I’m Mad as Hell

I’m Mad as Hell

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I’m Mad as Hell
(with apologies to Network, the movie) I’m the mother of four adult children. Until I got pregnant with my first child, I was a healthy woman whose weight seldom fluctuated. I considered my diet to be healthy, as I followed the guidelines periodically published by the FDA. What I didn’t know then and didn’t learn […]
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(with apologies to Network, the movie)

I’m the mother of four adult children. Until I got pregnant with my first child, I was a healthy woman whose weight seldom fluctuated. I considered my diet to be healthy, as I followed the guidelines periodically published by the FDA. What I didn’t know then and didn’t learn until recently was that the FDA was being systematically subverted by, among others, the sugar industry. What I’ve learned from various sources shocked me, and then made me mad. I’m not gonna take it anymore…

You see, my first child was born in 1975, and my second in 1976. In both cases, I gained an unhealthy amount of weight with the pregnancy. My doctors didn’t warn me about nutrition, because at the time doctors weren’t given much training in it. They still aren’t. With my second pregnancy, lab work revealed gestational diabetes. A post-pregnancy glucose tolerance test had results that confused my doctor. I won’t go into detail, but years later I understood what the results meant – I was already insulin resistant. It was even later that I understood the relationship between insulin resistance, low blood sugar (yes, low blood sugar) and Type II diabetes. Yet, even now most doctors don’t educate their patients. If they do, they’re likely to give patients the same ineffective, even counterproductive, advice they were taught.

It’s now a proven fact that the the sugar industry paid scientists to lie about their studies at various times, including in 1975. Because of those lies, nutrition ‘experts’, the FDA, and doctors – every credible source you or I could have found – have advocated low fat diets. We have been convinced to pursue exactly the opposite diet advice to what our bodies needed. I consider this a criminal act. Too bad those scientists are already dead, because they belong in jail. The result of those lies have wreaked havoc on our collective health, killed thousands of people, and brought our country to the brink of financial ruin in health care costs. Aren’t you mad, too? 

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