To the editors:
Re: Michelle Murphy, Manhattan Beach, California letter to the "The Straight Dope"
This is the correct answer: "Sugar is a deceptive thing. It appears to give one energy. But it does so by bypassing the body's production of its own sugar."
"Straight sugar makes the stomach and digestive processes alkaline. This is the opposite to acid. Food needs acid to digest. Therefore, as just one part of all this scene, when one doesn't eat protein and digest his food he winds up in a state of malnutrition--a general breakdown of body functions due to lack of adequate nourishment."
"Sugar that is supposed 'to produce energy' does so only at the expense of physical health for sugar does not build up a body, it only burns it up."
"The result of a heavy intake of sugar and carbohydrates is to feel tired all the time--no pep. A diet of candy bars & Cokes may appear to put energy there but eventually no body is left to burn it!"
"The degeneration can be reversed if one knocks off the Cokes & candy bars & sugar in the coffee & tea & begins to concentrate on an intake of a good percentage of protein. After a few weeks or months, one starts to feel peppy. The old body has begun to build itself back."
L. Ron Hubbard, founder of the Church of Scientology, wrote the above excerpts in a 1973 bulletin to church members.