What would the world be like if we didn’t become so addicted to sugar over the past half century? If allopathic medicine, which claims to be scientifically-based, had listened to scientists 50 years ago about the dangers of sugar, we could be living in a totally different world. After all, the FDA’s given mandate is to ensure the safety of our nation’s food supply. And if sugar is not safe, shouldn’t the FDA have warned us about that scientific fact similar to the warnings issued for tobacco and alcohol? I’ve heard people say countless times that when their doctor told them to severely cut back on sugar (or some other addictive substance) they finally listened. So having doctors pass on this relevant information about the dangers of sugar could have saved lives.
Here is an article exposing “How The Sugar Industry Tried To Hide The Health Effects Of Its Product 50 Years Ago.” The article begins, “About 50 years ago, the sugar industry stopped funding research that began to show something they wanted to hide: that eating lots of sugar is linked to heart disease. A new study exposes the sugar industry’s decades-old effort to stifle that critical research.” This study in JAMA proves what was becoming apparent 50 years ago – that a high sugar diet increases your risk of heart disease. As soon as that inconvenient fact became known, all funding for that project was pulled and the results were never published.
The sugar industry never admitted that sugar causes weight gain – they said it was due to lack of exercise. However, there is weight gain caused by sugar, which leads to insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, elevated lipids, and eventually heart disease. And, according to this JAMA study, sugar intake can harm the heart even without weight gain.
The study took 15 years and found that trial subjects eating 25% of their daily calories as sugar doubled their risk of dying from heart disease compared with those eating 10% sugar.
In my Death by Modern Medicine book I wrote that on April 23, 2003, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) presented an independent expert report titled “Diet, Nutrition, and the Prevention of Chronic Diseases.” The WHO report focused special attention on added sugars and determined that a healthy diet should contain no more than 10% added sugar.
In the US 72% of the population is overweight, yet the Dietary Guidelines for Americans only advise that sugar should be used in moderation they don’t give a number. Even worse, the Institute of Medicine, part of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, keeps the sugar industry happy by endorsing an excessive 25% of their calories from added sugar. That means if you eat a 2,000 calorie diet, 500 calories are sugar is one quarter of that amount and since there are 4 grams of sugar in every carb, you are eating 150 grams of carbs a day. The amount of carbs that you can eat but still maintain your weight or lose weight are between 20 and 50 grams. The amount of sugars allowed by our health experts ensure weight gain. Even 10% sugars from the diet means a carb intake of 50 grams. Note that a can of soda may contain 10 tsp or 40 grams of sugar; a bottle of energy drink, like Rockstar can have up to 15 tsp or 65 grams of sugar!
The sugar industry and the soft drink industry fought to have the WHO policy removed and the allowable sugar levels raised. In a blatant attempt to derail implementation of the Diet and Nutrition Report, the sugar industry lobbied the U.S. government to withhold its $400 million funding from the UN and WHO if it went ahead with its recommendations.
The United States Department of Health and Human Services instead of supporting the WHO recommendation to help reduce chronic disease, produced a 28-page, line-by-line critique, which was just a blatant pandering to American food companies that produce much of the world’s high-calorie, high-profit sodas and snacks, especially the makers of sugars.
However, by 2014 the WHO, keeping to its mandate, began recommending that only 5% of daily calories should come from added sugars. The recommendation was not associated with any fanfare, presumably to fly under the radar of the sugar industry.
You can read another article about “How the Sugar Industry Shifted Blame to Fat.”Also read my 33-page Rebuttal to the horrendous charges drummed up against me for speaking out about sugar on Canadian national TV 37 years ago. Anyone who tried to tell the truth about sugar was publicly castigated so they wouldn’t gain media attention diverting the sugar agenda. With this recent study I could say I’ve been vindicated but it isn’t about me; it’s about the millions of people who were allowed to keep eating mountains of sugar in spite of the known dangers.
But let’s imagine what the world would be like if medicine had followed the Hippocratic Oath to “first do no harm” and “use those dietary regimens which will benefit my patients…”
- Educating the public about the dangers of consuming too much sugar would result in far less obesity; less ineffective gastric bypass surgery; and less weight loss drugs with their fatal heart attack side effects (Fen-Phen).
- There would be less obesity, less metabolic syndrome, less lipid imbalance, and therefore less heart disease.
- Blaming dietary fat as the culprit in heart disease unleashed an unnecessary witch hunt against saturated fats opening the commercial market to trans fats for decades until trans fats were found to be far worse!
- Magnesium deficiency is associated with heart disease, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, and obesity. Perhaps if medicine was more involved with nutrition, they could have avoided this epidemic. Instead there is NO Nutrition subspecialty in medicine. There is a Bariatrics subspecialty that deals with obesity. Instead of preventing the problem, they allow it to manifest and then use drugs and surgery to treat it.
- If medicine and the public were more aware of the dangers of sugar and the industry not covering up the problem, they might not have attacked me and convinced my licensing body that I was a danger to society because I said bad things about sugar! By keeping me (and other critics) out of mainstream media, the message of natural solutions was greatly hampered. Drug companies became the main advertiser on TV and natural solutions were demonized.
- If there were more awareness of nutrition we might have avoided our magnesium deficiency epidemic and the associated 65 diseases that can be the result. Sugar creates a magnesium deficit because the liver needs twenty-eight atoms of magnesium to process one molecule of glucose. Fructose requires fifty-six atoms of magnesium.
- Sugar also contributes to the epidemic of yeast overgrowth that we suffer. If we had limited our intake of sugar to the WHO recommendation of 5% of our daily calories, we would not suffer the autoimmune diseases like Hashimoto’s or dozens of other inflammatory conditions that plague the Western world.