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Getting healthy —

I’m tired of being lukewarm about my health.  I’m tired of starting and stopping.  So I’m making some small steps to make a big impact…and I’ll be blogging about it at Important Nothings.

Want to join me?  I would love to have some more friends along on this journey!

Cancer Cells Slurp Up Fructose

Reuters last week had a headline that stated: “CANCER CELLS SLURP UP FRUCTOSE, US STUDY FINDS”

Here’s the article. You should read it. http://www.reuters.com/article/idAFN0210830520100802

Basically, its showing that fructose (specifically that found in high fructose corn syrup) helps pancreatic tumor cells divide and multiply. Regular glucose doesn’t do this, so basically the study “challenges that common wisdom that all sugars are the same.”

Breads, soda, crackers, Doritos, Publix Fat Free Half and Half, the cake mix in my cabinet. This is for you. Stop putting High Fructose Corn Syrup in our food supply.

But this is my favorite part of the story:
“I think this paper has a lot of public health implications. Hopefully, at the federal level there will be some effort to step back on the amount of high fructose corn syrup in our diets,” Heaney said in a statement.

Now the team hopes to develop a drug that might stop tumor cells from making use of fructose.

U.S. consumption of high fructose corn syrup went up 1,000 percent between 1970 and 1990, researchers reported in 2004 in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

What? The team hopes to develop a drug.

How about we just stop eating fructose?

How about we put a giant red circle around the ingredients list on food, with a note that says, ‘by the way, this will probably kill you?’

How about we start educating people on just what these altered foods can do to our bodies?

How about we start pressuring the food manufacturers and grocery stores to help us be able to make better choices?

I’m a capitalist, and I really do believe that people should get to make their own decisions on how they treat their bodies. But coming up with a drug to stop cells from making use of fructose just seems like a giant band aid. This is an easy problem to remedy. Know what you’re eating. Stop and read the labels. Ask the companies who make and sell our food to consider the health ramifications of what we are often blindly consuming.

And for the love of God, stop trying to overmedicate us.

This finding is solidifying in my mind that today, I will drive past the grocery store and head to the farmers market and Trader Joes to buy groceries.