Is Fructose As Addictive As Alcohol?

Millions of pounds are consumed annually, yet it may be more like a drug than a food and just as damaging and addictive as alcohol…

Fructose, which literally means “fruit sugar,”* sounds so sweet and innocent. And indeed, when incorporated into the diet in moderate amounts in the form of fruit – always organic and raw, when possible – it’s about as pure and wholesome as any biomolecule inseparably complexed with vitamins, fiber, plant stem cells, antioxidants, etc. i.e. as a whole food, can get.

Not so for industrially processed fructose in isolate form, which may be as addictive as alcohol,[i] and perhaps even morphine [ii] [iii]and which according to USDA research published in 2008 into major trends in U.S. food consumption patterns, 1970-2005, we now consume at the rate of at least 50 lbs a year — the ‘800 ounce gorilla’ in the room.[iv]

Our dietary exposure to fructose, of course, is primarily through either sugar (sucrose), which is a disaccharide comprised of 50% fructose and 50% glucose by weight, or through high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), which is mostly a 55% fructose and 45% glucose blend of monosaccharides, but goes as high as 90% fructose and 10% glucose in HFCS-90 form.  Pasteurized fruit juices are another concentrated source of fructose, but increasingly even pasteurized fruit juice is being adulterated with additional sugar or HFCS for reasons that have mostly to do with protecting the manufacturer’s bottom line.

Because high-fructose corn syrup contains free-form monosaccharides of fructose and glucose, it cannot be considered biologically equivalent to sucrose, which has a glycosidic bond that links the fructose and glucose together, and which slows its break down in the body. The attempt by the HFCS industry to re-label their product as “corn sugar,” which was recently denied by the FDA,[v] belies their anxiety about the differences, and also reveals growing awareness among the public of isolated fructose’s inherently toxic properties.

The reality is that fructose can cause far more damage than glucose, and we must look beyond caloric equivalences to understand this. While in times of need (e.g. starvation, post-workout glycogen depletion), fructose is as effective as glucose in replenishing glycogen stores, in “hypercaloric” states of excess

consumption, it can lead to a process known as glycation whereby a sugar binds with protein or lipid molecules, often resulting in damage to cells and tissues.

For example, in vitro studies show that fructose damages proteins seven times more rapidily than glucose through a process known as protein fructosylation, which is when a sugar undergoes a Malliard reaction with a protein, which basically results in the caramelization (browing) of blood and tissue contents, “gumming up the works.” For example, if you try baking a pastry made with fructose, instead of white sugar, it will brown much more rapidly as a result of this Malliard reactivity.

 

Fructose actually shares great resemblance to alcohol (ethanol), such as being capable of stimulating dopamine production in our brain, as well as sharing similar metabolic pathways and effects on the liver (e.g. fatty liver). Their great similarities make even more sense when you consider that fructose can easily be converted into ethanol with a pinch of yeast in order to make alcoholic beverages.

So toxic is “purified” fructose that here at GreenMedInfo we have indexed research on over 70 adverse health effects associated with its excessive consumption, which include:

  • Insulin Resistance (32 studies)
  • Fatty Liver (22 studies)
  • Obesity (13 studies)
  • Metabolic Syndrome (19 studies)
  • Hypertension (10 studies)
  • Elevated Uric Acid (9 studies)
  • Elevated Triglycerides (14 studies)
  • Belly Fat (2 studies)
  • Cardiovascular Diseases (4 studies)
  • Liver Stress (6 studies)
  • Pancreatic Cancer (2 studies)
  • Leptin Resistance (2 studies)

To view the first hand research on 70+ forms of fructose toxicity click the hyperlink.

Like many foods consumed en masse, which may have a lesser known dark side (e.g. wheat), our global fixation on fructose may reveal something about it’s hitherto under appreciated addictive properties.

Fructose’s Drug-like Hold On Our Bodies

Fructose addiction and alcoholism, in fact, share a number of parallels. In an article titled, “Fructose: metabolic, hedonic, and societal parallels with ethanol,” published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association in 2010, Robert H. Lustig, MD broke new ground by identifying the great similarities between these two substances:

“Rates of fructose consumption continue to rise nationwide and have been linked to rising rates of obesity, type 2 diabetes, and metabolic syndrome. Because obesity has been equated with addiction, and because of their evolutionary commonalities, we chose to examine the metabolic, hedonic, and societal similarities between fructose and its fermentation byproduct ethanol. Elucidation of fructose metabolism in liver and fructose action in brain demonstrate three parallelisms with ethanol. First, hepatic fructose metabolism is similar to ethanol, as they both serve as substrates for de novo lipogenesis, and in the process both promote hepatic insulin resistance, dyslipidemia, and hepatic steatosis. Second, fructosylation of proteins with resultant superoxide formation can result in hepatic inflammation similar to acetaldehyde, an intermediary metabolite of ethanol. Lastly, by stimulating the “hedonic pathway” of the brain both directly and indirectly, fructose creates habituation, and possibly dependence; also paralleling ethanol. Thus, fructose induces alterations in both hepatic metabolism and central nervous system energy signaling, leading to a “vicious cycle” of excessive consumption and disease consistent with metabolic syndrome. On a societal level, the treatment of fructose as a commodity exhibits market similarities to ethanol. Analogous to ethanol, societal efforts to reduce fructose consumption will likely be necessary to combat the obesity epidemic.” [emphasis added]

While the parallel between fructose and alcohol consumption may seem strange, the intimate connection between what we eat and our psychological health is beginning to gain wider recognition, especially considering new research linking aggression to trans fatty acid consumption, episodes of acute wheat mania, and the widespread presence of opiates in common foods.

Toxic Fructose Addiction: The 800 Ounce Gorilla In The RoomIt may come as a surprise to many, but there is a fructose-opiate infatuation deeply embedded within mammalian biology, which has been the subject of scientific investigation since the late 80’s. A study published in the European Journal of Pharmacology in 1988 found that both glucose and fructose were capable of antagonizing morphine-induced pain killing effects, likely due to the direct opioid effects of these sugars or their metabolic byproducts on the central nervous system. In fact, the researchers found that fructose was more potent than glucose in accomplishing these effects.

Could the narcotic properties of fructose, or one of its metabolic byproducts, explain why we would consume such vast quantities of something so inherently harmful to our bodies? 

As it turns out, not only has fructose’s manifold toxic properties been studied, but researchers have also investigated what natural substances reduce fructose’s adverse effects.

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Netanyahu says Iran and Obama lied over Iran’s Nuclear Program.

On Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced to the world that Israel had carried out a stunning intelligence operation: their agents had smuggled tens of thousands of physical documents about Iran’s nuclear program out of Iran itself. Those “half a ton” of documents demonstrate Iran’s ongoing nuclear program, and the fact that the Obama administration lied constantly and repeatedly to the public about Iran’s newfound moderation in order to scam the public into approving Obama’s Iran nuclear deal – a deal that allowed Iran to maximize its regional power with income from the West.

Netanyahu announced, “Iran lied. Big time. After signing the nuclear deal in 2015, Iran intensified its efforts to hide its secret nuclear files.” Netanyahu said that a dilapidated warehouse contained Iran’s nuclear files: “55,000 pages, another 55,000 files on 188 CDs.” The files included incriminating documents, charts, and presentations.

According to Netanyahu, Iran had a comprehensive program, Project Amad, to design and develop nuclear weapons, and they have now disassembled the program for later reassembly. The specific goal of Project Amad: designing nuclear weapons; developing nuclear cores; preparing nuclear implosions; preparing nuclear tests; integrating nuclear warheads on missiles. Iran devised a plan after the beginning of the Second Gulf War to further develop its nuclear weapons program in secret – and to form new organizations to continue the work of Project Amad. Today, Netanyahu said, the work was carried out inside the Iranian Defense Ministry, and many of Amad’s key personnel continued to work on the project. The Iranians did not declare their program to the International Atomic Energy Agency. Iran instead denied the existence of a program and specifically denied the Amad plan.

This presentation was undoubtedly carried out with the knowledge of the United States; Netanyahu said that the information had been shared with the United States.

This is likely the precursor to the Trump administration moving to end the Iran nuclear deal, as they should. The Obama administration misled the American public, promoted Iranian lies repeatedly, and as Netanyahu said, “The nuclear deal is based on lies. 100,000 files right here prove that they lied…Iran continues to lie…The nuclear deal gives Iran a clear path to an atomic arsenal.”

Mole Rats Help Archaeologists Discover Davidic Dynasty City

“But a shoot shall grow out of the stump of Yishai, A twig shall sprout from his stock.” Isaiah 11:1 (The Israel Bible™)

Archaeologists, aided by burrowing mole rats, discovered a building in the valley below the hills of Hebron attributed to the kingdom of Biblical King David. The discovery is a milestone in the ongoing debate over the veracity of Biblical King David as a historical figure with most archaeologists now looking to the Bible as having a factual basis.

“20 years ago, no one would have said that King David was a historical figure,”  Professor Avraham Faust, co-head of the archaeological dig, told Breaking Israel News. “I am not the first, or only one, to attribute an archaeological find to King David. There may still be a dispute over this, but today, most archaeologists agree that King David was a historical figure.”

The dig, led by  Professor Faust and Yair Sapir of Bar-Ilan University, is at Tel Eton, in the valley near the Hebron hills, approximately 30 miles south of Jerusalem.The city that once stood at the site has been identified by scholars as Eglon, a city which fought against the Israelites as part of the five Amorite kings coalition and was later listed as part of the tribe of Judah.

This was the portion of the tribe of the Judites by their clans…Lachish, Bozkath, Eglon. Joshua 15:20,39

The discovery has become part of an ongoing dispute among archaeologists about whether King David actually existed as real historical figure or whether he was just a mythological figure existing only in the pages of the Bible. Faust and Sapir claim that the city was once part of David’s kingdom.

“This has bearings on the date in which social complexity evolved in Judah, on the debate regarding the historicity of the kingdom of David and Solomon,” Faust and Sapir wrote in Cambridge University’s journal Carbon.

Dr. Faust explained how they came to this remarkable conclusion.

“We, of course, did not find any artifacts that said ‘King David’ or King Solomon’ but we discovered site signs of a social transformation in the region which are consistent with a change from Canaanite culture to a Judean culture,” Professor Faust told Breaking Israel News. “Since it took place at a time we believed the Kingdom of David began to spread into this region, it is clear this building was part of the events in the Bible ascribed to the Kingdom of David.”

This connection between the Bible and archaeology made by Professor Faust can be problematic, as Dr. Eilat Mazar, a prominent Israeli archaeologist, explained.

“Archaeology does not begin with a belief and the Bible and then a search for proof,” Dr. Mazar told Breaking Israel News. “We first find evidence and then try to understand the truth behind the evidence.”

For the most part, evidence of Biblical events is lacking, Dr. Mazar noted.

“Even with what is written about David, one of the more prominent figures in the Bible, there are very few events that would leave evidence we could find archaeological proof of today.”

Nonetheless, Dr. Mazar uses the Bible as a resource to guide her work. This has set her at odds with many other Israeli archaeologists who reject the validity of this technique.

“We can use the Bible as a source to guide our search, but we cannot use the Bible as proof,” Dr. Mazar said. “But conclusions are drawn after a very long and thorough process of proof. After proving the connection using archaeological methods, the Biblical connection can now be brought.”

Her methods speak for themselves as Dr. Mazar is credited with many major finds.

AnaRina Heymann, director of Jerusalem Watch and the outreach coordinator for the City of David, frequently encounters skeptics who question the historical validity of King David.

“Until 1993, there was no way we could prove that King David existed,” Heymann told Breaking Israel News. “That was when archaeologists discovered the Tel Dan Stele.”

The Tel Dan Stele referencing King David. (Israel Museum/Wikimedia Commons/Oren Rozen)

The Tel Dan Stele, currently on display in the Israel Museum, is a broken stele (inscribed stone) discovered in 1993 during excavations at Tel Dan in northern Israel. It consists of several fragments making up part of a triumphal inscription in Aramaic, left most probably by Hazael of Aram-Damascus, an important regional figure in the late 9th century BCE. The inscription boasts of victories over the king of Israel and his ally the king of the “House of David”. It is considered to be the earliest accepted reference to the name David as the founder of the Kingdom of Judah.

“The Tel Dan Stele absolutely one hundred percent proves that King David existed,” Heymann said. “It refutes any claim that King David was merely a story.”

If verified, Tel Eton will be the second major archaeological site attributed to King David. In 2007,  Yosef Garfinkel of the Hebrew University found a large military fortress at Khirbet Qeiyafa approximately 20 miles southwest of Jerusalem. He eventually dated the fortress to the early 10th century BCE when King David is thought to have ruled over Israel concurrent with the structure at Tel Eton.

Professor Faust noted that the site at Tel Eton indicates a remarkable level of cultural sophistication, indicating the society under King David was complex politically and advanced culturally. The archaeological site covers 15 acres, making it the third largest in the Judean region behind Jerusalem and Lachish. When Professor Faust’s group first began excavations, they discovered fortifications, suggesting the regional importance of the site. Most of the buildings at the dig were from the 8th century BCE, several hundred years later than the period of King David. But further studies suggested the site had a much more ancient history.

The archaeologists recently announced the discovery of a new structure at the top of the tel (an artificial mound formed from the accumulated remains of civilizations that existed on the same site for hundreds or thousands of years) that was notably well-constructed, suggesting its role as a regional administrative center.

“The structure was what we call ‘four-room house’ which is an architectural style that was exclusive to the Hebrews,” Professor Faust said to Breaking Israel News. “The structure was excavated, almost in its entirety, and was composed of a large courtyard with rooms on three sides. ”

“The building was nicely executed, including ashlar stones in the corners and openings,” Faust said in Popular Archaeology. “Hundreds of artifacts were unearthed within the debris, including a wide range of pottery vessels, loom weights, many metal objects, botanical remains, as well as many arrowheads, evidence of the battle which accompanied the conquest of the site by the Assyrians.”

Researchers believe the city was destroyed by King Sennacherib and the Assyrians in 701 BCE.

The ashlar stones, finely cut and squared-off masonry, were the earliest examples of such masonry found to date. The structure was built on a deep foundation, indicating a high level of sophistication indicating a highly developed civilization.

While exploring the foundations of the structure, the archaeologists discovered a pottery bowl which they believed was an offering to God as a supplication for protection of the building, something archaeologists have encountered before in more ancient digs. This type of foundation offering enabled the researchers to date the building to Canaanite Bronze Age and early Iron Age around 1200 BCE. This was backed up by radiocarbon samples from a foundation deposit and olive pits and coal found on the floor,  indicate that the house was first built in the late 11th century BCE.

Faust theorized that these foundation offerings indicate Tel Eton was originally a Canaanite settlement that was later colonized by Israel as it extended its borders to the west under the leadership of King David.

“This has bearings on the date in which social complexity evolved in Judah, on the debate regarding the historicity of the kingdom of David and Solomon,” Faust and Sapir write.

The researchers were aided by mole rats, burrowing rodents that live in the region. Archaeologists have little idea of what lays underground when they begin digging and many hours of meticulous work may be spent in a fruitless effort. By sifting through the earth brought to the surface by the burrowing rodents, archaeologists can glean clues about what lays below.

Why is Editing so Important to the Blogger?

Editing so Important by skylarvision CC0 Public Domain from Pixabay

Editing so Important?

Why is editing so import­ant to the Blogger? Trouble is many bloggers take the other view. We have heard it all before. Temple University raise the question: “the drumbeats keep getting louderWho needs copy editors? They just get in the way. Without them, blog postings can go up faster; without them, readers get a writer’s words unfiltered; without them, a public­a­tion can save lots of money.”

That view certainly seems to under­state the value of editing. Self publish­er Lulu thinks differ­ently. “Editing is critic­al, so it’s not at all uncom­mon to see authors avoid it like the plague.” They are talking about books, but the same principle applies to blog posts. Should you pay an editor? For the blogger money can be a vital issue. I agree, but I will disagree about the value of editing.
With editing compar­at­ively fewer mistakes remain in the final copy. This is good for the reader.
Advertising site Infolinks makes a valid point “Editing is an import­ant and all too often overlooked skill that should be a crucial part to every blogger’s writing routine.” I agree. It is certainly overlooked by many bloggers. How much do you edit? Think about that, it is something discussed later. Do you question why is editing so import­ant? You should.

Editing: Reasons

Typos by OpenClipart-Vectors CC0 Public Domain Image from Pixabay.Reasons you should edit include:
  • Resolve typos.
  • Aid search visib­il­ity
  • To better serve your readers
  • Create value
The Oxford Manual of Style says an editor’s main aim is “to ensure consist­ency, good grammar, spelling and punctu­ation: clarity of expres­sion: and a clear and sensible struc­ture.” The Canadian Press Style-book recom­mends you “check proper names and unusu­al spellings”. Unusual names give many problems and need check­ing for consist­ency across your work.

Checks

Accuracy requires that checks be made. Mathematical round­ing is respons­ible for many errors. Memory causes other problems. Did it happen in 1982 or 1983? Left to memory you feel comfort­able stating a date, but you could easily be in the wrong decade. Time also brings other challenges. The events on that fateful day in 2001, occurred shortly before 9 am EST. I remem­ber it being shortly after lunch time (as I was in London) a five-hour time differ­ence.
The inten­ded result of editing is provid­ing a text that is as easy as possible to read and under­stand. It takes many factors into consid­er­a­tion, includ­ing an assur­ance that you approach the reader using the right tone.
I recom­mend editing for your blog. “But,” I hear your objec­tion and know you will protest that you are a good writer and rarely make mistakes. You probably are, but you do make mistakes. I used to make the same objec­tions. It is one reason to ask why is editing so import­ant? It is likely you are missing the point about the value that editing brings to your blog. The reason: added value gener­ated. The answer to why is editing so import­ant; you reap the reward for the effort you make.

Time Spent?

How quickly can you write a 1,000 word post? One hour, perhaps two, when focused. Once written, save the piece, then put is aside. Do something else. Take a coffee break, write anoth­er piece, above all, take your mind entirely off the completed work. When a few hours have passed you may return to it, but with an editor’s cap firmly on your head.
Your approach to your document this time is differ­ent. This time you open it with the intent to improve what you have written. As Molly McCowan of Ink Bot Editing says “good editors always strive to ‘do no harm’.” Further they have in mind the need to improve the work in front of them. She makes a valuable point “I read through my blog posts at least 20 times before hitting ‘publish’, and I still miss little things sometimes.” Like the comma before ‘sometimes’?
Personally, I spend at least as much time editing a work as I did writing it in the first place. Even then I still make occasion­al mistakes (and here is the time my loyal readers will respond in kind).

Self Published – Quality of Editing

One of the biggest complaints about self-published books is how poorly edited they are. The same is often true of blog writing. Even if you have no inten­tion of ever publish­ing a book, as a blog writer you should seek to under­stand the role a book editor performs; it is that type of role you must execute when final­ising copy for your blog.
In the mind-space of an editor you will see your work differ­ently. Of course the author in you has a passion­ate attach­ment for the words used, but the editor needs a little streak of ruthless­ness. Changes must be made, but know what is added.
Most writers fear editing because they believe their master­piece will becut beyond recog­ni­tion. That is the story associ­ated with newspa­per editors, but in the blogging world you improve your work. Two useful tools you can use are Grammarly and the Hemingway Editor. Copy your text to each in turn and you will see some errors or weaknesses highlighted. These are simple steps to take and can bring great improve­ment.

Brighten your Story

Target by OpenClipart-Vectors CC0 Public Domain from PixabayOne oppor­tun­ity with editing is the ability to bright­en your story. Focus it where neces­sary – looking at the one or two most import­ant aspects. Target the essen­tial elements. Address passive voice, highlight the actor and the actions, rather than letting the result dictate the narrat­ive. This is a common error with business writing.
Get rid of the boring parts, those areas where you text is flat and toneless. Add a little humour (if appro­pri­ate). Remove hype or jargon and ensure your words are read (and under­stood) by anybody. This is anoth­er reason to question why is editing so import­ant, it provides oppor­tun­it­ies to enhance, to stop it being flat.

Extra Steps

One addition­al step I take is to read my text out loud. I started doing this when suffer­ing eyesight problems a few years ago. Today, I either read it aloud or have the computer read the text to me. It helps the process of editing and spots many aspects you would not normally identi­fy.
Not only will each sentence sound differ­ent, but it will often highlight the misused words. You feel like a fool reading a phrase with an error in it. A power­ful reason to make a change. One example is using plurals, when singu­lar is neces­sary, the ‘nor’ used when ‘not’ is required. This typo is easy to miss because spell-checkers do not highlight valid words wrongly used. Grammarly will recog­nise this as a context error, but it does miss some.

Fact and Data Checking

Website Audit - Change by rawpixel CC0 Public Domain from PixabayDoes it fit? People love to quote things, includ­ing facts and figures. There are a lot of pages stating statist­ics, facts, figures etc. They are every­where. From how many people did something in the last month to how much they spent. But are the figures accur­ate?
Did you check them? Can you find anoth­er source to valid­ate the data from? Did you recal­cu­late the inform­a­tion? You should get into the habit of citing credible sources. Wikipedia is a valid source for a defin­i­tion, but not for statist­ics or data. Universities and schools do not allow students to cite that website and you should not use it either. Do you need to use govern­ment or industry sources? Use the right ones.
Other people get the days, dates, and calcu­la­tions wrong, there is no reason you should allow the error to contin­ue. When using facts you should aim to bring clarity. Ignore those sources having no relev­ance, yet bring in to focus items readers need.

Conclusion

Why is editing so import­ant to the Blogger? you should have a gotten a sense of the value a full edited piece adds to your readers. It isn’t simply about correct­ing typos, but making phrases, sentences, paragraphs, and even the whole piece hang togeth­er.

Herdsmen terrorism: U.S. may seek international coalition to protect Christians in Nigeria | The Atlantic Post

In what sounded like the main reason for inviting Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari to White House, U.S. President Donald J. Trump has warned that his country will no longer accept the further murder of Christians in Nigeria by herdsmen and other Islamic extremists and terrorists.

Source: Herdsmen terrorism: U.S. may seek international coalition to protect Christians in Nigeria | The Atlantic Post

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