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Product Details

  • Paperback: 282 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; Reprint edition (June 25, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345441079
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345441072
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #610,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It isn't often that you find the words sugar and heal together when discussing health matters, but Dr. Emil Mondoa is working hard to change that. As founder of the Glyconutrients Research Foundation and author (along with Mindy Kitei) of Sugars That Heal, he has found that the addition of essential sugars to your diet can affect everything from the immune system to cholesterol levels. But this doesn't mean you should start heaping table sugar on every meal! Rather, Mondoa proposes that through the use of a few simple supplements, you may be able to fight off colds, lower your blood pressure, or simply have more energy.

Mondoa is cautious when mixing research with anecdote and praise. While some people benefit tremendously from supplements, he points out that "many supplements aren't well absorbed or assimilated and are of doubtful efficacy." He later goes on to recommend consultations with your health care provider before beginning any of his specific regimens. The sources for these sugar-based supplements vary from shellfish to mushrooms, onions, and bovine tracheal cartilage, and he cautions against using the supplements without checking the ingredients, as those with allergies can experience serious reactions. Mondoa does include a few simple recipes for mushroom tea and vegetable sauce, but most of the glyconutrients are added to your diet through pills, powders, or tinctures; contact information for supplement sources is found at the end of the book. Specific chapters on the immune system, diabetes, chronic fatigue syndrome, and cancers detail the exact combinations of sugars most likely to heal.

Are we looking at a source of new "miracle" cures here? Perhaps. But Mondoa, in his role as intelligent advocate, would be the first to preach caution and patience along with hope. --Jill Lightner --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"Dr. Mondoa has made an important contribution to our discovery of how Nature aids in the healing process."
--Gary Null
Author of Gary Null's Ultimate Anti-Aging Program

"Wow . . . What an absolutely fantastic breakthrough. Every once in awhile a book like this is published. Sugars That Heal will change your life."
--Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D.
Author of Brain Longevity and Meditation As Medicine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I think Dr. Mondoa is very courageous for writing this book.
Jeannette Buteyn
This book is highly recommended for reading by professional medical practitioners as well as any person interested in living a healthy life.
Jan H Potgieter
This book provides valuable information that is hard to find and it is quick and easy to read.
Gregory P. Johnson

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78 of 84 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 28, 2001
Format: Hardcover
We are increasingly learning that the changes in our diet in the last 100 years towards more processed foods are undermining our health. We get too much of some things (like saturated fats, white flour, and simple sugars) and not enough of other things (like essential fatty acids, vegetables, fruits, and water). Sugars That Heal describes the evidence that is building that some people are having their health undermined by consuming too few of certain essential sugars (such as mannose, xylose, fucose, N-acetylglucosamine, N-acetylgalactosamine, and N-acetylneuraminic acid. These sugars have many important functions in the body, several of which relate to the proper functioning of the immune system and the nervous sytem.
In a healthy body not under stress, all of these sugars can be created using enzymes in the body from simple sugars like glucose. In bodies under stress, it appears that these enzymes become short in supply for converting sugars and the body receives too few of the essential sugars that are missing from the diet. These sugars need only be consumed in small quantities, and do not affect glycemic levels in the blood.<P The book describes how the importance of these sugars was discovered over the last 100 years, beginning with the use of vaccines to attack cancers by Dr. William Coley. The active ingredient in these successful vaccines was found to be a lipopolysaccharide by the National Cancer Institute in 1943. By taking the fat molecule off of the sugar, the resulting compound was easier to absorb without negative body reactions.
Essential sugars are found in many food sources including aloe vera, corn, wheat, leeks, carrots, radishes, red wine, coconut meat, tomatoes, breast milk, apples and grapefruit. There are also various supplements you can buy.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Mary Williams on June 23, 2004
Format: Paperback
Dr. Mondoa and Mindy Kitei do a wonderful job of explaining the new science of glycobiology and glyconutrients. They use explanations that are easy to understand and apply. While reading the book, I identified so many symptoms that were described as being indications of improper cell to cell communication due to the lack of the 8 necessary sugars. The authors explained that the sugars are missing in today's diet because of green harvesting, over processing, cooking, and preserving. I decided to at least check out the information and give it a try.
After reading this book, I changed my diet to one that is closer to low glycemic and added glyconutrient supplements. Before making the change, I asked my internist to do baseline blood work. One month after making these changes, my blood work was checked again. My triglycerides and total choesterol had dropped 35-40 points. Within the next six weeks, the sun damaged skin on my forearms shed twice. Because of a severe sunburn in 1984, I had been going to the dermatologist every six months for the last 10 years because of kerotosis and pre-cancer spots. When I visited my dermatologist several months after improving my nutrition, he said my skin looked so good I wouldn't have to come back for a year. The pre-cancer spot on my arm that he had been watching was almost normal in color and texture as the skin under my arm. My internist verified my dermatologist's statements. After 5 months of adding glyconutrients, my good cholesterol doubled. My blood work continues to improve. The arthritis in my thumb, elbow, and knee is gone.
I just want to encourage others who may be suffering from similar ailments to read this book and make your own decision regarding improving your nutrition. I for one am glad that Dr.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 26, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Just a short comment. I have done my own literature review of glyconutrients and highly concur with the author's conclusions and recommendations. This is a must read for anyone who is interested in real cutting edge science in the field of nutrition. In my opinion, so much of the information in the health and wellness movement is frankly overstated or pure hype. However, the information found in this book is well researched. Glyconutrients are already being used to enhance and modulate natural immune response in many animal applications - salmon fry to felines as well as in humans and are the basis for the healing properties of many natural medicines. Go to Pubmed and use this search string "plant polysaccharides biological response modifier" to start your own search or just buy the book.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Rita B Pritchard on August 10, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I picked up this book the first day it was available and read it from cover to cover that night. I have been interested in these "sugars" and using them since 1997, I was thrilled to read the information that Dr. Mondoa discusses. For almost 18 years I suffered from chronic fatigue immune disorder syndrome and fibromyalgia - within six months of ingesting these "sugars" every single symptom was gone to the amazement of my treating physician. It was thrilling to read this book and to know the sources to obtain the products so our bodies can heal. I have ordered two more copies to give as gifts!! A study was done in Nov/Dec 97 which identified the elements in human breastmilk - five of the "essential sugars" are in human breastmilk - its exciting! Now we all can read it for ourselves and educate many more people and physicians to the natural healing we all need and deserve! Be blessed!!
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