Doc Kelley attended an advanced enzyme therapy seminar in San Antonio the first weekend in February. As many of you know, we have been using enzyme supplements very successfully for improving digestion and other problems for over fifteen years.
One of the outcomes of this seminar, other than several exciting new products, will be the opportunity for Doc to begin lecturing for the company that produces the enzyme formulas.
This has necessitated several changes. First, we have closed the Eugene office. This has occurred sooner than we expected because we found a young doctor interested in taking over and he wanted to begin by the middle of February.
Two offices plus being out of town more often is simply too time consuming. In addition there will be times when Doc must leave on Thursdays for a lecture weekend. Being in Eugene only one day a week, and missing that day, would be too unfairly inconsistent for patients.
The second change involves our Newport office hours. We will, once again, be seeing patients on Thursdays. Conversely, however, Saturday hours will become very sporadic and inconsistent due to having to be out of town more on weekends. As such we will not be posting any regular Saturday hours.
Our third new bit of news is that you will hear a new voice on the phone and see a new face in the office. Ms. Jessie Goforth will be covering Tuesdays and.
Thursdays. This will allow our seriously overworked Marci more time to catch up with the myriad of details she is required to juggle, make sense of, and deal with every day. In other words, you will receive even better service.
According to statistics from the Beverage Marketing Corp., Americans consumed over 56 GALLONS of soda pop per person in 1998. That is almost 600, 12 ounce cans of pop, every year, or almost two every day, for every man, woman, and child in the United States.
This makes carbonated drinks one of the largest sources of refined sugars in the American diet. In addition, six of the seven most popular soft drinks contain caffeine. All such carbonated beverages are processed with phosphoric acid. So, what is wrong with a little sugar, caffeine, and phosphoric acid?
The high phosphoric acid content in carbonated drinks can change the calcium-phosphorus balance in your blood. Your body must quickly increase the calcium level in your blood to balance an excess amount of phosphorus. The source for this extra calcium is your bones and joints.
As everyone knows, caffeine is an addictive stimulant. It also increases the loss of calcium in urine. Twelve ounces of a caffeine-containing soft drink causes a loss of about twenty milligrams of calcium. This rapid loss of calcium must be balanced in your blood. Again, the most readily available source of calcium to replenish such a loss is from your bones and joints.
Sugar requires phosphorus to be metabolized. By the time the increased sugar is being metabolized in your cells, your blood has returned to some semblance of calcium and phosphorus balance. Once again, this balance is adversely affected as extra phosphorus is rapidly depleted from your blood. To re-establish a balance, calcium is again lost in your urine. This results in both calcium and phosphorus now becoming low in your blood. Bones and joints are your body's storehouse to resupply your blood levels of calcium and phosphorus.
The results of these affects of pop, and especially sugar, on your blood, bone, and joint chemistry are bone and joint aches and pains and, eventually, osteoporosis. How much calcium you have in your bones in later life is largely determined by how much is deposited in your bones by the time they stop growing. Children and adolescents who drink lots of pop are setting the stage for bone and joint problems and osteoporosis later.
Besides its effects on your blood chemistry, sugar also stimulates your pancreas to produce insulin. Insulin is used to transport glucose into your cells. The rapid and frequent production of insulin causes extreme highs and lows that you experience as your blood sugar goes up and down rapidly. This is often noticed as headaches, extreme fatigue, heart palpitations, and a myriad of other symptoms too numerous to list.
Pop is not the only source of refined sugars in our diets.