I recently ran across a few articles discussing health problems in our lives and the lengths at which we are going to try to eradicate them. The first article deals with the topic of stress. The gentleman that authored the article did a decent job explaining to a small degree how stress affects our lives. The second article deals with a recent study that was performed on HFCS (High Fructose Corn Syrup) and how it feeds pancreatic cancer cells. Again, not a bad article… initially. I say that because I can’t say I agree with the outcomes of the studies and what the “remedies” are.
In the first article, the author goes in to the fact that stress is going to increase specific hormones within the body that initially are life saving as they can help in an immediate dangerous situation, running from a tiger if you will. Our stress response was designed to help us in an advantageous way so that our bodies would create the substrate needed to either run from the tiger or fight the tiger if we absolutely had to. Under no circumstances were we ever designed to be under the stress that we deal with now on a day to day basis. So after studying stress in the baboons, what was the researchers solution? A vaccine for stress. While I would say with absolute certainty that the vaccine is probably being created with the best intentions, no vaccine is able to address the cause of the stress we are having in the first place. In the same way, the second article looks at the damaging effects of HFCS and how pancreatic cancer cells proliferate with fructose ingestion. What is the life expectancy of someone with pancreatic cancer? Let’s just say you better get all your affairs in order. Again, the response to the outcome of the study? Let’s create a drug that stops the ability of the cancer cells to proliferate. In no way should we ever stop consuming the thing that is taking us away from balance and homeostasis! (Yes, I did notice the line that said that something should be done to step back the use of HFCS.)
My point is this, we take more drugs and have more surgeries than at any other time in history. Despite this fact, we are becoming sicker and sicker. At some point, we have to take control of our own health and be responsible for the choices you make. No amount of drugs and surgeries are going to give you the health you desire. Get rid of HFCS in your diet, there is no nutritional value anyway. Add in things like raw fruits and vegetables that give your body the vitamins and minerals it needs to survive. Find ways to decrease stress in your life, whether it be exercise, prayer, meditation, taking a vacation, get adjusted, whatever it may be. Ultimately, your health is determined by your decisions.
Yours in Health,
Dr. James Ashley, DC