Thursday, March 24, 2016

Book Review: Sugar Crush by Dr. Richard P. Jacoby and Raquel Baldelomar

Title: Sugar Crush
Date Published: February 16, 2016
Publisher: Harper Wave
Pages: 256
Format: Paperback
Source: TLC Book Tours


What Grain Brain did for wheat, this book by a leading peripheral nerve surgeon now does for sugar, revealing how it causes crippling nerve damage throughout the body—in our feet, organs, and brain—why sugar and carbohydrates are harmful to the body's nerves, and how eliminating them can mitigate and even reverse the damage.

Sugar Crush exposes the shocking truth about how a diet high in sugar, processed carbohydrates, and wheat compresses and damages the peripheral nerves of the body, leading to pain, numbness, and tingling in the hands and feet, along with a host of related conditions, including migraines, gall bladder disease, and diabetes. If 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—nerve compression is the likely cause.

Over the years, Dr. Richard Jacoby has treated thousands of patients with peripheral neuropathy. Now, he shares his insights as well as the story of how he connected the dots to determine how sugar is the common denominator of many chronic diseases. In Sugar Crush, he offers a unique holistic approach to understanding the exacting toll sugar and carbs take on the body. Based on his clinical work, he breaks down his highly effective methods, showing how dietary changes reducing sugar and wheat, coinciding with an increase of good fats, can dramatically help regenerate nerves and rehabilitate their normal function.

Sugar Crush includes a quiz to assess your nerve damage, practical dietary advice, and the latest thinking on ways to prevent and reverse neuropathy. If you have diabetes, this essential guide will help you understand the dangers and give you the tools you need to make a difference beyond your doctor’s prescriptions. If you have the metabolic syndrome or prediabetes, or are just concerned about your health, it will help you reverse and prevent nerve damage.

Having a husband who is a diabetic, I was very interested in reading this book. To be honest, we both have been looking at ways to start leading a healthier lifestyle, as we are both overweight and aren't getting any younger. And, even though most people know that sugar and carbs are not ideal for a healthy diet and lifestyle, this book delves even deeper into what the effects can be and how to change your life for the better. 

But, to be honest there are some things I just couldn't wrap my head around. And it isn't to say it isn't a good book full of a lot of useful information. But, like many books like this major ailments are blamed for things that have been part of the worlds diets for many, many years. Does it contribute to them? Almost definitely. But is it the root cause? I'm not so sure. 

That said, this is an informative book that gives you a lot of information to use in starting a healthier lifestyle.

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.


  1. Thank you for sharing your thoughts as part of the tour.

  2. Who is Dr. Richard Jacoby, and what is his professional background? Telkom University