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Food as “sugar delivery vehicle”

From Mike Johnson, an “off-topic” post on his “the Online Photographer” blog:

Photo by Ctein, Sugar and Cream, Ben and Jerry's, Vermont, 2010, via the Online Photographer. Click image to go there

“I quit eating sugar last April. Aside from a modest slip on Halloween, I haven’t had any “overt” sugar since then. It’s been an interesting experience.

In an increasingly industrialized food supply, sugar is the perfect industrial food. It’s moderately addictive or habit-forming, in that heavy consumption triggers cravings; it has a high perceived value despite being easy and cheap to produce (astonishingly, more than half of the huge corn crop in the U.S. now goes to the manufacture of high-fructose corn sweetener); it can be used to “enhance” a wide variety of foods as an additive; it’s easy to transport and store because it doesn’t spoil; and most people are genetically predisposed to find it appealing, even when they’re not aware that they’re eating it. Continue reading

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Big pharma salesperson gives her own version of “the real truth” about drugs

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Author Pam Killeen’s new book on Addiction, and its relationship to diet

Pam Killeen has played an important role in the fight for raw milk legalization in Canada over the past few years.

That's Pam Killeen at the far right, sharing in an October 2008 news conference on raw milk at Queens Park in Toronto with Durham-area dairyman and raw milk crusader Michael Schmidt (left). And that's Sean McGivern, National Farmers Union Coordinator, in the middle.

Her latest book, on Addiction, has recently been published, and we’re pleased to present the following review by Carolyn Reuben, L.Ac., which Pam sent us:

“Once upon a time there was a poignant script for the popular television show Twilight Zone in which a man who could see finds himself in a land of the blind, and the consequences for him aren’t pretty. Those of us in the Alliance for Addiction Solutions (who daily face the frustrating blind ignorance of most treatment programs about nutrition) can sympathize to the depths of our souls. And when we find a fellow traveler on the road to wellness who understands nutrition’s role in addiction treatment it is time to cheer. Stand up, Alliance! It’s time to cheer! Continue reading

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Study finds high-fat high-calorie foods behave much like cocaine in the brain

Check out this latest research on food addictions — from Sarah Klein via Health.com:

“SUNDAY, March 28, 2010 (Health.com) — Scientists have finally confirmed what the rest of us have suspected for years: Bacon, cheesecake, and other delicious yet fattening foods may be addictive.

A new study in rats suggests that high-fat, high-calorie foods affect the brain in much the same way as cocaine and heroin. When rats consume these foods in great enough quantities, it leads to compulsive eating habits that resemble drug addiction, the study found.

Doing drugs such as cocaine and eating too much junk food both gradually overload the so-called pleasure centers in the brain, according to Paul J. Kenny, PhD, an associate professor of molecular therapeutics at the Scripps Research Institute, in Jupiter, Fla. Eventually the pleasure centers “crash,” and achieving the same pleasure—or even just feeling normal—requires increasing amounts of the drug or food, says Kenny, the lead author of the study. Continue reading

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