The Effect Of Sugar On Arteries

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At the turn of the last century (1900), the average american consumed around 20 to 30 pounds of sugar per year.  By the year 2008, the average american would be consuming 150 to 250 pounds of sugar annually.  Is it safe to assume that 108 years is sufficient time for the human anatomy to evolve to this adaptation?  With the advent of fat phobia, which began in the 1970s and reached a peak around 1990, fat consumption decreased in the U.S., while sugar consumption skyrocketed; and so too did diabetes and heart disease.  Yet, somehow we are still blaming those diseases on fat.

Heart disease is not a disease of the heart, as the name would imply, but an affliction on the arteries which eventually affect the heart.  Without arterial wall damage, cholesterol cannot begin to form a “plaque”, no matter how high your blood lipids may be.  There are many toxins that we ingest that can be problematic and inflammatory.  I would like to take a look at just one, but it’s the one that americans consume in the largest quantity.

During the six months I lived without intestines, I was fed by intravenous infusions of TPN (Total Parenteral Nutrition).  TPN consists of amino acids, vitamins, minerals, but mostly dextrose (sugar) and water.  Because I had virtually no intestines, my requirement for parental nutrition was very high.  I needed a 15 hour per day infusion, by a pump, delivering 225 ml per hour.   The sheer volume of fluids was too large for infusion via a peripheral artery in the arm, so a port catheter was surgically implanted in my chest.  The catheter entered my skin just below the collar-bone, where it was inserted in the superior vena cava and tunneled to within an inch of my heart.

There are only six branch arteries available for access to the vena cava and I was told by doctors that the high sugar content of the TPN would eventually cause the arteries to fail.  Sugar is quite caustic to the cells lining the arterial walls, causing inflammation and ultimately failure.  I was warned that at some point, all six access arteries would no longer be viable and I would die of starvation.  They said that it would take 3 to 4 years for all of the access arteries to fail and that was my fate.  The doctors at that hospital did not believe that intestinal transplants had been successfully achieved yet, so I was only given a couple of years left to live.

So, we can see that many doctors know the destructive effects of high blood sugar on the arteries, yet continue to recommend a low-fat/high-carbohydrate diet to avoid atherosclerosis.  There is a common myth today that high levels of fat in the blood causes cholesterol to begin to “stick” to the walls of the arteries. This is not the mechanism of atherosclerosis at all and is complete bullshit advertising created by the makers of cholesterol lowering drugs.

As this image accurately illustrates, it is when very small low density lipoproteins (LDLs) find their way behind the arterial wall, and become oxidized, is when plaque begins to form.  As we learned with the TPN, sugar is notorious for causing the endothelium layer to become ulcerated and breached.

Once LDL particles get trapped behind the endothelium, they oxidize, becoming a free radical.  White blood cells soon show up to “clean up” the damage and they too become trapped and oxidized.  This process causes more inflammation and damage to the endothelium, attracting more LDL and WBCs (White Blood Cells).  This is the beginning of atherosclerosis.   The plaque will continue to build until it ultimately ruptures through the endothelium, forming a clot which blocks the circulation.

If the erroneous myth of “sticky” cholesterol were true, we would expect to find plaque evenly distributed throughout the circulatory system, similar to the way minerals build in ALL of the pipes of a plumbing system.  We never find this to be the case or bypass surgery would not be possible.  Therefore, grafts from the leg arteries can be used to bypass the clots in the arteries of the neck and chest.  So cholesterol does not haphazardly cling to arterial walls willy-nilly.   Lipoproteins arrive at the site of  broken walls in an attempt to patch the damage until they can heal and inadvertently get caught inside.  If there were never inflammation and damage to the endothelium, plaque could not form, no matter how much fat was circulating in the bloodstream.

The high sugar content of the TPN also has a bad tendency to feed fungus and bacteria, so systemic infections are quite common in TPN recipients.  I personally had two bouts of sepsis during the months I was on TPN.  The first one was bacteremia caused by enterobacter cloacae growing in the medi-port.  The bacteria were being flushed throughout my system with the TPN and sent me into septic shock (a life-threatening condition).  The second time it was a systemic fungal infection caused by candida, which really thrives on sugar.

During the time I was in the hospital with sepsis, the infusion ports had to be surgically removed because they housed the infections.  A new catheter couldn’t be implanted until the infection was cleared up or it would just get colonized by the pathogens in my bloodstream.  They placed peripheral lines in my arms for infusion of the antibiotic medications.  But, there was still the problem of how to feed me.  To solve this, multiple peripheral lines were used in my arms and hands and PPN (Partial Parental Nutrition) was infused instead.  This contained less sugar and was not really enough nutrition to sustain me, but was better than total starvation.  These peripherals would only last a day or two before the veins would fail.  As time went on, it got much worse.  The damage to the veins was compounding and often times, the veins would infiltrate within two or three minutes of starting the PPN infusion.  It was very painful.

Once, a nurse made the mistake of hooking the TPN to a peripheral, rather than the port catheter.  When she started the pump, it immediately felt as though acid was pumped into the vein in my arm and then it failed and infiltrated within seconds.  So when I see some stooge chowing down on piles of rice and bread, followed by dessert and maybe a Snickers bar on top, I know they have no idea what that elevated blood sugar is doing to their arteries.  Even if their pancreas is fully healthy and able to eventually stabilize the sugar load, there is massive damage being perpetrated on their arteries by the elevated sugar levels, even within seconds.  This is damage that the body now must repair.  If small dense LDL particles (caused from high carbohydrate consumption) happen to find their way into that damaged area, you could possibly have the start of atherosclerosis.

I did gain some weight while on the TPN, which the doctors thought was a good sign.  I wasn’t so sure.  It was mostly visceral fat around my waist, but my arms, legs, shoulders and neck were still extremely thin, so the fat distribution was not a healthy one.  Doctors seem to only look at weight as a number and never how it’s distributed or whether it’s muscle or fat.  My muscles were withering away while my gut grew larger and they were happy with that.  It wasn’t until after I again had intestines and returned to eating real food, with plenty of fat and protein, that I was able to gain weight in my arms, legs, shoulders and flatten my stomach.  I actually weigh less now (less than the doctors want me to weigh), but I am much stronger.

Intestinal transplants are not available to everyone who loses their intestines.     There are only three criteria that qualify someone to undertake a transplant.   The first one is loss of access due to the dextrose (sugar) destroying the only six arteries available for infusion.  At this point, you have new intestines, but don’t have any arteries worth a shit going to or coming from your heart.  Great deal!

The second condition is liver failure due to the infused soy derived lipids.  I will not go into further detail, because I cover that in my post “The Truth About Soy”.  Find out the mythical health benefit of soy there.

The third condition is the one that made me eligible for a transplant.  This is due to multiple life-threatening infections via the infusion ports.  I suffered back-to-back systemic infections which nearly killed me.  Only about 45% of those who contract a systemic candida infection survive, so I consider myself lucky.  After my transplant, I suffered one really bad sepsis from pseudomonas (a gram negative rod), which has over a 90% mortality rate and put me into a coma.  I have had no infections since being on a low carbohydrate diet.

The one thing I did learn from all this is how caustic and toxic sugar is to the arteries and how sugar promotes and feeds infection.  Unless you plan to start running and exercising like a humming-bird on crack immediately after eating that cake or cookies, a lot of damage will be sustained by your arteries while you lounge and sleep — even though you have full intentions of working it off in the gym tomorrow.  The damage and infiltration in my arm didn’t wait until tomorrow, it happened right away.  You may burn off the fat later, but the sugar damage was already done.

The saddest part of all, was the fact that the doctors knew how much damage the sugar would cause to the arteries of TPN recipients, yet still continue to recommend a low-fat/ high-carbohydrate diet as a “Heart Healthy” one.  The doctors are either fucking morons or they want us to become sick.  I’m not sure which.  You take your pick.


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66 Responses to The Effect Of Sugar On Arteries
  1. Krystal Williams
    December 17, 2011 | 4:27 pm

    I recently heard a radio interview featuring one of my favorite kettlebell trainers (who shall remain nameless) who has recently turned vegan/raw vegan. And when the host asked her about her diet and animal products, she replied, “Well, the truth is that saturated fat IS linked to heart disease.” And I just thought to myself, you have got to be kidding. I really believed that she was more informed than that.

    Like you said, fat consumption has gone down while heart disease and sugar consumption has gone up. So how do you explain that glaring inverse correlation between fat consumption and heart disease???

    I also liked your point about how the doctors know that sugar is caustic to the blood vessels, yet they still recommend a high-carb, low-fat diet. I often wonder if they really think about the advice they’re giving, or if they’re just blindly regurgitating what they’ve been fed by the government and relying on popular nutritional dogma to back them up.

    Oh, well…. =)

    • Wolverine
      December 17, 2011 | 5:48 pm

      Thank you Krystal. I wish that everyone could feel the burn of that infused sugar going through their blood vessels, just once. They would think twice before shoving that Twinkie in their pie hole.

      Doctors suffer from cognitive dissonance, the inability to hold two conflicting ideas in their mind at one time. Cognitive dissonance is so uncomfortable that it causes them to create ad hoc explanations to sooth the conflict. They do this a lot. If someone is constipated, they will tell them that high fiber is the answer. If they have diarrhea, they will still claim fiber is the answer. Is fiber a nanotechnology or what? It’s like they have attributed some sort of magical property to a carbohydrate. Are these people really scientists? no, they’re practitioners.

      BTW, I’ve been to your blog and was floored by your transformation. I love to see when someone takes their health into their own hands and succeed! You will be a real inspiration to so many people.

    • rOD
      April 12, 2013 | 9:15 pm

      100% AGREE WITH YOU! I DON’T THINK DOCTORS IN MY COUNTRY(RUUSIA) WOULD PRESCRIBE HIGH CARB LOW FAT DIETS. EITHER COUNTRY I THINK HAS THE SAME KINDA DOCS. LIKE IN A QUESTION “WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GOD AND A DOCTOR?” ANSWER: GOD DOESN’T WANNA BECOME A DOCTOR. DOCS IN MY COUNTRY WOULDN’T ACCEPT THE FACT THEY’VE SPENT SO MANY YEARS FOR ALMOST NO REASON AND THEY DON’T ACCEPT THE FACT SOMEONE WITH NO GOVERNMENT EDUCATION COULD KNOW MORE THAN THEM. IN USA DOCS ARE MORE POLITE, GUYS. IN RUSSIA DON’T TRY TO SHOW THEM YOU KNOW STUFF – THEY CAN START YELLING, TELLING YOU ARE NO DOCTOR LIKE THEM, SO WOULD YOU PLEASE SHUT UP. BUT THE WHOLE IDEA OF DOCS IN BOTH COUNTRIES IS THE SAME, EXCEPT RUSSIAN DOCTORS(EXCEPT MOSCOW) GET AROUND $300/MONTH.

      • Wolverine
        April 13, 2013 | 12:33 am

        Thanks for the comment. Wow! Doctors over here certainly can’t yell at a patient, though they do their best to belittle us. There is definitely a cynical attitude towards patients that we don’t know what’s best for us and only they have all the answers (even though they can’t cure anything).

        Once our new Obamacare kicks into full swing and people will have no choice of doctors anymore, we may start to see doctors yell at patients. Right now, patients are free to choose another doctor, so they have to sort of compete for our business, but once the federal government fully takes over our health care, it should start to suck, like everything else our government runs.

        Early signs are that we will not even be able to first see a doctor, but have to go through a nurse practitioner first, who will then decide if we can see a doctor or not – I’m sure that’s going to result in great care.

    • Brad
      October 17, 2013 | 9:35 am

      This is a response to an very old post, but… I have no doubt that sugar is bad for you, but using that often used comparison of CVD increases since low-fat/low-cholesterol diets began to be recommended is a flawed argument. Since that time there have been lots of other big changes in the standard american diet (SAD). Nearly 1000 calories per day increase, LOTS of seed/grain (PUFA) oils, much less physical activity due to less manual labor jobs… and the list goes on. I think sugar has played a *huge* part, but is not solely responsible.

      • Lou
        October 17, 2013 | 2:24 pm

        “I think sugar has played a *huge* part, but is not solely responsible.”

        Yes this IMO is true.

        Good Health can be looked at as a sound tire with some holes in it. We plug the biggest holes first and KEEP plugging until the tire holds air as close to 100% as is possible.

        Sugar as a component that constitutes 25% of the average person’s diet is certainly a HOLE that any rational person MUST plug.

        http://healthyprotocols.com/2_sugar.htm

        • Wolverine
          October 18, 2013 | 1:59 pm

          So true. Sugar, like any other nutrient, can be detrimental if consumed in mass quantities. We need vitamin A to be well, but too much vitamin A is toxic to the liver. In the same way, we need sodium, but too much salt can kill quickly (think of those who have drank sea water). It leads to renal failure and a quick death.

          In 1900, the average American intake of sugar was 20-30 pounds per year. Today, the average American consumes 150-200 pounds of sugar annually. This is certainly a good place to begin to patch a major whole. Just because sugar alone is not the center of al our health problems, sugar alone can still lead to a premature death, even if everything else in a persons diet is perfect. High blood sugar is toxic to the human body and permanent nerve damage begins when the blood glucose exceeds 140 mg/dl

          In this article I simply addressed the damages of sugar, because it was relevant to the situation created by the infusion of TPN. It sort of irked me that the doctors knew that the sugar from the TPN would destroy arteries, yet they continue to recommend high carbohydrate diets, loaded with starchy grains, to their patients, even diabetic patients. It leads people to believe that only those things that are sweet are harmful (fructose), but glucose is not very sweet and is the preferred sugar for blood. Starches are taken directly up into the blood stream, which is why grains and cereals can cause a greater glycemic load than many candy bars. But this is not how people are taught it think. In reality, Cheerios are not part of a heart healthy diet as advertised, but quite detrimental.

      • Wolverine
        October 17, 2013 | 2:32 pm

        Thank you for your participation. Your point is well stated and there is little doubt that many factors contribute to our modern diseases, which is why I have written posts covering all of the ones you’ve mentioned (grains, processed seed oils, soy, etc.). It is not so much that sugar is bad for us (a certain level of blood glucose is need to stay alive), it is the excessive amount consumed daily which leads to many modern illnesses.

        This article was not written to blame sugar for all the worlds problems, but to show exactly how sugar damages arterial walls. The proof centered around a unique experience that I underwent, where pure dextrose was infused directly into the vena cava. I was told by the doctors that this amount of dextrose would cause the artery to fail within a couple of years. So, we can see that high levels of sugar alone are capable of damaging the arterial walls, leading to plaque formation and premature death.

        I was given similar bad news concerning the infused soy lipids, which I was told would destroy my liver within a few years. I wrote about that here. These modern oils (which are high in linoleic acid) are probably the largest contributor to cancers, because they lower the immune system and cause a lot of inflammation. There are many things that I learned having to undergo an organ transplant.

        Prior to the advent of anti-rejection medications, such as Prograf, linoleic acid (found in vegetable oils) was used to cripple the immune system and prevent organ rejection. It worked well and lowered the immune system enough to prevent organ rejection, but they found that there was a 48% increase in cancer in transplant patients. It’s sad that we are now told to replace all of the healthy animal fats with these. The standard America diet is simply loaded with these industrial processed seed oils.

        Though grains present several problems, one of the leading issues is the high level of starch (sugar), which leads to obesity and ultimately diabetes. Few foods elevate blood sugar as quickly as grain flours. They all have a very high glycemic load.

        Any one of these would probably do little to no damage if consumed in small amounts. But, just like with sugar, Americans are eating these concoctions in massive quantities, leading to excessive inflammation and other troubles. These foods are eaten in large quantities because factory processing has made them inexpensive, whereas most of them were very costly in the past, so people ate little of them. Sugar was an expensive treat until the advent of high fructose corn syrup. Now it’s in everything.

        Thanks again for your input and I hope you will read some of these other articles.

  2. Dean Ouellette
    December 17, 2011 | 10:26 pm

    Great freaking site. Just spent the last 20 minutes cruising around. Saw you were featured in Jimmy Moore today too so wanted to check it out. Have added it to my RSS readers. Thanks for sharing your story. Unlike any i have heard before.

    • Wolverine
      December 17, 2011 | 11:35 pm

      Thanks Dean. Been through a lot. Not sure why I survived it, but figured I could at least tell my story and see if anyone listened. I appreciate your support.

  3. Carlton
    December 24, 2011 | 8:37 am

    Hey Wolverine,
    Great site. Found the link through Jimmy Moore’s site.

    I have a question…I always hear from the all-carbs crowd to simply look at Asian populations and you see high-carb consumption (rice) and low incidence of overweight and heart attack. This seems logical to me, but then again so does your point of view. Can you shed any light?

    Thanks again for an awesome, informative site. I’m also glad that you survived such a harrowing experience. Your story is an inspiration.

    • Wolverine
      December 24, 2011 | 5:40 pm

      Thanks for the comment Carlton. This is a great question that I have heard many people propose.

      Compared to modern Americans, the Asian people didn’t consume a “high carb” diet. Yes, they ate rice and starchy foods, but portion sizes were nowhere near 150 to 250 lbs of sugar annually, per person, that americans eat today. An asian might eat a half cup of rice with a meal, whereas most americans will consume over two cups of rice, beans, bread and corn, then top it off with a sugary dessert of cake, ice cream or pie (or a combination of the three). Then we have all the snackcakes, donuts, bagels, candy and chips washed down with soda or beer in between meals. Hardly a comparison to traditional asian carbohydrate consumption.

      Americans eat much larger portions than asian historically, but that’s changing. Since the Japanese have begun to eat more and more western snacks and processed food, they are now beginning to see obesity rise. Carbohydrates themselves are not evil, only when they’re consumed in massive quantities. The same could be said about any nutrient. What if everyone began eating 150 lbs of potassium per year. We’d have serious health problems.

      Do you believe that asians ever consumed 150-200 pounds of sugar a year per person? That would be a lot of rice. If someone can show me an asian culture that consume as much sugar annually as americans and remain healthy and thin, I’ll change my opinion. Using the asian and kitavan diet as an excuse to consumed mass quantities of sugary snacks and drinks is quite misguided.

      BTW, few asian cultures ate an all-carb diet. They typically supplemented with fish, pork or fowl, giving them the necessary B 12, fat soluble vitamins and fatty acids needed to remain healthy. Few asians were vegan

      • Jean Bush
        February 28, 2014 | 6:39 pm

        Well pointed out; I researched the same question myself and the basic conclusion is even though they eat rice at every meal, their total carb load is way less then Americans.

        Which begs the question should Asians ever go low carb since so many recommend it for better health? I would say no because they are not subject to diabeties & weight gain the way we are.

        I would think that eating like the Asians and using the French method of portion control would turn the trick.

        • Wolverine
          March 7, 2014 | 8:20 pm

          Yes, the Asian argument is the favorite one for those who want to protect their high carb diet. So lets look at the Asian intake. maybe one bowl of rice per meal. The typical american eats a cereal sized bowl of rice with their meal (probably three times the size of an asian bowl), but they don’t stop there.

          Then there’s the Krispy kream donut in the morning or bagel (one of the highest glycemic loads), a little latter a bag of chips from the vending machine, washed down with a sugary soda. Maybe a Little Debbie Snack cake later one, then a slice of chocolate cake for desert after dinner. Maybe even a snack or bowl of cereal before turning in.

          The traditional Asian does not eat all those other high carb, highly processed snacks, so it becomes ridiculous for anyone to use them as an excuse to eat high carb meal – their carbs area still way lower. With their rice, they eat a lot of fish and/or pork.

          More recently. American culture has been creeping into Japan and we are seeing them eat more junk food snacks, especially among the youth – we are also starting to see a rise in obesity in Japan and China. (curiously, a very high rate of smoking among the youth also) Thanks to American Corporation spreading into more and more countries around the world.

          So the Asians will soon not be an example of great heath through rice as they also begin to cram down cup cakes, bagels, snack cakes, donuts and all the other crap that americans huff down daily.

  4. Vanessa
    July 14, 2012 | 4:52 pm

    I did a search for “sugar arterial damage” and found your site. Well done. A friend told me yesterday about a cardiologist he knew who had done thousands of surgeries. The cardiologist explained that sugar and another type of molecule found in processed food were caustic to the smooth lining of the arterial walls. If I understood correctly, he said these small tears are what begin the process of plaque formation. I’m trying to teach my 14-year-old son to stop eating sugar. He listened to me reading your post aloud until the phone rang, but I think he got the message. Thanks.

    • Wolverine
      July 14, 2012 | 8:41 pm

      Vanessa,

      Though young people are a bit more resistant to the damaging effects os sugar, mostly because their bodies can regenerate tissue faster – there is 2 problems with his theory. First, good and bad eating habits are established at a young age. By the time he reaches middle age, it will be a lot harder for him to loose the sweet-tooth and change his habits – by then the damage will begin to compound and he will not regenerate as quickly. If he watches sports, he can certainly see that older athletes cannot come back from injuries the way the younger ones do. You can also have him take a look at the rising numbers of diabetes in young people – so they do not have impunity. We are seeing record numbers of obesity and even cancer in young people everyday. It’s quite scary actually.

      At the transplant center in Jackson Memorial in Miami, it seemed that the younger patients acquired liver damage much faster that the adults did from the Intralipids (soy based infusions). So in some places, the younger people are less protected. Since I have been eating low carb, I have had no infections – all the other patients on high carbs diet have been back in the hospital with severe infections. Sugar promotes, feeds bacteria and also lowers the immune system, so he will have less illnesses and flu bugs the less sugar he consumes. Everyone I know that is on a low carb diet, gets sick less often that those that eat a lot of sugar. My parents and all my siblings love lots of sugar, but they are always sick and sniffling when they come to family get togethers. I am on immunosuppressant medication (which lower the immune system) and I get sick less often than they do and take less medications – that’s the power of a low carb diet.

      Thanks for your comments. Good luck with your son.

      • Vanessa
        July 18, 2012 | 7:15 pm

        Wolverine,

        Those are all great points. I mentioned the Candida cleanse we did with my son in the comment I made under your soy article. It’s funny, he knows sugar is bad from the standpoint of Candida, but he is still craving it. I guess his diet has been slipping now that he’s older and I have less control over what he eats.

        I’m definitely going to read him your replies so he can “hear it from someone else.” I hadn’t known about sugar being caustic, so that’s great new info. I’ll show him the statistics about children you mention. That should wake him up a little, I hope.

        Thanks again for having this blog. There really isn’t much out there (that I’ve found) that is both informative and comes from the heart of someone who has had to suffer. Your words are so “real.” They actually hold my son’s attention, which is the biggest challenge I have when talking with him about nutrition.

        Take care, and best wishes for your health and happiness.

        Vanessa

        • Wolverine
          July 19, 2012 | 1:16 am

          I have heard that when the candida is dying off, it can make you crave sugar. I guess because it makes you feel pretty sick when there is a die off, otherwise known as the Herxhimer Reaction, that you only feel better when you eat sugar and the candida stops dying. The Herxhimer Reaction is a pretty miserable thing to go through.

          When sugar is infused right into your arteries, like with TPN, you can sure feel how badly it burns the artery. Many people don’t realize that besides feeding bacteria and fungus, high blood sugar also lowers the immune system for about four hours. People on low carbohydrate diets tend to get less flus, colds and other common sicknesses. I’ve been amazed that I have not been sick since I was released from the hospital nearly 2 years ago. I have to be kept on drugs that lower certain parts of my immune system, or my antibodies would attack my grafted organs. I have to credit that to the small amount of carbs that I eat. All the transplant patients I know that still consume a lot of sugar have also been hospitalized for major infections and seem to be sick all the time.

          If I can avoid illness, being immunosuppressed, image how much better someone with a healthy immune system would do on a low carb diet?

  5. Sharif Magruder
    October 15, 2012 | 6:00 pm

    Hey Wolverine, how’s it going? Your articles are pretty interesting(only read 2). I found your site today as I was searching for some info on “humans digesting meat”. I keep being told by people who are vegetarians that we can’t eat meat. Honestly, I don’t feed into the whole “all veg” hype, but still want to gather information. Aside from that, I had 2 questions…
    1. how does water intake affect blood sugar?

    2. What is a typical day as far as meals are concerned for you? I am also reading a book called “Body confidence” which deals with balancing blood sugar thru balanced eating.

    • Wolverine
      October 16, 2012 | 12:18 am

      Hi Sharif. I too had heard that piece of vegan pseudoscience repeated many times. When I noticed that there were no signs of meat in the ostomy bag, I decided to write an article finally putting that myth to rest in my post “Can Humans Digest Meat”. I’m not sure what makes someone use an argument that is so absurdly wrong (scientifically), that it only serves to take all credibility away from everything that they say – even when they may be making some valid points.

      Water intake does not affect blood sugar levels at all. Interestingly, after losing all of my intestines, I did not have enough small bowel to absorb water and needed to be hydrated via infusions of lactated ringers, but I was still able to absorb sugar. Carbohydrates are absorbed quickly, even within the duodenum, but water is not finally absorbed until reaching the ileum and ultimately, the colon. I only had less than 10 inches of small intestines and could shift my blood sugar by consuming anything sweet. I guess that sugar is so important to fuel the brain, that we developed a very fast delivery system – and although water is equally as important, it is also necessary in order to move material through the intestines, so it is only recaptured at the very end of the digestive tract. Government recommendations for water intake are probably too high for most people. Over-hydration can lead to a pulmonary edema and also congestive heart failure. I suffered a pulmonary edema once in the hospital after they had given me a bolus infusion of fluids, and it was very frightening. I can’t imagine having one of those and not be in a hospital. My lungs filled with water and had there not been oxygen nearby and the quick availability of lasix, I would have certainly died. There is no sense in drowning your tissues – the human thirst mechanism is good enough. When you’re thirsty, drink – otherwise don’t force water down when you’re not thirsty, just because some stupid chart says to.

      My diet has been a work in progress since the transplant. The doctors placed no restrictions, other than grapefruit or grapefruit juice and raw shellfish – grapefruit can have an adverse reaction with the prograf (tacrolimus) medication I have to take in order to not reject the organ. But, the transplanted bowels are not as efficient as native bowels and seem extremely sensitive to certain foods. I personally believe that the foods that don’t agree with my digestion are the same as everyone else, it’s just that the transplanted bowels are more sensitive. So foods that are difficult to digest are more problematic to me.

      I typically eat eggs (from pastured chickens from my own farm) for breakfast, with sausage or fried steak strips for breakfast (all of the beef comes from grass-fed cattle that we raise on our farm), cheese and fruit. I was not able to handle processed dairy since the transplant, but I can digest raw dairy just fine. So it certainly is not intolerance to lactose. I believe it is the indigestibility of the denatured proteins (especially casein) as a result of the high heat of pasteurization. I do not raise dairy cattle, so I purchase the dairy from a very reliable Amish farm. Even the raw dairy can bother me if I heat it beyond 160ºF.

      Other meals usually contain meat (beef, pork, chicken) and cooked vegetables – since the transplant, I cannot digest raw vegetables well, not to mention the risk associated with raw vegetables (because I take immunosuppressant medications which lower my immune system). Even a small ingestion of e coli or salmonella could be life-threatening to me. I don’t consume many grains and avoid wheat completely. I avoid grains because I have seen how quickly they spike blood sugar. Even pure table sugar elevates blood sugar less than the starches from grains – especially wheat, which contains amylopectin a and packs quite a glycemic load. I also abstain from wheat – especially whole grain, because of the destructive nature of the bran fiber to the intestinal mucosa.

      I personally don’t believe that humans should be consuming psyllium husks – we are only told it’s healthy so the processed food manufacturers could find a use for a by-product of the wheat industry historically separated and tossed away. It’s completely indigestible and has little to no nutritional value – it only serves to create gas, bloating and abrasions to the villi. Livestock animals refuse to eat it – so they marketed it to humans with false claims of cholesterol lowering properties and improved motility. If anything, bran fiber causes constipation and Diverticulitis.

      Of all the other transplant patients that I met in the hospital and keep in touch with, I am the only one that stays away from whole grain wheat – of course the doctors push it as healthy. But, I am also the only intestinal transplant patient I know (out of about 9) that has not had a bowel obstruction since the transplant. All of the others have had at least one and some have been hospitalized a couple of times each year to remove bowel obstructions (which can be life-threatening and are certainly painful). I credit my lack of obstructions to the abstinence of wheat fiber. I also avoid beans and legumes. The high indigestibility of the fiber cause bloating and possible Diverticulitis. I completely abstain from soybean in particular – for more information on why, read my post “The Truth About Soy”. I personally saw the destruction caused by soy lipids – and the doctors were well aware of them.

      I hope this answers some of your questions. Feel free to inquire for any other questions you may have or let me know if I didn’t answer your queries sufficiently and I’ll try again. Most people will never meet an intestinal transplant recipient in their life, because they are so rare (less than 3,000 have ever been performed and less than half of those survived them), so I’m here to answer any questions anyone may have concerning the procedure, my diet or any other question regarding the digestive tract – and also the dangers affiliated with colonoscopies. I learned a lot about the human digestive system the hard way. Thanks.

  6. Sharif Magruder
    October 16, 2012 | 7:45 pm

    Hey thanks for the response. I just thought abt one of the first reasons i was given that eating meat was bad and it was because we have to cook meat. I am older now so i realized that we as humans cook and almost cook EVERYTHING we eat lol. I have also heard that if veggies are cooked, then they lose their nutrients. I am curious as to your thoughts on this because i actually typically eat them raw(broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, tomatoes).

    • Wolverine
      October 17, 2012 | 2:06 am

      Actually, humans are perfectly capable of digesting raw meat, we only began cooking meat to reduce the risks of infection from parasites and pathogens. Many vegetables can be eaten raw, but there are many that are toxic to humans if not cooked – especially grains. All grains, beans and legumes are poisonous to humans if not cooked to reduce the lectins. Lectins are highly toxic to humans.

      Though it is true that some nutrients are destroyed when vegetables are heated (especially enzymes and vitamin C), it is also true that many of these nutrients are not bio-availble to humans unless the vegetables are cooked. Unlike animal cells, plant cells have a membrane made of cellulose, an indigestible carbohydrate. No mammal on earth produce enzymes capable of digesting cellulose. Ruminant animals, such as cattle, have 4 stomachs and also regurgitate their food between each pass through a stomach in order to chew it again. Cellulose can only be breached by the mechanical action of chewing and fermentation. Ruminants also have a large stomach called the “rumen” where vegetables are fermented by bacteria and protozoa – humans have no such stomach, so it is only through the action of chewing that we can break open the cells to get to the nutrition inside. Unfortunately, we do not have the large flat molars and powerful jaws of a ruminant animal, nor can we chew our food multiple times. But, heat can also break down the cellulose wall, so for the human, cooked vegetables are actually higher in bio-available nutrition than raw.

      The other alternative, that I use for many of my vegetables, is fermentation. I ferment cabbage, carrots and peppers (peppers are very high in vitamin C). Fermentation achieves the same result as what happens in a cow’s rumen chamber. The lacto-bacteria are able to digest the cellulose walls without heat. Humans used fermentation as a way to store vegetables before refrigeration. It is probably the most nutritional way to prepare vegetables. Though the British navy carried limes in order to ward off scurvy (hence why they were called “Limeys), the Norwegian people carried fermented cabbage (sauerkraut) to achieve the same result. Fermented cabbage or peppers are very high in vitamin C. The best and easiest way to ferment vegetables is in a ceramic crock. I use a Harsch crock, because it has the patented water trough ring around the top to create a seal that allows the gas to escape, without allowing air to get in (otherwise you can end up with yeast growing on top). The lacto-bacteria are anaerobic and will die with contact to air.

      So even though raw vegetables have a higher nutrition, the human is unable to access them unless they are ground up very well or cooked. This is why some people like to juice them, but you have to be careful that the juicer has a slow speed motor. Many commercial juicers turn very high RPMs and will create a lot of heat, thereby destroying many of the nutrients. I eat both cooked and fermented vegetables. I ferment the vegetables myself, because most commercial fermented vegetables are pasteurized, thereby destroying many of the nutrients and killing off the live cultures, which are very healthy – especially for replenishing probiotics in the colon to help with digesting.

      I know that a lot of raw vegans like to claim that by eating vegetables raw they get more enzymes. Though enzymes are destroyed during cooking the human body manufactures all of the enzymes necessary for digestions – there is no such thing as an essential enzyme that must be obtained dietarily. So, if you enjoy the taste of raw vegetables, then go for it, but you’re really not getting any extra nutrition from them – and vitamin C can be obtained from most fruits or fermented vegetables – especially peppers. The brighter the color of the pepper, the higher the vitamin C. You mentioned tomatoes. A tomato is technically a fruit, so a human can digest them without cooking (they are not protected by cellulose walls).

  7. Sharif Magruder
    October 16, 2012 | 10:46 pm

    Also what do you think abt fruit and juice from fruit?

    • Wolverine
      October 17, 2012 | 2:41 am

      Fruits are completely different from vegetables or grains. Beans, legumes and grains are the offspring of the plant (seeds), so they are heavily defended from predators by toxins, such as lectins and phytates (I will be posting an article about this real soon). This is why they must be cooked to make them safe to eat. The vegetation is the body of the plant, so it is not as heavily defended, but has a tough indigestible membrane. Fruits on the other hand are the ovary of the plant, the part that carries the seed. And though the seeds of the fruit are typically defended with deadly toxins, the actual fruit itself was evolved by the plant for the purpose of being eaten by a predator. That’s why it is so tasty and nutritious.

      The plant sacrifices the meat of the fruit, because the seed is indigestible and will be passed through the predator and replanted in a new location. So, fruits, by design, are intended to be offered up and eaten in order to spread their seeds. The only problem with fruit juices are that most commercial brands have a lot of added sugar – often times more than sodas. So it is best if you squeeze it yourself or buy a brand with no added sugar. Many people who are overweight or have diabetes have to be careful about eating a lot of fruit, especially high sugar fruits, like apples and bananas (berries have lower natural sugars), because they can spike blood sugar.

      One thing that most people do not realize is that most modern fruits have been bred by humans to have a much higher sugar content than their ancestors. The type of fruits that chimpanzees eat (and our ancestors) would be considered sour and inedible by our modern tastes. Modern grains are the same. They have been bred throughout history to have a higher starch content and lower micro-nutrients, because the manufacturers will add or enrich them with man-made vitamins after harvest.

      Most commercial fruit juices are similar. Besides the added sugar, they also have to pasteurize them, which destroys most of the natural nutrients and then they replace them with man-made vitamins and minerals. It seems kind of crazy, but that’s what they do. My wife used to work as an accountant for an orange juice factory (we live in Florida) and she said it was basically liquid candy. It was all highly processed and heated until there was no nutrition left. Then they added vitamin C, calcium and a bunch of other man-made nutrients – then a lot of sugar was added. We always squeeze our own orange juice.

      Fruits are a good source of vitamin C and antioxidants (vitamin C is one of the few vitamins that is not abundant in meats or fish). The Inuit people, who were nearly pure carnivores, got their vitamin C from eating raw livers from fish and mammals (few people want to eat raw liver, so fruits are a good source of that essential vitamin). I was told by the doctors that grapefruit will react with my anti-rejection medication and could kill me, but only grapefruit for some reason – I can eat all other citrus fruit.

      • Jean Bush
        February 28, 2014 | 6:56 pm

        Very interesting and informative comment regarding the fruit.

        If you have not read this, download the PDF file: The Vegetarian Myth, whose author, although a militant feminist, goes on to show, without a doubt, the trouble and destruction both planetwise and on humans, that agriculture has done since its inception 10,000 yrs ago.

        • Wolverine
          February 28, 2014 | 9:48 pm

          Thanks Jean, yes I have read Lierre Keith’s “Vegetarian Myth”. I really like her writing style, very entertaining. She has a lot of good information and ideas. (I think she should have left the heavy feminism stuff out or at least toned it down – she would have sold more books). I also think it is horrible the way she has been physically attacked by the vegan community – says a lot about their attitude towards defectors.

          You may also be interested in a speech by Allan Savory and look at the successful experiment that he has accomplished over the last 20 years returning desert into lush green lands using noting but migrating livestock. He has solve two major problems, reversing desertification of our land with a by product of tons of meat which could feed the world. Here is a link to one of his presentations, I hope you enjoy. Here

          http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=vpTHi7O66pI

          Thanks

          • Jean Bush
            March 9, 2014 | 1:50 pm

            Thanks so much for the facinating link; he is correct, we have to work with nature, not against her.

            I posted a comment on the video, here it is:

            Jean Bush
            1 second ago

            It is NOT human over population that is the problem, and if you people think it is, why don’t you all kill yourselves and reduce our numbers????

            It is mismanagement of the natural resources and technology that is causing problems. There is no manmade GW; the sun is the driver of the weather throughout the solar system. A dearth of sunspots, as in the present cycle, means cooler climate; high sunspot activity means warmer. Localized weather does NOT indicate any kind of climate change.

            And remember, the earth’s climate has been changing for millions of years. The geological calm of the past 10,000 yrs has let mankink proliferate and create civilizations, however, the 2004 earthquate and tsunami has demonstrated the earth is only snoozing, not sleeping. Dispite our advances, Mother Nature will, in the end, always have her way with us.

            David, some of these “vegan” idiots infuriate me. The minute they complain about the population, that’s when I know they are run by the Elite’s agenda of control. They can control 1 billion people, but not 6-7 billion.

            I’ll fight them with my last breath,not that it will do any good:(

            Keep up the good work.

          • Wolverine
            March 13, 2014 | 8:22 am

            Oh Jean! You’re the one I owed the reply to for days. I’m sorry, I though it was Cap’n Jan I didn’t reply to, but the comments were coming in fast the other day and your’s got pushed to the next page. I super-apologize, because I had missed the email I just caught up with earlier and sent you back (though I may have forgot to include the contact info you wanted). No wonder you thought I was mad at you! I promise, I was not ignoring you. It’s funny that you mention vegans here, because it was a vegan troll that has been messing things up here and the reason things got pushed off the page, because they were spamming and trolling – what a pain they can be.

            Why are they so damned angry all the time? I am so glad to be done with that troll. I hate when they come around even though they’re easy enough to handle, especially since all of their pseudoscience is defended by personal attacks on their opponent, never any science defending their side, because there is none!

            The main problem with them is they turn anything they get involved with into a three ring circus and I am trying to cover some important messages at this site, like intestinal transplants and the lack of knowledge about them and the dangers of colonoscopies and other procedures we have been lied about the safety of.

            Once they start with the personal attacks and pseudoscience, you get mired down into that mess and I can imagine people start not taking you serious anymore, because arguing with vegans can be a full-time job once you start. If you don’t stand up to them, half the people wonder why you’re backing down from their lame arguments and if you engage them half the people wonder what in the world you’re doing fighting with those clowns.

            They don’t really have lives outside of their religion (it seems more like a religion), so they have nothing better to do but start trouble, because they are so angry all the time. Who wants to even get into a discussion with someone so pissed off at the world? I think they became vegan just because they want to argue all the time and veganism affords them that.

            I’m just glad to be rid of the troll, because I haven’t had one in a while and it’s been nice without them around.

          • Jean Bush
            March 13, 2014 | 2:36 pm

            Oh,David, don’t worry about that, I know you’re very busy.

            I completely understand,I deal with trolls all day long. As for why they are so angry, Konstantin Monastyrsky covers that in the first chapter of Fiber Menace, it’s caused by lack of protein, here is a quote from a website:

            Other Symptoms
            Not all of the symptoms of protein deficiency are physical. Some are emotional or mental, and include the following:

            •Crankiness, moodiness
            •Problems with conflict resolution
            •Severe depression
            •Anxiety
            •Lack of energy, no desire to do things

            As for the global warming scam, here’s an article I wrote on it several years ago:

            http://beforeitsnews.com/climategate/2010/04/global-warming-the-fraud-the-fools-and-the-science-32671.html

            Thanks so much for responding and I will get back to your email in a couple of days.

  8. James Hird
    February 25, 2013 | 3:19 pm

    I followed a link from Marks Daily Apple to here. Excellent content and commentary. Wow – you are truly super-human! My interest in a primal diet was inspired by my time in fire and EMS: It’s alarming the % of patients who are diabetic. It’s also alarming that none that I have encountered yet do not care to know everything there is to know about their condition – including how to potentially manage it outside of pharmacology.

    My wife and I have found that better eating to be FUN – it’s a new spin on being a foodie.

    • Wolverine
      February 25, 2013 | 10:01 pm

      Thanks, James. I’m glad you found my blog and I appreciate your comment. I am certainly a statistical anomaly. By all accounts, I shouldn’t be alive, according to all of the doctors who have had a hand in my recovery.

      Being in such a large transplant facility for more than six months, I had the opportunity to meet many other transplant recipients. I could not understand how so many of them gave no thought to their diet and returned to eating tons of junk while attempting to heal from such a traumatic operation. I am the only one who made a complete recovery and I credit that to eating real food. It is amazing from what the human body can recover from if given the proper nutrition.

      How can a body heal from massive trauma with nothing but loads of carbohydrates? I don’t believe it can and that is why I publish this blog, to document the things I have witnessed throughout my recovery and the recovery of other multivisceral transplant patients that I have met.

      I hope you continue to eat healthy and stay well.

  9. Sharif
    February 27, 2013 | 2:18 pm

    Hey Wolverine, been a while since I have been on here. James you are correct in your assessment with ppl not wanting to know more abt their condition. A real shame.

    Wolverine I have a question. So… are the carbs, beans, etc. that you mentioned as being poisonous to humans, are they even meant for humans?

    • Wolverine
      February 28, 2013 | 2:10 am

      Hi Sharif. The carbohydrates in grains and beans are not what makes them toxic and they are only poisonous in their raw state. It is the lectins that make them toxic and heat can reduce or completely destroy the lectins. Lectin is a chemical defense for the plant’s offspring. I wrote an article specifically about this that is entitled “Are Whole Healthy Grains Defenseless?”

      This makes it quite apparent that seeds (grains and beans) were not on the menu for prehistoric humans, prior to the advent of fire, pottery and ovens. Beans and grains only became a part of the human diet about 10,000 years ago, which is very short span of time in human history. So, I can’t see how we would have evolved to eat them. Insects and birds tend to be the only animal that have evolved a mechanism to safely eat seeds – all mammals become sick when eating them. This is why grain fed cattle have to be given antibiotics to maintain weight.

      Though beans and grains can be made less toxic by soaking and cooking, they can still cause a good amount of distress on the intestines (high levels of indigestible carbohydrates). This is why pharmaceutical companies have marketed enzymes, like Beano and Gas-X, to aid in the digestion of these hard to digest foods. I believe one of the problems facing us is that out technology has allowed us to make poor food choices. Pharmaceutical companies have created hundreds of products that allow people to eat foods they would have had no choice but to simply avoid more than seventy years ago. Products like Pepto-Bismol, Tums, Prilosec, Zantac, Imodium, Kaopectate, Ex-lax, Beano, Milk Of Magnesia and many more give relief from indigestion from foods we’d probably been better off not eating.

      I understand why people began to consume seeds, because it is better than starvation and also allowed civilizations to stay in one place, rather than moving from hunting ground to hunting ground. Without agriculture, we would not have built civilizations, but it is a double edged sword.

      Anthropologists also notice that many dental and general health problems begin to show up in the remains of grain eating agriculturalists that are not seen in hunter/gatherers. These are the same diseases of civilization that we see on the rise today, heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and many other autoimmune diseases.

      So in my opinion, if better foods are available, grains and beans are just too problematic to waste to,e with. The Weston A. Price Foundation teaches many traditional ways that humans have developed to make these foods safer to eat and more digestible (processed food manufacturers do not use any of these methods), but it’s really a lot of work for such a poor source of nutrition and probably only worth the effort if no other food is available. They call for soaking in brine, cooking, grinding and fermenting in order to lower all of the anti-nutrients, such as lectins, phytic acid, trypsin inhibitors, etc.. To me, they’re just not worth it when I can eat fish, meat, eggs, vegetables and get all the nutrition I need.

      Soaking, slow grinding and fermenting are all time-consuming chores and in the business world – time is money – so all of these foods are served up with all their anti-nutrients at full strength. This is something that no prior civilization has attempted and I believe we are seeming the results of this in the health of our society. (I say “slow grinding, because high speed grinders create high heat, which can destroy nutrients and oxidize fatty acids, creating free radicals.). Even worse, cereals are then run through an extrusion press, which again creates high heat and pressure. After studying how cereals are made, I believe they are one of the unhealthiest foods in the modern diet.

      Any food that needs to be processed in order to make it edible for humans has not been part of the human food supply for very long. Hope this answers your question.

      • Sharif
        February 28, 2013 | 11:09 am

        It does. Thanks. Yes I also heard/read the same thing abt cereal. If anything at the least, it provides a consistent intake of sugar. So yea cereal isn’t good for us.
        What kind of vegetables to you eat?

  10. Mitch
    May 22, 2013 | 1:08 pm

    Hi,

    I just want to THANK YOU for posting your story online, so we can all defeat the system that has done you so much harm! THIS is the reason you made it through, so many can be helped by your experience and not trust their doctors anymore. Last year, my husband’s PSA test came back at 6 and the “doctor” immediately wanted to ship him off to a urologist, for who knows what! He did not go. This year his PSA (which they say cannot come down and for sure you have prostate cancer!!!!) is 4.5! Trust in God (meaning, Christ), and not man, who has no interest in your well being at all. Today, most doctors are only interested in getting rich at your expense. THANK YOU Wolverine. You are an inspiration to many, and a Godsend. May you be blessed, and continue to heal from the harm they did to you. God loves you.

    • Wolverine
      May 25, 2013 | 3:24 am

      Thank you for the kind words of inspiration. I have learned that the doctors are beholden to the pharmaceutical companies, who put profit margins far ahead of human lives. When I discovered that the pharmaceutical companies are aware of the fact that their infused soy lipids destroy the liver of short bowel patients and they also know that the Omegaven lipids infused in most European hospitals does no liver damage, yet they have convinced the FDA to outlaw the use of Omegaven in the U.S., it became very clear that they care not about human lives, but corporate profits instead.

      If you read my article about the infused soy lipids entitled: “The Truth About Soy“, I cover this in great detail. It is all about patents. The U.S pharmaceutical companies own the patent on the outdated soy lipids, whereas some European company owns the rights to Omegaven (made with fish oil, rather than soy), so there would be little profit for them. The Pharmacist, who compounded my TPN, told me that any doctor or pharmacist that uses Omegaven will lose their license – this is how seriously they play. Yet the soy lipids are killing TPN patients, including children.

      I don’t believe that most doctors are evil, they have just been brainwashed by the pharmaceutical companies that their products are the answer to everything – and the more, the merrier. They are also convinced that every invasive procedure that they perform on perfectly healthy people, like colonoscopies and CT scans, are safe and effective. Many of the procedures used by doctors have little to no clinical studies that prove their effectiveness, nor the damage that they may cause. The damages, like mine, are swept under the carpet and never reported. These manufacturers are very good at getting these things through the FDA without in depth studies, which is why so many drugs are pulled from the shelves after they kill many people, like Vioxx.

      I am happy to hear that your husband’s condition has improved and hope that it continues to do so. Thank you for your thoughts and consideration. I do hope that all the suffering I went through does serve some purpose in the end. Because my story would shed light on the problems associated with the colonoscopy procedure, it is impossible for me to get any media attention on it. The mainstream media will not report on stories where the doctor or hospital was responsible for the patient’s injury, especially the colonoscopy, which has become the darling of the media (NBC is owned by General Electric, the leading manufacturer of medical equipment, including the endoscope used in colonoscopies). So, I am left with only a simple blog which reaches very few people.

      I hope I can make a bigger impact before my time is up. My actual name is David, but unfortunately, the Goliath that is the multibillion dollar medical industry is too powerful to be slain. They own the media (look at how much advertising the drug companies do for the news and other programming) and have complete control on which stories will be told. I have saved a life or two by publishing this site though and that is good enough. I know this, because a couple of people have learned of intestinal transplants through this blog, because few doctors know about them and just keep patients on TPN, which is a slow agonizing death. These people were able to get transplants, which is the cure for short bowel syndrome.

      Thanks for the comment and the inspiring compliments. I wish I got more of that. I could really use some inspiration right now, because I have gotten some fairly bad news from doctors recently. Please keep me in your thoughts. Best wishes.

      • Lou
        July 4, 2013 | 8:14 pm

        Hi Wolverine
        Sorry to hear about your bad medical news.

        If you could share the general nature of the problem Perhaps we could offer you some of the same insights you have provided us.

        I do not want to go where you do not.

        Thanks Lou

        • Wolverine
          July 5, 2013 | 11:32 am

          The details of my medical nightmare are posted under the link at the top navigation bar entitled “Wolverine Story”.

          Thank you for your concerns. If you have any questions after reading my horrific story, please feel free to write back and I will be glad to answer any of them I can. Thanks again for writing.

          • Lou
            July 5, 2013 | 11:16 pm

            Wolverine

            My god man. I am so sorry. Thanks for posting this. In my weaker moments long, long ago I have considered an anal probe. NO MORE!

            How have you recovered?

            What are your major problems; I may have some suggestions you have not tried.

            Thanks Lou

          • Wolverine
            July 7, 2013 | 8:35 pm

            Thanks again, Lou. The first six months following the transplant were the toughest, since I nearly died a couple of times to a systemic infection, which led to a perforated right lung. The next two years was a lot of healing and a lot of tweaks to my diet. It’s hard to tell which foods are being problematic until you have eliminated the majority of the offenders.

            The two worst obstacles were more impossible to avoid. The first being the tremendous amount of radiation I was exposed to via CT Scans both prior to and following the transplant and the second being the immunosuppressant medications to avoid organ rejection. Unfortunately, the combination of the two have created quite a recipe for cancer and a very rare and bad one at that, multiple myeloma.

            This will, by far, be the greatest challenge facing me now. My greatest chance of surviving this disease would be to lower or drop the Tacrolimus (antirejection med), but that could also kill me. Though some liver and kidney patients have been able to be removed from Tacrolimus, no intestinal or multivisceral recipient have ever been able to survive it. So, we are trying to lower mine as much as possible without entering into organ rejection. I’m sure in the end, the cancer will win, I just hope to prolong it as long as possible. Thanks again for the question.

          • Lou
            July 8, 2013 | 3:12 pm

            Wolverine

            Thanks. Wow that is quite a list but I think I can set you on a path to removing at least cancer from your worries.

            If you take the time to follow, which I know you will, this path of exploration IMO cancer should prove SIMPLE after all you have been through.

            As you know eating is MOST of our problems. Cancer is no different.

            http://healthyprotocols.com/2_cancer_intro.htm

            If something is not clear please respond and we can work out an approach. Fixing cancer just may solve some of your other problems but if not we can tackle them after cancer. As you will see preventing and treating cancer SOLVES a lot of problems other than cancer.

            Thanks Lou

      • Jean Bush
        February 28, 2014 | 7:09 pm

        Well, David, you are spot on, as usual.
        You are doing a great service and are reaching more then you suspect.

        Even though people like us cannot seemingly make a dent in the Medical Establishment, the people that you are reaching will slowly but surely withdraw from the current propaganda and take control of their own lives.

        Even though you are ill and tired, you are definately making a difference.

        Remember, the weaker, sicker, broker and more confused we are, the easier we can be controlled.

        • Wolverine
          February 28, 2014 | 9:35 pm

          Thank you Jean. I amassed a great amount of knowledge during the many months I laid on deaths door and had decided to share that knowledge if I were fortunate enough to survive. I know that there are many more people like us, who seem like a distant call from the wilderness, but I am hopeful as I see more and more people becoming suspicious of the corporate package health care advertising we have been sold.

          Once people dare to question the medical norms and realize that modern medicine does not have all the answers and that many of their answers are flat out wrong, they tend to wake up and join us.

          They told people to drop fat and eat more carbs in the form of starch and everyone got fat. They made everyone lower cholesterol and take pills to lower it more and cancer has been on the rise (since cholesterol is our best protection against cancer). We cannot manufacture vitamin D without cholesterol and vit D is the strongest protection against cancer.

          Once the entire heath system is ruled by the government, people will become sicker than ever and easier to control. All of the invasive and dangerous tests and procedures (colonoscopies, statin, drugs, mammogram, prostate exams – all which carry risks and serious dangers) will soon be mandated. Those who refuse will risk losing their coverage. They will believe that this will save money by preventing diseases, but those of us in the know are already aware that these devices do not prevent anything, but do seriously injure a portion of people who undergo them.

          This utopian dream that those that voted for this had, will soon become their worst nightmare.

  11. rick
    September 11, 2013 | 7:30 pm

    thanks, great info on sugar etc

    • Wolverine
      September 17, 2013 | 2:57 am

      Thanks for writing, Rick. I like to know when someone enjoys the articles.

  12. Road Runner
    September 14, 2013 | 10:09 pm

    Wow, David. What an amazing story. I’m so sorry about what you have been going through. Know that you are changing a lot of lives. Mine included.

    You mention a bit about how the sugar can wreak havoc on the system, but what about exercise? I’m a distance runner. Would the body process sugar differently running–for example, when I’m doing a 3 hour training run, or while I’m running a marathon? If it is still a bad thing to ingest–and fish, meat, eggs, and veggies don’t seem to be possible to eat during a run–is low glycemic fruit the best thing to use? Thank you, and continued good luck with your recovery.

    • Lou
      September 16, 2013 | 10:26 pm

      Deep into exercise your body does need glucose. However table sugar is one half glucose and one half fructose. The fructose must be first processed by your liver; something you do not want to do.

      Dextrose is 100% glucose and is the sugar you want for fuel while on an extended exercise IMO.

      • Wolverine
        September 17, 2013 | 2:31 am

        Yeah – and a lot of people like to use the excuse that the brain needs glucose to gorge themselves on all manners of super-sweetened confections.

        Just because our brain and muscles use glucose as fuel is hardly an invitation to consume ten times more than any human did just 100 years ago (the average american eats over 150 pounds of sugar annually, compared to just 20 pounds per year in 1900). Ask any diabetic if glucose is a “safe” sugar. Nerve damage begins when the blood glucose levels exceeds 140 mg/dl and so too does arterial damage begin. It is high blood glucose levels that ultimately cause type 2 diabetes.

        I know that athletes love to “carb load” before practice or competition to build up stores of glycogen in their liver and that this does improve their stamina and athletic ability, but who says that this is actually healthy? Steroids will also improve athletic performance, but I wouldn’t consider them a healthy choice for longevity. If you drive your blood glucose levels beyond 150 mg/dl, you are doing damage to your arteries.

        The sugar used in the TPN, which was infused into my arteries, was DEXTROSE and yet the doctors claimed that it typically destroys all of the access arteries of recipients within 2 years. So, you can see that glucose is not a perfectly “safe” sugar.

        As a matter of fact, though fructose can cause fat stores in the liver (NASH), it cannot be used directly by the blood stream. Because glucose is the body’s preferred sugar, high amounts of glucose (as in starches) are readily taken up into the blood stream and can elevate blood sugar much faster than any other sugar. I understand that athletes need to carb load to compete, but, they should do it knowing there are risks – blown out knees and busted ankles aren’t exactly healthy either, but it is also risks that athletes take.

        So, people need to careful with the sugars, especially if they are not an athlete and have no intention of an aggressive work out directly after eating that pie.

    • Wolverine
      September 17, 2013 | 2:56 am

      I understand that athletes must load up on carbs to compete, especially long distance athletes and it’s hard to say how much damage can be done by this practice, because there are a lot of variables to consider. The real question is going to be how high do you run up your blood glucose levels? Have you ever tested your blood sugar after carb-loading?

      Once your blood sugar reaches 140 mg/dl, nerve damage begins (this is what ultimately cause neuropathy and amputation of limbs in diabetics). Certainly an athlete will use up the blood sugar quicker than a couch potato, so they will sustain less damage. I think it would also depend on how soon after carb-loading that you begin exercise or competition. The sooner that blood sugar is stabilized, the better. First your body will burn what’s in the blood, then it will tap the glycogen stores in the liver, then it will attempt to access other fat reserves, but by then you are spent (because the subcutaneous and visceral fat are very slow to access). This is why only carbohydrates can work as an instant energy source for long distance athletes.

      I would suggest that you get one of those glucose meters and test your blood sugar about 20 minutes after carb-loading. If the level is over 150 mg/dl, then you may want to consider carb-loading over a longer period of time. The purpose of carb loading is to build up glycogen (a fat made from glucose) stores in the liver. glycogen is a readily available fat and source of energy, unlike the subcutaneous and visceral fat stores, which take a long time for the body to access.

      I would believe it is possible to build those glycogen stores in a way that doesn’t jack your blood sugar. A glucose meter should help you determine how that can be achieved and do the least amount of damage. If you can manage that, you would have no worries. Unfortunately, to be a top competitor, I think that health needs to be secondary. To those type athletes, winning is more important than health (think Lance Armstrong, who certainly didn’t do his body good with those steroids). An athletes risk injury every time they compete, so there are certain risks to being a top competitor.

  13. Catherine
    February 21, 2014 | 9:38 pm

    Hi Wolverine,
    Thank you for all the amazing information.

    I am 44 and have been a sugar addict my whole life. Now I am wising up and making some changes. I am guessing that there is already some plaque in my arteries b/c of all the sugar I have consumed. Do you know if there is any way to reverse the build up? Thank you

    Best Regards
    Catherine T/ Seattle

    • Wolverine
      February 22, 2014 | 1:33 am

      Hi Cathrine, One thing that I am living proof of, is that the human body has the ability to repair any damage done to it, as long as we survive the initial damage. To know me now, few people would guess how many times I was just minutes from death, because my recovery has been so complete.

      Once the highly inflammatory foods have been removed from our diet (especially the processed seed oils, which are probably the most destructive substances consumed in our modern times) the body will begin the process of healing and repairing the damage. Our bodies know how to reduce aterial plaque (or any other damage), we just have to stop intaking the offending foods and give it what it needs to repair cell damage.

      If you wish to speed up the process of healing, the best way is to add very healthy foods to the diet. This is actually much harder to do than most people would assume, because it goes against everything that we have been brainwashed to believe. We have been taught that saturated fat is the worst thing for us, thereby pushing people to low fat diets. A low fat diet often ends up a low protein diet and protein is what is needed to for the body to repair.

      I have been eating a diet high in fat and protein since my transplant, which is why I believe that I have recovered much faster than the other transplant recipients (who all stay with the low fat option).

      You may want to check out the works of Doctor William Davis, who has had much success in reducing plaque in his patients with diet alone. Dr. Davis authored the book “Wheat Belly” which explains why the modern hybrid breed of semi-dwarf wheat has been causing many health problems in people since it took over the markets in the late 1970s.

      His website called “Track Your Plaque” is located at this address:

      http://blog.trackyourplaque.com

      You should be able to learn a lot from the information on his website and even more from his books. Thanks for writing.

      • Catherine
        February 22, 2014 | 10:31 am

        Thank you. I will start there.

        Hope this is okay….Sending a hug your way!
        :) Catherine

      • Lou
        February 22, 2014 | 11:10 pm

        “Once the highly inflammatory foods have been removed from our diet (especially the processed seed oils, which are probably the most destructive substances consumed in our modern times) the body will begin the process of healing and repairing the damage.”

        Great advice.

        Understanding WHAT arterial plaque is is the start of removing it.

        http://healthyprotocols.com/2_arterial_p.htm

        • Wolverine
          February 23, 2014 | 12:59 am

          Thanks you Lou, for the information.

  14. Jake McCredie
    February 24, 2014 | 3:36 pm

    Thank You, your info is very intresting
    You certinly know what you are talking
    About. ;)
    I hv a question, i use to hv 3 sugars in
    my Tea (Cup of Tea) but stopped becuase
    i started get very small sharpe pains in
    my chest area this would only happen
    when i am in bed trying 2 sleep, i only
    have half a sugar, 1 sugar or 1 and a half of sugar in my Tea, i am trying my
    Best 2 cup out sugar all together when
    i have Tea. Can u tell me y i’m getting
    these small shape pains in my chest (The Right side of my chest), as i am not convinced by my Doctor. I go out running
    3 times a week & do sit ups, all body excersizes 3 times a week. I even got the
    pains in my cheast (Right side of my Chest) when i stopped working out 3 times a week for a good few months. ?

    • Wolverine
      February 25, 2014 | 12:48 am

      Hi Jake. I’m not a doctor and it is very difficult to determine what could be causing these pains with such a small amount of information. I don’t think that sugar can have such a direct effect on the heart. Sugar damage to the arteries is a long-term effect and gives no warning signs of the impending disaster.

      Do the pains go away when you remove the sugar completely? I ask this because it may not be the sugar at all causing the pain, it could even be the caffeine from the tea or have no relation at all to the tea/sugar. If you want to drop the sugar, but like your tea sweetened, you could try using Stevia. If you don’t like the taste of the stevia, you could use half sugar and half stevia to help use less sugar.

      • Jake
        February 25, 2014 | 8:27 am

        The Pains stop when i stop taking sugar with my tea,but i don’t know if its the sugar or the tea that is causing these small pains, i do not get sick ever, i do not drink alcohol, smoke or take drugs, i keep fit by going out running down at my local track 3 times and week & workout 3 times aweek, the last time that i got sick was about 3 years ago. I don’t get colds, flu’s. ect But i would get a touch of colds, flue’s the odd time. These small pains in the right side of my chest has only started 2 happen in the past year and a half. I went 2 my doctor and he checked my chest ect all the normal things & told me that i was perfectly fine there was nothing wrong with my body, Blood pressure was fine, chest, he suggested giving me a prescription for Ibuprofen but i knew that the Ibuprofen would not do me any good. I think that i should cut down on drinking tea for example only drink tea once a weekend as a Treat :). ?

      • Lou
        February 25, 2014 | 2:42 pm

        I have found as I grow older I can tolerate less and less refined sugar. Today (at 74 years) even a single teaspoon of sugar on an empty stomach with my tea gives me a headache; two teaspoons twice as much pain.

        It feels so good when you stop hitting yourself with a sugar hammer. It is much worse when you eat sugar and feel NO pain; as I once did.

  15. Daryl
    June 18, 2014 | 9:30 pm

    Hi Wolverine,

    It’s really inspiring to read your experience. I really wish you the best of health. I’m also following a low car high protein diet. Although, I’m not that old (28 yrs) and not really sick or anything, I strongly believe that this diet will help me greatly in the long run. I’m also pushing my parents to follow the low carb low sugar high protein diet, even if they are not used to it. I hope more people will read your experience in this site and be inspired.

    • Wolverine
      June 19, 2014 | 1:58 am

      Thank you Daryl for your kind words. I agree with you that a low carb diet is the healthiest diet. We call it low carb only because people today eat far too many carbs — really it’s just the natural diet human’s evolved to eat. Our Paleolithic ancestors did not have year round access to high sugar foods and even the fruits they did have access to were far lower in sugar content. Most people do not realize that our modern fruits, grains and tubers have been hybred by humans for many years to have a much higher sugar content. The fruits our anscestors ate were far more sour and not as sweet.

      I live in Florida, and here we have many orange groves. When an orange grove is abandoned and no heavy fertilization takes place, the trees will revert back to their more conservative anscestor. We call it a “sour root” tree and I have yet to see anyone be able to eat the fruit. It is so acidic and sour, that everyone I have ever seen try to eat an orange from the these trees immediately spit it out of their mouth — yet this is what our anscestor would have eaten before agriculture came about. We have just gotten spoiled and used to very sweet things, but our bodies have not gotten used to handling the heavy sugar load of the modern diet.

      I was astonished to learn that just 100 years ago (around the year 1900) the average American ate about 30 pounds of sugar per year. Today, the average American eats more than 150 pounds of sugar per year. How can anything increase that much and not cause a health problem. Diabetes and obesity are a direct result of this change in diet. I wish you luck with your parents. Thanks again for you kind words of encouragement.

      • Daryl
        June 20, 2014 | 12:03 am

        Hi Wolverine,

        You’re welcome. Also, I forgot to add, have you tried intermittent fasting? I’m doing this as well combined with my low carb high protein fat diet.

        The best thing about fasting is autophagy, it basically heals you from the inside out. I’m currently doing the 16-8 type of fasting everyday. If you haven’t explored fasting, also take a look at it and see if it’s beneficial for you :)

        • Lou
          June 20, 2014 | 3:47 pm

          Fasting has also been shown to be STRONGLY anti-cancer.

          Like exercise, fasting has been with us throughout the millions of years our bodies have developed and is REQUIRED for good robust health IMO.

          A One Day Fast or a One Meal Fast is Helpful IMO

          http://healthyprotocols.com/2_fast.htm

    • Lou
      June 19, 2014 | 2:32 pm

      You may consider making that a low carb high FAT diet. A diet high in protein (greater than 25% of calories) is often very hard on the kidneys. Most of us non heavy athletes require about 15% of our calories as protein.

      Good fat, there are LOTS of bad fats, is is the replacement for junk food and simple carbs.

      The process of storing sugar and simple carbs as fat is what creates the dangerous excess triglycerides; the lesson is to eat GOOD FAT NOT sugar and simple carbs

      Eating good fat and protein does not make you fat, carbohydrates, especially REFINED, SIMPLE CARBS does; and The WORST simple carb is SUGAR

      http://healthyprotocols.com/2_fat.htm

      • Wolverine
        June 19, 2014 | 4:13 pm

        Good point Lou. Protein can be toxic in high levels. Unfortunately, most people have been brainwashed after years and years of vilifying saturated fat that most people just can’t get over the temptation to trim all the fat from their meat. This is sad, because the fat strip on a good steak is the tastiest part.

        Besides sugar, protein can also trigger insulin secretion, just not quite at the same degree. I believe that fat is the only macronutrient which does not call for insulin.

  16. JD Fensom
    October 27, 2014 | 2:34 pm

    You sir are an amazing human being and thanks for the article.

    JD

    • Wolverine
      October 27, 2014 | 2:40 pm

      Thank you so much for those words of encouragement, JD.

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