Dr. Jody Stanislaw received her doctorate degree in Naturopathic Medicine in 2007 from the acclaimed holistic medical school in Seattle, Bastyr University. She is a Certified Diabetes Educator, Type 1 Diabetes Specialist, and a founding board member of the Low Carb Diabetes Association.
Below is the full text of her TEDx Talk titled “Sugar is Not a Treat” at TEDxSunValley conference. This event occurred in September 2017.
Take a few moments to think about your most vital organs in your body, those organs that you cannot live without. Okay, got them? Excellent.
You probably thought about your heart. I bet “brain” popped into your mind. Lungs.
But did any of you think, “My pancreas, I can’t live without my pancreas”?
I’m assuming most of you probably didn’t.
I’m a naturopathic doctor, and I love educating people about the importance of the pancreas, which is located right here, tucked behind your stomach, behind your left lower rib cage.
Inside your pancreas is a small cluster of cells called beta cells. You only have two grams actually; it’s the size of, like, two almonds.
Well, these life-giving cells surprisingly get no attention, yet if they were to wither away, in the absence of medical intervention, you would literally die within a few weeks. That is how important your beta cells are; you would die.
Here’s how they work: Anytime you eat sugar or highly-refined carbohydrates, that sugar circulates in your blood from your head to your toe, throughout your body.
The beta cells are the security guards for your blood, and as soon as they see this rush of sugar, they send the alarm bells off. They call in a team of dump trucks to haul all of that sugar out.