What adds to my amazement is the fact that conventional medicine still hasn’t caught up to this new way of approaching health and vitality. Much of the way medicine is practiced still relies on the belief that there is a pill for every problem.
In this recent article, Dr. Mark Hyman discusses a new study that definitively establishes that it’s sugar, not fat, that causes heart attacks. He states a remarkable statistic:
“The biggest culprit is sugar-sweetened beverages including sodas, juices, sports drinks, teas and coffees. They are by far the single biggest source of sugar calories in our diet. In fact, more than 37% of our sugar calories come from soda. The average teenage boy consumes 34 teaspoons of sugar a day, or about 544 calories from sugar. Even more troubling, this isn’t just putting kids at risk for heart attacks at some remote later date in their lives. It’s killing them before their 20th birthday.”
As the father of four children, that is staggering – and pretty scary!
He goes on to say that the medical establishment needs to catch up to this new information:
“This follows on the heels of decades of research that has been mostly ignored by the medical establishment and policy makers. In fact, the Institute of Medicine recommends getting no more than 25% of your total calories from added sugar. Really?? This study showed that your risk of heart attacks doubles if sugar makes up 20% of your calories.”
The bottom line is that we do need to shift the paradigm away from the sugar and carbohydrate based diet that has become the “new normal” in our culture. Physicians like Dr. Hyman are doing just that, and we need more of them!
Enjoy the article.
Michael Lenz RPh, is a partner in Fallon Wellness Pharmacy of Saratoga. He has over 15 years experience in custom compounding. Michael has received extensive training in Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) and Adrenal Fatigue. He is an advocate for healthy eating and proper nutritional supplementation, and speaks frequently on the subjects of hormone health, nutrition and wellness. Michael is currently enrolled in the Institute For Functional Medicine’s Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner Program. He lives in Saratoga Springs, NY with his wife and 4 children.