Monday, March 7, 2016

TLC Book Tour for Sugar Crush by Dr. Richard P. Jacoby and Raquel Baldelomar

Sugar Crush
By Dr. Richard P. Jacoby and Raquel Baldelomar

Publisher:  HarperWave
Release Date: February 16, 2016 (Paperback)
Genre: Endocrinology & Metabolism/General Physiology
Length: 261 Pages
ISBN: 978-0062348227

Buy Links:  HarperCollins | Amazon | Barnes & Noble

About Sugar Crush

“Sugar Crush brings laser focus to the powerfully detrimental role of sugar and carbohydrates as direct toxins not just to the peripheral nerves, but to the body in general. This is up to date and incredibly well-researched information that helps rewrite our understanding of disease prevention.” — David Perlmutter, MD, author of the #1 New York Times Bestseller Grain Brain and Brain Maker

Sugar =
Chronic Inflammation + Trauma =
Nerve Damage, Pain, and Dysfunction

Do you suffer from ailments your doctors can't seem to diagnose or help—mysterious rashes, unpredictable digestive problems, debilitating headaches, mood and energy swings, constant tiredness? If so, nerve compression is likely the cause.

What Grain Brain did for wheat, leading peripheral nerve surgeon Dr. Richard Jacoby now does for sugar, exposing the shocking truth that a diet high in sugar, processed carbohydrates, and wheat can compress and damage the peripheral nerves of the body, and lead to pain, numbness, and tingling in the hands and feet, as well as a host of related conditions, from migraines, autism, and ALS to gallbladder disease and diabetes.

Over the years, Dr. Richard Jacoby has treated thousands of patients with peripheral neuropathy. Now he shares his insights and tells the story of how he connected the dots to determine how sugaris the common denominator of many chronic diseases.

Practical and accessible, Sugar Crush breaks down our dangerous addiction to sweets, offering a unique, holistic understanding of the toll sugar and carbs take on the body, and demonstrating how dietary changes can help nerves regain their normal function dramatically.

Whether you have diabetes or prediabetes, or are even just concerned about your health, SugarCrush is the essential guide to knowing the dangers of nerve compression. Complete with dietary advice, the latest thinking on ways to prevent and reverse neuropathy, and a quiz to help you assess your nerve damage, this book will give you the tools you need to quit sugar, calm your nerves, and reclaim well-being.

About Dr. Richard Jacoby

Dr. Richard Jacoby is one of the country's leading peripheral nerve surgeons. He practices in Scottsdale, Arizona, and specializes in the treatment of peripheral neuropathy. He is one of the cofounders of the Scottsdale Healthcare Wound Management Center and is the former president of the Arizona Podiatry Association and the Association of Extremity Nerve Surgeons. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Podiatric Surgery and is a member of the American Podiatry Association, the Arizona Podiatry Association, and the Association of Extremity Nerve Surgeons. He lives in Scottsdale with his wife and two children.

About Raquel Baldelomar

RaqueL Baldelomar is the founder of Quaintise, a health care marketing and advertising agency. An expert in medical marketing strategies, she helps organizations transform sick care into true health care. She is a contributing writer for Advertising Age, Modern Healthcare, and Physician magazine, and is a reporter on how digital health and wireless technology empower consumers to take control of their own health. She lives in Santa Monica, California.

I have to be honest, sugar is substance I have an almost impossibly hard time ignoring.  It’s been a silent companion through good times and bad times; a silent companion I thought could hurt only my waistline even as I became diabetic.  The truth however is that the price of sugar is perhaps the highest any enemy could ever rob you of; your health, your happiness and unless you take control of it, your life.  If you are serious about your health, suffer from diabetes or pre-diabetes, or suffer from a handful of other serious ailments, I can’t stress the importance of reading Dr. Jacoby’s Sugar Crush.  Enlightening, liberating and at the same time frightening, this is a book I desperately needed to read.

Explaining both the physical and mental cost of sugar consumption, a condition that is completely out of control in the U.S., Dr. Jacoby explains how a benign looking and deliciously sweet tasting food product has become entrenched in our everyday diet.  He talks honestly about how much sugar is consumed on a daily basis, what products are filled with it and how food companies hide its inclusion in our foods by using different chemical names on product labels, all while the F.D.A. looks on and gives its approval.

While reading Dr. Jacoby’s book was almost excruciatingly painful for me – I admit that I am a complete and total sugar addict – I was encouraged by his lifestyle changing recommendations.  I may not be able to undo some of the damage sugar has done to my body, but I will be able to make the dietary changes necessary to live a longer and healthier life because of his book.  I am also encouraged because the changes to my diet don’t all have to be done at once – though there is one change that I will be making immediately- looking at product labels more closely and watching for the alternate names used for sugar and its chemical relatives.

Easy to read and understand, Sugar Crush, is something every diabetic patient should be given to read as a part of their treatment.  I know I would have appreciated it if my doctor or nutritionist had recommended it to me.  I know I will be recommending it to everyone I know, especially friends and family who have diabetes in their family history. 

My Rating:  4.5 out of 5 Crowns

FTC Disclosure:  I received a complimentary copy of this book as a part of a book tour for a fair and honest review. 


  1. Thank you for your honest and thought provoking review. I've heard for years that sugar is actually poisonous to our body but like you I love it. I will have to read this book and learn more about why.

  2. Yes! This information should be more widely available, IMO. Sometimes it's shocking how little information we have about foods that are detrimental to us!

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts as part of the tour!