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The Sugar Trehalose is rated at 3.6 calories per gram but the truth is much different.

by JC Spencer

Our monolithic medical model is broken. How we count calories is one such example. When wrongs are discovered, instead of making correction, the errors are let slide and are repeated so the next generation of science students learn the same faulty information.

Calorie counting is as flawed as labels on bottles of synthetic vitamin and mineral tablets. Oh, ingredient numbers may be accurate but when you can still read the company’s name on the vitamin tablet at the city sewage plant, your body did not absorb the labeled nutrition.

We count the available energy in foods using a scale of about 9 calories per gram for fats and 2 to 4 calories per gram for fibers and carbohydrates. One kilocalorie is the amount of energy needed to heat one kilogram of water one degree Celsius. This calorie count is not close to the energy cell absorption.

Product labels do not take into consideration, what I call, “the frac and flush factor.” An ounce of flax seed may contain 151 calories but if they can be flushed and later planted and germinated, you never metabolized one calorie much less 151. An ounce of peanuts may contain 161 calories but peanuts are poorly digested. Peanut butter is also poorly digested and digestive systems are not equal.  Correcting the flaws in modern calorie counting is a hard nut to crack.

Biologist, Rob Dunn, in The Food Issue of Scientific American (9/2013), said, “Everything you know about calories is wrong.” Another major challenge in making any adjustment with our modern calorie label system is how foods are processed. The sliding scale showing how well each item is metabolized in different human bodies makes the mountain of label change difficult to climb.

A few years ago, we started receiving interesting reports from diabetics who had switched to using the Smart Sugar Trehalose. Their blood sugar became more normalized than when they were eating regular table sugar. Yet, there are about 4 calories per gram in both the bad sugar and the good sugar.

When we apply “the frac and flush factor” to Trehalose, we gain better understanding of its stable characteristics. The two glucose molecules that make Trehalose are uniquely bonded with one molecule turned upside down. It is extremely difficult to frac Trehalose as we have proven in a hydrochloric acid test. Regular table sugar immediately turned black while Trehalose was unchanged.

More research is needed, but it appears evident that much of the caloric energy count of Trehalose actually metabolized by the human body is nowhere near the 3.6 calories per gram. Yet, Trehalose maintains its remarkable functionality for neurological benefits. That’s One Smart Sugar!

Source includes: Scientific America September 2013

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Smart Sugars Lesson #99

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Studies reveal damaged brains and spinal cords benefit from Smart Sugar
This lesson touches on the regenerative strategies of spinal cord injury.

by JC Spencer

Have you ever laid awake at night wondering how embryonic stem cells decide what they want to be when they grow up? Embryonic stem cells have not yet been instructed how to repair or build functional cell structures and organs. No scientist understands exactly how they decide but we have discovered that mannose and other Smart Sugars help them make the right choices. If they make the wrong choice, it can mean death.

Put on your microscope and let’s look at how we can work with stem cells. The neurotrophic factor is vital in the development of stem cells. Neurotrophins deal with the nourishing of embryonic neurons to help them grow up to be well mannered adult cells. The neuropeptides regulate the growth, survival, and deciding factors.

Neurotrophins help design and program the stem cells for the job needed anywhere in the body. Instructions are given for them to migrate to the designated area of the brain or region of the body for them to begin their work.

Like the rest of your body, stem cells need proper nutrition. With proper exercise you improve blood flow throughout the body with about 25% of the oxygen going to the brain. Rehydration is more much important than most people understand. Very few people drink enough clean water needed to flush out the trash.

Regeneration of neurons is important for everyone if they have neurodegenerative challenges or not. We have learned that we can stimulate stem cell proliferation within the human body with specific sugars. Neural-specific glycosylation of the embryo demonstrates the cell’s potential role and interactive influence. As stem cells mature, glycan expressions are ready to direct damage control of tissue.

The neurotrophic factor was included in a recent study dealing with enhancing the neurotrophin-3 (NT-2) bioactivity. The sugar Trehalose was shown to be the most effective additive for stabilizing NT-3 during sonication (sound waves) and lyophilization (freeze drying). Another study conducted in 2001 concerned nerve growth factor in the treatment of neuronal diseases used Trehalose in the formulation to protect the cells from degradation.

There is a new found hope for those with cognitive impairment and some people are seeing reversal of memory problems. Help arrives in the form of regular exercise combined with a proper diet and Smart Sugars. Each stem cell, and every cell for that matter, have glycan instructions and an operations manual unique for the challenge the human body has right now. The proper care and feeding of the glycans is paramount. The reason for today’s health challenges may be that the glycans have not been properly cared for in days gone by. But, this is a new day filled with new insight.

Neurotrophins containing high-mannose glycosylation are critical to our optimization of mental and motor skills. These molecule building blocks contribute to structure of the neurons and action of the neurotransmitters. Individuals with neurodegenerative challenges, as with Alzheimer’s disease, have been shown to have much lower levels of neurotrophins than more normal functioning brains.

The cell’s development and function depend on its portfolio of Smart Sugars. We see high-mannose glycans take the lead role in coupling other sugars with proteins to provide actual packages of messages. Scientists were surprised to discover the communication is quite complex, containing detailed blueprints for repair or construction of complete organs. The expressed oligosaccharides on the cell reflect the cell’s identity and influence its cell interactions and control of pathogens.

Researchers have learned that specific glycosylation, as in fucosylation or mannosylation, provides the stem cell with the ability to induce glycan expressions that complement the previously identified developmental and innate immune functions of the glycoprotein receptors. Your life depends on Smart Sugars.


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Smart Sugars Lesson #98

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by JC Spencer

The word “medicine” has been around a long time but what does it really mean? And, what did it once mean?

Noah Webster’s 1828 American Dictionary of the English Language states that medicine is: The art of preventing, curing, or alleviating the diseases of the human body.

Disease is from the Old French word, desaise, meaning “lack of ease”. Treat appears to be from the word treacherous and means to manage or care for that which is treacherous. Cure is related to care and means to clean. Noah Webster 1828: To remedy; to remove an evil, and restore to a good state.

Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, radically disagreed with traditional medicine of his time. Today, he would again disagree with traditional medicine. Hippocrates was born around 460 BC. He knew Nature did the healing and so decreed, “Let thy food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” His medicine treated the patient, not just the disease. He trained, what was considered, renegade physicians and they set about to revolutionize the art of medicine.

Hippocrates was a believer in dietary measures in the treatment of disease. He understood that the main role of the physician was to aid the natural resistance of the body to overcome the metabolic imbalance and restore health.

Much of the original Greek Hippocratic Oath has been removed from today’s medical procedures including “dietary regimens”, “do no harm”, “not give a lethal drug”, “will not use the knife”, and “will not cause an abortion”.

François-Marie d'Arouet, better known as Voltaire, (1694-1778), is on record as saying, “The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while Nature cures the disease.”

Today, we are taught that only medicine in the hands of a doctor can be used to treat or cure a disease. It is forbidden, and often enforced by law, for anyone but a physician to “treat” or “cure” any “disease” with a “medicine”. Today’s accepted definition of “medicine” is: a drug used to treat an illness.

The fact of Nature and of Common Law is that good nutrition, is the best “medicine” and has been the best “medicine” since the Garden of Eden.

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice and author of Common Law, on his 90th birthday was asked by a journalist about his success. He responded, “ Young man, the secret of my success is that at an early age I discovered that I was not God.” His father, Sr., received his degree from Harvard Medical School where he later was a professor for 30 years. In 1843, he wrote The Contagiousness of Puerperal Fever, in which he challenged the medical establishment about how women were not treated properly during childbirth. His instructions to “wash your hands” took years to be accepted and implemented for helping prevent the transmission of pathogens that were killing patients.

Our medical system has changed over the years and is currently in a paradigm shift. We are in the early stages of seeing Glycoscience take the leading role in the future of healthcare. Many doctors of tomorrow will operate more within the framework of evidenced foods called functional foods or medical foods. Smart Sugars will improve health and extend life.

Source: Information 2000: Library and Information Services for the 21st Century, Vol. 1991, Part 2 (1992) by the U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information Science, p. 272

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Smart Sugars Lesson #97

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by JC Spencer

Diseases are “invented” and sometimes they have no fact in illnesses. Obesity is called a disease. Alcoholism is called a disease. Any mental challenge is called a disease. Disease is the Old French word desaise meaning “lack of ease”. So sometimes, even life is a disease. A symptom is called a disease. Addiction is a disease in need of a fix.

Let Doc take care of it! We have become a people in need of a fix by someone else because it is too much trouble to accept our own responsibility and take control of our own health.

We are schooled from an early age to accept that a disease can only be treated by a doctor. In fact, everyone else is forbidden to even use the word “treat” or “cure” when talking about a “disease”. So, it has become acceptable to make nearly everything that discomforts us into a “disease”. The medical establishment has created dependencies, a people in need of a fix and had laws passed to protect Big Pharma.

Able people need to take control of their own health. People become enslaved when they allow themselves to always be FIXED by someone else. “Fixed” is the animal world means, “neutered”. We do the human race a disservice by encouraging others to think that an illness is beyond their control or that we are simply victims of circumstance. The health of almost all people is the results of yesterday's good or bad choices. Tomorrow’s health may be the result of today’s choices.

But, if we go ahead and call everything a disease, then we can “treat” it and start working on a “cure”.

Keith Ablow, MD, has gone on record saying, “Obesity is not a disease - and neither is alcoholism.” Dr. Ablow believes that the medical establishment is eroding human autonomy so we will become even more passive like sheep. When all things are diseases, they must be treated.

Dr. Ablow says, “The American Medical Association (AMA) has decided to classify obesity as a disease. This decision is another example of inventing illnesses - a favorite pastime of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) - and another step towards eroding people’s autonomy and making them passive participants in their health. It is also an example of how the medical establishment is laying the groundwork to bill Medicare and Medicaid for every bad choice anyone makes, ever.”

Dr. Ablow declares that the real solution is to expand an individual’s self-esteem and sense of self-determination and provide them with the knowledge and tools to make better choices about what to eat, how much to eat, and how much to exercise.

When a person chooses, over eating, alcohol, tobacco, or any other drug over what is best for his or her own body, family, and friends, that person is making a destructive decision. That decision will bring on depression and anxiety that further fuels obesity and poorer health as greater consumption of food, alcohol, and smoke play the roles as comforters.

To the best of our ability, each of us should exercise the choice and develop the will to take action against all dis-eases and take authority over that which can take control of our lives. “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” (Hippocrates)

Smart Sugars are the building blocks of our Operating System (OS). These sugars are so important to our health that diseases rise and fall in direct relationship to glycosylation of the sugars on our cell’s surface.

But, we dare not forget that the words DISEASE, TREAT, and CURE are owned by WHO? The world expression, WHO, may be translated FDA or AMA.


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Smart Sugars Lesson #96

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Glycosylation holds the keys to cell, brain, and body health

by JC Spencer

Blood, oxygen, certain nutrients and multi-trace minerals navigate some 400 miles of blood vessel passageways through the human brain. The Blood-Brain Barrier (BBB) holds the key for you to survive, thrive, or die.

The health of the body may be determined by the health of the brain. The health of the brain is determined by the health of the cells. The health of the cells is determined by glycosylation of the cells. Glycosylation is determined by the Smart Sugars made available to coat each cell with some 800,000 glycoprotein receptor sites.

Care and feeding of this control center called the brain can determine how long you live and how healthy you will be tomorrow. The health of the cell wall and its ability to withstand stress plays a major role for the blood vessel passageway to continue providing quality service to your brain.

Many miles of passageways are single lane where only one blood cell can pass at a time. Twenty-five percent (25%) of the oxygen you breath goes toward operating your brain. Take a deep breath. It’s good for you.

Glycosylation of red blood cells do more than provide health to the cell. The glycoprotein receptor sites on the surface of each cell serve as slick lubricant for the blood passage. The sites keep platelets from aggregating. The paradox of glycosylation is that these glycoproteins provide lubrication to keep the cells from sticking together too tightly and they also are the glue that holds life together.

In the area of the blood-brain barrier, the cells that make up the BBB lining are packed together so tightly that they allow only little tiny things to cross over into brain. The receptor sites are teaming with activity as cells communicate with each other to decide which molecules to block and which ones to permit through the passageway.

Scientist have learned that some cells, that do not pass the size test, may still be permitted to pass through the barrier if they are certified needed by the brain at the time they knock on the portal. Because of this new understanding that nerves can control the caliber of the portal, scientists now call the BBB  neurovascular.

Glycoscience presents us with how remarkably designed is our Operating System (OS) that controls and patrols every cell, every organ, every phase of our body. All the Smart Sugars provide the means, the building blocks, to this OS that is light years ahead of the most advanced computer man has even thought of constructing.


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Smart Sugars Lesson #95

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Soft Drinks and Hard Drugs

by JC Spencer

A new study indicates that heavy consumption of diet soda can damage teeth as badly as methamphetamine or crack cocaine.

Many people have turned to diet drinks because of concerns about weight gain. Addiction to hard drugs or soft drinks can cause systemic health problems that affect dental hygiene.  Acid is the culprit, not only for teeth but for lowering the pH of your body.

Constant exposure to acid in soda, be it citric or phosphoric, causes erosion and major oral damage. Teeth may become soft, discolored, and destroyed by the soft drink erosion. The damage is often compounded by sipping the drink and holding it in the mouth before swallowing.

In this new study, Dr. Mohamed Bassiouny, a professor of restorative dentistry at the Temple University School of Dentistry in Philadelphia looked at a side-by-side comparison of meth mouth and coke mouth to observe the rampant decay. Dr. Bassiouny said, “... it is startling to see the intensity and extent of damage more or less the same.” The study was recently published in the journal General Dentistry.

Dr. Eugene Antenucci, spokesman for the Academy of General Dentistry, said he was not surprised by Bassiouny's findings. But, the American Beverage Association said in a statement. "To single out diet soda consumption as the unique factor in ... tooth decay and erosion -- and to compare it to that from illicit drug use -- is irresponsible.”

Sugar-free soda is no better than regular soda when it comes to dental decay. Bassiouny added. "Both of them have the same drastic effect if they are consumed in the same frequency, the same amount, and the same duration."

The solution is to listen to your brain for sound logic instead of letting your tongue tempt you for one more soft drink. Wait longer between drinks. Keep reducing, keep cutting back on mouth-watering sweets even though they be “diet”. Also, simply swishing clean water around in your mouth will wash away the acidity. Living with a clean mouth makes for a healthier life.

Your tongue is talking to you and when it says the wrong thing, speak back to it as if it were a little child, “Bad tongue! Bad tongue!” You may even have to spank the tip of your tongue when it misbehaves like a small child.

My craving for sweets has deminished over the last few years. No longer does French vanilla  ice cream cry out from the refrigerator as I walk by. It’s not just me. Those who have turned to Trehalose as their sugar have a reduced craving for sweets.

Xylitol and Trehalose are two sugars beneficial to healthy teeth. Okay, Xylitol is really not a sugar. It’s an alcohol crystal but is still much better for your teeth than table sugar or sugar substitutes. And, Trehalose? Well, it leaves a clean taste in your mouth.


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Smart Sugars Lesson #94

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More massive law suits expected against Big Pharma!

by JC Spencer

The way some diabetic drugs work is to stimulate the pancreas to produce more insulin which in turn reduces the blood glucose level. Diabetic drugs have grown in sales to billions of dollars per year.

A recent study from the University of California, Los Angeles, and another study published in the JAMA Internal Medicine journal (2-25-2013) shows that Type 2 diabetes patients taking Januvia (Merck) or Byetta (Bristol-Myers Squibb) were twice as likely as those who took other drugs to end up in the hospital with pancreatitis. While the pancreatitis risk is double, other reports indicate that the pancreatic cancer risk is 25 times higher.

The number of people world-wide who take Type 2 diabetic drugs is about equal to the total population of the US. Diabetic drug side effects place at risk a vast percentage of our population from pancreas failure and kidney damage.

The pancreas becomes overworked fighting the excess glucose with increased insulin production. The diabetic has hope when they understand the cause and effect and take action to resolve the issue. The need for medication can decrease dramatically with the use of a little common sense!

Excess glucose in your blood can cause you to become a Type 2 diabetic. Sure, adding more of the hormone called insulin into your bloodstream will lower your glucose load. But, dumping less sugar and less high glycemic foods into your mouth can also lower your blood sugar. Soft drinks and junk food are food-like substances that contribute two main things into your bloodstream, glucose and toxins. Oh, there may be a little nutrients there, but not much. If this low octane fuel is burned as energy, that is good. But, you have to be active to burn fuel. Otherwise, there is decreased metabolism and increased stress to the pancreas and the rest of the body.

Other drugs are causing or compounding diabetes. Researchers have concluded that over 64,000 new-onset diabetics are caused each year by statin drugs!  In a study where more than 32,000 people were evaluated, scientists determined that higher dosages resulted in greater diabetes risk and other side effects.

More research is needed to reconfirm benefits of Smart Sugars and modulation of glucose levels. As Smart Sugars improve glycosylation of the cells and communication of the cells, we are learning that glucose metabolism is improved and the propensity is evident for a more normal sugar load.


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Smart Sugars Lesson #92

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Or, do your biological clocks cause depression? A NEW Study

by JC Spencer

Scientists, for the first time, have linked depression to dysfunctional body clocks. Depression disrupts and scrambles human biological clocks in your brain and in your cells so they are no longer synchronized. They are no longer harmonious.

Major health challenges can arise when these internal clocks are altered from their normal cycles.

Trillions of clocks are ticking in your cells to control processes that replicate DNA, cells, and bodily functions that determine your future.  Your brain and every cell in your body operate constantly on synchronized and random biorhythms.

A recent university study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (May 2013) shows that the sleep cycle of those depressed had shifted and was disrupted. Jun Li, professor of human genetics at the University of Michigan and lead author of the study said, “We think the depressed individuals are more likely to be out-of-sync with the regular wake-sleep timing.”

At inception, each of us receive genes that include the blueprint for constructing proteins that are the building blocks for our personally designed bodies. The genes’ activity depend upon the present environment. These clocks may be reset with light and darkness and human activity to help address depression. A consistent good sleep cycle may go a long way in moving out of depression. A healthy gene expression follows a 24-hour cycle and a 28 day lunar cycle. I will discuss more about their relevance in another lesson.

Li and his colleagues looked at the brains of 35 patients with major depression, and 55 mentally healthy people, all of whom had died at various times around the clock. The donated brains contained the markers of gene expression at each time of death. The research team examined the gene expression in six major brain regions: dorsolateral prefrontal cortex, anterior cingulated cortex, amygdala, cerebellum, hippocampus and nucleus accumbens.

In the more healthy brains, a cycle was clearly apparent. Those who died near the same time of day showed similar patterns of gene expression. The patterns in the healthy brains were so clear that the researchers could determine the time of death within a few hours. The evidence left in the gene expression of depressed brains indicated scrambled changes in the bio-clocks showing shifts and disruptions a number of hours off while some rhythms actually flattened. Their gene activity made it impossible to determine the hour of death with this method.

Huda Akil, co-author of the depression study, indicated depressed people have disrupted biological clock that can become part of a vicious cycle. He said, “Therefore, one can speculate that re-setting the clock, for instance with light or physical activity, is a reasonable, concrete target to aim for in the treatment of severe depression.”

Glycoscience plays the major role in the elaborate communication system for building and operating the human body. Therefore, the Smart Sugars when present, as originally intended, may just be able to repair any breach in the system. Other Smart Sugars may hold the keys for calming the nerves. These sugars are under investigation to understand how they may help with depression. Trehalose and other sugars, especially mannose, warrants further study on how their influence may help the depressed.


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Smart Sugars Lesson #92

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China has developed a hybrid virus that could kill millions.

by JC Spencer

Researchers in China have deliberately created new strains of influenza virus in a veterinary laboratory by mixing bird-flu virus with human influenza. Experts warn of the danger that if these new viral strains escaped from the laboratory, they could cause a global pandemic killing millions of people.

Oxford’s Lord May, former government chief scientist and past president of the Royal Society, denounced the study published in the journal Science as doing nothing to further the understanding and prevention of flu pandemics.

“The record of containment in labs like this is not reassuring. They are taking it upon themselves to create human-to-human transmission of very dangerous viruses. It’s appallingly irresponsible,” Lord May said.

The controversial study was conducted by a team headed by Professor Hualan Chen, director of China’s National Avian Influenza Reference Laboratory at Harbin Veterinary Research Institute.

Professor Chen and her team deliberately mixed the H5N1 bird-flu virus (making it hybrid) which can be highly lethal. When flu viruses merge they swap genetic material. She and her colleagues were trying to emulate what happens in nature when animals such as pigs are co-infected with two different strains of virus, Professor Chen explained.

The study was contained in a laboratory with the second highest security level to prevent accidental escape. The results were 127 different viral hybrids between H5N1 and H1N1, five of which were able to pass by airborne transmission between laboratory guinea pigs.

Professor Simon Wain-Hobson, an eminent virologist at the Pasteur Institute in Paris, is on record that it is very likely that some or all of these hybrids could pass easily between humans and possess some or all of the highly lethal characteristics of H5N1 bird-flu.

“It’s a fabulous piece of virology by the Chinese group and it’s very impressive, but they haven’t been thinking clearly about what they are doing. It’s very worrying,” Professor Wain-Hobson said.

No one knows the true danger of this lethal virus but it is possible that it could cause a pandemic killing hundreds of thousands or even hundreds of millions of humans unintentionally. God forbid what it could do intentionally.

The best resistance to the deadly virus is a well-equipped immune system put in place by improved glycosylation of the cells.

Glycoscience is teaching us just how important are Smart Sugars, and how to measure the quantity and quality of these sugars on the surface of human cells.

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Smart Sugars Lesson #91

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The main harm can come from over-reacting to stress.

by JC Spencer

People have experienced stress throughout history. Stress is our modern term for Biblical trials and tribulations. I was told that my great-grandfather was under a lot of stress. The story goes that he was an Indian fighter. However, my great-grandmother was under even more stress. She was the Indian.

Stress is not the enemy. Response to stress is often more stressful than the initial stress. Stress can make you stronger. We can all see the world coming apart at the seam and there is no zipper. Chaos is the norm. Our country and perhaps the world is under a fundamental transformation that is compounding stress on all sides. Today’s epidemic of depression builds upon stress, worry, doubt, fear, anxiety, frustration, confusion, cruelty, anger, injustice, hopelessness, aided by temptation and corruption all around us.

Depression has caused suicides to surpass car crashes as the main cause of accidental deaths in the US. It is reported that a larger number of US soldiers are now dying from suicide than in combat. Research concludes that chronic stress causes heart disease and cancer, our #1 and #2 killers. Antidepressants are selling off the shelf with about 1 in 4 women taking them according to a study by the CDC. Perhaps because of the reckless attempts to prevent dangerous things from happening, some 6.5 million children are prescribed psychiatric drugs. These drugs are often used to relieve stress from the parents more than the child. And, millions of adults are turning to alcohol to calm their fears. Suicide rates rise with alcohol and drug use.

The stress level is compounded by a society that mocks moral values and a disintegrating monetary system. It appears that the asylum is run by the inmates and the plague of mental illness is world-wide. One study, which I frankly don’t believe, concluded that about 40% of Europeans have mental illness. It’s difficult to keep count when the distressed are doing the counting. As that number grows here and there, the assumption plays into the hands of forced institutionalized incarceration.

The current research direction is wrong as it concludes that “depressive illnesses are disorders of the brain.” Psychiatry has come to rely heavily on altering our brain chemistry by tricking it into producing higher levels of neurotransmitters like serotonin and norepinephrine. Can we accept the statement that 23% of American women from age 40 through 59 currently on antidepressants ALL have defective or diseased brains?

National CDC figures indicate that the baby boomer suicide rate rose by almost 30% during the decade ending in 2010, even as the rate among people 85 and older (traditionally, the demographic most likely to kill themselves) actually dropped by 12%. For people ages 45 to 54, the suicide rate was 19.6 per 100,000 in 2010. For people ages 55 to 64, it was 17.5 per 100,000. For the whole population, the national rate was 12.4 per 100,000, according to the CDC. In Sacramento County, California, state data show, the suicide rate among boomers rose 60% – from 16 per 100,000 in the year 2000 to almost 25 per 100,000 a decade later.

The prevalence of depression may be the side effect of powerful medications. Baby boomers are heavier and more sedentary than their elders were at the same age. And, on more medication. The record shows that more than 90% of the people who die from suicide already have a diagnosed mental disorder of some sort.

Wait a minute! I’m depressed just reading what I just wrote. Push the pause button. Let’s be still and know that a little personal quiet time for prayer and reflection can help us cast all anger far away and allow a peace that passes all understanding to envelope us and fill us.

Embrace Truth and the Peace and freedom Truth brings. Improved health can help us overcome stress and better address the situation. Regular exercise improves circulation, improves the immune system and makes us stronger to overcome stress. The truth is that today can be better than yesterday and tomorrow can be better than today. The birth pains become less intense when we focus on what can be instead of what was.

A recent study in Israel on anti-depressant possibilities gives new hope what the sugar Trehalose has health benefits that may relieve stress. Don’t under estimate the possibilities when adding Trehalose to a cup of Chamomile or other relaxing teas. Take time to relax!
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Smart Sugars Lesson #90

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