Cheers to Mother Jones for their insightful article on the sugar industry and their often successful attempts to lull us into thinking that sugar isn’t so bad for us.
“For 40 years, the sugar industry’s priority has been to shed doubt on studies suggesting that its product makes people sick.”
Our client, Dr. Cristin Kearns Couzens, is one of the coauthors. As a dentist, one might think her focus would be on oral hygiene, but her passion for health goes much deeper. In this article, she exposes how the sugar industry has worked tirelessly to make us believe that sugar was NOT a cause for obesity, diabetes and heart disease.
“[T]he fact that no confirmed scientific evidence links sugar to the death-dealing diseases…is the lifeblood” of the Sugar Association.
I encourage you to read the article and review the Internal papers from the Sugar Industry which reveal a strategy to safeguard sugar from “opportunists,” “pseudoscientists,” and “enemies.”
Cristin Kearns Couzens first saw the devastating effects of sugar as dental director of low-income clinics in Denver. She moved into dental administration, and took a position managing operations at Kaiser Permanente Dental Care Program before leaving in 2009 to pursue independent research into the sugar industry’s public-relations claims. Couzens is currently a senior consultant at the University of Colorado Center for Health Administration and an instructor at the University of Washington School of Dentistry. Check out her Twitter Feed SugarPolitics
Coauthor, Gary Taubes, wrote “Is Sugar Toxic” published April 13, 2011 in the NYT.