Keeping Your Children And Family Health High And Costs Low

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By James Helliwell

familytvFast food restaurants, burgers, and video games are taking precedence over home cooked meals, vegetables, and outdoor play time for kids of all ages. Instead of playing cricket and chasing after runaway footballs, kids are glued to video games and munching on junk food. With a rise in obesity comes a rise in children’s diabetes as well as other health issues. This also has a financial impact with freedom and free charge activities of playing out, playing sport in the park and building rope swings being replaced by the expensive screens and great value healthy lunches being replaced with the local expensive fast food joint. Our little children are experiencing an epidemic that never should have occurred. So, in what ways can we encourage our children to keep active and eat the leafy greens and engage in the activities that they need to grow strong and healthy?

Here are a few great ideas for both you and your children to try!

Encourage Outdoor Activities:

The more you’re outside, enjoying the fresh air and drinking in the warm rays of the sun, the better chance both you and your children have at staying healthy. Worldwide we are losing this natural connection to the outdoors and nature Keeping active and staying in motion not only keeps the extra pounds off you and your children’s frames, but it also helps to keep your system running the way it should.

Encourage your children to play at least one to two hours a day outside. If at all possible, go outside with them, throw the ball around, build a fort, or let them help you wash your car. Any outdoor activities done together as a family will not only make it fun, but will keep all of you active.

You could also enroll your children in extracurricular activities, such as sports like hockey, cricket, football, or even golf. There is no shortage in fun and active sports, so finding something your children like and enjoy should be easy.

Healthy Eating is Cost Effective:

Whether or not you realise it, children follow the large footsteps of mum and dad. When you eat healthy, your children eat healthy, so make sure to load their dinner plates, as well as yours, with lots of veggies, good meats like lamb chops or mincemeat, and healthy sides. Make their breakfasts as filling and nutritious as possible, like porridge or granola If you pack your children’s lunches for school, fill their boxes with a healthy sandwich and a piece of fruit. Keeping your children interested on healthy food is a great way to make sure they are getting what they need and help keep your costs lower and healthy home mad food is always much better value.

Visit Your Doctor Regularly:

Make sure your little ones visit their pediatrician regularly to ensure that they’re not only growing properly, but that they receive the help, shots, and nutritional advice they need. An excellent pediatrician will not only help to give you tips and advice on healthy living for your children, but a good doctor and an excellent insurance will help to keep your children as healthy as possible. By covering your children with a high quality health insurance, you can rest easy knowing that your children will and can be seen by the best Doctors around. Finding a quality health insurance will help cover most of your doctor visits and medical expenses. If your child has diabetes, having insurance will help to cover the costs that come with the disease.

Make sure you have the right health insurance:

familywalkIn some countries people have access to medical services that are free (or cheap) at point of access. However, even people going between European Economic Area countries and who hold an EHIC card are only entitled to the service a national of that country gets – so it doesn’t replace insurance. In most countries, such as the US, an adequate level of health insurance in crucial, otherwise you could end up with very large bills or even not be able to be treated. There are even stories of people being turned away from some countries for not being insured.

Travelling abroad to live will usually mean making sure that you have international health insurance to keep you covered for unexpected medical treatment or illness. For an idea of how much costs can vary for the uninsured, this recent infographic shows the often very high costs of operations worldwide. So make sure you are covered as this is a cost you never want to incur it great for your peace of mind to know your family and children are covered.

How To Identify Signs Of High Cholesterol And Lower Cholesterol Naturally

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healthywordsAccording to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately one in every six Americans has high cholesterol. New York Times and USA Today Best Selling author, Sanjay Jain, M.D. MBA explains how to identify signs of high cholesterol and reduce cholesterol levels without the use of expensive medications.

Recent statistics from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention show that 17% of Americans–one out of every six adults–have high levels of cholesterol. While this is a serious condition, affecting millions of people, too many individuals don’t take action and try to lower their cholesterol levels because there are few outward signs and symptoms that easily identify the problem. Sadly, for many people, it’s only after they suffer a heart attack or stroke that they find out that they have high cholesterol. New York Times and USA Today Best Selling author, Sanjay Jain, M.D. MBA has recently published a video on how to identify signs of high cholesterol and reduce cholesterol levels without the use of expensive medications.

WebMD says that some people may notice bumps, from a build up of fat and cholesterol, on their hands, skin or feet. Other than that there are no outward ways to identify high cholesterol. People with certain risk factors, including eating a poor diet, being overweight, being inactive, smoking, taking certain medications, age, having diabetes or a family history of cholesterol, should keep a close eye on their cholesterol levels.

Starting at age 20, Mayo Clinic recommends that adults have their cholesterol checked every five years unless the doctor says otherwise. People who are at a higher risk for elevated cholesterol levels should take measures to lower their LDL (“good”) cholesterol and raise their HDL (“good”) cholesterol.

While many medical professionals advocate the use of prescription medications to lower cholesterol, there are natural options for individuals who prefer to take a more holistic approach to their health. Adjusting one’s diet and lifestyle can go a long way in reducing cholesterol levels or preventing them from getting too high.

Some foods which aid in lowering cholesterol include:

* Avocado and avocado oil– Enjoy chopped avocado pieces on a salad, or stir fry vegetables in avocado oil.

* Dark chocolate– Sprinkle dark cocoa powder on coffee for a guilt-free indulgence.

* Wine– A small glass after dinner assists in lowering LDL levels and provides antioxidants.

* Nuts– Have a handful as a snack, or sprinkle on oatmeal and salads.

* Salmon, Tuna, Halibut– Broil or bake un-breaded fish filets for a wholesome, filling meal with plenty of hearty-healthy fats.

* Apples– Grandma was right; an apple a day can keep the doctor away. Apples, and pears, have pectin which is a type of fiber that assists in lowering cholesterol.

fruits-and-vegetablesFor work lunches, try swapping out low-quality fast food meals for homemade salads and fresh fruit. Walk, and take the stairs, whenever possible to be more active. Buy a fitness DVD to do in the early mornings or evenings to help lose weight. None of these activities require much time or money, but they will all help people live longer, healthier lives and spend less on health care.

To make long term lifestyle changes, it’s important to make the changes gradually. Start with one change a week, adding a new one while maintaining previous ones. It’s only natural to make mistakes and slip-up from time to time; recognize the mistake and jump back on the path to better health. Over time, these changes become second nature.

For more information on this and other topics related to health and wellness please visit Dr. Jain’s website at http://www.sanjayjainmd.com/.

About Dr. Sanjay Jain:

Sanjay Jain, M.D. MBA is a New York Times and USA Today Best Selling author, accomplished medical doctor, health expert, life coach and inspirational keynote speaker who has dedicated his life to helping people find their purpose by achieving a meaningful life that they deeply cherish. Sanjay Jain is U.S. trained and a board certified physician with over 15 years of clinical experience. He holds certifications in Diagnostic Radiology, Integrative Medicine, and Healthcare Quality and Management. He is a graduate from the accelerated BS/MD program at The Northeast Ohio Medical University. He has diversified experience in the private practice, academic, and integrated multispecialty settings.

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RadioMD Reveals That High Death Rate For Pancreatic Cancer Linked To Lack Of Effective Screening Methods

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newsThe tragedy of pancreatic cancer is that in 80 percent of cases, it is only diagnosed after it spreads to other parts of the body, which explains why it is the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. Dr. Madappa Kundranda,PhD, a medical oncologist at Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Western Regional Medical Center, was a guest on http://radiomd.com’s ‘Managing Cancer” radio show, where he noted that according to the American Cancer Society, the rates of pancreatic cancer have been slowly increasing over the past 10 years, and today it is the 10th most common cancer..

“The danger of pancreatic cancer is that there is not an effective screening method, so by the time we see patients exhibiting signs of this cancer, which includes back ache, fatigue, weight loss and jaundice, it has usually spread to other parts of the body, such as the lymph nodes,” said Dr. Kundranda, .whose main focus is on patients with gastrointestinal cancers, but he also treats a variety of other types of advanced-stage and complex cancers.

Dr. Kundranda noted that pancreatic cancer is diagnosed through blood tests and radiological testing, and if a growth is identified early, it can be resected and the cancer is eliminated. Stage 4 cancers require surgery, radiology and chemotherapy.

“The key to treatment is taking a multi-disciplinary approach, involving professionals in many fields, including therapists and dieticians, who can help enhance the performance of patients in everyday tasks to improve range of movement and reduce pain,” concluded Dr. Kundranda.

The “Managing Cancer” show is hosted by Melanie Cole, MS and can be heard on http://radiomd.com, and this particular show is in the archive on located here.

ABOUT RadioMD

RadioMD.com is a “talking” health information source featuring top guests and experts in the world of health and medicine that provide vital health and wellness content in spoken word form. Produced in a talk radio, easy to listen to conversational style, RadioMD shows help listeners understand everyday health issues as well as complex medical conditions. In addition to its variety of live, interactive talk audio features and programming, RadioMD offers an Audio Library of top talk shows on just about every health and wellness, diet & fitness subject.

– Submitted by David Brimm

Scoring High On The Positivity Meter

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By Steve Collins

thumbsupDay in and day out, we hear of the vitality of ‘positivity’ in our lives. Books like The Alchemist and The Secret tell us that how our thoughts control our lives, how our attitude and we is responsible for whatever good and bad happens in our lives. We do know all of this but at the same time is it really humanly possible to stay happy and positive all the time? No. At times, the pictures on the web of people who are always smiling and look positively carefree seem unreal to us. The real life does put us down; the real life does make us feel incredibly sad about our existence at times.

Nevertheless, we cannot ignore the importance of a good, positive attitude. No matter how silly and illogical these things might seem, they do affect us. We cannot be all bright and positive overnight. It takes time and it takes effort. Here are a few tips that can help you score high on the positivity metre. These are no magic tricks, just simple changes in your habits and attitude to be inculcated over the time-

Make your anger very expensive – The things that make you angry define you the best. Is the morning traffic jam important enough to spoil your entire day? Yes, there are innumerable annoying things around us, but don’t let them affect you enough to uncork your anger.

The sky won’t fall – Honestly, things aren’t as serious as you take them to be. It’s just a project gone wrong- you can make things better. The sky won’t fall because of your failed relationship. Bad things happen to everyone all the time. Take it easy.

Learn to forgive – Holding on to a grudge would do nothing to the person against whom you have the grudge, it’ll only turn you into a sore person. Learn to forgive, forget, and let go. Even you’ve not been 100% just to everyone you’ve come across in life.

Think of the larger picture – Whenever you come across a so-called disaster, think that how will this situation affect you after five years. Would it still be of some consequence? If yes, then work on it. If no, there is no point worrying about it.

girlhatBe more observant – Pay more attention to people and things around you. Remember people’s names; remember the favourite foods and coffee styles of the people close to you. Remember these things and make use of them to make others happy. Be more observant of the nature around you.

Be generous with compliments – Everybody loves a compliment. Be the person who brightens up others’ day with a compliment early in the morning. However, make sure that your compliments are genuine. Nothing is as annoying as a fake compliment and the person who gives them.

Stay healthy – It’s difficult to stay all happy and vibrant in an unhealthy body. If you have constant body aches, cold, and cough, work on your immunity. Eat healthy and incorporate a healthy lifestyle. Having a healthy body reduces your worries by more than 50%.

– Steve Collins is a professional Wrestling Coach and an avid Blogger, mainly blogging on wrestling, health and fitness. He loves to write on fitness tips for aspiring wrestlers and on pro-tips for professional wrestlers. He has an undying passion for wrestling, making him a pro on trade secrets for wrestlers, wrestling gear and do’s and don’ts for wrestlers.

High Fiber Diet Good Or Bad?

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By Dr. Michael Wald

saladplateWe have all heard that eating a high fiber diet is a healthy thing. Is it? There are two main types of fiber, soluble and insoluble. Nutritionists and doctors alike are doing away with these terms because most foods have combinations of both types of fiber. Soluble fiber is the type of fiber that dissolves when mixed with water. Insoluble fiber when mixed with water does not dissolve.

Each of these types of fibers has some similar and very different potential effects on the human body. Insoluble fiber tends to lower cholesterol. Various types of fibers are found in all variety of fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts and seeds. An individual should never supplement fiber without the help of a trained clinical nutritionist because fiber may interfere negatively with many nutritional supplements, reducing their absorption. Furthermore, fiber may adversely interfere with medications, reducing their intended affects.

However, I believe that fiber is generally safe, not to mention that prescription medications and the pro’s of eating a high fiber diet far outweigh the con’s. Increasing fiber in one’s diet can have the favorable effect of quickening detoxification in the body, particularly the colon. Fiber increases the numbers of beneficial bacteria in the body, increases one’s endogenous or in-body production of B vitamins and vitamin K, helps the colon produce anti-cancer elements, including, but not limited to, butyrate and caprylic acid. Healthy intestinal flora, namely lactobacillus acidophils, bifidus and other “healthy bugs” require fibers as a fuel source.

– Dr. Michael Wald, aka The Blood Detective, is the director of nutritional services at Integrated Medicine of Mount Kisco, located in Westchester New York. He has appeared on ABC World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer, Channel 11 PIX, Channel 12 News, CNN, The Food Network and other media outlets. Dr. Wald earned the name Blood Detective for his reputation to find problems that are often missed by other doctors. He earned an MD degree, is a doctor of chiropractic and a certified dietician-nutritionist. He is also double-board certified in nutrition. He has published over a dozen books with three additional titles due for release late 2013 including: Frankenfoods – Genetically Modified Foods: Controversies, Lies & Your Health and Gluten-A-Holic: How to Live Gluten Free and the Blood Detective’s Longevity Secrets. Dr. Wald can be reached at: www.intmedny.com or www.blooddetective.com or by calling: 914-242-8844.

High School Graduation: A Right-Of-Passage

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By Bill Hanks

youngdrinkOver the next month, thousands of students will celebrate the beginning of adulthood as they graduate from high school. These teens will experience a multitude of life transitions in the coming years, including marriage, children, divorce, new jobs and job loss. Bill Hanks, author of “Serenity: It’s a God Deal” ~ (finding your way to sobriety, sanity and serenity), says graduation is a critical and opportune time for parents to provide their children the tools necessary to safely handle those future life transitions.

An estimated 650 high school seniors meet an early death during the graduation season each year due to drugs and alcohol, and unfortunately many of those cases could have been prevented with a discussion between parent and graduate regarding prom and graduation night expectations and the hard facts. Hanks recommends the following:

1. Make sure your teen has a plan for the evening of graduation and you know what that plan is, i.e., dinner, commencement and after-graduation parties.

2. Discuss not only the school’s rules for commencement, but also the laws regarding underage drinking with your teen and the consequences of violating them.

3. Know who is driving. Consider an adult driver to chauffeur.

4. Discuss curfew and plan to stay up for the new graduate’s return. Let them know you will be waiting.

5. If your teen is going to several destinations, have them call upon each arrival.

6. Give your teen the unconditional option of calling you at anytime for help or advice.

7. Do not rent hotel rooms for party-goers.

8. Re-visit the family’s existing rules on drinking, drugging, driving under the influence and sex.

9. Have your teen read and sign a sober contract, The Graduation Pledge.

10. Tell them how proud you are, how much you love and trust them, and to have a wonderful time (hugs are always good).

According to CollegeDrinkingPrevention.org, an estimated 1,700 college students will die each year of alcohol-related, unintentional injuries, including alcohol poisoning. Ensure your child doesn’t become part of that statistic by talking to them about the dangers of drugs and alcohol.

The Graduation Pledge

“I can have a positive influence on my life and the lives of my friends. My decisions are my own. And they are responsible ones. That’s why I have decided to be safe and sober. So whether or not I go to out to celebrate my graduation, I promise not to use alcohol or other drugs. This is a promise I take seriously. It’s one I intend to keep, for my sake and the sake of my friends and family. I’m signing it. I mean it. I’m keeping it.”

Bill Hanks is the author of a self-help memoir titled “Serenity: It’s a God Deal” ~ (finding your way to sobriety, sanity, and serenity). Hanks is a recently retired 25-year veteran of Wall Street. In 1996, he recognized a problem with drugs and alcohol and subsequently checked himself into a treatment center. More than 17 years later, Hanks has worked with approximately 15,000 patients in recovery by voluntarily teaching weekly classes at various Tulsa treatment facilities. He also brings awareness programs to churches and schools in an effort to reach out to younger generations. His motto: “I would much rather deploy ‘prevention factors’ now versus ‘damage control’ later.”

High Conflict Divorce – Understanding The Parent’s Emotional Pain

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By Bob Livingstone

familyfunAs a psychotherapist who has worked with children and adults from high conflict divorces for over twenty five years, I want to acknowledge how vital this work is. A therapist has the opportunity to heal deep seated wounds and support clients in finding their sense of wisdom, confidence, compassion and empathy for others.

High conflict divorce can be horrendous for all parties. A high conflict divorce is a battlefield of accusations, feelings of betrayal, deep feelings of abandonment, a sense of personal assault, a profound sense of loss and an intense distrust of the former partner. This wounding produces psychic wounds that often lead to a hardened hatred of the former spouse who is now their ongoing co-parent.

The high conflict divorce is one where both partners participate in an ongoing war with each other. This disruption can last years and take place in endless courtroom haggling and massive attorney bills. It is not uncommon that the children in these dreadful situations become pawns in this high stakes contest. Most parents do not intend to use their children in this manner, but it does seem to occur routinely in this scorched earth strategy. In divorce literature, the most discussed research topic is that this conflict is extremely toxic to children.

Some adults in these situations feel so hurt by the other party that they spend much of their time engaging in a campaign of revenge.

Some adults in these situations feel so hurt by the other party that they spend much of their time engaging in a campaign of revenge. For example, if the mother wants the child to be with her during the mom’s birthday, the father will go to court and state why that is a bad idea. He is not really thinking what’s best for his child; only about that his former wife will feel joyful if her child is with her during her birthday. The very image of her being joyful causes him to attempt to damper that enthusiasm.

What’s in the best interest of the child is often obscured by what is best for the parent or what can be done to hurt the other parent. This phenomenon often blinds parents in the ability to assess what their kid’s needs truly are.

It is easy to pathologize the parents and then label them as impossible to treat. This way of looking at the problem is not accurate and a clear hindrance to working effectively with these families. When trying to understand the level of antagonism one parent holds towards the other, it is important to empathize and understand their positions. It is perhaps even more important to gain their trust.

Can you imagine feeling so hurt and betrayed by another person that you spend almost all your energy planning how to make your former partner feel as bad or worse than you do? This is what happens during a hostile divorce and its aftermath. Looking at this dynamic closely is akin to sticking your head in the middle of a tornado and this is often the experience of the children in these situations.

But, as therapists, we need to be understanding of all the parents’ pain, but not be pushed around by its brutal velocity. We need to keep our boundaries and advocate for the needs of their children. We need to guide the parents in a healing direction where they can learn to separate their own issues from those of their ex-spouse and their kids.

friendIt is also common for the therapist to feel the internal tug of war their children feel. This pull in opposite directions is harmful to the children’s mental health. Children want to achieve the impossible goal of pleasing both parents. This goal is unfeasible because high conflict divorce parent’s have an unwritten agenda to defeat the other parent. The child is actually in the position that if he pleases one of his parents; he may be disappointing the other one. For example a father may want his son to play lacrosse, but his mother is opposed to any activities that take away from his studies. The child may want to play lacrosse, but risks disappointing his mother if he outwardly agrees with his father. It is important that the therapist point out that this these wrenching loyalty pressures the therapist is experiencing is also occurring ongoing with their children. If the parents can actually take in the experience of their children, they may be willing to change their overall stance.

Parents in high conflict divorces are similar to all of us because we all carry baggage that has not been adequately addressed. Many parents have had abusive childhoods which cause them to become emotionally triggered in intimate relationships. The fear of being abandoned may be the most common trigger for those in high conflict divorces. When these folks actually experience abandonment, they may act out in physically and emotionally abusive ways.

Individual therapy may help parents to become self-aware of what triggers them and they can learn techniques not to act aggressively or not withdraw from others. Instead, they can interact with their ex-spouse with calmness rather than anger or fear.

Co-parenting sessions with a trained co-parenting therapist may be a good way to mediate child centered disputes. In some circumstances, parents employ the services of a parenting coordinator who can issue court ordered directives that have to be followed.

These services can be very expensive and for the most part are cost prohibitive for many who could use any of this assistance. There is a huge need for affordable, accessible services for children of divorce and their parents.

Working with parents who are going through a hostile divorce can be soul crushing, but when you observe them suddenly not wanting to fight or making real efforts to connect with their former partner, when they truly put their kids need first; a belief in miracles enters the world and for that one moment, the world is a beautiful place to be in.

– Special Thanks to Mathew Sullivan PhD for contributing to this article. His website is californiaparentingcoordinator.com

– Stay tuned for Dr. Livingstone’s next blog post: The Different Ways Children from High Conflict Divorces Cope

High Blood Pressure Risk

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From Your Health Journal…..”As I have said before, Everyday Health is one of my favorite web sites on the net for quality health articles. I have been honored to be mentioned in a few of their articles, and always try to send my visitors to their site – like I am today with a great article about high blood pressure. When it comes to high blood pressure, blame may lie beyond stress and the salt shaker: Researchers at the University of California, Davis, have found that those earning the lowest wages have a higher risk of hypertension than workers earning the highest wages. For years, we have always learned to reduce stress and the salt, but you cannot reduce your job – so those earning less money have to stay with their jobs, as there is no place else for them to go! Please visit the Everyday Health web site (link provided below) to read the complete story.”

From the article…..

When it comes to high blood pressure, blame may lie beyond stress and the salt shaker: Researchers at the University of California, Davis, have found that those earning the lowest wages have a higher risk of hypertension than workers earning the highest wages.

The correlation between low wages and hypertension was especially strong for women, and for men and women between the ages of 25 to 44, according to a press release.

The researchers were surprised that low wages were such a strong risk factor for these two populations, especially since hypertension is more typically linked with being older and male.

“Our outcome shows that women and younger employees working at the lowest pay scales should be screened regularly for hypertension as well,” said J. Paul Leigh, PhD, lead author of the study.

The research team used data from 5,651 households with working adults between 25 and 65 years of age that included information on wages, employment, and health, including hypertension. The team looked at heads of household and their spouses for three time periods: 1999 to 2001, 2001 to 2003, and 2003 to 2005.

Wages were calculated as annual income from all sources divided by work hours, and ranged from about $2.38 to $77 per hour in 1999. Hypertension was self-reported by respondents.

According to the data analysis, doubling the wage level was associated with a 16 percent decrease in the risk of a hypertension diagnosis. Doubling the wage level also reduced the risk of hypertension by 1.2 percent over two years and 0.6 percent for one year.

But the risk decrease was most apparent in women and younger workers. Doubling the wages of workers between 25 and 44 years old was associated with a 25 percent to 30 percent decrease in the risk of hypertension. Doubling the wages of women was associated with a 30 percent to 35 percent decrease in hypertension risk.

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High Fructose Consumption, Higher Diabetes

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From Your Health Journal…..”There has been direct correlation between the rise in childhood obesity and the increase in type 2 diabetes for children. The key to fixing this concern is through educating children and their families. High fructose foods can sometimes be quite appealing to many young children, but also rich in calories. Since Type 2 diabetes is environmental, children (and adults) need to be careful what they eat, including foods rich in fructose – – which can contribute to obesity. The study used in this article supports this statement.”

Large amounts of high-fructose corn syrup may be one of the factors for the global epidemic of type 2 diabetes, U.S. and British researchers suggest.

The study, published in Global Public Health, found countries with higher use of high-fructose corn syrup had an average prevalence of type 2 diabetes of 8 percent compared to 6.7 percent in countries not using high-fructose corn syrup.

“High-fructose corn syrup appears to pose a serious public health problem on a global scale,” said principal study author Michael Goran, director of the Childhood Obesity Research Center and co-director of the Diabetes and Obesity Research Institute at the Keck School of Medicine at University of Southern California, in a statement. “The study adds to a growing body of scientific literature that indicates high-fructose corn syrup consumption may result in negative health consequences distinct from and more deleterious than natural sugar.”

– From UPI