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Show 1010: Beating Sugar Addiction

Find out how to improve your health and retrain your taste buds to overcome sugar addiction.
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Beating Sugar Addiction

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It may sound far-fetched to propose that someone has an addiction to candy or soft drinks. But brain scans show that some of the reward pathways associated with a sweet taste are very similar to those linked to addictive substances. Might you be addicted to sugar?

People at Risk for Sugar Addiction:

Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum says there are several different underlying health problems that can put people at risk for sugar addiction. Some folks burn the candle at both ends and make up for a lack of sleep with a quick-energy fix of caffeine and sugar. Others are so stressed that they have adrenal fatigue; these are the individuals who become “hangry” and irritable when their blood sugar drops.

Find out about all four types of sugar addicts and what can be done to help them overcome this health challenge. Learn about healthy ways to feed your sweet tooth that don’t put you at risk for weight gain or the perils of sugar addiction, which just might include a higher risk of type 2 diabetes or Alzheimer’s disease.

This Week’s Guest:

Jacob Teitelbaum, MD, is board-certified in internal medicine. He is senior author of two studies: “Effective Treatment of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia – a Placebo-controlled Study” and “Effective Treatment of CFS & Fibromyalgia with D-Ribose.”

Dr. Teitelbaum’s books include: From Fatigued to Fantastic!; The Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Solution; Pain Free 1-2-3: A Proven Program for Eliminating Chronic Pain Now; Real Cause Real Cure; and his most recent, The Complete Guide to Beating Sugar Addiction. He is director of the Practitioners Alliance Network and author of the smartphone app Cures A-Z. His websites are and

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Joe Graedon is a pharmacologist who has dedicated his career to making drug information understandable to consumers. His best-selling book, The People’s Pharmacy, was published in 1976 and led to a syndicated newspaper column, syndicated public radio show and web site. In 2006, Long Island University awarded him an honorary doctorate as “one of the country's leading drug experts for the consumer.” .
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It is not far-fetched at all to think that sugar is addictive, but rather the contrary: it seems obvious, if we observe adults and children in their habits. I understand that, in the ancient world, sugar was used to heal wounds (as was honey). Perhaps it was never intended to be consumed. I eliminated sugar from my diet 15 years ago (and I am NOT diabetic), and it was one of the best things I ever did for myself.

This show was very informative and so timely as I’m currently addicted to sugar!! Thank you Dr and I hope to “Shine”!

One point which deserves more emphasis is that 50% of patients on SSRI and SNRI medications will suppress their dopamine receptors to the point where they crave carbs, cocaine and feel lousy. Some doctors are using combinations of SSRI drugs which is ensuring this terrible side effect occurs. Since the dopamine suppression usually takes months to occur, physicians have been slow to recognize the harm being done to patients. Any patient on any psychiatric drug should be weighed by the doctor’s office each visit and told to report weight gain if visits are spread out.
Our family rarely eats dessert and we have little processed food in the house. My son names the animals around the farm – most after sweets. Cookie, Hershey, Kiss, Coco,Creamy,Oreo, – you get the idea.

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