In 1957, Dr. William Coda Martin tried to answer the question:
When is a food a food and when is it a poison?
His working definition of “poison” was: “Medically: Any substance applied to the body, ingested or developed within the body, which causes or may cause disease. Physically: Any substance which inhibits the activity of a catalyst which is a minor substance, chemical or enzyme that activates a reaction.” The dictionary gives an even broader definition for “poison”: “to exert a harmful influence on, or to pervert”.
Dr. Martin classified refined sugar as a poison because it has been depleted of its life forces, vitamins and minerals. “What is left consists of pure, refined carbohydrates. The body cannot utilize this refined starch and carbohydrate unless the depleted proteins, vitamins and minerals are present.
Refined sugar is lethal when ingested by humans because it provides only that which nutritionists describe as “empty” or “naked” calories. It lacks the natural minerals which are present in the sugar beet or cane.
In addition, sugar is worse than nothing because it drains and leaches the body of precious vitamins and minerals through the demand its digestion, detoxification and elimination makes upon one’s entire system. So essential is balance to our bodies that we have many ways to provide against the sudden shock of a heavy intake of sugar.
Sugar taken every day produces a continuously over-acid condition, and more and more minerals are required from deep in the body in the attempt to rectify the imbalance. Finally, in order to protect the blood, so much calcium is taken from the bones and teeth that decay and general weakening begin. Excess sugar eventually affects every organ in the body. Initially, it is stored in the liver in the form of glucose (glycogen). Since the liver’s capacity is limited, a daily intake of refined sugar (above the required amount of natural sugar) soon makes the liver expand like a balloon. When the liver is filled to its maximum capacity, the excess glycogen is returned to the blood in the form of fatty acids. These are taken to every part of the body and stored in the most inactive areas: the belly, the buttocks, the breasts and the thighs.
This article is extracted and edited from the book, Sugar Blues, © 1975 by William Dufty. The book was first published by the Chilton Book Company, Padnor, PA, USA. Warner Books, Inc., NY, published an edition in 1976 and reissued it in April 1993.
Dear Black Family
In the islands/ South America, we grow natural raw sugar cane.
We used to chop it down and eat it raw. Many of us, like my mom and aunts, used brown sugar to make homemade coconut candies called “Drops.” Our most popular candy, Busta, was made with real ginger, molasses and other spices. We gobbled up this dark, sweet sticky goodness like the world was coming to an end. We never got sick, had depression or got cavities. We intrinsically understood that natural ingredients, eaten raw, was never a threat to our health. In fact, the Rastas would chew on a piece of tree bark that would clean their teeth. Coming to AmeriKlan and eating white sugar gave our system quite a shock! Trips to the dentist soon followed and feelings of “uneasiness.”
When I learned just how detrimental white sugar was to the African, I was shocked. But sadly, I was an addict. Nerds, Sugar Daddies, Gummy worms, Swedish Fish and my most vicious enemy, Peppermint Puffs, were inhaled by my lust for white sugar. The more I ate, the more I craved. It was soon followed by a “crash” where it all caught up with me and I needed to lie down.
My introduction into medicine gave me insight into how the foods that are placed in black neighbourhoods are packed with sugar! Everywhere we looked, sugar was all around us…in drinks, hot dogs, even potato chips. Remember the candy vending machines in school? Remember how we lined up for the sweetness immediately after we ate their salt-laden, fat-filled, frozen foods? It’s a miracle we even lived to be 20.
The chemists that plotted our demise knew that sugar, depleted of its nutrition, would react poorly with melanin. After all, a drug CANNOT be a drug if it doesn’t react with melanin!!! Ever wonder why they always test on white lab rats? It’s to see how it will react with the general population. Sugar in blacks causes:
Diabetes Mellitus (pancreas)
Diabetes Insipidus (the kidneys)
The list goes on and on. I remember when raw, undiluted sugar cane was easily available and cheap in stores. Now, it’s expensive and hard to find. The system has intentionally taken away every and all available tools that will aid us in good health and recovery. Please educate yourself on the dangers of white sugar and if possible, use natural fruits as a sweetener.
Tip: I used to sprinkle sugar in my oatmeal. Now I cut up a ripe banana and mix it in my unsweetened cereal. Yum! Now I get fiber and potassium.