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am 28. Mai 2000
For weeks I walked to and from work, over one hour each way, to help drop through a weight plateau of 199 pounds. No matter what I did, including dieting, I was destined to be a 199-pounder for life! Then, one Sunday evening, I read the first few chapters of a book a friend lent me, "Sugar Blues" by Dufty. My first reaction to the information contained in it was entirely emotional: anger and disgust. Until that moment I had never given sugar a moment's worth of thought. That Sunday evening, I felt my anger so intensely, that I promised myself that I immediately would stop my ingestion of sugar for MORAL reasons. As I read further, I wished that I had known this information years ago. I wished that I had used this information while raising my children. I am saddened that I didn't get to the profound wisdom in this book sooner than I did. But, life is full of important lessons. This book is but lesson number one. And learning this lesson later is better than not learning it at all. While reading "SUGAR BLUES" I was also reading another book on the topic of meats. I decided to give up sugar and meats. That Sunday evening, I switched to a SWEETENER-FREE and meat-free lifestyle. On Thursday of that week I spent time between the fetal position in bed and sprinting to the washroom. I thought I had the flu, but looking back, I now realize I had what I'd describe as, "withdrawl" symptoms. 24 hours later I was feeling better. 7 days later, when I weighed myself, I received the first of many self-fulfiling rewards: I cracked my weight-loss plateau, was finally down to 190 pounds. Three weeks later, I lost another 6 pounds and was down to 184. Seven weeks later I was at 177. 10 weeks later 174. I have had to tighten my belt 5 notches! I fit into pants that I had not fit into since 1978. As of this last week, I stabilized at a weight plateau of 174 pounds. I have lost a cool 25 pounds. This book made me THINK about the quality of, and effect from, the "foods" I shovelled into my mouth. This book motivated me to read the labels before I bought. It is an absolute MUST HAVE for your home library...a MUST SHOW to friends who you care about...a book that you MUST DOG-EAR and underline, (use over and over again). It might be a good idea for you to think about buying several or more copies of this book in paper back version, (low cost), to either give away or circualte among your friends and relatives. If you do, you just might enhance your life and theirs. Thank you for taking the time to read my thoughts about "SUGAR BLUES". By sharing my experience I am hoping that your life will become healthier. All the best in your decision to buy "Sugar Blues".
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am 17. August 1998
This book gives a very persuasive case for eliminating refined sugar from your diet. Substantial historical perspective is offered. However, many conclusions reflect flawed logic and the author's bias. It's time for an updated edition, tempered with objective expert opinion. This book is particularly recommended reading for diabetics.
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am 30. Mai 2000
I first read this book a year ago. I'll say this about it:Forget the indespensible information on the completely non-existentnutritional value of refined sugar. Forget the anecdotal mind-blowing gems like how mosquitos and other disease carrying insects fly past a recovered sugar addict's body because they are no longer attracted to what was once swett smelling and tasting blood. Forget the paradigm shift his expose demands on the causes of a significant portion of all automobile accidents in this country. Forget his linking glucose intolerence to diseases- diagnosed, undiagnosed and falsely diagnosed over the centuries- from tooth decay to epilepsy to heart diesase to schizophrenia to lung cancer.
Just ruminate on the historical fact brought out by this man that the hunger for refined sugar, and the subsequent addiction to this mind and body destroying chemical is the architect of: the African Slave trade in Europe and the Americas... the disconnected and disjunct philosophy of mind and body health being separate entities in Western medicine (just now being gradually overturned) along with "paganist"/mental illness- related diseases of mythical, otherwise inexplicable derivation...the geo-political international trade structure and chemical dependency supply-and-demand relationship that made everything from the decimation of Native American tribes and lands in the Americas to the Medellin and Sicilian cartels of heroin and cocaine creating international public policy today not just possible but inevitable... In short, Mr. Dufty has written one of the most important books of this century. He has become a public servant to a level rivalling that of leaders and thinkers like Martin Luther, Charles Darwin, Martin Luther King.
Hyperbole? Of course. But it's impossible not to get emotional about what this man shows us and teaches us. When you see he puts together all the evidence, like the final moments of a Sherlock Holmes movie, and see how the mysterious pieces of the most tormented periods of one's personal life and that of human history since the Middle ages fit together and relate, it will downright frighten you with it's damning simplicity. Anyone who has been touched by alcoholism, epilepsy, schizophrenia, heart disease, depression, obesity, anorexia, drug addiction, diabetes; racism, religious intolerence, alcohol-, car accident- and drug-related crimes; co-dependency-related divorce, dysfunctional families- in short, everyone citizen of the Western World, which by political proxy is everyone, will read this book and be changed, even if you do have a cup of cola again. This book cannot just change lives, it can change the world as we know it.
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Ein überflüssiges Buch, leider!

Wenn sie etwas über Zucker, Zuckersucht und deren Folgeschäden erfahren wollen, lesen sie dieses Buch nicht. Hier erfahren sie dafür alles andere, sekundäre. In etwa die Lebensgeschichte des Autors, die Zuckergeschichte Europas, ja der ganzen Welt. Sie werden in Kenntnis darüber gesetzt, dass Schizophrenie alleine dadurch zu heilen ist, würde man doch nur den Raffinadezucker weglassen. Denken sie bitte nicht, genannte Themen würden chronoligsch aufeinander folgen. Ich bitte sie! Das kann man auch alles schön mixen und das tat unser Autor in diesem Fall auch: hier und da mal ein Kommentar gestreut, dann wieder Zuckergeschichte, nicht zu vergessen die böse Coca Cola Firma, die alle Menschen dieser Welt abhängig machen will...

Auf den allerletzten Seiten muss dann jemand dem Autor noch geraten habe, gute Tipps für die mit auf den Weg zu geben, die doch tatsächlich ohne Zucker leben wollen. Einer dieser wenigen Tips heisst: wenn sie schon mit Zucker aufhören fällt es ihnen leichter, wenn sie auch gleich das Fleisch weglassen. Mh, was macht man nun aber als Zuckersüchtiger Vegetarier? Pech gehabt.

Es gibt wissenschaftliche Bücher über dieses Thema, die weitaus chronologischer und hilfreicher sind als dieses subjektive Sammelsurium an vermeintlichen Fakten und wichtigen Daten...

Schade drum.
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am 24. März 2016
Exzellentes Buch zum Thema "Manipulation" von Menschen. Zucker wird uns als freie Droge verpasst, damit die Abhängigkeit der Bürger von den gängigen Institutionen erhalten bleibt.
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am 30. November 1999
I read Sugar Blues years ago, and became a right-wingist, eliminating all sugar. Over the years, sugar crept back in. Now I'm doing it again because of (1) moodiness, (2) always being bloated, (3) loss of "real appetite". Sugar in EVERYTHING (even soups and vegetables) makes it very hard to stop totally but what I remember most about William Duffy's comments were the similarity to cocaine use when sugar was first introduced -- the first sugar users brought it to parties and it was a great specialty. That hit home.
Try to Quit! It takes almost a full month for the cravings to go away. Anyone who has seen The Insiders and the power that the tobacco industry has, can understand the enormity of trying to attack the sugar industry.
AS a PS, Sugar in everything is an American phenomenon. You won't find sugar in soups, canned vegetables, frozen dinners in Holland and the rest of Europe. WHY is it DONE to us here in America?
Pick up this book and begin to understand how eliminating ONE FOOD ITEM ALONE can change your life.
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am 24. Mai 1999
In SUGAR BLUES, William Dufty doesn't just lift the historical mask on sugar, he pulverizes it. I have read other books detailing the biological havoc that refined sugar wreaks on the body, but this is the first book I've seen that places sugar in a historical framework and charts its path of destruction over thousands of years, through the rise and fall of civilizations right up to present-day corporate and government duplicity. The results are truly eye-opening, if not shocking. If you thought sugar was just one of life's sweet little nuisances, think again. It has been one of the major levers for the enslavement and control of human beings for millenia.
The portrait of the historical drama of sugar is this book's strength. SUGAR BLUES does have minor weaknesses, however. It's lacking in science, which these days is important to have when challenging the status quo. It also lacks a systematic argument, the chapters often meandering from subject to subject (the chapter on sugar in cigarettes, for instance, ends with a discussion of sugar's role in auto accidents). Finally, the book sputters to its conclusion as Dufty provides a final chapter on recipes that frankly put me to sleep. He should have stuck to his original purpose here and delivered a final, clinching argument. With a new edition, all of these minor wrinkles could be addressed.
That said, this book's value is nonetheless extraordinary. Sugar is so entrenched in most people's lifestyles that it is practically invisible, taken for granted. But if it has caused half the damage Dufty claims it has, then everyone should do themselves a favor and read his book. It doesn't end there; I know from personal struggle that sugar is incredibly hard to kick. But the first step in any change is knowing you have to make it.
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am 8. Februar 1999
Forget the indespensible information on the completely non-existent nutritional value of refined sugar. Forget the anecdotal mind-blowing gems like how mosquitos and other disease carrying insects fly past a recovered sugar addict's body because they are no longer attracted to what was once swett smelling and tasting blood. Forget the paradigm shift his expose demands on the causes of a significant portion of all automobile accidents in this country. Forget his linking glucose intolerence to diseases- diagnosed, undiagnosed and falsely diagnosed over the centuries- from tooth decay to epilepsy to heart diesase to schizophrenia to lung cancer. Just ruminate on the historical fact brought out by this man that the hunger for refined sugar, and the subsequent addiction to this mind and body destroying chemical is the architect of: the African Slave trade in Europe and the Americas; the disconnect and disjunct philosophy of mind and body health being separate entities in Western medicine (just now being gradually overturned)and "paganist"/mental illness- related diseases of mythical, otherwise inexplicable derivation; and the geo-political international trade structure and chemical dependency supply and demand relationship that made everything from the decimation of Native American tribes and lands in the Americas to the Medellin and Sicilian cartels of heroin and cocaine creating international public policy today not just possible but inevitable. In short, Mr. Dufty has written one of the most important books of this century, and has become a public servant to a level rivalling that of leaders and thinkers like Martin Luther, Charles Darwin, Martin Luther King... it is impossible not to get emotional about what this man shows us and teaches us, and how the evidence, like the final moments of a Sherlock Holmes movie, puts the mysterious pieces of the most tormented periods of one's personal life and that of human history since the Middle ages together for all to understand simultaneuosly. Anyone who has been touched by alcoholism, epilepsy, schizophrenia, heart disease, depression, obesity, anorexia, drug addiction, diabetes; racism, religious intolerence, alcohol-, car accident- and drug-related crimes; co-dependency-related divorce, dysfunctional families- in short, everyone citizen of the Western World, which by political proxy is everyone, will read this book and be changed, even if you have a cup of cola again. This book cannot just change lives, it can change the world as we know it.
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am 3. Februar 2000
I'm sugar-free ever since reading "Sugar Blues." I was sluggish, moody, hungry, etc. I remembered that John Lennon mentioned Dufty's book in an interview once. So I bought it at the local health food store. He starts off with his own sugar hell and redemption and then delves into the whole history of the cane. Very interesting, healthwise and also politically. This is the meat of the book. (The Boston "Tea" Party? More like the rum party.) I like his writing style; he keeps it homespun. (Why did some think this book needs more "hard science"? Isn't it already in there? It's not intended to be in a medical journal [which can't always be trusted!].) When I tell people I'm sugar-free they usually scoff, saying sugar's not that bad for you, why give it up completely. Well, now I wake up clear and I get through the afternoon w/o any flagging of energy. At various times of the day I'll feel some energy racing through my body. (A great feeling; keeps me motivated.) Now I need less food on my plate, and my hypoglycemia has all but disappeared. (Think about THAT one, folks.) Never eat "refined sucrose" again! It can be done! Sky's the limit! Thank you, William Dufty!
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am 26. September 1998
I will admit that a lot of this book did seem like anti-sugar propaganda. When I say propaganda, I mean that the author was, at times, writing with more emotion than fact. Because of all the excellent points & the lead to macrobiotics, though, I still give it 5 stars. Some "facts" should be taken with a grain of salt & some of the material is a little outdated (this book is as old as me!). Still, I couldn't put it down. I have always been a sugar fiend, but I now have not eaten refined sugar for several months. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
I always read food labels now. Even foods like Earthgrains bagels (that advertise themselves as being healthy) have refined sugar! This book will definitely change the way you look at processed food. It also tells the different ways refined sugars are hidden: brown sugar, corn syrup, molasses...I was on my last nerve trying to figure out why I was constantly tired. No one could seem to figure it out. I tried this just for the heck of it & I am a new woman.
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