For thousands of years mankind obtained our sweetness from natural sources such as honey and bee pollen. Honey was truly the Nectar of The Gods. Today's mass-produced sugar is less a nectar... building our life essence (In Ayurveda they call this 'Ojas')... and more a deadly poison. We seem to have gone collectively mad with the amount of refined and artificial sugars we are absorbing. Our bodies are designed for 1/2 a teaspoon per day of sugar. Over 1/2 a teaspoon per day and sugar becomes toxic to our bodies. Yet we consume 70x that. 128 lbs of sugar per person, per year. If our bodies can only utilize 1/2 a teaspoon, where is all the excess sugar going? Well, some is excreted and some gets dumped into our fat stores. Not only that but the amount of circulating sugar, and insulin needed to deliver it to cells, just wears our poor pancreas out!
Sugar seems to be in everything.
This massive sugar-assault on men and women’s pancreas is coming from industrially-produced food and drink, provided by giant corporations, collectively known as 'Big Junk Food'. I will refer to them as ‘Big Food’. This industry knows the harm their products are causing but, just like organized crime syndicates, do not care. Not only are they not embarrassed by the immense harm they cause, they want us to eat MORE of it. Sugar has brought them stupendous profits and as long as they can buy the protection of politicians and health influence-peddlers, why would they stop? ‘Big Food’ is not the only industry profiting from our excessive consumption. The Health Industry is also ‘making a killing’.
All Corporations try to cut costs and increase profits, producing at the lowest possible price. The largest, reportedly, buying off those who might stand in their way. One striking example is The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the U.S.’s largest trade association for nutrition professionals. This body has, for years, been accepting sponsorships from “Big Food”. All the Food Giants have networks of dietitians, bloggers and paid talent pushing a 'healthy' message. Coke, in February this year, paid sports and nutrition experts to recommend coke as a snack. It really is shocking to see the nation’s nutrition industry hijacked by the very companies whose products most contribute to our obesity and health problems. Now that the Academy of Nutrition is sucking on the corporate tit, they refuse to end this troubling relationship despite the obvious conflict of interest and protests from its membership. Infiltrating bodies like this to neuter them is a smart move by corporations but is hardly in the interest of the public.
Type I diabetes cannot be prevented
This morning I received a response to yesterday’s blog, in which a reader stated 'Type 1 can NOT be prevented. Ever.’ Since we do not yet know the reason why insulin-producing pancreatic cells are being destroyed, in Type 1, it seems a rather bold and bleak statement. Is Conventional medicine even interested in prevention? Compare the budget set aside for prevention to the budget set aside for treatment and you’ll need Captain Kirk and the Starship Enterprise to bridge the gap. The lack of interest in prevention of disease by the ‘Disease-Management' Industry has been obvious for decades. There are always lots of noises about ‘advances’ here and ‘progress’ there and cures being ‘Just around the corner’ but if you were to take a moment to reflect on similar pronouncements, across a wide range of diseases, over many decades, you soon realize cures always remain ‘just around the corner’. You can bet the farm that, in 60 years, just as with the cancer industry, they will be feeding you the same ‘fluff’ about Diabetes. This is PR to keep us natives from getting restless. It never amounts to anything.
Coming back to whether Type I diabetes can be prevented or not, I read this kind of thing often in medical literature and find such statements work better when I prefix them with “To our knowledge…”
I am going to keep my powder dry, for now, but would enjoy hearing from anyone who does believe Type I CAN be prevented. It's a balance thing. As for the rest of the blogs in the series, my apologies to Type I's, the greater focus will be on Type II and prediabetes, which form the vast majority of cases.
Just so you know, I am not an academic and intend to keep these blog posts as simple to understand as possible. Health jargon baffles most people, keeps them confused and thus, dependent on experts. This might please the experts but I don't see it as being in the interest of us ordinary mortals.
More in the next blog titled, Your Dog is Smarter Than You
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