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Diabetic epidemic on the rise: cases of diabetes to more than double in the United States, pharmaceutical industry drools over potential profits

Wednesday, May 12, 2004
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com (See all articles...)
Tags: obesity, disease prevention, drug companies

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The US is headed for a diabetes epidemic that could see as many as 41 million Americans suffering from full-blown diabetes if prevention measures are not put into place, announced Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson. Right now, 18 million Americans have full-blown diabetes, which already makes the disease an epidemic. But if nothing is done to reverse the trend, this number will more than double in the years ahead.

What can be done to stop this diabetic epidemic? Fundamentally, we have to look at what causes diabetes in the first place. And there's no mystery about that: people become diabetic due to natural cause-and-effects laws concerning food choice and physical exercise. If you eat certain foods while avoiding physical exercise, you will automatically become diabetic over time. It's certainly not a medical mystery.

The solution, then is straightforward: avoid eating the foods that cause obesity and diabetes. That means people should avoid all refined white flour, refined white sugar, high fructose corn syrup, milled grains and other processed carbohydrates. Instead, they should turn to natural herbal sweeteners like stevia and xylitol, and of course natural forms of sweets like apples, strawberries and carrots. The second part of the solution involves physical exercise: people need to walk or engage in cardiovascular exercise for one hour a day, six days a week. Adding a strength training component would further accelerate their health progress and prevent them from becoming diabetic.

The hard part in all this is not declaring what needs to change, it's getting organized medicine to start supporting that change. See, the pharmaceutical industry sees the diabetes epidemic as an opportunity for profit. If twice as many people become diabetic in the years ahead, the drug industry can look forward to doubling their sales of insulin, syringes, and all sorts of drugs for treatment of everything from diabetic neuropathy to problems with the pancreas. To them, the coming wave of diabetes is a tremendous opportunity for profit. Simultaneously, there's no profit whatsoever for drug companies when it comes to prevention. In fact, if prevention is widely taught and followed, the pharmaceutical industry would lose hundreds of millions of dollars in profit.

It is for precisely these reasons that there is no push towards nutrition, exercise and disease prevention. All the money -- along with the hype, the headlines, the TV commercials and the medical journals -- are focused primarily on how to treat those diseases once they become full-blown profit generators. It's sad, but absolutely true.

With the right advice, the right motivations, and major changes in the food supply, the U.S. population wouldn't even need pharmaceutical companies. The drug industry is one that depends on chronic disease for its own survival, and we'd all be better off if we were so healthy that chronic disease was a rarity rather than the norm.

The drug industry claims to be helping people, but in fact it is primarily feeding off peoples' unnecessary suffering. If we took all the drug money being accumulated by pharmaceutical companies and invested it in public education about nutrition and fitness, we wouldn't need all those drugs after all. A healthy nation is one with a very tiny pharmaceutical industry.

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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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