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mardi 17 juillet 2018

WHILE COUNTING YOUR CARBS DO NOT FORGET TO COUNT YOUR CHEMICALS AS WELL


In the course of my professional life as an Endocrinologist, I have watched with interest the various fads in Nutrition, the principal winner being the Food Companies and the looser is always the one who is unable to loose weight!
The emphasis has always been on Fat or Carbohydrate or Protein or Calories, but not what constitutes these macronutrients.  Calorie centrism put emphasis on the number of calories rather than how those calories were manufactured: Nature vs. Factory?
Chemicals, emulsifiers to prolong shelf time and environmental toxins are in full supply in the food we eat on a regular basis.  When Prof. Yudkin from UK claimed that Plastics could cause Diabetes, people ridiculed him but we know that there are now an array of plastics including BPA, Phthalates…that can cause Insulin Resistance, Obesity and Diabetes.
FROM DIABETES UK:
Emulsifiers, additives commonly found in food, may cause obesity and metabolic syndrome, according to new research.

Emulsifiers are added to food to increase its shelf life and make it taste better. But they also change gut bacteria. 

Moreover, emulsifiers are linked to metabolic syndrome, which can, in turn, lead to type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease
The researchers fed mice polysorbate 80 and carboxymethylcellulose, two common emulsifiers. The emulsifiers changed the behaviour of the gut, increasing rates of inflammation and metabolic syndrome. The effects resembled those of increased food intake, obesity, hyperglycemia, and insulin resistance.

Many years ago strolling around downtown Johor Bahru, I came across a Book Sale conducted in the premises of the Hindu Temple. That was my first introduction to Consumers Association of Penang CAP. I was to meet the founder and President Mr., Idris Mohammed, an impressive man!
Long before the people in the west were concerned about BPA and Phthalates and the Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals, the CAP were printing books and distributing them. They served as a guide to my work with the Native Indians.

From that day onwards I have talked endlessly about Chemicals in our food and the damage it is causing. Exercise can take away some of the excess calories you consume, but no amount of exercise can dissipate the chemical intake! From childhood onwards Americans consume on the average 7.5 lbs. of chemicals every 5 years, so if you are 45 years of age, you have consumed about 60 pounds of chemicals!
There is no association such as CAP in the USA that I know of, I know that Consumer International is active, but the discourse of the Nutritionists is still blogged down in Carbohydrate Fat Protein level and not on the large amount of Chemicals entering our bodies legitimately as food and also as degraded products of Pesticides, as well as the hormones and antibiotics given to animals bred for consumption.
So I was not at all surprised to see this headline among the multiple medically oriented emails that I receive daily.
South Asian Immigrants Exposed to Pesticides Have Increased Risk of Diabetes

South Asians in India/Pakistan/Nepal/Bangladesh/Sri Lanka have a higher incidence and prevalence of Type 2 Diabetes that occur at an earlier age, at a lower BMI and also when they migrate, so much so that an Immigrant from South Asia can expect to have higher chance of Type 2 Diabetes as well as Cardiovascular mortality and morbidity.  It cannot be just the race, as Bangladeshis who are genetically similar to the Hindus of Bengal have twice the rate of cardiovascular mortality on migration.  The explanations have to be social and anthropological.



I had written another blog in 2012
Titled the Prophet of Penang. He truly is.
Here is that blog and there is a photo of me with him in his office.
https://medicoanthropologist.blogspot.com/2012/04/prophet-of-penang.html


SO WHILE YOU ARE TOO BUSY COUNTING CARBS PLEASE STOP AND PAY ATTENTION AND COUNT YOUR CHEMICALS AS WELL