Dr. Tara Skye Goldin , October 2006 Newsletter Natural Medicine That Gets Results!
October 2006


Welcome to Autumn. The pumpkins in my garden, the few that survived this year as I am no master gardener, are turning orange and the leaves are at their peak at the time of this writing. In my practice though, October means that Halloween is right around the corner. Every year after Halloween candy consumption, I see a spike in acute illness in both children and their parents! This is due to the fact that sugar decreases white blood cell production, thus making the body more susceptible to infections taking hold. Not to mention spiking the blood sugar and opening susceptibility to eventually developing Type II diabetes, acne, and adrenal exhaustion if the sugar consumption is chronic. In this issue I will discuss natural alternatives to sugar and coping mechanisms for during the holidays so that one can prevent overindulgence and have a healthier fall and winter.

in this issue
Great coping mechanisms for the "sugar season" Study Finds High-Carbohydrate Diet May Increase Breast Cancer Risk Taste inflation revealed: why sugar, salt and fragrance make you stupid 10 Ways to Sweeten Without Sugar

Study Finds High-Carbohydrate Diet May Increase Breast Cancer Risk

A study conducted by U.S. and Mexican researchers working collaboratively in Mexico has found that a diet high in carbohydrates may be linked to an increased risk of breast cancer. The study was published in the August issue of the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers, and Prevention. From Susan Love MD

Taste inflation revealed: why sugar, salt and fragrance make you stupid

America is a nation that suffers from "taste inflation." Virtually all prepared foods in this country, whether they're restaurant foods or convenience foods, are made with such outrageous levels of salt, sugar and MSG that they can only be called extreme foods suffering from taste inflation. From News Target

10 Ways to Sweeten Without Sugar

Sugar is bad for you. Eating and drinking sugary foods causes tooth decay, weakens your immune system, destabilises blood sugar levels and causes fungal infections like candida. If you want to put on weight, eat complex carbohydrates like brown rice, wholemeal pasta or potatoes. Sugar raises your blood sugar quickly, leading to the inevitable 'sugar-high' followed by a crash. So what are the alternatives? From Organic Foods

Great coping mechanisms for the "sugar season"

Just because you and your family are staying away from excess sugar consumption doesn't mean that you have to miss all of the fun! Here are a few suggestions so that you can still enjoy life and have things that "everyone else has".

1. " Buy back" your child's Halloween candy from trick or treating and use the money to get them a special toy instead. Your child can still go trick or treating with his or her friends and even enjoy collecting all of the candy, but instead of eating it, they use it to get something else that will last (hopefully) and won't harm them.

2. Try using a small (and I mean small) amount of stevia (from chrysanthemums!) to sweeten foods and in baking .

3. If the stevia is not a hit (it can be a little bitter) try these natural sweeteners such as agave (from cactus) or real maple sugar which lave a lower glycemic index and therefore won't spike the blood sugar as much.

4. If you are craving sugar, it could be a sign that you are not eating enough protein. So for example if you are wanting a cookie, eat a piece of chicken (natural , free range) first instead. Then if you still want the cookie, have a small piece instead of the whole thing.

4. Eating a whole piece of fresh fruit is preferable to dried fruit or juice as it contains less sugar and more fiber which slows the absorption of the sugar into your bloodstream.

5. Watch for emotional eating. Tune into your body and see if you are trying to stuff an uncomfortable emotion such as anger, sadness, stress, or tension. Ask yourself what would REALLY help you to feel better, (a long run? a talk? a hug?) the long term goal of great health and energy, or the fleeting satisfaction of that treat?

6. Hydrate well with good pure (not tap) water instead of soda pop. Sodas are sweetened with high fructose corn syrup which is implicated in developing diabetes and drinking 1 can per day can pack 15 pounds of fat onto your body per year!

7. Avoid artificial sweeteners. Studies have shown that aside from their unknown and possibly dangerous effects on the body, people who use these products don't ever lose weight!

8. Associate yourselves with others who share your good nutritional views. Have healthy food potlucks, insist your children's schools teach nutrition and stock healthy alternatives to candy and soda pop. Be a role model of a healthy lifestyle for your children. Create community with others with a shared value of health.

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