The very real dangers of sugar consumption
Garden City Park, NY: At a time when millions of Americans will sit down to a meal with family and friends to give thanks, it's a fair bet that many of them will not want to give thanks to the sugar industry in light of recent news.
In a story that first appeared yesterday (Tues., Nov. 21), it was reported by a team of three scientists at the University of California, San Francisco, that the "Big Sugar" lobby used their power and influence to deliberately bury a study begun fifty years ago in 1968 by the corporate-driven Sugar Research Foundation.
The study—discovered in confidential library archives over the past few years by UCSF team member Cristin E. Kearns to be called "Project 259"—revealed a measurable correlation between the table sugar Sucrose and an increased occurrence of both heart disease and cancer. When the project's initial evidence was presented in 1970 to the International Sugar Research Foundation, it didn't take long before the study was denied further funds and dropped altogether less than a year later in 1971.
This, of course, is nothing new to nutritionist and longtime anti-sugar pioneer Dr. Nancy Appleton. Having determined by the mid-1970s—through her own extensive studies of diet and its effect on health and lifestyle—that overconsumption of sugar was a key component in a number of both chronic and acute human diseases, Dr. Appleton went on to lecture and work tirelessly throughout the US and as far across the globe as Zimbabwe, Africa to bring the various benefits of a sugar-free diet and lifestyle to as many families and citizens as possible.
After writing her first book on this topic—the bestselling title Lick the Sugar Habit (Avery), with more than one million copies sold—Dr. Appleton continued her work and research. The results of her continued vigilance in the face of this all-too-real consumer health danger then led to publication of her bestselling books Suicide by Sugar: A Startling Look at Our #1 National Addiction and Killer Colas: The Hard Truth About Soft Drinks (both published by Square One).
So now, with the national obesity rate now also reaching a near-epidemic level alongside the well-established killers of heart disease and cancer, the question many of us should now ask ourselves is: "Am I really willing to trade my health, and perhaps my life, just so I can drink a soda or two as I eat these doughnuts?" If you value your existence, the answer to that question should be obvious. And if not, then have a Happy Holiday—because it just may be your last.