Got The Sugar Blues? Duffy Has Good News!

I recently completed reading a book titled Sugar Blues by William Duffy, I picked it up at a closeout sale at a Borders bookstore for half price. I like this one, learned a few things from it and have since recommended it to a few friends. I also have largely gone on a sugar-free experiment. I also recommend you read this book, it’s a classic diet book, yet it sounds as if it was written a couple years ago, there might be a few outdated bits and pieces but again, this is a classic worth reading and has a wealth of insight to offer you. I had reduced my sugar intake for a few years, seeking to be “moderate”, this book is actually helping me far “very easily” resist sugar. I am almost sugar free these days. I appreciate the history in this book, you will learn about the history of sugar, and other things like fermenting, sauerkraut and beer. You will learn how sugar was invented, and you will be reminded that unlike salt (so essential people used it as currency in the past) sugar is a relatively new addition to our diet. This book touched me in a positive way, and I feel it will do the same with you. You just might never look at food and eating the same way again! all good positive things!

Well, what else does the book talk about? Duffy makes it clear how he dislikes how sugar is labeled (or not labeled) on products and how it is inaccurate to lump refined sugar with other healthy carbs under the same label name. See, not all carbs are the same, but a food label doesn’t tell you that, nor does it say how much added sugar is in a product. You might be surprised to learn what I learned about brown and raw sugar products, and what they put sugar in (ketchup, mayo, dressing, etc), you’ll read about sugar and the persians, indians, crusades, and even slavery! The book is easy to read as well, well documented and sourced.

Knowing what I know now, it is difficult to allow myself to eat sugar, and I have this book to thank. This books acts as an anti-sugar vaccine or an anti-sugar booster shot. If you crave sugar simply read this book and you will no longer crave it!

Sugar is not a nutrient, it is not empty calories either, it is actually an anti-nutrient, when you eat it you are eating something that takes away vitamins from your body to rid itself of sugar.. thus Duffy defines it as a poison, and I see why.

I’ve finished the book a weak ago only, I can say no to sugar now easily, I have resisted cravings and know what it feels like to eat sugar now vs. another source of calories, and I am still learning my body’s response and watching to see how my health will improve. I am unable to tolerate sugar in things now, many things smell and taste too sweet! I do not touch or crave the junk you find at gas stations or coffee shops. Instead of sugar I eat fruits, brown rice, potatoes etc.. real healthful calories. It’s a transition, for sure, but a good and natural one. I wish I had read this book 20yrs ago, as a kid I binged on sugar and now can see how it probably had negative effects on my health.

See, the thing is, “when it comes to sugar, the secret is not moderation but avoidance.”

I wont ramble much more..

You can find it at a very affordable price on amazon

This is the book description from Amazon:

It’s a prime ingredient in countless substances from cereal to soup, from cola to coffee. Consumed at the rate of one hundred pounds for every American every year, it’s as addictive as nicotine — and as poisonous. It’s sugar. And “Sugar Blues”, inspired by the crusade of Hollywood legend Gloria Swanson, is the classic, bestselling expose that unmasks our generation’s greatest medical killer and shows how a revitalizing, sugar-free diet can not only change lives, but quite possibly save them.

and, finally: check out these reviews of the book, they are very much worth reading:


Meaningful Details That Will Change Your Perspective!, February 11, 2011

By SoleThinner “First and foremost I have to say that Sugar Blues is a passionatly written. Why is that important? Because you will also find that Duffy’s passion can potentially become yours as well.

Though the copy I bought is written in ’75, it could have easily been written in 2011. I think I found 1 fact that could have been updated, but it wasn’t important enough to recall!

There is a lot about the history of sugar, which really was more interesting than a drag to read.

After reading this book, I can say I am not inclined to have added sugar in my diet. If you are trying to loose weight and need a reason why you shouldn’t go for those Oreo’s, let this be mandatory reading for you!

Sugar Blues does not go specifically into the science of sugar and the disesases it may be linked to, though it does touch on it.”


For Responsible Adults Only!, May 28, 2000
“For weeks I walked to and from work, over one hour each way, to help drop through a weight plateau of 199 pounds. No matter what I did, including dieting, I was destined to be a 199-pounder for life! Then, one Sunday evening, I read the first few chapters of a book a friend lent me, “Sugar Blues” by Dufty. My first reaction to the information contained in it was entirely emotional: anger and disgust. Until that moment I had never given sugar a moment’s worth of thought. That Sunday evening, I felt my anger so intensely, that I promised myself that I immediately would stop my ingestion of sugar for MORAL reasons. As I read further, I wished that I had known this information years ago. I wished that I had used this information while raising my children. I am saddened that I didn’t get to the profound wisdom in this book sooner than I did. But, life is full of important lessons. This book is but lesson number one. And learning this lesson later is better than not learning it at all. While reading “SUGAR BLUES” I was also reading another book on the topic of meats. I decided to give up sugar and meats. That Sunday evening, I switched to a SWEETENER-FREE and meat-free lifestyle. On Thursday of that week I spent time between the fetal position in bed and sprinting to the washroom. I thought I had the flu, but looking back, I now realize I had what I’d describe as, “withdrawl” symptoms. 24 hours later I was feeling better. 7 days later, when I weighed myself, I received the first of many self-fulfiling rewards: I cracked my weight-loss plateau, was finally down to 190 pounds. Three weeks later, I lost another 6 pounds and was down to 184. Seven weeks later I was at 177. 10 weeks later 174. I have had to tighten my belt 5 notches! I fit into pants that I had not fit into since 1978. As of this last week, I stabilized at a weight plateau of 174 pounds. I have lost a cool 25 pounds. This book made me THINK about the quality of, and effect from, the “foods” I shovelled into my mouth. This book motivated me to read the labels before I bought. It is an absolute MUST HAVE for your home library…a MUST SHOW to friends who you care about…a book that you MUST DOG-EAR and underline, (use over and over again). It might be a good idea for you to think about buying several or more copies of this book in paper back version, (low cost), to either give away or circualte among your friends and relatives. If you do, you just might enhance your life and theirs. Thank you for taking the time to read my thoughts about “SUGAR BLUES”. By sharing my experience I am hoping that your life will become healthier. All the best in your decision to buy “Sugar Blues”.

In response to the above comment, a comment: Your story is my story, too! The first time I encountered the book, I was amazed. I quit refined sugar (though retained having a glass of wine a day) and dropped 25 pounds over several months. I also had potential energy I wasn’t aware of until I tried to swim across a small river near our home and did it–without effort! I remained off for two years, and then one day, while on vacation, I became full of frustration about something else, I drank an offered brandy, and within the week craved sugar. Craved. Ready to “kill.” I also began bursting my seams in just a week! I agree that sugar is a poison, contains no nutrition, and I also ask the question: why is it in everything available to eat???? I am now buying organic when I can and reading those labels. It costs us more to eat, but we will eat less and be satisfied. Whole grains, fresh fruits and veggies. O, yes, Dufty really hit it. And, there’s the additional reward of all the fascinating history he gives the reader, and the reports of the coverups of the truth over the years. Much like the meat and tobacco industries. We are human, and we are bombarded by not only advertising but by our own desire to do and have things quickly and easily. I now vow to cook from scratch and to live well. And, I hope, long, but that’s not mine to decide. (Remember the joke about Euell Gibbons, the natural foods guru? “He died from Dutch Elm disease”? ) Anyways, if you cannot solve in any other way any health problem you might have, if you are ready to shoot yourself (and also leave?), what have you got to lose? Get off sugar!! Eat and drink clean stuff. Read this book…over and over. Blessings to you. Namaste. Mikki

another response to the above comment: I would also recommend also reading the book, Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon and Mary Enig as well, an excellent book that further illustrates why sugar and other over processed (and nutrient deficient) foods are bad for us.”


Try to Quit if You Think It’s Not a Drug, November 30, 1999
By pat white (Texas) -”This review is from: Sugar Blues (Mass Market Paperback)
I read Sugar Blues years ago, and became a right-wingist, eliminating all sugar. Over the years, sugar crept back in. Now I’m doing it again because of (1) moodiness, (2) always being bloated, (3) loss of “real appetite”. Sugar in EVERYTHING (even soups and vegetables) makes it very hard to stop totally but what I remember most about William Duffy’s comments were the similarity to cocaine use when sugar was first introduced — the first sugar users brought it to parties and it was a great specialty. That hit home.

Try to Quit! It takes almost a full month for the cravings to go away. Anyone who has seen The Insiders and the power that the tobacco industry has, can understand the enormity of trying to attack the sugar industry.

AS a PS, Sugar in everything is an American phenomenon. You won’t find sugar in soups, canned vegetables, frozen dinners in Holland and the rest of Europe. WHY is it DONE to us here in America?

Pick up this book and begin to understand how eliminating ONE FOOD ITEM ALONE can change your life.”


A true health classic!, February 3, 2000
“I’m sugar-free ever since reading “Sugar Blues.” I was sluggish, moody, hungry, etc. I remembered that John Lennon mentioned Dufty’s book in an interview once. So I bought it at the local health food store. He starts off with his own sugar hell and redemption and then delves into the whole history of the cane. Very interesting, healthwise and also politically. This is the meat of the book. (The Boston “Tea” Party? More like the rum party.) I like his writing style; he keeps it homespun. (Why did some think this book needs more “hard science”? Isn’t it already in there? It’s not intended to be in a medical journal [which can't always be trusted!].) When I tell people I’m sugar-free they usually scoff, saying sugar’s not that bad for you, why give it up completely. Well, now I wake up clear and I get through the afternoon w/o any flagging of energy. At various times of the day I’ll feel some energy racing through my body. (A great feeling; keeps me motivated.) Now I need less food on my plate, and my hypoglycemia has all but disappeared. (Think about THAT one, folks.) Never eat “refined sucrose” again! It can be done! Sky’s the limit! Thank you, William Dufty!”


I couldn’t believe that for years I was putting this, “Crack like Cocaine” food substance in my body, May 16, 2011
By Lucretia Johnson “Dimozzodotcom” (Plainfield, IL) – See all my reviews
“This review is from: Sugar Blues (Mass Market Paperback)
After reading this book. I purchased 6 more copies and immediately mailed them to family members. Also, this book responsible for me eliminating regular table sugar, brown sugar, powerdered sugar, sweetener, products that say Sugar Free, etc. I was in tears after reading this book. I couldn’t believe that for years I was putting this, “Crack like Cocaine” food substance in my body. It answers every question to, “Why am I sick?

Also, when I read that producing Sugar was one of the main reasons for the Slave Trade, I thought my God, my God! What have we been doing to our precious bodies all these centuries. The day I gave up sugar is the day my body did a total metamorphosis. See the metamorphous here – [...]”

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this book changed me!, January 11, 2011
By Fewbraveones “darkdruid” (NYC)
“This review is from: Sugar Blues (Mass Market Paperback)
This book is one of the best I have read on the topic of nutrition (particularly sugar). duffy’s stories lens to a good connection with the reader, and he really did his research. I truly was SHOCKED by the list that was given of all the different hypoglycemic symptoms–I had experienced almost half of the things on that list. After I read this book, I felt renewed and determined to get rid of sugar for good. I will be recommending this book to all of my friends and family members that have any interest in nutrition and eating more healthy. This is a great book to have on hand; I have looked back and re-read several sections already. A MUST-READ for anyone looking to improve their health!”


Highly Recommended for anyone who wants better health!, June 7, 2010
By Willow Behr “Willow Behr” (Cold Brook, NY United States)
“First read this 30 years ago and it’s had a profound, positive effect on our (my husband and myself) health and lives. It is the answer, in a big way, to the bulk of American’s health problems today with diabetes and obesity, to mention only a few problems that are deeply aggravated by sugar addiction.

It is based on personal experience, not theory, and the self portraits on the back page (William Dufty, sugar addict compared with William Dufty, recovered sugar addict, tell it all.”


Great political and historical expose of “big sugar” and what it does to the little guy, May 20, 2010
By Goat and Dog “Some old nobody” (Tennessee, USA) “This book was written in the 70′s, and I wish I had read it back then. I am an avowed sugar addict who is trying to amass so much information about sugar’s detriments that I’m forced to give it up. To an extent, I’m slowly getting there, but it is a constant battle. Dufty’s book, although it is not a scientific work, is an astute observation of advertising and political strategies that have allowed the infiltration of this dangerous substance into our lives, until it is in absolutely EVERYTHING. The section about how much sugar is in tobacco products was suggestive and eye-opening; he makes a suggestion that lung cancer is potentiated more by the sugar than the tobacco (using rough figures of lung cancer overseas and in the US). While this is not a scientifically-supported statement, it is worth looking into. Most of the book is a historical and political analysis of sugar’s place in the growth of the world’s consumer culture, stretching back into the days of the Crusades, when the Europeans wanted some of that Saracen sugar and would fight to get it. He points the finger at Fannie Farmer for suggesting that a little sugar added to just about every recipe would improve it. Now, 30-some years after he writes this, sugar (or HFCS, which wasn’t invented til the 70′s) is in nearly everything we buy at the store. It is more ubiquitous than spices like onion and garlic, which are added to just about every savory item in can or box or packet. His work is prescient in many ways, but also shows how constant the attitude of big commercial concerns are in their fight against inconvenient truths. A good book to start with; there is much more scientific data available now on what sugar does to the body (a lecture by Dr. Lustig on how closely the effects of fructose on the body jibe with the now-medically recognized “metabolic syndrome” is instructive). A good book to start becoming informed about the killer white crystals in your cupboard.”


If you never thought a book could do this…, April 30, 2009
By Cece “Not So Usual” (on the brink of sanity)
“I remember my mother reading The Sugar Blues when I was about 7 years old (so it must have been around 1988). I remember, even at that age, the things she explained to me as she went through our kitchen and threw out every food containing any form of sugar. We almost starved that first week, but as a result of this book and my mother’s dedication, I was probably the only 7 year old who knew all the various names for “sugar” that you will read on the back of any box of processed food. Even though we slowly relaxed our “hard core” stance on sugar, our family never resumed eating as much sugar as we had formerly. My dad’s chronic headaches improved drastically, and my mother would no longer wake up and barely be able to reach the kitchen for food before passing out. Even as a young child I had frequent headaches, and they improved for me as well. As an adult I am ready to re-introduce this kind of food-lifestyle for my own family, and the principles I learned as a child in The Sugar Blues are where I will be starting.”


Every adult should read this book, April 14, 2009
By George C. Fetko (wilmette, il United States)
“AS I first read this book years ago and got off of refined sugar. I have since reread it many times to reinforce my resolve to stay sugarfree. Refined sugar is responsible for many of today’s ills, obesity, diabetes, cavities and many others. In spite of this book and others sugar consumption in this country still remains high. It is important that mothers and fathers become aware of the dangers of refined sugar so they can teach their children to avoid it. They should also stay off sweets as an example to their children. I think that Mr. Dufty has covered his subject extremely well and I have purchased the book many times for friends and relatives.”


Great book, life changing for those who take it to heart, December 8, 2008
By J. Bernstein (New York) – See all my reviews
“After reading sugar blues I stopped eating sugar. It is difficult to do because sugar is everywhere but I spend time thinking about what I eat and try my best to ensure that it contains no sugar. I’ve gotten to the point now where I consider an orange junk food because of it’s sugar content and limit my sweet fruit intake to no more the one piece every two days. I get my vitamins and minerals from vegetables instead. My red meat intake is also greatly cut back, almost to nothing, and my protein comes from eggs, sardines, tofu, nuts, turkey, chicken, milk, cheese, yogurt, soba noodles and whey supplements (on days I work out).

The effect of this diet has been startling. I’m not tired during the day anymore even though I am sleeping six hours a night. I used to sleep 7-8 and was tired all the time. My mind is incredibly crystal clear, and I have near zero anxiety. I used have serious anxiety problems. My digestion is perfect (without getting into the gory details).

If you want to change your life, how you feel emotionally, your health, start with this book. Change your diet. You feel bad because you are poisoning yourself every day.


He helps expose sugar for what it is…POISON!, October 15, 2008
By Gnome De Plume “Zandor the Magnificent” (Outer space)

“I loved this book, I bought it after I got the book Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon. Reading the low down on what sugar, and also the fast food industries and food conglomerates have done to the health of humanity is a real eye opener!

If you have bad health, try to get rid of refined sugar and flour, stop drinking pop, eating tv dinners and drink raw milk if you can get it (try searching for sources in the US). I noticed a very good improvement in my health, as I get rid of eating sugar I have noticed my teeth are stronger, and the Rheumatoid Arthritis I had been developing in my wrist has gone away completely! This is a great book, it tells the real deal of what these huge industries are doing to the health of people just for profit.

Throw away your sugar bowl and your breakfast cereal! Kick your habit. This book exposes why you should. And, as far as the one reviewer who said he assaulted ‘Catholics’…I have no idea where they got that one from”


Sugar Blues by William Dufty, July 6, 2008
By Connie Tomlyn “CT” (Breckenridge Colorado)
“I am a Certified Holistic Counselor and I give this book to all my clients that attend my program. I teach workshops for Corporations and individuals who are interested in health and lowering health care cost.

When friends and family are willing to make lifestyle dietary changes,instead of taking a pill for depression etc, it is at that point that I suggest purchasing a copy of William Dufty’s “Sugar Blues”. Like a master he helps to uncover something some people are unwilling to face– sugar addictions,sugar and Sugar Bluesour emotions and sugar relationships with disease.

Sugar Blues has help my clients find other ways to conquer their sweet tooth. Are you comsuming 3 lbs of sugar daily? I would recommend that you read Sugar Blues.
This book is logical,easy to read and he gets us to see a wider view on what sugar really is, what it isn’t, and how it’s been misused historically.”


Chiropractor Approved, December 1, 2007
By K. A. P. PA (Springdale, AR)
“This book provides the historical motivation behind sugar. It not only inspired me to stop eating sugar but to do further research on what the FDA is really all about. I am getting this book as a Christmas present for everyone in my family and all my patients! Dr.KAP”

5.0 out of 5 stars Impressed, November 14, 2007
By Sobering Up “Brad” (Missouri)

“Written in the late 70′s this book is well documented. It is not simply the raving of one man but a voice that suffered a great deal as a result of his addiction to drugs and sugar. It is a book that tells many stories. If you take him seriously, you will be challenged as my wife and I were to change the way you do food. Enriched and fortified is everywhere. So what? It begs the age old question: can man make things better than God? Natural foods is not just a store or another choice out there. After reading this book, I have found that there are serious consquences for violating the way food was made to be eaten. In the end you will want to speak up for those who suffer ignorantly from the devastating effects of the sugar blues.”

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