Whistleblower Exposes Conspiracy on Fat
Recently, a whistle-blowing article appeared in the biggest medical journal in the world, JAMA, or the Journal of the American Medical Association.
A trio of reporters uncovered evidence that government officials suppressed critical health information. In an act similar to the cover up by Big Tobacco, the sugar industry worked to hide studies to link sugar to disease. Fifty years later, worldwide health is deplorable, and those who manufacture this addictive drug are high on profits.
Documents from the 1950s surfaced that described how studies paid for by sugar lobbyists helped set the U.S. on a policy course that focused almost exclusively on fat as the main cause of heart disease, leaving out the considerable role that sugary foods play, the researchers said. And this kind of practice still goes on today, experts said in a pair of papers published in JAMA. They compare the sugar industry's approach to tactics used by the tobacco industry to shed doubt on research showing tobacco causes cancer and heart disease.
"These tactics are strikingly similar to what we saw in the tobacco industry in the same era," said Stanton Glantz of the University of California San Francisco's Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education.
Cristin Kearns, a University of California San Francisco researcher who is focusing on the sugar industry, made the discovery when she found a collection of papers at the University of Illinois library from the estate of Roger Adams, a chemistry professor who was a scientific adviser for the Sugar Research Foundation (SRF) — now the Sugar Association. Papers were also recovered from Harvard professor Mark Hegsted, who directed Sugar Research Foundation studies.
Both Hegsted and Adams are now deceased.
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But these two men were very well respected and powerful. Few nutritionists and doctors at the time would argue or go against their recommendations. On the heels of Dr. Ancil Keys, U.S. government officials waged war on saturated fat and cholesterol as the villains in the war on heart disease. But recent meta-analysis show that nothing could be further from the truth. The culprit was sugar all along, and saturated fat and cholesterol intake are important to health.
Information was also brought forward about how sugar lobbyists pushed dental associations to look the other way regarding sugar and cavities. Instead the focus was on brushing, flossing, and regular dental checkups. Sugar consumption is the leading risk factor for tooth decay. Nothing else even comes close.
When it comes to sugar and heart disease, the evidence is clear. Many studies link sugar to hypertension. In fact, the more sugar-sweetened beverages one consumes, the higher their blood pressure. Sugar is linked to coronary calcification. The more calcified the arteries, the higher the heart attack risk. Diabetes is linked to sugar intake and atrial fibrillation is more common in diabetes. It doesn't take a detective to link sugar to this common heart rhythm issue. Sugar intake is closely linked to stroke risk. Finally, sugar-sweetened beverage consumption is a major risk factor for heart disease in total.
Who can you trust these days after have been lied to for over 50 years? The answer is trust in Mother Nature. Our ancestors ate Paleo foods for millions of years. Don't listen to the latest talking head on TV — or anywhere else for that matter. The way of the hunter-gatherer is the way to health.
Dr. Jack Wolfson
Senior Editor, Clear Health Now
Dr. Jack Wolfson DO, FACC is a board-certified cardiologist who believes bad nutrition and toxins create heart health problems. He prevents and treats cardiovascular disease with good nutrition, not medicines and treats the whole person, not just the symptoms.