Try as you may, you are what you eat

When she said it was  urgent, I knew  that he must be feeling terrible. She never  demanded an appointment when the day was already fully booked. When they arrived, he looked flushed with dry cracked lips. His eyes were wide and too shiny. His tongue looked coated and his breath smelt foul.

“For  the  last  2  days  he  refuses  to  eat  or  drink.  I  am  worried  that  he  is  coming  down  with  something.  I  don’t  like antibiotics and how they affect him. The doctor seems to repeat the same prescription every time I take him there. Within a few weeks he gets sick again. We are just going round and round, with no permanent solution”, she said in one breath as they sat down in my office. .Looking at him it was obvious the little boy was not well. Glands swollen, slight fever, mouth breathing. “Tell me about his diet”, I wanted to know.

“How can his diet have anything to do with him being ill?” she asked with an incredulous look in her eyes. She was not  reacting  any  differently  to  most  patients.  Somehow  the  information  age  bypasses  most  people  regarding nutrition and lifestyle. They know endless details about sport and investments. What they eat themselves and what they feed their children does not seem to occupy much of their understanding or interest. .The fact that sugar can be harmful if eaten in large quantities is well known to people who have developed diabetes. For those people who still have reasonable blood sugar levels, sugar is taken in many forms without consideration of the effect it has on the  body  chemistry.  Children  in  particular  love  to  eat  sweet  things.  They  consume  large  quantities  of  cane  sugar. They drink fruit juices all day long, thinking that the sugar in fruit is healthy. What happens in the body when sugar is eaten? .To control blood sugar levels to a normal level of between 3 to 6, the pancreas an important gland, which is very involved in the digestive processes as well, releases a hormone called insulin to regulate the blood sugar.

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