How the sugar industry sweetened research in its favor

Scientists began to uncover a link between sugar and heart disease about 60 years ago, and now, the general consensus among experts is that sugar intake is associated with heart disease risk. So why did it take so long for the alarm to go up?

A new historical analysis published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine on Monday claims that the sugar industry sponsored research that cast doubt about sugar’s health risks and promoted fat “as the dietary culprit” in heart disease — and didn’t disclose it.

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CDC: Excess sugar increases risk of death

We knew it helped make us fat, but in a study released by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), excess sugar is also blamed for significantly increasing our risk of death from heart disease.

The study focused on refined sugar, which is found in non-diet soda, cakes, cookies and candy.

“The risk of cardiovascular disease death increases exponentially as you increase your consumption of added sugar,” says the study’s lead author, Quanhe Yang, a senior scientist with the CDC.

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Statin drugs: A trillion dollar fraud – Personal Liberty®

As we’ve been watching this flurry of articles and comments on the statin drug issue, it becomes clear that most people don’t understand the hugely negative influence industry has had on the prescription and sale of these drugs. Unsuspecting and uneducated, we have tended to blindly trust doctors who prescribe these drugs. It’s time to stop and educate ourselves.

Firstly we need to understand what cholesterol is and what its function is in the body. Cholesterol actually plays a critical role in body chemistry. As this article on the Personal Liberty website states

To suppress cholesterol levels with cholesterol drugs is to create degenerative disease.

Total sales of statin drugs is on a pace to reach $1 trillion by 2020, according to Dr. John Ioannidis, in an editorial he wrote for the Journal of the American Medical Association (JANA). This makes statins big business. But it’s business built on fraud and deceit.

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