SUGAR SHOCK! Author Joins CarbWire Blogging Staff

Filed under: Events — @ August 12, 2006

Greetings, everyone. I just wanted to introduce myself before posting here. I’m the newest CarbWire writer. Briefly, as to who I am, I’m a veteran, widely published journalist (New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune,, TV Guide, etc.); a certified holistic health counselor, a former sugar addict, and the author of the book, SUGAR SHOCK! (Berkley, Dec. 26, 2006).

Much as I’m embarrassed to admit this, I haven’t always been health conscious. say. Back in 1998, I was a heavy-duty sugar addict and a big consumer of refined carbs — crackers, cookies, candies, chips, you name it! At the time, I also was plagued by 44 symptoms, from embarrassing mood swings to debilitating headaches to agonizing PMS to “brain fog.” Anyhow, my new doctor — yeah, one of the smart, select M.D.’s around the country — told me I had to quit eating those fast-acting, culprit carbs to help heal my health.

Cutting out those dangerous carbs was a lifesaver for me! Quite amazingly, all 44 of my symptoms went away, and about 5 to 7 unwanted, excess pounds slipped away, too. (I wasn’t overweight.) Anyhow, since my transformation in 1998, I’ve become an outspoken advocate for eating what I call a “quality-carb” diet — or, of course, what many refer to as a low-carb diet (whether it’s to lose or maintain weight). Currently, I feel that my mission is to spread the word about the dangers of refined carbs and sugar, and therefore, I’ve been working hard on my upcoming SUGAR SHOCK!. (In fact, my cyber friend and fellow CarbWire columnist Jimmy Moore was kind enough to write about my book lately and all the wonderful endorsements that it’s received.)

Anyhow, look for my posts! FYI, if you’d like to learn more about me, feel free to read more here. And if you’d like to read some of the latest, exciting book news, you can read this. (The big book news for me this week is that fitness icon Kathy Smith and famous actress/author Marilu Henner gave endorsements, joining a group that also includes bestselling authors Dr. Mehmet Oz, Dr. Christiane Northrup, and Dr. Mark Hyman, as well as Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and renowned film producer Harvey Weinstein.)


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