Easter Candy Could Help Kill Thousands of People in April

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A high intake of sugar can suppress our immune system by as much as 75%, according to scientific studies. So it follows that every adult and every child needs to resist the temptation to consume even small amounts of Easter candy during this COVID-19 pandemic. If the media, and the medical experts they use, are ignorant of this fact then every person who reads this should spread the word. Do not eat chocolate or sugar of any kind until this viral outbreak is over.

According to a 1973 study done by Loma Linda University, when you eat 100 grams of sugar, about as much sugar as you find in a 1 liter bottle of soda, your white blood cells become 40 percent less effective at killing germs. You can cripple your immune system for up to 5 hours after eating sugar![1]

Sugar impacts your white blood cells by competing for space in those cells with Vitamin C. When Linus Pauling did research in the 1970s to find out how the body uses vitamin C, he discovered that white blood cells need Vitamin C to destroy bacteria and viruses. Sugar and vitamin C are similar in their chemical structure. When you eat sugar, it directly competes for space in your immune cells with vitamin C! The more sugar in your system, the less vitamin C can get into your white blood cells. Sugar DOES NOT help your immune system fight infection at all, resulting in a weakened defense from infections.

Drinking orange juice does not help. It contains too much sugar and not enough vitamin C. Instead, take a high-quality vitamin C pill, with bioflavonoids in it, four times each day, because vitamin C only stays in your body for about four hours. We always need it in our blood.

On Sugar, Diabetes, and Alternative Sweeteners

The craving for sugar starts in our youth when too many adults unknowingly give it to children as a treat, or a reward of some kind. This often turns out to be a cruel reversal of outcomes as these children become the next generation of Type 2 diabetics. In fact, children born after the year 2000 will have an increased risk of diabetes in the range of 40 to 50% depending on their ethnicity. Thirty years ago, this risk was only 8%. And, according to the Centers for Disease Control this will be the first generation in the history of mankind to not live as long as their parents did, with diabetes being the main reason.

I never subjected my children to this cruel hoax and none of them has any craving for sweets at all. I eventually became so upset about this problem that I wrote a book about it entitled Rebecca Sues Her Mother: You Caused My Diabetes”.

Cravings do not persist from childhood behaviours alone; they are centered in the brain and based on our need for specific nutrients. Chocolate is actually a craving for magnesium, alcohol is a craving for serotonin, and caffeine is a craving for tyrosine and dopamine. Chocolate cravings can be greatly reduced by eating more legumes, nuts, and dark green vegetables that are filled with magnesium. Alcohol and caffeine cravings can be significantly reduced by eating healthy amino acid foods like poultry, tuna, cheese, and eggs.

Most people will still want to add something sweet to their hot beverages and baked goods, so what are the best options available? Artificial sweeteners are often less healthy than natural sugars, and sometimes have an undesirable aftertaste. Nutritionists are not united on this question, but most prefer dark organic raw honey or pure maple syrup.

It should be mentioned that glucose enters the blood stream via the intestines, and fructose is metabolized in the liver. Two fruits a day is plenty, and the higher the nutrient level the better. I like apples and blueberries. Too much fruit or “natural sugars” can still lead to fatty liver disease and several other chronic illnesses like diabetes, heart disease, memory loss and cancer. Personally, I think that cinnamon and peppermint are the best choices because they actually have higher nutritional value than most natural sugars. Manuka honey does contain flavonoids and other nutrients, but less is also better. Note: Most cravings can be changed in two to three weeks if you give your body the nutrients it needs and some healthy options for replacement.


[1] Sanchez, A., et al. Role of Sugars in Human Neutrophilic Phagocytosis. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Nov 1973;261:1180_1184

[2] Does Sugar Really Disarm the Immune System, Scientific American. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/does-sugar-really-suppress-the-immune-system/

[3] 6 Immune System Busters and Boosters, Web MD. https://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/cold-guide/10-immune-system-busters-boosters#1-4

[4] https://www.huffingtonpost.ca/entry/sugar-weaken-immune-system_l_5e74ca2cc5b6f5b7c542a3be

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