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Debunking Addiction Myths: The Truth About Sugar and Your Brain

DISCLAIMER: I am a scholar of the Medical Medium information. I am not a doctor. The information in this post has been extremely helpful to me in my healing journey, but it should not be misconstrued as medical advice or used as a replacement for medical care. 

Let’s talk about sugar and your brain.

Our brains must have glucose to function properly, but what happens when that glucose doesn’t reach the brain? 

The culprit is often insulin resistance, which, contrary to a popular but misguided belief that too much sugar causes insulin resistance (and diabetes), insulin resistance is actually caused by too much fat in our bloodstream. 

If there’s too much fat in the bloodstream, the precious glucose (sugar) can’t get into the cells where it needs to go.

Not all glucose is created equal, of course. Not all sugar is the same. Sugar is NOT just sugar. 

Fruit, for example, is often demonized (usually by low-carb or carnivore diet warriors), but it is incredibly healing for the entire body. 

(For more on this, consult the book Liver Rescue by Anthony William.)

When there’s too much fat in the blood, that means that even though we’ve eaten sugar, our brain cells aren’t getting most of it, which leads to cravings for more.

We’ve all heard “everything in moderation,” but our physical bodies don’t actually like moderation. Our bodies require a steady supply of glucose for optimal function. This glucose is essential for our brain’s health and overall well-being.

This is also why fasting isn’t actually healthy for you.

Fasting deprives the brain of the steady supply of glucose that it needs, causing your body to produce adrenaline. 

People seem to feel better when fasting because of the adrenaline, not because fasting actually feels good. And it’s also why people who fast often drink black coffee… caffeine just forces your adrenal glands to produce more adrenaline – which gives you the illusion that you have energy, when in fact all that adrenaline is actually depleting your body and starving the brain of resources.

Processed sugar addiction is often misunderstood. Unlike nicotine, MSG, and caffeine, which our bodies don’t need, glucose is vital. While processed sugar isn’t ideal, natural sugars found in fruits are not only beneficial, they’re critical.

The Real Issue: Insulin Resistance

Insulin resistance (again, caused by excess fat in the bloodstream) prevents glucose from reaching our brain cells. This is why it can be challenging to moderate processed sugar and refined carbs like white bread. 

High-fat diets contribute to this problem, making it harder for sugar to enter our cells. High protein diets, which are often high in fat, can also exacerbate insulin resistance. 

Diabetics, for instance, are often advised to eat high protein and avoid carbs. However, the real issue is the fat blocking the sugar from entering the cells. Lowering fat intake helps manage blood sugar levels more effectively.

Addressing Sugar Addiction

Processed sugar addiction often leads to other dependencies, including prescription medications for mental health conditions like depression, anxiety, ADHD, or bipolar disorder. 

To combat sugar addiction, it’s crucial to lower dietary fat and increase the intake of foods rich in bioavailable glucose, like fruits. Supporting our brain with these changes helps address glucose and glycogen deficits. 

The Genetics Myth

Addiction is often blamed on genetics, but this is a misconception. While it might seem logical due to the prevalence of addiction in some families, the real causes are nutritional deficiencies and exposure to toxic heavy metals. 

Lifestyle, deficient dietary habits, and toxin exposures are hereditary, not genetic. 

These are what often lead to addiction. Genetics is often used as a convenient explanation, but it’s not supported by solid evidence. 

Environmental factors, early caffeine exposure, and inherited contaminants also play significant roles in addiction. 

The good news? All of these factors can be changed – and the addiction reversed.

Empowering Our Healing Journey

Believing that addiction is genetic can make it feel insurmountable. This belief can discourage us from even trying to overcome addiction, making it seem like an unwinnable battle. 

Beliefs are powerful! If we believe we’re stuck with something for life and that we have no power to change it, then we’ll act that way. We create that exact reality. 

On the other hand, if we learn and understand that addiction isn’t genetic – and that it isn’t some kind of incurable, unhealable disease – we become empowered with new beliefs that inspire us to make necessary changes in our lifestyles that will move the needle in the right direction. 

Healthy Addictions and Adrenaline

Not all addictions are harmful. Positive addictions, like enjoying a sunrise, taking walks, or engaging in healthy hobbies, are beneficial. These activities trigger mild adrenaline responses that feel good and encourage us to repeat them.

Unhealthy addictions often overshadow the benefits of positive ones. Practices like coffee enemas or ice baths may feel good – but it’s due to adrenaline highs. That’s why such practices are actually quite harmful in the long run. 

Don’t be surprised if you start losing your hair or seeing hair growth in places you don’t want if you get addicted to adrenaline-centric practices. Putting your body in a state of crisis in the name of the “high” afterward is never a good idea long-term. 

True healing requires recognizing and avoiding these pitfalls.

“Everything in moderation” is a misleading concept that’s often used to justify harmful behaviors. 


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Understanding the true causes of addiction and the role of glucose in brain health is a MUST if you want true healing. 

By addressing insulin resistance and supporting our brain with critical nutrients, we can break free from harmful addictions and embrace healthier habits.

If you found this information helpful and want to learn more, tune into my podcast, Self Transformation Radio (also available on Youtube, Spotify, Amazon and others), for more insights and personal stories on healing and mental health.

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