Dr. David Brownstein,  editor of Dr. David Brownstein’s Natural Way to Health newsletter, is a board-certified family physician and one of the nation’s foremost practitioners of holistic medicine. Dr. Brownstein has lectured internationally to physicians and others about his success with natural hormones and nutritional therapies in his practice. His books include Drugs That Don’t Work and Natural Therapies That Do!; Iodine: Why You Need It, Why You Can’t Live Without It; Salt Your Way To Health; The Miracle of Natural Hormones; Overcoming Arthritis, Overcoming Thyroid Disorders; The Guide to a Gluten-Free Diet; and The Guide to Healthy Eating. He is the medical director of the Center for Holistic Medicine in West Bloomfield, Mich., where he lives with his wife, Allison, and their teenage daughters, Hailey and Jessica.

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Sugary Drinks and Heart Health

Monday, 25 June 2012 08:56 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Question: Is it true that consuming sweet drinks like soda is bad for the heart?

Dr. Brownstein's Answer:

Researchers recently studied the relationship between ingesting sugar-sweetened beverages and the development of cardiovascular disease. In the study, published in the March 12, 2012, issue of Circulation, 24,883 men were followed for over 22 years. Subjects in the top quartile of sugar-sweetened beverages had a 20 percent higher relative risk of heart disease compared to those in the lowest quartile.

The authors concluded: “Consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages was associated with increased risk of coronary heart disease and some adverse changes in lipids and inflammatory factors ... ”

This study should be no surprise to anyone. Refined sugar is associated with a host of ill effects, from diabetes to obesity and inflammatory problems. Refined sugar is a devitalized substance; its ingestion leads to a devitalized body.

There are healthier, natural sweeteners that will not cause adverse effects, including stevia, xylitol, and unrefined cane sugar.

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