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About the Author

Dr. Scott Olson is a Naturopathic doctor, expert in alternative medicine, author, and medical researcher. Dr. Scott has spent his whole life researching optimal diets for humans. Spurred on by his patients' struggles with sugar addiction, he was determined to discover just how addictive and harmful sugar can be and ways to overcome that addiction. When he is not researching, writing, or coaching patients on their health, he can be found outdoors running, riding his bike, and enjoying the mountains of Colorado, where he lives.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 190 pages
  • Publisher: BookSurge Publishing (September 22, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439202761
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439202760
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #427,437 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am an expert in alternative medicine, a writer, researcher, and health adviser.

I attended the National School of Naturopathic Medicine and earned a degree in naturopathic medicine (ND) which qualifies me to practice as a primary care physician in certain states.

My interest in natural health stems from a lifelong passion with health and overcoming a serious illness with the aid of natural medicine (see my story below). The human body, I've discovered, is designed for health and not for illness. Think about that sentence: your body was designed to heal itself. You know this is true. Every time you cut your finger, you don't go running to the doctor and yell "give me something to make this heal." What you do, if it is a small cut, is put a band-aid on it and stop thinking about it. Like me, you trust your body will heal itself.

It is easy for us to trust our bodies will heal itself when we are talking about a small cut, the problem arises when we are talking about something larger and more complex like diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, or something really big like cancer.

Let me tell you, though, the same magic that turns that open wound on your finger back into perfect skin is at work throughout your body. But, then, if our bodies heal themselves, why is there disease?

That question is a bit complex and different for everyone, but, in general, you are ill because something is blocking the natural healing mechanisms of the body. That block may be something you are eating, it may be something you are encountering every day (such as toxic chemicals), it may be your mental or emotional state, it may be that you are not getting enough or the right nutrients.

Health, then, is simply a matter of uncovering that block and supporting the healing mechanisms of the body through diet, proper nutrition, and supplementation.


My story and my interest in health began when I was 18 years old. My father had a book called The Pritikin Diet and for some reason I was drawn to it. What interested me while reading the book was that were actually different ways to eat than the way that I was eating. Didn't everyone eat the exact same foods I did? But what really intrigued me about the book was the suggestion that what you ate could affect your life and your health. You mean that what I choose to eat could decide if I had heart disease, diabetes, cancer or a million other diseases?

I was intrigued.

Being an active runner, biker, hiker I was also interested in what would help me run better and faster. This one book began the search of a lifetime. While in college, I was known as the weirdo who was always trying a new diet, or out running up a mountain, or experimenting with some herbal remedy.
Illness Changes My Life

Following college I met and fell in love with a girl who would later become my wife. We moved to Tennessee. I had been thinking for a while that I wanted to be in the health field. My thoughts at the time were to become a massage therapist, or study a specialized form of massage known as Rolfing. While working and waiting to decide which massage school I might want to attend, I hurt my back. After spending a few days on my back, my wife picked me up, poured me into a car and took me to a chiropractor. It was the first time I had ever been to a chiropractor and I knew twenty minutes after walking in the door that I wanted to be a chiropractor.

Soon my back was healthy and my wife and I were headed West so that I could attend the Chiropractic school in Portland, Oregon. I started taking prerequisites for the chiropractic school at a local community college. I was accepted to chiropractic school and awaited starting in the fall when another illness struck.


I had long known that I was sensitive to chemicals (there are actually many people in the world like me who have a hard time dealing with chemical in the environment). The scientific term for this problem is Multiple Chemical Sensitivities; I didn't know what it was called, all I knew is that I felt bad whenever I was around any strong smell. Perfumes were often too strong for me to be around; walking into a store like a paint or carpet store was hard from me. I got headaches often, felt dizzy, and generally felt bad when I was around chemicals.

Despite knowing this about myself, I took it upon myself to build a bed and stain it (with a supposed natural stain). After sleeping in the bed for a few weeks I got really sick. It was difficult for me to walk around the block (this after being able to ride a bike or run for miles); eventually a large amount of clear vesicles (bumps) broke out on my skin. I wanted to make an appointment to see my local chiropractor, but she was gone on vacation.

Looking through the local yellow pages, I found something called The National College of Naturopathic Medicine. That sounded right up my alley. I went to the clinic at the college. The doctors there tested my blood and found out that I had chemically-induced hepatitis: The chemicals I encountered every day were destroying my liver.

On a subsequent visit, my Naturopathic doctor looked at me and asked me if I would consider eating meat again if my life depended on it. Up to this point, all my research supported the idea that eating a diet high in grains was healthy and I had been a vegetarian for about 8 years. I shrugged my shoulders, not ready to give up my "healthy" lifestyle. He leaned over, looked me in the eye and finished his sentence, "...because it does... Your health," he said, "depends on you changing your diet."

I was shocked. I had read all the books, followed all the advice, but somehow I had missed something. Reluctantly, I followed the Naturopathic doctor's advice, changed my diet, took some high-grade supplements, and slowly started to feel better.

Now I was really hooked. Naturopathic doctors are not only trained in adjustment techniques like chiropractors, but they also have extensive training in herbs, vitamins, nutrition, and homeopathy. In certain states Naturopaths are considered primary care physicians and they can prescribe drugs, do PAP smears, inject medicines, and do minor surgery. I applied and was accepted to naturopathic school and spent the next four years learning about how the body worked from a medical perspective, but more importantly, I learned the true source of health and how to support the body's natural self-healing potential.
Lessons from a Journey

Today I don't have any problems with chemical sensitivities, I actually can paint a room and have no problems and my liver is in great shape.


The first is that an illness or a condition is not, necessarily, a bad thing. Illness is usually a sign that something needs to change. That "something" is different for every illness and every person. For me, illness was my guide, it lead me to what I needed to learn. For others an illness may be a message to change what they are eating, improve their nutrition, get off their butt and exercise, get out of a bad job or relationship, or spend more time understanding their connection to spirit.

The second lesson I learned was that optimal human nutrition is quite often not what you might think. We are constantly bombarded by information about what we should eat; even from reputable sources like the government. While our food choices have evolved dramatically in the last thousand years, our bodies still need basic nutrients to function correctly. Health does not come in a bottle; it comes from a combined effort of the right food choices, the right nutrients, and the right support of your body (which actually may be a pill) and good sleep, exercise, and relaxation.

Health is not some far-off concept that you cannot obtain once you get sick; if you provide your body with what it needs, you can turn on the natural healing mechanisms in your body.

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I just read Sugarettes by Dr. Scott Olson and I liked the book for two reasons. First, Sugarettes helped me identify and start to address my sugar addiction. Yes, I am a lifelong sugar addict: From fruit juice as a baby, to Frosted Flakes as a young man, to anything sweet goes as an adult. Sugarettes is a quick read and, thankfully for the non-medical reader, keeps scientific information at a coherent level of understanding. Second, and maybe more importantly, I think Dr. Olson is on to something more with Sugarettes. Dr. Olson highlights the glaring silence by government regulators and health care associations regarding sugar abuse in our society. I find it odd, in a society that longs for days gone by and the lessons of the "greatest generation," that we haven't explored our risky, unconstrained love affair with sugar and sugar substitutes. Reading Sugarettes, I'm left to wonder whether all unhealthy roads lead to sugar.
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I like to read motivational books on eating healthy and was lucky enough to get this book. Dr. Olson's style of writing kept me captive as I sat and drank my coffee (with sugar.) After finishing the book instead of feeling guilty about eating sugar, I find I'm more "aware" of when I consume it. I think Dr. Olson is surely on to something when he writes about the fact that there are no "real" or "official" studies that link sugar to obesity or diabetes...similar to smoking vs. cancer (in the 50's and 60's.)

Having a grandmother who had diabetes and required insulin shots every day, I never knew what it was actually doing for her. This book cleared that up for me and explained it in such a way I actually understood without having to re-read that chapter again...meaning it was written with language I (and most non-scientists) could understand.

I'm glad I read this...and it sticks in the back of my mind when my grocery cart starts gravitating toward high-glycemic foods in the store. Great motivation for anyone who is trying to eat a more healthy diet.
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What if we started treating sugar addiction like we do nicotine, heroin or crack cocaine addiction? Do you think it would change our perspective about how we view it? You bet it would which was the intention of the author and naturopathic physician Dr. Scott Olson when he wrote the book. Making the case that sugar is as harmful to public health as any drug out there today, Olson outlines all the ins and outs of this issue to help sugar addicts overcome their problem.

Much of his advice focuses on cutting out not just the sugars that you consume, but also anything that would turn to sugar in the body. In other words, starchy carbohydrates are considered sugar by his definition as well. This is a perfect read for anyone who is following a controlled-carb nutritional approach and needs an extra boost of support in overcoming the need for sugar in their lives forever.
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Save your money and understand this, Sugar is bad for you and it kills, just avoid it. This book is just as much a book on evolution as high school text books.
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Interesting but not life changing. I am a sugar addict. I bought this book because I despise smoking and the link to sugar was on the mark. However, the book is just a bit too much. Good information and I believe almost everything in it but it doesn't really give solid, workable advice on how to pull away from sugar. It basically just says stop! That doesn't work for addicts, especially when stating to also avoid all sugar substitutes. But good information included about the horrid effects of sugar on the body.
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This book is about the fact that we are all addicted to sugar. Sugar is in practically everything we eat. The average person eats about 1/2 a pound of sugar a day!!! No wonder why it's so hard to to just eat one cookie or one donut. And why there is such a rise in the amount of people in the U.S. who battle diabetes, obesity, heart disease... The book was an easy reader. I learned so much from it. I've greatly reduced the amount of sugar I consume on a daily basis and I've started loosing weight. I also purchased the book "Crave". It's another excellent book.
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I have been technical specialist of the retina for 30 years plus and have seen over and over the damage sugar has to some diabetics eyes and vision. I have studied this extensively and have come to the conclusion that the food processors in this country are the sugar devils. Think about it, they put enough sugar into cereal so the kids will eat it, then mom buys it over and over again. Sugar is put into dog and cat food for the same reason. Diabetics come from all ages of people and the pets that we all have. Ever wonder why the animals in the wild, never die from diabetes?

Sugar creates and maintains cancers to develop and grow. Want to kill any and all cancer cells in ones body, starve the body of sugar. Just about 2 weeks will do it. Like medicine, it won't work with everyone but it should for the masses.

Go vegetarian. Buy from Farmers Markets and cut out the starch, or anything white. Starch is sugar, this also means white bread.

Dr. Olson is right in saying that the body wants to heal itself. Starve yourself of sugar for 2 weeks and you will become a convert. Your sugar intake will reduce by at least 90%, but YOU HAVE TO WANT TO DO THIS. No one will hold you too it. Do this for yourself and for your family and you should live to see your grand kids grow up and start their own families.

There are other ways to fight cancer, but this is the best. It is metabolic in that the body will automatically take what you eat and treat it accordingly. Sugar in excess of 5% daily will result in poor health and a shorter life. Remember the old term, "Garbage in, garbage out". Sugar in, bad health out.

God bless you all and even the bible backs up this approach to fighting poor health.

D. Swenson
Ft. Lauderdale
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