While I’m butchering poor Bill, Shakespeare used to hide whenever the ships came back from the West Indies. The sugar cane would drive Queen Elizabeth nuts and she would have friends executed. After the effects wore off she would wonder where everybody was. I read that in a book, but who knows these days what the truth is. Now back to the story.

I’ve been getting a lot of emails regarding the news about Sugar being considered as a Toxin.
Even though it’s fresh news, I read Sugar Blues during the 70’s give or take and that was as condemning of sugar as you could get. So of course I’m doing the math and that means tens of millions of people could have had a better chance at not getting all kinds of deadly pathologies because this information was available in the public domain for a long time. It was ridiculed and ignored because big Agriculture and Big Pharma have too much influence on politicians, the media, The American Diabetic Association, The American Medical Association, etc. This lack of information cost millions of dollars to our already strained health care system and who knows how many people suffered needlessly.

You may have heard that obesity and diabetes are now becoming one disease and they even call it diabesity. How do we get this Brangelina(Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie) conjunction of disease? Is there something that we may be doing to ourselves that creates metabolic syndrome and insulin resistance? Researchers now think it is from an accumulation of fat in the liver. They are finding a connection between liver fat and insulin resistance in patients, slim or obese. It now appears that fat deposited in the liver is the beginning of insulin-resistance.

Fatty livers start with the conversion of fructose in the liver. This process eventually gives us heart disease by raising LDL cholesterol. Eventually this fat accumulation results in insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome.

It turns out that Fructose is the culprit and high amounts of fructose in our diet are subsidized by our government as in Corn subsidies.

You may have observed that High Fructose Corn Syrup is getting a little bad attention these days, but then the industry just pays a news outlet to say it is good for you and it becomes the truth. While our government is crying that we have to stop eating sweets, they pay for all basic ingredients of junk food and the manufacturer can’t resist selling it because they have a tremendous profit margin. It’s hard not to make a profit when they get their main ingredients for free. Did I say free? Nothing is free, I mean it is at our expense, health wise and our tax dollars. So, raise taxes to pay for health care or do something that involves common sense and stop corn subsidies? Too bad Shakespeare didn’t ask that question.

Am I being highly critical, snotty, and smug towards our current health care system? I guess you could say yes except that when you stop consuming sugar the fatty liver goes away, as well as the insulin resistance. I feel that last scientific fact gives me a little license to refute the insanity with the eloquent reply so often stated by teenagers, “Duh”. I have to admit that did feel good.

The good news is having insulin resistance doesn’t necessarily create diabetes. Some people can make enough insulin to overcome resistance to this hormone. By the way, a method to increase your odds at not getting diabetes is to do strenuous exercise. However, if you have diabetes what do doctors prescribe for it? Insulin, but having chronically elevated insulin levels has harmful effects of its own, heart disease just for starters. Higher insulin results in higher triglyceride levels and blood pressure. It creates lower levels of HDL cholesterol (the “good cholesterol”), which aggravates the insulin resistance and behold, “metabolic syndrome.”
Metabolic syndrome is now considered the proverbial Elephant in the Room. Sorry, I couldn’t help myself.
Human subjects fed the equivalent of the fructose in 8 to 10 cans of Coke or Pepsi a day, became insulin-resistant, and their triglycerides would go up in just a few days. Drinking less creates the same effects, but it would take longer. So are you sure just cutting down to a few cans of soda a day is a good strategy?

Something else that is no longer controversial is that cancer seems to increase with obesity, diabetes and metabolic syndrome. There is no shortage of evidence that points out that a large percentage of cancers are caused by our Western diets. The good news is, cancer can be prevented. Cancer and diabetes was a relatively rare disease in populations that didn’t eat the food that we now consume.
Insulin resistance leads us to secrete more insulin and a related hormone known as, insulin-like growth factor, which promotes tumor growth.
Cancer cells thrive on insulin to provide the fuel (blood sugar) and materials they need to grow and reproduce. Many pre-cancerous cells would never acquire the mutations that turn them into malignant tumors if they weren’t being overwhelmed by insulin to take up more and more blood sugar and metabolize it.

My mother use to say to me as a 5 year old child, (that means 1960, way before the New York Times could review old research) “don’t eat sugar.” Of course she was ridiculed back then by our neighbors, who felt bad for me and gave me lots of junk food. If the country is serious about saving trillions of health care dollars then this is the first issue that needs to be addressed.

I’m politically conservative, but it is painful to listen to the politicians on the right bring out the Nanny State argument when curbing sugar consumption is brought up. They outlaw drugs because they are addictive and dangerous. Our food is more addictive and many more people die from it than they do from illegal drugs. They will claim you have a choice and free will, but you don’t. Popular Hamburger chains don’t put 11 secret appetite stimulants into their food because they want to play fair. They want you addicted. This is one government intervention I might not mind although I’m sure it would get so watered down that we might be seeing commercials like this. “New Super Cola, with only a few thousand more calories of sugar, it’s good for you.”

I’m placing the link again to the greatest lecture I’ve seen on cancer. It ties in with this. If you want more information on how to combat food damage email me at info@gregmalakoff.com or visit my website www.gregmalakoff.com

Cancer presentation link: http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/eng/william_li.html

Author's Bio: 

B.S.: State University of N.Y.
Doctorate: New York Chiropractic College
Diplomate of American Chiropractic Neurological Board (DACNB)

Workers Compensation Qualified Medical Examiner (QME)
Gentle Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation (VOM)
Certified Veterinary Chiropractitioner (CVCP)

Years in practice, 1983-Present
Practiced internationally, 1987-1991
Part of a medical team for Pain Management at an Israeli Hospital in Haifa
Sports Injury Physician for the Bat Dor Israeli Ballet

Chiropractic Neurologist