Skip to comments.Why we should regulate sugar like alcohol
Posted on 02/02/2012 7:02:33 AM PST by CharlesThe Hammer
I am a medical sociologist, which means I study the health of whole societies. I've spent more than 20 years studying the best possible ways to address alcohol problems in societies -- what works and what doesn't to protect people from harm.
I work as a professor in the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine and at the UCSF Clinical and Translational Science Institute. This allows me to connect with other scientists who come from very different backgrounds but who want to work together on big problems -- think of a Manhattan Project, only one focused on protecting health through the collaboration of scientists who study everything from tiny cells to entire societies.
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I am tired of these food Nazis. It seems like everything that tastes good is bad for you. I’d rather die with a Big Mac on my breath than eating tofu knee deep in feces in an occupier tent!
The comments that follow this are spooky. People just want to line up and be treated like sheep.
Well, I hoarded 12 years of 100 watt bulbs and I can just as easily hoard 12 years of sugar.
GET OUT OF OUR LIVES ALREADY!!!
Right, I’m a “political proctologist”...and business is booming! What other pseudo-professions can we invent?
Great, soon we’ll have to go to a Sweeteasy for our sugar fix.
Some conservatives want to subsidize sugar, and some liberals want to regulate it. Let’s get them together and create some sort of a government program. What could possibly go wrong?
Hey Laura. Go make me a sandwich. Then iron my shirt.
You're an idiot.
Either promote outlawing the substance or get a real job.
My friends father just died at age 93. 15 years of alzheimers and diabetes and all the time in a hospital/nursing home.
You really think regulating sugar would have helped??
Just go away!!! Stop being stupid.
I am pro-choice on sugar. It should be safe and legal. No more back-alley sugar buys.
Just another college professor with no marketable skills, who validates herself by denying other people the right to make choices of which she disapproves.
I heard this about regulating sugar on the radio, yesterday. All I could think of was, yeah, legalize drugs and regulate sugar.
Now let me tell a story, Ill tell it from the top
About a mountain boy that ran illegal soda pop
Coca Cola made the tonic and Junior drove the load
And when his engine roared they called the highway Thunder Road
Sometimes into Worcester Sometimes Old Beantown
The revenuers chased him but they couldnt run him down
Just when they thought they had him their Prius would explode
And hed cruise by while they were standing still on Thunder Road
And there was thunder thunder on that Thunder Road
Thunder was his engine Jolt Cola was his load
There was Pepsi Pepsi to quench the devils thirst
The people swore they had rights but the Gubment took them first
[ guitar ]
Blazin right through Sturbridge on down the ol Mass Pike
It was just outside of Auburn where they made that fatal strike
They taxed him to death at ninety thats all there is to tell
The devil sent the Marxists and they took us straight to hell
I can't understand why.
Right. It’s the same people who think nothing of poking holes in their body and getting tattoos or piercings. But don’t wave that scary cookie at them!
I went on the Prism diet in 1997 and lost 55 lbs in a few months. I learned that diet is more harmful to americans than cigarettes. That said, I am a conservative:
A conservative thinks too much sugar in his diet is bad, so he avoids sugar.
A liberal thinks too much sugar in his diet is bad, so he tries to pass a law making it illegal to eat too much sugar.
I abhor the liberal mindset.
bad science at its best
I study the health of whole societies
I've spent more than 20 years studying the best possible ways to address alcohol problems in societies
I work as a professor in the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine and at the UCSF Clinical and Translational Science Institute
You should have taken a course on Narcissistic Personality Disorder while you were at UCSF, you insufferable nag.
“I am a Stand Up Philosopher.” - Comicus
Flat out GUILTY!
This is the same group of wannabees that have given us smoking bans, increased tobacco taxes and are working to have moving ratings include the use of tobacco products as one of the criteria.
Come to think of it, this could be fun. Like when my grandmother made homemade beer during Prohibition.
I could clandestinely sell back-alley cookies and fudge. Hmmmm, mysterious goings-on at married21’s house... kids arriving at all hours of the afternoon, with a crazed, hungry look in their eyes, leaving with little baggies...
I remember reading once (sorry, couldn’t find the source) that the three developed nations that consume the most cane sugar were Switzerland, Israel, and Singapore. Intuitively, that makes sense.
Of course, those are the countries where people are keeling over at age 50...
No, that’s wrong. Those countries all have average lifespans of over 80.
If anyone has a source that can confirm or refute my memory, please post. Thanks.
Unlike the junk science that is "global warming" however, the science behind America's enormous rate of obesity is simple and believable: high-fructose corn syrup - cheap sugar - is now the second or third largest ingredient in most packaged foods.
Sugar makes you fat, and pretty much everything we eat has enormous amounts of sugar added to it.
If someone puts five packets of sugar in their coffee people say: "Hey, want some coffee with your sugar?"
But a 12oz can of Coke has 13 packets' worth of sugar in it, and most people drink the 20oz nowadays instead of the can. The 20oz has the equivalent of 21 packets of sugar.
It's painfully obvious what's going on - there's no need for laws, just common sense.
CharlesThe Hammer ~ Right, Im a political proctologist...and business is booming! What other pseudo-professions can we invent?
I know an "actual" scientist...
Pretty much what you would expect a female liberal busybody to look like.
Not sure why Israel and Singapore "make sense", although Switzerland does due to their chocolate industry.
However, the most recent figures I found indicated Brazil, Australia and Thailand as the largest consumers.
This makes much more sense: cane sugar is cheap and plentiful in Brazil and is in everything sweet there, in lieu of corn syrup.
Australians eat pretty much like Americans do, but they also use sugar instead of corn syrup as their prime sweetener.
Thailand's national coffee beverage is famous for its extreme sweetness, it is drunk there by everyone of every age and again, they use sugar instead of corn syrup.
Brazil and Thailand have a lower life expectancy than the US and Australia has a higher.
America is fourth in consumption in terms of sugar and first in corn syrup.
Her research program broadly focuses on the social dimensions of health and illness, with an emphasis on the political and organizational contexts in which health care is provided. Substantively, she studies several areas of concern in health policy today. A major strand of her research agenda has focused on the health care market, including studies of for-profit health care and her upcoming book on organizational change in American health care since 1965, Building the Health Care Market, under contract with Princeton University Press.
You don't have to read the rest of this verbal diarrhea to understand her political nuance.
I don’t need a mommy telling me to eat my vegetables and wash behind my ears.
Liberalism in a nutshell:
someone poops their pants and we all have to wear diapers
—Liberalism in a nutshell:
someone poops their pants and we all have to wear diapers—
I think I may like that one even better than mine. :-)
sure it is but no one pays attention to common sense, mostly because it's free.
Eating all that sugar would not be that bad if not for the fact that many people, including kids, live a more sedentary life now. I know kids that can't wait to get home from school or whatever to sit in front of a box to play video games. I sit in front in front of box all day, and spend at least two hours in a box to get to and from the box that I sit in front of all day.
Our "culture" (hate that word) now looks down upon physical labor and allows only sanction physical activities - I wonder what would happen if I'm ever found climbing a tree?
If only pantie poopers wore diapers, it would single them out for ridicule.
That wouldn’t be fair to pantie poopers...
Eating to many refined carbohydrates causes as much damage as to much sugar. Is she going to ban bread also?
Isn’t it great that we gave the federal government the power to regulation what we eat, drink and smoke. Now the feds can save us from evil sugar. Yea! /s
Lefties may justify their position on the diaper requirement in that way,
but it’s more about their own inflated sense of “knowbetterism”.
Perhaps she can beat those records.
We should regulate the press to prevent such moronic articles.
You need to ask?
Perhaps she can beat those records.
“I study the health of whole societies.”
Says it all right there: She can’t think or write clearly, nor think in terms of human freedom.
I suppose she means the health of the individuals in entire societies, which is much different from what she said.
Either way, neither the health of the individuals, nor the “health” - i.e. proper functioning - of entire societies is enhanced by totalitarian tyranny.
A classic fool, in her element at her current location and position.
[Dear God, please don't tell me I need to add a sarcasm tag!]
It was only within the last year or so that I discovered that high fructose corn syrup plays havoc with my system. I usually avoid it, but yesterday was my birthday, so I had ice cream and cake last night, even though a little voice was telling me I would be sorry.
Result: Restless night. Two hours of sleep followed by 5 hours of wakefulness. Followed by GI distress.
HFCS is horrible stuff. But, as you said, we need to exercise common sense and personal responsibility.
And if people stop buying products that contain HFCS, market forces will make that junk disappear,