Buying Legitimacy For Candy, Soft Drinks At The ADA

You know the mega-drug companies have Congress in their back pocket big time, spending more than $750 million on lobbying (more than any other special-interest group around). These handouts from various factions in corporate America -- aimed at legitimizing a point of view that can destroy your health -- don't end with Congress either.

A good example is the recent $1 million alliance between the American Diabetic Association (ADA) and Cadbury Schweppes Americas Beverages "to support the Association in its efforts to fight obesity and diabetes in America." When push came to shove, however, the ADA choked on its own double-talk in a recent exchange between Dr. Richard Kahn, its chief scientific and medical officer, and the Corporate Crime Reporter (CCR)

One particular exchange caught my attention:

CCR: But guns don't have anything to do with diabetes. Sugar does have something to do with diabetes.

Kahn: What? What is the evidence that sugar itself has anything to do with diabetes? There is no evidence.

CCR: There is no evidence that sugar has anything to do with diabetes?

Kahn: None. There is not a shred of evidence that sugar per se has anything to do with getting diabetes.

Sounds like the ADA is just as talented and nimble with its pretzel-like understanding of diabetes as The Tobacco Institute is about cigarettes when it comes to protecting their donors! Besides, wasn't diabetes was commonly known as sugar diabetes throughout the 60s? (If the ADA isn't sure about the many ways processed foods laced with sugar can devastate your health, I urge them to read all about it in a recent article I posted.)

And, apart from sugar, Kahn also mentioned early on if the ADA allows its label to appear on any Cadberry Schweppes product, it would probably be a diet soft drink, and I suspect, that would include ones sweetened with a potentially toxic and unnatural substance like Splenda -- think Diet 7Up.

Corporate Crime Reporter May 16, 2005 Full Free Text Article

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