Why Sugar Intake Is Often The Real Cause of Inflammatory Diseases

By James Haley, MD, FACOG, FPMRS

After many years of research, doctors and scientists know that too much sugar intake is often the real cause of inflammatory diseases. Most people do know sugar is harmful, but not nearly to what degree. High sugar intake has become a habit that is hard to break. Sugar isn’t the “sweet treat” it once was. It is in most of the foods Americans consume these days, and in much higher concentrations.

The statistics are shocking. The average American eats more than 22 teaspoons of sugar a day. Children eat 32. Do the math and that is the equivalent of 150 – 200 pounds of sugar a year. Most people do know it is harmful, yet it is extremely hard to break the habit. Refined sugar does cause addiction in the brain, making it almost impossible to control cravings.  Sugar at these high levels is not just a treat, it is toxic.

When most people think of avoiding sugar, they think of cutting out soda, desserts, donuts, candy, etc., the processed sugars. However, refined carbohydrates, or “processed carbs” are toxic to the body as well. Processed foods are stripped of nutrients and are turned into sugar as they break down in your body. Some examples of refined carbs are white breads, pasta, rice, potatoes, french fries, chips, and cereal. These are foods that most of us regularly consume in our diet.

There is a massive rise in diseases related to unhealthy blood sugar levels, from obesity to diabetes, dementia, Alzheimer’s, autoimmune disorders, cardiovascular disease, among many more. This is not a coincidence. Too much refined sugar and refined carbohydrate leads to chronic inflammation, which then leads to disease.

Refined sugar and refined carbohydrates have no nutritional value, and can destroy our bodies. First, it spikes glucose (blood sugar) levels. Insulin, the hormone that tells cells to take in glucose, spikes as well. Increased insulin levels result in increased storage of glucose, and thus increase fat formation. Insulin also causes an increase in cortisol, the major “stress hormone” in our body. High cortisol levels over time damages our immunity, and increases inflammation. These increases can also lead to insulin resistance in cells, causing excess circulating glucose. This then triggers snowballing harmful effects, fueling chronic inflammation and causing destruction throughout the body. Over time, this can lead to Metabolic Syndrome, and Type 2 Diabetes.

Glucose spikes are what gives it the addictive quality, and makes it so hard to get off the rollercoaster. The increased production of insulin, cortisol, and even adrenaline all cause an addictive quality much like that of a drug. The brief high is followed by a rapid drop. Then our bodies crave more sugar to sustain our energy after the blood sugar crash.

Sugar has multiple dangers that goes far beyond diabetes, as if that were not enough of a concern. Refined sugar and carbs have also been linked to poor cardiovascular health. Also, the chronic inflammation caused by the increased cortisol has been linked to cancer, heart disease and other conditions. Sugar consumption also has a suppressive effect on the immune system that lasts for hours after ingestion. So if you have some sugar or bad carbohydrates with each meal, you are in turn suppressing your immune system all day long. It’s no wonder that autoimmune diseases are on the rise.

One of the most alarming aspects of excess sugar is its relationship to brain and cognitive health. Studies published by UCLA found that fructose damaged memory and learning. Studies published by the New England Journal of Medicine have linked excess sugar intake to cognitive impairment and brain fog, dementia and Alzheimer’s. Some researchers are calling Alzheimer’s Type 3 Diabetes, with good reason.

As if all of this research was not enough to put the lid on the sugar jar, sugar can wreck havoc on our gut health as well. Excessive sugar intake helps unbalance the levels of good to bad bacteria in our guts, leading to chronic infections. Yeast and other fungi love to feast on all of the sugar we’ve eaten and thrive on the abundance. These imbalances are also linked to allergies, ADD, ADHD, asthma, skin conditions, hypertension and depression, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, and many more disorders. These conditions are all related to chronic inflammation in the body.

How to Get Control and Manage Sugar Dependence:

Cutting out refined sugar and carbohydrates is definitely the way to optimize your health. However, it’s not a realistic goal for most people to cut it all out completely. If your family makes you a birthday cake, it’s hard not to eat a piece. The goal is to cut back on sugar and refined carbs, and if you do indulge, maximize your body’s ability to process it. Eating only three meals a day is ideal, so your body doesn’t have a continual spike and fall in your glucose levels. Adding protein and healthy fats (yes, definitely fats) to your diet is critical, as they do not cause nearly the spikes in insulin release that sugar and carbs do, and also help balance any carbs that are in your diet. Once your body gets used to not having sugar and refined carbs, it will become much easier because you will feel better. You won’t have the cravings you once had, and it will be definitely easier to manage.

In addition to getting a grip on your diet, there is a product that I recommend that is revolutionary in helping manage carbs and sugar. It was created by a group of Nobel Prize nominated scientists, and has two worldwide patents. The product is called Emulin , by iGalen, which is all-natural and safe for everyone, including children and pregnant women. It is a carbohydrate manager and sugar chaperone that helps decrease glucose absorption and reverse inflammation. Click here to learn more.

There are scientific studies supporting the effectiveness of Emulin, and an incredible amount of testimonies from people that have seen numerous beneficial results from its use. Many with diabetes are seeing their blood sugar reduced, allowing them to decrease and even come off of their diabetic medicine. The positive results are phenomenal, and many Emulin users report weight loss as well. This only makes sense. Those with chronic pain have found relief, many people have found they have an increase in positive moods, less depression, and better sleep. Many with IBS, Crohn’s disease, asthma, ADD, ADHD, brain fog, have found their symptoms much improved.

Emulin Plus does not claim to be a miracle pill, but for those that it has helped with debilitating symptoms, it is to them. Not every single person that takes Emulin finds that it helps with immediate symptoms; however, in testing those with chronic inflammatory issues, many have seen much improvement. The long term benefits of managing carbs and sugar are proven for living a long and healthy life.

The future of a sugar filled diet seems very grim. It could lead to multiple inflammatory diseases, including diabetes, cancer, and Alzheimer’s, all of which are major killers. A change in diet is paramount, and adding Emulin Plus to your list of vitamins and supplements is beneficial. With a reduction in sugar throughout your body, you will no doubt feel better, look better, and live a healthier life.

James Haley, M.D., FACOG, FPMRS

Licensed Physician, OB-GYN and Urogynecolgist, Double-Board Certified

Cherokee Women’s Health Specialists, Canton and Woodstock, GA

jhaley@selfcarehealthcaremd.com

 

 

 

 

Losing Weight is all about Insulin Control

After seeing women in my OB/GYN practice for over 25 years, I have seen the struggles of women on the yo-yo cycle of gaining and losing weight. Diet fads come and go, and although exercise is important,  it’s not the only answer to losing weight. I have done extensive research on nutrition and  diet, not only for my patients, but for my own use and that of my family. One of the experts that I admire and wholeheartedly believe his findings are accurate is Dr. Jason Fung.  The following information is from his research and on his website Intensive Dietary Management. The key to losing weight is in what you eat, when you eat, and it’s all directly related to insulin control.

In order to understand how the body gains and loses weight, you must understand how it uses energy. The body really only exists in one of two states – the fed and the fasted state. When we eat, the hormone insulin goes up and insulin is released. Now all foods stimulate different amounts of insulin release but few foods except for pure fat cause no insulin release at all. Insulin is really a type of nutrient sensor. It senses the ingestion of both carbohydrate and protein containing foods. Refined foods, particularly carbohydrates cause the highest release of insulin.

Our bodies need a continual source of energy for basic metabolic housekeeping – keeping the heart pumping blood, the liver and kidney detoxifying, the lungs sucking air, brain function etc. Obviously we need a source of energy for all that work and it must be continuously available. Since we do not eat food all the time, we have a system of storing food energy (in the liver and as body fat) for times where we are not eating.

The main mistake people make is believing that weight loss is a simple one compartment problem. That is, people think that all calories go into a single compartment and taken out of that same one.

Consider the energy balance equation: Fat = (Calories In) – (Calories Out). This is always true. Suppose that your weight is stable and you eat 2000 calories and burn 2000. What if you want to lose weight? You hope that you reduce dietary calories to 1500, and body fat will provide the other 500. Over time you lose body fat. That’s exactly what does not happen.

There are really two different places where our body can obtain energy

  1. food
  2. Stored food energy (glycogen in liver, or body fat)

But here’s the CRITICAL point. You can only get energy from one or the other, but not both at the same time.

Imagine a railroad track. Suppose you need 2000 calories to keep basic metabolic function normal. There are two different tracks where energy can come from – either food or stored food. You may only obtain energy from one source at a time. If you take energy from the first track, you cannot get any from the second and vice versa.

In the fed state, when you are eating, insulin levels are high. During that time, it makes sense to derive your energy from the food that you are eating. So what happens is that we shut down burning of stored food energy in the form of fat and glycogen. For all you technically inclined people, we say that insulin inhibits lipolysis and gluconeogenesis. This is a well known physiologic fact.

Throughout most of the day, assuming you eat 3 meals a day, this is the normal state of affairs. But what happens when you go to sleep? Because you are not eating, you are fasting. Insulin levels fall. You now need to pull some of the food energy you’ve stored away to keep your vital organs running. This is the reason you do not die in your sleep every single night.

As you fast, insulin levels fall. This is the signal to switch energy sources from food to stored food. You pull stored energy out from the liver (glycogen) and if that is not enough, body fat. Technically speaking, we say that we start glycogenolysis, gluconeogenesis and lipolysis when insulin levels fall.

If you fast for 24 hours, for example, what happens is that your body wants 2000 calories for that day’s energy bill. Since you are carrying around plenty of body fat, it’s no problem to supply that 2000 calories. Approximately 1/2 pound of fat will supply that easily and the body says “Whoa, I have tons of fat, take all you want’.  It is important to realize that this is a completely natural process. Humans have evolved this mechanism of food storage, and there is nothing inherently unhealthy about fasting. It’s all part of a natural balance of being in the fed state and the fasted state.

Another way to put it is that this. You either burn fat or store it. You can’t do both at the same time. The body is just not that stupid. If food is plentiful, you store food energy. If food is scarce, you burn food energy (body fat). The key hormonal regulator here is insulin. The change in insulin levels is what signals our body to go into fat storing mode or fat burning mode.

So what happens now if you are trying to lose weight by adopting conventional advice to reduce the dietary fat and calories, and eat 6 times a day. By doing so, you keep insulin levels high because you are eating lots of low fat bread, pasta and rice and eating all the time. This also happens in type 2 diabetes, where insulin resistance causes insulin levels to stay elevated.

Since insulin is high, you must get your energy from food, and cannot get any from your body fat stores. You reduce your calorie intake from 2000 calories to 1500 and hope against hope that you will lose weight. You do, at first, but then your body must adjust. Since you cannot get at your fat stores, if you are only getting 1500 calories in, you must reduce you calorie expenditure to 1500 as well. So, you feel tired, hungry, cold because your body’s metabolism is starting to shut down. But the worst part? You don’t lose any more weight! Your weight loss starts to plateau, but you feel like crap. Over time, you start to regain some of that weight. So you decide that you’ve had enough and increase your caloric intake to 1700 – still lower than when you started. But, because you are taking in 1700 calories but only burning 1500 calories, your weight quickly goes back to what it was before you started the diet. Sound familiar to anybody?
The key to successful long term weight loss is not reducing calories. It’s reducing insulin. Because insulin is the switch that decides whether your body is burning food energy or stored food energy (body fat). If you are burning food, then you are not burning fat. It’s as simple as that. The key to accessing your body fat stores is to reduce insulin. You must let your body go into the ‘fasted’ state.

Not only will eating the right foods help reduce your insulin and help you lose weight, there are numerous other health reasons that lowering your insulin levels are important.  There is evidence that higher blood sugar levels over time can possibly lead to dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease. Persistent high blood sugar can damage blood vessels and nerves which can lead to loss of vision, kidney disease and nerve problems throughout the body. By and large, insulin control is vital to your health, not only for your weight management, but overall quality health for a lifetime.

There is an all-natural product, called Emulin, that can be added to help regulate carbohydrates. It is the world’s first natural patented supplement that manages carbs, reduces inflammation and helps reduce blood sugar. This is perfectly safe for all, including children and pregnant women. If taken over time, the product can have a significant impact on your overall health by keeping blood sugar levels down. Emulin was invented by Nobel Prize Nominated Scientists, and is a game-changing product for overall health and longevity. You can read more about the product by clicking on the link.

James Haley, M.D., ACOG, FACOG, FPMRS

jameshaleymd@yahoo.com

 

Resource: The Fed and  Fasted State by Jason Fung, MD. from Intensive Dietary Management.

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Advances In Wearable Technology Changing How Doctors Can Help Patients

 

Data from healthcare wearables and patient devices has only just begun to change the way hospitals treat patients, but advances will continue through the analytic insights they provide.

Many big healthcare and insurance companies have begun using analytics tools to help find the best “path to care” and reduce the cost of healthcare. For example, using big data pathing analytics allows healthcare providers to analyze clinical treatment over time, not only a small sample of patients but potentially all patients treated or insured.
The advent of the Internet of Things (IoT) is accelerating these advancements – promising to change the way patients receive personalized care by capturing patient behavioral data as well. Something as seemingly simple as having patients use wearable devices could make a huge impact on path to care, and doctors should take note.

Clinical data is being captured in much greater detail with prompted inputs and codes. Almost 80% of hospital executives believe the future of healthcare could be significantly improved using predictive analytics. Doctors collect data every time they see a patient — each clinical visit results in notes and feedback that can be leveraged through analytics — however, the trouble is collecting data between these visits. Information flow can be slow or incomplete, resulting in prolonged intervals between findings, actions, and subsequent impact. As a result, doctors often remain blind as to what happens in between patient visits, relying entirely on subjective interviews rather than objective data.
Many patients are fairly accurate on their pain feedback, however they may have a different perspective than the healthcare provider about how closely they’ve followed their treatment plans. Some patients may not want to admit that they didn’t follow the doctor’s orders while others may go overboard with physical therapy, for example, which could negatively impact their recovery. This is where IoT and healthcare wearables help provide a more accurate path to care by combining clinical data with patient behavioral data for a clearer picture of the patient’s progress.

Healthcare wearables can track several different types of patient activity, such as steps, heart rate and sleep, to accurately reflect adherence to recommended treatment. The number of behaviors that can be tracked by wearables is increasing, and as more clinical and behavioral IoT data becomes available to analyze, doctors can better monitor patient care and make informed recommendations. Healthcare providers are beginning to understand the benefit of compiling the data from wearables. For example, there are cases of elderly care facilities joining forces with wearable technology companies to remotely track biometric and behavioral data. The data is pulled from wearable devices to help doctors prevent falls, identify health declines and track diseases.

To illustrate, as people get older, degenerative knee osteoarthritis is one common contributor to pain and decreased mobility. Determining the best path to care for this condition isn’t clear cut and options could range from non-surgical treatments to a full knee replacement. By looking at the data collected from a wearable device and clinical records, treatment options can be tailored for each individual based on a 360-degree view of patient activity.

It is also possible to help senior patients avoid a clinical visit all together. For example, a common condition within elderly populations is urinary tract infections or UTIs. A simple treatment of antibiotics can usually cure the infection, but if undetected, it can lead to falling, a trip to the emergency room, a broken hip or worse. This situation could be avoided entirely if the wearable device had the analytical capability to monitor a person’s gait, thereby signaling an abnormal change that might indicate a loss of balance. An alert could then be given to the elderly person, healthcare provider or guardian to ensure they are checked for a UTI. If detected early, the remedy is relatively simple and low cost. If undetected, a UTI in an elderly patient typically results in a fall, a $1,000 ambulance bill, a $2,000 emergency visit and tests, or potentially a $20,000 broken hip or $40,000 hip replacement.  It is one reason, healthcare insurance companies are very interested in incorporating IoT and healthcare wearables into treatment plans.

IoT data from healthcare wearables and patient devices has only just begun to change the way hospitals treat patients. By expanding the use of these devices and the analytic insights they provide, we can look forward to better paths to care and a truly personalized healthcare experience.

Randy Lea is Vice President, Americas Big Data Practice at Teradata.

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In the near future, the HeloLX has a patent on blood glucose monitoring and with just a software upgrade, you will be able monitor your blood sugar levels without a finger prick. This is only the beginning of the future of wearable technology.

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Canadian Study Links Brain Cancer to Cell Phone Use

Teton Village, WY — (SBWIRE) — 05/31/2017 — A new report published this week in American Journal of Epidemiology confirms that Canadians who have used cellphones for 558 hours or more have more than a doubled risk of brain cancer. These important findings strengthen the association between cell phone use and glioma, which is an aggressive brain cancer.

The original 13-nation Interphone study for the International Agency for Research on Cancer of the World Health Organization reported a 40% increase in brain cancer for those using phones for 1640 lifetime hours. This new study found that Canadians had more than a doubled glioma risk when they were analyzed apart from the 12 other countries.

“This study adds more evidence linking cell phone use with brain cancer. We believe the criteria has been met for radio frequency radiation to be classified as a probable human carcinogen. Governments need to take immediate action to inform the public and enact protective policies,” stated Dr. Anthony Miller, a senior advisor to the World Health Trust. Davis points out, “It doesn’t take long for most teenagers to surge past that amount cell phone use.”

Davis cautions about the rollout of 5G, “Not only does 5G plan to utilize cell phone frequencies, it also aims to incorporate millimeter waves that are frequencies already used at higher power as military weapons. Acknowledging the scientific evidence we have, how can this 5G rollout continue?”

Reference
Momoli F, Siemiatycki J, McBride ML, Parent ME, Richardson L, Bedard D, Platt R, Vrijheid M, Cardis E, Krewski D. Probabilistic multiple-bias modelling applied to the Canadian data from the INTERPHONE study of mobile phone use and risk of glioma, meningioma, acoustic neuroma, and parotid gland tumors. Am J Epidemiol. 2017 May 23. doi: 10.1093/aje/kwx157. [Epub ahead of print]

About Environmental Health Trust
Environmental Health Trust (EHT) educates individuals, health professionals and communities about controllable environmental health risks and policy changes needed to reduce those risks. Currently EHT is raising health concerns about cell phones and wireless in schools and recommends practical steps to reduce exposures. The Environmental Health Trust maintains a regularly updated database of worldwide precautionary policies on cell phone radiation and health. The foundation’s website is the go-to place for clear, science-based information to prevent disease.

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Additional Resources
Epidemiology of Cell Phones and Other Wireless Transmitting Devices – An Update
and scientific advisor to the Environmental Health Trust. Miller recently presented a 2017 review of the current peer reviewed science linking phone radiation to cancer at an international conference on Wireless and Health at the Israel Institute for Advanced Studies organized in cooperation with the U.S. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and Environmental Health Trust.

“Governments have allowed this technology to pervade our lives saying it did not have proof it could harm us. This latest analysis of Canadian Interphone study data that found a statistically significant doubling of risk for glioma among cell phone users with only 558 lifetime hours of use,” stated Dr. Devra Davis, President and Founder of Environmental Health Trust. Davis points out, “It doesn’t take long for most teenagers to surge