SUGAR: The Sweetest Poison" by Helen Cannington
We received this dynamic article and feel it is so important for all of Yahweh's people to know about. This is a double-witness to what Yahweh and our Founders, Dr. Joseph Jeffers and Dr. Helene Jeffers, have warned about for over 65 years! We are reminded of the numerous road trips we would take with Dr. Jeffers, during his many lecture and media tours. Every time he would stop in a restaurant to eat, when the waitress would come to his table, he would pick up the jar of white sugar and then he would exclaim in his booming voice so every person in the room could hear him, "This white sugar is the cause of cancer, diabetes, obesity, arthritis, teeth and insanity!"
Quoting Helen Cami of Australia, in "New Dawn." "SUGAR: The Sweetest Poison: Pure white, deliciously sweet and nutritionally useless. Sugar in the morning, sugar in the evening, sugar at supper time. As a chemical, sugar is poison for the body and the cause behind numerous ailments. We're addicted to its taste and find it irresistible to avoid.
"As we pass through the supermarket aisles perpetuating another generation of dental decay, obesity, weakened bones, diabetes, hyperactivity, emoti onal imbalance and dysfunctional immune systems, we must ask ourselves the compelling question of why we consume sugar, and especially, why we give sugar to children.
"In Australia we eat about 65 kilograms of the stuff a year or 35 teaspoons a day. And it's in everything -chicken soup, pickles, pork and beans, peanut butter, bread, macaroni and cheese, sauce, mustard and relish, jam, yogurt, canned fruit and vegetables, salad dressing, not to mention the endless list of desserts, jam packed and stuffed to cap acity with sugar.
"The white crystalline substance we know of as sugar is an unnatural substance produced by industrial processes (mostly from sugar cane or sugar beets) by refining it down to pure sucrose, after stripping away all the vitamins, minerals, p roteins, enzymes and other beneficial nutrients.
"What is left is more like a drug than food, a concentrated unnatural substance which the human body is not able to handle, at least not in anywhere near the quantities now ingested in today's accepted lifestyles. It quickly passes through the stomach wall causing blood sugar levels to rise, then plummet. First, the blood sugar level skyrockets and causes the pancreas to secrete insulin to compensate for the excess blood sugar. Afterward, the blood sugar lev el drops below normal. This state has been coined the sugar blues. The downside of the sugar blues is a state of depression, lethargy and inactivity.
"The biggest reason sugar does more damage than any other poison drug or narcotic is twofold: (a) It is considered a 'food' and ingested in such massive quantities, and (1)The dangerous effects begin early, from the day a baby is born and is fed sugar in its formula. Even mother's milk is contaminated with it if the mother eats sugar, and (c) Practically 9 5% of people are addicted to it to some degree or other....
"HISTORY OF SUGAR: whereas sugar has been around in minute quantities for several thousand years, it was practically unknown and formed an insignificant part of the average diet in the Classical civilizations of Egypt, Greece and Rome. The Greeks (who had a word for nearly everything) did not even have a word for it. Even in medieval Europe it was practically unknown and then only a rare delicacy in the royal courts.
"During the last major Crusade that ended in 1204, some of the Christian Crusaders were introduced to sugar used by the Saracens. The Moors when invading and colonizing the southern part of Spain grew sugar cane on Spanish soil and refined sugar. When Spain drove out the Moors, it inherit ed some of the cane plantations. It was during this time that Christendom took its first big bite of the forbidden fruit and liked it.
"AN UNNATURAL CHEMICAL: Why is sugar so devastating to our health? Sugar is pure chemical and (like heroin) through refini ng has been stripped of all the natural food nutrition it originally had in the plant itself. Heroin and sugar are arrived at by very similar processes of refinement In producing heroin, the opium is first extracted from the poppy. The opium is then refin ed into morphine. The chemists then work on the morphine and later refine it into heroin. This discovery, they proclaimed, was a wonderful new non-addictive pain-killer. So they said.
"Similarly, sugar is first pressed as a juice from the cane (or beet) and refined into molasses. Then it is refined into brown sugar, and finally into strange white crystals C12H220, which is an alien chemical to the human system.
"A second reason why sugar harms is its addictiveness. Starting with sugar in the baby formula, people not only develop a strong taste for sugar but an insatiable craving that never recedes.
"A third reason is the slow and insidious damage caused by sugar.
"A fourth reason is the outrageous amounts of sugar consumed by countries like Australia and the United States. Westerners in particular are told how they are the best fed and best nourished people on the face of the Earth. If we are talking about processed junk food - this is true.
"If you examine the 'foods' in any supermarket more closely and start reading the labels, you will find just about everything contains sugar. Most of the foods are loaded with it - from cereals, to soups, to sauces, to sausages. Even flue-cured tobacco can contain as much as 20% sugar by weight. Some cereals are as much as sugar~
"DAMAGE TO THE BODY: Sugar plays a role in the cause of many modern illnesses and disorders. Most people already sepect its effect on children and adults who exhibit disruptive behavior and suffer leaning disorders.
"We have stated sugar is deleterious to your health and it is a long term chemical poison. Just what damage does sugar do to the human body? The list is endless.
"*By far the leading cause of dental deterioration -cavities in teeth, bleeding bums, failure of bone structure, and loss of teeth.
"*The main cause of diabetes, hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia L Sir Frederick Banting, the co-discoverer of insulin, noticed in 1929 in Panama that, among sugar plantation owners who ate large amounts of the refined stuff,. diabetes was common. Among native cane-cutters, who only got to che w the raw cane, he saw no diabetes.
"*R is either a significant or contributory cause of heart disease, arteriosclerosis, mental illness, depression, senility, hypertension and cancer.
"*It has an extremely harmful effect in unbalancing the endocrine system and injuring its component glands such as the adrenal glands, pancreas and liver, causing the blood sugar level to fluctuate widely. It has a number of other extremely damaging effects on the human body.
"*It initiates auto-immune and immune deficiency disorders such as arthritis, allergies and asthma. "Some of the other effects of sugar on the body are: Increases overgrowth of candida yeast organism; Increases chronic fatigue; Can trigger binge eating in those with bulima; Increases PMS symptoms; Increases hyperactivity in about 50% of children; Increases anxiety and irritability; Can make it difficult to lose weight because of constantly high insulin levels which causes the body to store excess carbs as fat.
"There are a number of books available on the subject, but perhaps one of the most interesting ones is 'Sugar Blues' by William Dufly.
"ASPARTAME: A DANGEROUS SUBSTITUTE: Unfortunately, the sugar substitute of choice is aspartame (known as NutraSweetTM or EqualTM). There is increasing evidence aspartame poses a serious health risk. Eighty-five percent of all complaints to the United States federal Food & Drug Administration concern aspartame. Adverse reactions include dizziness, memory loss, headaches, blurred vision, insomnia, fatigue, heart palpitations , sugar cravings, and muscle and joint pain. "Aspartame consists of phenylalanine, aspartic acid, and methanol. The first ingredient is an amino acid, but without any balancing neutral amino acids, it can be deadly. In the brain it competes for receptor sit es with tryptophan, a serotonin precursor. This leads to reduced serotonin levels in the brain, which can trigger sugar cravings and panic attacks - even rage and violence.
"In high concentrations the second ingredient, aspartic acid, negatively affects the central nervous system. Aspartame penetrates the blood brain barrier, deteriorating the neurons of the brain. It has also been known to cause seizures. "The third ingredient, methanol, is wood alcohol. It is toxic to the optic nerve and can cause blindness. It may be no accident that retinopathy is so common in diabetic patients. In the presence of heat (such as 98.6 degrees of the body) it can metabolize into formaldehyde and formic acid, both known carcinogens (causes cancer).
"Most people haven' t heard about aspartame poisoning because the diet industry is worth trillions of dollars to corporations, and they want to protect profits by keeping the truth 'behind aspartame's dangers hidden from the public. \par "After more than twenty years of aspartame use, the number of its victims is rapidly piling up, and people arc figuring out for themselves that aspartame is at the root of their health problems. Clearly, aspartame is not a safe alternative to sugar.
Therefore, fellow Yahwists, what is the best alternative to white sugar and artificial aspartame? Why not go back to the original sweetener Yahweh's honey bees have made for thousands of year?! Raw (unheated) and unfiltered honey is best, straight from the bee hive. The darter the honey, the more rich in mi n erals, vitamins, enzymes and nutrients. A health food store or local bee keeper are the best sources. Most honey in grocery stores has been cooked and filtered (killing much of the nutrition), and much of this light-colored honey is processed believe it or not, by the feeding of white sugar water to the bees!
Always use sweets in moderation. Natural fruit sugar (fructose) is best obtained by eating fresh fruit . White fructose sold by some health food stores unfortunately, is too processed and, again, all the nutrition has been removed from the final product.
There are several sugar alternatives now on the market. Stevia is one which is derived from an herb. Date sugar is another one. You can get raw, unrefined sugar called "Sugar In The Raw" at some grocery stores. Black Strap Molasses (the first juice from the sugar cane containing the nutrients stripped out of sugar cane during the refining process for white sugar) is loaded with nutrition from the original sugar cane plant. It has been said that if you consume a tablespoon of Black Strap Molasses mixed with Brewer's Yeast, every day, your original hair color will come back!
Sorghum Molasses is also nutritious, and delicious, and an alternative to artificial, sugar-laden pancake syrup. Use only whole grain flour for pancakes (buckwheat is best). Never use margarine, which is unfit to eat and is hydrogenated with nickel and other heavy metals, and hydrogen gas, causing hardening of the arteries and a build-up of plaque and harmfi3l cholesterol when consumed. Use only pure butter, preferably organic with sea salt. One-hundred percent pure Maple syrup is also delicious and nutritious!
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