HEALTH BOMB #1: High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) has become a modern-day plague. Not only does it contribute to our obesity epidemic, but it has also been linked to:
* Pancreas dysfunction, diabetes and insulin resistance
* High cholesterol and heart disease
* High blood pressure
* Liver damage
* And more
Sadly, the average consumption of fructose has doubled between 1980 and 1994. Soft drinks and some fruit drinks are a major source of HFCS, but it is also found in many other products, from crackers to salad dressing.
Fructose contains zero enzymes, vitamins or minerals — and it leeches micronutrients from your body. (yes it actually leeches enzymes from other healthier foods you eat - AG)
Why is it found in so many products? Because, after air, water, and salt, it’s the cheapest ingredient in the American food chain (and we know how the food industry likes to save money…)
I’d also urge you to be on the lookout for HFCS in its many “disguises” — conveniently (for the food industry) labeled as chicory, inulin, iso glucose, glucose-fructose syrup, fruit fructose, and others.
The purpose of this blog is to look at life, see the obvious things that everybody keeps missing, due to being too busy with life, work, family, etc., and then write a post in a simple and clear language that any layman can understand - on various topics from history and how it's twisted in our schoolbooks to how we eat to, from politics to 9/11 conspiracies.
Hopefully I am succeeding.
Bonus Material: The Controversial Dr. Mercola
Of course Dr. Mercola is also a business brand by now as well as a man. I am not pushing you here to buy his health food snack bar at his website, although I do agree with him that due to the majority healthfood snack bars have HFCS they are very bad for your body.
His heart seems to be in the right place, from the wikipedia:
"I am quite confident that if gravity had to be approved by the FDA it would clearly meet strong resistance from the multi-national drug corporations.
"Dr. Mercola advises elimination of most prescription drugs and immunizations for treatment, and favors natural food choices, lifestyle modifications and energy psychology tools to address emotional challenges." (I am amazed that modern Western world (USA, Western Europe) will actively promote the use of really powerful drugs to change the mood of a depressed person, while totally ignoring talking to the patient and the root of the problem of WHY he/she is depressed -AG).
"He states that drug companies profoundly influence both government health agencies and the mainstream medical community, which in turn promote medical practices that are beneficial to drug companies but harmful to the patient." (Agreed - AG).
"Among Mercola's most controversial recommendations are his expressed concerns that too many vaccines are used too soon during infancy." (Again, I agree, even though to most of you this might seem too controversial - AG).
"He has stated that the only value he finds in mainstream medicine is diagnosis and emergency accident survival. Mercola paints a picture of most medical science as being corrupted by the pharmaceutical industry, and the majority of medical doctors as being frequently deceived and misled by multinational corporate drug interests." (again, agreed - AG).
"On February 16, 2005, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sent Mercola warnings on multiple products about misleading claims for products that he advertised on his website" (Well Dr. Mercola is a business - AG).
"In May 2006 BusinessWeek published an article  about Mercola's aptitude as an online health and medical entrepreneur . Columnist David Gumpert writes: ' Mercola gives the lie to the notion that holistic practitioners tend to be so absorbed in treating patients that they aren't effective businesspeople. While Mercola on his site seeks to identify with this image by distinguishing himself from "all the greed-motivated hype out there in health-care land", he is a master promoter, using every trick of traditional and Internet direct marketing to grow his business '" (Yes, Dr. Mercola is definitely a business - AG).