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Thursday, May 31, 2007

Is the cough caused by too much sugar?

I have been told my kid has a cough because she has too much sugar and had poor immunity.

All I can find on the internet are hundred of references to Dr Stolls claims that sugar does affect immunity.

I know sudden high levels are not advisable - sugar rush - adrenalin injection, etc.

any input appreciated

Gary Moller comments:


  1. There is growing evidence that high intakes can weaken the immune system over time. I have no doubt and as parents we should err on the side of caution.
  2. There are many ailments related to high sugar intake including diabetes, heart disease and obesity.
  3. Sugar comes in many forms. All carbohydrates, other than indegiestible forms like starch, become simple sugars with digestion, so noodles, bread, corn flakes and most fat free foods are ultimately sugar.
  4. With processed sugar and carbohydrate products comes many other potentially harmful things like colourings, flavourings, preservatives, stabilisers, trans fats and so on that may become toixic to the growing child.
  5. It may not be the sugar that is causing the cough. A high sugar diet may be indicative of a diet that is low in the fat soluble vitamins. Vitamins A, D and E are essential for lung health. We can assume that she is low in these fat soluble vitamins unless she has been:
    1. Eating organ meat regularly
    2. Consuming whole milk, yellow butter, yellow cheese daily
    3. Eating the yellow yolks of free range eggs often
    4. Eating oily fish
    5. Having fish head soup, beef bone broth and so on frequently
    6. Taking cod liver oil
    7. Getting lots of sun on her growing body
    8. Getting plenty of Vitamin C which is also essential for lung health - A diet high in refined foods is usually very low in this.
  6. Even quite young girls can complicate matters considerably by being picky eaters, becoming amateurish vegetarians and so on.

Possible solutions:

  1. Implement all of the items detailed in 5 above
  2. Supplementing the diet with a child's nutritional supplement like Floradix Kinderval, or Nutra-Life Nutrimon - plus some additional vitamin C
  3. Dealing with the Picky Eater problem, if this is the case (Would some readers like to write in with their advice, please!)

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