In the guidebook for Narcotics Anonymous there is a paragraph which begins: “We have a disease; progressive, incurable and fatal.” The paragraph ends with the sentence: “Insanity is repeating the same mistakes and expecting different results.” Though this is in reference to drug abuse and chemical dependence, these statements could be equally applied to the epidemics of obesity, heart disease and diabetes that are running amok in our culture. But happily, if the root causes are confronted early enough, these diseases can absolutely be cured.
It is no mere coincidence that the prevalence of most of the non-communicable diseases of modern society closely parallels the industrialization of our food sources. For example, the Centers for Disease Control reported an 800 percent increase in diabetes from 1960 to the present. The World Health Organization reported that obesity rates have doubled worldwide since 1980. These dramatic increases coincide with a surge in what the FDA calls “caloric sweeteners” – sucrose, from sugar cane and beets, and high-fructose corn syrup. The only time in our history that saw decreases in diabetes mortality was during World War I, when there were sugar shortages and government rationing.
Excerpted from The Illinois Times