Friday, April 2, 2010

Two Sodas a Week Nearly Doubles Risk of Pancreatic Cancer


Two Sodas a Week Nearly Doubles Risk of Pancreatic Cancer

A 14-year study of 60,000 people in Singapore found that those who consume two or more sweetened soft drinks per week have an 87 percent higher risk of pancreatic cancer.

The biggest single source of calories in America is not pizza or burgers, but soft drinks. Soft drinks containing High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) supply just over 7% of all the calories consumed in the U.S. each year. The consumption of HFCS has increased by more than 1000% between 1970 and 1990, far exceeding the changes in intake of any other food or food group.

A possibly toxic chemical sugar alternative made from genetically modified, government subsidized corn is the leading staple of the American diet.

Aside from the obvious contribution to obesity, new research is uncovering the direct health consequences of America’s addiction to chemically sweetened soft drinks.

A 14-year study of 60,000 people in Singapore found that those who consume two or more sweetened soft drinks per week have an 87 percent higher risk of pancreatic cancer.

Published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, the study was led by Mark Pereira of the University of Minnesota who said, "The high levels of sugar in soft drinks may be increasing the level of insulin in the body, which we think contributes to pancreatic cancer cell growth."

Nearly 38,000 people are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the United States each year, and over 34,000 die from the disease each year. This research points to what may be the common culprit of all those preventable deaths: Sugary soft drink consumption.

The sweetener used in most beverages, HFCS, is linked to both diabetes and obesity. The phosphoric acid found in soft drinks is highly acidic, stripping minerals from bones and promoting osteoporosis. At the same time, soft drinks can cause kidney stones, too.

For those who consume diet sodas, the health risks may be even worse: Aspartame causes neurological side effects that include blindness, headaches and impaired cognitive function.

The beverage industry, of course, denies any links between soda consumption and negative health effects. It wants consumers to naively believe that liquid sugar, phosphoric acid and pressurized carbon dioxide are all good for you.

Of course none of this is news to our nation’s chiropractors. Since 1927, textbooks used to educate chiropractors have stated flatly, “Anything made or prepared artificially and then introduced into the body…is a poison. Foods, air and water, when they have been “doctored” are poisons.”

Do you still want to drink that bottle of soda? For rational, truthful information on what it takes to truly achieve health and well-being, make an appointment to see your neighborhood chiropractor today.

Dr. Jon Wise
Owner of Wise Chiropractic: Holistic Family Wellness
5875 S. Rainbow Blvd #201
Las Vegas, NV 89118
702-248-6292

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