A Visual Aid That Has Me Stunned
Here I go again, ranting about sugar. But instead of repeating all that I know about sugar being implicated in obesity, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, & virtually every major illness in our country, I wanted to show you a bit of what I saw recently. Being a highly visual person, this had a big impact on me, & it was helpful to a few other folks to whom I showed it.
Turns out, the best-selling author, Jorge Cruise, is soon to come out with a new movie, “Death By Sugar.” I had the privilege of viewing a bit of this, & being a health nerd, I’m pretty excited to see it when it is released.
I wish I could share the actual footage with you; but since I have an art degree, I decided to make a couple of pictures to try to show what I saw in the clip from the movie.
The first picture shows blood cells, viewed from a high-powered microscope. The blood was drawn from someone who had been, for some time, consuming 15 grams or less of sugar per day (precious little!) The second image is my representation of the blood of the same person later that day, about 20 minutes after consuming around 200 grams of sugar– a banana, some soda, a couple of Pop Tarts, some fruit flavored yogurt– I don’t know the exact quantities.
In the first picture, the blood cells are healthy & separate, and the attending doctor in the movie clip assures us that the blood is functioning well, delivering energy to the cells of the body.
Later, it is as though the blood cells are stuck together with “duct tape,” the doctor remarks, with mutated “needle-like projections that look like cracked glass.” I hope this concept is not entirely lost in translation here. The man in the movie says he is “shocked” by seeing his blood under the microscope, and that is how I felt! The doctor also makes a point to say that the blood is no longer capable of functioning properly & delivering energy to cells.
The thing to remember here is that every part of our bodies is affected by what we put into our mouths, sometimes immediately. This is really good news! It means that we can also affect our health for the better, every time we choose something nourishing. Of course, it’s more complicated than that. But having a picture in my mind of what’s going on can be motivating to me. I hope it helps you, too.