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– Editor’s Note:
Our state’s then former Atty. General Christine Gregoire was on the leading edge of the tobacco issue 20 years ago in 1997 when she announced a proposed settlement of lawsuits with tobacco companies “toward solving the most serious public health problem in America [then].” Now, we are learning about the harms the sugar industry has buried.
– “Big Sugar Buried Evidence to Hide Sugar Harms”
* The sugar industry has long known that sugar consumption triggers poor health, but hid the incriminating data, much like the tobacco industry hid the evidence linking smoking to lung cancer
* Historical documents show the sugar industry has spent decades manipulating, molding and guiding nutritional research to exonerate sugar by shifting the blame for obesity and heart disease to saturated fat
* The documents also show the sugar industry buried evidence from the 1960s that linked sugar consumption to heart disease and bladder cancer. At the time, food additives shown to cause cancer in animals were banned
* Sucrose was also found to have an adverse effect on cholesterol and triglycerides
* Just like it defended sugar in food by shifting the blame onto dietary fats, the sugar industry also made sure sugar did not become a concern within dentistry by shifting the focus onto the need for fluoride
“A number of recent investigations have revealed a significant truth: The sugar industry has long known that sugar consumption triggers poor health, but hid the incriminating data, much like the tobacco industry hid the evidence linking smoking to lung cancer. The most recent of these investigations, based on unearthed historical documents, found the sugar industry buried evidence from the 1960s that linked sugar consumption to heart disease and cancer.
“The research didn’t see the light of day again until Cristin E. Kearns, assistant professor at UCSF School of Dentistry, discovered caches of internal industry documents stashed in the archives at several universities,” by Dr. Mercola.
And is this a surprise?
“CDC Director Resigns Following Public Exposure of Tobacco Investments”