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Book Nook: Ideas for kicking the sugar habit

BEAT SUGAR ADDICTION NOW! The Cutting-Edge Program That Cures Your Type of Sugar Addiction and Puts You on the Road to Feeling Great - and Losing Weight! by Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, with Chrystle Fiedler. Fair Winds Press, $16.99, 255 pp.

If you see yourself as a sugar addict, you've managed one way or another to endure Halloween - but the true horrors are yet to come.

The holidays. Thanksgiving pies, chocolate Hanukkah gelt, Christmas cookies. Will temptation never end?

Teitelbaum, a familiar media presence and expert on fibromyalgia, writes that "Sugar acts as an energy loan shark, taking away more energy than it gives."

THE SCOOP Teitelbaum says there are four types of sugar addiction (yours might fit in more than one category), whose symptoms include depression, stress, congestion (and other manifestations of yeast overgrowth, such as sinusitis) and exhaustion. And he offers four different plans for attacking the problem.

THE BOTTOM LINE Getting off sugar, of course, is key, and Teitelbaum emphasizes exercise, vitamins, whole foods - and sleep. Don't ignore your thyroid - sometimes even people with normal hormone tests can have a deficiency.

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