Sugar is an anesthetic first introduced into England, and only available to the British royalty, who were the only ones who could afford it.  It is a cheap by-product of molasses, which is a cheap by-product of rum.

The British introduced slavery into the Caribbean as a form of cheap labor for their very lucrative rum industry.

Sugar is an entry level drug for all forms of food which can stand alone, but whose flavor is enhanced on the tongue by the addition of sugar (or salt, or MSG, none of which are healthy for us).

Sugar is addictive.  It is used as a pain reliever, and as such in our foods, keeps us from feeling.  You have to feel to mature, and to heal, and our children are being left adrift in a world of lack–of-feeling, which will lead us into a secondary position when dealing in life (in the areas of personal growth, family, community, and the world).

Sugar permeates our grocery stores. The following synonyms are used on food labels:

Corn syrup, Sucanat, Saccharin, Manitol, Sorbitol, Xylitol, Hydrolysate, Acesulfame, Potassium/Sunette, Aspartame (Equal, NutraSweet), Dextrose (Sweet ‘n Low, Equal, NutriSweet), Sucrose, Lactose and Fructose.

3 grams per serving…read the labels!

Starches turn into sugar in the digestive process; therefore, white flour, breads and pastries, white rice, white pasta, white and sweet potatoes need to be replaced with whole grains, yams, brown rice and pasta alternatives. Avoid corn…it’s used in everything as a cheap filler.

Sugar is a drug we have become so used to that our society now demands stronger and stronger anesthetics and pain killers.

If sugar had been tested rigorously by the FDA, it (along with nicotine, alcohol, and caffeine) would not have become legal. They are “grandfathered” in because the FDA did not exist when they were introduced.

The wise women of the early villages warned against giving sugar to the children, and beer companies in England were ordered not to use it as an ingredient in their product.  In some cases it was an offense punishable by death.

The staff in the castles saw the effects and “wanted some, too”. Strong demand by the people eventually made it affordable.  A similar argument is being made today around marijuana.  Don’t we have enough psychological crutches?  Layne spoke out against legalizing any more drugs.

How ‘bout we man up and face “life on life’s terms” for a change?

That’s where I see the 12-step program coming in.  Twelve steps to recognizing and solving problems.

Suggested reading:

Get the Sugar Out, by Ann Louise Gittleman

Sugar Blues, by William F. Dufty

Hydration:  If you’re not wild about drinking water try a filter system, and put it in a pretty glass with a straw.