Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, is a board certified internist and nationally known expert in the fields of chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, sleep, and pain. He is also director of the Practitioners Alliance Network and the author of numerous books, including The Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Solution and Pain Free 1-2-3. If you are hooked on sugar, you will want to read Dr. Teitelbaum’s Complete Guide to Beating Sugar Addiction. Salonpas offers an excerpt of this book below:
How Sugar Causes Inflammation and Chronic Disease
Too much sugar, white flour, and other refined carbohydrates in our diet—about 20 percent of our total calories—increase inflammation in the body.
Your immune system’s job is to protect you from outside invaders. Antibodies are a type of protein that detects invaders and sees them as “other” so that immune cells, like white blood cells and natural killer cells, can recognize and kill them. When this happens, inflammation results, which can be a good thing, a protective response by the body that helps you heal.
However, if inflammation lasts too long and becomes chronic, it can actually damage the tissues of your body. When it becomes chronic, this inflammation is the key factor behind the plaque buildup that causes heart disease and stroke —the #1 and #3 killers of Americans.
Chronic Medical Problems Associated with Sugar in Our Diet:
- Chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia
- Pain of many kinds
- Decreased immune function
- Chronic sinusitis
- Irritable bowel syndrome and spastic colon
- Autoimmune disease
- Metabolic syndrome with high cholesterol and hypertension
- Heart disease
- Hormonal problems
- Candida and yeast infections
This is the short list. The actual list could go on for pages!
Sugar is also a mood-altering substance, causing stress, anxiety, and depression, which is no surprise to anyone with a sweet tooth.Sugar is everywhere in our diet, and it is dumped into what we eat and drink during food processing. With one-third of our calories coming from sugar and white flour, and the stress of modern life increasing, we are seeing the makings of the “perfect storm” of medical problems. Eating sugar causes blood sugar to surge, insulin to spike, and fat to get deposited throughout your body. Obesity, often accompanied by diabetes and heart disease, is just one more consequence of our high-sugar diet.
The Value of Sugar Detox
I know the value of ridding the body of excess sugar. For more than thirty years, I have incorporated sugar detox into treatments for countless patients suffering from chronic health problems. I have also seen thousands of people whose chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia were aggravated by their sweet teeth.
I also understand the problem firsthand. A former sugar addict myself, I came down with chronic fatigue syndrome in 1975. Eliminating my sugar addiction was an important part of my recovery.
Sugar addiction is the canary in the coal mine. It usually points to a larger problem that is also dragging you down. We don’t have anything against sugar. We simply don’t want you feeling poorly and getting sick because of it. In fact, we want you to feel great! And most of you will when you treat the problems accompanying your sugar addiction. Ready to get off the “sugar roller coaster?” We’re happy to guide the way.
The basics of sugar detox are, of course, diet related (stop eating sugar), and diet alteration is the standard method used to overcome sugar addiction. But an even deeper level of treatment is necessary to produce wellness. If you have tried the “cold turkey” approach to sugar addiction without nutritional strategies, treatment guidelines, and support, you probably found success elusive. That’s because getting rid of the sugar is but one step in an overall comprehensive approach that must address the mind, body, and spirit.
My goal is to give you an organized step-by-step approach for each type of sugar addiction that encourages you to change from a sugar-laden to a low-sugar diet without sacrificing the pleasures of food and eating.
The Four Types of Sugar Addiction
To beat sugar addiction, first you’ll need to figure out which type of sugar addict you are. Think of it like a road trip. The initial step is to decide the best way to get to where you want to be: free of sugar addiction and feeling great. Consider this book as your road map to wellness. We include directions for your inner journey, a journey that will heal not only your body but also your mind and spirit. A journey that will change your life!
Different kinds of sugar addiction have different underlying causes and require different treatments. Here are the four key types of sugar addiction:
Type 1: The Energy Loan Shark
Chronically exhausted and hooked on quick hits of caffeine and sugar
When daily fatigue causes sugar (and caffeine) cravings, sometimes all you need is to improve nutrition, sleep, and exercise. When your energy increases, you won’t need sugar and as much caffeine for an energy boost. New research shows that coffee can be beneficial when used in moderation, and we’ll show you how. You’ll find out how to turbocharge your energy in an easy and healthy way starting in chapter 1.
Type 2: Feed Me Now or I’ll Kill You
When life’s stress has exhausted your adrenal glands
For those of you who get irritable when you’re hungry and crash under stress, it is important to treat your adrenal exhaustion.
Type 3: The Happy Ho-Ho Hunter
Sugar cravings caused by yeast/candida overgrowth
For those of you with chronic nasal congestion, sinusitis, spastic colon, or irritable bowel syndrome, treating yeast overgrowth is critical.
Type 4: Depressed and Craving Carbs
Sugar cravings caused by your period, menopause, or andropause
For women who feel worse around their menstrual cycle, or whose problems increased when they entered perimenopause in their forties, or during menopause, estrogen and progesterone deficiency may be driving your sugar craving. Bioidentical hormones, or herbal support, can eliminate the cravings, and leave you feeling, and looking, much younger and healthier.
Knowledge is power. For example, did you know that chocolate is a health food, and is associated with a 57% lower risk of heart attack? Ready for a simple program to determine the causes of your sugar cravings, so you can enjoy sugar healthfully? Let’s go!