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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Transformation Tuesday- Week 6 Health Challenge Super Sugars

I am continuing this week with a summary of the Health Challenge from Davidson Chiropractic here in Wisconsin.

Just a disclaimer at the start. The information presented is not meant as medical advise and is presented as part of the series by Dr. Jay Davidson. It is in no way an endorsement by me. Seek medical advise before changing your diet.

The information in toady's article is similar to what is presented in the book "Wheat Belly" by Dr. William Davis.

Sugar can cause inflammation in our bodies and lead to conditions like cancer, diabetes, pain, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, ADHD and other inflammatory conditions.

The thinking is sugar (Glucose, Sucrose, Fructose, Lactose) can come from multiple sources such as:

  • Maple Sugar
  • Maple Syrup
  • Sugar Cane
  • Cane Juices
  • Corn and corn derivatives
  • Corn syrup
  • High Fructose Corn Syrup
  • Corn Oil
  • Corn Meal
  • Dextrose
  • MSG
  • Xanthan Gum
Grains are also considered a sugar since they quickly change to sugar in your mouth ( in about 4 seconds). Grains considered sugars include:
  • Wheat
  • Rice (white and brown)
  • Oats
  • Barley
Sugar can cause a roller coaster effect on your blood sugar, making you feel more hungry later in the day.  

We consume too much sugar; as much as 150 lbs per year of sugar and 79 lbs of high fructose corn syrup.

Davidson Chiropractic is a Maximized Living Office and they recommend following the diet plan in the book " Maximized Living Nutrition Plans" by Dr. B.J. Hardick, Kimberly Roberto and Dr. Ben Lerner.  Both this book and the Wheat Belly book are available on

Sugar causes inflammation and creates an environment for disease to thrive. So they suggest completely getting rid of sugar for 14 days. Once this is done, it is claimed your body will now start to burn fat instead of sugar.  The book has suggestions for replacing bread and pasta in your diet.  

For instance instead of eating a sandwhich you use a lettuce wrap and you can replace pasta with spaghetti squash.

I am not sure I absolutely buy this approach.  I have however over the last two years greatly cut back on the sugar and grain I consume. I replace breakfast most days with a smoothie or Greek Yogurt and fruit. I 've replaced my sandwich at lunch with soup.   I did this because I saw these foods as being more nutrient dense.

If I had pain every day had cancer or some chronic condition like diabetes, then maybe eliminating all sugars and the sugar grains from my diet would make sense. Right now I am taking a more moderate approach by reducing pasta, grains and sugars. It seem to be working. You have to figure out what works best for you.

Think about signing up for the 14 part health challenge by Max Health Chiropractic at

If you do you can learn the 10 children's cereals with the most sugar and then you can make your own decision about sugar and grains in your diet.


Chris Wodke
Founder & Manager Team CMT

Chris is a triathlete and long distance runner. She is a three time participant of the Boston Marathon.  In 2012 she finished 2nd at Boston in the Mobility Impaired Division. She was on the course in 2013 when the bombs exploded.

She has appeared three times at the Paratriathlon National Triathlon Sprint Championship. She was the 2012 and 2014 National Champion Paratriathlon Open Division Champion.

In 2014 she was the PC Open Champion at the Duathlon National Championship. She has qualified to represent Team USA at the Aquathon ITU World Championship in Chicago in 2015.  

 In 2014 she represented  the U.S. as a paratriathlete at the Pan-American Triathlon Championship in Dallas, Texas.

She travels around the country raising awareness of CMT.

She is the author of the book, “Running for My Life” that details her experience as a CMT affected athlete.

You may visit her author page at:

Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have 160 members in 32 states. We also have members in Australia, Scotland, Canada, Vietnam, Turkey, Finland and Iran. If you wish to join us visit our web site; or

CMT or Charcot-Marie-Tooth is the most commonly inherited peripheral neuropathy. It affects over 155,000 Americans (as many as MS).  It is a disease of the nerves that control the muscles. It is slowly progressive, causing loss of normal function and or sensation in the lower legs/feet and arms/hands.

Symptoms include; muscle wasting in the lower legs and feet leading to foot drop, poor balance and gait problems Atrophy in the hands causes difficulty with manual dexterity.

Structural foot deformities such as high arches and hammer toes are common.

Poor tolerance for cool or cold temperatures and many people have chronically cold hands and feet.

Additional symptoms may include fatigue, sleep apnea, breathing difficulties and hearing loss.

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