Candy Man Can… –
April 29, 2018 – Most people are aware of the types of drugs that are federally classified as substances with no medicinal benefit and high abuse potential: heroin, LSD and marijuana are examples of these drugs and they are indeed classified as illegal. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are the two government agencies responsible for classifying drugs. The FDA recently received a Citizen Petition for Stricter Regulation of Added Sugar “to amend the Drug Schedules to include added sugar to either Schedule I or Schedule II of the Controlled Substances Act.” This idea is not new to many members of the medical community who believe that sugar is a poison … Robert Lustig, a specialist on pediatric hormone disorders and a leading expert in childhood obesity, popularized the claim that sugar is a poison in his “Sugar: The Bitter Truth” lecture.” According to a New York Times Magazine article, “Is Sugar Toxic?,” Lustig has taken a leadership role in blaming sugar for the increase in obesity and diabetes. He holds sugar at least partly responsible for the prevalence of many diseases, implicating high-fructose corn syrup (which is actually fructose and glucose) as well sucrose (refined sugar). Studies with laboratory rats, the results of which may also hold true for humans, have convinced him that sugar is toxic.