Sugar is Not a Treat | Jody Stanislaw | TEDxSunValley

Sugar is Not a Treat | Jody Stanislaw | TEDxSunValley


Translator: Tanya Cushman
Reviewer: Peter van de Ven Take a few moments to think about
your most vital organs in your body, those organs that you cannot live without. Okay, got them? Excellent. You probably thought about your heart. I bet “brain” popped into your mind. Lungs. But did any of you think, “My pancreas,
I can’t live without my pancreas”? I’m assuming most of you probably didn’t. I’m a naturopathic doctor, and I love educating people
about the importance of the pancreas, which is located right here,
tucked behind your stomach, behind your left lower rib cage. Inside your pancreas
is a small cluster of cells called beta cells. You only have two grams actually; it’s the size of, like, two almonds. Well, these life-giving cells
surprisingly get no attention, yet if they were to wither away, in the absence of medical intervention, you would literally die
within a few weeks. That is how important your beta cells are; you would die. Here’s how they work: Anytime you eat sugar
or highly-refined carbohydrates, that sugar circulates in your blood
from your head to your toe, throughout your body. The beta cells are
the security guards for your blood, and as soon as they see
this rush of sugar, they send the alarm bells off. They call in a team of dump trucks
to haul all of that sugar out. Well, the dump trucks are called insulin, and insulin’s job is to pick up
all that sugar out of the blood and feed it to your liver,
your muscles, or store it as fat because you don’t want all that
excess sugar hanging out in your blood. This seems pretty innocent, right? But here’s the problem: Millions and millions today
are overworking their security force. Overworking your beta cells doesn’t happen [only] with obvious foods,
like cake and ice cream, but it also happens with
highly-refined carbohydrate foods, like yogurt and granola, cereal, bread, pasta, alcohol – even when used in moderation. Anytime you eat these foods, your beta cells send the alarm bells off to make more insulin. And this is scary because – just like anything that gets overused,
from cars to computers – the parts eventually wear out, leading to beta cell burnout. This is another name
for prediabetes or type 2 diabetes which you really
don’t want to suffer from. Beta cell burnout can happen to anyone, and it has a lot to do
with your food choices. As your beta cells weaken
through the years, the blood sugar level starts to rise
to a dangerous level, maybe even unbeknownst to you. If the beta cells get really weak,
and you don’t pick it up – your diet doesn’t change – you’ll likely need
to take insulin injections every day for the rest
of your life to stay alive. But the good news, the good news is reversing
beta cell burnout is entirely possible. Just with a few small dietary tweaks
and lifestyle changes, especially when caught early. I specialize in diabetes. I also am an expert because
I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes when I was just seven years old. So the effects of sugar
have been a lifelong study for me. Now, the cause of type 1 is very different
than the pandemic of type 2 today that we’re hearing so much about. In type 1, the immune system
attacked and killed all of my beta cells. Killed them – they’re gone. When I was seven. Why it did this is still not understood. But as a result, without my beta cells
I take insulin injections every day, and I’ve taken over 100,000
in my lifetime, thus far. Living with type 1, in a way,
has been a gift, though, because I’m so motivated not to eat sugar. When I eat sugar, my blood sugar level
skyrockets and I feel awful; I get a headache, I feel cranky – if the phone rings, I don’t want
to get it because I am irritable – and I just want to take a nap. Most people walk around oblivious
to this direct correlation between what you’ve eaten
and how you feel, so the negative effects on all of you
living with beta cells – you’re lucky enough to still have them – is much more subtle,
but potentially just as deadly. The good news is saving your beta cells
is entirely in your hands. You know, this talk wouldn’t
have applied even ten years ago, when sugar wasn’t added
to everything that we eat, and it was just used
as a special ocassion. Are you aware that there
are only ten companies that own the entire world’s food brands? And the reality is the sweeter
a food is, the more it sells. So when you eat sugar, you might immediately feel
a rush of energy and kind of feel good, think “Wow, sugar makes me feel great!” But the reality is an hour or two later, if you pay attention, you’ll likely feel zapped. You might not be able to concentrate; you might kind of want to take a nap; or you might want to eat more sugar. If we keep doing this over a lifetime, the beta cells get weak, the blood sugar level
slowly starts to rise, and over time, high-blood sugar
causes heart disease, kidney failure, strokes, gangrene, blindness, alzheimer’s, lower-limb amputation, depression,
violent behavior and more. The amount of deaths called by sugar – all of these afflictions combined – leads to more deaths
than automobile accidents. Imagine that. At the rate we’re consuming sugar today, sugar is not a treat. Ladies and gentlemen,
at the rate we’re consuming it today, sugar has become a gradual death sentence. But the good news is, like I said, this is something, a major problem,
that we have in our hands. My patient Pam, she was just freaking out; she thought
something was entirely wrong with her. She said, “I’m just tired all the time. I feel good in the morning, but then I drag, and I
can’t focus, and I’m cranky. Something is wrong with me. Will you check my thyroid?
Do I have a brain tumor? Is that why I can’t think?” I said, “Pam … before we run all those expensive tests, I just want to ask you,
‘What do you have for breakfast?'” And she said, “Well,
I have a vanilla latte – get a few extra pumps
of vanilla because I love it – and then I have some zucchini bread.” I said, “Well, okay,
let me tell you something. Vanilla is syrup –
you realize that, right? – it’s not the vanilla bean, it’s the syrup, lots of sugar, and zucchini bread –
might as well call it zucchini cake. I mean let’s be real, okay? Zucchini muffin, whatever. It’s all cake – muffins –
they’re just cake without frosting.” So I said, “Before I run
all these expensive tests, why don’t you just start
your day with protein? Let’s just have a handful
of eggs for breakfast, maybe some sliced apples
with peanut butter. When you start your day
with balanced blood sugar level, I think your energy
is going to be a lot better, just saying.” Two weeks later, I get an email
full of exclamation points: “Nothing’s wrong with me. I feel great. I’m having protein for breakfast,
and everybody’s like, ‘What have you done?
You’re so happy now.'” Changing your life can be this simple; it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. But I get it. It’s so easy to fall into the traps laid by the 1.5 trillion dollar
processed-food industry today. They label so many
high-sugar foods as healthy: Gummy vitamins – right? –
they’re gummy bears, let’s not be … come on. Yogurts – many yogurts today,
blueberry, strawberry yogurt – they have more sugar, ounce for ounce, than Coca-Cola. Kids are eating fruit chews today. Kids, are you aware they’re not fruit? They’re not fruit;
it’s sugar and fruit flavoring. There was this study done in rats
that showed chronic sugar consumption creates as much damage to the brain as abuse done in childhood. Teens are drinking less soda today, but they’ve replaced it
with sports drinks and energy drinks. These drinks are shamefully
being touted as healthy, yet they are a key part
of the obesity epidemic that’s spreading today. And, all of you parents out there
and grandparents and loved ones, the birthday parties, right? The six-years-olds,
they just ate their cake and ice cream, and now they’re running around
like a bunch of screaming banshees. This behavior is a direct result
of the sugar intake. This happens in schools every day, and the sad thing
is we’re still doing it as adults: pasta and beer … pizza and beer, pasta and bread. It’s the same effect. According to
the World Health Organization, there are over 420 million people
today with type 2 diabetes, and that number just keeps going up. In America alone, if our eating habits
do not change in the next few decades, that will be one in three. That means it will likely be
somebody you know and love, or it might be you. We have all become so brainwashed to think that sugar
on a daily basis is okay. Frankly, it’s reminiscent of
when doctors used to endorse smoking. Remember that? The posters of the athletes
on the bikes smoking? Listen to this – this makes me so angry: I volunteer at diabetes camps, so I see kids and what they eat
every day, every summer, and the standard recommendations given to children diagnosed
with type 1 diabetes today, is that they can eat
as much sugar as they want and just take more insulin for it. The blood-sugar fluctuations
that this way of eating causes to their precious, growing bodies
is a medical tragedy. And it is devastating
because the solution is so simple. We need to eat less sugar. Now, I’ve got to admit I love cookies, so I’m not talking
about never eating sugar again. Let’s be real here, right? When I work with patients,
I teach them the 80-20 principle: 80% of the time, keep your food
in healthy, wholesome choices, and then put your sugar in the 20% – put it over here. The highly-processed carb foods? 20% – over here. But we’ve got it switched, right? We’re kind of like
20 healthy and 80 sugar. Ahhh. Our future depends on a healthy society. Your contribution is needed
in today’s crazy world. Sugar is never going
to get you feeling your best. And sugar is never going
to help motivate you to have a great day. Look at Pam. So I ask you this: Would you like to have more energy? Would you like to have less anxiety? A better memory? More productivity? Better skin? Better sleep? More joy? Reducing sugar and highly-processed
carbohydrate foods from your diet could change your life. I see it every day with patients
I’ve helped all around the world. Now, you might be feeling resistant, like, “Oh, just overwhelmed. Just like making a big change,
I feel paralyzed.” Or you’ve tried it before,
and you’ve failed. Have no fear; I have you covered. Because when you want
to make a big change in your life, you have to start with just small steps. That’s all you need. So I’ve got you covered. I have three steps
for you to try over the next – you can apply them today. If you’re feeling really motivated, try all three. Number one: [HAVE PROTEIN FOR BREAKFAST …] [eggs, nuts, cottage cheese,
sliced apple with peanut butter] Start your day with
balanced blood-sugar level. Then you’re giving your body
that balanced energy. Trust me, you don’t want to be like this – I do it a lot. I do my best to avoid it but … Have protein for breakfast. Number two: Next time you’re feeling
that you just want a sweet; you just had a meal but now you’re like, “I want something more
after dinner or after noon,” you want a sugary snack. Grab a glass of water first. Being dehydrated actually
can feel like being hungry. And so why don’t you try water first? You’ll probably feel more energized because a 5% decrease in hydration
can correlate to a 20% decrease in energy. So you’ll have more energy, and you probably
won’t need that sugary snack that will only pop you up
for a little bit and then drop you. Okay, number three: There are so many wonderful low-carb
replacements now for high-carb foods. Pizza crust that’s made
out of cauliflower; pasta can be made out of zucchini noodles; and – I love cookies –
so I make chocolate chip cookies out of almond flour
and stevia as my sweetener. There’s so many great ones out there. In conclusion, what I want
to leave you with is this, if it isn’t already obvious, reducing sugar in your diet
could be life-changing for you. Life-changing. Please, you have beta cells; protect them. You have the knowledge,
and you have the power. And if you reduce the sugar in your diet, you’ll be using your meals
as they were intended to: to fuel you into greatness. Thank you. (Applause)

100 thoughts on “Sugar is Not a Treat | Jody Stanislaw | TEDxSunValley

  1. Japan does not have the diabetes issue the western countries have and the elderly ride bikes we’ll Americans elderly can barely walk

  2. Since the publication of this video we have gotten abundant information of how diabetes can be reversed with intermittent fasting, fasting and/or alternate daily fasting. The book "Obesity Code" by Dr. Jason Fung is very specific with this information. Other YouTube channels are Dr. David Jockers and Vaughn Lawrence of Spirit of Health KC

  3. I really needed to hear this cause lately I've been eating a lot of sugar and I'm aware of it I just need to take action….

  4. Iv got IR, and iv been struggling to get on keto to avoid carbs. But it seems like the best option.. that and fasting

    Edit: watching this from australia, america is being abused by corporations who buy politicians. Its like watching a dumpster fire

  5. Less than 2 minutes in and she's already incorrect. Insulin doesn't carry sugar, it simply circulates in the blood when required along with glucose and acts as the key on the glucose receptors of cells to allow the glucose entry.

  6. For those of you who have successfully cut out sugar: can you recommend a natural substitute (brand specific)? I’ve tried a couple of stevias from the supermarket and could not get past the strange taste, but that may have just been the brands I used. I cannot use chemical sweeteners, they give me migraines.

  7. I've been off all processed carbs for 2 yrs, 3 mos. life is so much better! oh, I lost over 50 pounds, too. without food cravings. weight is still dropping.

  8. So we were sitting on the river bank enjoying our chips and pop , and this pretty lady pulls up in her red canoe and gives us a lecture on diabetes. ….

  9. If someone who’s into training hard sugar isn’t a problem. Besides that’s what your liver is for, it detoxifies and cleans, sure sugar over consumed ain’t good but in moderation it ain’t bad.

  10. "Dr. Jody Stanislaw received her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine in 2007." Just for all of you that are unaware, a naturopathic doctor is NOT an actual doctor, nor does naturopathy rely on any scientific evidence. What's even more sad is the fact that we have uneducated individuals in the comments spreading misinformation that "hurr durr cancer eats sugar so we gotta starve them" with NO understanding of the biochemistry of glucose metabolism. People will believe anything these days.

  11. I feel bad for people who genuinely believe this, when natural sugars are the healthiest things out there. We are designed to eat carbohydrates. A plant-based diet is the healthiest diet out there, and I've never had an issue from eating some sugar. Neither has any plant-based eater out there, unless they're eating excess fats, which harm the pancreas tissue. I feel so bad for people who think this is true.

  12. Sugar is not the reason for heart attacks, cancer and COPD, the three leading killer of Americans. Let's focus on the problem foods and heal our crises. Watch "Game Changers" and "Forks Over Knives" to learn about real health and what foods to avoid to actually get healthy.

  13. If there is even a slight chance that Jody Stanislaw is reading comments under this video, it's worth writing it. Even though you're correct in saying that pasta is a refined carbohydrate, it is still considered a food with log glycemic index (GI) around 30-60. I'm not a diabetes expert, but I don't see a reason to demonize it together with such terrible food choices like cereal and granola.

  14. Every word she says here is absolutely 100% true. The reason people ignore these warnings is that it takes time to see the damage it’s doing to the body. If we’d get sick immediately after consumption people would quickly realize to leave sugar alone. It’s truly sad!

  15. Good to hear explained how sugar works in our bodies, you speak with some passion Jody. I certainly learnt many new things about me I never knew before.

  16. Legend has it that sugar came from a fruit tree located in center of the garden of Eden. The thing that Adam and Eve ate…tasted good but ultimately caused the demise of mankind.

  17. Her message is great, nothing original or groundbreaking (a lot of people are discussing this), but the way she mocks her female patient with the "airhead, valley girl" accent is a little disconcerting. I wouldn't feel comfortable confiding in a doctor who heard my voice in their heads this way. 🤷

  18. I want to know what she is talking about but the sound she makes each time she began to speak is driving me nuts. Sorry

  19. Actually, even if you have sweetened food with amino acid sweetners, your pancreas still secrete insulin. In fact, if you smell sweet or even think of it, insulin will be realeased. It is not just sugar, but giving your pancreas a break with fasting will help you in your diets and energy.

  20. . Sweetness can increase your appetite. Also tasting sweet can trigger a insulin response which can lead to insulin resistance AKA type 2 diabetes. For for both reasons artificial sweeteners should be avoided to a degree too, possibly including natural artificial sweetener like Stevia. I think instead the trick is to work on your mentality and slowly work out sweets from your life. Your taste buds will adjust.

      On the flip side, bitter and sour things can help suppress appetite. I recommend raw orange peels and 100% unsweetened cranberry juice or fresh cranberries. Consuming these before a meal can mean you eat notably less than you would otherwise.

    I've seen Youtube videos that suggest that you should focus your eating on a small window of time a day and have most of the day where your eating nothing. I don't know if it's true or not.

    There are lots of organs your body would die without along with no medical care to compensate, that most people wouldn't think to name. So that people wouldn't name the pancreas right off the bat doesn't mean anything.

  21. People are so obsessed with protein. It's important obviously but if you are eating enough actual real food you will never have a protein deficiency. Ask any doctor if they have seen a case.

  22. Cutting sugar was truly completely life-changing for me. I learned it by myself, it wasn't really talked about that much those few years back it seemed like something out of another planet only because sugar is completely in everything. It was pretty tough, long process but super worth it. It really helps so greatly with how I feel, how I taste the food, and even how much I need to eat. I truly hate today's sugar obsessed culture. It took me so much time to convince my parents that sugar is the problem in modern society, and I am sad to watch them not limiting it anyway.

  23. don't worry about sugar . What's important is fasting. It's insulin that promotes weight gain no matter what you consume. That's why intermittent fasting is critical to lowering insulin and reducing inflammation..

  24. I love the way you broke it all down! I am a visual person so now I completely understand what sugar is doing to my body and what I need to do differently! Thank you! 👏👏👏👏 Great presentation!

  25. Sugar is not the problem.  Snacking has and will always be the problem.  The long term solution to prevent diabetes has always been fasting.

  26. Been eating and drinking loads of sugar for 20 years and I feel fine both without and with sugar. Kinda feel like this has a lot to do with what environment you're in, if you're stressed a lot and how weak your body is to certain things. I also think if you eat/drink something long enough, your body becomes resistant to it.

  27. She should've pointed out that this is just from processed sugars, not sugar from fruit sources (which are completely healthy)

  28. fruit and vegetables give me the same negative symptoms as soda and cereals. I'm Paleo now, with a very large empashis on meat and I'm feeling amazing compared to when I was a starved pre-diabetic vegan for 5 years

  29. I understand the comments talking about how sugar is chemically addictive, but to believe that is the problem reduces your agency. It says ‘It’s not my fault/my problem/I can’t control it.’ Definitely start slow. Get low sugar versions of your favorite foods, eat smaller portions of them, eat them less frequently. If you drink soda start drinking then with more ice or with water to dilute them. Drink more water in general and learn to like the taste of water.

    Eventually you will find that sweet foods you used to eat will tase ‘too sweet’ and eventually you won’t enjoy them anymore. You’ll also start finding fruit that you would otherwise never eat before to be very sweet and delicious. A sweet treat.

    I’m not a doctor or dietician, this is just what has worked for me. Wishing everyone the best.

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