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The Definitive ADHD Sugar Experiment on Children

June 14, 2012

What would I consider a definitive experiment on the effect of Sugar on children with  ADHD?

As previously discussed in Part 1, much of the work on sugar and hyperactivity is flawed and does not translate to real life parenting. In Part 2 of this series, I discussed my 65 year relationship with Sugar, Me and ADHD. My proposed experiment on Sugar, Children and ADHD is based on real scientific evidence of the effect of sugar on the body and the way children with ADHD really behave. It is based on my 65 years of ADHD and my reaction to sugar of any type whether it’s honey, high fructose corn sugar, refined sugar or brown sugar when I binge on sugar, it is the same results every time.  (see the previous post.)

First I would select 30 controls who ares clinically screened for ADHD and do not have any symptoms of ADD or ADHD. Next I would find 30 kids who definitely have ADHD and are being medicated for the disease. All would be in the same age group, probably 10 to 12 years olds because they are naturally the wildest. Finally, if possible, I would try for a third group of kids who are clinically screened as having symptoms but the diseases is either undiagnosed or untreated.

Now the design of the experiment would be double-blind with groups split in half. Neither the observers nor the children would know which group would get sugar candy or the non sugar candy. The observers would also not know which children had ADHD diagnosed or not and which group was normal.

The experiment would be run in an area set up as a playground with swings climbing stuff etc. Each child would be fitted with a heartbeat monitor, a wrist blood pressure monitor and a number on their back and front to quickly identify the children. It would be explained to the children that they are free to sample any of four to six candies and eat as much as they want and they would be asked about which ones were their favorites.  When the children were not sampling, they could play as much as they wanted or just eat more candy.  The would be free to drink soda (sugar or sugar-free depending on the group) or water as they saw fit. This would be also monitored for each child.

There are no rules or constraints.  Some of the observers should focus on the amount consumed by each child and others on the behavior of the children.  All should act normal as some are medicated into normalcy, some have undiagnosed symptoms because they are apparently normal and the rest are normal. About every 30 minutes, the children should be seated and their blood pressure and pulse rate checked. Then they should be directed to the candy table  where they are asked which ones they tried and what their favorites are and encouraged to recheck. After that, there are again no rules and the children are free to sample more candy or play. After a couple of hours, all candy would be removed and the children would be monitored for blood pressure and heart rate for three half hour intervals and have access to water only. 

About two weeks later, the same experiment would be run again with the groups reversed so all are tested for sugar sensitivity.

I am not sure whether the ADHD children would all be hyperactive, but I would guess that for those who binged, there would be phases of increased energy, and hyperactivity without problems, followed by a crash and either passive or cranky behavior. (Can I go yet? Huh? Huh?) I am also not sure whether the Parents of the ADHD sugar group would have enough trust in scientists to return their children for the second half of the experiment.

The other possibility is for my Granddaughters to skew the test. I have ADHD and her husband does too so the probability is both girls do and depending on circumstances, there symptoms can be severe.  Both are unmedicated, but my daughter is careful about their sugar consumption and what the eat.  They have both been programmed to avoid sugar and all carbonated beverages.  The oldest one is obsessive about following the rules and when together, the little one follows her lead.   If together for this experiment, both would play until every drop of energy has been expended and then they would get disgustingly cranky on a sugar low as they would hot have eaten or drank anything but water during the experimenta period.

Not all humans are the same and not all children with ADHD are the same.

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Sugar, Me and ADHD; Part 2

June 13, 2012

Sugar is both my friend and enemy and like many other foods, sugar has many different forms and all effect me slightly differently depending on the form. On the positive side, one chocolate covered peanut M&M’s, regular M&M’s, Hershey’s Chocolate Bar, or one of anything in this type of candy can be a tremendous physical or mental stimulant for a quick energy rush.

I always take a couple of candy bars along on my most grueling hikes with tourists and I usually have a candy bar when the hardest part has been reached and the rest of the hike is easier. I get re-energized and always offer some to the others in the group. Usually, people who are slim and in shape decline. However, I am constantly amazed at the positive therapeutic effect it has on those who are a little overweight and out of shape. They too get re-energized and happily finish the walk. I think they are happy to have me, as a thin fit person, share their passion for candy.

At the other extreme are the sweet candies like hard butterscotch or sour balls and the soft jelly candy like orange slices, cherry slices, gummy bears, sour worms and skittles. These are extremely dangerous when they are sold in large bags at low prices, usually six to ten portions in a bag or somewheres around 900 to 1500 calories per bag. They are pretty much pure sugar with a little color and flavor added.  The other dangerous items are boxes of malt balls (700 calories) or Girl Scout Cookies about 1000 calories a box or more.

Now what causes my binge eating of candy?

There is only one answer and that’s availability. Candy bars are sold in 200 calorie units and I have programmed myself to buy just one so there is no problem. When it comes to the second group and without much forethought, I continue eating the sweets until they are all gone. It usually takes less than an hour.

Initially, there is a feeling of childlike euphoria where I am “happy as a kid eating candy.” This moves beyond euphoria to a real sugar rush, almost like an adrenaline flow, where my blood pressure and heart rate both go up. Eventually there is a return to normal where I get very drowsy and irritable and some might even say argumentative.  I am now down 90 pounds from my peak but old habits die hard. I have probably had five or six sugar binge episodes in the past year. I have learned to pretty much avoid them at home by not buying more than a candy bar for any reason. However, on two occasions, the price of gummy candy got so low that I just couldn’t resist the bargin and purchased big bags of gummy candy.

The rest of the time, I binged at my daughters house.  She really is trying to help but just doesn’t understand the word obsession. She will save all of the Halloween Candy and put it in a candy bowl on her counter for guests. Her family has been programmed to avoid eating candy and drinking any type of carbonated  beverage. Before I started the diet she scolded me at Thanksgiving  when she noticed I had not only eaten the candy bowl, but found her stash and eaten my favorites out of that and was working on the rest. I had compulsively eaten more candy in two days than her whole family had in three weeks. 

This started the Great Obesity Debates and the fact that I couldn’t go to Space Camp with my Granddaughters unless I dropped 40 pounds.  She thought my obsession with candy and food was more disgusting and obscene than the bottle of wine I drank every night. I have gotten better, well a little bit anyway, with a lot of  help from her.  Since no one in her house really likes or eats candy, she quietly discards it after Halloween right before I come.  The same is true of Easter.

My only temptation is when I search for and find her stash of Girl Scout Cookies, which she likes and it only takes an hour or two for me to eat the whole box. When she discovers the missing cookies, I put partial blame on her kids and Cousin Cait but she knows I’m lying.  I feel so ashamed, I normally only do one box per trip unless she doesn’t catch me. 

You can shed fat, you can’t shed obsessions. 

The Original Fat savage

June 11, 2012

The Fat Savage Fishing and Drinking Beer

The Fat Savage Logo

Actually, the original blog under the “Fat Savage” title was started in 2006, and is now off-line. It was a very angry diet blog. My wife had created a fantastic business with 22 employes who were robbing her blind. of cash, time, hours and even parallel production for their friends and family.  In the midst of this she changed physiologists and the new one blamed me for her lifetime of depression. She also stopped mediating so she could continue smoking even though she  already had emphysema. After 40 years of marriage, our life together was on the edge.  She was no longer interested in sex and all I dreamed of was food, sex, alcohol and driving my sports car too fast.  I was 61 and still pretending that ADHD was a kids problem and a joke in adults.

Of course we were both wrong, and fortunately, we were both bright enough to understand that everything had to stop especially her screaming at me when she blacked out from oxygen deprivation and didn’t know what she was doing. When the kids got involved on both sides with a debate over who had failed the most, it became ugly and I told her it had to stop before the grandchildren got involved or I would divorce her and drag us both into financial ruin as her business really needed the both of us.

Through love, she regained control and our marriage survived. She became a little more discreet  with her smoking and I became a little more discrete with my girlfriend. We settled into a life of love for the next three years and the whole family healed from our very bad year and then she died and the business failed without her. I am not really ashamed about the rudeness of  that rather truthful blog describing the disgusting effects that obesity has on bodily functions including the ability to breath, control your bowls and even successfully make love;  I am just no longer angry enough to be that rude.

The most amazing thing is that I have recovered in all three areas and it is just the ability to control my mouth and focus on work that needs a little recovery. The top picture is the second one I used on my blog as I began to mellow a little after that angry year.  The first ones were  a bunch of naked pictures of me on my home page in my full glory between 250 pounds and 265. Naturally a diet motivated by anger and my lust for sex was not likely to succeed in the long run and it didn’t.

Beat the Fat Savage

My new picture is the “stamp out” symbol over my Fat Savage logo.  I am now ready to transform into a mellow Poppa John, if I can just resolve a few of the lingering ADHD symptoms.

Oh well, “It’s a goal!”