Hope is both a noun and a verb.  It is a very necessary component of everyday life.  It gives strength to the human spirit just as oxygen gives breath to the body.   As a verb, Merriam-Webster defines it as “to cherish a desire with expectation” and “to expect with confidence.”  As a noun, hope is “a desire accompanied by expectation of or belief in fulfillment.”  My purpose in StartSomewhereWellness.com is to instill hope.  Hope must be wrapped in truth.  I am committed to providing you with truth so that you can make your own decisions without regret. The unpopular truth is that added sugar increases inflammation and inflammation robs people of hopes and dreams.  The important  thing to remember today is that the dose makes the poison.  


Chronic, persistent inflammation is involved with every common degenerative disease in our society, such as:



On an average, Americans consume 22-30 teaspoons of sugar a day, which is 88-120 grams, with an average yearly consumption being 80 to 150 pounds.  Although a 12-ounce soda contains 8-12 teaspoons of sugar, the main source of this over-consumption is largely hidden sugar in foods that you would never suspect. In fact, 74 percent of packaged foods have added sugar, many of which we consider to be healthy.  Who knew that there is sugar “hidden in plain sight” in some brands of even “healthy foods”:


  • Peanut Butter
  • French Fries
  • Energy Bars
  • Yogurt
  • Barbeque Sauce
  • Dried Cranberries
  • Salad Dressings
  • Bread
  • Pasta Sauce


Unlike fats and salt that are added to foods, the typical nutrition label doesn’t provide a daily reference value for daily intake, however, dose makes the poison.  Plus, there are at least 60 different names for sugar which makes it tough to decipher.  The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends 9 teaspoons (36 grams) or less for men and 6 teaspoons (24 grams) or less for women.  Children’s limits vary according to age and activity but range between 6 and 8 teaspoons (24-32 grams) per day according to the AHA.


The sugar found in fresh fruit is generally not the problem because it comes with essential nutrients that boost health and raise blood sugar more gradually.  It is the added sugar that has a significant negative impact on health because dose makes the poison.  It adds calories without nutrients.  It can spike blood sugar and actually make people feel hungrier.  START SOMEWHERE today to be aware of your sugar consumption.  Enjoy fresh fruit without guilt and be aware of added sugar, especially in packaged or restaurant foods in order to LIVE YOUNGER.  Remember, it’s the dose that makes the poison.  There’s hope for your health and vitality.  Chronic inflammation doesn’t have to be a part of your “normal”.   Expect with confidence a more vibrant future full of hope! Today is the best day to START SOMEWHERE.  You can do it.  I will help you.

Dose Makes the Poison

Dose Makes the Poison