DISPATCH FROM CORONA HIBERNATION – LEXOPHILES AND TRAVEL PLANS

A few non serious thoughts to break the monotony of being sequestered for two months.

For all Lexophiles; i.e., Lovers of Words

1. A bicycle can’t stand alone because it is two-tired.

2. What’s the definition of a will? It’s a dead giveaway.

3. Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.

4. A backward poet writes inverse.

5. In democracy, it’s your vote that counts; in feudalism, it’s your count that votes.

6. A chicken crossing the road is poultry in motion.

7. If you don’t pay your exorcist, you get repossessed.

8. Show me a piano falling down a mineshaft and I’ll show you A-flat minor.

9. When a clock is hungry, it goes back four seconds.

10. The man who fell into an upholstery machine is fully recovered.

11. A grenade thrown into a kitchen in France would result in Linoleum Blownapart.

12. Local Area Network in Australia: the LAN down under.

13. He often broke into song because he couldn’t find the key.

14. Every calendar’s days are numbered.

15. A lot of money is tainted. ‘Taint yours and ‘taint mine.

16. A boiled egg in the morning is hard to beat.

17. He had a photographic memory which was never developed.

18. A plateau is a high form of flattery.

19. The short fortuneteller who escaped from prison was a small medium at large.

20. Those who get too big for their britches will be exposed in the end.

21. When you’ve seen one shopping center, you’ve seen a mall

22. Those who jump off a Paris bridge are in Seine.

23. When an actress saw her first strands of gray hair, she thought she’d dyed.

24. Bakers trade bread recipes on a knead to know basis.

25. Santa’s helpers are subordinate clauses.

26. Marathon runners with bad footwear suffer the agony of defeat.

Travel Plans for 2020

I have been in many places, but I’ve never been in Kahoots. Apparently, you can’t go alone. You have to be in Kahoots with someone.

I’ve also never been in Cognito. I hear no one recognizes you there.

I have, however, been in Sane. They don’t have an airport; you have to be driven there. I have made several trips there, thanks to my children, friends, family and work.

I would like to go to Conclusions, but you have to jump, and I’m not too much on physical activity anymore.

I have also been in Doubt. That is a sad place to go, and I try not to visit there too often.

I’ve been in Flexible, but only when it was very important to stand firm.

Sometimes I’m in Capable, and I go there more often as I’m getting older.

One of my favorite places to be is in Suspense! It really gets the adrenalin flowing and pumps up the old heart! At my age, I need all the stimuli I can get!

I may have been in Continent, but I don’t remember what country I was in. It’s an age thing. They tell me it is very wet and damp there.

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DISPATCH FROM THE VIRUS HIBERNATION

I didn’t suffer much during the hibernation. I ate well. As a matter of fact, I ate a little better with daughter-in-law Julie cooking meatloaf, banana nut bread and a few other specialties she cooked up to keep from getting bored. I probably gained a pound or two. I had all the comforts of my home. I just didn’t have the freedom I was used to. That was true to a great extent even before the virus finally got our government officials to catch up with what was needed to help slow the spread of this unwanted visitor.

Being in the most vulnerable group of potential virus victims, I was personally very cautious.

My life changed only slightly and in a few strange ways. Writing my blogs was difficult and my interest in finding new material for blogs was down to zero.

The other strange thing was I kept thinking—as soon as this is over, “we can move back to our old neighborhood in our own country.”

Contrary to logic, I was convinced we were in a different country. I know that wasn’t literally true, but it seemed right.

So let me share with you just a few of the things that did catch my interest in the virus fog.

The Mythology of Inequality: Debunking the Wealth Inequality “Crisis”

Many political leaders and pundits consider wealth inequality to be a major economic and social problem. They complain about a shift of wealth to the top at everyone else’s expense and claim that plutocrats dominate policymaking in Washington.

This is an oft-repeated refrain, especially among Democratic presidential candidates—but is it true?

Cato’s Chris Edwards and Ryan Bourne examined the truths and falsehoods surrounding the wealth inequality narrative in their latest policy analysis, “Exploring Wealth Inequality.”

The authors focused on six aspects of wealth inequality, discussing the evidence for claims that wealth inequality is drastically increasing. They found that wealth inequality has changed surprisingly little given the large economic changes in recent decades driven by technology and globalization.

Moreover, Edwards and Bourne identify several shortcomings of current wealth inequality data, which provide no information on levels of poverty or prosperity and are not useful tools for guiding public policy.

The study also debunks the claims of Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren that most top wealth was inherited, not earned. Among the Forbes list of 400 Americans with the highest net worth since 1982, only 40 percent were self-made. By 2011, the share of self-made billionaires on the list rose to 69 percent.

Edwards and Bourne also point to the biggest contributor to wealth inequality in the United States: cronyism and regressive government regulations that undermine wealth-building.

As talk turns to the future of Gaza, these haunting words of Golda Meir are as current as today’s headlines. She could have been talking about Hamas,

“We can forgive [them] for killing our children. We cannot forgive them for forcing us to kill their children. We will only have peace with [them] when they love their children more than they hate us…” – Golda Meir (1957)

How JFK Censored Right-Wing Radio

In the early 1960s, President Kennedy’s administration launched one of the most successful censorship campaigns in U.S. history. The subjects of Kennedy’s ire were conservative radio broadcasters, who constantly attached the administration’s policy proposals. Worried about his reelection chances, Kennedy instructed the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to target the offending broadcasters with tax audits and heightened regulatory scrutiny. Within a few years, this censorship campaign had driven conservative broadcasters off hundreds of radio stations; it would be more than a decade before the end of the Fairness Doctrine enabled the resurgence of political talk radio.

To give a sense of the scale of what I call the “Radio Right,” consider that the single 1960s broadcaster with the greatest reach—a fundamentalist preacher from New Jersey named Carl McIntire—had a weekly audience estimated at 20 million, which is comparable to the number of listeners that Rush Limbaugh could claim at his height decades later. McIntire’s show had gone from airing on just two radio stations in 1957 to airing on more than a hundred stations in 1960 and surpassing 475 stations in 1964. But McIntire was only one of a dozen conservative broadcasters who aired on at least a hundred stations nationwide.

An Honest Politician

Harry Truman was a different kind of president. He probably made as many, or more important, decisions regarding our nation’s history as any of the other 42 presidents preceding him. However, a measure of his greatness may rest on what he did after he left the White House.

The only asset he had when he died was the house he lived in, which was in Independence, Missouri. His wife had inherited the house from her mother and father; and other than their years in the White House, they lived their entire lives there.

When he retired from office in 1952, his income was a U.S. Army pension reported to have been $13,507.72 a year. Congress, noting that he was paying for his stamps and personally licking them, granted him an “allowance” and, later, a retroactive pension of $25,000 per year.

After President Eisenhower was inaugurated, Harry and Bess drove home to Missouri by themselves. There was on Secret Service following them.

When offered corporate positions at large salaries, he declined, saying, “You don’t want me. You want the office of the president, and that doesn’t belong to me. It belongs to the American people and it’s not for sale.”

Even later, on May 6, 1971, when Congress was preparing to award him the Medal of Honor on his 87th birthday, he refused to accept it, writing, “I don’t consider that I have done anything which should be the reason for any award, Congressional or otherwise.”

As president, he paid for all of his own travel expenses and food.

Modern politicians have found a new level of success in cashing in on the presidency, resulting in untold wealth. Today, many in Congress also found a way to become quite wealthy while enjoying the fruits of their offices. Political offices are now for sale.

Good old Harry Truman was correct when he observed, “My choices in life were either to be a piano player in a whore house or a politician. And to tell the truth, there’s hardly any difference!”

I say dig him up and clone him!

Enjoy life NOW—it has an expiration date!

The Future After the Pandemic

In 1970, a book called “Future Shock” sold six million copied by basically saying innovation would change the world.

Shocking? Not so much.

Today a real future shock is forming because of the contagion and all of our lives will be affected.

Let me give you one example of the coming changes: Jobs.

Pandemic layoffs give companies the chance to clean house. Any employee deemed unnecessary or a nuisance is in the kill zone. By mid-summer, it is likely that 40 million Americans will be unemployed.

That’s staggering!

Companies understand that laying off older workers with good salaries can get them sued for age-discrimination. Fire a woman, don’t be surprised to see a “misconduct” allegation. There are legions of “protected” folks in the workplace only they are suddenly unprotected. The virus gives license to kill jobs.

So, the employment picture will be drastically altered. And there will be millions of folks looking for work. Therefore, companies both large and small will be looking to upgrade their workforce.

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FINDING A NEEDLE IN A DATING HAYSTACK

This is an article I drafted first for a lifestyle magazine and then for the L.A. Times back page of the Saturday section. Neither one eventually decided to use it, but I thought you might enjoy it nevertheless.

Here it is!

Finding a needle in a dating haystack is tough for everyone, but just maybe a little harder for mature couples.

We met in the olden days; it was early in 1996. It was at the tail-end of the bar scene and blind dates, but before the internet, which was still about three years from popular and extended use. The arena for introductions at that time was the widespread use of personal ads in the print media, newspapers and magazines

In order to get out of the hospital over Thanksgiving, I promised the doctor I would stay home, elevate my foot and use ice bags all day. That’s another story and only minimally related to this one. As you can imagine, staying home with an elevated foot gets boring pretty quickly and there’s only so much daytime TV you can tolerate. To pass the time I started reading the Los Angeles Times, cover to cover, and discovered, with great surprise, several pages of personal ads.

The way this worked was each ad had a box number. After calling the main phone number, you dialed in the specific box number. The ad writer left a message amplifying their ad or just inviting you to leave a message.

After a week or so I said, “What have I got to lose”? I answered a few ads and got some responses. One response seemed worth following up. We met for a cup of coffee. A glass of wine was the only other alternative. We each drove to our meeting so we had our own escape. Dinner would take too long if it wasn’t working out.

The first meet-up was okay, so we arranged a date after Christmas for dinner and then followed up with another date to see the “Waiting to Exhale” movie and dinner.

That seemed about as far as it needed to go.

As you can see, answering ads was pretty much the same as it is today with internet dating sites.

Knowing that answering ads was a numbers game, I kept reading and considering which ads to follow up with. In mid January, this ad appeared and stood out like a flashing red light at K-Mart.

One word demanded my attention!

It was a pretty standard ad in many ways, but what popped out for me was her inclusion of the word “INTELLIGENT.” That is not a description you generally see in many personal ads, particularly from the distaff gender.

I had to find out more. I called her box number and her greeting amplified her ad’s description to tell me, among other things, she liked ballet and opera.

By the way, at that point I was fast approaching age 65 and still working in the marketing arena.

Now it was my turn. I told her I was a little over her age requirement, did not like ballet or opera (but would be happy to buy tickets for her and a friend anytime). I was not sure about her definition of financially secure, but I was interested in the rest of her description and left my phone number.

She did call and we ended up exchanging a number of messages and calls. She worked downtown and I worked in West L.A. so we had some difficulty finding a time we could get together for coffee.

We knew we would be violating one of the basic rules of personal ad introductions, but the calls were interesting enough, so we said, “What the hey, let’s have dinner.”

We met at a local restaurant in the Marina. It was like no other introductory meeting I ever had. Usually at these introductions I had to carry and nurture the conversation with questions to draw my “date” out.

Not this time. She gave me the third degree for over two hours. It was hard for me to get a question in. This was new and different, so I said to myself, “Let see where this goes.”

She asked me about everything in my life. We talked about my background, my business, my priorities, what I was looking for. It was an interrogation; almost like a verbal Rorschach Test.

Her business background was in the apparel industry, but she could have been an FBI or CIA interrogator.

We found a lot similarities and common areas in our background and business experience. We were able to click on a number of different levels.

When dinner was over, we both obviously enjoyed the encounter. We exchanged a hug in the parking lot and agreed we wanted to see each other again.

She claims she called her daughter that night and said, “I found the guy. He was very honest in answering my ad, which doesn’t always happen, and he could be the one.”

Going through a nasty divorce, I was a bit more cautious. I’m not sure I felt as strongly as she did, but I certainly wanted to explore this further.

…and explore we did. A year later, we bought a condo, somewhat later we got married, and have visited 81 countries and all seven continents. It has been an exciting adventure; a truly successful adventure.

This wasn’t the first movie for either of us. So based on past experience, we were able to communicate very openly right from the start and although we were both controlling personalities, we ceded authority alternately on major relationship responsibilities.

The avenue for older couples may be a little harder. As you age, you have more baggage, more habits and become a little more fixed in ways you’re somewhat set in.

It’s never too late, however…but you need to take it one step at a time and be willing to be open to flexibility and change.

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SUGAR, SUGAR, YOU ARE MY CANDY GIRL AND YOU’VE GOT ME WANTING YOU

Other Health Risks

Aside from the risks listed in prior blogs, sugar can harm your body in countless other ways.

Research shows that too much added sugar can:

• Increase kidney disease risk: Having consistently high blood sugar levels can cause damage to the delicate blood vessels in your kidneys. This can lead to an increased risk of kidney disease.

• Negatively impact dental health: Eating too much sugar creates bacteria in your mouth to feed on sugar and release acid byproducts, which cause tooth demineralization.

• Increase the risk of developing gout: Gout is an inflammatory condition characterized by pain in the joints. Added sugars raise uric acid levels in the blood, increasing the risk of developing or worsening gout.

• Accelerate cognitive decline: High-sugar diets can lead to impaired memory and have been linked to an increased risk of dementia.

Consuming too much sugar may worsen cognitive decline, increase gout risk, harm your kidneys and cause cavities.

How To Reduce your Sugar Intake

Although consuming small amounts now and then is perfectly healthy, you should try to cut back on sugar whenever possible.

Fortunately, simply focusing on eating less processed foods automatically decreases the amount of sugar in your diet.

Here are some tips on how to:

• Swap sodas, energy drinks, juices and sweetened teas for water or unsweetened seltzer.
• Drink your coffee black or use Stevia for a zero-calorie, natural sweetener.
• Sweeten plain yogurt with fresh or frozen berries instead of buying flavored, sugar-loaded yogurt.
• Consume whole fruits instead of sugar-sweetened fruit smoothies.
• Replace candy with a homemade trail mix or fruit, nuts and a few dark chocolate chips.
• Use olive oil and vinegar in place of sweet salad dressings like honey mustard.
• Choose marinades, nut butters, ketchup and marinara sauce with zero added sugars.
• Look for cereals, granolas and granola bars with under four grams of sugar per serving.
• Swap your morning cereal for a bowl of rolled oats topped with nut butter and fresh berries, or an omelet made with fresh greens.
• Instead of jelly, slice fresh bananas onto your peanut butter sandwich.
• Use natural nut butters in place of sweet spreads like Nutella.
• Avoid alcoholic beverages that are sweetened with soda, juice, honey, sugar or agave.
• Shop the perimeter of the grocery store, focusing on fresh, whole ingredients.

In addition, keeping a food dairy is an excellent way of becoming more aware of the main sources of sugar in your diet.

The best way to limit your added sugar intake is to prepare your own healthy meals at home and avoid buying foods and drinks that are high in added sugar.

Focusing on preparing healthy meals and limiting your intake of foods that contain added sweeteners can help you cut back on the amount of sugar in your diet.

The Bottom Line

Eating too much added sugar can have many negative health effects.

An excess of sweetened foods and beverages can lead to weight gain, blood sugar problems and an increased risk of heart disease, among other dangerous conditions.

If you need to cut added sugar from your diet, try some of the small changes listed above.

Before you know it, your sugar habit will be a thing of the past.

The Archies Lyrics
“Sugar, Sugar”

Sugar, ah honey honey
You are my candy girl
And you got me wanting you
Honey, ah sugar sugar
You are my candy girl
And you’ve got me wanting you

I just can’t believe the loveliness of loving you
(I just can’t believe it’s true)
I just can’t believe the one to love this feeling to
(I just can’t believe it’s true)

Ah sugar, ah honey honey
You are my candy girl
And you’ve got me wanting you
Ah honey, ah sugar sugar
You are my candy girl
And you’ve got me wanting you

When I kissed you, girl, I knew how sweet a kiss could be
(I know how sweet a kiss can be)
Like the summer sunshine pour your sweetness over me
(Pour your sweetness over me)

Sugar, pour a little sugar on it honey
Pour a little sugar on it baby
I’m gonna make your life so sweet, yeah yeah yeah
Pour a little sugar on it oh yeah
Pour a little sugar on it honey
Pour a little sugar on it baby
I’m gonna make your life so sweet, yeah yeah yeah
Pour a little sugar on it honey

Ah sugar, ah honey honey
You are my candy girl
And you’ve got me wanting you
Oh honey, honey, sugar sugar…
You are my candy girl…

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SUGAR, SUGAR, HOW SWEET IT IS

Five more reasons why too much sugar is bad for you, according to Jillian Kubala, MS, RD.
1. May Increase Your Risk of Depression

While a healthy diet can keep you mellow, a diet high in added sugar and processed foods may increase your chances of developing depression.

Consuming a lot of processed foods, including high-sugar products such as cakes and sugary drinks, has been associated with a higher risk of depression.

Researchers believe that blood sugar swings, neurotransmitter dysregulation and inflammation may all be reasons for sugar’s detrimental impact on mental health.

A study following 8,000 people for 22 years showed that men who consumed 67 grams or more of sugar per day were 23% more likely to develop depression than men who ate less than 40 grams per day.

Another study in over 69,000 women demonstrated that those with the highest intakes of added sugars had a significantly greater risk of depression, compared to those with the lowest intakes.

A diet rich in added sugar and processed foods may increase depression risk in both men and women.

2. May Accelerate the Skin Aging Process

Wrinkles are a natural sign of aging. They appear eventually, regardless of your health. However, poor food choices can worsen wrinkles and speed the skin aging process.

“AGE5” are compounds formed by reactions between sugar and protein in your body. They are suspected to play a key role in skin aging.

Consuming a diet high in refined carbs and sugar leads to the production of AGEs, which may cause your skin to age prematurely.

When collagen and elastin become damaged, the skin loses its firmness and begins to sag.

In one study, women who consumed more carbs, including added sugars, had a more wrinkled appearance than women on a high-protein, lower-carb diet.

The researchers concluded that a lower intake of carbs was associated with better skin-aging appearance. Sugary foods can increase the production of AGEs, which can accelerate skin aging and wrinkle formation.

3. Can Increase Cellular Aging

Telomeres are structures found at the end of chromosomes, which are molecules that hold part or all of your genetic information. Telomeres act as protective caps, preventing chromosomes from deteriorating or fusing together. As you grow older, telomeres naturally shorten, which causes cells to age and malfunction.

Although the shortening of telomeres is a normal part of aging, unhealthy lifestyle choices can speed up the process. Consuming high amounts of sugar has been shown to accelerate telomere shortening, which increases cellular aging.

A study in 5,309 adults showed that regularly drinking sugar-sweetened beverages was associated with shorter telomere length and premature cellular aging.

In fact, each daily 20-ounce (591-Ml) serving of sugar-sweetened soda equated to 4.5 additional years of aging, independent of other variables. Eating too much sugar can accelerate the shortening of telomeres, which increases cellular aging.

4. Drains Your Energy

Foods high in added sugar quickly spike blood sugar and insulin levels, leading to increased energy.

However, this rise in energy levels is fleeting.

Products that are loaded with sugar but lacking in protein, fiber or fat lead to a brief energy boost that’s quickly followed by a sharp drop in blood sugar, often referred to as a crash.

Having constant blood sugar swings can lead to major fluctuations in energy levels. To avoid this, choose carb sources that are low in added sugar and rich in fiber.

For example, eating an apple along with a small handful of almonds is an excellent snack for prolonged, consistent energy levels.

High sugar foods can negatively impact your energy levels by causing a spike in blood sugar followed by a crash.

5. Can Lead to Fatty Liver

A high intake of fructose has been consistently linked to an increased risk of fatty liver disease.

Unlike glucose and other types of sugar, which are taken up by many cells throughout the body, fructose is almost exclusively broken down by the liver. In the liver, fructose is converted into energy or stored as glycogen. However, the liver can only store so much glycogen before excess amounts are turned into fat.

Large amounts of added sugar in the form of fructose overload your liver, leading to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), a condition characterized by excessive fat buildup in the liver.

A study in over 5,900 adults showed that people who drank sugar-sweetened beverages daily had a 56% higher risk of developing NAFLD, compared to people who did not.

Eating too much sugar may lead to NAFLD, a condition in which excessive fat builds up in the liver.

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SUGAR, SUGAR, THE WORST IS WAITING FOR YOU – PART I

“Sugar, sugar, how sweet it is”
“Honey, honey, you’ve got me wanting you.”

The lyrics from The Archies’ hit song about teenage love.

The first five of 10 reasons why too much sugar is bad for you

From marinara sauce to peanut butter, added sugar can be found in even the most unexpected products. Many people rely on quick, processed foods for meals and snacks. Since these products often contain added sugar, it makes up a large proportion of their daily calorie intake.

In the U.S., added sugars account for up to 17% of the total calorie intake of adults and up to 14% for children. Dietary guidelines suggest limiting calories from added sugar to less than 10% per day.

Experts believe that sugar consumption is a major cause of obesity and many chronic diseases, such as type 2 diabetes.

Here are the first five of 10 reasons why eating too much sugar is bad for your health, according to Jillian Kubala, MS, RD.

1. Can Cause Weight Gain

Rates of obesity are rising worldwide and added sugar, especially from sugar-sweetened beverages, is thought to be one of the main culprits. Consuming fructose increases your hunger and desire for food more than glucose, the main type of sugar found in starchy foods. Additionally, excessive fructose consumption may cause resistance to an important hormone that regulates hunger and tells your body to stop eating.

In other words, sugary beverages don’t curb your hunger, making it easy to quickly consume a high number of liquid calories. This can lead to weight gain. Research has consistently shown that people who drink sugary beverages, such as soda and juice, weigh more than people who don’t.

Also, drinking a lot of sugar-sweetened beverages is linked to an increased amount of visceral fat, a kind of deep belly fat associated with conditions like diabetes and heart disease.
Consuming too much added sugar, especially from sugary beverages, increases your risk of weight gain and can lead to visceral fat accumulation.

2. May Increase Your Risk of Heart Disease

Sugar diets have been associated with an increased risk of many diseases, including heart disease, the number one cause of death worldwide.

Evidence suggests that high-sugar diets can lead to obesity, inflammation and high triglyceride, blood sugar and blood pressure levels—all risk factors for heart disease.

Additionally, consuming too much sugar, especially from sugar-sweetened drinks, has been linked to atherosclerosis, a disease characterized by fatty, artery-clogging deposits.
A study in over 30,000 people found that those who consumed 17-21% of calories from added sugar had a 38% greater risk of dying from heart disease, compared to those consuming only 8% of calories from added sugar.

Just one 16-ounce can of soda contains 52 grams of sugar, which equates to more than 10% of your daily calorie consumption, based on a 2,000-calorie diet.

This means that one sugary drink a day can already put you over the limit for added sugar.

Consuming too much added sugar increases heart disease risk factors such as obesity, high blood pressure and inflammation. High-sugar diets have been linked to an increased risk of dying from heart disease.

3. Has Been Linked to Acne

Foods with a high glycemic index, such as processed sweets, raise your blood sugar more rapidly than foods with a lower glycemic index.

Sugary foods quickly spike blood sugar and insulin levels, causing increased androgen secretion, oil production and inflammation, all of which play a role in acne development.
Studies have shown that low-glycemic diets are associated with a reduced acne risk, while high-glycemic diets are linked to a greater risk.

For example, a study of 2,300 teens demonstrated that those who frequently consumed added sugar had a 30% greater risk of developing acne.

Also, many population studies have shown that rural communities that consume traditional, non-processed foods have almost non-existent rates of acne, compared to more urban, high-income areas.

These findings coincide with the theory that dies high in processed, sugar-laden foods contribute to the development of acne.

High-sugar diets can increase androgen secretion, oil production and inflammation, all of which can raise your risk of developing acne.

4. Increases Your Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

The worldwide prevalence of diabetes has more than doubled over the past 30 years.

Though there are many reasons for this, there is a clear link between excessive sugar consumption and diabetes risk.

Obesity, which is often caused by consuming too much sugar, is considered the strongest risk.

What’s more, prolonged high-sugar consumption drives resistance to insulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas that regulates blood sugar levels, causes blood sugar levels to rise and strongly increases your disk of diabetes.

A population study comprising over 175 countries found that the risk of developing diabetes grew by 1.1% for every 150 calories of sugar, or about one can of soda, consumed per day.
Other studies have also shown that people who drink sugar-sweetened beverages, including fruit juice, are more likely to develop diabetes.

A high-sugar diet may lead to obesity and insulin resistance, with of which are risk factors for type 2 diabetes.

5. May Increase Your Risk of Cancer

Eating excessive amounts of sugar may increase your risk of developing certain cancers.

First, a diet rich in sugary foods and beverages can lead to obesity, which significantly raises your risk of cancer.

Furthermore, diets high in sugar increase inflammation in your body and may cause insulin resistance, both of which increase cancer risk.

A study in over 430,000 people found that added sugar consumption was positively associated with an increased risk of esophageal cancer, pleural cancer and cancer of the small intestine.

Another study showed that women who consumed sweet buns and cookies more than three times per week were 1.42 times more likely to develop endometrial cancer than women who consumed these foods less than 0.5 times per week.

Research on the link between added sugar intake and cancer is ongoing, and more studies are needed to fully understand this complex relationship.

Too much sugar can lead to obesity, insulin resistance and inflammation, all of which are risk factors for cancer.

We’ll outline the other half next week.

It’s pretty overwhelming.

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WHAT DOES BDS REALLY WANT?

Media often report that the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement is a “protest against Israeli occupation of the West Bank”—but facts prove otherwise.

Some mainstream press and politicians whitewash the BDS position, representing it as legitimate criticism of Israeli policy toward Palestinians. The truth is, BDS stands openly against the very existence of Israel—and advocates anti-Semitic measures to destroy the Jewish state.

What are the facts?

The U.S. Senate recently passed a landmark bill—the Combating BDS Act—upholding the rights of states to punish companies that discriminate commercially against Israel. While the ACLU, a few media and several presidential candidates opposed this Act, saying it violates free speech rights, this rationale ignores the fundamental nature of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.

In fact, BDS has nothing to do with political speech and everything to do with commercial discrimination against a religious and ethnic group—Jews—as well as opposition to Jewish national self-discrimination. Imagine these media and politicians objecting to an act of Congress meant to protest the existence of a religiously Muslim or racially black country that is opposed by its enemies solely for religious or racial reasons.

Yet, as facts show—and despite media misrepresentations—this is precisely the intention of the BDS movement.

BDS doesn’t just criticize Israeli policy, it opposes the state of Israel. BDS doesn’t simply question Israel’s “occupation” of its Jewish biblical homeland, Judea-Samaria (the “West Bank”). Rather BDS opposes Israel’s occupation of the entire Holy Land. The BDS slogan says it all: “Palestine shall be free from the (Jordan) river to the (Mediterranean) sea”—meaning the entire state of Israel. Indeed, BDS founder, Omar Barghouti, admits, “If the occupation ends, would that end support for BDS? No, it wouldn’t—no.” Why do the media neglect this damning fact?

BDS doesn’t criticize any other nation for its treatment of Palestinians. While BDS attacks Israel stridently for its defensive policies in the disputed territories and Gaza, the movement does not criticize any other nation or ethnic group. It ignores the slaughter of Palestinians in Syria. It voices no objection to brutal discrimination against Palestinians in Arab Lebanon, where for 70 years Palestinians have been prohibited from leaving their refugee camps, practicing in many professions and even owning land. This double standard proves that BDS is not a Palestinian support group—rather it is an anti-Semitic, anti-Israel group, bent on the destruction of the only Jewish state. Why do journalists fail to reveal this?

BDS doesn’t criticize Hamas or the PLO for their cruel oppression of Palestinians. Israeli-Palestinians enjoy full equality under law and more civil liberties and economic opportunity than Arabs anywhere in the Middle East. By contrast, Palestinians living under the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in Judea-Samaria suffer under rampant corruption and the repressive dictatorship of Mahmoud Abbas. Palestinians under the Islamist yoke of terror group Hamas in Gaza suffer even more, living in a virtual police state, whose meager resources are focused on conquering Israel.

Political criticism is legal. Commercial-based racial discrimination is not. Like any democracy, Israel welcomes valid criticism—especially since the country, at just 70 years old, is a thriving, dynamic work in progress. Israel’s legal system has ruled against many of Israel’s policies regarding Palestinians. Israel’s legislature—including Arab caucuses—vigorously debates such issues, which are reported by a free press.

But the BDS movement does not seek policy changes. As the BDS website, literature and public speeches make clear, its entire agenda is dedicated to turning the world’s only Jewish state into the 51st Muslim-majority nation. While the U.S. constitution protects free speech, it also prohibits discrimination against ethnic, religious and racial groups. For this reason, the Combating BDS Act is legal, ethical and politically appropriate, especially since Israel is by far the United States’ staunchest Middle East ally.

The canard that the Combating BDS Act is a violation of free speech rings disingenuous, even hateful. The United States already has hundreds of laws that prevent economic discrimination based on ethnic, religious and racial identity. Indeed, this objection appears no more than a hypocritical excuse invented by Israel haters to justify their opposition to the world’s only Jewish state.

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