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The reference number that has been bandied around as common knowledge is that the average sugar intake per person in the Standard American Diet “SAD” (interesting acronym, don’t you think?) is 150 lbs per person, per year. Putting that into terms that you may be better able to relate to…well, lets do the numbers (rounded for convenience):

150 lbs per year / 365 days per year = .41 lbs per day (that doesn’t seem so like such a big deal!)

454 grams per lb X .41 lbs per day = 186 grams per day  (Hummm…can’t really relate to that!)

186 grams per day / 4 grams per teaspoon (according to a 2013 posting by Diane Rellinger, Michigan State University Extension) = 47 teaspoons per day (yo!)

Unless you are a cell physiology aficionado  you may not know that high sugar consumption (which causes increase in free radical production) is a “disrupter” to normal cell physiological function that cause mitochondrial damage…messing with energy production at the cellular level…shifting the mechanism for energy production within the cell from aerobic (with Oxygen) to anaerobic (without Oxygen)

Cancer cells are “obligate glucose metabolizers” that thrives on sugar…sugar is the fuel for cancer cells! Starting to see the connection?

Trivia: Relative to the Sugar-Stupid-Cancer connection, what words of wisdom have John Wayne, Bill Murray and Tom Hanks’ Forrest Gump character been attributed with having said?

John Wayne: “Life is hard;  it’s harder if you’re stupid.”

Bill Murray: “It’s hard to win an argument with a smart person, but it’s damn near impossible to win an argument with a stupid person.”

Forrest Gump: “Stupid is as stupid does.”

Moral to the story (at the expense of appearing insensitive, arrogant and condescending)…isn’t it stupid to eat so much sugar?

Best in health!



Update…GMO labeling came up for vote again recently in California, the country’s agricultural powerhouse and most populous state. And once again (this is twice in two years now), lawmakers voted down the bill that would have mandated genetically engineered foods to be labeled. If both The New York Times poll conducted last year revealing that 93% of respondents want foods that contain GMOs to be labeled, and the 2010 survey conducted by The Washington Post finding that that 94% of people supported GMO labeling….where is the disconnect here? Could it be our that legislators are confused about where their loyalties should lie?
Could it perhaps have something to do with the fact that Monsanto and the “brotherhood” are willing to throw as much money as they can to defeat legislation that proposes mandatory GMO labeling? What do we find if we follow the money? Monsanto and the multibillion-dollar food manufacturers – Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) – that use its ingredients spent $46 million in 2012 to defeat the bill in California. And these anti-labeling behemoths spent $22 million last fall to defeat the GMO labeling bill in Washington. An unrelenting & unwavering dedication to the “holy grail” of corporate existence, greater and greater “profits”, trumps public health. Be aware that the GMO issue is merely one dimension of a much larger movement (if your have a sweet tooth I invite you to check out the new movie “Fed Up”) of a powerful profit-motivated consortium whose perverse agenda has no respect for nature or human life.

From Doug Hills “Laissez Faire Newsletter”, June 4, 2014… “For 20 years now, Americans have been the subjects of the largest uncontrolled nutrition science experiment in history. A great deal of evidence suggests that over time, virtually every one ofthe conditions described as “diseases of aging” or “diseases of civilization” is probably due to chronically elevated levels of whole-body inflammation. This inflammation manifests as familiar modern scourges: many forms of cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, even a range of psychological disorders. The optimal diet to keep inflammation in check is similar to the one most Americans ate in the early 20th century. What we eat today, though, is radically different. The government, industry, and their lapdogs in the media would have you believe that having genetically modified organisms in the food supply is perfectly healthy.” Thank you Doug …Caveat Emptor!

ImageThis is the cover & cover story that appears in the Spring 2014 “Harvard Public Health” Journal published by the Harvard School of Public Health. Way to go Harvard…you connected the dots! It appears that the since the passage of  “Obamacare” or more accurately the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” – gives one that warm, fuzzy and taken care of feeling…also wonder about the term “affordable”…nice word-smithing – the ongoing worsening health crisis in America has become a lackluster conversation piece.

Failing Economy –> greater financial hardship for the 99% — > greater mental and emotional stress (#1 risk factor for all the chronic degenerative diseases) — > more illness & disease!

Unfortunately, our Public Health Policy machine in the U.S. got no real clout/power beyond good intention and “sound-good” rhetoric in the face of the Financial-Military-Industrial Complex that heavily influences most, if not all, political, legislative and judicial outcomes in America for the ultimate benefit of the 1%.

Moral to the story: when it comes to your personal mental, emotional and physical health and well-being, Public Health Policy – in the absence of Personal Responsibility & Discipline (ouch…that stung!) – will not get or keep you healthy. Learn more…Position Paper #1: Health Care Reform…

P.S. I often wonder whether there might exist at some level an economic, moral & ideological conflict of interest between Harvard’s School of Medicine agenda (pharmaceutical disease management philosophy & training = ongoing sickness care) and School of Public Health (health advocates)!