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Questions about the sugar industry
Posted by: Andrew
Date: February 25, 2002 2:52 PM

I'm a senior in high school, and am working on a paper for my senior project presentation. I read your article on sugar addiction, and it proved to be very insightful. In fact it will probably be one of the main sources of my paper. My question is simple. Why is the production of sugar still being allowed if it is so harmful? I went to this site (http://www.sugar.org/health/sugarindiet.html) and it contradicted so many points of your article that it was ridiculous. Is what they say simply just a bunch of corrupted lies, or do they really have a point. If they are just lies, and refined sugar is as dangerous as almost every other source that I have says, then what steps can be taken to dismantle this industry.



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RE: Questions about the sugar industry
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: February 25, 2002 2:55 PM

You got it right when you said "corrupted lies." There are two items which hold refined sugar in place: (1) 90% of the population is addicted and (2) the enormous wealth accumulated by that industry. Wealth buys influence and power. It will be harder to root out sugar than it is to root out tobacco which as you know is only a minimally successful effort. There are other affronts to public health which need to be rooted out, dental amalgam which causes so much suffering from heavy metal toxicity for example. There are many advantages of a money-driven society from the point of view of economic opportunity for the masses, however the other edge of the sword is that corruption, if it is wealthy, persists. At a deeper level, one could ask why mankind has created such a situation. Freud proposed an answer: a deeply seated death instinct. Apparently we are as equally driven to end life in this place as we are to live it. If you are reading this is class, look around - 99% of the people you see are addicted to sugar. Over the course of a lifetime those people will be sick more often and die sooner. Do you think they want to believe this? Not at the expense of giving up pastry, cookies, and soft drinks. They believe deep in their unconsciousness they are immortal. If someone wakes up and decides to kick the habit, they are less likely to succeed than the average heroin addict.



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