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"The doctor of the future will give No Medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the Human Frame, in Diet, and in the Cause and Prevention of Disease."
Thomas A. Edison

Today's Topic:



Sugar, Corn Syrup, Obesity, Brain Problems  







Sugar Content in Sweetened Drinks


Teaspoons of Sugar:

  • 12-ounce - 9 to 12
  • 20-ounce- 15 to 20
  • 64-ounce - 54 to 63

  • A bottle of iced tea - 9
  • Energy drinks - 16


Sugar Content in Soda

Would YOU knowingly allow

your child(ren) to ingest that much sugar in one sitting?

yourself to ingest that much sugar in one sitting?

I would not.




Quotes for your life:

"The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, nor to worry about the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly."

"Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing."
Helen Keller

"You will come to know that what appears today to be a sacrifice will prove instead to be the greatest investment that you will ever make."
Gorden B. Hinkley

"Sacrifice is giving up something good for something better."

"Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood."
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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I get letters (Bolds and Links added by Dr. Z)

My son is 3 1/2 years old. Since he was six months old he has suffered from chronic ear infections. The doctors placed tubes in both of his ears.

The last episode lasted for two months. Jason was placed on four types of antibiotics, to no avail. It was finally suggested that his adenoids and his tonsils were to be removed surgically. At that point I decided to look at other alternatives.

In addition to the ear infections, my son had terrible mood swings, threw constant tantrums. He showed hyperactive and often destructive behavior. He had recurring sinus infections, constant runny nose and black circles under his eyes.

A co-worker recommended that I take my son to see Dr. Z. Her seven year old grandson had experienced dramatic improvements in his health under the care of Dr. Z.

I took my son to Dr. Z's office on a Friday afternoon. With his unusual muscle testing Dr. Z determined my son way allergic to sugar and basically all carbohydrates. He suggested that Jason's digestion was not working properly, and that he was suffering from candida overgrowth due to his extensive exposure to antibiotics. He recommended that I take him off all carbohydrates and put him on an anti-candida regimen.

Needless to say, I was scared to death to face possibly excessive tantrums because of the change of diet. The weekend was very tough. I had a screaming and upset kid. My husband was upset with me trying to change my child's diet.

By Tuesday, five days later, I had a new kid. My Jason had turned into a sweet, mellow, loving child. He was open to new food experiences. Now a week and a half later I notice a definite increase in his natural positive energy. Sibling fighting between Jason and his brother has decreased by more than 50%. Now I find them late in the evenings sitting in bed and talking.

He was an extremely picky eater before. During the last two weeks he has tried all kinds of new foods. The entire family has benefited from this new approach to foods. We all eat the same. Both Mom and Dad have lost a few pounds. The atmosphere in our house in calm and much more loving. Initially my husband was not supportive, but now he has seen with his own eyes the wonderful changes in his son. He is very excited about that.

My son's "ear infections" appear to have vanished. His runny nose is gone. The black circles under his eyes have vastly improved.

One day my son was given a piece of cake at school against my clear instructions. He came home a changed boy. He was flipped out and upset and screaming most of the night. These are the clear effects of sugar.

Suzanne V., Grass Valley, CA

Here is the Account of a Happy Mother

My son Grant was diagnosed with ADHD when he was 14 years old. He has since been on either Ritalin or Adderall. Allergies were also a major issue in his life, both with food and the environment. These were noticed around the age of 8. Almost year around, he was on Allegra or Zyrtec. The allergy medication helped, but his nasal passages were constantly swollen. When Grant (now 17) told me that he was depressed and had been for as long as he could remember, I had to do something different. I couldn't imagine putting any more medication in his body.

Months before, I had stumbled on to Dr. Z's web site while looking for alternatives for treating ADHD. It also addressed depression. On 10-22-04, Grant was evaluated by Dr. Z. What alarmed us most was his heart rate. Resting heart rate jumped around between 86 and 143, back and forth.

Grant and I decided to stop all of his medication immediately. He started the supplements and the Hypoglycemia/Candida Diet the next day. The first few days were the hardest. I felt like he stayed on the diet 'one meal at a time'. He wanted to quit. Coming off of sugar, refined carbohydrates and medication was rather tough, but he stayed with it. Dr. Z was there to answer questions and to encourage to continue.

On his next visit, three days later, his heart rate was normal - 73 to 76. No more jumping around. We knew that we were headed in the right direction.

Now, over three weeks later, there is amazing progress. Grant's depression is gone. The swelling has disappeared and he can now breathe out of his nose. He states that he can focus better now, than he could while on medication for ADHD. His overall appearance looks better and healthier.

Dr. Z ordered Grant orthotics and has him doing simple exercises to help with brain function. This has helped also.

We couldn't recommend Dr. Z highly enough! He has shared with us the tools to help Grant live a life free of symptoms that affected everything about him.

Tracie - Nevada City, California

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Sugar Consumption and our Children

"Sugar - High-Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) use has been partially driven by its price, which is well below the price of raw sugar. Corn refiners produce high fructose corn syrup by first converting cornstarch to syrup that is nearly all dextrose.

Ninety-percent of high-fructose corn syrup is used by the beverage industry.

U.S. sweetener consumption has increased by close to 8 million tons over the last 20 years to a level of approximately 22 million tons in 1999.

Sweetener consumption includes sugar, corn sweeteners, honey, maple syrup and other edible syrups, but excludes non-caloric sweeteners. Cane and beet sugar consumption have declined since the early 1980's, as high-fructose corn syrup - HFCS - began to replace these sugars in beverages and some bakery products. The use of cane and beet sugars began to recover and reach an estimated 9.4 million tons in 1999.

The per capita consumption of caloric sweeteners increased 22% from 1970 to 1995 and continued to increase to an estimated 158 lb. per person in 1999. According to the U.S. Food Supply Data, Americans'' per capita consumption went from 27 teaspoons of added sugar (108 g) per person per day in 1970 to 32 teaspoons (128 g) per person per day in 1996, which is an increase of 23%. This increased consumption has been driven by the dramatic increase in the supply of corn sweeteners or high-fructose corn syrup.

Unlike other nutrients, such as total and saturated fat and sodium, there is no guidance for the consumer as to how much sugar constitutes a moderate amount. In the Food Guide Pyramid, consumers are advised to use sugar ""sparingly"", and this is defined as 6 teaspoons (24 g) for a 1,600-kilocalorie diet; 12 teaspoons (48 g) for a 2,200-kilocalorie diet; and 18 teaspoons (72 g) for a 2,800-kilocalorie diet.

The average intake of added sweeteners in the U.S. population in those aged 2 years and older is 20.5 teaspoons (82 g) per day. Most Americans exceed the Food Guide Pyramid recommendations.

  • The increase in total caloric intake in the American diet is largely due to carbohydrates, mainly in the form of soft drinks.
  • Sugar-sweetened beverages are by far the greatest source of added sugars in the diets of U.S. children.
  • Children who are high consumers of soft drinks have higher caloric intakes than children who are non-consumers of soft drinks.

Growing evidence links excessive intake of added sugars with undesirable health risks, which include obesity, which can lead to type 2 diabetes mellitus and its complications, which include cardiovascular disease.

High levels of added sugars make it difficult to meet micro-nutrients requirements from food alone."

"Sugar and Sugars: Myths and Realities," Coulston AM, Johnson RK, J Am Diet Assoc, March 2002;102(3):351-353.


Dr. Z's comments:

Here is an interesting research article on the role of High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) in obesity.

American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Vol. 79, No. 4, 537-543, April 2004
© 2004 American Society for Clinical Nutrition

Some Quotes:

  • The consumption of HFCS increased > 1000% between 1970 and 1990, far exceeding the changes in intake of any other food or food group.
  • The increased use of HFCS in the United States mirrors the rapid increase in obesity.
  • The digestion, absorption, and metabolism of fructose differ from those of glucose.

Hepatic metabolism of fructose favors de novo lipogenesis. (fat deposits)

  • In addition, unlike glucose, fructose does not stimulate insulin secretion or enhance leptin production. Because insulin and leptin act as key afferent signals in the regulation of food intake and body weight, this suggests that dietary fructose may contribute to increased energy intake and weight gain.
  • Furthermore, calorically sweetened beverages may enhance caloric overconsumption.

Thus, the increase in consumption of HFCS has a temporal relation to the epidemic of obesity, and the overconsumption of HFCS in calorically sweetened beverages may play a role in the epidemic of obesity.

End Quote


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The incidence of obesity among children and teenagers (and of course adults) is sky rocketing.

  • Many kids today just sit in front of the TV and/or computer.
  • They burn very few calories with physical play and exercise.
  • Sugars are high in calories.
  • The body puts unused calories into storage as FAT.
  • Even more obesity comes from consumption of HFCS

Sugars represent empty calories. In other words, processed sugars contain no nutrition,. They actually rob the body of vital vitamins, minerals and enzymes, which the body requires to process these sugars.

As many of you know from first hand experience:kids who drink lots of sodas are not hungry. So they often don't want to eat "real" food that has some nutritional value.

  • So kids not only become obese, but also chronically malnourished.
  • This is the perfect preparation for a life of chronic illness.

Note: The minimum daily requirement of sugar is 0.00 grams (ZERO)!

There are many other potentially devastating consequences of high sugar/carbohydrate consumption: hypoglycemia with it's myriad of unpleasant physical and psychological manifestations, allergies and asthma, food allergies and digestive disturbances.

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How to Begin

Always start with your SELF

  • Your lack of health is NOT due to medication deficiency
  • Always start with the basics
  • What do you eat and drink and snack?
  • How is your digestion?
  • What is your history with antibiotics?
  • Best still... Complete Dr. Z's Self Evaluation

The Solution

  • The Solution: Change what you eat/drink
  • The solution: how you digest what you eat/drink
  • The solution: your insight and intelligence
  • The solution: your compassion with your self
  • The solution: your willingness to make changes

The solution: you take full responsibility


Your First Step towards a Healthier Life

Our on-line Self Evaluation is geared towards giving you a basic starting point in order to make some intelligent changes in diet and improve some basic human functions such as digestion, blood sugar control.

If you have ever taken antibiotics, yesterday or 30 years ago - the chances are high that you may suffer the consequences of bowel flora imbalance and candida overgrowth.

  • It is my clinical experience that this approach is always useful.
  • This does not mean that it will or can solve all your problems.

However, the majority of my local and on-line clients experience dramatic improvements in their health, when they address
DDHC - Diet, Digestion, Hypoglycemia/Blood Sugar, Candida

Dr. Z's Self Evaluation

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Brain Support for the Aging Brain

The nutritional supplements,

enhance the function of the brain and counteract the effects of the various stressors. Clinical studies have shown that brain aging has been reversed in some cases by up to 12 years.

Dr. Z recommends the daily use of both Memoractiv and MediClear Plus, especially as we age.

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Brain Support for the Young Brain

In my clinical practice I found the following nutritional supplements to be very useful to support optimal brain function for children and teenagers with ADD/ADHD, learning disabilities, autism, behavioral disorders:


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What some of Dr. Z's clients say .


I wish you well.

Thank you again for your interest and support.

Dr. Z

Peter Zeischegg, MS, DC, DACNB
Board Certified Chiropractic Neurologist


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