Glucose and Health Since 1958
Sidelights on Glucose
Let’s Live Magazine, Dr. Royal Lee, 1958
The late Dr. Harvey W. Wiley, first head of the Federal Ford & Drug Administration (1906-1912), suspected glucose to be a dangerous adulterant food because it was a synthetic imitation of the natural sugars. It was made by the conversion of cornstarch by acid treatment in which all mineral and vitamin factors were destroyed during the synthesis of the “corn” sugar.
Dr. Wiley thought the use of the word “corn” as a descriptive adjective was fraudulent for the new sugar or syrup, as it inferred that they were natural products of corn. Corn syrup is no more a corn product than oleo made by hydrogenating a vegetable oil is butter. Both are hideous insults to the intelligence of the food buyer, synthetic counterfeits deliberately designed to undersell the genuine product they simulate.
Glucose is a first class adulterant for soft drinks, canned fruits, and dried fruits, because it is so cheap, puffs up the weight and saves the cost of real sugar.
Refined sugar cannot cause diabetes in test animals. Glucose does, according to tests made by Drs. Lukens and Dohan at the University of Pennsylvania.
Glucose causes low blood sugar (by over stimulation of the pancreas) as well as diabetes, and this state results in a predisposition to heart disease, lassitude, brain fatigue, high blood pressure, overweight, irritability, and mental depression, to list the finding of a current report.
The glucose, present in proteins when they are cooked, results in a destruction of the most important of the amino acids tryptophane, lysine, threonine and methionine. Calcium assimilation, too, is blocked by the presence of glucose, while some other sugars like lactose (milk sugar) encourage calcium assimilation. Such a calcium deficiency can cause reduced resistance to infection, can cause the loss of teeth by decay or pyorrhea, and can predispose to a long list of chronic diseases, including forms of arthritis.
Calcium has so many functions it is hard to overstate how vital its importance is. There are good reasons to believe that no virus infection can occur unless the calcium levels of the body fluids have dropped below a certain limit. No doubt here is where the insidious relation of soft drinks and ice cream to polio is to be found. Since vitamin P (vitamin P is now known as flavonoids) increases the calcium content of the body fluids, it is easy to see how orange juice is better than ascorbic acid to protect against polio, as found in tests.
Here, then, is the case against glucose (alias Corn Syrup, Grape Sugar, Dextrose, Corn Sugar, High Fructose Corn Syrup). It contributes, according to positive tests in animal feeding and clinical findings in human observation: to the cause of cancer, diabetes, hypertension, lassitude, brain fatigue, overweight, irritability, mental depression, impairs the assimilation of calcium, and destroys vital amino acids if they are cooked in its presence.
When we buy canned fruit, peaches, say, they have a heavy, clear syrup, but when we taste it, it has a disappointing non-satisfying lack of sweetness. The maker has put into the can corn sugar, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration tells him he need not state on the label what kind of sugar he has used.
Corn sugar is so much cheaper than cane sugar that vast quantities of the less sweet substitute are used. Soft drinks are so loaded with cheap, health-destroying substitutes, as well as are most candies.
Dr. Benjamin P. Sandler of Asheville, N.C., has been working since 1931 on the theory that an excessive exogenous amount of glucose in the diet promotes susceptibility to virus or bacterial disease. Tuberculosis patients improved rapidly when put on a non-sugar and non-glucose diet.
But here is the final proof. After Asheville and other North Carolina papers gave his views considerable publicity the incidence of polio in North Carolina dropped from 2,402 cases in 1948 to 214 in 1949. One ice cream distributor in the state sold one million less gallons of ice cream in the season following Dr. Sandler’s news release. Ice cream and soft drinks, or rather, the synthetic glucose and sugar in these counterfeit foods, is the cause of polio; do not believe propaganda to the contrary. Sandler has previously shown how glucose is the most potent offender of all the sugars in undermining resistance, and that the natural glucose in the blood stream, formed by conversion in the body from starches or protein is not the same as the synthetic glucose sold us in adulterated foods. Bleached flour, refined sugar, synthetic glucose or counterfeit fats could not possibly be legitimately marketed as foods without corruption, dishonesty and compromise at the sources of law-making and law enforcement.
The monkey in the jungle knows better than to eat poisonous fruits and insects. He has learned the hard way. Why cannot we learn the hard way too?