Why Sugar is Toxic to the Body
Excerpts from: "Why Sugar is Toxic to the Body"
1957, Dr William Coda Martin tried to answer the question: When is a food a food and when is it a poison? His working
definition of "poison" was:
Any substance applied to the body, ingested or developed within the body, which
causes or may cause disease.
substance which inhibits the activity of a catalyst which is a minor substance,
chemical or enzyme that activates a reaction."1
gives an even broader definition for "poison": "to exert a
harmful influence on, or to pervert".
Martin classified refined sugar as a poison
because it has been depleted of its life forces, vitamins and minerals. What is left consists of pure,
The body cannot utilize this refined starch and
carbohydrate unless the depleted proteins, vitamins and minerals are present.
Nature supplies these elements in each plant in quantities sufficient to
metabolize the carbohydrate in that particular plant.
carbohydrate metabolism results in the formation of 'toxic metabolite' such as pyruvic acid and abnormal sugars containing five carbon
Pyruvic acid accumulates in the brain and
nervous system and the abnormal sugars in the red blood cells. These toxic
metabolites interfere with the
respiration of the cells.
They cannot get sufficient oxygen to survive and
function normally. In time, some of the
cells die. This interferes with the
function of every part of the body and is the beginning of degenerative
Refined sugar is lethal when ingested by
humans because it provides only that which nutritionists describe as
"empty" or "naked" calories.
It lacks the natural minerals which are present in the
sugar beet or cane. In addition, sugar is worse than nothing because it drains
and leaches the body of precious vitamins and minerals through the demand its
digestion, detoxification and elimination make upon one's entire system.
essential is balance to our bodies that
we have many ways to provide against the sudden shock of a heavy intake of
sugar. Minerals such as sodium (from salt), potassium and magnesium (from
vegetables), and calcium (from the bones) are mobilized and used in chemical
sugar eventually affects every organ in the body. Initially, it is stored in
the liver in the form of glucose (glycogen). Since the liver's capacity is
limited, a daily intake of refined sugar (above the required amount of natural
sugar) soon makes the liver expand like a balloon.
When the liver is filled to
its maximum capacity, the excess glycogen is returned to the blood, which is
taken to every part of the body and stored in the most inactive areas: the
belly, the buttocks, the breasts and the thighs, as body fat.
Bee's Note: All of the body's sugar requirements (about 1-2
teaspoons per day) can be obtained from proteins and fats, since 58% of protein and 10% of fat can change into glucose within the body.
parasympathetic nervous system is affected; and organs governed by it, such as
the small brain, become inactive or paralyzed. (Normal brain function is rarely
thought of as being as biologic as digestion.)
circulatory and lymphatic systems are invaded, and the quality of the red
corpuscles starts to change. An overabundance of white cells occurs, and the
creation of tissue becomes slower. Our body's tolerance and immunizing power
becomes more limited.
sugar has a strong mal-effect on the functioning of the brain. The key to
orderly brain function is glutamic acid, a vital
compound found in many vegetables.
The B vitamins play a major role in dividing
glutamic acid into antagonistic-complementary
compounds which produce a "proceed" or "control" response
in the brain. B vitamins are also manufactured by symbiotic bacteria which live
in our intestines.
When refined sugar is taken daily, these bacteria wither and
die, and our stock of B vitamins gets very low. Too much sugar makes one
sleepy; our ability to calculate and remember is lost.
Sugar: Harmful to Humans and Animals
sailors who ate and drank nothing but sugar and rum for nine days surely went
through some of this trauma; the tales they had to tell created a big public
relations problem for the sugar pushers.
incident occurred when a vessel carrying a cargo of sugar was shipwrecked in
1793. The five surviving sailors were finally rescued after being marooned for
nine days. They were in a wasted condition due to starvation, having consumed
nothing but sugar and rum.
eminent French physiologist F. Magendie was inspired
by that incident to conduct a series of experiments with animals, the results
of which he published in 1816. In the experiments, he fed dogs a diet of sugar
or olive oil and water. All the dogs wasted and died.
shipwrecked sailors and the French physiologist's experimental dogs proved the
same point. As a steady diet, sugar is worse than nothing. Plain water can keep
you alive for quite some time. Sugar and water can kill you. Humans [and
animals] are "unable to subsist on a diet of sugar".4
dead dogs in Professor Magendie's laboratory alerted
the sugar industry to the hazards of free scientific inquiry. From that day to
this, the sugar industry has invested millions of dollars in behind-the-scenes,
subsidized science. The best scientific names that money could buy have been
hired, in the hope that they could one day come up with something at least
pseudoscientific in the way of glad tidings about sugar.
has been proved, however, that:
- Sugar is a major factor in dental decay.
Sugar in a person's diet does cause overweight.
Removal of sugar from diets
has cured symptoms of crippling, worldwide diseases such as diabetes, cancer
and heart illnesses.
Frederick Banting, the co-discoverer of insulin,
noticed in 1929 in Panama that, among sugar plantation owners who ate large
amounts of their refined stuff, diabetes was common. Among native cane-cutters,
who only got to chew the raw cane, he saw no diabetes.
have been bamboozled into thinking of their bodies the way they think of their
bank accounts. If they suspect they have low blood sugar, they are programmed
to snack on vending machine candies and sodas in order to raise their blood
Actually, this is the worst thing to do. The level of glucose in
their blood is apt to be low because they are addicted to sucrose. People who
kick sucrose addiction and stay off sucrose find that the glucose level of
their blood returns to normal and stays there.
the late 1960s, millions of Americans have returned to natural food. A new type
of store, the natural food store, has encouraged many to become dropouts from
the supermarket. Natural food can be instrumental in restoring health.
people, therefore, have come to equate the word "natural" with
"healthy". So the sugar pushers have begun to pervert the word
"natural" in order to mislead the public.
from natural ingredients", the television sugar-pushers tell us about
product after product. The word "from" is not accented on television.
It should be.
Even refined sugar is "made from" natural ingredients. There is
nothing new about that. The natural ingredients are cane and beets. But that
four-letter word "from" hardly suggests that 90 per cent of the cane
and beet have been removed.
Heroin, too, could be advertised as being made from natural ingredients. The
opium poppy is as natural as the sugar beet. It's what man does with it that
tells the story.
Sugar of all kinds, even natural sugars
such as those in honey and fruit (fructose), as well as the refined white stuff
(sucrose), arrests the secretion of gastric juices and have an inhibiting effect on the stomach's natural ability to move.
energy claim the sugar pushers talk about, which drives reluctant doughboys
over the top and drives children up the wall, is based on the fact that refined
sucrose is not digested in the mouth or the stomach but passes directly to the
lower intestines and thence to the bloodstream. The extra speed with which
sucrose enters the bloodstream does more harm than good.