By: Dr. Baz Moreno
Sugar is a drug. It can give some of the less appealing meals a taste worth talking about. Hell, you expect to find sugar in cupcakes, candy, waffles, pastries, cookies, and soft drinks, but sugar is found in the majority of foods that are packaged. C´mon! This is business.
There are billions of people in the world and a large percentage have issues with sugar addictions. Despite the type of diet you eat, you are likely consuming some sugar in some form. You may be thinking that your ketchup or salad dressing doesn’t taste sweet, but your body is having to process that sugar.
Whether you are consuming a paleo diet, macrobiotic, vegan, vegetarian, raw food or just swallowing whatever you can whenever you can, you are being influenced by sugar. It is almost impossible to avoid it.
As disease finds more and more willing accomplices, we are learning that to simply eat less and move more is not enough. And being motivated will not change much, either. Besides, ingesting a little poison over a long period will amount to enough poison to damage an organ, deteriorate cells or diminish enzymes.
Yes, sugar is a drug. So, all the processed foods containing sugar or synthetic sugars are drugs. I am certain that sugar is affecting our lives biologically and behaviorally. And this problem is compounded by persons that identify food as something healthy. Of course, we must eat. None of us want to be breatharians. It is difficult enough for most of us to abstain from food for 12 to 24 hours, if not being ordered to do so by their culture, religion or medical doctor. Truthfully, a many people snack and nibble, every 60 to 90 minutes, throughout the day. With set times to eat, we are taught to anticipate meals, which our bodies are not prepared to digest, while eating other snacks in between.
Eating has become a recreational event throughout each day. It is intended to nourish the body, but what makes it fascinatingly recreational is that when we eat just because we can it is for the need of dopamine. This can happen without sugar because we associate pleasure with the food we eat. However, when we eat sugar, we saturate our brains with dopamine. I know that Nature is not as kind as she is beautiful. And I want to believe that Nature has never had an interest in humans. Surely, there are plants, fruits, vegetables, legumes and seeds for man to eat, but not every human responds to the constituents of a plant the same way because each individual is different. Point being, man competes with Nature by robbing Nature — whether she responds or not. Man manipulates seeds to have a special seed. Man invents machine to control weather. Man produces synthetic chemicals and artificial flavors to imitate the offerings of Nature. Man does more to destroy Nature than Nature can do to compete with the doings of man. Ironically, Nature usually wins, but when it comes to sugar, Nature has nothing as appealing and dangerous as the foods that man has ingeniously stimulated to disarm the stomachs of consumers and rewire the brain.
Sugar is a drug that causes your body to crave. You need a fix or a reward. Your body has conditioned you to seek a “feel good” opposed to you identifying with feeling healthy or energetic. Unfortunately, food is no longer our medicine and our stomachs are not in charge. Surprisingly, the influx of health gurus and technology have only ushered in more misinformation to be followed by disease. And food isn’t reversing any illnesses. Thus, it is not your medicine.
The mentioning of sugar is as illusive as its absence of color. One would think that sugar is safe if eaten in moderation. However, very little is done in moderation. With the brain taking the lead, the stomach has no say in cravings, biological setbacks or behavioral reactions.
Sugar has effed up our lives. The damage may be reversible, if we can avoid prescriptions and information that was intended to treat other illnesses and behavioral issues. Certainly, sugar is a chemical addiction because it is not being eaten in its raw or natural form. Yet, this is no excuse to attack it with another chemical.
Dr. Baz Moreno lives in Mexico City, Mexico. He is continuing his education in Complementary Alternative Medicine after having taught classes in holistic health. He specializes in lupus, AIDS/HIV, cancer, diabetes and pain. His clinic is located in the southern part of Distrito Federal.