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140+ Reasons Why Sugar Is Ruining Your Health

The following list was written by Nancy Appleton, Ph.D. (visit her very informative website, the author of the book Lick The Sugar Habit.

In addition to throwing off the body’s homeostasis, excess sugar may result in a number of other significant consequences. The following is a listing of some of sugar’s metabolic consequences from a variety of medical journals and other scientific publications.

141 Reasons Sugar Ruins Your Health

(Just Kidding, it’s 143)

By Nancy Appleton PhD & G.N. Jacobs

Excerpted from Suicide by Sugar

Used with permission

1. Sugar can suppress your immune system.

2. Sugar upsets the mineral relationships in the body.

3. Sugar can cause juvenile delinquency in children.

4. Sugar eaten during pregnancy and lactation can influence muscle force production in offspring, which can affect an individual’s ability to exercise.

5. Sugar in soda, when consumed by children, results in the children drinking less milk.

6. Sugar can elevate glucose and insulin responses and return them to fasting levels slower in oral contraceptive users.

7. Sugar can increase reactive oxygen species (ROS), which can damage cells and tissues.

8. Sugar can cause hyperactivity, anxiety, inability to concentrate and crankiness in children.

9. Sugar can produce a significant rise in triglycerides.

10. Sugar reduces the body’s ability to defend against bacterial infection.

11. Sugar causes a decline in tissue elasticity and function – the more sugar you eat, the more elasticity and function you lose.

12. Sugar reduces high-density lipoproteins (HDL).

13. Sugar can lead to chromium deficiency.

14. Sugar can lead to ovarian cancer.

15. Sugar can increase fasting levels of glucose.

16. Sugar causes copper deficiency.

17. Sugar interferes with the body’s absorption of calcium and magnesium.

18. Sugar may make eyes more vulnerable to age-related macular degeneration.

19. Sugar raises the level of neurotransmitters: dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine.

20. Sugar can cause hypoglycemia.

21. Sugar can lead to an acidic digestive tract.

22. Sugar can cause a rapid rise of adrenaline levels in children.

23. Sugar is frequently malabsorbed in patients with functional bowel disease.

24. Sugar can cause premature aging.

25. Sugar can lead to alcoholism.

26. Sugar can cause tooth decay.

27. Sugar can lead to obesity.

28. Sugar increases the risk of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

29. Sugar can cause gastric or duodenal ulcers.

30. Sugar can cause arthritis.

31. Sugar can cause learning disorders in school children.

32. Sugar assists the uncontrolled growth of Candida Albicans (yeast infections).

33. Sugar can cause gallstones.

34. Sugar can cause heart disease.

35. Sugar can cause appendicitis.

36. Sugar can cause hemorrhoids.

37. Sugar can cause varicose veins.

38. Sugar can lead to periodontal disease.

39. Sugar can contribute to osteoporosis.

40. Sugar contributes to saliva acidity.

41. Sugar can cause a decrease in insulin sensitivity.

42. Sugar can lower the amount of Vitamin E in the blood.

43. Sugar can decrease the amount of growth hormones in the body.

44. Sugar can increase cholesterol.

45. Sugar increases advanced glycation end products (AGEs), which form when sugar binds non-enzymatically to protein.

46. Sugar can interfere with the absorption of protein.

47. Sugar causes food allergies.

48. Sugar can contribute to diabetes.

49. Sugar can cause toxemia during pregnancy.

50. Sugar can lead to eczema in children.

51. Sugar can cause cardiovascular disease.

52. Sugar can impair the structure of DNA.

53. Sugar can change the structure of protein.

54. Sugar can make the skin wrinkle by changing the structure of collagen.

55. Sugar can cause cataracts.

56. Sugar can cause emphysema.

57. Sugar can cause atherosclerosis.

58. Sugar can promote an elevation of low-density lipoproteins (LDL).

59. Sugar can impair the physiological homeostasis of many systems in the body.

60. Sugar lowers enzymes ability to function.

61. Sugar intake is associated with the development of Parkinson’s disease.

62. Sugar can increase the size of the liver by making the liver cells divide.

63. Sugar can increase the amount of liver fat.

64. Sugar can increase kidney size and produce pathological changes in the kidney.

65. Sugar can damage the pancreas.

66. Sugar can increase the body’s fluid retention.

67. Sugar is the number one enemy of the bowel movement.

68. Sugar can cause myopia (nearsightedness).

69. Sugar can compromise the lining of the capillaries.

70. Sugar can make tendons more brittle.

71. Sugar can cause headaches, including migraines.

72. Sugar plays a role in pancreatic cancer in women.

73. Sugar can adversely affect children’s grades in school.

74. Sugar can cause depression.

75. Sugar increases the risk of gastric cancer.

76. Sugar can cause dyspepsia (indigestion).

77. Sugar can increase the risk of developing gout.

78. Sugar can increase the levels of glucose in the blood much higher than complex carbohydrates in a glucose tolerance test can.

79. Sugar reduces learning capacity.

80. Sugar can cause two blood proteins – albumin and lipoproteins – to function less effectively, which may reduce the body’s ability to handle fat and cholesterol.

81. Sugar can contribute to Alzheimer’s disease.

82. Sugar can cause platelet adhesiveness, which causes blood clots.

83. Sugar can cause hormonal imbalance – some hormones become underactive and others become overactive.

84. Sugar can lead to the formation of kidney stones.

85. Sugar can cause free radicals and oxidative stress.

86. Sugar can lead to biliary tract cancer.

87. Sugar increases the risk of pregnant adolescents delivering a small-for-gestational-age (SGA) infant.

88. Sugar can lead to a substantial decrease the in the length of pregnancy among adolescents.

89. Sugar slows food’s travel time through the gastrointestinal tract.

90. Sugar increases the concentration of bile acids in stool and bacterial enzymes in the colon, which can modify bile to produce cancer-causing compounds and colon cancer.

91. Sugar increases estradiol (the most potent form of naturally occurring estrogen) in men.

92. Sugar combines with and destroys phosphatase, a digestive enzyme, which makes digestion more difficult.

93. Sugar can be a risk factor for gallbladder cancer.

94. Sugar is an addictive substance.

95. Sugar can be intoxicating, similar to alcohol.

96. Sugar can aggravate premenstrual syndrome (PMS).

97. Sugar can decrease emotional stability.

98. Sugar promotes excessive food intake in obese people.

99. Sugar can worsen the symptoms of children with attention deficit disorder (ADD).

  1. Sugar can slow the ability of the adrenal glands to function.
  2. Sugar can cut off oxygen to the brain when given to people intravenously.
  3. Sugar is a risk factor for lung cancer.
  4. Sugar increases the risk of polio.
  5. Sugar can cause epileptic seizures.
  6. Sugar can increase systolic blood pressure (pressure when the heart is contracting).
  7. Sugar can induce cell death.
  8. Sugar can increase the amount of food that you eat.
  9. Sugar can cause antisocial behavior in juvenile delinquents.
  10. Sugar can lead to prostate cancer.
  11. Sugar dehydrates newborns.
  12. Sugar can cause women to give birth to babies with low birth weight.
  13. Sugar is associated with a worse outcome of schizophrenia.
  14. Sugar can raise homocysteine levels in the bloodstream.
  15. Sugar increases the risk of breast cancer.
  16. Sugar is a risk factor in small intestine cancer.
  17. Sugar can cause laryngeal cancer.
  18. Sugar induces salt and water retention.
  19. Sugar can contribute to mild memory loss.
  20. Sugar water, when given to children shortly after birth, results in those children preferring sugar water to regular water throughout childhood.
  21. Sugar causes constipation.
  22. Sugar can cause brain decay in pre-diabetic and diabetic women.
  23. Sugar can increase the risk of stomach cancer.
  24. Sugar can cause metabolic syndrome.
  25. Sugar increases neural tube defects in embryos when it is consumed by pregnant women.
  26. Sugar can cause asthma.
  27. Sugar increases the chances of getting irritable bowl syndrome.
  28. Sugar can affect central reward systems.
  29. Sugar can cause cancer of the rectum.
  30. Sugar can cause endometrial cancer.
  31. Sugar can cause renal (kidney) cell cancer.
  32. Sugar can cause liver tumors.
  33. Sugar can increase inflammatory markers in the bloodstreams of overweight people.
  34. Sugar plays a role in the cause and the continuation of acne.
  35. Sugar can ruin the sex life of both men and women by turning off the gene that controls the sex hormones.
  36. Sugar can cause fatigue, moodiness, nervousness, and depression.
  37. Sugar can make many essential nutrients less available to cells.
  38. Sugar can increase uric acid in blood.
  39. Sugar can lead to higher C-peptide concentrations.
  40. Sugar causes inflammation.
  41. Sugar can cause diverticulitis, a small bulging sac pushing outward from the colon wall that is inflamed.
  42. Sugar can decrease testosterone production.
  43. Sugar impairs spatial memory.
  44. Sugar can cause cataracts.


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23. Ibid.

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54. Dyer, D. G., et al. “Accumulation of Maillard Reaction Products in Skin Collagen in Diabetes and Aging.” J Clin Invest. 1993; 93(6): 421-422.

55. Veromann, S., et al. “Dietary Sugar and Salt Represent Real Risk Factors for Cataract Development.” Ophthalmologica. Jul-Aug 2003; 217(4): 302-307.

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Candida Albicans Dietary Guide

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Candida Albicans Dietary Guide

Food Permitted Foods Foods Not Permitted
Sweets Unpasteurized honey, unsulfurated black-strap molasses, raw sugar sorghum by themselves or used as sweeteners. NOTE: Use in moderation! Refined sugar, candy, chocolate.
Fruits Fresh fruits only: apples, pears, apricots, bananas, cherries, grapes, guava, currants, nectarines, papaya, peaches,

plums, quince, tangerines, avocados, ripe pineapple. NOTE: Fruits should be limited to a maximum of two per day.

Canned fruit, oranges, melons, dried or candied fruits.
Juices Only fresh juices. May be selected from list of vegetables permitted, including the following green leaves: chicory, endive, escarole lettuce, Swiss chard, and watercress. Canned juices, and juices with artificial coloring or sweetening.
Beverages Mineral water, herb tea, mint tea, papaya tea, fresh vegetable


Alcohol, coffee, tea, soft drinks containing preservatives.
Breads Rye, whole wheat, soya, bran, whole grain stone-ground breads. NOTE: Limit to a maximum of two slices per day. White bread, bleached flour


Cereals Buckwheat, corn meal, cracked wheat, millet, oatmeal,

sesame, grits.

Refined, bleached flour, and sugar

coated cereals.

Oils Cold pressed oils, preferably flaxseed, safflower, canola or

soya lecithin spread.

Shortening, margarine, saturated oils and fats.
Nuts Fresh, raw nuts such as almonds, pecans, cashews, Brazil nuts, and walnuts (peanuts very occasionally). Roasted and salted nuts. No peanuts if patient has digestive or colon related problems.
Vegetables Raw or lightly cooked: artichokes, asparagus, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chives, corn, egg plant, endives, green leeks, green peas, green pepper, leeks, lentils, lima beans, potatoes, radishes, spinach, squash, tomatoes, wax beans, yams. Any vegetables listed under salads. NOTE: Washing vegetables in a 10% Clorox solution and rinsing well will reduce microbial growth. All canned vegetables.
Potatoes Baked, boiled, or mashed. May substitute brown rice or corn. French fried, chips, white rice.
Salads The following raw vegetables shredded or finely chopped, separated or mixed: broccoli, Brussels sprouts, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chicory, green pepper, lettuce, onions, radishes, Swiss chard, tomatoes, turnips, and watercress. Any other. No white or cider


Seasonings Chives, garlic, onion, parsley, laurel, marjoram, sage, thyme, savory, cumin, oregano, salt substitutes such as Co-salt or other potassium salt, sea salt, kelp salt, and herbs. Spices, pepper, paprika, sodium

salt. No white or cider vinegar.

Soups Vegetable soup. Barley, brown rice, or millet can be added. Canned and creamed soup, fat stock, consomme.

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Probiotics for Better Health

Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that occur naturally in the human intestinal tract. Foods “cultured” with beneficial strains of probiotics such as yogurt and kefir have been used throughout history to improve overall health and vitality, and today, there are many studies reinforcing probiotics’ ability to balance and promote digestive health.

Probiotics also play an important role in modulating the immune system, 70% of which is located in the gut. The word “probiotic” means “for life”, “antibiotics” means “anti life”. I cannot emphasize enough the importance of healthy gut flora. The benefits of probiotics don’t end there, in fact many have reported the disappearance of acne, better skin texture, better hair, the halting of male pattern baldness, ending Candida, even Fibromyalgia, migraines were stopped, and allergies and inflammation reduced by having good gut flora.

“Why take probiotics daily?” you may be wondering. Well, our modern/civilized life has been detrimental to healthy gut flora. Refined sugars, adulterated grains and foods, chemicals, medication, fluoride and chlorine in drinking and cooking water, pasteurization of milk, amongst many other factors can kill off good gut flora and/or allow less-beneficial and sometimes harmful bacteria to take over. Further, many of us also do not eat fermented foods such as sauerkraut, sourdough, kimchi, kefir, old fashion pickles, old fashion apple cider vinegar, etc.. I will address this question in future posts more thoroughly.

Many probiotic products exist, unfortunately, not all probiotics are equal, here I will list the best probiotic products, based on my research/opinion.

You may think that in order to get the greatest percentage of active (live) cultures one should buy probiotics that require refrigeration. However, this is not always the case. These probiotics need to travel and survive the journey through your stomach acids. Also, remember, more strains doesn’t mean “better”. Some of the best probiotics have 8, 9 or even 4 strains. Sometimes a single-strain solution is best.

I’ve looked around for the best multi-strain probiotic products that have the best strains, this is what I came up with:

Note: My top 4 are interchangeable. Try one for a month, if you do not see results try another from the top 4. One of these will likely work for you. If not, you have two choices you can try the other good ones listed below or (and I encourage you to do this) scroll all the way down to read about using a single-strain probiotic. Probiotics, like anything ingested produces different results in different people. .

Here are the best:

The Top 4:

1- Dr.Ohhira’s Probiotics 12 Plus
Dr. Ohhira invested years of testing on subjects and came up with a non-refrigerated probiotic supplement line.

Renowned microbiologists, lichiroh Ohhira, Ph.D., and scientists from Okayama University combined ancient Japanese fermentation skills with modern technology to create this unique beneficial product.

This one has twelve (12) strains of lactic acid bacteria, including powerful proprietary TH10, are used in a complex 3-year fermentation process. The nutrient rich cultures medium (an optimum natural pre-biotic) composed of vegetables, fruits, mushrooms and seaweeds is encapsulated along with the live lactic acid bacteria. The probiotic system also includes organic acids naturally produced by fermentation. These important substances create the proper GI environment in which all the body’s unique blend of hundreds of strains of friendly bacteria can flourish.

If benefits are desired in the stomach (e.g. heartburn or an unsettling meal) the capsules may be chewed. Temporary reactions such as minor bloating or a mild laxative or constipating effect are signs that the bacteria are remodeling, detoxifying and improving the gut environment

Proprietary Fermented Culture-fermented culture medium of fruits, vegetables, mushrooms and seaweeds containing prebiotics, enzymes, bacteriocins and trace amounts of vitamins, minerals and amino acids 0.42 g
Proprietary Organic Acid Blend-citric acid, lactic acid, formic acid, acetic acid 1.27 mg
Proprietary Lactic Acid Bacteria Blend† 900 million CFU

Lactic Acid Bacteria used in fermentation: Bifidobacterium breve ssp. breve, Bifidobacterium infantis ssp. infantis, Bifidobacterium longum, Enterococcus faecalis TH10, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus brevis, Lactobacillus bulgaricus, Lacrobacillus casei, Lactobacillus fermentum, Lactobacillus helveticus ssp. jugurti, Lactobacillus plantarum, Streptococcus thermophilus.

Refrigeration not required

It is pricey. You can get it from here

2- The Jarrow Formulas, Jarro-Dophilus EPS, 5 Billion Organisms per Capsule, 120 Veggie Caps is very good and more affordable. This one is “Room Temperature Stable”, requires no refrigeration.

It has eight (8) Species with Clinically Documented Strains. The 8 different strains of probiotic bacteria are delivered directly into the small intestines where probiotic bacteria fully exert their beneficial effects. Probiotic bacteria in Jarrow-Dophilus EPS are selected from the following 4 genera: Lactobacillus, Bifidobacteria, Lactococcus and Pedicoccus.

Jarro-Dophilus EPS is a Stable-Dophilus due to its stability at room temperature and enteric coating which protects the probiotic bacteria from stomach acid.

Bifidobacteria longum BB536 (Morinaga strain) has been clinically shown to stimulate immune response and suppress intestinal putrefactive bacteria. L. rhamnosus R0011 is a unique, high producer of polysaccharides that facilitate colonization and stimulate intestinal immune response. L. acidophilus R0052 assists in breaking down lactose (milk sugar) which may improve digestion of dairy products by those individuals who are lactose intolerant. Lactococcus and Pediococcus help reduce spoilage caused by unfriendly bacteria in fermented foods.

Probiotic Bacteria Blend (8 Strains) 5 Billion Organisms ??? g

  • L. rhamnosus R0011
  • L. acidophilus R0052
  • Pediococcus acidilactici R1001
  • L. casei R0215
  • B. longum BB536 (Morinaga strain)
  • L. plantarum R1012
  • B. breve R0070
  • Lactococcus lactis ssp. lactis R1058

You can get it from here:

3- New Chapter, Organics, Probiotic All-Flora, 60 Capsules (Ice)

This one was reported by a few to improve complexion and acne. This one contains ingredients such as the fermented soy, inulin, and apple that probably make it more effective.

This one has nine (9) live probiotic strains delivered in organic whole-food media. Organic Apples and Organic Jerusalem Artichoke Inulin provide prebiotic nourishment to enhance probiotic benefits. A non-Dairy Base.

It requires refrigeration. Contains nine strains of live probiotics cultured together on a non-dairy whole-food medium and then combined with growth-stimulating prebiotic organic apples and organic inulin sourced from organic Jerusalem artichokes. This one includes revered probiotic strains such as Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus rhamnosus, and Lactobacillus helveticus, these help support optimal digestive and immune system function. When the culturing of Probiotic All-Flora is complete, the synbiotic-rich whole-food medium and live probiotics are freeze-dried together, a process that preserves their potency until consumed. Once consumed, the cultured whole-food medium and prebiotic whole foods activate the probiotics and enhance their effects. Both are part of the synergistic whole that benefits the entire digestive tract and immune system.

The Proprietary Probiotic Blend contains 35 mg of this: S. thermophilus, L. rhamnosus, B. breve, L. acidophilus, B. infantis, B. longum, L. plantarum, L. salivarius, L. helveticus

You can get it from here:

4 – Nature’s Way Primadophilus Bifidus, 90 VCaps

This one contains a 5 billion CFU dose of ” True identity bifidobacteria & lactobacilli”. True Potency ensures 5 billion CFUs per capsule for the entire shelf life. Does require refrigeration.

This one has four (4) strain formula specifically designed for adults

The 71 mg of proprietary Probiotic Blend – 5 Billion CFU, contains: Lactobacillus rhamnosus, Bifidobacterium longum, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifidobacterium breve

In a response to the manufacturer said: “Primadophilus can be out of refrigeration for a few days without losing the potency. We add extra cultures to allow for the product to be out of refrigeration for shipping and manufacturing. But for long term storage in order to hold the potency the product should be stored in the refrigerator.”

You can get it from here:


Other Good Choices:

1- Sedona Labs, iFlora, Multi-Probiotic, New Formula, 60 Veggie Caps
This one contains 16 Strains & 16 Billion Cells (Per capsule at time of manufacture)
It contains 56o mg of the Proprietary Synbiotic Blend containing: Short Chain Fructooligosaccharide (NutraFlora scFOS), Bifidobacterium bifidum, Bifidobacterium breve, Bifidobacterium lactis (infantis), Bifidobacterium lactis, Bifidobacterium longum, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus brevis, Lactobacillus bulgaricus, Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus gasseri, Lactobacillus paracasei, Lactobacillus plantarum, Lactobacillus rhamnosus, Lactobacillus salivarius, Lactococcus lactis, Streptococcus thermophilus

You can find it here:

2- AlignGI

Doesn’t produce d-lactate or other harmful substances and has clinical research. It’s of human origin, implants well, survives acid, it’s resistant and more.

This one is pricy

Align contains Bifantis—Bifidobacterium infantis 35624—a patented probiotic strain.

Probiotic Strain: Bifidobacterium infantis 35624 (Bifantis) is the patented probiotic ingredient in Align that can help build and maintain the body’s natural defenses. Proof: Bifantis has been the subject of several clinical studies and has been featured in peer-reviewed journals. Please see for full details. Packaging: Align contains 1 x 109 (1 billion) CFUs of live bacteria when manufactured, and provides an effective level until the “best by” date on the package. Align capsules come in specially designed blister packs that ensure bacteria remain alive and effective until the date on the box. Quality and Quantity: DNA testing guarantees the purity of Align. The packaging and labeling meet all World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations by clearly stating:

Strain: Bifidobacterium infantis 35624 (Bifantis) Colony-forming units (CFU): 1 x 109 (1 billion) live bacteria

No refrigeration required.


Single-Strain Probiotics:

I will discuss these in a future article.

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