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Diabetes and obesity linked to the consumption of high fructose corn syrup and refined sugars

Wednesday, May 12, 2004
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
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Tags: soft drinks, obesity, diabetes


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New research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition links diabetes with the rise in consumption of high fructose corn syrup. By examining the consumption of food macronutrients (fats, proteins and carbohydrates) consumed by the population from 1909 to 1997, researchers were able to correlate, with startling clarity, the rise of diabetes with the consumption of refined sugars and carbohydrates.

A long list of nutritionists and naturopaths (myself included) have been telling the public about this correlation for years. It's nice to see additional epidemiological research to back up the trend. So what does it all mean? For starters, it means that the low-fat diet crazy of the 1980's was all wrong. When doctors and the American Heart Association told people to avoid fat, people consumed massive quantities of refined sugars, causing an acceleration of chronic diseases like obesity and diabetes (which, of course, have terrible implications for heart health as well).

It also means that the current efforts by the Bush Administration and the sugar industry to claim that carbohydrates don't promote disease are, of course, hogwash. Due to business interests, the Bush Administration has been pressuring the World Health Organization to avoid recommending that people around the world eat less refined sugar. You see, the United States is the world's largest exporter of high-sugar, disease-promoting foods and drinks such as soft drinks and candy bars. If the world is told to eat less sugar, that will not only make everyone healthier and save billions of dollars in annual health care costs, it will also hurt the profits of a few influential companies and organizations in the United States. So, of course, they can't allow the world to be told to eat less sugar, which is why Big Sugar has harshly criticized anyone who explains that refined white sugar is bad for you. That's food politics at work.

Lastly, it also means that the #1 cause of disease and death in the United States is, in fact, our national food supply. It is our foods that are killing us, and the studies prove it. If we weren't eating such high quantities of high fructose corn syrup, hydrogenated oils, aspartame, sodium nitrite, MSG and other metabolic disruptors, we'd all be far healthier today. In fact, if we ate what previous generations ate, our levels of chronic disease would plummet to the levels observed in the 1940's and 1950's.

And yet, today we have the opportunity to be far healthier than our grandparents simply because we have access to miracle-class sources of outstanding nutrition. These "superfoods" include chlorella, spirulina, flax oil, wheat grass, quinoa and many others. We have access to these today at affordable prices, allowing us to enhance our health in ways our grandparents never could have imagined.

It is sad, indeed, that the American public is now experiencing more chronic disease than at any time in recorded human history. We've done it to ourselves, and we've done it by allowing soft drink vendors to invade our schools, by allowing the sugar industry to control the White House, by allowing food companies to sell milled grains (like white flour) that lack any notable nutrition, by falling for the bad nutritional science promoted by the AHA, ADA and FDA, and by subsidizing both the corn and sugar industries with hundreds of millions of dollars that ultimately have the effect of making junk foods far cheaper than healthy foods.

We've done all this to ourselves, folks, and the vast majority of it has been done in order to protect the profits of a few influential organizations. But the ultimate cost is widespread chronic disease and billions of dollars in associated health care costs.

It's time to do something different. Join the Consumer Wellness Research Center and become part of the growing effort to ban soft drinks in our nations schools, end taxpayer subsidies to sugar companies, create an internal affairs department at the FDA, and hold food companies responsible for the diseases their products directly cause. And, of course, don't eat refined carbohydrates or processed foods if you want to avoid chronic disease.


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About the author:Mike Adams (aka the "Health Ranger") is a best selling author (#1 best selling science book on Amazon.com) and a globally recognized scientific researcher in clean foods. He serves as the founding editor of NaturalNews.com and the lab science director of an internationally accredited (ISO 17025) analytical laboratory known as CWC Labs. There, he was awarded a Certificate of Excellence for achieving extremely high accuracy in the analysis of toxic elements in unknown water samples using ICP-MS instrumentation. Adams is also highly proficient in running liquid chromatography, ion chromatography and mass spectrometry time-of-flight analytical instrumentation.

Adams is a person of color whose ancestors include Africans and Native American Indians. He's also of Native American heritage, which he credits as inspiring his "Health Ranger" passion for protecting life and nature against the destruction caused by chemicals, heavy metals and other forms of pollution.

Adams is the founder and publisher of the open source science journal Natural Science Journal, the author of numerous peer-reviewed science papers published by the journal, and the author of the world's first book that published ICP-MS heavy metals analysis results for foods, dietary supplements, pet food, spices and fast food. The book is entitled Food Forensics and is published by BenBella Books.

In his laboratory research, Adams has made numerous food safety breakthroughs such as revealing rice protein products imported from Asia to be contaminated with toxic heavy metals like lead, cadmium and tungsten. Adams was the first food science researcher to document high levels of tungsten in superfoods. He also discovered over 11 ppm lead in imported mangosteen powder, and led an industry-wide voluntary agreement to limit heavy metals in rice protein products.

In addition to his lab work, Adams is also the (non-paid) executive director of the non-profit Consumer Wellness Center (CWC), an organization that redirects 100% of its donations receipts to grant programs that teach children and women how to grow their own food or vastly improve their nutrition. Through the non-profit CWC, Adams also launched Nutrition Rescue, a program that donates essential vitamins to people in need. Click here to see some of the CWC success stories.

With a background in science and software technology, Adams is the original founder of the email newsletter technology company known as Arial Software. Using his technical experience combined with his love for natural health, Adams developed and deployed the content management system currently driving NaturalNews.com. He also engineered the high-level statistical algorithms that power SCIENCE.naturalnews.com, a massive research resource featuring over 10 million scientific studies.

Adams is well known for his incredibly popular consumer activism video blowing the lid on fake blueberries used throughout the food supply. He has also exposed "strange fibers" found in Chicken McNuggets, fake academic credentials of so-called health "gurus," dangerous "detox" products imported as battery acid and sold for oral consumption, fake acai berry scams, the California raw milk raids, the vaccine research fraud revealed by industry whistleblowers and many other topics.

Adams has also helped defend the rights of home gardeners and protect the medical freedom rights of parents. Adams is widely recognized to have made a remarkable global impact on issues like GMOs, vaccines, nutrition therapies, human consciousness.

In addition to his activism, Adams is an accomplished musician who has released over a dozen popular songs covering a variety of activism topics.

Click here to read a more detailed bio on Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, at HealthRanger.com.

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