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Ask Dr. Gott 6/14
Eww! That snot the way to blow your nose
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    DEAR DR. GOTT: My husband has a habit of wiping his nose with his hands. Sometimes he uses his shirt. I have asked him many times to stop, but he says he isn't hurting anybody and gets disgusted when I say anything. Please, do you have any suggestions?
    DEAR READER: Your husband's habit is gross. He should use tissues or handkerchiefs. Show him my answer to your concerns.
    DEAR DR. GOTT: My first question has to do with the no-flour, no-sugar diet. It does seem very simple and easy. (I have just started to follow it.) I have always read labels, so that is not a problem. The problem I have is discerning what you consider to be "sugar." Does it include corn-syrup solids when the label states "sugar free," "unsweetened" or some such phrase? I find it in flavored coffees and coffee creamers. I was trying to find mayonnaise that did not have sugar in it and found Hollywood canola mayonnaise has dehydrated cane juice listed. Are corn-syrup solids and/or dehydrated cane juice considered sugar? What about honey? It is last on the list of ingredients before the added vitamin E. Does it matter how far down the list it is? And what about the '-oses': maltose, dextrose, glucose, etc? Can you please clarify this for me?
    The second question I have concerns flour vs. grain. Tortillas (corn) are made from ground corn, and from what I have seen in your column, that is acceptable. But why is a cracker made from wheat different from one made with whole-wheat flour or bread made with whole-wheat flour? The wheat is obviously ground either way. Is there something in the processing that changes it? Please tell me what the difference is.
    DEAR READER: You raise some important technical issues that I address in my book "Dr. Gott's No Flour, No Sugar Diet."
    Basically, sweets such as cane sugar, corn syrup and honey are a no-no. Natural fruit sweetener is OK.
    Second, flour products are prohibited, but to keep things simple, nonflour products such as ground wheat are acceptable. While still ground, it is processed far less and therefore digests like a whole grain rather than a straight carb.

    DEAR DR. GOTT: I received your "Losing Weight" flyer sometime ago. It looks like a good program but I do have a question.
    You state "no flour, no sugar," which means no bread products. Then you say you can eat jellies and jams that have no cane sugar. What are we supposed to put theses jams and jellies on to eat them? I can't see myself eating them out of the jar.
    DEAR READER: Bread made from nonflour grain is a good substitute for regular bread and tastes delicious with jams or jellies. For more detail, I recommend you read my new book, mentioned in the above question. Good luck with the diet.
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