truly. : ] )

Session 9: Wed., March 4 at 5:30 p.m. Eastern
Hypnotize Your Way to Weight Loss
With Acclaimed Hypnotherapist Jim Katsoulis

Session 10: Wed., March 11 at 5:30 p.m. Eastern
Superfoods to Rev You Up & Heal You
With Renowned Expert (TBA)

Session 11: Date and time TBA
Secrets to Shed Your Clutter & Make Way for Fun, Joy & More
With "FlyLady" Marla Cilley, Founder of FlyLady on Yahoo & Bestselling Author of Sink Reflections and co-author of Body Clutter

More Bonuses, Too: Since January is the time when people want to kick sugar, break bad habits and learn new, life-changing info, I'm also offering two other events early in the month in addition to the first Thrive (Don't Just Survive) in 2009 program on Wed., Jan.7.

Join us for two bonus programs then, both fr*ee. One is on Tues., Jan. 6 and another is on Thurs., Jan. 8, both at 3 p.m. Eastern.

On Tues., Jan. 6, you'll get to spend 1 hour listening to the respected, bestselling author Dr. Mark

Hyman, author of the new book, The UltraMind Solution: Fix Your Broken Brain by Healing Your Body First.. You'll even have a chance to ask him questions. This all takes place on my Gab With the Gurus Radio Show on Blog Talk Radio. Just listen live or later at Just call (347) 426-3366.


Then, as noted above, Wed., Jan. 7, you're invited to join us in Session 1 of 10 of the Thrive (Don't Just Survive) in 2009 program. Just sign up here.


And Thurs., Jan. 9, you can join us for The Great Worldwide Sugar-Out Challenge. My guests will include Dr. Scott Olson, author of Sugarettes. This is also on my radio show. Just listen live or later to this exciting program at


See you soon, and I look forward to helping you to have a happy, healthy new year!

High Fructose Corn Syrup Can Harm You, Like Sugar

I continue to be alarmed by the onslaught of so-called "information," which suggests that high-fructose corn syrup is not responsible for obesity and that it's not as bad as sugar.

In fact, I'm worried by the idea that "the tide of research, if not public opinion, has shifted," as Elizabeth Weise suggests in a USA Today article, "New data: High-fructose corn syrup no worse than sugar."

The sugar fix51YNjNa1dgL__BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA240_SH20_OU01_ Get the truth, please, about the potential harms of high-fructose corn syrup, which you can learn from my two recent Gab With the Gurus Radio Shows — including this radio show, which featured several experts, and this radio show (listen to the last 15 minutes), which presented another well known expert, Dr. Richard Johnson, author of The Sugar Fix: The High Fructose Fallout That Is Making You Fat and Sick.

If you dig even a little bit into this subject, you'll find that the average American does NOT consume moderate amounts of high-fructose corn syrup. If you're eating or drinking prepared, processed or fast foods — which is what most Americans do — you're taking in high amounts of the stuff. And all that HFCS can lead to numerous health problems, including heart disease, cancer, obesity and much more. (For that matter, too much sugar (or sucrose) is dangerous, too, as I reveal in my book SUGAR SHOCK!)

It's understandable that USA Today's reporter would come to the conclusion that HFCS is "no worse" than sugar since its article came out after the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition published five articles, which were part of a December supplement, "High-Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS): Everything You Wanted to Know, but Were Afraid to Ask."

[Thankfully, USA Today reporter Elizabeth Weise does point out that according to endocrinologist Peter Havel, Ph.D. (who wrote one of the new papers), if you consume high levels of fructose — whether from high-fructose corn syrup or from table sugar — you'll get increased triglycerides (fat) in the bloodstream, and that could be a risk factor for cardiovascular disease.]

But the all-important question is this: Can we really believe the findings of these five studies, which were presented on April 30, 2007 in Washington, D.C. at the American Society for Nutrition Public Information Committee symposium for 2007, titled "High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS): Everything You Wanted to Know, But Were Afraid to Ask"?

For instance, how can we trust findings research about high-fructose corn syrup that's paid for by a company using HFCS? Take for example, this study, "High-fructose corn syrup, energy intake, and appetite regulation," that was supported by PepisoCo North America. Of course, PepsiCo, in turn, uses huge quantities of high fructose corn syrup to put into its sodas.

And should we believe results of this study, "Straight talk about high-fructose corn syrup: what it is and what it ain't," which was supported by the American Society of Nutrition?

You see, the American Society for Nutrition invites members of the industry to be involved with the organization.

In fact, American Society for Nutrition's Sustaining Members include companies that regularly use high fructose corn syrup, sugar or artificial sweeteners — Cadbury Schweppes; Campbell Soup Company, Global Nutrition & Research; ConAgra Foods, Inc.; Kellogg Company; Kraft Foods; Mars, Inc.; McNeil Nutritionals; Monsanto Company; National Dairy Council; Nestle Nutrition Institute of Nestle USA; PepsiCo; The Sugar Association, Inc.; and Unilever Bestfoods.

FYI, I'll write more later about these new high-fructose corn syrup studies. Look for a future post — I can't spend much more time on this now, because I'm still settling into my new place, getting organized and preparing for the holidays.

High Fructose Corn Syrup: Dig Deeper Before Believing the New Corn Lobby Ads & Consuming the Stuff

Have you seen any of the TV spots, print and online banner ads that seek to convince us that high fructose corn syrup is fun to consume?

Before you believe the many new ads from the Corn Refiners Association – which is spending a reported $20 million to $30 million to convince us of its safety — I urge you to get facts from my recent Gab With The Gurus Radio Show, where I had the following guests:

Before, during or after you listen to the Gab With the Gurus Radio Show about high fructose corn syrup, I recommend that you:

Remember, you can listen at any time to the Gab  With the Gurus Radio Show about high fructose corn syrup.

TV Ads Make Kids Fatter: Ban Those Junk Food Ads Targeted at Children

Fat boy fattv2404_468x312 Parents have been complaining about this for years, but now a study confirms that watching too much TV can make kids fat.

But, specifically, watching those food commercials for junk aimed at them that makes them wider. Not only that, but if there was a ban on fast food TV advertising, you'd see a big move to reverse childhood obesity trends, according to a new study from researchers from the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). 

In fact, just getting rid of those enticing TV spots for fast food could lead to 18 percent fewer overweight kids aged 3 to 11 and it would reduce the number of overweight adolescents ages 12 to 18 by 14 percent.

Of course, this study, published in this month in the Journal of Law and Economics, certainly adds to the ongoing debate in the food industry about whether or not child-directed food and beverage advertising should be allowed.

So why don't the government step in and do something about this? President-Elect Obama, are you listening?

Thanks to Food Navigator for tipping me off to this study.

Check out the Seattle Post Intelligencer story, too.

High Fructose Corn Syrup: Should You Believe These New Ads? Get the Truth on Nov. 18

Do you believe these new ads about high fructose corn syrup, which seek to convince you that it's OK to consume in moderation? Please, don't be duped!

All Americans — especially those of you who regularly consume processed, packaged and jarred foods — need to woken up by a sour surprise, not a "sweet surprise," as the Corn Refiners Association is trying to have you believe, with its reported $20 million to $30 million ad campaign.

If you haven't seen the three TV spots yet, see them here: "Party," "Two Bites" and "Brothers."

Get the sour surprise about America's most popular sweetener on Nov. 18 on my Gab With The Gurus Radio Show, when several experts will give you their take on the alleged "facts" presented in the campaign.

My guests will be:

In the meantime, see the 3 Minute Ad Age news story, A Sour View of Corn Refiners' Sweetener Ads, for which I was interviewed.

And check out my previous comments here about the new high fructose corn syrup ads here.

Kids Who Sleep More Weigh Less & Perform Better Enough Sleep?

Parents, are your kids getting enough shut eye?

If your young ones dose off enough, they may be able to ward off obesity and even do well in school.

Indeed, recent studies reveal that insufficient sleep can lead to obesity, poor eating habits, not enough execise and poor academic performance.

In fact, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) urges adolescents to get about nine hours of sleep so they can reach their full potential in both school and their personal lives.

“Getting the proper quantity and quality of sleep is just as important as the proper diet in allowing your child to function their best,” said AASM spokesperson William C. Kohler, MD, of the Florida Sleep Institute. “Sleep problems can lead to difficulty in behavior and academic performance.”

But parents, if your kids don’t get enough sleep time, they’re at increased risk of depression, obesity, cardiovascular disease and diabetes. If smoothly falling asleep is an issue for your children, then you may want to consider buying a more comfortable mattress. If so, you might want to look at these discounts on Bear Mattress. But comfortability is just one of the issues that come with struggling to fall asleep.

Plus, they may become moody and irritable, have reduced memory functioning, delayed reaction time and a lack of motivation.