My apologies for not writing for a while, my priorities have been focused on expanding nuegreen.com. BUT…
Sometimes you hear something that forces you to speak out. This morning in Dallas, it was the news loop that kept running about a local college football coach that had come back from a quadruple bypass. The news said he had led a healthy lifestyle and he attributed his condition to a family history of heart disease. I was very glad for his successful outcome. He even gave out a good message about listening to your warning signs and not to put off going to the doctor to have them checked out. Now, without knowing his family’s health history, I cannot say for certain that he has a genetic predisposition, but what too many people believe is that heart disease, like obesity, is out of their control. I was a little saddened for all those who struggle daily, that this again was the message being promoted through the media. The great news is the media has it wrong. It is not out of your control. Genetics may be a precursor, but it is not your fate.
But the story went on with the coach attributing exercise for his fast recovery. Well, I thought maybe he should attribute a little to the doctors who opened up all the major arteries around his heart which allowed his blood to flow properly. It is a common statement among patients to say that they have not had this much energy in years.
What finally got me was the last and most resonating statement that everyone should exercise more. He said that, “obesity is a large problem in America and more people should get active, stop playing video games and they would lose weight. Then I felt really sad. There again is that incorrect message – exercise can combat calories and induce weight loss. Let me just say, again – WRONG!
YOU CANNOT EXERCISE IT ALL AWAY
Where do I start? Oh, STOP EATING SUGAR! Just, ONE can of soda or sugary drink with 44 grams of sugar has 1.5 times the suggested daily allotment. It’s worse if you are a women and doubles again for a child. But you probably don’t know that because the Sugar Industry in America has fought to keep the percentage number off the nutritional labels. That is right! Go Look! Check your Cereal box, your bread, your salad dressing, your Coke can, your Gatorade.
How are you supposed to know how much sugar is too much?
It’s the big secret the food industry does not want you to know!
Men: 150 calories per day (37.5 grams or 9 teaspoons).
Women: 100 calories per day (25 grams or 6 teaspoons).
Children 4-8: 48 calories per day (12 grams or 3 teaspoons).
Teens: 80 calories per day (20 grams or 5 teaspoons).
(The one soft drink alone is above your limit with 11 teaspoons of sugar.) I bet if you added your daily sugar intake you be shocked. Average Adults consumes 22 teaspoons or 88 grams of added sugar and the average child consumes 32 teaspoons of added sugar. Forbes. The sad truth is we are hurting our children by giving them over 10 times the amount of sugar they should have.
A good source of information is the Movie FED UP . I wanted to see it when it came out in the theaters, but it was in very few cities and I could not find show times when it was to be in Dallas. (It was not for the lack of looking). Go to: www.fedupmovie.com released September 9, 2014 on video
Note: This film addresses the issue of sugar and obesity on the most basic, basic, did I say basic level? My seven year old son gets it. Still, it is loaded with some alarming facts. One of which… is to what extent the food giants and the sugar industry have gone to cover up just how bad sugar is harming you. Also, how the Sugar Industry used extortion tactics to bully the World Health Organization (WHO), from lowering their recommend level, for the consumption of sugar.
I wanted to see it because it has all the leading medical doctors that I have been quoting on the subject of over consumption of sugar and disease, for the past few years. Among a few are (Robert H Lustig MD, Neuroendocrinologist – Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology at University of California, San Francisco, and Director of the Weight Assessment for Teen and Child Health (WATCH) Program at UCSF); (Mark Hyman MD (Chairman of the Institute for Functional Medicine awarded its 2009 Linus Pauling Award for Leadership in Functional Medicine& currently medical editor at the Huffington Post); David S. Ludwig, MD, PhD (pediatrician & endocrinologist at Children’s Hospital, Boston. Holds the position of Professor in Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and Professor in Nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health.); are just a few of many of the highest qualified people who speak out. All of who will state that:
THERE ARE NOT ENOUGH HOURS IN A DAY TO……
Let’s do the math: 1 gram of sugar equals 4 calories. Walking a 20 minute mile will burn around 58 calories (burning 14.5 grams). I say walk, because a 400 pound child cannot and should not run the mile. An average child is consuming 128 grams of sugar and the more severely obese consume twice that amount. There are not enough hours in the day to ever burn, “through exercise” just the added sugars being consumed.
JUST TELLING KIDS TO BE ACTIVE IS NOT GOING TO HELP THEM!
They need education about diet and nutrition and school’s to take back their food programs from the big food companies who are feeding our future generation sugar loaded garbage. Aerobic Exercise is very important in the growth of new neurons in the brain. It is most important to help protect these kids from brain disorders like Dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, depression and schizophrenia later in life. Once they become diabetic, their risk can increase more than 200 percent for getting these disorders. It is the inflammation caused by sugar that does the damage to our organs. Glycation will occur when blood sugar is elevated. Sugar interferes and bonds with proteins that are need by organs such as the brain. In turn, those damaged protein attach to the neurons. Your body recognizes something is wrong and sends out an immune response. (inflammation) Please read Dr. David Perlmutter’s Grain Brain and Dr. Robert H Lustig’s; Fat Chance – Beating the Odds Against Sugar and watch his video The bitter truth about Sugar to understand the full scope of this epidemic.
When I heard the coach say for people to stop sitting around and eating. I obviously knew he does not understand that this is the effect of the disease. Sugar, and the inflammation that follows, highjacks the hormones and robs you of energy while at the same time inhibits the production of chemicals which tells the brain to turn off the hunger sensation. Not to mention insulin resistance. Also, their microbiome has been hijacked due to the over consumption of sugar. The balance of good and bad bacteria in their guts is completely out of balance which creates a cascading and devastating series of heath issues.
Have you heard the term Skinny – Fat? The Huffington Post is one of many articles quoting studies.
- 68 percent of the American population is overweight.
- One-third of kids are overweight or obese in America.
- If you are a skinny fat person and get diagnosed with diabetes, you have twice the risk of death.
- Almost 4 out of 10 normal-weight kids are pre-diabetic.
- Only about 20 percent of children in America are healthy.
- 8 out of 10 children in America are overweight or have pre-diabetes or Type 2 diabetes.
Too often people think they are healthy because they look fit. GET YOUR (RESTED) INSULIN LEVEL CHECKED. Doctors always have you fast the night before and then measure for blood sugar. Wrong test. Get measured for your RESTED insulin. That tells you how hard your Pancreas is working. The Pancreas is what produces insulin, regulates blood sugar and can compensate for high blood sugar. Thus a false assumption may be made from the result. Overworking the Pancreas is a not a good thing. Also, read up on Insulin Resistance, it not only shuts down your muscles, but impedes brain function. While you are at the doctor, get tested for Gluten Allergies, too.
A little over one year ago, while reading Dr. Perlmutter’s – Brain Grain, I decided to go Gluten Free. I was already on a low carb eater, but once I cut out Gluten, my life long battle with Dyslexia disappeared in under two weeks. More to come about my Gluten epiphany. Thank you Dr. Perlmutter for helping me understand that the proteins that react to Gluten are different for everyone. I then spent a lot of time trying to come up with good gluten free options for things like cakes and pizza crusts. But I quickly learned that these flours are even higher on the Glycemic Index. About three month after that I read Dr. William Davis’s second book, Wheat Belly, Total Heath. This helped connect the dots that GRAINS are the true culprit. In the year since I have manged to lose almost all my visceral (belly and kidney) fat, by going grain free. Once off grains I found little hunger cravings and general overall sense of well being was heightened.
Also, read Dr. David Perlmutter’s – Brain Maker. It compiles noted research data from the past 20 years, and illustrates just how powerful the effect of gut bacteria has on your overall health.
A special thanks to: FED UP experts: Kelly D. Brownell, Ph.D; Pres. Bill Clinton; Senator Tom Harkin; Dr. Mark Hyman; Dr. David Kessler; Risa Lavizzo-Mourey; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; Dr. Robert Lustig; Michael Pollan; Margo Wootan; Michele Simon, JD, MPH, Eat Drink Politics; Katie Couric & Laurie David
Also, !!!!! : for making all my points