Does Sugar Make Us Sick? If you knew that one singular substance, sugar, to be precise, is a major contributing factor to cancer, heart disease, and a host of other ailments, illnesses, and diseases would you still use sugar?
Surprisingly I have found through both personal experience and research that most people, myself included, continue to test the limits of our body’s ability to heal itself by consuming sugar in its various covert forms and even its natural “in-plain-sight” form. full well knowing that Sugar makes us sick.
Despite the ever-growing mountain of scientific research proving the devastating cost of consuming sugar either directly as a consumer-added sweetener, such as in coffee, tea, or other consumables, or indirectly by consuming sugar byproducts disguised as something else.
I actually stumbled upon some of the research by some rather strange circumstances. My family and I were at our summer residence in Pennsylvania enjoying a family outing at a historic state fair. the fair is an annual event that features what life was like a little over a hundred years ago. , more on that later, but getting back to what happened at some point during our visit and exploring the fairgrounds I began to cough and felt quite lightheaded, and one might even say dizzy.
It was only a matter of time before panic among my family set in, (with good reason, I actually have a heart condition) and, before you knew it I was rushed to a hospital E.R. and had all sorts of tests performed. It took a few hours before the Doctor returned and offered me two choices.
Lance, he said, you can stay overnight and we’ll observe you, or you can go home and make an appointment to see your regular physician tomorrow. Either way, whatever caused this coughing episode is not heart-related, and you are stable at this time. And, even though the hospital was nice, the staff was very attentive, and I was pretty exhausted, I decided to stay in our summer home for the night, and head back to NY in the morning.
A few days later I went to visit my regular doctor, and while waiting for her to come into the exam room I scanned the hospital release papers, and a couple of items caught my attention in such a dramatic way that I literally felt the blood rush to my head, and my heart climbed up into my throat. You know that horrifying way the blood begins to pump faster, and your pulse begins to bang so loudly in your head that it literally feels like someone is giving you a noogie on the side of your head?
It was then that I was greatly reminded of a scripture in Hebrews. “Hebrews 9:27 says, “It is appointed unto men once to die but after this the judgment” (KJV).” At about the same time, Dr. Henriksen entered the examination room, cheerfully and full of pep as always, and offered me a warm greeting, but somehow she must have observed the look of fear and uncertainty in my eyes, and she asked caringly, very caringly, “How are you doing Lance, are you feeling okay?
I looked down at the discharge papers, and I began to explain that I was here for a follow-up to an emergency visit, but that I believe I now know what the problem was. Looking somewhat confused, Dr. Henriksen motioned for me to hand her the discharge papers, and after briefly scanning the page she looked at me, and said, ” If you were still smoking, I’d be concerned for you, but since I know that you quit three years ago without a single relapse, I’m not that concerned, and I’ll show you how to beat this.
Okay, enough with the mystery. While I was at the hospital some chest X-rays and MRIs were done. The part of the diagnosis that nearly made me pass out in the examination room on that day was never mentioned by the attending physician or even the cardiologist that visited me. I assume that they thought I was aware of the condition and that it was something my doctor was addressing, or they decided not to tell me for fear of instigating a heart episode. The latter is less likely though. So, what I found out by reading the discharge papers was that I had COPD and Chronic emphysema. The very disease that took my beloved father-in-law just a few years earlier.
Emphysema for those who do not know exactly what it is can often be described as a deterioration of the lungs in such a way that it can render the patient to be like a fish out of water, dying of suffocation in a room full of air. (Quite dramatic I know, but still an accurate definition.)
By now, I’m sure that most of my readers would have thought that I was diagnosed with the big C. Cancer, the monster of all diseases, the disease that respects neither age, gender, race, or wealth for that matter. And, I can see how some would think that. After all, I began this discussion by talking about “Sugar.” And, a lot of people are aware that cancer feeds on sugar, and reducing sugar can greatly reduce your chances of dying from cancer. But, as more studies are proving, sugar is more than a raceway to cancer, it is a nondiscriminatory avenue to heart disease, diabetes, blindness, kidney & live disease, and lung disease among other cell-destroying diseases that eventually lead to premature, and often times painful and uncomfortable death.
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