Sugar named 'most addictive and dangerous substance' of our time, worse than cigarettes and alcohol

Sugar named 'most addictive and dangerous substance' of our time, worse than cigarettes and alcohol

While the rest of the world is busy obsessing over the dangers of cigarettes and alcohol, the head of Amsterdam's health service in the Netherlands is trying to raise awareness about a much bigger and more pervasive health threat: sugar. According to Paul Van der Velpen, sugar is the most dangerous and addictive substance of modern times, and more needs to be done in the interests of public health to make people aware of the many harms caused by this ubiquitous drug.

In a recent letter posted by GGD Nederland, an association of the country's community health services, Van der Velpen discusses the issue of obesity, rates of which have risen dramatically in the Netherlands in recent years. Pointing out that obesity, which is linked to metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease and a host of other chronic ailments, saps the healthcare system of tens of millions of dollars annually, Van der Velpen emphasizes that exercise is simply not enough to reverse this growing trend.

Bravely defying processed food industry claims, which insist that sugar consumed "in moderation" is just fine, Van der Velpen delves into the actual science behind how the body responds to sugar as opposed to protein and fat. In his letter, Van der Velpen explains that sugar intensifies food cravings, for instance, and causes people to eat far more than they otherwise would without it. Additionally, he points out that sugar also disrupts normal food metabolism, eventually leading to addiction.

"Just like alcohol and tobacco, sugar is actually a drug," writes Van der Velpen, in an English translation from the original Dutch. "This may seem exaggerated and far-fetched, but sugar is the most dangerous drug of the times and can still be easily acquired everywhere ... The use of sugar should be discouraged. And users should be made aware of the dangers."

Europeans consume far less sugar than Americans, and yet health officials there recognize a growing health epidemic

If you have ever visited Europe, then you may recall that most of the foods produced and sold there are generally far less sweet than foods produced and sold in the U.S. And yet, despite this difference, Van der Velpen still sees a major public health epidemic brewing in his country as a result of sugar consumption -- how much worse must the situation be here in the U.S., where public health officials generally avoid tagging sugar as a major factor in declining public health?

"Sugar is actually a form of addiction," adds Van der Velpen. "It's just as hard to get rid of the urge for sweet foods as of smoking. Thereby diets only work temporarily. Addiction therapy is better ... Health insurers should have to finance addiction therapy for their obese clients."

It is important to note that Amsterdam has long tolerated the presence and use of other typically restricted substances such as cannabis, a plant that government authorities the world over have long referred to as a "drug," within its borders. Cannabis, of course, does not harm the body and is not a public health threat, thus Amsterdam's relaxed approach to its availability within the city. Sugar, on the other hand, is an actual threat, and Van der Velpen hopes others will learn this truth and take action.

You can read Van der Velpen's full letter, as translated into English using Google Translate, here:
http://translate.google.com

Sources for this article include:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk
http://translate.google.com
http://www.ggd.nl

Republished from NaturalNews
Written by Jonathan Benson

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Comments

deb 7 years ago

White sugar was used to excite cancer...read DR. MARY'S MONKEY. I by mexican sugar, piloncillo or morena sugar. I also buy Himalyan pink salt which contains about 84 nutrients, I take this and the piloncillo with me everywhere I go. Cannabis, really! The one thing I have learned is that if the government is so bent to vilify a weed, i.e., dandelions, cannabis, stinging nettles, plantain, etc then there must be a great deal of good in it. Funny, people seem to think that DRUGS (Lily, etc.) are made on a magic machine with production lines just pooping out pills. No. Just as in BREAKING BAD they (the drug companies) create MEDS that require that they wear the breathing apparatus, the space suits, etc. This stuff is scary...but cannabis is bad...give me a break. Watch the video RUN FROM THE CURE.

sada anand kaur 7 years ago

Sugar is an addictive drug. It won't grow legs & walk into your house. Read food labels. Leave in on the grocery store shelves.

radioredrafts 7 years ago

Not that I'm for regulating cannabis any more than sugar, but there are health risks And potential nasty side effects related to is consumption, just like any prescription drug you see advertised on TV: "The following risks are associated with cannabis use: Even hardcore smokers can become anxious, panicky, suspicious or paranoid. Cannabis affects your co-ordination, which is one of the reasons why drug driving, like drink driving, is illegal. Some people think cannabis is harmless because it’s a plant, but it isn’t harmless. Cannabis, like tobacco, has lots of chemical 'nasties', which, with long-term or heavy use, can cause lung disease and possibly cancer. The risk is greater because cannabis is often mixed with tobacco and smoked without a filter. It can also make asthma worse, and cause wheezing in people without asthma. Cannabis itself can affect many different systems in the body, including the heart. It increases the heart rate and can affect blood pressure. If you have a history of mental health problems, taking cannabis is not a good idea. It can cause paranoia in the short term, but in those with a pre-existing psychotic illness, such as schizophrenia, it can contribute to relapse.  If you use cannabis and have a family background of mental illness, such as schizophrenia, you may be at increased risk of developing a psychotic illness. It is reported that frequent use of cannabis can cut a man's sperm count and reduce sperm motility. It can suppress ovulation in women and so may affect fertility. If you’re pregnant, smoking cannabis frequently may increase the risk of the baby being born smaller than expected. Regular, heavy use of cannabis makes it difficult to learn and concentrate. Some people begin to feel tired all the time and can't seem to get motivated. Some users buy strong herbal cannabis (also known as skunk) to get ‘a bigger high’. Unpleasant reactions can be more powerful when you use strong cannabis, and it is possible that using strong cannabis repeatedly could increase the risk of harmful effects such as dependence or developing mental health problems." (from the NHS in UK)

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