Is Sugar Toxic?

This NYT Magazine article by Gary Taubes is an excellent read.  It begins by examining Robert Lustig’s accusations that sugar is a toxic poison, but goes on to ask some very important questions about the relationship between sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and obesity, diabetes and cancer. Much needed research may not be forthcoming, however.

As Lustig points out, sugar and high-fructose corn syrup are certainly not “acute toxins” of the kind the F.D.A. typically regulates and the effects of which can be studied over the course of days or months. The question is whether they’re “chronic toxins,” which means “not toxic after one meal, but after 1,000 meals.” This means that what Tappy calls “intervention studies” have to go on for significantly longer than 1,000 meals to be meaningful.

At the moment, the National Institutes of Health are supporting surprisingly few clinical trials related to sugar and high-fructose corn syrup in the U.S. All are small, and none will last more than a few months.

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Nobel Laureate Dr. Otto Warburg, M.D., Ph.D. makes NYTimes.

Nobel Laureate Dr. Otto Warburg, M.D., Ph.D. makes NYTimes. | AthensTalks.com.

Cancer research strategies for the last decade have focused on “targeted therapies”, drugs intended to influence cancer metabolism and interfere with the signals that feed cancer cell growth. In this article in the NYTimes Health section, Dr. Otto Warburg’s work in this area is finally acknowledged.

Dr. Otto Warburg was a genius level scientist in Germany from 1883-1970. He made a number of seminal discoveries in cancer, cell respiration and photosynthesis. He was nominated for no less than three Nobel Prizes in Medicine and Physiology

Otto Warburg invented a special machine to measure intercellular oxygen pressure called the Warburg Manometer. Using this ingenious device, he observed what happened to living tissue when oxygen pressure was reduced. He found that when it is reduced by about one third, the tissue switches from running on oxygen for energy, to running on glucose primarily in the absence of oxygen, or fermentation, published about 1923. The cells either die for lack of energy, or become cancerous. Hundreds of different tissues from different animal organs were exhaustively tested and later checked by others around the world. A book “The Metabolism of Tumours” was published in 1930.

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Coke is a Healthy Snack?

Truth in advertising?  In the Yahoo Finance news – the many ways CocaCola is trying to spin itself into a healthy snack!

The world’s biggest beverage maker, which struggles with declining soda consumption in the U.S., is working with fitness and nutrition experts who suggest its cola as a healthy treat. In February, for instance, several wrote online pieces for American Heart Month, with each including a mini-can of Coke or small soda as a snack idea.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/coke-healthy-snack-company-gets-070143180.html

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