Sugar Part I: Shipwrecked on Sugar

Sugar Part I: Shipwrecked on Sugar

Universally, the world’s excess sugar consumption has reached epidemic proportions. According to The Credit Suisse Research Institute’s 2013 study, “Sugar: Consumption at a Crossroads”,[1] roughly 90 percent of general practitioners in the U.S., Europe, and Asia believe that the increase in global health issues are directly related to excess sugar consumption. More than 400 million people worldwide are afflicted with type II diabetes, damaging both the health of individuals as well as the economies of these nations. The estimated costs of global healthcare systems were a staggering $470 billion, representing 10 percent of all associated healthcare costs. By 2020, more than 500 million people are expected to be diagnosed with this disorder, which would witness healthcare costs surge beyond the $700 billion plateau.

The United States annual sugar consumption alone is overwhelming is its expansion over the last two centuries. During the 1700s, sugar consumption was at a low of less than 20 pounds per person, per year. By the end of the 1800s, sugar consumption had risen to over 63 pounds annually. Today, the average U.S. citizen consumes over 170 pounds of sugar each year, equating to roughly a half-pound of sugar per day![2] The increasing pervasiveness of obesity, hypoglycemia, and diabetes across the United States is proof positive that sugar consumption has become a pandemic illness with no end in sight.

At 180 Degree Nutritionals, we recognize sugar as a major reason for the depletion of life-forces, namely of vitamins and minerals. Once removed, all that remains is pure, refined carbohydrates devoid of the necessary elements for promoting a healthy body – in essence, the starches and carbohydrates are utterly useless. The body cannot metabolize these biological molecules and the resulting effect is the formation of “toxic metabolites” such as pyruvic acid, which accumulate in the brain and nervous systems and produce abnormal sugars in red blood cells.[3] Due to this buildup, cellular respiration is adversely affected, causing an insufficient amount of oxygen flow within cells, thus resulting in abnormal function or death of the cells themselves. When sugar enters the body, a cataclysmic reaction is generated. Our bodies require, in fact, demand balance. So acute is the shock during the intake of sugar that the body goes into an intense, concentrated state of mobilization in an attempt to return the body’s acid-alkaline level to a normal, regulated state. In order to perform this chemical transmutation, precious minerals such as sodium (from salt), potassium and magnesium (from vegetables), and calcium (from the bones) are employed and systematically drained in order to meet the body’s demand for the digestion, detoxification, and elimination of sugar from the system.[4] Therefore, by ingesting this sugar, you have now depleted your body of the vital vitamins and minerals necessary for maintaining a healthy body. Furthermore, because of the deficiency of these vitamins and minerals, you have left yourself susceptible diseases and illnesses that stem from this resulting dearth of essential nutrients.


Dangers of ingesting sugar:

  • Creates an overacidic condition in the body
  • Depletes the body of essential vitamins and nutrients
  • Weakens the calcium levels in bones and teeth
  • Affected the liver’s capacity to properly function by inundating the liver with sugar in the form of glucose (glycogen), making it expand like a balloon
  • Once filled, the liver returns the excess glycogen to blood in the form of fatty acids, where they are taken to every part of the body and stored in the most inactive areas: the belly, the buttock, the breasts, and the thighs.


When the inactive regions of the body are completely filled, the fatty acids will now attack the more active, vital organs such as the heart and kidneys, eventually slowing down the body’s functional operational tempo and converting the degenerated tissue into fat. The body’s ability to function is reduced and abnormal blood pressure is created. Once the parasympathetic nervous system is degraded, the circulatory and lymphatic systems are invaded. This reduced state alters the overall quality of the red corpuscles and allows for the inflow of surplus white cells, thus slowing the creation of beneficial tissue. Our body’s basic capacity for immunization, tolerance, and response to attacks has now become significantly limited. In short, we have been rendered inefficient and vulnerable.

With the basic understanding of sugar’s effect on the body, let us turn our attention to the ramifications of sugar upon the brain.

Blood sugar spikes are the destabilizing factor of the brain. Through the process of glycation, the chemical process in the body whereby glucose, proteins, and certain fats intertwine and render the body tissue stiff and inflexible, with the brain foremost amongst them. The free radical glycation problem causes an extreme aging process, including the shrinking of brain tissue. The long-term, devastating effects of glycation upon the brain is a major factor affecting mental health – ranging from depression to anxiety to bipolar disorder – as the unstable blood sugar continuously wreaks havoc upon the mind-body connection.[5]

The inherent dangers of sugar are a centuries-old societal struggle. One story of particular note involves a group of shipwrecked sailors in the summer of 1793.[6] These sailors were carrying a cargo of sugar when their vessel was caught in the midst of a storm. Having nothing to drink nor eat for nine days, they were relegated to consuming sugar and rum for sustenance and survival before being rescued. Intrigued by their experiences – as well as their extremely degraded condition – the eminent French physiologist, Francois Magendie, decided to conduct a series of experiments using the effects of sugar on animals – specifically, dogs. In 1816, Magendie published his results. The effects were astounding: after feeding the dogs a steady diet of both sugar and water for nearly a month, all of the dogs in the experiment had wasted away and died. The conclusions were that within a steady diet, sugar is always worse than nothing. Plain water can keep you alive for quite some time; but sugar and water will kill you much, much sooner. The long-term public relations fallout for the sugar industry resulting from Professor Magendie’s experiments have historically haunted the sugar industry giants – and as a result, the sugar purveyors have invested millions upon millions of dollars in a constant search to espouse some, if any, reason to justify their existence in society. So far, they are winning the battle because the world’s population continues to disregard the inherent dangers of sugar consumption. Don’t’ be fooled: the leaders in the sugar industry are extremely ingenious – they know precisely how to exploit and position their product in a manner that obfuscates sugar’s deadly effects without exposing themselves to the criticism commensurate with their nutritional infractions. For you to maintain overall health for your body and mind, it is imperative that you become an expert on exactly where and how you receive you daily intake of sugar.


[1] Sherlock, C. (2013, October 22). Is Sugar Turning the Economy Sour? Credit Suisse Research Institute. Retrieved from

[2] Rubin, J. (2005). The Maker’s Diet. Lake Mary, Florida: Siloam.

[3] Dufty, W. (n.d.). Refined Sugar: The Sweetest Poison of All. Global Healing Center. Retrieved from

[4] ibid.

[5] The Healthy Home Economist. (2012, February 7). Depression: Your Brain On Sugar. Retrieved from

[6] Dufty, W. (n.d.). Refined Sugar: The Sweetest Poison of All. Global Healing Center. Retrieved from

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