Masters of Health Magazine January 2018 - Page 86

Lady Carla Davis, MPH

Specializing in Nutrition


The Scourge of Sugar - Part 2

Nutritionists (unlike dieticians) have known, warned, and written about the addiction and affliction of sugar for almost 8 decades. One of the first and best books ever written on this topic was “Nutrition and Physical Degeneration” by Dr. Weston A. Price, DDS – in 1939; later by Keats Publishers; and the current 8th edition in 2009, by the Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation. The effects of sugar, clearly revealed in his decade long research and photos, are indisputable. William Duffy was another to do so in his classic book, “Sugar Blues,” published in 1986, by Warner Books. Duffy was the nutritionist for Hollywood’s Gloria Swanson. I wrote about it (as Carla Cassata, NC and Nutrition Advisory Board Member) in “Let’s Live” magazine in 1988, in my article “Sweets Are Not Treats.” Award winning author and nutritionist of like mind, Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, C.N.S., also wrote about it in her book “Get The Sugar Out,” published in 1996 and revised in 2008, by Three Rivers Press, Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House.

Unfortunately, this knowledge has been largely ignored by main stream media and the medical profession, until recently. Now, as the obesity epidemic expands into a costly crisis, the scourge of sugar can no longer be denied, ignored, or covered up.

In her 1998 book “Potatoes Not Prozac,” author Kathleen DesMaisons, PhD, outlined the concept of sugar addiction. She states that "Sugar acts like a drug in your body. In fact, it affects the very same brain chemicals that morphine, heroin, and amphetamines do.”

In 2002, research at Princeton began showing the neurochemical effects of sugar, noting that sugar might serve as a gateway drug for other drugs.[4]