Sugar, Hair Bands and Bears

Last night Fred called me while I was driving home from work and said, excitedly, “I’m walking the dog near the golf course and I see bear tracks!”

“Farquar (pet name), get the hell out of there, it’s probably really hungry if it woke up this early!”

Then, as we used to say on the radio, all I heard was dead air.  Finally, “What are you talking about, why would I be afraid?”

“Because of the bear!”

“What bear?” He said slowly in a patient, Now-Marie kind of voice.

“You said you saw bear tracks.”

“No, I said bare tracks; someone is running barefoot in the snow!”

“Oh, um, cool.  Did you see him or her?”

“No, but the tracks show feet and clearly deliniated toes, human ones that is.”

“Get out.  Hey, look closer for me, is there any pattern or design imprinted in the tracks?”


“Then those aren’t bare feet, those are Vibram Five-Finger foot glove coverings and I ordered some for my birthday, they should be here in March.”

“Well the tracks make it look like someone’s running barefoot in the snow.”

“OK, do we need anything from Whole Foods besides salad and chicken?”

Sometimes I wonder if the way Fred and I communicate is always like this.  Hit and miss, but mostly on my part.  But I think the misunderstanding could be because I quit sugar cold turkey on Sunday and I also took my coffee intake down from about 10 cups a day plus or minus a few shots of espresso to 1 or 2 cups a day without the espresso.  My 3-day headache from sugar and caffeine withdrawal is nearly gone now.  It may have been exacerbated though by my stylish head band that is constricting my cranium and causing a problem in the lobe responsible for communication.

You might be thinking I could simply choose to wear something stylish that does not attempt to painfully re-shape my cranium.  Further, because I am past the end of puberty, my epiphyseal cartilage cells stopped duplicating some time ago and the entire cartilage was, albeit slowly, replaced by bone, leaving only a thin epiphyseal line.  Thus any attempt to manipulate the now immovable bones that make up my skull, even with a very stylish but cruelly designed head band, is not only excruciating but futile.  Sort of like my running career, but I digress.

I can also simply choose not to eat things with sugar in them.  But as devoted as I am to looking stylishly professional, I do not have any withdrawal symptoms if I am on, say, vacation and choosing to not wear my fantastic professional wardrobe and accessories.  I do; however, go through severe (even for a drama queen) withdrawals when I stop eating sugar, which I decide to do every once  in a while, like on Sunday.

Nancy Appleton, Ph.D., author of Lick The Sugar Habit, (get it, get it?), states on Dr. Mercola’s website ( and don’t believe everything you read on that website because he’s always selling something, even his mostly good information), “In addition to throwing off the body’s homeostasis, excess sugar may result in a number of other significant consequences.  The following is a listing of some of sugar’s metabolic consequences from a variety of medical journals and other scientific publications.”

So here is the daunting, dare I say, slightly hysterical, list of the annoying things this Dr. Nancy Appleton states about sugar in her article:

  1. Sugar can suppress your immune system and impair your defenses against infectious disease.1,2
  2. Sugar upsets the mineral relationships in your body: causes chromium and copper deficiencies and interferes with absorption of calcium and magnesium. 3,4,5,6
  3. Sugar can cause can cause a rapid rise of adrenaline, hyperactivity, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, and crankiness in children.7,8
  4. Sugar can produce a significant rise in total cholesterol, triglycerides and bad cholesterol and a decrease in good cholesterol.9,10,11,12
  5. Sugar causes a loss of tissue elasticity and function.13
  6. Sugar feeds cancer cells and has been connected with the development of cancer of the breast, ovaries, prostate, rectum, pancreas, biliary tract, lung, gallbladder and stomach.14,15,16,17,18,19,20
  7. Sugar can increase fasting levels of glucose and can cause reactive hypoglycemia.21,22
  8. Sugar can weaken eyesight.23
  9. Sugar can cause many problems with the gastrointestinal tract including: an acidic digestive tract, indigestion, malabsorption in patients with functional bowel disease, increased risk of Crohn’s disease, and ulcerative colitis.24,25,26,27,28
  10. Sugar can cause premature aging.29
  11. Sugar can lead to alcoholism.30
  12. Sugar can cause your saliva to become acidic, tooth decay, and periodontal disease.31,32,33
  13. Sugar contributes to obesity.34
  14. Sugar can cause autoimmune diseases such as: arthritis, asthma, multiple sclerosis.35,36,37
  15. Sugar greatly assists the uncontrolled growth of Candida Albicans (yeast infections)38
  16. Sugar can cause gallstones.39
  17. Sugar can cause appendicitis.40
  18. Sugar can cause hemorrhoids.41
  19. Sugar can cause varicose veins.42
  20. Sugar can elevate glucose and insulin responses in oral contraceptive users.43
  21. Sugar can contribute to osteoporosis.44
  22. Sugar can cause a decrease in your insulin sensitivity thereby causing an abnormally high insulin levels and eventually diabetes.45,46,47
  23. Sugar can lower your Vitamin E levels.48
  24. Sugar can increase your systolic blood pressure.49
  25. Sugar can cause drowsiness and decreased activity in children.50
  26. High sugar intake increases advanced glycation end products (AGEs)(Sugar molecules attaching to and thereby damaging proteins in the body).51
  27. Sugar can interfere with your absorption of protein.52
  28. Sugar causes food allergies.53
  29. Sugar can cause toxemia during pregnancy.54
  30. Sugar can contribute to eczema in children.55
  31. Sugar can cause atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease.56,57
  32. Sugar can impair the structure of your DNA.58
  33. Sugar can change the structure of protein and cause a permanent alteration of the way the proteins act in your body.59,60
  34. Sugar can make your skin age by changing the structure of collagen.61
  35. Sugar can cause cataracts and nearsightedness.62,63
  36. Sugar can cause emphysema.64
  37. High sugar intake can impair the physiological homeostasis of many systems in your body.65
  38. Sugar lowers the ability of enzymes to function.66
  39. Sugar intake is higher in people with Parkinson’s disease.67
  40. Sugar can increase the size of your liver by making your liver cells divide and it can increase the amount of liver fat.68,69
  41. Sugar can increase kidney size and produce pathological changes in the kidney such as the formation of kidney stones.70,71
  42. Sugar can damage your pancreas.72
  43. Sugar can increase your body’s fluid retention.73
  44. Sugar is enemy #1 of your bowel movement.74
  45. Sugar can compromise the lining of your capillaries.75
  46. Sugar can make your tendons more brittle.76
  47. Sugar can cause headaches, including migraines.77
  48. Sugar can reduce the learning capacity, adversely affect school children’s grades and cause learning disorders.78,79
  49. Sugar can cause an increase in delta, alpha, and theta brain waves which can alter your mind’s ability to think clearly.80
  50. Sugar can cause depression.81
  51. Sugar can increase your risk of gout.82
  52. Sugar can increase your risk of Alzheimer’s disease.83
  53. Sugar can cause hormonal imbalances such as: increasing estrogen in men, exacerbating PMS, and decreasing growth hormone.84,85,86,87
  54. Sugar can lead to dizziness.88
  55. Diets high in sugar will increase free radicals and oxidative stress.89
  56. High sucrose diets of subjects with peripheral vascular disease significantly increases platelet adhesion.90
  57. High sugar consumption of pregnant adolescents can lead to substantial decrease in gestation duration and is associated with a twofold increased risk for delivering a small-for-gestational-age (SGA) infant.91,92
  58. Sugar is an addictive substance.93
  59. Sugar can be intoxicating, similar to alcohol.94
  60. Sugar given to premature babies can affect the amount of carbon dioxide they produce.95
  61. Decrease in sugar intake can increase emotional stability.96
  62. Your body changes sugar into 2 to 5 times more fat in the bloodstream than it does starch.97
  63. The rapid absorption of sugar promotes excessive food intake in obese subjects.98
  64. Sugar can worsen the symptoms of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).99
  65. Sugar adversely affects urinary electrolyte composition.100
  66. Sugar can slow down the ability of your adrenal glands to function.101
  67. Sugar has the potential of inducing abnormal metabolic processes in a normal healthy individual and to promote chronic degenerative diseases.102
  68. I.V.s (intravenous feedings) of sugar water can cut off oxygen to your brain.103
  69. Sugar increases your risk of polio.104
  70. High sugar intake can cause epileptic seizures.105
  71. Sugar causes high blood pressure in obese people.106
  72. In intensive care units: Limiting sugar saves lives.107
  73. Sugar may induce cell death.108
  74. In juvenile rehabilitation camps, when children were put on a low sugar diet, there was a 44 percent drop in antisocial behavior.109
  75. Sugar dehydrates newborns.110
  76. Sugar can cause gum disease.111

And for you sticklers, all 111 footnotes can be found at Dr. Mercola’s website if you’re interested (I’m clearly not or I would have cut and pasted them here).

Other than those 76 things, sugar is awesome and makes stuff taste really good.  I remain a big fan, but cautiously so, like being a fan of cruel but fashionable hair bands, not the kind from the Eighties like Whitesnake, but the kind that keep your hair out of your eyes while making you look neat and professional.  So just for today, for these 24 hours, I am sugar and hair band free.

Photo below should serve to caution those who think 3 year olds and chocolate are a great mix.



Filed under Here and Now, Sheer Idiocy

3 responses to “Sugar, Hair Bands and Bears

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  2. Trudy

    Wow!!! I had given up sugar because I’ve read of it’s awful effects…I hated giving up my dark chocolate and the 85% just doesn’t do it. BUT after reading your even more extensive list of terrors, I was so distraught that I polished off the remain of a bag of trail mix…which is way more chocolate bits than nuts and berries…I also ripped the bun clip out of my hair and I’m going out for a nice barefoot run in the snow…it’s about -many degrees here in the butte, so I probably won’t see any bear tracks…they’re too smart to be out running barefoot in the snow!!! Thanks a lot, Marie!!!

    • echosofmymind

      I know, it all makes me want to eat some sugar or at least add some honey to my coffee! But I’m sticking to no sugar for a while to give myself a break from voluntary inflammation.

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