I am kicking this week off with this story because of everything I am covering this has to be the most important.
When the world finally realized the incredible destruction of health that cigarettes had been causing to the populations of the world, the question arose as to how it had gone on so long.
How had it taken so long to discover and recognize what had been so obvious.
Of course the answers finally came when years of investigation and legal battles uncovered the dirty secrets and downright criminality of the tobacco industry as a whole.
Well now it’s time for the sugar industry to be placed under the spotlight and the results are not pretty.
A team of researchers from the University of California in San Francisco have finally uncovered documents dating back to the 60’s that show just how the sugar industry covered up the dangers of sugar consumption.
In fact not only did they cover up the dangers but they actively financed “research” that was designed to completely divert attention from sugar and place it on to other things.
The program was so successful that they have managed to manipulate the entire heart disease discussion from that point forward to the detriment of large proportions of the population.
Their infiltration of the data was so complete that even until today every discussion being held on the subject of sugar is to some degree poisoned by this original and false “research.”
- Sugar Industry and Coronary Heart Disease Research: A Historical Analysis of Internal Industry Documents | JAMA Internal Medicine | JAMA Network
How sugar affects the brain
It’s all been a bit sugary this week but I think it is important.
So in light of that let’s take a closer look as to how the sugar industry can get us all so quickly into a mindset where we will analytically shut down and go for an emotional response to eating something to excess, that we know we should not.
Soda Tax News
Kind of interesting to watch from afar as this sugar tax drama plays out in America.
It is striking to see just how far down the toilet the U.S has gone when it comes to the rights of the people (remember, they OWN the country) and the rights that corporate america thinks it has.
Incredibly even when the majority of people in an area feel a certain way about a situation, big soda still thinks they have the right to intervene and disrupt that consensus.
And of course how do they do it?
With the almighty dollar of course!
Amazing that they are throwing figures like a half a million dollars at an anti-soda-tax campaign in just one city alone with another half million or so set aside for T.V. ad placements!
The actual citizens of the U.S should really keep at this until these companies realize that they are supposed to be working for the people and not against them.
Durian – My Nemesis
When I first began regularly visiting Asia it was always in relation to the business I was in at that time.
Because of that my visits and the experiences of those visits were largely connected to hotel and business meetings.
There was very little social interaction outside of that business scenario.
Over time I made friends in the area and this lead to a change in the experience for me.
If there is one thing that holds true for most countries in the world it is that the locals just love to show off their culture and this is especially true when it comes to food.
The usual pattern is that they introduce you to food they feel pretty sure is within your existing experience.
Sort of like saying yes we know you have probably had sweet and sour pork but eat this because this is how it is really supposed to taste!
Once they have established that you are familiar with the familiar it is then that real fun begins!
They will tend to take you into more and more extreme styles and types of food most of which you have never seen or tasted before.
Once that part is over and you have proven you can take it, they will take you to the endgame.
This will be some kind of local delicacy that is either horrifying to look at or the source of which is horrifying in itself!
In parts of China it will be dishes so hot you can hardly breathe, in Taiwan is will be a fermented tofu they call “smelly tofu.”
And believe me, when they call it smelly tofu they aren’t kidding!
I have never failed at being able to overcome my white middle class anglo-saxon upbringing to rise to the occasion and master all that was presented to me… except for one.
The bane of my culinary existence, the mighty durian.
The smell of this fruit is pure evil and only one have I ever been able to get past it to taste the actual fruit which is kind of nice if you can get there!
One of the most common complaints we hear of these days is an inability to get either sufficient sleep or sleep that is of a good enough standard.
There are probably countless reasons for this and every person suffering from it will most likely have their own unique reason or set of reasons.
When you compare the lives we lead with the lives led by people one hundred years ago it is probably any wonder we can’t get off to sleep.
If sleep is a concern for you then there are a few things you would be well advised to look at in your own life to redress the problem.
Sleep is supposed to be that time of the day where your body regenerates itself and gets concentrated rest right?
But if you have a body that has essentially done nothing (from a body’s perspective) all day then it is hardly going to be needing rest and regeneration!
For many of us “a hard day’s work” doesn’t actually involve anything physically hard!
Most likely you are mentally tired because of the demands of the day and believe me that is a real thing, but unfortunately sleep is not triggered by mental tiredness.
In fact mental tiredness has a tendency to sort of “electrify” your mind even further which results in us going into a sort of mentally “hyper” state which makes sleep near impossible.
To counter this situation it is vital that you add some kind of physical activity to your day.
It doesn’t have to be going to the gym everyday and working yourself into a sweat either!
All that is really required for most people is that they get out and at least walk for twenty minutes and again, let me point out it does not have to be crazy olympic speed walking, just walking!
However when you are walking there is something you absolutely must do to get that whole mental tiredness sensation out of the way.
So as you are walking you should mentally take note of the things around you.
Don’t walk around thinking about the same things you have been thinking about all day.
Force yourself to notice the things you see as you are walking.
Say to yourself, “There is a tree, there is a child, over there is a car, there’s another car, there’s a kid with a red ball,” and on and on.
Now remember, don’t actually say those things out loud in case someone reports you and you are taken in for a psychiatric evaluation!
The other thing that promotes sleep which we have dropped out of our lives is diet and this is from two aspects.
The first is just the aspect of hydration.
There are just too many body functions to name here that rely entirely on their execution on the level of hydration your body has over the day.
Unless you are drinking enough water most of these processes will stop or at least not execute correctly.
The result is that when the time comes for your body to experience the triggers for sleep those triggers will just not come.
The second part of diet is sugar and alcohol.
Both of these promote dehydration anyway so make the first one worse but they also cause enormous disruption inside the body.
In the case of sugar the body starts producing insulin like crazy to get the sugar levels down and in the case of alcohol the body basically considered it to be a poison that must be eradicated.
It doesn’t matter which one it is or even both, the amount of turmoil they produce internally will reduce you chances of sleeping enormously.
Finally you may need to “reset the clock.”
Most of us know there is a type of clock running in our bodies that determines things like when we should sleep and when to start setting up for that.
If your body clock has been messed up by poor habits you may need to feel a little pain to reset it by going without sleep and then catching the next sleep pattern the next day.