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Monday, December 22, 2008

Sugar not cause of hyperness

According to this article:

our skewed perception of hyper behavior post-sugar might be mostly in our heads.


if you slip kids some sugar without them knowing it, it doesn’t have a hyperactivity effect in most children, even ones with ADHD.

One study shows that parents can fall prey to the placebo effect, seeing their kids as more hyperactive when under the false impression that the kids have eaten sugar.

Another old wives tale busted because the old wives were stupid.


  • As it happens, this became common knowledge in my household many years ago

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:57 PM  

  • Ah, lucky. :-) I still eat sugar in hopes of getting hyper... now I have to find something else...

    Actually, nowadays, sugar seems to make me quite tired.

    By Blogger Sean Hannifin, at 8:34 PM  

  • When your blood sugar levels increase, your body relaxes, so yeah, one for whom the placebo effect has been outworn would feel tired...

    It's the reason for the fact that people often sleep after eating a full meal... although fullness is also based on stomach capacity, it's largely blood sugar levels.

    Thus, dessert was invented to end a meal ;)


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:04 PM  

  • You crave sugar because you need the vitamins and minerals in fruit. Over time, eating the sugar without the vitamins and minerals will lead to nutritional deficiency, acidic blood, calcium loss, etc...etc, which could very well upset the brain. The brain's instinct of self preservation is very powerful. Oxygen deprived brains on CO2 choked freeways are the most likely cause of road rage. Old wives also gave children cod liver oil. Now modern science has suddenly discovered the marvels of Omega 3 fish oil, like it's not the same thing!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:53 AM  

  • Oooh, I learn something! :-) Didn't really know any of that! Would have helped if I had realized that when I needed energy in college. Unfortunately I'm a terribly picky eater, and I just don't like the tastes and textures of most fruits and veggies. Also, I guess getting enough would always help, I deprived myself so much of sleep while in college. But I blame homework, not my self discipline...

    By Blogger Sean Hannifin, at 1:19 PM  

  • * "getting enough SLEEP would always help" is what I meant to say.

    By Blogger Sean Hannifin, at 1:20 PM  

  • Sleep should fit your lifestyle, not available sunlight. Wall street brokers should go to bed early every night, musicians, writers and composers go to bed when they run out of audience or creative energy. Once or twice a week, sleep until you wake up without an alarm. Makes it all up. >>> Back to sugar without nutrition. There is an enormous variety of fruits, nuts and vegetables. You can find some you like. You just have to spend the time and money to get them. Dark green salads with vinagre and olive oil are tasty. Your brain is nourished by oil, not sugar. Sugar makes you fat, you cut the oil out of your diet to lose weight, and your brain starves. The sugar feeds your candida (intestinal fungus)allowing it to overwhelm the intestinal bacteria that digests food for you. You get tired more often. Take a course of antibiotics and the bacteria is gone. The candida gets in your blood stream. Hello fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and about 30 other names the doctors make up so they can sell you a battery of useless tests and some feel good drugs that make you stupid. A few years later the candida is giving you sinus and migraine headaches, and can even be eating your brain. Hello MS.

    You are an extremely bright and talented individual. Spend some of that intelligence on your health. Here in Texas we just banned coke machines and french fry machines from our schools. Why? We have an epidemic of 12 to 15 year olds with osteoporosis and diabetes.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:01 AM  

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