Dr. Don Colbert is a well-known physician certified in Family Practice and Anti-Aging medicine,and a New York Times Bestselling author with over 10 million books sold. He is the Medical Director of the Divine Health Wellness Center in Orlando, Florida where he has treated over 50,000 patients. Dr. Colbert is an internationally known expert and prolific speaker on Integrative Medicine, is on the Medical Advisory Board for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and has been featured on Fox News, ABC World News, BBC, Readers Digest, News Week, Prevention Magazine and many prominent Christian TV programs. He is also the radio host of his syndicated program “Dr Colbert’s Health Report.”
In his most recent book, The Seven Pillars of Health, Dr. Colbert lists the foods he believes are the most dangerous to eat, because they increase low-grade inflammation. Like the first, trans fats, and the second, overabundance of Omega-6 fatty acids, Dr. Colbert lists one more dangerous food that leads to inflammation, and ultimately everything from heart disease and diabetes to Alzheimer’s and arthritis, and cancer.
Number three is Sugar.
Probably no big surprise there, right? Dr. Nancy Appleton, author of Suicide by Sugar; Stopping Inflammation; and Lick the Sugar Habit says every time a person eats as little as two teaspoons of sugar, we upset our body chemistry and disrupt homeostasis, the wonderful balance in the body needed for maintenance, repair and life itself. One of the many changes this upset body chemistry causes is for our minerals to change relationship to each other, creating illness.
Scientists have long linked oedema, arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease with inflammation. Recently the medical community has implicated the process to diabetes, certain cancers and other unsolvable degenerative conditions, with more links to heart disease than to high cholesterol.
Dr. Appleton insists that one of the biggest offenders of inflammation is sugar, including table sugar, brown sugar, raw sugar, turbinado sugar, honey (even raw), maple sugar, corn sweetener, dextrose, glucose, fructose and any other word that ends in an “ose”, barley malt, rice syrup, liquid cane sugar, concentrated fruit juice and others.
Sugar also depletes enzymes, and when the enzymes cannot function well, all of the protein in the food does not digest. This protein gets into the blood stream as partially digested protein, or polypeptides, and among other things, causes food allergies and as a result, acne and water retention. Other issues Appleton correlates to undigested proteins are ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, as well as weakened white blood cells. As a result, we become susceptible to degenerative, and infectious, diseases.
Dr. Colberg recommends tagatose and stevia as substitutes for sugar that may also help keep blood pressure, and blood sugar, stable. Stevia is made from the shrub, Stevia rebaudiana, which is in the daisy family. People allergic to plants in the daisy family should use stevia with caution. In addition, due to it’s ability to lower blood pressure, people taking medicines for diabetes or high blood pressure should use stevia with caution, because of possible interactions with these drugs.
Tagatose is a low carbohydrate functional sweetener, very similar to fructose in structure. It is naturally occurring and can be found in some dairy products. Tagatose has a physical bulk similar to sucrose or table sugar and is almost as sweet. However, it is metabolized differently, having a minimal effect on blood glucose and insulin levels, and furthermore provides a prebiotic effect. Tagatose is especially suitable as a flavor enhancer or as a low carbohydrate sweetener.
You can order stevia or tagatose from Amazon.com, or, to find a store offering tagatose and stevia in the Minneapolis area, check out the MN Organic Store Locator.
You can also order these herbs in bulk from Mountainroseherbs.com or Iherb.com or for those with a green thumb, try growing stevia with seeds from Seedrack.com.
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