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Toxic Goose Lays Golden Eggs

A long time ago, in the 1950s, two professors of nutrition (Ancel Keys and John Yudkin) looked at the same population data and developed different theories on what was causing heart attacks or Coronary Artery Disease (CAD).  They both realized CAD was rare prior to 1900 and strangely had become the main cause of death.  They both thought diet was the cause.  Keys felt CAD was due to dietary fat.   Yudkin felt it was due to dietary sugar.  Much like “global warming” the sugar theory was inconvenient.  Big Sugar & United Fruit Company interests and the research institutions and universities they donate to found the fat theory much preferable and convenient.  So most of us never heard the more likely sugar (fructose) theory.  For fun, look up Big Sugar, United Fruit Company and Dulles brothers.  



All publicity and funding somehow went to Key’s theory.  As a result, official long term studies on the effect of a high fructose diet are still not available.  But don’t worry.  Our health advisors made a huge mistake by telling us dietary fat caused heart attacks.  Folks believed and voluntarily replaced dietary fat with foods they were told were healthy or tasted good.  These foods unfortunately contained huge amounts of fructose.  I call this experiment on the public by health experts… “A Great Unappreciated Trial” or GUT

I enrolled in GUT in 1975 when I bought into avoiding fat to prevent heart attacks. To replace the calories I lost by avoiding fat, I feed my hunger with healthy fruit sugar sodas and healthy juices (nutritionist at time told us fructose was the healthy fruit sugar).  Yes, the low fat diet quickly became the high fructose diet that John Yudkin feared. We MDs even worried about  Italians who kept eating lots of olive oil and failed to increase their limited fruit.  It was 1992 before I realized Mediterraneans had it right.  They avoided the huge increase in dietary fructose.  


Marketers in the 1970s provided us No-Fat, Low-Fat and Fat-Free options.  40% of our calories had been from fat.  So folks replaced fat calories with sugar from cane, beet, HFCS and fruit.  Guess what?   John Yudkin was right.  Dietary fructose does trigger CAD.  It triggers complexities that cause dysfunction of cells lining blood vessels.  But it also messes with other types of cells.  It screws up your appetite control centers leading to obesity.  But it does even more.  For example, replace ½ of a one group of lab rat’s chow with fructose.  Feed another group the exact same total number of calories of regular chow (no fructose).  One group becomes progressively fatter than the other.  How can this be?  The fructose added group is less active.  Does this fit with what is you observe in people?  Normal folks maintain the same weight, year after year without effort.  When folks enjoy a high fructose diet they become less active and eat more of everything, including fat.  They suffer more disease and early disability.  No wonder that by 2010 we are facing economic and health system failure.    


By pushing no-fat, health advisers in the 1970s enrolled most Americans including me in the second Great Unappreciated Trial or GUT- 2.  (GUT-1 was a medium fructose diet that Americans started around 1900 and still goes unappreciated.  see .  GUT-2 materialized the potential terror of a high fructose diet on Americans.  It is now spreading globally. If you have another theory that explains it all, please tell me.  I have not found it in 20 years of searching.  It is now obvious to lay persons that fructose is the problem!  So marketers of cane and fruit fructose have made HFCS and corn the evil empire or scapegoat.  Sodas are being switching back to natural (healthy, wonderful) cane sugar.  Truth is that high dietary fructose is triggering obesity, diabetes, fatty liver, metabolic syndrome and increasing incidence of many disease.  


A moderate increase in dietary fructose in early 1900’s made CAD the major killer by 1945. We are now learning what a high dietary fructose can do.   With all our geniuses, concern about health and knowledge, why isn’t the public warned?  Why do we only hear about endless observational theories that try to explain the increase in obesity and chronic disease without mentioning fructose?  Why does dietary fructose have human rights?  Food additive, do not.  Why have expert health advisers done this to the world?


WHY?  The problem is she (dietary fructose) lays GOLDEN EGGS!  Golden eggs in our society have great personal, political and monetary value. Egg collectors value eggs far above the human value of preventing suffering and early death caused by the goose.  “Egg Collectors” have no problem influencing governments to protect the toxic goose.  No problem saying, “If you replace HFCS (high fructose corn syrup) with natural cane sugar all is well.”  No Problem saying all carbohydrates and all sugars are the same because they are all immediately turned into glucose by the liver.  No problem saying the fructose in HFCS is different than fructose from fruit, vegetables or cane sugar. Egg collectors will fight putting the amount of fructose present per serving on food labels. They excel at getting experts and researchers to tell you dietary fructose is not a problem.  Like Big Tobacco, Egg Collectors will hide the fact that dietary fructose, like cigarettes, may be injurious to your health.  Because it would be so effective, they will not provide fructose free alternatives to foods loaded with fructose unless they have to.  Like Big Tobacco, they will burn records that would suggest they knew dietary fructose is toxic.


So who are the Egg Collectors protecting the fructose goose? Not everyone collects goose eggs, but if you do, you won't kill the goose.  So the goose continues to lay for drug companies and endless medical and alternative treatments.  She lays for exercise and weight loss services, products, books and gurus.  It lays for all food producers including the artificial sweetener industry. It lays for the supplement, whole food and organic food complexes, even politicians and researchers.  Few paid experts and health advisers want to even realize let alone tell us dietary fructose is the reason for the failure of our health and economy.  It is safer to push exercise, calorie counting, smaller portions, organic foods and whole foods.  More profitable to go with the flow and blame our problems on scape goats called fast food, lack of exercise, low income and high fructose corn syrup.  I suspect most of the folks that pushed “No Fat” in the 70s and 80s meant well as they followed dietary and government experts. I think we have far more Egg Collectors now. 

Fructose is a sweet molecule that is ruining our health and economy.  To reverse this we must do three things.  Limit total daily fructose to what's in an apple a day, insist fructose be on labels and refuse to buy juices and processed foods until fructose is removed.


Related information from a pediatric endocrinology professor at the University California Medical School in San Francisco regading the GOOSE.  
Similar thoughts from another professor in a four part lecture...
Don't miss this Canadian Broadcasting special (not be aired in the USA).  




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