Written by Joseph Mercola
The United States has seen a rapid rise in pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes over the last decade. Nearly 80 million people—about one in four—now has diabetes or pre-diabetes.
Diabetes among children and teens is also growing at a rapid rate. The most recent data reveals that, between 2001 and 2009, type 2 diabetes among children aged 10-19 rose by 30 percent.
Overwhelmingly, the evidence points to a faulty diet—indeed the entire culture of inappropriate, health-harming food—which is the topic of the fast-paced documentary, Carb-Loaded: A Culture Dying to Eat, produced by Lathe Poland and Eric Carlsen.
Poland was himself diagnosed with diabetes in 2010, which led to the creation of this revealing film. In a press release, Poland notes:
“I wasn’t overweight… To be honest, I was completely blown away when my doctor gave me the diagnosis. Why would a seemingly healthy 30 something man like myself get a disease like this? — Lathe Poland
My misconception like most people was that there were two scenarios where you get diabetes…Either it’s hereditary and it’s not your fault, or you eat junk food like it’s going out of style and end up diabetic.”
His doctor wanted him to take three different medications, and what alarmed Poland was what he calls “the rubber stamp approach.” So he decided to look deeper, to find out what really causes diabetes, and whether the drug approach was really the only remedy.
Processed Carbs Fuel the Diabetes Epidemic
For the last 50 years, Americans have been told to eat a high complex carbohydrate, low saturated fat diet. Even diabetics have been told to eat 50-60 percent of their daily calories in the form of processed carbs.
As the filmmakers note, “refined and processed foods, especially processed carbohydrates have become a staple of our culture, and we are reaping the consequences.” Conventional wisdom states that whole grains are part of a heart-healthy diet, and cereal commercials abound making that same claim…
But make no mistake about it. This nutritional advice is exactly why diabetes rates are shooting skyward. (Even athletes would be well advised to reconsider carb-loading, as a high fat diet tends to improve performance to a greater degree. This too is briefly discussed in the film.)
Conventional advice also states that diabetics can safely use table sugar, as long as you readjust your medications to compensate appropriately (i.e. take more drugs to increase your fat cell storage capacity). Using toxic artificial sweeteners in lieu of sugar also gets the green light.
The sad truth is that these recommendations are not based on nutritional science. They’re based on industry lobbying – just like the USDA’s Food Pyramid, which is fraught with massive industry conflicts of interest.
As discussed in the film, there was NO science to back up these nutritional recommendations. In essence, it was an experiment, and we are now able to say the experiment was a horrible abject failure that has resulted in needless pain and suffering and the premature deaths of tens of millions.
We simply cannot follow the conventional food pyramid (or the updated version called MyPlate), and maintain optimal health. Why? Because grains turn into sugar in your body, which leads to insulin resistance and promotes chronic inflammation in your body—all of which is explained in the featured film.
The film also discusses the pernicious influence and sheer power of the processed food industry, and how they shape our food culture—and much of the “conventional wisdom” about food—through junk food advertising.
Conventional Medicine Has it All Wrong…
Conventional medicine has type 2 diabetes pegged as a problem rooted in “dysregulation of blood sugar control,” which is typically explained as “an inability of your body to produce enough insulin.”