Learning from the past?

Lustig in his recent piece in the Guardian ...


... discusses his recent research on sugar (the big non-affordance of agro-capitalism - nice pun there too, no?). And he has also written the new introduction to Yudkin's 1972 book, Pure, White and Deadly.

Monbiot (see below) makes a case for "type 3 diabetes" - Alzheimers.

Brian Williams points out that even prior to all this, (1962) Thomas Cleve and George Campbell wrote book on the Saccharine Disease, see below ...

"The Saccharine Disease

"George Monbiot (Food link to dementia, The Guardian, 21 September, 2012) makes the case for calling Alzheimer’s disease type 3 diabetes. In 1966, now almost 50 years ago, Thomas Cleave and George Campbell wrote a book Diabetes, Coronary Thrombosis and the Saccharine Disease. Campbell, who I knew well, remains one of the unsung heroes of public health in South Africa. He argued then that refined carbohydrates, especially sugars, are addictive, not needed and will eventually kill you; for these reasons they should be included in the list of banned substances.
Their book may have been one of the first to take a Darwinian view of diet and health and Sir Richard Doll, the doyen of modern epidemiology and public health, in his foreword wrote that ‘If only a small part of [the predictions made in this book prove to be correct] the authors will have made a bigger contribution to medicine than most University Departments of medical research units make in the course of a generation’. Living in KwaZulu-Natal, the main sugar producing province of South Africa, these arguments did not find favour with Campbell’s compatriots.

In their book Cleave and Campbell considered the impact of refined carbohydrates on diabetes, obesity, dental caries, peptic ulcer, coronary disease and diseases caused by certain strains of Escherichia coli, which they referred to as ’The Saccharine Disease’, and were invited to make representations to the United States Senate Select Committee on Nutrition and Human Needs chaired by Senator George McGovern in 1970. It would be encouraging if their early studies, now also linked to Alzheimer’s disease, were to bring about a change in attitudes to refined carbohydrates and significantly improve public health throughout the world..."

(B. Williams, personal communication, 29.10.2015)

Is it too much to ask that we learn something this time round?

Irony: both Brian Williams and I were educated at Kearsney College in Natal, South Africa, specifically set up to educate the sons of the sugar barons, and it was only much later on in life that we (like many millions of others) realised just what the school's patrons were peddling.