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Sugarettes Paperback – September 22, 2008
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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.
ILLNESS CHANGES MY LIFE....AGAIN
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.
WHAT I LEARNED FROM MY JOURNEY
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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This guy thinks he is the first person to discover that sugar is bad for you...and that is about all he has to say. But he takes a full book to say it.Published 22 days ago by ACE
This book is very enlightening on the effects of sugar on the body. Well written, very thoroughly explained and inspiring. Highly recommended.Published on January 14, 2014 by Donna
After having bariatric bypass surgery three years ago and finding my way back to my old habits of being addicted to carbohydrates again, I knew I needed to put the brakes on my... Read morePublished on October 11, 2012 by Cheryl Fraga
Sugar is ubiquitous in today's diet whereas centuries past it was considered a rare treat for the wealthy. Read morePublished on November 20, 2011 by Nelson Beads
I was rapidly gaining weight, over 100 kgs (220 lbs) in my early 30s, and my health was falling to pieces. Read morePublished on October 16, 2011 by sonickel
This book should be required reading for every doctor, med student, and teacher. In layman's terms, Olson does an excellent job of explaining the diabetes epidemic wreaking havoc... Read morePublished on February 19, 2011 by Jeri Huckabay
A very informative book on the damage that sugar does to the body. I have a Master's degree in nutrition and thought I knew all there was to know about how sugar acts in the body... Read morePublished on September 21, 2010 by Debra