The Largest Killer of Americans

Are you one of the 30 million or more Americans who can’t even afford health care and no longer try? Or maybe you’re part of the other hundreds of millions that struggle just to meet that unreasonably high quota every month. Health care costs are prohibitive to say the least, and they continue their climb up. To make matters worse the healthcare system continues to cause problems for doctors and patients alike due to the fact that, aside from being inefficient and poorly designed, the system is absolutely overburdened with unhealthy and overweight Americans. Ask any doctor and you will find that without a doubt, the number one reason for the failure of our healthcare systems is the sugar consumption of the average American citizen. We consume sugars in our foods, drinks, and snacks to the tune of 61 pounds PER YEAR. And what does that mean for us? Well sugar turns almost directly into fat when consumed in its purified form as common table sugar, high frusctose corn syrup, or anything else you will find in sodas, candy, desserts, snacks and more. It’s known to doctors and the scientific community by sucrose, or fructose (which is a building block of sucrose).

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The American Death Toll

When you take a human being who was design to be on a virtually sugarless diet and you add 61 pounds of sugar per year, what are the results for your health? Disaster. Let’s take a look at the top causes of death in the United States of America. This chart is taken directly from the United States CDC for their “Number of Deaths for Leading Causes of Death”. The numbers have been reposted here in their original format:

  • Heart disease: 616,067
  • Cancer: 562,875
  • Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 135,952
  • Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 127,924
  • Accidents (unintentional injuries): 123,706
  • Alzheimer’s disease: 74,632
  • Diabetes: 71,382
  • Influenza and Pneumonia: 52,717
  • Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis: 46,448
  • Septicemia: 34,828

Take a very close look at that list, and please think about it. Think about the sheer scale of the number of people dying every single year in this country from these problems. In order to truly comprehend it you would have to imagine a Superbowl stadium absolutely full of people. The largest Stadium in the United States holds about 100,000 people, so it would take SIX of these Stadiums are filled to the brim with people. I think any decent person would find it apalling and terribly shocking if these stadiums full of people were suddenly and ingloriously destroyed. Yet because it happens over the course of a year, and due to apparently “natural causes”, we all continue to ignore the American Holocaust that is going on today. Do you think it would be a little bit alarming to some people to know that every single year over 1.5 million Americans die from causes that could be tied to poor diet and an unhealthy consumption of sugars?

How about another perspective? On September 11th, 3,000 American lives were lost in a terrible tragedy. People remember it every single year, and commemorate the innocent lives lost on that day. Yet every year since then, sugar (through Heart Disease alone) kills 200 TIMES that number of people. This food product take more Americans from us than terrorists and roadside bombs, and yet we live with it and use it every single day without even so much as a second thought.

Add in Diabetes and Stroke, both of which are related to poor health and being overweight, and now you have two more stadiums full of Americans killed every single year. The death toll continues to rise, and health continues to decline as we follow traditional nutritional and fitness advice that got us to this terrible predicament in the first place.

What do we know about Nutrition? 

And what do you know about nutrition? Are you healthy? Are you fit? Do you have a college degree in this subject? Because many people who say yes to all of those questions have recently found out that they have been wrong about Sugar, Carbs, and Fat for the past 30 years. Now, if you are reading this and feel alarmed, please take a deep breath as you take the last 30 years of everything you have learned about nutrition and throw it out the window. That nutritional advice is responsible for the fact that on average we each weigh 20 more pounds that our counterparts in the previous generation. It is why, as our diet spread across the world, other people are also becoming more obese and suffering from more cancers and deadly heart failures.

Many people think that unhealthy consumption of red meats, or too much fats, or too much carbs can cause all these problems. The Atkins diet focuses on a high fat intake with no carbs, and the people on that diet are exceedingly healthy and thin. The Japanese diet consumes almost all carbohydrates and protein with no fat, and they are also very healthy and long lived. The American diet on the other hand consumes tons of protein, fat, and carbs all together, with the addition of sugars into absolutely everything. This double whammy of fat + carb is already a killer, but throw in the sugars and you have a rapid decay of all the things that make people healthy.

Let me throw a little bit of science at you in layman’s terms. When you analyze fructose (common table sugar) at the microscopic level to see what it does in the cell, we see that chronic fructose exposure (or constantly eating sugar) is the same in the body as chronic alcohol exposure. That means that when your body takes in sugar it literally treats it like a poison. It goes straight to the liver, cannot be digested anywhere else, gets turned into a lot of fat and waste products, causes cirrhosis and fatty deposits in the liver, and increased LDL (bad cholesterol) levels in your blood stream that build fatty plaques. In addition to all of this, the sugar molecule does not activate the signals inside your body that tells your body it’s had enough.

Unfortunately this is not common knowledge to even the advanced chemists and nutritionists of our day. Sugar has been a part of our diets since the beginnings of the North and South American colonies, long before the advent of advanced scientific procedures. Many chemists and nutritionists haven’t taken a look at the biochemical pathway that the body takes when exposed to fructose, and they have not compared this to the similar pathway taken by ethyl alcohol. For a full explanation to any medical majors please go to the bottom of this page and view the embedded movie, which explains (starting at 45 minutes) in advanced terms how exactly this occurs.

If you don’t have a medical degree then you would most likely gain the most out of this movie by watching the first 45 minutes, and also the last 10 – 20 minutes as well. Every single American must watch this movie to become alerted to the poison they are putting in their bodies, and if you are reading this article then that means it is also your duty to take some time out of your day to educate yourself and be part of saving some of the people in that stadium that is rigged to explode. If you knew your best friend or family member was in that stadium, waiting to die by the end of the year, you would do everything in your power to rip those doors off that stadium and get them out of there. Through this knowledge you have the power to get them out of a very perilous situation, so please learn what you need to and talk to people about this. It truly is a matter of life and death.

Take some time today and watch Robert H. Lustig, MD, UCSF Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology, teach why the sugar you eat and feed your children is actually a poison, and why the last 30 years of nutritional information you’ve been given is frankly wrong. Up until 45 minutes it is easier to follow, but after about the 45 minute mark it gets very technical and hard for the layman to follow. Very detailed biochemical pathways are included for fellow Micromolecular Biology and Chemistry majors, as well as for Medical Professionals to fully understand what is happening and why.

So, Here’s the Take Home Message…

How do you respond to this information? What can you do to remain healthy in the face of this pure white poison? There are two big steps you can take:

If you can’t avoid simple carbs (which you should) at least eat your simple carbs with fiber, fats or protein. Simple carbohydrates (such as starchy foods and sugars) should ideally be cut out of your diet entirely, but if you can’t resist your body’s desire for poison then by all means continue, but I promise you that your entire life will change for the better without carbs. If you begin weaning yourself off of carbs and can’t cut them completely out yet, then at least eat your simple carbs with fats, proteins, or fiber. The best option is to eat them with a lot of fiber, which will block rapid absorption of the sugars into your blood and will allow your body to burn it without turning it to fat. Protein is also a great choice for slowing the absorption of sugars. Of all the choices, fat is the least healthy choice to mix with carbs (but is still better than sugars or other carbs alone).

Throw out ALL SUGAR IN YOUR HOME, starting with any sugared drinks. I really can’t make this any clearer. Go through your pantry and thoroughly expel sugar (and all other forms of white death) from your home. Purchase artificial sweeteners such as Splenda or other non-aspartame sweeteners, and please avoid all temptations to ingest any foods with sugars or HFCS (high fructose corn syrup) as ingredients. There are some wonderful sites out there to making desserts without cane sugars, I suggest you begin your journey to getting acquainted with them right here. I wish you all the best of luck, please stay healthy and sugar free. America needs you.