Metabolic Health and COVID-19

Metabolic Health and COVID-19

There is a strong association between metabolic health and how well a patient with coronavirus may respond to treatment. We make an effort to track articles, papers, and research coming out on this connection here:

  1. Endocrine and metabolic link to coronavirus infection
  2. COVID-19 and metabolic syndrome – An association too difficult to ignore
  3. New CDC data shows danger of coronavirus for those with diabetes, heart or lung disease, other chronic conditions
  4. Preliminary Estimates of the Prevalence of Selected Underlying Health Conditions Among Patients with Coronavirus Disease 2019 — United States, February 12–March 28, 2020
  5. COVID-19: Extra caution needed for patients with diabetes
  6. Obesity Linked to Severe Coronavirus Disease, Especially for Younger Patients
  7. Factors associated with hospitalization and critical illness among 4,103 patients with COVID-19 disease in New York City
  8. Obesity in patients younger than 60 years is a risk factor for Covid-19 hospital admission
  9. Evidence obesity is a risk factor for serious illness with coronavirus is mounting – even if you’re young
  10. The coronavirus is particularly unkind to those who are obese
  11. COVID-19 is hitting some patients with obesity particularly hard
  12. How your diet can help flatten the curve
  13. For coronavirus patients with diabetes, blood sugar control is key, China study reveals
  14. For people with diabetes and COVID-19, blood sugar control is key
  15. Association of Blood Glucose Control and Outcomes in Patients with COVID-19 and Pre-existing Type 2 Diabetes
Julia Ross Interview

Julia Ross Interview

HSF Interview featuring Julia Ross conducted Friday, April 17, 2020.

A potentially life-changing HSF interview featuring Julia Ross, author of the Mood Cure, Diet Cure and Craving Cure.  Ross is joined by Roberta Ruggiero, Founder and President of the Hypoglycemia Support Foundation, and facilitator Wolfram Alderson, CEO of the Hypoglycemia Support Foundation.

An incredible focus on the science and practice of using amino acids to treat addiction, and how they can help you cease craving addictive foods.

“In the land of the free, so many of us are imprisoned by cravings. No one knows more about how to break us out of the industrial food trap than Julia Ross. I have been watching her influence grow for twenty years, as word of her revolutionary work using amino acids to target food addiction has spread. The Craving Cure leads us back to real nourishment and true food freedom.”
― Sally Fallon Morell, Author of Nourishing Traditions and Nourishing Fats 

This is not overnight sensational news or a fad remedy. Hear the science behind almost 30 plus years of successful practice and treatment. Julia Ross is a respected leader in the field of functional medicine and has developed a well-deserved reputation in her field of nutritional therapy.

Listen, take notes and share them with your healthcare provider.

Julia Ross
Julia’s books: Mood Cure, Diet Cure and Craving Cure, hold a special place in the field of nutrition and addiction. Julia is a world leader in the use of Nutritional Therapy for the treatment of mood problems, eating disorders, and addictions. After 10 years as a psychotherapist working with individual adults
and adolescents, families and groups in a variety of psychiatric and outpatient settings, Julia began to direct outpatient treatment programs. Some of her early achievements included the founding of the San Francisco Bay Area’s first programs for food addicts and for drug-addicted adolescents and their families. Julia now oversees a virtual clinic for Food Cravings and Insomnia. She is known for her pioneering work and writing on effective nutritional solutions to the causes of our worldwide epidemic of unhealthy food consumption.

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EChO / HSF Public Health Partnership

EChO / HSF Public Health Partnership


Two nonprofit organizations, the EChO – Eradicate Childhood Obesity Foundation (EChO), and the Hypoglycemia Support Foundation (HSF), have joined in partnership to offer a most comprehensive list of sugars called the “Added Sugar Repository.” Developed by the EChO team as a service to the public health field, the added sugar list is important because these sugars are the leading marker for unhealthy processed foods and they are present in 75% of the foods and beverages consumed in the United States.

The Added Sugar Repository (ASR) extends beyond the information provided by the FDA and includes identified names and specific examples of U.S. food products for each added sugar. The ASR currently includes 262 names for sugar used in processed foods and beverages.

The average American currently consumes 17 teaspoons (71 grams) every day. That translates into about 57 pounds of added sugar consumed each year, per person. The World Health Organization has made consistent recommendations on limiting daily sugar intake. Likewise, the American Heart Association (AHA) recommends no more than 6 teaspoons (25 grams) of added sugar per day for women and 9 teaspoons (38 grams) for men. The AHA limits for children vary depending on their age and caloric needs, but range between 3 and 6 teaspoons (12 to 25 grams) per day. 

For many years, added sugars were not listed on food labels causing a significant gap in knowledge in the general public. With the new FDA rule requiring added sugar to be listed on nutrition labels, we have a new opportunity to see what is really in our food. However, the food industry has already found loopholes that allow them to obfuscate or hide sugar content. The ASR helps the consumer understand the proliferating range of complicated and confusing terms being used for sugar, and informs consumers so they can make conscious food choices when shopping or eating out. Since the food industry actively develops new names for added sugar, consumers are encouraged to report new names not currently on the list and to join with a growing list of volunteers who support the Sugar Matrix project.

Since 2015, EChO has developed technology, mobile applications such as Sugar Poke, Sugar Mon, Sugar Mon Fight and projects that use science and open knowledge, storytelling, and awareness-building campaigns that work toward changing the narrative in impactful ways that engage, enlighten, and transform health. EChO also created original recipes that are simple, quick, healthy and more affordable than fast food from national chains. They offer no-added-sugar alternatives to processed foods that traditionally contain large amounts of hidden sugars. The EChO recipes provide ideas on how to feed a family of 4 for under $10.

EChO is closing, effective March 31, 2020, and is transfering key educational assets to the HSF. 

Wolfram Alderson, CEO of the HSF, acknowledged the contributions of EChO to the public health field: “We applaud EChO’s mission and approach to ending childhood obesity – a growing issue in the U.S. and globally. Education is important in all communities, especially where resources to make healthy eating choices are scarce. All too often, vulnerable children and communities are targets for deceptive marketing by the processed food industry. EChO’s interventions have fostered awareness, knowledge and action, and we are honored to continue the impactful educational programs they have initiated. The HSF has partnered with EChO to help expose the devious ways the food industry hides the many confusing and covert names for added sugar. EChO has shared our passion to make the food system more transparent, and to educate consumers with actionable intelligence. We are honored to carry forward their vital work” 

Laurent Adamowicz, Founder of EChO said: “I thank from the bottom of my heart our team members, volunteers, and Board Directors, who since 2015 have contributed to drawing awareness to what constitutes healthy nutrition. We have served thousands of families and individuals by offering practical solutions to avoid added sugar in their diet and improve their well-being. Today, we are thrilled to partner with the Hypoglycemia Support Foundation to take over our assets including the Added Sugar Repository, the mobile applications Sugar Poke, Sugar Mon, and Sugar Mon Fight designed for children, and the EChO healthy affordable recipes. HSF is an organization that can successfully use these tools for the purpose we designed – to support the children, families, and communities we served in leading healthier and happier lives.

For more information, contact

Wolfram Alderson
[email protected]

Added Sugar Repository link:

Dor Mullen, Your gifts have been received.

Dor Mullen, Your gifts have been received.

My mother was a poet and one of her many gifts, near the end of her life, was this simple yet powerful sentence:

“We come here to love and to learn.”

When I think about Dorothy (Dor) Mullen and her influence on my life, that sentence comes up.

I vividly remember meeting Dor. I had been invited by Peter Herz of FoodSystem6 to present with a gathering of thought leaders at a food systems conference in San Francisco, held August 18, 2015. When I entered the event space, there was a large conference table in the center of the room and the first person I noticed was Dor. I read energy or auras or whatever you want to call it, and Dor’s energy was off the hook. There was a seat next to her and I sat down…we instantly started chatting away and I was hooked in a matter of minutes, before the presentations began. Her spirit, her passion, and energy were infectious…anyone who knew her knows what I mean. 

Wolfram, Dor, and Leslie

Dor gave her presentation, and I have to admit, if I had only seen the ‘academic version’ of The Suppers Programs being presented, I don’t think I would have gotten it. The Suppers Programs is amazing, but the best way to understand it is to experience it, because it is a “community model” and that means what it means! Nonetheless, I was intrigued, and I went and met with Dor before she left San Francisco. I realized I had met a Soul Sister! Six months later I joined with a colleague and another Soul Sister, Leslie Sutton Lee, a Registered Dietitian, to fly to New Jersey for a special facilitator training that Dor put together just for us. We stayed at Dor’s home and she introduced us to many of the wonderful people in The Suppers Programs inner circle. I wrote shortly thereafter that Suppers has discovered the Holy Grail of Lifestyle Change.

I wrote an article “It’s about Love” on The Suppers Programs website at Dor’s request and she also included it in her 2nd Edition of Logical Miracles. While Dor was meticulous in spelling out what The Suppers Programs is and how it works in her books and on the website, the one element – the “secret sauce” – that wasn’t spelled out, was the tremendous amount of love she poured into all she did, and the love vibrating and flowing through the community she inspired and literally and spiritually fed. It was everywhere, in Dor’s kitchen, in the recipes, in all The Suppers Programs practices, and in every member who participated. 

At the time, I was busy building a national nutrition advocacy organization I founded with Dr. Robert Lustig. I have to admit though, the thought ran through my head of running away to New Jersey to just hang out with The Suppers Programs and to spend more time in Dor’s kitchen learning. Well, I know there are many of us now who know our job is to carry forward Dor’s work (now our work) and to spread the Suppers model around. 

With all due respect to the citizens of the Garden State, The Suppers Programs should be shared and replicated throughout the whole world. There are over 100,000 Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) programs in 175 different countries, and over 60,000 in the U.S. alone. It is well-known that Bill Wilson, the founder of AA, toward the end of his life, tried to express how important nutrition was, since he himself suffered from reactive hypoglycemia. Since then, the connection between hypoglycemia and alcoholism has been well-established. Unfortunately, few paid attention to Bill, and some even mocked him. Dor did pay attention. Dor’s training (Masters degree in Addiction Counseling) was one reason she was able to see the fundamental blind spot in treating addiction – nutrition. Alcoholism averages between .05 to 5 percent of the population by country… but everyone has to eat, and we know that only 12% of the population is metabolically healthy (at least in the U.S.). So, I’m quite serious when I say there should be a chapter of The Suppers Programs in every community, or, at the very least, incorporated into community-based programs that are already out there (such as AA).

While developing an infographic on hypoglycemia for the Hypoglycemia Support Foundation, where I currently serve as CEO, I contacted Dor for a quote. It became the featured quote for the infographic:

“Congratulations, you may have received the gift of hypoglycemia. Because long before you get type 2 diabetes or heart disease, low blood sugar, also called hypoglycemia, sends you insistent warnings, like a “canary in a coal mine” while you still have time to save yourself. The gift messages take many forms: anxiety, depression, physical and mental fatigue, brain fog and cravings — all with the same greeting: ‘Change while there is still time.” Assuming you listen and act, it could save you a lifetime of suffering.”
– Dorothy Mullen, The Suppers Programs

The quote she provided was so typical of Dor and her whole approach to diet and lifestyle change: seeing the “gifts” in what seems to be a burden, seeing the root cause versus the symptoms, and flipping the perspective so you could see your ‘dis-ease’ as a blessing and not a curse – as long as you pay attention to it. When disease caught up with Dor personally, she practiced what she preached and took the “opportunity” to educate, producing dozens of videos inspired by her own process of dying while living life to the max right up to her moment of passing. That’s a tough act to follow as they say, but I don’t think I’m alone in the feeling that Dor left us all with a mission, inspired by her vision, and I’m going to do my best to fulfill it. 

Another line my poet mother gave me was “Your gifts shall be received.”

Dor, your gifts have been received. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Dor Mullen

Learn more about The Suppers Programs, the organization and movement that Dor inspired here.

Click here to read a Tribute to Dorothy Smith Mullen from The Board of Trustees of The Suppers Programs

Zoom Open House

Zoom Open House

Zoom Open House

Dear Friends and Supporters of the Hypoglycemia Support Foundation,

The HSF declared March 13, 2020 as the inaugural Global *Hypoglycemia Awareness Day, and, on this special day, we also celebrated the HSF’s 40th Anniversary!

Our HSF Open House Zoom Room was held from 9am (Pacific) / Noon Eastern to 1pm (Pacific) / 4pm Eastern… a total of 4 hours on March 13, 2020. Our vision was fulfilled and many of our friends, colleagues, followers, and advisors called in and joined the conversation, which we recorded and now share with those who were not able to call in. Roberta Ruggiero and Wolfram Alderson were in the Zoom Room during the entire 4 hours. Questions about hypoglycemia, opportunities to share experiences relevant to hypoglycemia, expertise, and connections to hypoglycemia, etc., were welcomed and a rich discussion was held. This is the first time the HSF haS done something like this, so consider it an experiment in how to engage our community in a way that is inclusive and accessible to all.

Check out our National Petition

We also announced a new national petition to encourage medicare coverage of blood sugar testing supplies for people with severe hypoglycemia.

Here is the audio recording of the entire open house!