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© 2008 Nancy Appleton PhD and G.N. Jacobs

www.nancyappleton.com

 

            We get asked about every new sweetener put out by the purveyors of unhealthy sweetness and agave nectar or syrup is the most recent. Put a gun to our heads and we’ll tell you not to eat it. Actually, we’ll do that without the pistol and dramatics, we’re quite consistent that way.

            Our basic position is always in favor of whole foods, because when a food processor converts a naturally sugary food like an apple or generous hunk of agave cactus into a syrup or nectar everything good about the whole food is lost in the production vat. Whole foods have fiber, vitamins and nutrients that enrich the body and in some cases slow down the sugar hit to the body that comes from glucose and fructose. So when a food distributor converts this semi-solid goodness into liquid sweetness, you are loading the revolver for a game of Russian roulette.

            In the specific case of agave, the debate comes down to whether glucose or fructose is more harmful to the body. Natural agave, the plant from which tequila is derived, is approximately half and half glucose to fructose. The nectar or syrup appears to be primarily all fructose according to published statistics from agave distributors.

            Now is fructose better for you than glucose or sucrose? If you listen to the fructose manufacturers and some diabetes experts, then yes fructose is better for you. Fructose doesn’t raise glucose levels in the bloodstream, which means that there is less of an insulin response and a consequent benefit to diabetics because insulin management is the name of the game.

            But, is spiking up on fructose any better for anyone whether diabetic or not? Doctor Appleton and others say No! Fructose has been linked to raised triglycerides, more belly fat and contributes to fatty liver disease, diabetes, heart disease and hypertension, which can all be collected together as Metabolic Syndrome. Doctor Appleton has included these views on fructose in her upcoming book Suicide by Sugar.

            Agave seems to have other drawbacks related to its fructose content, but that require comment separately from the basic fructose debate. The first one that sets our teeth on edge is the thought that agave nectar might not actually be agave nectar.

            According to reporting by the Chicago Tribune, products labeled as being from the blue agave plant may in fact be mostly corn syrup or high-fructose corn syrup. Tequila manufacturers get first call on the expensive blue agave cactus that grows in Mexico. There are strict requirements for tequila to come from the blue agave in the same way the German Beer Purity Law says beer is wheat or barley, hops, water and fermenting yeast. So the nectar producers have a demand for agave that can’t be met by supply and decide to cut what agave they have with similar corn-based fructose.

            “Agave is really chemically refined hydrolyzed high-fructose syrup and not from the blue agave plant, organic or raw, as claimed,” says Russ Bianchi, a food and beverage formulator.

            So far the Food and Drug Administration sees no reason to regulate agave for any safety concerns, but admits that agave products may have been “economically adulterated and misbranded by adding corn syrup or high-fructose corn syrup.”

            The Chicago Tribune also reports some less well-documented effects of agave nectar consumption that may be a concern. Apparently, some agave products and other sweeteners may have botulism spores and thus shouldn’t be given to small children. There are assertions that agave may cause miscarriages and/or other harm to pregnant or lactating mothers and agave, like many other sugary products, has also been linked to increased acne.

            Agave does have some possible health benefits touted by its proponents. As stated, glucose levels aren’t raised. Agave is loaded with inulin, a complex sub-variant of fructose, which is broken down by friendly bacteria to make fatty acids that may fight colon cancer. Additionally, agave may have some anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. But, these effects are hotly debated.

            “It’s almost all fructose, highly processed sugar with great marketing,” says Dr. Ingrid Kohlstadt of the American College of Nutrition and the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. “Fructose interferes with healthy metabolism when taken at higher doses. Many people have fructose intolerance like lactose intolerance. They get acne or worse diabetes symptoms even though blood glucose is OK.”

            Even some agave proponents like Dave Grotto, a Registered Dietician and author of 101 Foods that Could Save Your Life, will admit that “excess consumption of any sweetener is not wise. But, honey and agave are value-added sweeteners, if used moderately.”

            If the best the pro-agave people can come up with for their product is use in moderation, then that should really be read as avoid as much as possible. Doctor Appleton has also written some information about sugar addiction in Sweet Suicide and her earlier work Lick the Sugar Habit. If sugar, fructose, honey, agave, stevia and other sweeteners can lead to addiction, then how is the average person to know what in moderation actually means? How much is too much before a small dose of agave that may help with cancer and inflammation becomes a mainline hit of fructose to the bloodstream and liver?

            Doctor Appleton’s answer is usually less than 2 teaspoons a day for any refined sweetener to avoid the many related health effects. We live in the same world you do and we understand about occasionally unavoidable and falling off the wagon, but any sweetener removed from its natural state is a refined sweetener that should be avoided as much as possible. Agave is no different. Now you know.

 

SOURCES

http://www.chicagotribune.com/features/chi-0323deardorffmar23,1,7478086.story

Suicide by Sugar Nancy Appleton PhD 2008 Square One Publishers

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Oh No! It’s Halloween!

Nancy Appleton PhD and G.N. Jacobs

www.nancyappleton.com

(c) 2008

Another version appeared in the Price-Pottenger Nutrition Journal used with permission. 

 

            Candy during holidays seems almost as inevitable as death and taxes. There are candy and sweets at every single one of them. For your poison do you prefer the chocolate Easter bunny, the heart-shaped box of Valentine’s Day, the red, white and blue cupcakes of Independence Day, or the green and red sugar coma that is Christmas? Perhaps, Halloween is the worst of the bunch, because the primary celebration includes sending costumed children out to scam candy from the neighbors, while the culture of the other holidays does include some ability to say No.

            Halloween originated as a pagan holiday meant as both a harvest festival and as a remembrance of the spirit world that pre-industrial Europe assumed lurked just outside your door if you were dumb enough to walk at night. The harvest festival part led to a nice communal meal made of the best produce in the village. This meal consisted mainly of whole fruits and grains, beer, animal protein (if not hoarded by the local lord) and vegetables. This meal is mostly consistent with good eating practice and people were mostly healthy.

            The spiritual side of Halloween included dressing up as whatever scared you the most as either a cathartic release of fear or a sound way to be passed over by the spooks, because you looked like them. This trend led to Trick or Treating where kids dressed up as spooks hit the neighbors up for bribes to keep evil from the door. This was all well and good when the treat was an apple, pear or whatever was the local fruit harvest.

            Somewhere along the line, sugar entered the diet and the celebration of plenty included candy and a whole lot more sugar in children’s diets than nature intended. For most of that time, no one knew that sugar kills. But, now you do and you’re having an attack of conscience if you and your family should participate in the Candy Holiday. With careful preparation, there is no reason why you can’t have a great Halloween.

            Unfortunately, unless you have a note from a doctor or other health professional telling you that you and/or you family are so sick that YOU NEED TO DO SOMETHING NOW, this upcoming Halloween will have to be a right off. It is next to impossible in the space of a few weeks to break children or yourself of the habits of your youth. Sugar is so addictive that going cold turkey this Halloween will fail LOUDLY! Your kids will be cranky; you will dream up enough new methods for infanticide to fill five mystery novels and they will eat all the candy in their bag before they get home.

            Canceling next Halloween will not solve your problems, because kids are intensely sensitive to social pressures. The children of Jehovah’s Witnesses and others who don’t get Halloween for religious reasons will be teased on the schoolyard. Don’t cancel Halloween, shape it to suit your purposes. And make sure that you participate with them, both for health reasons, but also because creepy people do use Halloween for nefarious purposes.

            Our suggestion is that you prepare for next Halloween starting about three days after this Halloween. You will need the three days for your kids to start getting sick of their swag, at which time you can arrange for the remaining candy to disappear. If you do this arbitrarily, you will have the same drama as canceling the holiday in the first place. You can, however, go for the “there are kids that are so poor that they can’t have Halloween candy and I thought it would be good for you to share” trickery. Or you can ride out the angst.

            Once the immediate situation passes, then it is time to start a program of getting them healthy without going cold turkey. You can start limiting your children to less and less sweets per day, while encouraging them to go outside and play more. This education plan requires that you talk frequently with your kids to explain that sugar helps cause very serious illnesses and that it is addictive.

 

            This education plan probably needs to hit these high points:

  1. Sugar is addictive requiring that you come back for more. If you eat more than you can work off you will gain weight.
  2. Sugar suppresses the immune system, which may make the child sick more times during the year.
  3. Sugar can contribute to acne.
  4. Sugar can contribute to falling asleep in class or after meals.
  5. Sugar is empty calories with no vitamins, minerals, protein or anything else healthy.
  6. There are four grams of sugar  per teaspoon. Repeatedly requiring the child to do this math when you shop with them and then tell you how much sugar is in the product is vital. When given a choice between products choose the one with less sugar.
  7. Consistently remind the child that their symptoms may improve if they kick sugar and they will likely be pleased because they feel better.

 

            So now that your family is starting to heal, what now? Halloween and all the other holidays will come around again. Part of the reason that frequent conversations with the kids is vital to this process is that if your children experience less symptoms it is assumed that they will start believing in the program and do the heavy lifting for you throughout the year.

            But, still Halloween is coming back around. What to do?

            The first serious problem is What to Give Out from Our House. Armed with the knowledge that sugar is bad the homeowner doesn’t want to get caught in the ultimate hypocrisy where your own kids won’t eat sugar at Halloween, but we are OK with poisoning the neighbors’ offspring. The first thought will be to revert back to the traditional Halloween fare of apples or some such whole fruit.

            We have all heard variations of the razor blades in the apple urban myth, or the drugs injected into the apple by the creepy man living alone down the street story. Kids are taught to take things that only come in sealed packages, so fresh apples will get tossed.

            Fear not! There are plenty of inedible gifts that are almost as cool as candy and most can be found at the 99-cent store. A child given a pack of balloons will be almost as happy as the child coked up on Snickers bars. Probably, when they look back on your treat they may like it more, because you are knowingly allowing them to keep up with the water balloon arms race that rages every Halloween night.

            Similarly, pencils, pads of paper, and small toys all serve the same purpose of giving out stuff that imaginative kids can make cool simply by doing something with them. However, one class of items that really seem to work are glow bracelets, glow sticks and other forms of the chemical lights used by rescuers. Kids love them, especially if they get a cool color other than that standard Day-glo green. Parents like them because they will think that the Trick or Treating host is being responsible by giving out something that will help them keep track of their kids. Glow sticks are fantastically cheap and they and other novelties are online as well. Two sites to start at are www.flashingblinkylights.com and www.windycitiesnovelties.com.

            The second Halloween problem is the candy your children bring home from their foraging expedition. Our suggestion here is that you allow your kids a few pieces of candy and then take the rest away. Depending on the ages involved, you can probably convince your children that Santa Claus’ sister married the Great Pumpkin and became the Good Halloween Witch who goes around to all the houses and takes candy and leaves a cool present just inside the front door. This story should last as long as it takes your kids to stop believing in Santa Claus.

            There are some cool discussions that will arise here. Your precocious kids will mention that if sugar is bad for you why do we give it to the Good Witch? Your answer is that as a magic creature the normal rules of good health don’t apply to her. You can also tie this fiction in with Christmas and say that Santa will remember if the child pouted while giving his or her candy to the Good Witch. We can’t think of a better way to short circuit the crying jag that results from appropriating a child’s hard won candy.

            Obviously, you’d have to treat Halloween as another excuse to keep our economy going with incessant consumerism and gift buying. But, a Barbie doll or set of Matchbox cars left next to the door are cheap compared to the allergy shots, days out of school and other medical interventions required over the child’s lifetime because of our diet.

            Good health is a long process that requires constant reaffirmation and holidays seem to be the worst. However, there is a reason that the Chinese pictograph for Danger also means Opportunity. With just a little planning the danger of Halloween candy can be an opportunity for everyone to learn and have fun.

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Allergies and Disease
Your sugar addiction, allergies and other symptoms are probably why you’re visiting this site. Dr. Appleton’s position is that allergies, degenerative and infectious diseases are related in their causes, a supressed immune system. In the course, of her work she discovered that such immune system suppressions can occur with many of the foods that are ubiquitous in our modern diet, of which the chief culprit is sugar. She also found out that stress allowed to fester into distress has similar effects on our health.
For many people, eating any foods that are normally good for you with an abusive food like sugar may eventually cause you to be allergic to that food. The doctor tells a story of her unhealthy youth where she would pop into a hamburger stand and get onion rings with a chocolate shake. Until she started applying the principles of homeostasis and mineral balance to her own life, she couldn’t have told you why even raw onions made her nose run, her joints ache and key parts of her body swelled up. The sugar in the chocolate shake and the fried fat of the onion rings were such an assault on her immune system that her body classified onions as a foreign invader thus creating a food allergy.
Some people get heart attacks. Some people can drink cow’s milk (not many). Some people get diabetes. Some people get cancer. Some people smoke cigars every day until they’re 90. Your genetic makeup plays a role in the way you’ll get sick if you abuse your body, but your lifestyle largely determines if you’ll get sick. This is one of the reasons why we don’t want to hear about your symptoms (see FAQ) and only give general advice, because you’re all too different from everyone else.
Usually, the allergies you get are precursors and warnings for more serious conditions that you get later in life. Eating foods from the list of commonly abused foods (See below and/or food plans in book) makes your gastro-intestinal tract permeable (leaky) so that not all of the food digests and these particles enter the bloodstream (Yes, there are medical journal citations for this statement in all of the doctor’s books). The immune system reacts and and sends out white blood cells and antibodies to deal with the threat, because food particles are not supposed to be in the bloodstream.
However, when the immune system is dealing with your food this way, what it is not doing is killing off all the things for which you really need your immune system: the new flu strain, the cells that freak out and become cancerous, that nasty Candida Albacans problem, or the fact that you didn’t wash out your cuts. All of the immune system’ energy is taken up with the donuts, 4 cokes/day, your lack of exercise and that chocolate cake.
Abusive foods get you with a double whammy, because in addition to the process noted above they change the mineral relationships in your body. Minerals may be present, but they won’t work unless the correct amount of supporting minerals are also present. Every process in your body is governed by your hormones and enzymes which are all mineral dependent and so your body doesn’t work as well. So perhaps you needed selenium to work its magic upon the serotonin in your nerve cells so you can think clearly through that final exam, but you drank some soda and now you lost some copper which helps selenium? This example may not be accurate (see wheel below), but it illustrates that your body will break down over time if minerals and other nutrients are not in balance (this is homeostasis a word coined by Walter B. Cannon). The digestive and immune systems are usually the first to feel the effects of this imbalance rendering your body unable to process food or fight off foreign invaders. Allergies and disease follow. Dr. Appleton says, “Put your body in homeostasis and your body will heal itself.”
Now, many doctors don’t think that adults get allergies, because doctors don’t see symptoms. However, testing with the Body Monitor Test Kit shows excess calcium secreted into the urine when people eat foods to which they react. Blood tests for the various immunoglobulins (markers for immune responses) have also shown reactions when the patient reports no symptoms.
Disease follows allergy because one immune weakness creates more. The allergan acts like sugar, stress or anything else to which you react. An allergy to milk may mean lots of undigested calcium that may show up as dental plaque, hardened arteries, or the lactose may spike your insulin response as if you had eaten regular sugar. What disease you’ll get depends on your genetic profile and your genes’ interaction with your bad diet or unrequited stress.
Most people are allergic to: sugar and most other sweeteners, caffeine, alcohol, wheat, dairy, chocolate, corn and anything that you eat with a lot of sugar or that you overcook. A person can be allergic to anything if they abuse it by eating it with sugar.
Some allergies are not permanent. Dr. Appleton reports that her allergy to onions finally went away after several years of keeping it out of her diet and ceasing the sugar. However, even after 30 years she still can’t eat chocolate, beef, chicken, eggs, cheese or any other dairy, except butter on her potatoes.
The entire program is based on a regular testing regime for which you will need the Body Monitor and a diet in which you remove all harmful foods. The idea is that you remove these foods for a period of time and then gradually reintroduce them one at a time. Using the kit you will test your urine one hour after eating a suspect food. Seven drops each of both your urine and the reagent is enough for a single test. If you have a reaction then you are allergic to the tested food and you should keep it out of your diet. Cloudy means too much calcium excreted into the urine; this is bad. Clear urine means not enough calcium secreted; this is also bad. Slightly hazy is normal and is a good indicator of homeostasis. You’ll see results instantly when you hold the test tube up to any piece of paper with text on it. You should have a slight problem reading the text, any other result is a problem. Please refer to the instruction booklet or Lick the Sugar Habit for more information about urine and saliva testing.
In each of her books, Dr. Appleton has listed three food plans at the back. Food Plan Three is restrictive, but is designed to mimic the Paleolithic Diet of reasonable amounts of protein and lots of vegetables. Fruit is not part of Food Plan Three because it has enough sugar to keep an unhealthy person out of homeostasis. You have to heal before fruit can be reintroduced, so fruit is part of Food Plans Two and One. Regardless or which plan you choose, you have to modify the plans to keep whatever you’re allergic to out of your diet. Additionally, if you’re coming to this site having tried some other health information, none of the food plans conflict with anything else. Vegetarians/vegans can eat even from Food Plan Three if they realize the real problem is sugar, honey, molasses and other sweeteners and not animal proteins per se. Vegetarians can eat beans, whole grains and vegetables to get their protein. Also, the doctor says that those who eat according to their metabolic or blood type will also find plenty of food to eat on any of the food plans.
Stress management, exercise and the mental side of things are also important. Bad feelings also upset your body chemistry causing allergies and disease. Don’t eat if you feel stressed until you’ve meditated, prayed, exercised, written in the journal and so forth. Everyone gets stress, especially if there’s a freeway nearby. But, dealing with it properly helps keep you healthy. Don’t let stress become distress!
These concepts are basically the core of Dr. Appleton’s program. The idea is now that you have some information and start testing your own homeostasis you will figure out your own health program after consulting your doctor. Maybe you need to cut out the ice cream, those French fries or perhaps you eat too much of a good thing and should cut your plate size in half.
YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR WHAT YOU EAT, WHAT YOU SAY, HOW YOU FEEL AND HOW MUCH YOU MOVE YOUR BODY. Thus you are responsible for your health. Sickness doesn’t just happen no matter what the least knowledgeable doctors say. Now you have some information to take charge of your own health.
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(c) 2007 G.N. Jacobs & Nancy Appleton
Used with permission
Your sugar addiction, allergies and other symptoms are probably why you’re visiting this site. Dr. Appleton’s position is that allergies, degenerative and infectious diseases are related in their causes, a supressed immune system. In the course, of her work she discovered that such immune system suppressions can occur with many of the foods that are ubiquitous in our modern diet, of which the chief culprit is sugar. She also found out that stress allowed to fester into distress has similar effects on our health.
For many people, eating any foods that are normally good for you with an abusive food like sugar may eventually cause you to be allergic to that food. The doctor tells a story of her unhealthy youth where she would pop into a hamburger stand and get onion rings with a chocolate shake. Until she started applying the principles of homeostasis and mineral balance to her own life, she couldn’t have told you why even raw onions made her nose run, her joints ache and key parts of her body swelled up. The sugar in the chocolate shake and the fried fat of the onion rings were such an assault on her immune system that her body classified onions as a foreign invader thus creating a food allergy.
Some people get heart attacks. Some people can drink cow’s milk (not many). Some people get diabetes. Some people get cancer. Some people smoke cigars every day until they’re 90. Your genetic makeup plays a role in the way you’ll get sick if you abuse your body, but your lifestyle largely determines if you’ll get sick. This is one of the reasons why we don’t want to hear about your symptoms (see FAQ) and only give general advice, because you’re all too different from everyone else.
Usually, the allergies you get are precursors and warnings for more serious conditions that you get later in life. Eating foods from the list of commonly abused foods (See below and/or food plans in book) makes your gastro-intestinal tract permeable (leaky) so that not all of the food digests and these particles enter the bloodstream (Yes, there are medical journal citations for this statement in all of the doctor’s books). The immune system reacts and and sends out white blood cells and antibodies to deal with the threat, because food particles are not supposed to be in the bloodstream.
However, when the immune system is dealing with your food this way, what it is not doing is killing off all the things for which you really need your immune system: the new flu strain, the cells that freak out and become cancerous, that nasty Candida Albacans problem, or the fact that you didn’t wash out your cuts. All of the immune system’ energy is taken up with the donuts, 4 cokes/day, your lack of exercise and that chocolate cake.
Abusive foods get you with a double whammy, because in addition to the process noted above they change the mineral relationships in your body. Minerals may be present, but they won’t work unless the correct amount of supporting minerals are also present. Every process in your body is governed by your hormones and enzymes which are all mineral dependent and so your body doesn’t work as well. So perhaps you needed selenium to work its magic upon the serotonin in your nerve cells so you can think clearly through that final exam, but you drank some soda and now you lost some copper which helps selenium? This example may not be accurate (see wheel below), but it illustrates that your body will break down over time if minerals and other nutrients are not in balance (this is homeostasis a word coined by Walter B. Cannon). The digestive and immune systems are usually the first to feel the effects of this imbalance rendering your body unable to process food or fight off foreign invaders. Allergies and disease follow. Dr. Appleton says, “Put your body in homeostasis and your body will heal itself.”
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Now, many doctors don’t think that adults get allergies, because doctors don’t see symptoms. However, testing with the Body Monitor Test Kit shows excess calcium secreted into the urine when people eat foods to which they react. Blood tests for the various immunoglobulins (markers for immune responses) have also shown reactions when the patient reports no symptoms.
Disease follows allergy because one immune weakness creates more. The allergan acts like sugar, stress or anything else to which you react. An allergy to milk may mean lots of undigested calcium that may show up as dental plaque, hardened arteries, or the lactose may spike your insulin response as if you had eaten regular sugar. What disease you’ll get depends on your genetic profile and your genes’ interaction with your bad diet or unrequited stress.
Most people are allergic to: sugar and most other sweeteners, caffeine, alcohol, wheat, dairy, chocolate, corn and anything that you eat with a lot of sugar or that you overcook. A person can be allergic to anything if they abuse it by eating it with sugar.
Some allergies are not permanent. Dr. Appleton reports that her allergy to onions finally went away after several years of keeping it out of her diet and ceasing the sugar. However, even after 30 years she still can’t eat chocolate, beef, chicken, eggs, cheese or any other dairy, except butter on her potatoes.
The entire program is based on a regular testing regime for which you will need the Body Monitor and a diet in which you remove all harmful foods. The idea is that you remove these foods for a period of time and then gradually reintroduce them one at a time. Using the kit you will test your urine one hour after eating a suspect food. Seven drops each of both your urine and the reagent is enough for a single test. If you have a reaction then you are allergic to the tested food and you should keep it out of your diet. Cloudy means too much calcium excreted into the urine; this is bad. Clear urine means not enough calcium secreted; this is also bad. Slightly hazy is normal and is a good indicator of homeostasis. You’ll see results instantly when you hold the test tube up to any piece of paper with text on it. You should have a slight problem reading the text, any other result is a problem. Please refer to the instruction booklet or Lick the Sugar Habit for more information about urine and saliva testing.
In each of her books, Dr. Appleton has listed three food plans at the back. Food Plan Three is restrictive, but is designed to mimic the Paleolithic Diet of reasonable amounts of protein and lots of vegetables. Fruit is not part of Food Plan Three because it has enough sugar to keep an unhealthy person out of homeostasis. You have to heal before fruit can be reintroduced, so fruit is part of Food Plans Two and One. Regardless or which plan you choose, you have to modify the plans to keep whatever you’re allergic to out of your diet.
Additionally, if you’re coming to this site having tried some other health information, none of the food plans conflict with anything else. Vegetarians/vegans can eat even from Food Plan Three if they realize the real problem is sugar, honey, molasses and other sweeteners and not animal proteins per se. Vegetarians can eat beans, whole grains and vegetables to get their protein. Also, the doctor says that those who eat according to their metabolic or blood type will also find plenty of food to eat on any of the food plans.
Stress management, exercise and the mental side of things are also important. Bad feelings also upset your body chemistry causing allergies and disease. Don’t eat if you feel stressed until you’ve meditated, prayed, exercised, written in the journal and so forth. Everyone gets stress, especially if there’s a freeway nearby. But, dealing with it properly helps keep you healthy. Don’t let stress become distress!
These concepts are basically the core of Dr. Appleton’s program. The idea is now that you have some information and start testing your own homeostasis you will figure out your own health program after consulting your doctor. Maybe you need to cut out the ice cream, those French fries or perhaps you eat too much of a good thing and should cut your plate size in half.
YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR WHAT YOU EAT, WHAT YOU SAY, HOW YOU FEEL AND HOW MUCH YOU MOVE YOUR BODY. Thus you are responsible for your health. Sickness doesn’t just happen no matter what the least knowledgeable doctors say. Now you have some information to take charge of your own health.

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