Sugar is Toxic?

I’m suffering from sore back-elbow-knee-lung-itis today so I don’t have much interesting to say on my own. Luckily others around the Web do have items of interest to present, so I shall borrow their research, and while I will not call it my own, I will say amen, amen, amen, and amen.

Sugar is Toxic!?

(Hopefully you’ll have time to click on the heading above and read the entire transcript. In case you don’t, I’ve pulled out what I deem to be some of the more important segments and posted them below.)

The following script is from “Sugar” which aired on April 1, 2012. Dr. Sanjay Gupta is the correspondent. Denise Schrier Cetta and Sumi Aggarwal, producers.

Dr. Robert Lustig is a pediatric endocrinologist at the University of California, San Francisco and a pioneer in what is becoming a war against sugar.

Motivated by his own patients — too many sick and obese children – Dr. Lustig has concluded that sugar, more than any other substance, is to blame.

Lustig says the American lifestyle is killing us.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta: And most of it you say is preventable?

Dr. Robert Lustig: Seventy-five percent of it is preventable.

Amen.

But now, studies done by Kimber Stanhope, a nutritional biologist at the University of California, Davis are starting to back him up…

Dr. Sanjay Gupta: The mantra that you hear from most nutritionists is that a calorie is a calorie is a calorie.

Kimber Stanhope: And I think the results of the study showed clearly that is not true.

Amen and “Take that!” to the doctor who told my Dad a calorie is just a calorie. i.e., That when one is starving from cancer and cancer treatments, it “doesn’t matter” what they eat, they just need to eat.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta: So with the best of intentions, [a government commission said], “Time to reduce fat in the American diet?”

Dr. Robert Lustig: Exactly. And we did. And guess what? Heart disease, metabolic syndrome, diabetes and death are skyrocketing.

Dr. Lustig believes that’s primarily because we replaced a lot of that fat with added sugars.

Dr. Robert Lustig: Take the fat out of food, it tastes like cardboard. And the food industry knew that. So they replaced it with sugar.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta: This idea that sugar increases this particularly bad LDL, the small dense particles that are associated with heart disease. Do most doctors– do they know this?

Dr. Robert Lustig: No, they do not know this. This is new.

Amen.

Cantley, a Harvard professor and the head of the Beth Israel Deaconess Cancer Center, says when we eat or drink sugar, it causes a sudden spike in the hormone insulin, which can serve as a catalyst to fuel certain types of cancers

…Nearly a third of some common cancers — including breast and colon cancers — have something called insulin receptors on their surface. Insulin binds to these receptors and signals the tumor to start consuming glucose….

Lewis Cantley: So if you happen to have the tumor that has insulin receptors on it then it will get stimulated to take up the glucose that’s in the bloodstream rather than go into fat or muscle, the glucose goes into the tumor. And the tumor uses it to grow.

AMEN And once again “TAKE THAT!” to the doctor who said it didn’t matter what my Dad ate when he was fighting cancer. As if, a Blizzard or a can of Ensure is the same as a plate of free range chicken, brown rice, and broccoli!

What’s wrong with this picture when doctors who have gone through medical school and are trained to “heal” cannot make the simple, common sense connection that this

WATER, CORN MALTODEXTRIN, SUGAR (SUCROSE), CORN SYRUP, MILK PROTEIN CONCENTRATE, COCOA POWDER (PROCESSED WITH ALKALI), SOY OIL, SOY PROTEIN ISOLATE, CANOLA OIL…

might not be the best thing to feed a cancer patient?

(The above is the ingredient list for Ensure.)

Obviously, this frustration has been stewing within me for quite sometime, and I have to admit, I’m feeling a little vindicated today. Thank you, CBS, for airing this information.