Scientific Proof Carbohydrates Cause Disease
By Kent Rieske
Carbohydrates cause nearly all age-related diseases. Age-related
diseases are thought of as unavoidable. Many people consider it
normal to get one or more of these diseases as they age. They
rationalize that they are simply unlucky or that others have "better
genes," neither of which is true. Their health problems are
most likely caused by their belief in the many popular myths and
distortions about nutrition. Most likely they got hooked by the
low-fat, high-carbohydrate diet craze and are now suffering as
The most common excuse used instead of identifying the real culprit,
carbohydrates, is heredity. People flippantly say, "It runs
in my family," or "My mother also had diabetes,"
or "My father also had high blood pressure and heart disease."
Age-related diseases could best be described as "Excessive
Carbohydrate Consumption Syndrome."
The scientific evidence is clear. Carbohydrates are a sinister,
sly food category that has been getting away with murder. Carbohydrates
have powerful allies. They grow, manufacture and market thousands
of different carbohydrate products made from fruit, grains and
starchy-vegetables. The supermarket floor space allotted to these
manufactured carbohydrate foods is about 80 percent of the store,
and yet the scientific minimum requirement for carbohydrates in
the diet is ZERO.
Carbohydrates are not an essential element for health. In fact,
optimal health lies in keeping the amount of carbohydrates in
the diet to a minimum. The supermarket departments that contain
the healthy essential proteins and essential fats are the fresh
meats, fresh fish and seafood, dairy and non-starchy vegetables.
Everything else in the store is very high in carbohydrates, which
turn to glucose, hype the metabolism and trigger the release of
disease-causing hormones like insulin, cortisol and adrenaline.
A low metabolism is ideal for long life and good health. A high
metabolism excites hormones in the body that eventually cause
age-related diseases. A low metabolism is analogous to diesel
engines that are known for longevity and high mileage without
a breakdown. Diesel fuel is an oil that the engine uses for energy
similar to fats in the diet. A high metabolism is analogous to
a nitro-methane drag racer that gives a tremendous burst of energy
but explodes after a few races. The nitro-methane fuel is fast
burning similarly to sugar in the diet.
The pathogenic effects of carbohydrates are slow but sure. The
"20-year rule" was coined to describe the length of
time between the start of the high-carbohydrate diet and the onset
of disease. The number of diseases, severity and time to develop
are directly related to the percentage of carbohydrates in the
diet. In the advanced stage many diseases are prevalent in the
sufferer before death occurs.
Carbohydrates displace essential protein and essential fats in
the diet to cause a double health reversal. The carbohydrates
themselves cause disease, and the deficiency of protein and fats
contribute or cause other diseases.
The consumption of carbohydrates generally begins showing the
disease effects in either one of two directions.
Body fat accumulation leads to obesity, diabetes,
heart disease, cancer, gallbladder disease, degenerative bone
diseases and many others.
Damage to the intestinal tract leads to leaky
gut syndrome, inflammatory bowel diseases and a medical textbook
listing of autoimmune diseases. These illnesses generally make
the sufferer underweight and deficient in vitamins and minerals
caused by poor digestion.
The primary high-carbohydrate foods to avoid are sugars, honey,
flour, grains, legumes, fruit, milk and starchy-vegetables.
Whole grains cause disease in both humans and animals. Whole
grain breads and bagels are not the healthy food as people are
lead to believe. All grains have a very high level of omega-6
fatty acids, which are pro-inflammatory. Grains are a poor source
of protein. Grains are the most allergenic of all foods. Multiple
sclerosis, lupus and rheumatoid arthritis are rare in populations
where no grain products are consumed such as the Paleolithic (hunter-gatherer)
The Awful Truth About Eating Grains
Grain fed to feedlot steers makes them fat and causes intestinal
diseases. The feedlot diet given to steers is almost identical
to the USDA Food Guide Pyramid. Both diets are very high in grains.
The feedlot operator is deliberately making the steers fat. Fatty
beef is given higher grading, receives the best price and has
the best flavor. The time in the feedlot is short and the steer
is sent to slaughter prior to developing any serious health problem.
People get fat and develop disease for the very same reasons.
Grains are worse for humans because we are omnivores. Steers are
herbivores, but the grains still make them fat and give them diseases.
Primitive cultures that primarily ate meat from the hunt lived
in relative good health. Those people who switched to a grain-based
diet obtained from the cultivation of grains suffered poor health,
diseases and a smaller stature.
Fruit is Not as Healthy as Many Claim
Fruit is not the healthy food many claim. Fruit is mostly fructose
sugar with some vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. Those
vitamins and nutrients are easily obtained from meat and non-starchy
vegetables without the fructose. The body processes fructose from
fruit in the same way as it processes fructose from soft drinks.
There is no difference. Fructose is fructose no matter what the
source. Fructose causes insulin resistance as proven in scientific
tests. Fructose is highly addictive and most people simply refuse
to give up fruit no matter how sick they become.This is identical
to lung cancer patients who continue to smoke cigarettes. See
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Carbohydrates Trigger Disease-Causing Hormones
The hormones involved in the carbohydrate disease loop are not
the sex hormones but rather metabolism hormones. The process starts
when carbohydrates are eaten in the form of sugars such as sucrose,
fructose, lactose and others. Simple carbohydrates are molecules
made by chains of glucose that are short. Longer glucose chains
form carbohydrates that are classified as complex. The body breaks
the chains apart until individual molecules of glucose are released
into the blood stream. Then the problems start. The body is very
sensitive to the amount of glucose in the blood, commonly called
blood sugar. A small part of the brain called the midbrain that
is about 1 inch (25 mm) long and red blood cells require glucose
as they lack mitochondria (powerhouse of the cell) and cannot
use fatty acids for fuel.
The lack of glucose (hypoglycemia) as energy for the brain can
cause symptoms ranging from headache, mild confusion and abnormal
behavior, to loss of consciousness, seizure, coma and death. The
body can maintain an ideal level of glucose by creating it in
the liver from amino acids derived from protein and/or from triglyceride
fatty acids in a process called gluconeogenesis. The low-carbohydrate
diet results in a perfectly controlled and stable blood glucose
level in this way. On the other hand, the high-carbohydrate diet
results in the body's constant attempt to prevent blood glucose
swings both to the low-side (hypoglycemia)
or the high-side (hyperglycemia).
This control is regulated by the hormone insulin to reduce the
glucose level and the hormone adrenaline to act as an emergency
method of raising the glucose level.
Hypoglycemia is the train whistle signaling the diabetes train
is coming down the track. The diabetes engine is powered by carbohydrates
and gaining speed. Nibbling complex carbohydrates throughout the
day to control the blood sugar swings will do nothing more than
slow the train a year or two. The diabetes train can be stopped
dead on the tracks only by avoiding all carbohydrates. The condition
of uncontrolled blood sugar swings is called diabetes mellitus,
or type 2 diabetes, and has become epidemic in all English-speaking
countries. It will soon become a catastrophe. (Experts:
World Facing Diabetes Catastrophe.)
Younger people appear to handle carbohydrates without a problem
because the cells of the younger body readily accept the glucose
with a small insulin response and turn the glucose into energy.
However, the cells get resistant to this constant bombardment
of glucose, and increasing levels of insulin are necessary to
maintain a normal blood glucose level. As the cells become resistant,
the insulin assists in the conversion of the extra glucose into
triglycerides, which raise the triglyceride level in the blood
and are deposited as body fat. Carbohydrates cause obesity, not
fat. The high carbohydrate diet is a natural killer for many reasons.
Insulin is a Disease-Causing Hormone
Insulin is a hormone made by the beta cells in the islets of
langerhans in the pancreas. Body cells require insulin in order
to use blood glucose.
A high level of blood insulin causes many unhealthy body reactions,
which eventually lead to diseases of all types. Glucose from the
excessive consumption of carbohydrates is turned to body fat by
the high insulin level and is also deposited in the arteries and
organs causing arterial diseases, heart disease, strokes, blood
clots and other diseases. High blood glucose signals increasing
insulin production until the pancreas becomes fatigued after many
years, making the disease seem age-related. Glucose rises uncontrollably
when insulin production drops. The result causes diseases of the
eyes, kidneys, blood vessels and nerves.
Carbohydrates drive insulin production that causes cardiovascular
heart disease (CHD). Many heart attack patients first learn they
are diabetic in the hospital emergency room, but they may not
be told about the close relationship between their two conditions.
Blood insulin reaches high levels and remains high as one progresses
from hypoglycemia to Type II diabetes where insulin production
collapses. Insulin is a very strong anabolic hormone. It pushes
blood glucose into cells. It turns blood glucose into triglycerides
and stores them as body fat. This sudden appearance of heart disease
has been described by the author as the "Instant Atherosclerosis
Insulin also pushes small dense LDL molecules into the artery
wall to start the atherosclerosis process. Animal research with
insulin has proven many years ago that the artery will plug with
atherosclerosis just downstream from the point of injection.
Carbohydrates cause the LDL molecules to be the unhealthy small,
dense variety. The high-fat, low-carbohydrates diet causes the
LDL molecules to the safe large fluffy light density variety.
Higher LDL blood levels on the low-carbohydrate diet do not present
the same CHD risk as do LDL levels on the USDA Food Guide Pyramid
diet of 60 percent carbohydrates.
High-Insulin (Hyperinsulinemia) Increases Cancer Risks
Carbohydrates drive blood insulin production that causes cancer.
There are strong associations between a high-carbohydrate diet
and many diseases that present a secondary cancer risk. Cancer
risks are greatly increased with diabetes, inflammatory bowel
disease and many other unhealthy conditions caused by the high-blood
glucose and high-blood insulin levels.
High-Insulin (Hyperinsulinemia) Increases Cardiovascular Disease
The only way to prevent diseases caused by insulin spikes and
plunges is to eat a low-carbohydrate diet. Many primitive societies
have lived with very few carbohydrates in the diet and have proven
diabetes and all the diseases of consequence do not exist. A great
example is the Eskimos of the far north prior to the introduction
of white-man food.
The bad effects of insulin do not end here. High insulin spikes
signal the body to release cortisol and adrenaline hormones, which
also contribute to disease.
Cortisol is a Disease-Causing Hormone
Cortisol is the major stress hormone of the natural glucocorticoid
family, which regulates metabolism and provides resistance to
stress. Glucocorticoids are made in the outside portion (the cortex)
of the adrenal gland and are chemically classified as steroids.
Glucocorticoids increase the rate at which proteins are catabolized
(broken down) and amino acids are removed from cells, primarily
muscle fiber, and transported to the liver.
Glucocorticoids cause amino acids to be synthesized into new
proteins, such as enzymes. They also raise blood pressure by constricting
vessels, which is a benefit in case of injury. They are also anti-inflammatory.
All of this is well and good in a healthy individual with normal
glucose and insulin levels. Unfortunately, high cortisol levels
cause many unhealthy reactions.
"An excessive ratio of carbohydrates to protein results
in excess secretion of insulin, which often leads to intervals
of hypoglycemia. The body, in an attempt to normalize blood sugar,
initiates a counter-regulatory process during which the adrenals
are stimulated to secrete increased levels of cortisol and adrenalin.
It follows that an excessive intake of carbohydrates often leads
to excessive secretion of cortisol."
Diminishes cellular utilization of glucose
Increases blood sugar levels
Decreases protein synthesis
Increases protein breakdown that can lead to
Causes demineralization of bone that can lead
Interferes with skin regeneration and healing
Causes shrinking of lymphatic tissue
Diminishes lymphocyte numbers and functions
Lessens SIgA (secretory antibody productions).
This immune system suppression may lead to increased susceptibility
to allergies, infections, and degenerative disease
High-cortisol levels caused by excessive carbohydrate consumption
and high-insulin levels cause the body to extract high-tensile strength
collagen protein fibers from bones, remove the mineral matrix by
demineralization and weaken connective tissue at the joints. The
protein loss is accelerated by a low-protein diet, and the bone
minerals are lost in the urine. One is literally peeing his/her
bones away. The result is a rapid and shocking diagnosis of osteoporosis
and degenerative disk disease where the spine can lose as much as
one inch (25 mm) in height in as little as one year. Bones fracture
more easily, and the dreaded hip fracture is much more likely to
Women are told to drink lots of milk and eat plenty of yogurt
to get additional calcium with the promise it will prevent bone
loss, but the advice is based on faulty logic. The additional
lactose in the milk and yogurt plus the additional sugar and fruit
added to yogurt only serve to increase the dietary carbohydrate
load. The net result is harmful to the bones as many are discovering.
All of this can be prevented by eating a high-protein, high-fat,
Adrenaline is a Disease-Causing Hormone
Adrenaline (epinephrine) is the "fight-or-flight" stress
hormone. Epinephrine is a neurotransmitter secreted by the adrenal
gland that is associated with sympathetic nervous system activity.
It prolongs and intensifies the following effects of the sympathetic
Causes the pupils of the eyes to dilate
Increases the heart rate, force of contraction,
and blood pressure
Constricts the blood vessels of nonessential
organs such as the skin
Dilates blood vessels to increase blood flow
to organs involved in exercise or fighting off danger, skeletal
muscles, cardiac muscle, liver, and adipose tissue
Increases the rate and depth of breathing and dilates the bronchioles
to allow faster movement of air in and out of the lungs
Raises blood sugar as the liver glycogen is converted
Slows down or even stops processes that are not
essential for meeting the stress situation, such as muscular
movements of the gastrointestinal tract and digestive secretions
All of these effects are great if one is being chased by a lion
or attacked by an intruder into the home. However, these effects
are unhealthy to a person sitting in an office, watching a football
game or simply going about his everyday life.
The last item on the above list is very disruptive to the intestinal
tract and leads to intestinal diseases. People are advised to
eat more high-fiber whole grains and high-fiber fruit to overcome
the constipation resulting from this slow down of the intestinal
system, but this advice is backward. These are very high-carbohydrate
foods, which cause a surge in insulin and adrenaline that shut
down the digestive processes. (Bowel
Diseases and Candida--News You Can Use.)
High-insulin and hypoglycemia (low-blood sugar) cause adrenaline
to increase when no fight-or-flight stress situation exists and
thereby causes unhealthy body changes. The helpful body responses
to adrenaline become a health hazard when adrenaline is elevated
over a period of time. The long-term elevation of adrenaline is
very unhealthy and leads to many diseases.
These changes include effects to the cardiovascular system that
increase the risk of coronary heart disease. The low-fat, high-carbohydrate
diet as recommended by the USDA Food Guide Pyramid is disease
causing because it promotes hypoglycemia, hyperinsulinemia, hypertriglyceridemia
and hyperadrenalemia. Prolonged elevated adrenaline has the following
effects on the cardiovascular system:
Increases in the production of blood cholesterol,
especially the undesirable LDL
Decreases the body's ability to remove cholesterol
Increases the blood's tendency to clot
Increases the deposits of plaque on the walls
of the arteries
Adrenaline addiction is very common. Type-A personalities become
addicted to their excessive activity by the stimulation and arousal
of adrenaline. People who are constantly angry, fearful, guilty,
or worrisome arouse their adrenaline hormone even though they
may sit around doing nothing else. People who are excessive in
their participation in jogging, exercise, bodybuilding, aerobics,
sports, skiing, mountain climbing, car racing or flying aerobic
airplanes become addicted because of the adrenaline rush from
their activity. They describe the "rush" they get from
their activity and feel depressed when they can't participate
for some unexpected reason.
James F. Fixx was addicted to running and wrote the famous jogger's
Complete Book of Running. He was a marathon runner and vegetarian
on a diet of high-carbohydrates and low-protein. These were a
perfect setup to arouse and maintain a high level of adrenaline.
He died on his daily run of a massive heart attack proving to
the world that exercise does NOT prevent coronary heart disease.
Fixx admitted in his book that his own research showed the athletes
from his university alumni had a shorter life span than the "couch
potato" students. This difference may have been caused by
the difference in adrenaline between the two groups. Hypoglycemia
and stress are a deadly combination.