Why is life expectancy dropping in the US?


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Why is life expectancy dropping in the US?


According to the CDC, the US currently spends about $3.8 trillion every year on healthcare. 

That’s up a shocking 30 percent from the $2.6 trillion we spent back in 2009 (adjusted for inflation). 

So why is it that our rates of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, autoimmune conditions and bone/joint disorders are either staying the same or going UP?  With all that money being thrown at healthcare, shouldn’t we be seeing disease rates decreasing

And get this—the life expectancy in the US has hit a 25-year LOW!  

So, what has all that money bought us? 

Not much. 

And it proves one thing—unless that money is spent on addressing the causes of disease and is focused on prevention, you can count on those numbers getting worse and worse each year. 

What the heck? 

The begging question here is: What in the name of God’s green earth is going on?! 

Well, there are many factors that contribute to our abysmal states of health—over-reliance on pharmaceuticals, sedentary lifestyles, lack of regular exercise, stress, toxins in our environment and food supply, smoking and excessive alcohol consumption. 

But one of the most significant factors behind our skyrocketing rates of disease and early death is SUGAR. 

When it comes to the impact it has on your health, sugar is not sweet at all. 

It likes to hide and go by different names 

It is currently estimated that the average American takes in nearly 170 pounds of sugar every year—that’s nearly half a pound a DAY! 

Note that I’m not just talking about the sugar in your kitchen sugar bowl here. 

Most of the sugar people take in is hidden sugar, usually in processed foods and beverages.   

What makes this even more dangerous is the go-to sweetener commonly used by food companies—high fructose corn syrup (HFCS)—is especially deadly.   

Regular HFCS consumption will put you on a fast track to liver damage, insulin resistance, obesity, gout, inflammation, and elevated cholesterol and triglycerides, among other things.     

In addition to HFCS, sugar takes many other forms.  Here are 55 of its aliases: 

Agave nectar 

Barley malt 

Beet sugar 

Blackstrap Molasses 

Brown sugar 

Buttered syrup 

Cane juice crystals 

Cane sugar 


Carob syrup 

Castor sugar 

Confectioner’s sugar 

Corn sugar

Corn syrup 

Corn syrup solids 

Crystalline fructose 

Date sugar 

Demerara sugar 



Diastatic malt 


Ethyl maltol 

Evaporated cane juice 

Florida crystals 


Fruit juice 

Fruit juice concentrate 



Glucose solids 

Golden sugar 

Golden syrup 

Grape sugar  

High fructose corn syrup 


Icing sugar 

Invert sugar 




Malt syrup 

Maple syrup 


Muscovado sugar 


Raw sugar 

Refiner’s syrup 

Rice syrup 


Sorghum syrup 



Turbinado sugar 

Yellow sugar  

But wait!  There’s more!

I wish I were done telling you all the ways you may be getting sugar in your diet, but I am not. 

Because grain products—including bread, crackers, snack chips, pasta, and cereal—while not actually “sugar” per se, TURN to sugar upon digestion.  So, from your body’s perspective, there’s no difference. 

And it’s estimated that the average American gets another whopping 200 pounds of sugar per year from grains-based products, bringing the total to 370 pounds per person, each and every year…over a pound a day.  

The deadly price we pay 

Although the most obvious health concern from sugar is excess weight and obesity, here are several other serious health issues on its resume: 

  • Diabetes and insulin resistanceRepeated surges of glucose into your bloodstream stresses the pancreas to pump out insulin to tell your cells to absorb the excess glucose. Eventually your pancreas can get stressed and not be able to keep up with the demand, and/or your cells get saturated and start ignoring the insulin.   
  • CancerIn addition to feeding cancer cells, research published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation has shown that sugar actually CAUSES cancer!  The researchers noted that the presence of increased quantities of glucose and the increased glucose receptors on cell membrane surfaces can drive cancer initiation. 
  • Heart diseaseSugar raises your cholesterol and stirs up inflammation in your arteries, driving up your blood pressure. 
  • Dementia and impaired mental functioning-- Sugar can damage nerve cells in the brain.  It reacts with proteins in your brain (a process called glycation) and as a result, your cell membranes get thicker and gummed up, slowing down your brain’s communication. 
  • Immune dysfunctionSugar disrupts the balance in your gut microbiome and feeds harmful yeasts and bacteria.  Since 80 percent of your immune system is in your gut, this can impair your immune function, lead to chronic infections, and make you far more susceptible to sickness and disease.    
  • Chronic inflammationSugar is a very inflammatory substance and can stir up inflammation in the body.  Inflammation is a leading factor behind countless conditions, including arthritis, degenerative joint disease, cancer, heart disease, autoimmune disease, and accelerated aging.  

Minimize sugar’s effect on your body 

Hopefully, you’ve gotten the idea that unless you desire a lifetime of sickness and disease and want to die an early death, it would be wise to limit your consumption of sugar and minimize its dangerous effects on your body.   

Here are 3 ways you can help achieve this important, life-saving goal: 

Avoid processed foods

Stick to wholesome real foods—fresh vegetables and fruits, meat, fish and poultry, eggs, dairy and real butter. These are the foods that will nourish you and are inherently lower in sugar. 

Once you get used to eating real foods and avoiding processed foods, you'll begin to appreciate the awesome taste and natural sweetness of real foods and will lose your taste for heavily processed, refined foods. 

Also, since real foods nourish you better and keep you fuller longer, you’ll likely lose weight too! What a terrific way to get started on your weight loss resolutions. J 

Support your microbiome

The friendly bacteria in your system take a hit from sugar because sugar feeds the harmful microbes in your gut, and eventually they can overcome your beneficial bacteria.  

Not only can this cause gas, bloating, yeast infections and reduced nutrient absorption, but it can also greatly hamper your immune system functioning and even trigger or worsen depression!   

You can help turn around your microbiome balance by repopulating your supply of helpful bacteria with Super Shield PLUS multi-strain probiotic formula. 

Super Shield PLUS contains well-studied, effective strains of 15 friendly bacteria that can help fend off harmful microbes, support smooth digestion, beef up your immune system and curb gas and bloating!   

Make smart choices

Note that artificial sweeteners are NOT a viable alternative to sugar!   

Aspartame (Equal), sucralose (Splenda) and saccharin (Sweet and Low) have all been linked to health dangers of their own.  In fact, the FDA has received more reports of adverse reactions from aspartame than any other substance in existence! 

Instead use raw honey, real maple syrup or blackstrap molasses for sweeteners in moderation. If you want a calorie-free alternative, try stevia. 

Drink filtered water instead of soda, sports drinks, sweetened waters, or energy drinks.  

Stay away from lattes or fancy coffee drinks.  Brew your own coffee at home and add real cream (never powdered creamer) if desired. (Hint: Get an old-fashioned stove-top percolator—they make the best coffee on the planet!)   

Avoid processed foods and read labels to detect hidden sugar. Print out the sugar alias chart I provided above (or take a picture of it with your phone) and keep it with you when you shop for groceries. 

Now you are armed with the information you need to minimize sugar’s dangerous wrath on your health! 

To your health, 

Sherry Brescia

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  • As always, thank you for this valuable, life saving information. I’m sending this on to family and friends.

    Glenn on

  • The same message was there for all to read about in 1972 with the publication of Professor John Yudkin ‘s book ‘’ Pure, White and deadly ‘’ Maligned and undermined by the American nutritionist Ancel Keys and the sugar industry worldwide the message was almost lost by the time of Yudkin’s death a decade or so later, only fairly recently being re-discovered and re-validated .
    Best wishes,
    Adrian Thornton

    Adrian Thornton on

  • Thanks for the information! I AM trying to cut back/out surgar…it’s not easy!

    Jane on

  • Is Stevia in the Raw packets, are they good for you? Someone told me they were processed and weren’t any better than the other artificial sweeteners?

    Susan L. Virnelson on

  • Sherry, you are so right on to point out the dangers of eating too much sugar. What an eye opener to see the list you shared with us of all its different forms! Please keep reminding us. Especially around the holidays.

    Candace on

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