I came across Dr Lustig for the first time on Youtube on November 1 2011. I was flabbergasted when I watched Sugar The Bitter Truth and I learned that high fructose corn syrup and sugar in general was directly related to Fatty Liver Disease and causing us all to be addicted to foods with it. I emailed him the next day and told him about my 15 year old daughter and the issues she had with her liver, extreme vertigo, fainting and insomnia. I researched him online a bit and found that he was a pediatric endocrinologist for 32 years. In that time, he had watched the obesity and metabolic syndrome rates climb, first to the level of epidemic , and now the rates in other countries qualify this as a pandemic. Worse yet, these problems are occurring in infants and toddlers, who clearly cannot be guilty of character flaws. He was the man I had been waiting for since 2008. The one who could help me understand my daughter who had been sick since the age of 11.
He replied to my email and I recall being in tears as he told me that he was performing liver transplants on kids younger than my daughter with NAFLD. He told me kids as young as 2 were showing up with their livers already filling with fat cells. This email and that video changed something in me. I became very passionate about making sure every parent understood that sugar is poisoning their kids. I would tell them my daughters story and beg them not to let their children live on processed foods.
I found out the next year that our children will be the first generation that will live shorter lives than us and that is NOT OK with me. I don’t care if you want to saddle me as a 44 year old obese woman with a liver disease that could kill me but you cannot have our children. This craziness has to stop.
Doctors in general do not understand the serious nature of fatty liver disease. They do not yet understand how it changes from NAFLD to NASH to Cirrohsis but it is happening very quickly and I have seen 10 people die due to that speed and not having the chance to get a new liver. The youngest was 30 years old.
So when I see that Dr Lustig is starting a Responsible Food Mission I signed up immediately This is critical for our future and the future of our children. If things don’t change in the way we manufacture foods soon I will see people dying in my liver support group at younger and younger ages.
So I am calling you to action.
1. Go to youtube and watch Sugar the Bitter Truth http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBnniua6-oM
2. Go to http://www.responsiblefoods.org/ and register for his mailing list and call to action we need to support him!
3. Buy his book Fat Chance. Trust me this is the man to believe no matter what else is being fed to your mouths and ears from corporations and lobbyists.
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