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What Got Us Into This Mess?

What Got Us Into This Mess? 

From the beginning of time, the taste of sweetness has appealed to human beings and attracted us.  We read in scripture of eating locusts and wild honey; we read of Samson killing the lion and eating the honey inside the carcass.  We read of a “land flowing with milk and honey,” and that manna had the taste of “wafers made with honey.”  So it’s obvious that sweet taste is something we desire, and something we seek to eat.  Even Eve was tempted with a fruit that was delicious and desirable.

But it’s only recently (as in the past couple of hundred years), and even more recently (since “fast food” was developed), that sweet taste–and with it, refined sugar and sugar substitutes, as well as genetically modified sugar beets and chemical sweeteners–have gained footage in the food dollar.

So how did we get into this mess?

We now know the connections between sugar consumption and Diabetes Type II.  We know that obesity has skyrocketed.  Food processors have cut back on fat content and added sweeteners to compensate.  Even school-aged children are showing signs of addiction to sugar.  What chance do the rest of us have?  And how (if it is possible) can we take the reins back into our hands and get our sugar addictions under control?

Answers in History


At one time, sugar was a rare commodity.  Either you found a bees’ nest, or you kept the blackstrap molasses when the sugar beets or sugar cane were crushed.  Sugar in colonial times sold in small, compressed cones that looked like the picture above.

See the little “nippers” on the side of the plate?  That’s how sugar was apportioned.  A tiny nip of the sweet cone, and people could sweeten their lemonade.  Sugar was sold in pharmacies, along with other drugs.  And a cone like this would last a very long time.  People relied upon the natural, healthy sweetness of fruits to satisfy their sweet tooth.  The taffy pulls, baked cakes, and cookies were either made with honey or molasses as a rule, and they were for rare and special occasions.

Perhaps that is one factor that brought us to this point.  We have inherited from our ancestors the sense that sweetness is a rare and special treat, and in an effort to compensate for the other areas where we perceive ourselves to fall short, we make a batch of brownies, or a plate of cookies to take to a neighbor.  We take our kids out for fast food, and their meal contains a sweet dessert.  Meals out offer the inevitable dessert menu.

Sweetness bombards us.  It’s at every party, every celebration; every occasion.  It is our perceived key of kindness.

 So What Can We Do?

So what are we to do?

Somewhere, in all of this, there is an answer.  If we can look upon using sugar in small quantities, as in the little colonial cone, that can help.  If we create an expectation for ourselves, that we will only eat one sweet item–and we premeasure it–we may have the self control to get the sugar addictions under control.  For some of us, we will need to completely quit.  And it is possible to do that.

Even more possible is the ability to create healthy options that satisfy us when we are not hungry.  Our danger zone is when we are past the point of merely being hungry and are approaching ravenous.  Or we may be in trouble when we use the promise of something sweet as an emotional reward.

If you or someone you love faces this issue, you might want to consider the Sweet Freedom from Sugar Training Course.  I’ll be launching this breakthrough program in a few short days.  It has all of the information you need to become free from addiction to sugar.

You may be part of my regular list for the Health Secret. You may be a friend on Facebook.  You may be a patient of mine, or already on the list to learn about Sweet Freedom from Sugar when it comes out.

May I ask a favor of you?  I’d like to send you a quick survey (only 12 questions), to learn exactly what the concerns are that you have about sugar.  If sugar IS an issue for you, would you please take a few moments and fill out the survey?  I’ll send it out this week.  And if you already know you want to be free from sugar addiction, please feel free to indicate your interest here.  In the meantime, thank you.

To your dynamic health and energy!  Dr. Stan

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Celiac Sprue and Other Sensitivities

My question. Can Celiac disease or Sprue be corrected with alternative methods or natural supplements?

Gluten sensitivity, or celiac disease, means that your body is setting up antibodies against the protein gluten. This is found predominantly in wheat, but also in rye, barley,and oats.

Often there are other sensitivities to foods or chemicals, and as they are resolved with desensitization (NAET), the gluten sensitivity symptoms may be reduced. Sometimes, NAET can lessen the body’s reaction to gluten. Of course, eating healthy and taking supplements so the body is healthy will always be the mainstay of any program. Avoidance is most often the solution for celiac disease.

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More on Monsanto. Please Be Aware: and Beware!

Roundup and other herbicides fell last quarter because of a sluggish agriculture economy. However, net sales in the “seeds and genomics business” is taking over as the profit-generating hub. Because of the seed market, Monsanto’s seeds will continue Continue reading More on Monsanto. Please Be Aware: and Beware!

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Back to Back–Some Conflicting News about Food

In a great article in the Wall Street Journal, entitled “Eat Up Kids, This Spud’s For You,” we learn that children are being fed real food.  I’m delighted.  The cafeteria workers have reported 1/3 less plate waste, and the students are saying “I love this.  Can we have this every day?”  This is awesome!  It is a standard for all school districts.  Wouldn’t it be great if you could bring such innovation into the schools where your children are being fed?

In contrast, another article struck fear Continue reading Back to Back–Some Conflicting News about Food

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The Supplemental Facts About Nutrition

Update (July 15, 2008, 7:24pm):  I have negotiated with a supplement company to provide some basic supplements that I recommend in this article.  You can access it via my supplements page.

I have been going through your emails and comments and thoroughly enjoying your thoughts, questions and recipes. Please forgive me if it takes a while to get through them all. I want to pay careful attention to what you are telling me, and give you my best in my responses.

If you didn’t get the memo with my first article on Habits of Highly Healthy Humans, I asked you to please share your healthy recipes. Boy, have you been great with creative, healthy recipe ideas! Thanks so much. Please keep them coming.

I personally believe that one of the main reasons people struggle with their food choices is they simply don’t know what else to prepare. When you provide us with simple, nutritious, economical and delicious recipes, as you have so graciously done, you benefit everyone. Continue reading The Supplemental Facts About Nutrition

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More Habits of Highly Healthy Humans (abbreviated version!)

Apologies to all of you who clicked in earlier and did not get the information I promised! I was unaware my article was published today until this evening. In a very brief nutshell, here are the rest of the Habits of Highly Healthy Humans. I’ll be going into much more detail in future articles, but in the meantime, you can get some of your most burning questions answered. I’ll take care to note what people send to me and Continue reading More Habits of Highly Healthy Humans (abbreviated version!)