. . . it's a lot more than just empty calories For decades I've been calling refined sugar a deadly, metabolic poison that should be outlawed like cocaine or at least made a controlled substance like alcohol so that children will not be allowed to purchase products containing sugar. At long last someone in the medical establishment has come to the same conclusion! Dr. Robert Lustig is a professor of pediatrics at the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine (one of the highest-rated medical schools in the country), where he also directs the Weight Assessment for Teen and Child Health (WATCH) Program. In May of 2009, he gave a 90-minute lecture that's still alive and well on YouTube called, "Sugar: The Bitter Truth." Last year at around this time, Gary Taubes reported in the New York Times that it had been viewed well over 800,000 times at a rate of about 50,000 a month. In this lecture, and in a new study written in collaboration with two colleagues at UCSF, Laura Schmidt, PhD, MSW, MPH, and Claire Brindis, DPH, Dr. Lustig lambasts sugar, calling it a toxin and a poison that alters biochemistry leading to chronic diseases that plague the western world. The trio call sugar an addictive substance like alcohol and tobacco that should be highly regulated with taxes and laws on where and to whom it can be advertised and sold. If you're concerned about any disease, from Alzheimer's to cancer, sugar has got to go! Yet the average American consumes almost a half-pound of this dangerous toxin each and every day -- 3 times what they consumed only 30 years ago! Much of it now comes from processed foods in the form of high fructose corn syrup. Sugar is involved in causing every imaginable disease from the common cold to depression. Children especially need to be protected, but the sugar lobby in Congress is too powerful to have this poison outlawed anytime soon. However, you don't have to wait. You can outlaw it in your life now. Your body will thank you with the gift of better health! Lustig RH. Public health: The toxic truth about sugar. Nature. February 2012;482:27-29. Allday E. UCSF scientists declare war on sugar in food. The San Francisco Chronicle, February 2, 2012. Taubes, G. Is sugar toxic? New York Times, April 13, 2011.
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