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Dangers of Refined Sugar

sugar173x115If you remember nothing else from this article on refined sugar, remember this: “Refined sugar turns off your immune system!”

God, in His infinite wisdom, knew that the human physical body He created — which you possess — would come into contact with the “bad guys,” during earthly life.

In order to protect us from these bad guys — germs, viruses, bacteria, cancer cells, etc. — God built into the human physical body a means of protection.

The immune system.

Our immune system is comprised of a unique grouping of cells, designed by God, and given the task of identifying and destroying these invaders before they can do significant harm to the body.

Disease-causing organisms such as those listed above are detected by the immune system, tagged for destruction, and then annihilated by these hungry immune system cells.

But the immune system can only do its job when it is kept strong and healthy and functioning at optimal levels. Otherwise, it can’t function as designed.

A strong, healthy immune system, operating at optimal levels, will even recognize and seek out cancer cells and actually destroy them before they multiply if — and only if — the immune system is operating at optimal levels.

It is vitally important that we realize that after God had created the human physical body with a self-protecting immune system, He had done His part!

Man’s part is to keep the body healthy in order to efficiently handle the bad guys!

It Is Your Responsibility

It is the responsibility of every man, woman and child (the child is the parent’s responsibility until the child is old enough to take personal control), to properly nourish the body — and thus the immune system — so that it remains STRONG and HEALTHY.

Our daily diet and lifestyle determines whether our immune system is strong and healthy and working at optimal levels  or weak and ineffective, and thus incapable of fulfilling its intended function!

In other words, God has given us the controls that determine wellness or sickness – even life or death!

When functioning at optimal levels, the immune system can recognize, seek out, and destroy all of the bad guys in our body. But if our diet and lifestyle are poor, then our immune system will be weak and compromised.

How Refined Sugar Affects Your Immune System

The single, most immune-destroying substance we can place into our body is refined sugar! Refined sugar is an immune system suppressant; it literally knocks out or compromises the very system God gave us to protect us from the bad guys.

Sadly, the average American consumes approximately 50 teaspoons of refined sugar each and every day of their life. It takes approximately 3 feet of sugar cane to produce 1 teaspoon of refined sugar.

That means, for a person to obtain 50 teaspoons of sugar from sugar cane, that person would have to chew, digest, and assimilate 150 feet of sugar cane each and every day.

Obviously, refined sugar is not something God intended!

Furthermore, just one 12-ounce can of soda pop contains the equivalent of 11 teaspoons of sugar — or 33 feet of sugar cane!

Can you even begin to fathom how many feet of sugar cane would have to be chewed, digested, and assimilated to equal the amount of refined sugar found in breakfast cereals, candy bars, cakes, cookies, pies, ice cream, donuts, etc., etc.?

Dr. Agatha Thrash, (M.D.), writes:

“Another important fact about sugar has to do with disease resistance. The white blood cells with segmented nuclei increase in numbers in the blood stream when the body has a bacterial infection. These cells destroy bacteria. They are the body’s soldiers. However, when the blood sugar level goes up, these cells get sluggish and cannot destroy as many bacteria.”

Dr. Thrash then provides a chart showing how much sugar it takes to affect the ability of the white blood cells to destroy bacteria:

Six teaspoons of sugar (the amount of sugar in a single candy bar) reduces the ability of these white blood cells to destroy unfriendly bacteria by 25%; 12 teaspoons (the amount of sugar in a single can of soda pop) reduces the ability of these white blood cells to destroy unfriendly bacteria by 60%; and 24 teaspoons (just half the average daily intake of refined sugar), reduces the ability of these white blood cells to destroy unfriendly bacteria by 92%.”

Every time a person drinks a soda pop or other beverage containing refined sugar, eats a piece of candy or a breakfast cereal containing refined sugar, has a piece of cake or donut or a cookie, they are placing an addictive drug into their body that will compromise the immune system God gave them to protect them from the “bad guys.”

But Wait… There’s More!

Refined sugar impacts quality of life by:

  1. Increasing the severity of PMS
  2. Decreasing cognitive or intellectual function, especially in children
  3. Contributing to our current epidemic of heart disease, weight gain, and so much more

Health problems associated with the intake of refined sugar include, but are not limited to:

  • acne
  • addiction to drugs and caffeine
  • alcoholism
  • allergies
  • anxiety
  • behavioral problems
  • binge eating
  • bloating
  • bone loss
  • candidiasis (yeast infections)
  • depression
  • difficulty concentrating
  • eczema
  • edema
  • emotional problems
  • fatigue
  • food cravings
  • hormonal problems
  • hyperactivity
  • insomnia
  • menstrual difficulties
  • mental illness
  • mood swings
  • premature aging
  • psoriasis
  • … and the list goes on and on

Prior to adopting The Hallelujah Diet (based on God’s Genesis 1:29 diet) in 1976, I experienced several head colds each and every year; the flu annually; as well as sore throats, headaches, upset stomach, fevers, and debilitating seasonal allergies. Since adopting The Hallelujah Diet almost 40 years ago, I have not experienced a single one of these physical problems!

Why? There are several reasons:

  1. When I adopted The Hallelujah Diet in 1976, I eliminated ALL refined sugar from my diet, and except for those occasions when I was not aware it was contained in something I was consuming, I haven’t knowingly consumed refined sugar since.
  2. In addition to the elimination of all refined sugar, I also eliminated from my diet all animal sourced foods (both flesh and dairy); products containing white bleached flour; refined table salt, and caffeine.
  3. In addition, overnight, I went from a diet that consisted almost totally of cooked foods, to a diet consisting of almost totally raw, plant-sourced foods (Genesis 1:29 diet), along with an abundance of raw, freshly extracted vegetable juices.

Because I rebuilt my immune system with good nutrition, and have maintained a strong immune system by consuming a diet comprised of an abundance of living plant sourced foods, along with lots of freshly extracted vegetable juices and barley juice powder, my body has been able to continue to protect me and maintain my immunity ever since.

I did not achieve this degree of wellness because God singled me out. He has not given me special protection form the “bad guys” for nearly 40 years.

God is no respecter of persons! (Acts 10:34)

Rather, God gives each of us a choice as to whether we live in wellness or live with sickness. If we want to live in wellness, we must adopt the diet and lifestyle God designed these physical bodies we each possess to live on, which is so clearly articulated in the Bible in Genesis 1:29.

Sickness is the result of following the world’s diet — yes, the Standard American Diet (SAD), along with a sedentary lifestyle.

God very clearly tells us in Romans 12:2 to “Be not conformed to this world.”

And in Galatians 6:7 the Bible tells us we have a CHOICE as to whether we live in health or in sickness: “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”

For over 21 years now, Hallelujah Acres has been sharing how to disease proof the human body and live in health.

Millions have listened and applied these healthy principles, while tens-of-thousands have written to tell me that by simply applying the principles we have shared, they have recovered from over 170 different physical problems, and that they no longer get sick.

That’s a great “BIG” hallelujah my friend!

You, too, can experience the health God designed for your body, and your family’s bodies!

If you are not already on The Hallelujah Diet, click here to give it a try! Multitudes have made this diet change that we teach here at Hallelujah Acres, and experienced normalization of weight, as well as the elimination of almost all their physical problems.

Next week, the good Lord willing and if the creeks don’t rise too high we will return with another exciting issue of the Hallelujah Acres Health Tip. Trust you will join us and that you will share these Health Tips with friends and loved ones.


  1. Great article on this subject! Thanks for putting it out there!

  2. jonathan st.thomas September 27, 2013

    Wikipedia has information on a healthy alternative to sugar

    called Stevia at

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