Fructose: The Carb That Makes You Sick

Life always seems to be better in hindsight. I’m thinking of 25 years ago when the music was better and so was the traffic. Not only that, but as a nation, we each weighed an average of 25 pounds less. A lot of very competent people have tried to figure out why, but they stop thinking when they see that we are eating from 200 to 400 more calories per day now than we did then. The assumption is that this is just a calorie issue, but nothing could be further from the truth — the source of the calories matters. We now know that the additional weight doesn’t come from eating extra fat or from protein. It comes from eating carbohydrates, pure and simple.

You’ve heard about the formula for weight loss of “calories in equals calories out,” right? Well, that formula is wrong. We have biochemical processes that burn or store energy and some of us store much more than others, making that equation far too simplistic.

The formula I use is:

Calories in (-) Fat storage = Calories out (feel good energy)

Since we all store or burn different levels of fat, our food intake will need to be different in order to live the same happy, energy-filled life. In some ways the drive to overeat is really a drive to increase our energy because our storage is just too efficient, leaving us feeling like we need to eat more.

It turns out that much of our increased carbohydrate intake over the last 25 years is in the form of soda and fruit drinks, (you might have heard that drinking one can of soda per day will equal 15 ½ pounds of fat gain in one year.) It turns out that the carbohydrate contained in these drinks, and many other foods we commonly eat, is FRUCTOSE. This empty, non-nutrient sugar is in the form of high fructose corn syrup (sucrose). It is incredibly cheap and is in everything from pretzels to catsup – essentially every processed food.

Here are the big problems with Fructose:

• Fructose is 7 times more reactive than glucose with advanced glycosolated end products, which is another way of saying that it ages the insides of your arteries and causes heart disease.

• 30% of our intake of fructose will become fat.

• Fructose does not suppress the hunger hormone (Ghrelin), so you will eat in spite being full.

• Fructose does not stimulate insulin or leptin, the hormone that tells your brain that you are getting fatter, and so you eat more.

• Fructose is metabolized in the liver and one result is an increase of uric acid that causes gout and also results in high blood pressure by blocking an enzyme for nitric oxide.

• Fructose increases insulin resistance and triglycerides and non-alcoholic fatter liver.

• Fructose changes the way the brain perceives your energy reserves. Essentially, you may think you are starving, so you eat more.

• Chronic use of fructose causes high blood pressure, obesity, cardiovascular disease, lipid problems and type II diabetes.

What to Do

• Get rid of sugared liquids- there is no such thing as a good sugar beverage
• Eat carbohydrates with fiber-an essential nutrient
• Wait 20 min for second portions – to get the “I feel full” signal

The good news!

There is an antidote to fructose. In nature, fructose is always accompanied with fiber, like in the case of sugar cane. That is why fruit with meals is usually OK because it limits the fructose you can take in, unlike fruit juice, and is accompanied with fiber, a nutrient that helps gut bacteria and slows the surge of the sugar rush.

Getting a grip on fructose is only one facet of a total health program, one that encompasses life style habits, diet and your individual chemistry. With appropriate blood and adrenal testing, natural treatments for weight gain are very effective.

Dr. Don Davis, D.C., DACNB is a BOARD CERTIFIED CHIROPRACTIC NEUROLOGIST in Walnut Creek. He has been serving individuals with insomnia for 30 years. For information about how you can get a free consultation with Dr. Davis, call (925) 279-4324 (HEAL). Visit us at

Step Up Your Eyebrow Game

What’s the main difference you notice between the make-up you do for yourself at home and that of celebrities who are getting it done professionally? Many people might say it’s the level of skill or product being used, but we’ve noticed something else: eyebrows. The way your eyebrows are shaped and colored can make a huge difference in the way that your face looks.

Eyebrows have the amazing ability to change up your look depending on how you style them. I know, styling eyebrows sounds a bit silly, but believe me, it’s true. Your eyebrows essentially shape your face, so depending on how dramatic or soft of a look you want, a large part of that goes into how you present the brows.

Typically women (and men) will combine waxing and tweezing their eyebrows to get the shape they are looking for, but great results can still be achieved with just tweezing if you are sensitive to wax. Right now, the bold brow is so in, many women are actually growing theirs out so that they can have them professionally shaped to achieve the look.

Our eyebrow specialist, Hannah, recommends staying on top of your brow game with regular tweezing of the extra hairs that grow in between waxing and to add powder or brow pencil to fill in any blank spots you might see. Filling in the blank spots will create a more solid brow foundation and can give you a really bold, sassy look but it can also soften up your face as well. It’s all in the eye(brow) of the beholder! Hannah often stresses the importance of the eyebrow to her clients by calling them the “little black dress of the face” – they are the essential basic that every woman should have down!

Tinting your brows is also an option for those who don’t want the daily maintenance of filling in your brows with pencil or powder. This option can last anywhere between two weeks to one month, so you’ll be good to go with a lasting look.

Give us a call to book an eyebrow consultation with Hannah at 925-362-9892. We also offer other waxing and shaping options for your other beauty needs!

Our Magnificent Immune System: How Can we Save it?

Whether or not you’re Godly or Atheist, I think we can all agree that man did not create man. One thing man did create was arrogance. In a chapter in my book, Why?, entitled “Left Brain vs. Right Brain Thinking”, I attempt to explain why this defect has become such an obstacle to progress in healthcare. Put arrogance, politics, and greed together and you have what it takes to change what should be health care into disease care.

The purpose of health care should be to strengthen and to promote excellent health, not to interfere with it. One of the wonderful results of these practices was reported in the JAMA that up to 225,000 deaths per year were from “iatrogenic causes” (results of the treatment by physicians).

Let’s take a look at one example of deliberate deceit created by the medical industry: the creation of phony names for diseases of the immune system. This industry would have us believe that Arthritis, Crohn’s Disease, Scleroderma, Lupus, Psoriasis, Asthma, Addison’s Disease, and many, many more, so called diseases, are all separate entities and must be treated by the current “standard of care”. This standard usually includes a number of specific drugs, all having side effects.

I have had many patients in my practice who suffer from osteoarthritis who have been told by their rheumatologist that diet has nothing to do with their arthritis and drugs were the only way to help them. Over 50 years ago Dr. Colon Dong wrote a book entitled, New Hope for the Arthritic, which clearly demonstrated that diet was an incredible tool in the treatment of this disease.

I highly recommend a relatively new book, The Code of Life, by Dr. Ronald P. Drucker. In this book Dr. Drucker describes the complexity of the immune system and how easily it can be damaged by our habits and life styles. One hugely significant factor is the unavailability of the nutrients necessary to maintain this magnificent guardian of our well being. Our farming methods do not replace the depletion of important minerals in the soil; and then add a diet of processed foods, which further deplete our food of nutrients; and one wonders how we survive. Actually, a lot are not surviving, but that makes for a very healthy pharmaceutical industry and full, profitable hospitals.

It has become quite clear that those of us who want not only good health, but a vital livelihood, really must become proactive in our pursuit of knowledge and demand that we have access to the essential phytonutrients we need. I would like to see a sign at my farmers market stating that the soil in their farm has had mineral replacement and with what minerals. What is really important to understand is how delicate the immune system is, making it vulnerable to something as simple as taking antacids for acid reflux. Once part of this system is hurt, a domino effect can occur, making the immune system unable to respond to even a simple challenge.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if part of our public education, K through 12, included learning about that incredible gift we were given, our body? It would be so much more difficult for the medical, big pharm and political complex to deceive the public into believing them.

The second addition of my book on this subject, Why? is now available. Please visit my website at In this site I will attempt to keep you informed of new developments in alternative medicine. I am also making myself available for talks on health.

Natural Treatment for Golfer’s Elbow

What is Golfer’s Elbow?

Golfer’s elbow, or medial epicondylitis, is similar to its counterpart, Tennis elbow. The primary differences between these conditions are the location of the pain and the activity that leads to injury. However, both conditions are caused by overuse of the muscles and tendons of the forearm, leading to inflammation and pain around the elbow joint, commonly called tendonitis. Golf is one common cause of tendonitis, but many other sports and work related activities can cause the same problem.

The cause of golfer’s elbow can vary from a single violent action (acute injury), to more commonly, a repetitive stress injury where an action is performed repeatedly and pain gradually develops. In an acute injury of the elbow, inflammation occurs without substantial tissue damage. However, in a repetitive stress situation, a person may experience damage to the tendon and surrounding soft tissue causing tissue degeneration over time. Inflammation from an acute injury often responds quickly to rest and anti-inflammatory treatment. However, if the injury is due to tendon tissue degeneration, treatment will be longer and will be focused on improving the strength of the tendon as well as rebuilding tissues.

Golfer’s Elbow Symptoms

With golfer’s elbow, pain is on the inside of the elbow, usually during or after intense use. Typically the pain increases during wrist flexion or pronation and often radiates to the forearm. Because this frequently occurs in golfers, it has become known as “golfer’s elbow”. However, it is also known as “pitcher’s elbow”.

Treatment for Golfer’s Elbow

Golfer’s elbow does not usually cause any long-term disability. However, the condition may become stubborn and proper rehabilitation will help alleviate the symptoms and get you back to life again.
Rest and Reduce Inflammation: The first step a person should take if tendinitis is suspected is to stop the activities that cause the pain and inflammation in this case, rest the arm. Use a topical cream containing Arnica to begin to reduce the inflammatory process quickly.

Laser Therapy to Heal the Damaged Tissue

Ending the pain caused by golfer’s elbow requires healing the damaged tissue. Class IV laser therapy is an excellent method for this, because it is presently the only form of therapy that can both reduce inflammation and heal tissue simultaneously. Laser treatments at Align Healing Center are done with the K-laser 1200 a Class IV Laser. This laser does not cut or burn but is gently absorbed by the tissue. During Laser Therapy the infrared laser light interacts with tissues at the cellular level, increasing metabolic activity and improving the transport of nutrients across the cell membrane. This initiates the production of cellular energy (ATP) that leads to a cascade of beneficial effects, increasing cellular function and health. This creates an optimal healing environment that reduces inflammation, swelling, muscle spasms, stiffness, scar tissue, and pain.

Correct the Mechanics of Motion

Assessing the forearm, elbow, shoulder, and spine for proper postural feedback is done to diagnose and correct improper alignment. After proper alignment is restored, specific muscular taping is applied to improve circulation and insure proper motion on a daily basis. Lastly, specific strengthening and stretching exercises are given. By strengthening the muscles and tendons involved with golfers’ elbow, you can prevent the problem from returning.

At Align Healing Center we are having great success treating golfer’s elbow, tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, sciatica, shoulder and neck pain, migraines, arthritis, carpal tunnel, post surgical pain, sports injuries and more; even long-term residual pain. Arthritis and degenerative disc disease sufferers can see long term benefits from this treatment without any of the negative side effects experienced with the long term use of medications.

Dr. Niele Maimone, DC is the owner and founder of Align Healing Center in Danville, California. She has been active in our natural health & wellness community since 1999. For more information or to set up a consult call 925.362.8283 or visit