It’s the average American way of life, and it deserves to be given a warning label. Sit around consuming excess calories and refined sugar along with processed foods. From your morning donut and frappe’ to your burger with the processed sugary tomato seasoning that we refer to as ketchup. Sugar is in practically everything that we consume in one form or another.

I must warn you. The following information will be an inconvenient truth. You will not like what you read, and it may be difficult to process.

Sugar is a silent killer in our culture. A shadowy assassin lying in wait. It sounds unbelievable until you realize that sugar goes by more than 50 names and is an ingredient in virtually all processed foods.

The 56 Most Common Names for Sugar

(Excluding artificial sweeteners and sugar substitutes)

  1. Dextrose
  2. Fructose
  3. Sucrose
  4. Maltose
  5. Lactose
  6. Glucose
  7. Galactose
  8. Beet Sugar
  9. Brown Sugar
  10. Cane Juice Crystals
  11. Cane Sugar
  12. Coconut Sugar
  13. Castor Sugar
  14. Confectioner’s Sugar (aka: powdered sugar)
  15. Corn Syrup Solids
  16. Crystalline Fructose
  17. Demerara Sugar
  18. Date Sugar
  19. Dextrin
  20. Diastatic Malt
  21. Ethyl Maltol
  22. Florida Crystals
  23. Golden Sugar
  24. Glucose Syrup Solids
  25. Grape Sugar
  26. Icing Sugar
  27. Maltodextrin
  28. Muscovado Sugar
  29. Panela Sugar
  30. Raw Sugar
  31. Sugar (granulated or table)
  32. Sucanat
  33. Turbinado Sugar
  34. Yellow Sugar
  35. Agave Nectar/Syrup
  36. Barley Malt
  37. Blackstrap Molasses
  38. Brown Rice Syrup
  39. Butter Sugar/Buttercream
  40. Caramel
  41. Carob Syrup
  42. Corn Syrup
  43. Evaporated Cane Juice
  44. Fruit Juice
  45. Fruit Juice Concentrate
  46. Golden Syrup
  47. High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)
  48. Honey
  49. Invert Sugar
  50. Maple Syrup
  51. Malt Syrup
  52. Molasses
  53. Rice Syrup
  54. Refiner’s Syrup
  55. Sorghum Syrup
  56. Treacle

I realize that at this point you may be feeling slightly overwhelmed, and maybe even a bit scared. But what you need to understand is that the rise of high-normal blood sugar is an epidemic of mass proportions, especially among young people. Sugar addiction is a condition that is every bit damaging as heroin, yet is tolerated by our society without a second thought. The various industries are blamed for this illness or that condition, and the sugar industry sits quietly in the corner, pumping out trillions in hush money. We want to blame every industry on the planet for the various illnesses that rob us of our loved ones, but we rarely take a close introspective look at why these things happen. We simply chalk it up to genetics or fate rather than actions and consequences. It is not my intention to place blame on anyone for the unforeseen circumstances that may have wreaked havoc on their family, anymore than it is my intention to lay out a miracle “cure” in this blog. On the contrary, my aim is not to “treat” or “cure” anything, prevention is my aim. Prevention and education. Because once you are presented with the facts, you are required to make informed moral decisions for yourself and your family. You are accountable for your actions. When faced with the knowledge that through everyday decisions we can epigenetically alter the gene expression for generations of a family tree, will you continue to walk blindly through the average, ordinary way or life? Or will you choose to do something extraordinary? If you knew definitively that choices you make today will undoubtedly affect all of your tomorrows as well as that of your children’s children, would you take a moment to see how you can brighten the future? Would you be more diligent to recognize the signs of addiction and dis-ease onset in your family and make intentional changes?

Let's Talk About Sugar

More and more research links even “slightly” high blood sugar levels to food cravings, mood swings, and weight gain. Also mentioned, are fertility problems, heart attacks, stroke, type 2 diabetes, endocrine disorders, and even cancer!

Refined sugar, even in some of its more innocent forms, such as fruit juice, should always be viewed in the form of a dose-dependent, neuro-inflammatory, hepato-toxin.

It will always cause inflammation in measured response to the amount that you consume. When you realize that the orange juice in your cup at breakfast, along with the sports drinks and the Frappuccino’s, each have the ability to pummel your liver like a fifth of scotch; maybe you will make different choices. 

Glucose is necessary for life, but it can also be a destructive force of nature. Oxygen is necessary for life, but it aides in the cellular breakdown process called oxidation that we refer to as ageing. 

While sugar may be permissible, or even necessary in measured doses, we always have to remember that our occasional sweet treat has the ability to alter our lives forever.

The cost of a high-normal blood sugar increases over time. 

 

Too Much Fructose May Harm the Liver and Microbiome

Many studies have shown how consuming excess sucar can harm the liver, increase insulin resistance, and even lead to metabolic syndrome conditions such as diabetes and obesity. Other studies however, show that fructose, found in juices and drinks, increases the the risk of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, liver cirrhosis, and even cancer. For more information on this process, please view the following video (14:29).

At healthy levels, blood sugar is the body’s primary source of energy, the gas that fuels our cells. Our cells and tissues need glucose in the same way that our lungs need air. Without it, we wouldn’t survive. For our bodies to function at their peak capacity, our blood sugar levels, like everything else in the body, must be kept in perfect balance – neither too high nor too low will suffice.

Homeostasis

According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, Homeostasis is defined as: any self-regulating process by which biological systems tend to maintain stability while adjusting to conditions that are optimal for survival. If homeostasis is successful, life continues; if homeostasis is unsuccessful, life or death ensues. The stability attained is actually a dynamic equilibrium, in which continuous change occurs yet relatively uniform conditions prevail. The most intricate understanding of this relationship can be conceptualized by an individual walking a tightrope.

Maintaining homeostasis can be viewed as a hormonal high wire act. Some “counter-regulatory hormones” that can cause blood sugar to rise are epinephrine, cortisol, and growth hormone. In this way, physical stress, such as illness, injury, and surgery, as well as emotional stress, can affect blood sugar levels. Considering this fact, some have come to absolutely demonize the sugar industry on the same level as the cigarette industry. I happen to agree. When you understand how diabolical sugar is as a marketing tool, you begin to look at things through a whole new lens. Stress causes your body to pump out epinephrine (adrenaline), this “Fight-or-Flight Hormone” prepares your body to rise to the challenge of a perceived threat, whether to confront it or flee from it. As epinephrine causes your heart rate to increase, your breathing quickens, and your pupils dilate. Your liver then begins to to flood your body with glucose from its glycogen stores. Some research models even show up to an 80% correlation between stress and our physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Simply put, if you are chronically overstressed to a certain level, your likelihood of developing a chronic illness in the near future increases by 80%. Compound that with the effects of a sugar binge as we turn to sweets to “cope” with the chronic cycle of stressful everyday life, and you have a recipe for chronic disaster!

This is why it is not only important that we take care of the innerworkings of your bodies, but also of our minds. Aside from eating clean and drinking clean water, our thoughts and words must also be clean and pure. 

Love, peace, security, honor, purpose, duty, identity, these ideals that are so often passionately pursued of individuals of character.

The way that we feel, act, and relate to others; all stems from how we perceive our surroundings. If the self feels threatened, the body and the mind will respond to the perceived threat. Over time, if stress is not dealt with properly, it will be coped with in some fashion or another. Rarely do we consider that we may have a serious addiction if we’re going for the ice cream rather than cocaine, but what if I told you that to your brain, they are the same thing… On the chemical level.

Like sex and dopamine, sugar and dopamine are closely correlated. In fact, the dopamine rush that you get from sugar can be likened to the same response that an individual would get from heroin or cocaine.

Some of us get woken up by the harsh realities of life, others prefer to stay asleep. Hibernating in their false sense of security. The question of sugar’s role in all of our lives comes back to our childhoods. It’s commercials and marketing that triggers a neurological and psychological response of craving and addiction from even the youngest of unwitting recipients. Sugar is not the big player, it’s addiction. And that’s not just conspiracy theory talking. Who remembers the ads for Surge when they were a kid? Well, it was discontinued so we will pick on some more current candidates.

Aside from the acidity, soda is loaded with sugar, which also promotes acidity! And it’s not just soda! Actually about 80% of the consumable items in the grocery store have sugar added. Items like low fat yogurt, barbecue sauce, ketchup, jams, fruit juice, spaghetti sauce, sports drinks, chocolate milk, granola, cereal, canned soup, flavored coffees, protein bars, granola bars, iced tea, vitamin water, canned fruit, canned baked beans, premade smoothies, bread, and much more…

The truth is, life is a banquet, and the tragedy is that most people are starving to death. 

Literally! And malnutrition will have you craving junk long after you’ve stuffed yourself full of nutritionally void food. We have to be intentional. We have to take responsibility. So why am I telling you all this? Because the industry doesn’t want you to hear it. Because 2020 became the year that tried to “cancel” Vitamin C and homeopathic remedies. Because your body is self-healing and self-regulating. Because just by changing our thoughts, feelings, emotional reactions, and behaviors (for example, making healthier lifestyle choices with regard to nutrition and self care), we can send new signals to our cells so that they can express proteins for rebuilding and repairing our bodies rather than tearing them down. Over time this has the ability to positively alter our genetic expression. We can exit the matrix whenever we choose to do so. But we have to be willing to open our minds to new information, and we have to have faith that things can change. Faith that is backed up by action. I can only show you the door. You have to walk through it.

Examples of multi-generational epigenetic changes can be seen in cases of smoking during pregnancy.

Epigenetic changes documented through research at Florida A&M University has shown that smoking during pregnancy caused changes in both the mother and the fetus.

The narrative has changed ladies and gentlemen. Doctors no longer recommend cigarettes, but the various allopathic institutions still function like a well oiled machine, promoting the designer drugs and therapies to mask the ever growing list of symptoms caused by this malfunction or that.

If we want to find true health, we have to return to a state of simplicity.  The problem is that we’ve been cornered into a kind of “sick care” mentality within our society; which has squandered trillions of taxpayer dollars and produced virtually nothing.

We have to be the change agents in this situation. We have to take responsibility for our health. Does that mean that you can never have cheesecake again? Certainly not! But make it a treat and not a staple. If we are going to survive in this brave new world of Pharmaceutical Theocracy and superbugs, we have to embrace a healthy diet (alkaline), regular exercise, adequate water (Kangen), supplementation (Ukon), detoxification (physical, spiritual, mental, and emotional). In our day, it has gotten to the point that it’s not optional for us. If we don’t make time for our health and the health of our families, we will be forced to make time for illness. And eventually it will reach the point of a crucible. We need to be the change that we wish to see in the world.

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Ian Rude is the Founder of Pure Neurology Consulting and NEUCLEAR Health & Fitness. Ian is a well renowned Neuro Therapist, specializing in Functional Neuro-Muscular Stimulation for rehabilitation and performance enhancement. In 2015 Ian suffered a shoulder injury while on duty as a Firefighter and was later diagnosed with a condition called Complex Regional Pain Syndrome / Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy. With over 12 years in healthcare, Ian began working with individuals suffering from conditions such as CRPS, Fibromyalgia, and many more. He quickly made a name for himself in the chronic pain community as someone who thinks outside the box. Ian’s research focuses around Medical Cannabis, Functional Neurology, and Human Movement Science.

 

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8 Responses

  1. It can be so frustrating to eliminate sugar from the diet when you have to keep up with more than 50 ways that it can be snuck into foods and drinks! Thanks for showing the sugar content of sodas in units of tsps, for those of us who don’t use the metric system and can’t really visualize how much sugar is in a gram. Very helpful information about sugar!

    1. Hey Aly! It certainly encourages us to slow down and read the labels. I’m glad that you found the information helpful. Many people don’t realize why they’re having so much trouble losing weight or kicking the inflammation. Cutting out Moon Pies is one thing, but eliminating sugar means lifestyle changes. It is literally added to nearly EVERYTHING in a bag or a box! I wish you all the best in your journey. Stay Vigilant!

      -Ian

  2. Thank you for this sobering information.

    How often do we think that it is just a small slice of cake, it won’t do any harm.  It is going to go to waste so why not just eat it all up.  Plus we eat something sweet here and there throughout the day and don’t even realise how much we consume.

    I really think that it would be useful to write everything down that we eat for a few days and we will be totally shocked at the amount of sugar that we consume.

    I therefore agree that it is time to stop and have a good hard look at our intake.

  3. I remember what I heard then when I was still studying, that, ” table sugar” or sucrose is a poison mistaken for food. 

    I can relate with you about what you have written at The Sugar Dilemma post. Thank you for the caring information that even slightly high sugar level take from different foods that most  people may not even be aware of are linked by most research to food cravings, mood swings, weight gain, fertility problems, heart attacks, stroke, type 2 diabetes, endocrine disorders, and even cancer.

    It is really a bit hard to take away sugar from the diet. You have done a wonderful job to collate and share this information.

    The responsibility to monitor sugar levels and the act of prevention from making levels high now lies to your readers.

    1. Yes Rose, I agree with you. The responsibility has to be to each their own. I hope that posts like these will encourage a hard look and a second thought. Even a small splash can leave ripples.

  4. I very well agree with you. We have to be the change to change our world. How can we endanger our health while some people are making trillion of dollars from same substance. All we get is a blame on our system. Sugar is found both natural and as additives to our food. We can reduce the number of coke bottles we drink  and cut down the amount of cake and sugar coated buscuits. We must stay healthy 

    1. Absolutely! I agree. We have to take the initiative and be our own best advocates. If we don’t make time for our health, we will be forced to make time for our illnesses.

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