My very name, Huggins, is a name that was involved in the sugar racket in the West Indies since 1625 or whenever Cromwell had those first Irish families sent to the West Indies as virtual slaves. The Huggins’ among the other Irish, seemed to have an affinity for African slaves in the earliest days because the British had to enact anti-miscegenation laws to make it illegal for Euros to co-mingle with Africans. Most of the Huggins descendants did not pay much attention to those laws because they were already mixed-blood almost to a man. A couple of Huggins’ did rise to marry planter widows and thus join the planter class. Edward Huggins of Nevis was a famous slaveholder, but not probably my direct ancestor unless the son he disinherited moved to Barbados and gave birth to my direct ancestor who left the Barbados, West Indies and went to Canada in 1850. So call it 200 years my family was involved with sugar from slave to slave-owner.
23andme confirms I am 1/64 African, probably Nigerian. That means my dad was 1/32 African. 1/32 was the definition of “One Drop”, meaning that in some states of the USA, my dad would have been called black on his passport, though he looked Irish all his life. I would not have been called black, but I might have had to say that my dad was black. His dad looked Irish too, but would have been 1/16th African. We don’t have photos of my great grandfather or his father, the man who emigrated, but he would have been about 25% African and probably not have looked very African. either. If only one of my direct ancestors was black, it would have been his grandfather that was the pure African, but that does not cover that first 100 years when the Huggins’ were probably already mixed. So my guess is that a lot of my ancestors for 8 generations probably averaged 25% African, yet were consider white by west Indian standards.
Self disclosure does not stop there. My father had type I diabetes and he took insulin shots from the 1920’s until his death in the 1970’s. His father was an alcoholic -and it seems the two diseases may have plagued the Huggins’ for centuries since their arrival in the West Indies. Sugar is the bane of diabetes. Alcohol is fermented sugar. Demon rum is dependent on sugar for its manufacture. Unless I have some Jewish forebears from the West Indies, my family was certainly no mover or shaker who was responsible for the financing of the sugar industry, but instead they appear to be a bunch of self-replicating worker bees caught up in the manufacture of rum and sugar from the cane, until at least one of all the Huggins’ that rose to foreman- rose to marriage in the big house and thus to slave-owner. My direct ancestor who left sugar for the lumber industry was no property owner. He was a manager though and so were his sons.
So, I was raised by a diabetic father. He was very self-disciplined and never ate sugar or unrefined carbohydrates. He lived until his 70’s in good shape- no diabetes aftermath like amputated limbs or blinded eyes. He did die of heart failure. He simply could not abide sugar in any way, shape or form- it would have killed him, if insulin were not yet available. So we had very little sugar in the house when I was growing up. It was reserved for birthdays and circuses.
About 3 years after I graduated college, I met my first health food friend who told me sugar was bad whether you had diabetes or not. Sugar causes type II diabetes and can be avoided entirely in most cases. I was skeptical and expressed that to another friend who had earned a black belt. He agreed with the health food guy and told me to quit eating any sugar for a week, then take 1teaspoon on an empty stomach then observe what happened. Well, by then I had taken LSD and had learned to self-observe and self-monitor the effects of a substance in my system. So I did as he said. First off, it was not easy to avoid sugar- that is a story in itself, but I did it and then took the spoonful. I felt an immediate rush of energy, a kind of burning in my stomach and cheeks- an acidic one in the tummy, but I had an empty stomach and I could feel it hit as I focused . Then I felt it drain out of my system and I was left feeling weak and a bit shaky- a hypoglycemic reaction. I was familiar with those but had never induced on as an experiment with a clean system, one teaspoon of sugar and then feel the results: An acidic nothing, then a mini-hypoglycemic crash.
Eating refined carbs cause big insulin releases into the blood which neutralize ALL the sugar, leaving you with less sugar than you need and thus the shakes and feeling flushed etc. until you eat a bit more sugar, and quickly.
So refined sugar is not really a food. It is a treat only and needs to be treated that way. Too much in the blood-even without diabetes is bad for you and continuous ups and crashes from eating sugar are also bad for the body and weaken systems.
And I have not even touched on the worst thing about sugar, the legacy of the West Indies, yet. Sugar was first cause for slavery in the New World. The entire New World economy is based on sugar and slavery. The USA economy became based on slavery and being part of the sugar, rum, slavery triangle. The Huggins family got into some really bad karma with sugar and slavery in the West Indies, as did every other non-slave in the region.
The sugar industry was birthed through slavery and created racism as a justification for slavery. Barbados, home of my direct ancestor, makes the claim that it invented racism as a useful tool to keep control. The sugar industry, to this day, is still creating bad influences, buying off big universities like Harvard to make fat the bad guy, influencing the medical establishment and even the drug industry -which loves to comes up with sugar balancing or sugar-negating drugs every year.
We need to face the fact that we do not face the facts about eating too much sugar. It is so bad for the body it should be called a poison. It should also be called a drug. Worse than that. It has to be the substance with the worst karma for death, disease, and slavery of any substance ever.
The heroin epidemic is nothing compared to the sugar epidemic. Heroin kills immediately when it kills, so it is identifiable as dangerous. Sugar kills by the decade and even though we all know the truth, we except ourselves from it, because we are strung out on it. Yes, addicted to it as much as to we are to Big Oil. But we need sugar far less. We need and are getting alternatives to Big Oil, there is no alternative to not eating sugar, except not to eat it. Sugar would make us all slaves to it again; make no mistake- it is worse than the tobacco lobby and far older. Sugar’s money created the Americas we know today so tainted by slavery and racism.
While I am proud to claim my “half-drop of African ancestry and lucky to know the story of how I got it, as well. I actually have less African blood than the average USA white person, who is more like 10% African. I keep thinking all those klu klux klanner-types need to test their DNA before they make racist remarks. No families in the slave-owning South remained 100% white any more than in the West Indies. If you have slavery, you still have people who have sex without regard to social status. If you have slave children, you are more than likely to give them more privilege. If you look at histories of slave owning families, you see much race mixing and now, the DNA proves it.
The race mixing is probably the best part of the entire West Indies Sugar Legacy and the touches it left in the majority of the slave-holding world. Sugar is no longer produced through slavery , but it is now indisputably known that sugar itself is bad for you no matter how it is produced. So the big money that still owns sugar still tries to lie about how bad it is for people to eat. Only a very small minority of scientists will stand up and discuss sugar accurately. Health food people are the best source for accurate information about sugar.
The simple truth is, no one NEEDS manufactured sugar. That can’t even be said about most drugs, legal or illegal, but it is true of sugar. No body needs refined sugar. Yes, the natural amounts of sugar in fruits, is ok, but refined sugar is not- in any amount. Plus it causes cavities, the only thing the sugar industry really admits about sugar.
There, I said most of what I meant to say.