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By Dr. Mercola
Killer at Large, a documentary film by Steven
Greenstreet, tackles the topic of obesity, a problem of truly
epic proportions where misinformation is a major driver.
According to former Surgeon General, Richard Carmona,
quoted in the film:
Obesity is a terror [threat] within; it's destroying our
society from within and unless we do something about it, the
magnitude of the dilemma will dwarf 9/11 or any other
terrorist event that you can point out.
Presently, a full two-thirds of Americans are overweight
or obese. Childhood obesity has also skyrocketed, tripling
over the past 30 years. One in three children between the
ages of 10 and 17 is now overweight or obese, and 27 percent
of young adults, 17 to 24, are too heavy to join the
As a result, today’s children may be the first generation
whose life expectancy is shorter than that of their
According to the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC), an estimated 110,000 Americans die as
a result of obesity each year, and about one-third of all
cancers are directly related to it.
Data collected from over 60,000 Canadians also shows that
obesity now leads to more doctor visits than smoking. One in
four Americans is also pre-diabetic or diabetic, and heart
disease and cancer, both of which are associated with
obesity, top the mortality charts.
Clearly, the issue of how to achieve good health has
never been more pertinent to more people. Yet despite the
enormity of this problem, very little is being done to
effectively combat obesity.
The film examines the causes of obesity and suggests ways
to reverse this deadly trend. Below, I sum up my own
recommendations as well.
It’s quite clear that conventional diet and health
recommendations are off the mark... Obesity and related
health problems are directly attributable to flawed diet a
diet too high in carbs and poor-quality proteins, and too low
in healthy fats.
Yet multinational food corporations and biotech companies
have successfully manipulated the system to encourage an
increase in the use of cheap foods that contribute to the
A recent report exposing the deep conflicts of interest
between the processed food industry and the trade
organization for food and nutrition professionals in the US
also shatters any illusion you may have had that registered
dieticians will provide you with well-researched, science-
based nutrition advice that will improve your health...
Skyrocketing Obesity Is Related to Misleading You on Health
Obesity is the result of inappropriate lifestyle choices,
and unfortunately, our government has done an abysmal job at
disseminating accurate information about diet and health.
It’s one thing for corporations to put out misleading ads
honesty is not in the self-interest of the processed food and
beverage industry. It’s another when the government falls in
line with for-profit deception and becomes a propagator of
corporate propaganda. And this is exactly what has
happened... For example, conventional advice that is driving
public health in the wrong direction includes:
Cutting calories: Not all calories are created equal,
and counting calories will not help you lose weight if you're
consuming the wrong kind of calories
Choosing diet foods will help you lose weight:
Substances like Splenda (sucralose) and Equal or Nutrasweet
(aspartame) may have zero calories, but your body isn't
fooled. When it gets a "sweet" taste, it expects calories to
follow, and when this doesn't occur it leads to distortions
in your biochemistry that may actually lead to weight gain
Avoiding saturated fat: The myth that saturated fat
causes heart disease has undoubtedly harmed an incalculable
number of lives over the past several decades, even though it
all began as little more than a scientifically unsupported
marketing strategy for Crisco cooking oil. Most people
(myself included) actually need at least 50 to 70 percent of
their diet as healthful fats such as organic, pastured eggs,
avocados, coconut oil, real butter and grass-fed beef in
order to optimize their health
Reducing your cholesterol to extremely low levels:
Cholesterol is actually NOT the major culprit in heart
disease or any disease, and the guidelines that dictate what
number your cholesterol levels should be to keep you
"healthy" are fraught with conflict of interest -- and have
never been proven to be good for your health
This is just a tiny sampling of the pervasive misleading
information on weight and obesity disseminated by our
government agencies. A more complete list of conventional
health myths could easily fill several books. The reason
behind this sad state of affairs is the fact that the very
industries that profit from these lies are the ones funding
most of the research; infiltrating our regulatory agencies;
and bribing our political officials to support their
financially-driven agenda through any number of legal, and at
times not so legal, means.
Why Eating Fructose Is More Dangerous than Other Sugars
Part of what makesfructose so unhealthy is that it is
metabolized by your liver to fat far more rapidly than any
other sugar. The entire burden of metabolizing fructose falls
on your liver, and it promotes visceral fat. This is the
type of fat that collects around your organs and in your
abdominal region and is associated with a greater risk of
Dr. Robert Lustig, Professor of Pediatrics in the
Division of Endocrinology at the University of California,
has been a pioneer in decoding sugar metabolism, and his work
reveals there are major differences in how different sugars
are broken down and used. For example:
After eating fructose, virtually all of the metabolic
burden rests on your liver. With glucose or most other
sugars, your liver has to break down only 20 percent. The
metabolism of fructose by your liver creates a long list of
waste products and toxins, including a large amount of uric
acid, which drives up blood pressure and causes gout.
Every cell in your body, including your brain,
utilizes glucose. Therefore, much of it is "burned up"
immediately after you consume it. By contrast, fructose is
turned into free fatty acids (FFAs), VLDL (the damaging form
of cholesterol), and triglycerides, which get stored as fat.
The fatty acids created during fructose metabolism
accumulate as fat droplets in your liver and skeletal muscle
tissues, causing insulin resistance and non-alcoholic fatty
liver disease (NAFLD). Insulin resistance progresses to
metabolic syndrome and type II diabetes.
Fructose is the most lipophilic carbohydrate. In
other words, fructose converts to glycerol-3-phosphate (g-3-
p), which is directly used to turn FFAs into triglycerides.
The more g-3-p you have, the more fat you store. Glucose
does not do this.
When you eat 120 calories of glucose, less than one
calorie is stored as fat. 120 calories of fructose results in
40 calories being stored as fat.
Glucose suppresses your hunger hormone ghrelin and
stimulates leptin, which suppresses your appetite. Fructose
has no effect on ghrelin and interferes with your brain's
communication with leptin, resulting in overeating. That
fructose triggers changes in your brain that may lead to
overeating and weight gain has also been confirmed through
functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) tests.
The Evolutionary Link Between Fructose Consumption and Fat
No doubt you’ve heard that consuming more calories than
you burn off is the root of your weight problem. Alas, this
conventional wisdom has been firmly debunked by modern
science. The fact is this: Not all calories count equally. It
is in fact FAR more important to look at the source of the
calories than counting them.
In short, you do not get fat because you eat too many
calories and don't exercise enough. You get fat because you
eat the wrong kind of calories.
As explained by Dr. Robert Lustig, fructose is
"isocaloric but not isometabolic." This means you can have
the same amount of calories from fructose or glucose,
fructose and protein, or fructose and fat, but the metabolic
effect will be entirely different despite the identical
calorie count. This is a crucial point that must be
The bottom line is that your consumption of
carbohydrates, whether in the form of grains and sugars
(especially fructose), will determine whether or not you're
able to manage your weight and maintain optimal health.
This is because these types of carbs (fructose and grains)
affect the hormone insulin, which is a very potent fat regulator.
Fats and proteins affect insulin to a far lesser degree.
As long as you keep eating fructose and grains, you're
programming your body to create and store fat...
Research by another expert in this field, Dr. Richard
Johnson, chief of the Division of Renal Diseases and
Hypertension at the University of Colorado and author of The
Sugar Fix and The Fat Switch, further confirms this. His work
demonstrates that fructose-containing sugars cause obesity,
again not by calories, but by turning on your fat switch a
powerful biological adaptation that causes cells to
accumulate fat in anticipation of scarcity (or hibernation).
His most recent book, The Fat Switch, is of major importance
to anyone who has ever struggled with their weight and/or
persistent health issues. Five basic truths detailed in his
Large portions of food and too little exercise are
NOT solely responsible for why you are gaining weight.
Metabolic Syndrome is actually a healthy adaptive
condition that animals undergo to store fat to help them
survive periods of famine. The problem is that most of us
are always feasting and rarely undergo fasting. As a result,
this beneficial switch actually causes damage to contemporary
Uric acid is increased by specific foods and causally
contributes to obesity and insulin resistance.
Fructose-containing sugars cause obesity not by
calories but by turning on the fat switch.
Effective treatment of obesity requires turning off
your fat switch and improving the function of your cells
I highly recommend picking up a copy of this book, which
is a useful tool for those struggling with their weight.
Dietary sugar, and fructose in particular, is a significant
tripper of your fat switch, so understanding how sugars of
all kinds affect your weight and health is imperative.
Thank You Dr. Mercola
Continued on 5/16/14
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