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Reading Between the Lines

Just today in the news I found an interesting article that highlights how media slowly tries to manipulate public thinking about health. The article in question is entitled "Research breakthrough shows promise for new therapeutics to help reduce sugar and fat and maintain good health as we age". Sounds great, right?

Well, not so fast.

"MONTREAL, Jan. 11, 2022 /PRNewswire/ - New research published in Nature Communications suggests that a newly-identified enzyme could reduce sugar and fat in the body and help us live longer healthier lives. The enzyme, Glycerol-3-Phosphate Phosphatase (G3PP), has been found to play a vital role in controlling glucose and fat, and may protect organs from toxic effects of high glucose levels which contribute to obesity, Type 2 diabetes and cardiometabolic diseases."

So far, a bit interesting. The article then continues:

"The goal is to develop therapies to enhance G3PP function in humans to reduce the toxic effects of sugar and address the cause of aging-related diseases associated with excessive sugar and fat intake," says Dr. Marc Prentki, Principal Scientist at the University of Montreal Hospital Research Centre and Director of the Montreal Diabetes Research Center."

Hmm. Ageing related diseases are associated with excessive sugar and fat intake. Wow, there's a surprise. Did anyone see that coming?

Now, we get to the punchline:

"Activators of G3PP as drugs to treat cardiometabolic diseases and promote healthy aging are being developed by Montreal biotech, NIMIUM Therapeutics, led by CEO Dr. Philippe Walker. Prentki serves as CSO."

Ah, now I understand why this is "news". A biotech firm has a lead on a new drug, trying to drum up stock prices to fund the development.

Unmentioned in this article is that fact that the BEST WAY to combat age related disease cause by excess sugar and fat, is to stop eating excess sugar and fat. Replace them with high quality foods, such as organic fruits and vegetables. Another way is to exercise. Healthy lifestyle change, however, won't get them a patent on new drugs. This whole narrative feeds to rhetoric of "pop a pill" when you're sick, which is being proven continually to NOT result in health.

The real basics about health are simple, straightforward, and effective. My book, Heal Your Life, Heal the World is dedicated to this proposition.

Dr. Cage

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