Sugar vs. Refined Carbohydrates
Elimination of sugar is not enough to get quick, sustained, results. Practical info.
This is in answer to the often asked question: "What is the difference between sugar and other refined carbohydrates?"
First, you have to know something about the Krebs Cycle. This is the metabolic pathway that ALL carbohydrates have to go through in order to be broken down into little energy packets called ATP (adenosine tri phosphate). This extremely complicated system is one of the first ones we physicians learn in medical school. The system requires at least 48 different nutrients to work at peak efficiency to complete the carbohydrate breakdown. All of these nutrients are present in any living food since they are processing their own Krebs Cycle to maintain their life processes.
A good example is the grain of wheat found in the pyramids. It is at least 2000 years old and yet a certain percentage of the grains will still grow. That means that the spark of life was continually burning all that time. The wheat Krebs Cycle had to function all that time. A grain of wheat is a perfect little package. It has just enough of the 48 micronutrients to digest exactly the amount of energy (starch) that is present in that grain of wheat. It is designed to last till the plant can grow enough root and leaves to make its own energy.
When we eat a whole grain, we are getting exactly the amount of micronutrients needed to digest the amount of carbohydrates in that grain--no more and no less. If we eat a grain that has been refined, all we have left are the carbohydrates. All the micronutrients have been removed to feed to animals. Remember, the main reason that refining is done is that the impoverished produce has a much longer "shelf-life". In other words, no self-respecting germ, rat, mouse, fungus, etc., will eat it. We humans are not smart enough to avoid it since we are complex enough organisms that we can borrow from Peter to pay Paul--FOR A WHILE!
Eating a refined anything means that our system has to provide, from storage, all of the micronutrients that are missing in the food. Eventually, we don't have enough places to borrow from and the first micronutrient's function has to be bypassed. Then, we are a little less efficient. Over the years, enough micronutrients are missing that we are inefficient enough to start sliding down the slippery slope of the "Bell Curve of Immunity". We don't die, we just get sick and pay the medical system a lot of money treating the symptoms of our "incurable condition".
This is the magic of the "whole-foods diet". Now aren't you glad you asked????? (grin)
Since the American diet is about 75% refined, is it any wonder that we MDs make so much money?
A former patient of mine is a Registered Dietitian who was eating what her training told her was a good diet when she came to me with so many symptoms she could no longer work in her profession. Through our experience together, she not only became exuberantly healthy but wrote a book (the best I have yet seen) that actually specifically trains the reader to avoid ALL refined carbohydrates. This is important because, once the Krebs Cycle is impoverished enough to create an addictive state to these substances, the slightest TRACE of a refined carbohydrate triggers an almost unbearable craving for this substance. If TOTALLY eliminated, the individual is not only much better within a week but has lost nearly all of the craving at the same time. If the diet is carefully continued, benefits will continue to accrue for about 3 months and cravings will be completely gone within 2 weeks.
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Anyone interested in the practical application of concepts, just like this, to the presently considered "incurable" chronic conditions that are the basis for most of the money we MDs make, as we practice our monopoly to "treat" the symptoms of these "incurable" problems, should read a copy of my book Saving Yourself from the Disease-Care Crisis.
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