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Is Sugar Toxic?…The Bitter Truth Part 2

May 21st, 2012


Is Sugar Toxic?



What is the current recommendation for sugar intake?

The American Heart Association recommends a maximum of 6 teaspoons of added sugar for women and 9 for men.

The Australian National Health and Medical Research Council recommend consuming only moderate amounts of sugars and foods containing added sugars.


 Is Sugar Toxic?


Tips on how to reduce your sugar intake:

1) First you have to believe it is important to reduce your sugar intake.

2) Start by looking at your diet on a daily basis and seeing how much sugar you eat “incidentally.” By that, I mean the hidden source of sugar in foods and drinks that you might not consider as sweet and not naturally recognise as part of your sugar intake. For example, bread, sauces, salad dressings, low fat foods, processed and fast foods.

3) Aim to reduce your sugar intake to no more than 1 or 2 teaspoon per day.

» Read more: Is Sugar Toxic?…The Bitter Truth Part 2

Is Sugar Toxic?…The Bitter Truth Part 1

May 18th, 2012

According to Dr Robert Lustig…

“Sugar is not just empty calorie that makes us fat but sugar is a Poison!!”

Dr Robert Lustig is a paediatric endocrinologist and a leading expert in childhood obesity at the University of California in San Francisco.

Dr Robert Lustig


In Dr Lustig’s view, sugar should be thought of like cigarettes and alcohol, as something that is killing us. Sugar is like a toxic substance that people abuse.

Dr Lustig claims that sugar is to blame for diseases such as type 2 diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease and cancer. He calls high-fructose corn syrup “the most demonized additive known to man.

Our body handles fructose and glucose differently. Fructose is metabolised primarily by the liver, while the glucose from sugar and starches is metabolised by every cell in the body. When our liver is put under strain by excessive amount of sugar (glucose and fructose), fructose is converted to fat such as LDL cholesterol that increases the risk for heart disease.


Dr Sanjay Gupta - Is Sugar Toxic?


In a recent episode of 60 Minutes titled “Is Sugar Toxic”, Dr. Sanja Gupta interviewed Dr. Robert Lustig where he recommends eliminating all sugar from our diet and insists that sugar should be regulated just like cigarettes and alcohol.

Check out the expression on Jim’s face, the guy from the Board of the Sugar Association at the 11.00 minute segment of the interview.


» Read more: Is Sugar Toxic?…The Bitter Truth Part 1

MSG & Sweetener – what have they got in common that cause brain damage??

May 6th, 2012

The answer is EXCITOTOXINS; glutamate in MSG and aspartame in artificial sweeteners. Excessive excitotoxins overstimulate neurons (brain cells) to death, causing brain damage of varying degrees. MSG works synergistically with aspartame to create even more damage to brain cells.

Avoid them at all cost! Read on to find out why. You will be shocked at what you are about to read.


So what is MSG?

It stands for Monosodium Glutamate, the sodium salt of glutamic acid, one of the most abundant naturally occurring non-essential amino acids.

Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)

Chinese Stir Fry


Where can I find MSG?

Low levels of MSG are found naturally in many foods such as broccoli, tomatoes, spinach and grapes. It is commonly used as flavour enhancer in Chinese foods, snack foods, chips, savoury foods, sauces, packet soups, packaged meals and preserved meats.


How can I tell whether certain food has glutamate?

Look for these numbers or names on food labelling

621 – Monosodium L-glutamate (MSG)

622 – Monopotassium L-glutamate

623 – Calcium glutamate

624 – Monoammonium L-glutamate

625 – Magnesium glutamate

Watch out for other non-regulated, hidden sources of MSG such as hydrolysed vegetable or plant protein, plant protein extract, yeast extract, flavourings and seasonings. For a comprehensive list, click here



ASPARTAME – what is it?

It is an artificial, non-saccharide sweetener composed of three ingredients; two amino acids (aspartic acid and phenylalanine) and a methyl ester bond.


Aspartame - Excitotoxins

Aspartame in Soft Drinks

Where can I find aspartame?

It has been marketed as NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, and Equal-Measure. It is not only commonly found in ‘diet’ sugar-free and low-sugar foods and soft drinks but also in mainstream foods such as snacks, desserts, cordials, juices, yoghurts and chewing gum.


What do I look for on food labels?

951 – Aspartame

962 – Aspartame Acesulphame salt 



What can excitotoxins do to your health?

» Read more: MSG & Sweetener – what have they got in common that cause brain damage??

The True Story of Cosmetics

May 1st, 2012

Since the advent of petroleum ingredients in the mid 1900’s, chemicals have been proliferated throughout our world. The practice of using some substances with the assumption that it was safe until proven otherwise became routine. Only limited research has been done on many of the chemicals that can be legally used in cosmetics.


Chemicals in skin care products

Chemicals & Petrochemicals


There are three types of chemicals that are of particular concern. These are commonly found in skin care products and cosmetics:

1)     chemicals that cause cancer or damage our DNA

2)     endocrine disrupting chemicals or hormone disruptor which interfere with our hormonal systems

3)     persistent organic pollutants that won’t dissipate in our body or the environment and accumulate and cause increased exposure levels over time

There is growing concern that daily exposure to a combination of toxic chemicals found in most cosmetics, skin care and personal care products could result in detrimental long term health effects.


“Personal care products expose children to an average of 60 chemicals every day that they can breathe in or absorb through their skin.” 

Environmental Working Group

» Read more: The True Story of Cosmetics

Are your fresh fruits and vegetables making you sick?…Part 2

April 24th, 2012
Tractor spraying pesticides

Conventional Farming Practices


What can we do to protect ourselves from pesticide residues in our food?


1) The most effective way to avoid pesticides is to eat certified organic fruits and vegetables which are grown without the use of any synthetic and toxic chemicals.

Washing or peeling conventional fruits and vegetables only removes a percentage of the pesticides as some of them are systemic and tend to be absorbed through the whole of the produce.

Studies have shown that organic produce have a lower incidence and level of pesticide residues than non-organic produce. Where residues were found, these were due to environmental pollution from pesticides used in conventional farming.


2) If certified organic fruits and vegetables are not readily available or affordable, choose those that are less likely contaminated with pesticide residues.

In the USA, the Environmental Working Group have published the Shopper’s Guide to Pesticide in Produce  aimed at helping shoppers determine which fruits and vegetables contain the most pesticide residues. This allows us to avoid eating the 12 most contaminated fruits and vegetables.


3) Start your own organic garden and grow as much fruits and vegetables as possible. You will have the complete assurance that you are not eating fresh produce that has pesticide residues  or other toxic chemicals. Freshly picked fruits and vegetables will definitely taste richer compared to those in the supermarkets.


» Read more: Are your fresh fruits and vegetables making you sick?…Part 2

Are your fresh fruits and vegetables making you sick?…Part 1

April 16th, 2012

Here’s a piece of eye-opening information that could possibly save your life.


The 2010 US President’s Cancer Panel Report clearly stated that environmental toxins, including chemicals used in farming are the main causes of cancers. It recommended that people consume food grown without pesticides, fertilisers and growth hormones.


This report was written by eminent scientists and medical specialists in the field, published by the US Department of Health and Human Services, the National Institute of Health and the National Cancer Institute.


The majority of people get most of their exposure to pesticides through food, especially fresh fruits and vegetables.

Fruits & vegetables


In Australia more than 7200 registered pesticides, fungicides and herbicides are used in the food production industry

» Read more: Are your fresh fruits and vegetables making you sick?…Part 1

Whole foods, more than just good food…

April 12th, 2012

Whole foods are commonly defined as foods that have not been refined or processed and are closest as possible to their natural state.

According to Jude Blereau, a natural foods chef, author and whole foods expert, the true meaning of whole foods is much more than this. It is an understanding that food is part of the web of life and how we choose to grow food will affect our ecosystems.


Whole foods expert

Jude Blereau

Good food starts in the field’s healthy soil which is rich with microorganisms and dense in nutrients. Good food should be organic or biodynamic because these farming practices do not use toxic chemicals, pesticides, herbicides or synthetic fertilisers.


Organic and biodynamic farming practices help to eliminate chemical leaching into our environment, create healthier habitats for native animals, promote the balance of our native ecosystems and encourage preservation of the natural biodiversity.


Whole foods are good because when a food is whole with all its natural macro and micronutrients intact, it works effectively at its optimal level just as nature has intended.


Good food is ‘real’, made with true and natural ingredients unlike processed foods that are produced using toxic chemicals such as synthetic flavour enhancers, colourings and preservatives.


» Read more: Whole foods, more than just good food…

The Dark Side of the Genetically Modified Food Industry

March 31st, 2012


Being a medical doctor for more than 15 years and having spent many of those researching organic living, I thought I had a firm grasp on the effects of genetically modified foods on our health and the environment.


I recently conducted an interview with Dr Maarten Stapper, who has worked as a scientist for 30 years in 4 continents including Australia as a CSIRO scientist.


Dr Maarten Stapper


We discuss the issues surrounding genetically modified foods and the effects on our health and the environment. I was blown away by the depth of his knowledge and I was alarmed by what he has to say regarding the process involved in the introduction of these genetically modified organisms (GMOs) into our food chain.


Whether we like it or not, this technology will affect each and every one of us. We all need to listen to what he has to say about GMOs in our food and the science behind genetic modification.

» Read more: The Dark Side of the Genetically Modified Food Industry

Welcome to our blog!

March 29th, 2012


Dr Esther Lok

We look forward to sharing with you our journey towards living a healthy organic lifestyle, free from toxic chemicals.


We will share with you how we gradually made small changes and took small steps towards changing our own habits as we learnt and discovered more of the hidden, harmful chemicals found in our everyday lives.


We will show you practical ways on how to gradually adopt an organic lifestyle, how to care for your skin & body without toxic chemicals, how to have a clean & fresh smelling home without using harmful chemicals and what nasty ingredients to avoid.


You will be able to join us in our conversations with experts whom we met along our journey and share all the resources that we have personally found to be helpful and inspirational.


We would love to have you alongside us as we travel together on this path of life. We aspire to live a life that is not just better for our health, but also more sustainable for our future generations.


We would love to hear your stories and your experience in your journey towards a truly natural and healthier organic lifestyle.


» Read more: Welcome to our blog!