When writing about scientific progress, one of history’s greatest physicists, Max Planck wrote in 1950, “An important scientific innovation rarely makes its way by gradually winning over and converting its opponents. What does happen is that its opponents gradually die out, and that the growing generation is familiarized with the ideas from the beginning.” There is one opponent of scientific innovation that can never die, though. A corporation, that deathless, soulless entity whose only purpose in ‘life’ is to generate and protect it’s profits can be counted on to resist science that would restrict it’s profitability in perpetuity.
The tobacco industry showed us how long a corporation can muddy the waters. For decades everyone knew that tobacco was a dangerous product, that it’s designed use would cause heart disease, pulmonary problems, cancer of the lung and mouth. Learning how it was done, the sugar industry has done exactly the same thing for it’s profits. For decades we have all known that eating sugar makes you fat. Today in Mother Jones (one of my favorite sources for dirt on food corporations) they diagram the history of the scientific obfuscation that the sweetener industry has conducted to defend itself from competition and good science…please read the entire linked article–your blood will boil.
…the sugar industry had doled out more than $600,000 (about $4 million today) to study every conceivable harmful effect of cyclamate sweeteners, which are still sold around the world under names like Sugar Twin and Sucaryl. In 1969, the FDA banned cyclamates in the United States based on a study suggesting they could cause bladder cancer in rats. Not long after, Hickson left the ISRF to work for the Cigar Research Council. He was described in a confidential tobacco industry memo as a “supreme scientific politician who had been successful in condemning cyclamates, on behalf of the [sugar industry], on somewhat shaky evidence.” It later emerged that the evidence suggesting that cyclamates caused cancer in rodents was not relevant to humans, but by then the case was officially closed. In 1977, saccharin, too, was nearly banned on the basis of animal results that would turn out to be meaningless in people.
Science is the enemy and the ally of sugar industry profits. Because no true scientist will ever be definitive in his declarations, every study is full of correlation and causations, and words that leave room for new science in the future to refine the results of today’s science, sugar industry ‘scientists’–men who make their money performing pseudo science to give the client the results he is paying for–can muddy the water and truthfully say that there is need for more evidence before conclusions are drawn. In legislative hearings the CEO of big sugar can wave papers around and claim, honestly, that ‘scientists’ suppose that not only is sugar not harmful, it is a health food. This CEO is not an evil-genius liar, he is the head of a soulless, deathless entity whose only purpose in existence is the creation and protection of the profits in selling a product that, when used as designed, causes heart disease, diabetes, fatty liver disease, high blood pressure and obesity.
The only entity that can fight this industry is our government. It can fund actual science, it’s purpose in existence is to promote a better society. We are close to the tipping point where the cost of letting the sugar industry lie, cheat, and confuse are so great that even a nation as corrupt as our own cannot let it continue any longer. Even tobacco in it’s worst year had not damaged the heath of 66% of all Americans, including elementary school children. The Sugar Industry is guilty of a high crime. Their lies are killing babies, who have no choice in the matter.
At the very least, sugar must be removed from all processed foods. Until this happens, we must all quit eating processed foods. I have. Here is why you have to go it alone on this…
By the early 1990s, the USDA’s research into sugar’s health effects had ceased, and the FDA’s take on sugar had become conventional wisdom, influencing a generation’s worth of key publications on diet and health. Reports from the surgeon general and the National Academy of Sciences repeated the mantra that the evidence linking sugar to chronic disease was inconclusive, and then went on to equate “inconclusive” with “nonexistent.” They also ignored a crucial caveat: The FDA reviewers had deemed added sugars—those in excess of what occurs naturally in our diets—safe at “current” 1986 consumption levels. But the FDA’s consumption estimate was 43 percent lower than that of its sister agency, the USDA. By 1999, the average American would be eating more than double the amount the FDA had deemed safe—although we have cut back by 13 percent since then.
In your lifetime, you can count on no help from your government on reigning in the manufactured poisons industry. When the tobacco companies were being sued into reality in the seventies and eighties, it was by real people who had been damaged by one company, smoking it’s product until it killed them. Big Sugar is protected from this fate by the fact that every bite of processed food you eat is loaded with this deadly ingredient. You can not sue one company, because they all are contributing to your poor health. Only the states could sue sugar companies for selling a product that is causing them to spend so much more than they should be for our health care. In the nineties that is how all of the states ended up getting big settlements from the tobacco companies for health care costs. This is in Big Sugar’s future. But we don’t live in the future. We live in the here-and-now, where we must eat foods that are not loaded with sugar.
Those products are the real foods found on the outside walls of your grocer. Eat all the fruits, vegetables, meats and full fat dairy that you want. Eat zero products that are delivered to you in bags or boxes, with eye-catching health claims on the labels. The labels are lies, the health claims are bogus, the sugar in these products is killing you and your family. Wonder why that baby weight won’t come off? It has nothing whatsoever to do with you, blame those processed foods.
I hear you hollering words that are hard to absorb if one has not busted through the plastic bags and boxes in the center of the store… Keep up the YELL it is worth the fight… Being the scout in a pioneer trail ride is not easy but so necessary !
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