Sugar To the Rescue!
Ray Peat (“Sugar issues,” 2012) wrote …
“Experimental evidence shows that polyunsaturated (omega-3) fats retard fetal brain development, and that sugar promotes it. These facts argue against some of the currently popular ideas of the evolution of the human brain based on ancestral diets of fish or meat, which only matters as far as those anthropological theories are used to argue against fruits and other sugars in the present diet.”
Paul Titus, M.D., & M.H. Givens, Ph.D. (“Intravenous Injections of Glucose in Toxemia of Pregnancy,” The Journal of the American Medical Association, Jan, 14, 1922) wrote …
“Regulation of the diet so that there is a preponderance of carbohydrates, and an avoidance of more than short intervals of fasting by eating frequently, will control mild and even severe cases of nausea and vomiting. This increased carbohydrate intake may be augmented by giving the patient glucose solution by mouth and by bowel.”
“In the more seriously toxic patients, the intravenous injection of glucose solution gave striking results, and in the first paper our methods of treating these patients were outlined in detail.
“A series of seventy-six cases was reported, of which number fifteen were of the most serious type of pernicious vomiting of pregnancy with emaciation, jaundice, albuminuria, etc. Since that time sixty-eight more have been treated, among whom were eleven who could be classed as cases of pernicious or ‘intractable’ vomiting of pregnancy. It was necessary to perform a therapeutic abortion twice in the entire series of 144 cases, and one of these was a fatal case. It is doubtful that the latter was actually a case of vomiting of pregnancy, since the clinical course of the patient’s progress toward death was more typical of acute yellow atrophy of the liver.”
(Acute yellow atrophy of the liver? Cumulative lipofuscinosis? Yellow Fat Disease?)
According to the same source (Titus & Givens) …
“Clinically, the intravenous injection of glucose is a valuable therapeutic measure in toxemia of pregnancy. Theoretically, there is no reason why it should not be of value in the various toxemias not related to pregnancy; and while its use in septicemia, pneumonia, thyrotoxicosis, etc., has been noted, there seems to be no reference to work similar to ours. It is true that glucose has been administered by rectum and by mouth in a haphazard sort of way for various of these pregnancy toxemias, but we believe that its therapeutic importance has not been properly recognized, nor has its prompt action and beneficial effect when administered intravenously been appreciated.
“Glucose, especially when thus injected, serves rapidly to restore the depleted and damaged liver cells, being stored as glycogen. The liver is thus fortified and aided in its fight against the toxins of pregnancy. The glucose acts as diuretic, and possibly furnishes some glycogen directly to the general as well as cardiac musculature.”