The first time I heard this, I did not understand it. I heard many things. I actually heard Jeff's story TWICE. Once in 2001. Then I mostly heard about the pain and misery of being overweight, really obese, the key concept, and what happened. What I really heard was what it was like for him.
Or, maybe, what I really heard was what happened.
Whatever I heard, I missed The Key Concept.
But what I really needed to hear is The Key Concept. And the message of The Key Concept is No Flour No Sugar. In 2002, the second time I heard Jeff's Story I heard the The Key Concept. I understood it. I will try to explain it here.
Behind The Key Concept of No Flour No Sugar is another concept, one that is very important to physicians, nurses, pharmacists and any other health care professionals or researchers who deal with drugs: bioavailability. If you read the bioavailability link, then you may be confused. Which definition applies?
Several of them do. Notably the GNC Performance definition is the one that applies best here: "The ease with which something is absorbed from the digestive tract. The higher the bioavailability, the greater the total absorption and rate of absorption"
But, so does a "measure of how available a toxic pollutant is to the biological processes of an organism. The less the bioavailability of a toxic substance, the less its toxic effect on an organism"
Of course, the idea that flour or sugar are a "toxic pollutant" (or poison) to the degree that rat poison is a poison is silly.
Grinding, or milling, food makes it more bioavailable. Intact grains have been consumed at least for thousands, perhaps millions, of years. Milled grains are artificial, and are absorbed so rapidly, and because of the highly concentrated dose of sugar the blood sugar spikes so high so quickly, that they create a "rush" followed by a "crash."
The effect is much like a drug of addiction. In fact, the addictive potential of crack cocaine is a consequence of the delivery of a highly concentrated dose.
In the case of Flour and Sugar, a gradual, but recurrent, "narcotic" effect results repeatedly from consuming food that skyrockets blood sugar.
The long term result of this effect is an addiction, just as each puff of crack cocaine represents a dose that reinforces the addiction of a smoker of crack cocaine.
Addictions cause powerful, and profound, changes in the physiology of the body. "Going Cold Turkey" is dangerous for this reason. Safer, and gentler, is a detox process that gradually weans the body from the drug of addiction.
Is the problem really that bad? How much sugar do we really consume? The United States Department of Agriculture provides an enlightening report on our sugar consumption.....