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"Spills the beans on the shocking impact of simple carbohydrates on aging and quality of life?a double whammy for humanity.?
-Mehmet Oz, M.D., coauthor of "YOU: Staying Young"
?Tells the shocking truth... and lays out the path to kicking the sugar habit and reclaiming your health!?
- Christiane Northrup, M.D., author of "Women's Bodies, Women's Wisdom"
?SUGAR SHOCK! is the definitive look at how Americans are simply eating too much sugar and how this is having a profound negative impact on millions of people. This well-researched book should be considered must reading for anyone interested in the complex health discussion underway in America today!?
- Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee
..".trots out a Who's Who of prominent experts who support Bennett's argument that sugar is the road to physical ruin. The evidence is in, and it's depressing."
- "TIME" magazine
?Wow! This is an impressive, exceptional expose and self help work! Just a

About the Author

Connie Bennett, C.H.H.C., is an experienced journalist, former sugar addict and holistic health counselor. She founded "The 21-Day, Kick-Sugar Countdown Diet" and an international online support group, "KickSugar." Stephen T. Sinatra, M.D., is an internationally recognized cardiologist, certified nutrition specialist, and bioenergetic psychotherapist with 30 years' medical experience.

Stephen T. Sinatra, M.D., is a board-certified cardiologist and certified psychotherapist and the author of books including Reverse Heart Disease Now and Lower Your Blood Pressure in Eight Weeks.

Nicholas Perricone, M.D., is the author of the "New York Times" bestsellers "The Wrinkle Cure", "The Perricone Prescription", and "The Perricone Promise". He is a board-certified dermatologist (American Board of Dermatology), award-winning inventor, research scientist, and internationally renowned anti-aging expert. A frequent guest on "Oprah", "Today" and others, his writing has appeared in the "New York Times", "The Wall Street Journal", and more. He is currently Adjunct Professor of Medicine at Michigan State University s College of Human Medicine. He resides in Connecticut.
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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (December 26, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425213579
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425213575
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
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Even though I gave "Sugar Shock" three stars, I want to say up front that I DO like it; it has made clear to me how sugar has messed my life up and I have been in so much denial about my reliance on it. I really am like an alcoholic or crack addict! I have not yet stopped eating sugar - it's scary to think about trying to do it again and failing again, but I am feeling more concern for my health and damn it, I want to live a real life that's not clouded by the stuff.

The reason I gave this book three stars is because of the author's presentation; she frequently reads like an ad, not a book. She'll say things like, "...John showed classic signs of sugar addiction, which I outline on my website and blog site [...]" It's so infomercial-y. I tried to overlook this but it kept coming up through the book. Although this doesn't dilute her message, the constant referral to her web site and commercial references like that make her sound like she's more interested in marketing her company and herself than she is in her message. In other words, she can be annoying.

Also, I felt she spent too much time on how sugar is ruining our lives - but little space on how to practically eliminate it. She offers a list of seven tips on getting sugar out of your life but if I am a sugar addict, I need more than that.

I would have liked to have learned more about her own experience than just about when her dr told her to drop sugar and she did and it changed her life. I would like to have heard about if she had sugar withdrawals so strong she thought she would scream or if she ever experiences cravings now. She doesn't really talk about herself much apart from that initial "burning bush"-like moment at her dr's office -- which doesn't inspire me much.
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I never thought I would be able to talk about life without sugar for more

than 3 days. I am in the process of getting rid of sugar from my diet,

and am proud (and SHOCKED) to say that I have been refined sugar-free

for 19 days. My personal record before this was 8 days (a rarity, most

of the time it was 2 or 3 days!)

Truly, honestly, I have Sugar Shock! to thank for helping me finally

kick the habit. In reading about how sugar sets up a subclinical

infammation that can cause so many diseases like cancer, heart disease,

arthritis, diabetes, etc, it really helped me to gain perspective on my

habit.
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I think that this book provides a TON of information about the harmfulness of sugar, which is good, but it was almost too much background info for me. I ended up skipping some parts because it just went on and on about various conditions related to sugar (again, that's great and important, but it was just too much repitition for me).

Instead, I was hoping for lots of suggestions for kicking the sugar addiction....I happen to be someone who eats some form of dessert after lunch and dinner, and I wanted to break that habit. Overall, the book had a lot of good ideas, but I found some better ones (and basically the same info, but condensed) in "Get the Sugar Out: 501 Simple ways to Cut the Sugar Out of Any Diet" by Anne Louise Gittleman, Ph.D., C.N.S. Either way, this book is a useful tool and I would recommend it, but I would definitely recommend "Get the Sugar Out" more.
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You must read SUGAR SHOCK! It is so informative, so interesting, you will change the way you eat!

Connie has written what will be regarded as a respected reference on sugar and an important resource for the public.

I have highly recommended it to friends, families, and patients already after reading the book in just a couple days. The amount of research that went into this book is unbelievable. Connie has exceeded all expectations and will surely gain the respect of anyone interested in learning about how to control their sugar habit.

I met Connie at a professional meeting several years ago and her personality shines through in SUGAR SHOCK. Her upbeat personality and conversational tone make SUGAR SHOCK easy to read and her personal stories are so engaging that they will inspire anyone who has felt the highs and lows of too much sugar to make changes. You will find all the solutions to stopping your sugar habit in this book!
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Once I saw "Super Size Me," I could never look at McDonald's the same way again. Now that I've read "Sugar Shock," I will never be able to look at simple carbs the same way again!

Once I learned about the havoc these simple carbs (i.e., sweets, white breads and pastas) wreak on your body from obesity and diabetes to even mood swings and fatigue, I completely changed my eating patterns.

A quick read and highly informative, "Sugar Shock" should be read not only by people who want to overcome their addiction to sugars and simple carbs but by anyone who wants to adopt a healthier lifestyle for themselves!
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Tens of millions of people in the United States of America every single day willfully expose themselves to one of the most harmful substances that has ever been discovered. This stuff quite literally wreaks havoc on both your mental and physical health in a multiplicity of ways like nothing else and yet nobody seems to be sounding the alarm loud enough for something to be done about this dangerous substance before it claims any more victims.

Is it crack cocaine? No. How about the much-vilified fat? Uh-uh. Could it be alcoholic beverages? Nope again. This is arguably one of the most stealth public health threats in the history of mankind that has quite literally fallen beneath the radar of public scorn somehow while millions of people worldwide have fallen prey to its inevitable health consequences.

I'm referring to the sweet kiss of death known as sugar!

In the great debate over the healthiness of this white granular substance, there is one singular voice of reason that rises above them all. Her name is Connie Bennett and she has written the ultimate book on why people should be concerned about consuming too much sugar in her long-awaited debut book release entitled "SUGAR SHOCK!: How Sweets And Simple Carbs Can Derail Your Life--And How You Can Get Back On Track!" from Berkley Books (part of the Penguin Group).

With all the honesty of a woman who admits her once all-encompassing, head-over-heels love affair with sugar, Bennett implores her tremendous skills as a talented journalist to uncover some deep dark secrets surrounding sugar by digging into the great body of research and personal experiences of people who have been negatively impacted by it.
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