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Medicine’s Financial Contamination

Disclosure rules may seem arcane, but money corrupts medical research.

"Decades of research and real world examples have shown that such entanglements can distort the practice of medicine in ways big and small. Even little gifts have been found to influence doctors’ prescribing habits and their perceptions of a given company’s products. Larger payments have been shown to affect the design of clinical trials and the reporting of trial results, among other things. And such financial entanglements have proved devastating to individual patients — and to society at large. The opioid epidemic, to take one recent example, was partly spread by doctors who were persuaded to ignore warning bells and prescribe these drugs liberally by companies that showered them with gifts and consulting fees."

Here’s How A Colorado Dentist Became Big Sugar’s Worst Nightmare

For decades, companies worked to cast doubt on whether sugar harms — until Cristin Kearns started digging up the dirt.

"Kearns’ revelations are feeding a broader backlash against sugar. Consumption of the sweet stuff, now present in all kinds of packaged foods and drinks, has tripled worldwide in the last 50 years. An emerging body of research links it to increasingly common maladies like obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease. And cities around the country, including Berkeley and Seattle, have started to tax sugary drinks.

The industry is fighting back, most recently by backing ballot measures and state laws that block future sugar taxes. In 2015, Coca-Cola funded a now-defunct network of scientists with the goal of blaming obesity on lack of exercise, not bad diet. Outside the US, manufacturers of sugary foods are funding nutrition research in developing countries where they are seeking to ramp up sales. Corporate funding doesn’t inherently corrupt, but on balance, studies bankrolled by the food industry do tend to favor the interests of their sponsors."


"Consuming fructose led to significantly greater increases in both systolic and diastolic blood pressure than glucose or water, and both glucose and fructose led to increased heart rate (with fructose showing a larger increase that did not reach significance). Both fructose and glucose also led to a temporary increase in resting energy expenditure.

the last 30 years have seen a tremendous increase in the consumption of refined sugars in Western diets (27). Carbonated soft drinks supply about one-third of the total daily sugar intake, with fruit drinks contributing a further 10% (23). Fructose comprises about one-half of the sugar in soft drinks, either bound to glucose as the disaccharide sucrose or as a component of high-fructose corn syrup, which is increasingly used as the sweetener in soft drinks (4). Studies in animals have shown a clear association between sugar intake and the development of hypertension and tachycardia (9). The fructose component seems to be particularly damaging because, in dogs, a diet that is high in fructose, but not one that is high in glucose, leads to hypertension, elevated plasma triglycerides, insulin resistance, and hyperinsulinemia (20)."

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