Dr. Richard Jacoby | The Toxic Effects of Sugar & The Corporate Food Conspiracy

Show Notes


On top of being the author of the great new book, Sugar Crush: How To Reduce Inflammation, Reverse Nerve Damage, and Reclaim Good Health, Dr. Jacoby is one of the countries leading peripheral nerve surgeons, the co-founder of the Scottsdale Healthcare Wound Management Center, and the former president of both the Arizona Podiatry Association and the Association of Extremity Nerve Surgeons.

Today he joins THC to discuss his research into just how toxic sugar really is, how it effects out nervous system, and how it may very well be the cause of many diseases and disorders not commonly associated with sugar or even diet at all. He also explains some of the history, data, and legislation behind how it goes this way, as well as what we can do to break these bad habits.

Check out the Sugar Crush Website for more info:Β

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105 Responses

  1. After listening to this episode, I discovered that high-fructose corn syrup was in almost every condiment that I had in my fridge (BBQ sauce / honey mustard / ketchup etc.)

    This is an absolute fucking epidemic. Thanks for keeping us informed Greg.

  2. Why are our grandparents outliving our parents? ( I have 1 parent and 3 grandparents!)
    Exhibit A…..

    This is not groupthink-facebookrepost-bullshit. This is as real as the vax issue, for my money.

    Bravo for going there.

  3. Haven’t listened yet, but I’m looking forward to this one. Thank you Greg for keeping the mix of topics and guests diverse while also keeping an eye on the prize.

  4. As I am married to someone with Multiple Sclerosis (according to diagnosis anyway), interviews & shows like this are most appreciated Greg. Please strongly consider more of these, as researchers like Dr. Jacoby provide specifics, details, and info that anyone can use to effect change in their lives almost right away. Through changes like diet, and the elimination of harmful substances like HF-Corn Syrup and Fluoride from our bodies, we can all bring ourselves that much closer healthier states of being. That will then spread to our families & loved ones, then our communities.

    Thank you Greg.
    Keep up the good work.

    1. My daughter has MS. I’m so thankful to hear this podcast. Perhaps if I can get her off the sugar, she may improve. She’s heavily addicted to sugar. Hmm. Damn it makes me mad that such a dangerous thing as sugar is put in everything, even infant formula. Gotta get um hooked from the get~go it would seem. Damn. Double damn.

      1. You should watch this doctor’s speech at a TEDx event…
        She used to have MS… and “cleared” it (don’t want to say cure), completely by diet alone.

        Imagine you have to eliminate the processed factory foods… and eat what Mother Earth grows for ya!
        There are other books, whose authors have reversed their MS by diet alone.
        let me know if you’re interested in that

  5. Too good. I was listening to this while on a walk. I walked straight to the library and checked out Sugar Crush before podcast was even over. Keep up the amazing work. Thank you so many thank you’s.

  6. ***** Possibly, your top interview for the full year. This topic is slow going, no one listens. smh
    Check out #3…

    Vital Functions of Salt in the Body

    1. Salt is most effective in stabilizing irregular heartbeats and, Contrary to the misconception that it causes high blood pressure, it is actually essential for the regulation of blood pressure – in conjunction with water. Naturally the proportions are critical.

    2. Salt is vital to the extraction of excess acidity from the cells in the body, particularly the brain cells.

    3. Salt is vital for balancing the sugar levels in the blood; a needed element in diabetics.

    4. Salt is vital for the generation of hydroelectric energy in cells in the body. It is used for local power generation at the sites of energy need by the cells.

    5. Salt is vital to the nerve cells’ communication and information processing all the time that the brain cells work, from the moment of conception to death.

    6. Salt is vital for absorption of food particles through the intestinal tract.

    7. Salt is vital for the clearance of the lungs of mucus plugs and sticky phlegm, particularly in asthma and cystic fibrosis.

    8. Salt is vital for clearing up catarrh and congestion of the sinuses.

    9. Salt is a strong natural antihistamine.

    10. Salt is essential for the prevention of muscle cramps.

    11. Salt is vital to prevent excess saliva production to the point that it flows out of the mouth during sleep. Needing to constantly mop up excess saliva indicates salt shortage.

    12. Salt is absolutely vital to making the structure of bones firm. Osteoporosis, in a major way, is a result of salt and water shortage in the body.

    13. Salt is vital for sleep regulation. It is a natural hypnotic.

    14. Salt is a vitally needed element in the treatment of diabetics.

    15. Salt on the tongue will stop persistent dry coughs.

    16. Salt is vital for the prevention of gout and gouty arthritis.

    17. Salt is vital for maintaining sexuality and libido.

    18. Salt is vital for preventing varicose veins and spider veins on the legs and thighs.

    19. Salt is vital to the communication and information processing nerve cells the entire time that the brain cells work – from the moment of conception to death.

    20. Salt is vital for reducing a double chin. When the body is short of salt, it means the body really is short of water. The salivary glands sense the salt shortage and are obliged to produce more saliva to lubricate the act of chewing and swallowing and also to supply the stomach with water that it needs for breaking down foods. Circulation to the salivary glands increases and the blood vessels become “leaky” in order to supply the glands with water to manufacture saliva. The “leakiness” spills beyond the area of the glands themselves, causing increased bulk under the skin of the chin, the cheeks and into the neck.

    21. Sea salt contains about 80 mineral elements that the body needs. Some of these elements are needed in trace amounts. Unrefined sea salt is a better choice of salt than other types of salt on the market. Ordinary table salt that is bought in the super markets has been stripped of its companion elements and contains additive elements such as aluminum silicate to keep it powdery and porous. Aluminum is a very toxic element in our nervous system. It is implicated as one of the primary causes of Alzheimer’s disease.

    22. Twenty-seven percent of the body’s salt is in the bones. Osteoporosis results when the body needs more salt and takes it from the body. Bones are twenty-two percent water. Is it not obvious what happens to the bones when we’re deficient in salt or water or both.

    * The information on salt intake is taken from Dr. Batmanghelidj’s book, “Water: Rx for a Healthier Pain-Free Life”.

      1. I thought it was because they found gold down there and they want to mine it in secret!

        Some national parks are just to hide the gold?!! Gold backed currency on its way.

    1. put sea salt in vegetable gelatine capsules and swallow with your favourite drink (not alcohol probably)…. if you start to feel a little queezy, GULP a glass of water quickly!

      salt without the taste! Japs eat loadsa salt and live longer tan just about anyone else.

      start slow, see how you go!

        1. Totally agree on your salt thing. I use Redmonds Real Salt. It kicks the crap out of ANY other salt, including Himalayan Pink. It has a pink hue to it and the minerals are complete. Check it out on the net. My sister is a healer of sorts and she turned me onto Redmonds. Good post, thanks.

          1. I found it too sandy, crunchy on my teeth! When called to say their salt had rocks in it they said it was normal. I’m all for getting the right minerals but I don’t want to chew rocks!

        2. On the salt thing, celery has around 27% salt, ( in various forms. Check out Shuler Cell Salts; good health and repair found there!) and so do human bones.
          Law of similars ?

    2. Salt yes, but in the form of Magnesium. We are Magnesium deficient. Stress and crap food deplete it from your body. As it is a water soluble mineral it has disappeared from our soil. Big Ag does not add it back into the soil (hmmm….).

      The best and easiest form way to absorb Magnesium into the body is Epsom salt baths.

      Please don’t take my word for it. Check out the internets…you tube ….etc.

      1. Howabout both. One does not substitute the other. Epsom salt is not the best for internal/long term/dietary use, yes for a liver cleanse as in the Hulda Clark method. Most people will absorb 17% of Magnesium Malate taken and even less in other forms. So yes, there is a shortage in our bodies. We’re all different to some degree and what works best for you is for you to decide.
        My intent with the salt post was to show how it balances sugar. Not to derail the thread off topic.

      1. Gandhi’s Salt March
        March 12 to April 6, 1930
        The history of Salt

        Salt was in general use long before the beginning of recorded history, and dating back to around 2700 B.C. the earliest known treatise on pharmacology was published in China. A major portion of this writing is devoted to a discussion of more than 40 kinds of salt, including descriptions of two methods of salt extraction that are similar to processes used today. Salt production has been important in China for two millennia or more, and the Chinese, like many other governments over time, realized that taxing salt would could be a major revenue source. Nomads spreading westward were known to carry salt, and Egyptian art from as long ago as 1450 B.C. records salt making.


  7. Great synchronicity for me…I have a huge sweet tooth much like an addiction. A few years ago I decided to cut out sugar when I turn 40 which is in a couple of months. This is great motivation. Thanks Greg!

  8. A good food on the go option I use for breakfast is making a big veggie or veggie and meat frittata in the evening and warm a piece of it up in a toaster oven in the morning while I get ready to head out for the day.

  9. Great show !! I really wanted mc dz because I’m so sick of my diet and just mentioning junk made me hungry. Serious addiction. Great show!! It would be cool if Naomi Klein came on to tell us why we shouldn’t believe in conspiracy even though that’s all she writes about. Thanks

  10. Really amazing show. I recently confronted my poor eating habits dead on. Tired of the lethargy. Tired of the strength I feel I’m losing as I train for marathons.
    I’ve already cut out sugar and unnecessary carbs.

    I feel reborn and reinvigorated.


  11. Gregg had a listen on YouTube and couldn’t wait to get over to the plus for the full show. Brilliant subject, touching on real science and a real eye opener to the obesity problem. One can see just how much we have grown if you look at old films and see how thin the population was. Brilliant show, top marks for getting this out. Cheers

  12. Awesome show Greg… love the different angles you are investigating πŸ™‚ This was definitely something I needed to hear. Thank you! Your ending comments felt like they came from a place of deep caring. You got heart sir!

  13. I thought this episode was great. If even some of what he said turns out to be true it would be very important information to get out if not for us then for our children. Also your closing was on point. It made me take a hard look at myself to face those uncomfortable truths. Thanks

  14. Greg,
    thank you so much for shows like this! Absolutely amazing stuff!
    I`m gonna get me some fatttt now πŸ˜€ .

    I`d love to hear somebody about salt.

        1. You mean fresh/natural honey – not heated or not heated over ~42celsius?
          What about milk? I`ve heard so many theories. My family drink only raw milk, now from a small farm where animals mostly eat grass and/or hay.

  15. Want to test your current level of cultural indoctrination? Guess what we all spent the first nine months or so of our existence floating in? In our most fragile and formative state we where floating in what indoctrination labels as a waste product, a substance that we literally piss away multiple times a day. Start looping a portion of your own bio distilled water then hunger and food addictions will have less of a hold on you. I’ve tested this out for over a year now. Feels like I’ve added an other 20 fully functional years to this life at the same time easing very fundamental fears dealing with survival. I can be physically comfortable for days without eating, but the mental and emotional desire to consume is still there. (the hotter the weather the easier it is to go with out eating, personal experience note)

  16. First off, great show! any fight against the sugar industry is a great one. Thought he made great points about sugar and how, yeah we’ve been lied to about most everything we thought was true, but midway through i began to question his motives. Whenever i hear anyone promote any industry I instinctually listen sceptically. I have a hard time believing fruit makes your fat….my breakfast is ONLY fruit, and it makes me feel great, not bogged down. Is there any way to know he isn’t bought but the cattle industry?????? is he bought and paid for by the same people pushing beef and pork???? eating or drinking something that came from a cows tit doesn’t sound appetizing. When I’m hungry I can look at veggies or fruit and feel like i want to eat that….when i look at a cow or pig……i don’t really want to eat them…..I certainly do not want to eat from its nipple…..just sayin… for thought. But sugar is defiantly a poison. Thanks again, Keep up the great work. Any chance you could do a show on the tobacco industry? Im sure they have powerful lawyers and all but would make for a great piece.

    1. The “even fruit sugar is bad” argument seems tailored especially for the modern Westerner.

      If you are eating zero refined sugar, fruit is not the issue. Quantity is the issue!

      Fruits in nature have a VERY limited window for consumption, and then when that one drops back out of season, you have a few weeks off, and the next variety comes on.( Feast/Fast model)
      If you model your consumption on how things ripen in ‘the wild’, so to speak, there will be no problem. Try to eat what is in season as much as you can. Caution: It is not as easy as it sounds!! πŸ™‚

      Also, the easier something is to grow, and to transport, the less goodness it has for you. Sad, but true. So hybridisation is also a factor.

      The problem with telling folks they need to cut something out, is they want to replace it with something else. Like Vegans overdoing the Carbs,( and ruining their teeth/bodies) when they cut animal products. It’s not usually the lack of animal stuff; it’s the overload of modern carbs.
      If you are eating ‘real food’, you really don’t need that much. Try running a ‘fast day’ in your week. You don’t need to be as enslaved to food as you might think.


  17. Dunno if you seen or not, Greg, but the Guardian newspaper website reported on this this morning. Influencing the mass media now, carlwood. Trendsetter Greg Carlwood.

  18. i thinh he’s wrong about autism…

    1 you take a vaccine, the crap in the vaccine drives the bugs and parasites out of the bloodstream / lymphatic fluid and into the deeper tissue, including the brain
    2 once the parasites are driven into your brain, they then start shitting in your brain
    3. parasites love sugar, they excrete chemicals into your blood, then brain, to make you crave sugar. The parasites give you withdrawal symptoms if you try to stop.
    4 are you allergic or is it the parasite that’s allergic? You take something the parasites doesn’t like, and the parasite will shit in your blood to punish you!
    5 gum turpentine and chlorine dioxide to get rid of parasites, including the ones that are too small to see. Research, cause there ain’t enough room to explain it here!

  19. Once again the synchronicity is out of this world! I just purchased the book, “Wheat Belly” by Dr William Davis and he covers much of the same, however this interview was the icing on the cake for me! I am quitting sugar right now.
    This type of show is exactly why I feel great being a plus member.
    Thanks AGAIN Greg.

  20. Really dug this one, had been looking into the paleo diet but now thinking a more flexible fat-based diet may be the way to go, this podcast was the catalytic kick up the ass.

    I’m a few days into this change, how many others have or are thinking about moving their diet in this direction? Was thinking of setting up a thread in the forum so we can exchange ideas/recipes, results etc. Any interest?

    “if you can choose your carbs, go with a red wine” – way ahead of you Richard, way ahead.

      1. It’s interesting you mention Vodka, my sister does energy healing and every time she tests someone for vodka and how it affects a person health-wise, it scores very high. So from what I gather, vodka is a healthy item to add to ones diet πŸ™‚

  21. Bravo on this show, Greg! I’ve been convinced that it was the switch from sugar to high fructose corn syrup that started the rise in obesity and diabetes. But what an eye-opener for the autism and Alzheimer’s connection. I’m no longer a sugar addict but am addicted to your show! Keep up the awesome job!!!

    1. Also loved Dr. Jacoby’s thought on Monsanto- why aren’t they publicizing the genetically modified ingredients and charging more for them! I’m a more enlightened soul thank to THC!!

  22. Greg, grrreat show. I encourage you to GO FOR IT. You’ll feel so much better. Since cutting out sugar including most fruit and carbs like potatoes and cereal and beer (I know, I KNOW! I like it too!) etc. I am slimmer, with less joint pain, decreased asthma and allergies, better moods, and WAY more energy by eating FAT! And he’s right; eating more fat will keep you feeling satisfied for so much longer. I now cook almost all my own food using raw ingredients; lots of fresh local meats free of hormones and antibiotics, organic eggs, healthy saturated fats like butter, and tons of green and colourful veggies (learn to love ’em with sea salt and butter!). It’s so much cheaper and I know exactly what’s going into it. I also believe his comment about excercise; I didn’t increase my activity, I only changed my diet, and my body composition changed for the better, and quickly! I also love butter and coconut oil blended in my coffee. It’s basically a liquid breakfast. But I was choked to hear your other recent guest say that coffee also spikes blood sugar. I definitely want to avoid that so I never develop any of these horrible disease conditions, so coffee may be the next to go. I’d also be interested to know if cannabis consumption has any negative blood sugar impacts. Thanks for another wonderful show, Greg!

    1. Check out a really good chai tea, strong, with water as a coffee substitute. I can’t ‘cold turkey’ coffee, but try to go day on/day off.
      Chai is not so good with the coconut oil(!), but a spoon or two of coconut butter can sort that. Fast food!! πŸ˜‰

  23. Excellent show. I cut out sugar, cereals and processed about 4 weeks ago and it’s going well. I dont consume hardly any meat but do consume large amounts of fat in raw milk, raw cheese and raw butter. I cant really see how this chap can have a vested interest in the meat industry as it is quite plain he is against “industry” with regard to food hence his promoting of grass fed animals/dairy. There are no large scale farms feeding grass to their stock here in England. I’m sure all you people know of the Weston A Price organisation which is a very good resource for information on a high fat eating regime. Cheers Greg; top notch interview.

    1. Yes! The WA Price-based cookbook Nourishing Traditions is an excellent resource. The intro breaks it down and is worth the price of the book! In fact, Greg, Sally Fallon would be an excellent conspiratorial guest! Check out her lectures on YouTube, Nourishing Traditional Diets and The Oiling of America. All this shitty “food” IS a conspiracy; it’s politically motivated and she states that plainly.

  24. Three Terrible Trolls
    Each Personally
    For Literally Millions Of Deaths In The United States

    I believe, I may have found this Karl Loren article around 16 years ago, e mailed it to my ‘then’ e mail list. LOL! not ‘one’ reply!
    Well, many are dead now, some have had organs removed and are no better than dead.
    Hope this still could be of use to many. It”s now in PDF form. A very easy read with pictures!

  25. Haha, I feel ya on the midwest upbringing and dietary habits. I thought the fairs in Minnesota were something as far as heights (depths?) of indulgence. Later I went to the Indiana state fair and saw the true heart of darkness.
    Looking back on it, Taco In A Bag, despite the absurdity factor, was just about the healthiest option.
    This was a good kick in the butt. Thanks.

  26. Ok, sugar and wheat are bad but sugar also causes autism? It sounds like he’s indirectly pooh poohing the notion that vaccines can cause autism. I know someone who has an autistic boy and she didn’t consume excessive amounts of sugar before his birth.
    And fruit doesn’t make you fat. I’ve been eating a lot of it for over a year and I’ve lost weight. Just look at any fruitarian on youtube. Why is a grapefruit still bitter-tasting if all fruit has been hybridised to make it sweeter? Surely, a grapefruit would be sweet if that was the case? So, I appreciated some of the doctor’s information but not all.

    1. Vax causes autism, they think, by killing off good gut bacteria.
      Overdoing sugar could possibly do the same thing, or exacerbate the problem.
      I would not say sugar causes autism, because nobody knows what causes it, but it sure is a modern Western thing. As is hybridised plants for consumption, constant overconsumption and poisoning our children to ‘keep them safe’.
      Just don’t do shit that doesn’t make sense! πŸ™‚

      I do agree with you that some of his connections are pretty patchy maybes.

    2. You do know that that grapefruit is the result of cross breeding oranges and pomelos right. Man has been playing god when it comes to agriculture since the 1700’s. Indians discovered that if they bred this strange fruit from Barbados (oranges) and their native pomelos they got a HUGE tart fruit that they could sell at higher price points then pomelos due to their enormous size. Plus I remember when everyone had to put sugar on their grapefruit because it was so tart. Now they are almost as sweet as mandarin oranges.

  27. Great show! So true about the wonders of fat!
    If you don’t like coffee you can make wonderful herb teas from nettles, comfrey, oat straw, and berries like elder or blueberries. I mix about thirty different herbs, flowers, and berries in mine. It is not bitter at all. I order bulk online from frontier but there are other good companies of organic bulk herbs.
    Butter in coffee- yum!
    Also you totally need salt – my husband almost died once from a sodium imbalance. The cure was to eat more salt and drink less water!
    And thank you Theresa for fixing my linkup!

  28. This guy’s diet sounds awful. Coffee in the morn (with butter). Nothing at lunch or maybe a small salad. A steak or pork chop at night plus maybe something green. OMG!

    1. but nothing from a packet… (‘cept the coffee πŸ˜‰ )
      Some weeks my diet is much the same, but swap the steak out.
      Trick is not to do the same thing from one season to the next.
      and more bitter greens!!

  29. I’ve only been a plus member for a few months but I have to say I think this was Greg’s best interview yet. I learned a lot and enjoyed listening. Thank you Greg.

  30. I am vegan ( for the animals) so eating meat and animal proteins doesn’t work for me. However, there are lots of other tasty, low carb, low sugar things to eat. A blended smoothie in the morning with greens, a little stevia, and a good quality protein powder ( like Sun Warrior) is quick , easy and filling.
    Veggie wraps with a low carb tortilla or spring rolls wrapper or collard green wrap. Seeds, nuts, mushrooms, tofu (only organic), beans are all low carb. Soups, salads and spreads can be made with lots of yummy things including avocado. He is right about the sugar and it’s linked to disease. Totally disagree with him on the need to eat animals. Great show Greg!

  31. I liked the show, I think Dr. Jacoby knows what he’s taking about. But I’m a bit confused, so the best thing you can do is cut sugar, high fructose corn syrup, even aspartame out of your diet. So does that mean you shouldn’t eat anything sweet at all except fruit and that’s only if you want to gain weight after losing it? The Dr. said stevia is ok but it’s still something too sweet you would want to eat. It sounds like you shouldn’t eat anything sweet at all regularly. Is that right or did I miss something? Food is generally sweet or savory, so is this diet cutting out everything sweet?

  32. Didn’t listen to the show yet… but I already agree completely.

    I have been following a ketogenic diet for the last 51 days now… I am already healthy per se… 170 pounds… 5 11 athletic individual who has played competitive soccer my whole life. Somehow I was lucky… because I ate boxes and boxes of junk crappie my entire life growing up and somehow it all just went thru me. Conspiracy research really made me want to start eating better just so I could be more in tune with my natural self… and WOW it is it working. I feel happy everyday for no reason at all. My diet consists of high fat, medium protein low carb.

    2 books I just read and would highly recommend for anybody who wants to lose weight or just take control of how they eat…

    the primal blueprint by Mark Sisson

    The art and science of low carb living. Dr. Phinney and Dr Vogel.

    I find it funny how my natural progression. Made me want to eat better to be more I. Tune with myself…. that all originally started with conspiracy research and psychedelics!!!

    Have a good day fellas…. and stayyyyyy highhhhh

  33. listened to this yesterday and have been thinking about it since. It is so important to be careful when talking about diet as it is so emotional and we do feel guilty about it all which is ridiculous and must be part of the programming. I was feeing really sorry for you Greg trying to exist on butter and steak! Obviously sugar is not good for you in the quantities we can eat these days. However, I lost so much weight when I left home and became vegetarian I cannot believe that was not natural and healthy. The nonsense about having huge abdominal cavities and having to walk on all fours is total BS. We have 23feet of intestine which is the length for being a vegetarian – if you eat meat it takes too long to get through the intestine and putrifies before it does. However I have people in my family who eat meat and would not think to tell them not to eat it especially as that’s all the little one will eat – you have to be sensible. Another thing I wasn’t happy with was that he was focussing so much on sugar that he did not even seem to have considered the effect of vaccines in fact he seemed to be trying to give that a body swerve! and that nonsense about if it tastes good its not good for you is totally counter intuitive and dare i say stupid! Growing your own veg is probably the best so no monsanto poison on it but i am sure smoothies with mostly veg and a bit of fruit will definitely be better than cocacola! anyhow love THC+ and so happy i’ve signed up – worth every penny and love most of the interviews and your style! thanks

    1. He wrote a book called Sugar Crush, why would he go on a podcast and talk about vaccines? And who’s heard of Autism in the early 1900’s. The rise of Autism, MS,MD Etc… didn’t boom until around 1985. Two very important events took place 15-20 years prior to that: 1. The Polio vaccine is released and 2. High Fructose Corn Syrup is added to our food. Who’s the culprit? My vote is both simultaneously. If the giant squid of consolidated power has shown us anything, its that its arms are many and its reach is long. It never attacks from one front but from all sides.

  34. Greg,
    Great interview. I am trying to take this information to heart and change my “more sugar” diet to “much less sugar” diet.
    BTW, I noticed when I did the file download the “plus” is not part of the filename and you also mention at the end of your closing dialog that you can get the full 2hr interview by becoming a THC+ member. The pocast length is 1:45 so that is cool.

  35. Great show. About autism, I’ve got a couple of links to some peer-reviewed medical journals showing a link between ultrasounds and autism. New England Journal of Medicine did some autopsies on autistic children vs. non-autistic children, and found patches of neuronal disorganization in the cortex of the autistic children, due to a disruption in neuronal migration in the 2nd trimester:

    Another study on mice, shows that ultrasounds disrupt the neuronal migration while the mice are in utero. The pregnant mice exposed to the longest length of ultrasound had offspring with the most disorganized neurons:

    There are many more studies out there, just have to google ultrasounds and neuronal migration, or ultrasounds and autism.
    As somebody who is currently pregnant, I can say that ultrasounds are literally pushed on you by the doctors. They want to give you a dating ultrasound, a 12 week ultrasound, an anatomy scan at 18 weeks… and this is all during the period of neuronal migration. Most women I know want to get as many ultrasounds as possible, and are even booking elective ultrasounds at boutique commercial places where you can get 3D images, and films made on DVD. If you look at the rise of autism over the years, it definitely correlates with the increased frequency of ultrasounds. In our parents generation, ultrasounds were very rare, and usually at the very beginning of pregnancy, before neuronal migration would have begun. I know that correlation does not equal causation, and many people have a lot of ultrasounds and their children end up being fine. But that’s not a dice I’m willing to roll. According to this link, neuronal migration finishes in the 18th week: And according to this other link, it finishes in the 19th week:

    The sugar (and mercury) could absolutely be a factor as well, and I’ve been trying my best to avoid it also! I avoid HFCS like the plague. But I just wanted to throw out the ultrasound angle, for anybody who may be expecting a kid soon like me, or thinking of it down the road. It’s amazing to me that doctors don’t even seem to be aware of any of this, or maybe they don’t care.

    1. This is a very interesting theory and makes sense in terms of the timeline of the rise of autism, thanks for the food for thought. My personal working model for autism: I think in the end we will realize autism doesn’t have one trigger but many; and it manifests once a child’s system has been overloaded by one too many such factors. I’m guessing it’s an interaction between various genetic and external factors (proximity to pesticides and other toxins (sugar), vaccines, and maybe other things [such as the ultrasounds you mention]). We are really bad at understanding stochastic systems so we try to pin it down to one cause – but I think it’s much more complicated/choatic than that.

      I had a child a few years ago and she’s been exposed to all of these factors (for example, I was an older mom so I had tons of ultrasounds) – and she’s perfectly fine so far. But that doesn’t mean that some other child won’t have a reaction.

      1. Absolutely, I think it really depends on the genes! And I agree that it’s likely a combination of factors, with some kids being more susceptible than others.

  36. Great show! I have a personal connection with the sugar and the corporate food conspiracy. I’ve eaten unhealthy for majority of my life. It wasn’t until I started having stomach/digestive issues about 5 years ago that I started taking eating healthy more serious. I started searching for a better way of eating and came across the gaps diet book. I started eating healthier (high fat, low sugar) went through sugar withdrawal and felt every symptom of it. It was all worth it in the end (no more allergies or eczema).

    Even though this isn’t a conspiratorial book, it made me aware of the corporate food conspiracy. This is a subject that isn’t talked about as much as it’s needed! Thanks for shedding some light on this topic.

  37. Great show and well needed judging by the comments πŸ™‚

    Magnesium oil spray! Who has time for lounging round in a bath these days? lol.

    Absorbs straight into the body with no adverse effects. !

    My wife who is a bit of a sugar junky and previously suffered from restless leg syndrome is completely free of it now.

    Plus there are hundreds of other benefits for taking this magnesium supplement. sells great quality products but is UK based but sure you have your great suppliers over the pond.
    Good write up and description inc’ videos from the experts on this link

    Celtic Sea Salt is numero uno btw

  38. Life changing information – superbly presented Greg! Kudos to Dr Jackoby for his excellent communication skills and his work in helping humanity. Thank you Greg for your encouragement to make an effort, look inward and change what we can to better ourselves so we can enjoy our lives – as much as possible.

  39. So, ive always known sugars were bad, with this podcast pushing me over the edge. I bought robb wolfs book, read it and have been paleo ever since. I go to the gym everyday per norm and have changed nothing, yet ive dropped 12 pounds in a month. Before i was carb happy for “bulking” and such, then would run to burn the fat.

    On the contrary, I recently started soccer season. High intensity running of course. Its been 3 days since i last played and im still sore. The day after i could barely walk. Im 26 years old and this has never happened to me, and ive trashed my body at past workouts, then went out drinking….Turns out for high intensity workouts your body actually prefers carbs over fat, as fat is more for endurance. So moderation is probably key, like everything. Robb wolf also mentions a lot of the people could follow paleo diet 80% and get 95% benefit.

    Just a little warning for the ones who walk the walk πŸ˜‰ LOOKIN AT YOU GREG,GIVE IT A TRY.

    1. Dropped sugar and most carbs (pasta, potatos etc) after this show and also found myself surprisingly weak when under heavy physical stress. I was chopping a broken tree which was blocking the road I had to take and after a minute or so I could not lift my arm πŸ˜€ , had to rest a while and then continue to chop and rest. I suffered a week or two from sugar withdrawal – headaches, weakness, aching joints and muscles (flu like symptoms) etc. Very interesting experience πŸ˜€ . Now I`m fine and I`m proud of myself for doing it.

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