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Area seniors enjoy Senior Expo

May 24, 2012
By LISA M. HOFFMANN - Staff Writer , The Daily News

KINGSFORD - Area seniors in attendance at The Daily News Senior Expo on Tuesday enjoyed what Dr. James Surrell had to say about nutrition and weight loss.

More than 200 area residents attended the day-long event at Pine Grove Country Club in Iron Mountain.

Surrell, author of SOS (Stop Only Sugar) Diet book, said sugar causes mood swings, raises cholesterol and causes diabetes.

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"Get refined sugar out of your diet. It's as simple as that," he said.

His SOS Diet has three rules - low sugar, high fiber and no more rules.

Surrell, director of Digestive Health Clinic at MGH, added lowfat foods are bunk

as they have two to three times as much sugar than regular foods.

"Forget calories and carbohydrates. Become a label-reading detective," he said. "Thousands of people are no longer on cholesterol pills because they read labels."

Surrell said the fruits to stay away from are grapes/raisins, mangoes and bananas. And the vegetables to avoid are corn and potatoes.

He said the best snack is dry-roasted peanuts with FiberOne cereal.

Surrell also noted sugar substitutes have zero health risk, but natural doesn't necessarily mean good.

"Yes they are safe," he said about sugar substitutes, with his favorite being Splenda.

Rachel Solom of Iron Mountain said she enjoyed Dr. Surrell's presentation.

"His talk was phenomenal," she said. "The health misconception is that the key to good health is low-fat, but Dr. Surrell taught us that the key to good health is low sugar and high fiber."

Jean Marcell of Kingsford thought the Senior Expo was very good with a real variety of healthful hints, awareness and health issues presented.

Barbara Raffin of Merriman also picked up some tips from the event, including health care and financial information.

Jim Dabb of Sagola attended the event last year and again this year.

"It was so good last year, I had to come back for more," he said.

Dabb gave the second annual event two-thumbs up because of the increase in knowledge and new issues available to seniors.

Other speakers at the second annual event were Great Northern Home/Pine Crest, The Drug Store, Golden Living Center, Miracle Ear, U.P. Rehab Services, Dickinson County Healthcare System, Manor Care, Erickson-Rochon & Nash Funeral Home, and G.A.F. Financial.

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