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White But Not Right

White but nor rightAs a small boy, I can remember drinking lemonade sweetened with brown sugar. I could not wait to get to the bottom of the cup where I would lick out the gritty remains of the sugar.

Alas, the factory in Antigua closed, and we started to get "clean" brown sugar or white sugar from St Kitts, Barbados, the US, or wherever else it was imported from.

I guess we came of age, no more "dutty" Antiguan black sugar; only the pure white stuff from overseas. Unfortunately, what many of us fail to recognize is that when it comes to nutrition, white is most often not right. Whether it be white sugar, white rice, white flour, table salt, or cow's milk, white foods are highly dangerous and should be consumed only in very small quantities (if at all).

White or refined sugar of course comes from the sugar cane plant. But the white stuff that ends up on our kitchen counter has been so intensively refined that it has little or no nutritional value. In this unnatural state, the sugar is not easily digested.

As a result, when one consumes large amounts of white sugar, the energy required for digestion is so great that the other organ systems of our body are robbed of their vital force. In other words, we become weak. Our immune system especially takes a very hard blow, and we are left susceptible to many diseases.


In fact, studies are showing that refined sugar has the effect of an addictive drug on our body. Hence, like in the case of cocaine and alcohol, one can develop a chemical craving for sugar, creating addiction. Why do you think that children who are accustomed to eat sweets cry so much when they are refused it?

White rice and white flour products are no better. Whether they be bread, pastries, or white pasta, they move slowly through our digestive system and are poorly absorbed. These food have very little fibre and contribute to excessive mucous formation in the body.

Their consumption leaves us susceptible to obesity, fatigue, allergies, diabetes, and colon cancer. They cause negative overreactions of many glands and organs, including the brain. This can lead to depression, thought dysfunction, and learning disability. I will propose to you that the poor performances we often see from our school children is in some part related to their poor nutrition.


This now brings me to table salt. How often do we give our children snacks loaded with sugar and salts such as corn curls and potato chips? Then they wash it down with some sugary soda drink.

Or, how often do we give them the salty sausages and hot dogs? At what age do you think our children start walking down the deadly road to diabetes, hypertension, heat disease, and cancer? These might be diseases that start to show up most often in middle age and elderly patients, but underlying factors start in childhood.

I must add here that I commend ABS TV for their public service advertisements on the dangers of salt. The fact that it acts as an acid in the human body and has a high concentration of sodium makes it negatively affect the body's physiological processes. This puts stress on the heart, kidneys, bones, muscle, skin, and brain.

Another white food that many consider to be a nutritional essential is cow's milk. But it was not created for humans or their babies; it was created for cows. In fact, it was created for baby cows; adult cows do not touch the stuff.

There are several reasons cow's milk is not fit for human consumption. In the first place, the large chain proteins found in milk are designed to add hundreds of pounds to the calf in a relative short period of time. The humans do not have sufficient quantities of the enzyme casein to effectively digest this milk. And as humans get older, the amount of casein in our bodies gets even less.


Because of these foreign proteins, it is no surprise that dairy products are frequently the source of many allergies we suffer from. Babies fed on cow's milk as opposed to breast milk suffer more frequently from respiratory illnesses such as cold, flu, sinusitis, and asthma.

Contrary to what is pushed on the popular media, cow's milk does not give us strong bones and teeth. Before you scream at me, just do a little research for yourself. Americans consume much more cow's milk than people in many other countries, yet the rate of osteoporosis in the US is much higher than in many other countries where less cow's milk is consumed.

Due to pasteurization, by the time milk is ingested by humans it would have lost much of its nutritional value. Additionally, the acidic condition that it creates in our bodies causes deterioration of delicate bone tissue. We would be better off getting our calcium from green leafy vegetables (spinach for example). Where do you think the cows gets it from?

What makes milk even more dangerous are the chemicals it contains based on what the cows are fed on or injected. These include antibiotics, hormones, steroids, and other drugs that eventually end up in the milk. If you still think you need milk products, make sure they come from free range or organically reared cows.

If you are going to play an angel in this year's Christmas Story, white may be perfect. But as Dr Ben Lerner says, before putting white refined food in your mouth, you may as well put it in the other end, because there is where it will end up getting stuck.

Dr Jerry Simon (NSA Medical Surgical Rehab Centre, 462 0631, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

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@ Antigua Abroad

#20 Dr. Simon » 2010-12-21 02:16

Thanks to you as well. But notice in the article there was not a total condemnation of milk. I did say if one is going to use milk products make sure it comes from free ranging cows ( for example the way our grand parents did it and some still do ) or from an organically reared cows. In that way we avoid the hormones, steroids, antibiotics etc.
Wish you and yours all the the best.
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#19 Antiguan Abroad » 2010-12-20 21:39

Thank you, doctor, for a constructive debate. This exchange has given me some "food for thought" (no pun intended). Although I maintain that some of your original statements might be construed as over-broad and too generalized, I will admit that I had no knowledge of the controversy surrounding milk consumption prior to reading your article. I, myself, stopped consuming milk and its by-products since I was a child because I am lactose intolerant. But my infant children all use it regularly. I will now have a chat with their pediatrician and other reputable medical professionals to determine if I should have a cause for concern. Keep up the good work with your thought provoking essays.
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Dr. Simon and Antiguan

#18 my way of helping » 2010-12-20 16:19

I thank you both for caring about the people, us, enough to inform us about the advantages and disadvantages of food. I am basically understand from both parties that the most important thing is eating food in moderation, do not over indulge (too much of one thing is good for nothing).

All i see is Love from both of you for us, thank you. It touches my heart
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#17 Black Sugar » 2010-12-20 14:51

I don't think the article totally condemned cow's milk. Dr Simon did say for those who use milk products it is better to get it from free range or organically reared cows. In this way one avoids the steroid, hormones, etc that other cows are injected with or fed on.
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#16 Dr Simon » 2010-12-20 13:49

My good friend, remember it is an opinion article and I am warning about foods that I consider ( based on some research) to be dangerous. I write to support that point of view. I am glad to see you make an argument for yours.
For mothers who can not breast feed there are quite a number of formulas that are not milk base.
I talk about spinach as an alternative source of Calcium, not as a baby feed substitute. Remember Calcium is not the only nutrient a baby needs to be healthy.
Be mindful of the fact that because the FDA approves something does not necessarily mean it is safe.
Salmeterol ( contained in Advair) is estimated and acknowledged by the FDA to contribute to the deaths of 5000 asthmatics in the US yearly, yet it has not been banned by the FDA.
It was number 1 on the list of meds American docs say they won't take ( msnbc.com).
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#15 Antiguan Abroad » 2010-12-20 12:32

Perhaps a more balanced analysis of the pros and cons would have been more illustrative considering the current debate on the topic. After all, we don't want to unnecessarily alarm moms who are unable to exclusively breastfeed, do we? Finally, I don't wish to misrepresent your words, but if as you said, we would "be better off getting our calcium from...spinach", and if milk (as a white food) is essentially "dangerous", can't one logically draw the conclusion that you are stating that spinach is a safer alternative than milk-based formula to breast milk? If not, can you suggest what is?
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#14 Antiguan Abroad » 2010-12-20 12:31

Dr. Simon, I thank you as well for responding to my comments, which were in no way meant to disparage your article. I merely felt that some of your statements might have been a bit over-broad and perhaps warranted some re-consideration. For instance, when you state that "white foods are highly dangerous....", doesn't this do a disservice to the benefits of some white meat, white wine, vinegar, egg whites, etc? I have no problem with the general proposition that bleached and processed foods, for the most part, lose much of their nutritional value, but I was surprised that you chose to lump milk into this category. So I followed your advice and did some quick research of my own on the topic. While I find that there are several articles out there that support your proposition, I found that there were a significant number of proponents for the benefits of milk (particularly the pasteurized variety)...and the FDA supports its use under reasonable guidelines.
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#13 Dr.Simon » 2010-12-20 11:11

Firstly, thanks for comments. However when it comes to food "white" is more than a colour. It is a concept of foods that have been overly refined or modified and hence bleeched "white". In this state they are so far removed from their original or natural state that they are of very little nutritional value. This is not Dr. Simon's invention; there are loads of research on the topic.
In the case of Cow's milk ( natually white in colour), it is a food with many nutrients in its natual state. But modifications for human use or even the natural composition of its nutrients makes it difficult for humans to gain much good from it.
Finally for the sake of others who may read your comment, do not misrepresent my statements. Spinach is a good source of calcium ( as oppose to cow's milk). I never said or suggested it is an alternative to human breast milk.
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#12 Proud ANU Queen » 2010-12-20 05:22

The Doctor never said that there was an alternative to breastmilk. This is what he said: "Babies fed on cow's milk as opposed to breast milk suffer more frequently from respiratory illnesses such as cold, flu, sinusitis, and asthma". Please do not take what he said out of context.

Additionally, I listen to Dr. Oz and many other doctors and health food buffs who warn us about white bread, pasta, sugar, etc. because they lack nutritional value. Whole wheat foods tend to have a lot more fiber, and that is their concern. Lack of fiber is detrimental to our health; I have heard stories from people who claim that they have a bowel action once a month. With satisfactory amounts of fiber in the diet, they would have one every day, sometimes two a day, and on a good day, three. I have a serving of Prunes every day and Flax Seed Meal in my porridge five days a week. I have absolutely no problems. What happened to the way our grandparents ate? Fruits, vegetables and nuts?
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#11 Antiguan Abroad » 2010-12-20 00:28

If that is so, I would indeed like to know since I am the father of a newborn. But I prefer documented reliable proof, not mere personal speculation and conjecture from a local physician whose experience and credentials on these matters might not have been tested.
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#10 Antiguan Abroad » 2010-12-20 00:27

I generally like reading the short articles from this author, but I believe that this one might not have been well thought out prior to publication. It would have been more helpful if the good doctor had backed up much of his claims by references to respected and well documented medical research. I do agree that white sugar and rice have been established to be poorer variations of the more organically grown plant life from which they are derived. But to make a broad claim that insinuates that most, if not all, "white" food products are bad for human consumption, seems a rather reckless and over-broad proposition for a medical professional to make. Is the author seriously suggesting that the proper alternative to breastmilk for babies is pureed spinach? That would seem to fly in the face of advice from the majority of pediatricians worldwide who suggest pureed food only after the fourth month of life. Is he saying that industries that manufacture milk-based formulas (supplemented with iron) are in fact providing dangerous products to our infants?
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#9 my way of helping » 2010-12-19 16:48

Thank you for this and where were you when i was young to tell my mother she should not ever make porridge because it is white. I hated porridge so bad, you would not even know. thank you, but on a SERIOUS note thank you for caring and as the brother of a doctor, i know what you just offered is an expensive service but you gave it for free.

When there is love, even in the smallest amount, we can conquer the world. Thank you and i love you all, the United Islands of Antigua and Barbuda.
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#8 Mojo » 2010-12-19 11:24

Maybe because of the title a lot of people gravitated to it. Or maybe the spam attack came because of the title. However after reading it, there is no doubt that it is great article.
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#6 Mojo » 2010-12-19 11:01

I thought I saw this article since 6:55 this morning. I even read some of the other comments earlier. I am now seeing a 20: 31 ( 8:31 PM) time listed. What happened ?
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#5 Morris » 2010-12-19 10:41

Wonderful article Dr. Simon; very informative and inspiring.
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#4 brown baby » 2010-12-19 10:40

Bring on the whole wheat bread, mol**, honey, oats, flax seed, etc.
Great article doc. Nice writing style.
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#3 Skyewill » 2010-12-19 10:39

I met a beautiful young lady in a supermarket a few weeks ago in ANU. Her face was perfect, and everything was looking ire from the rear, but when she turned around, bang bang the belly. She had a plate of food in her hand and I noticed the food on the plate. I explained to her that if she would stop eating like that she would look Beyonce. She was upset cause nobody ever talked to her like that before. I have also notice a lot of one foot, and one hand people all over Antigua. Diabetes have taken over the island. I also stop eating Bread, **er and Cheese it is the killer and for a lot of us it is a staple in our diet and I believe the number one killer in Antigua
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#2 Black Sugar » 2010-12-19 10:39

Thanks for the education. I always believe whatever economic gains we get from businesses featuring unhealthy foods are eroded by our health care bill. We need our black sugar back and must invest in the local honey industry.
It is a shame that Mama lolly has to downsize while there is talk of bringing in Wendy's.
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#1 tc » 2010-12-19 10:38

Thanks Dr. Simon. I always thought that there was something wrong in consuming cow's milk. We usually get a bottle of cow's milk every morning and as a young girl growing up, my mother would say, "you need to drink your milk". Well I don't need to tell you that more than half of that milk got thrown out, when she was not looking. If it is in the Cornmeal porridge, Cream of Wheat or Oats, that is the only way I would drink it, so my Mother got wiser (Lol). I thank God that I had good health growing up.
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Dr.Jerry Simon,a general physician, is a graduate of the University of the West Indies and Villa Clara (Cuba) Medical School. He has previously worked in Internal Medicine and Psychiatry. Presently he is Medical Director of the NSA Medical Surgical Rehab Centre and is a certified member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine.

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