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Hi Carolyn Richardson,

Coronavirus Spreads Like Wildfire
What’s clear about this particular coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is that it spreads much more quickly than the flu. Almost twice the number of people get infected per a coronavirus carrier compared to the flu. Put another way, it’s twice as ‘viral’. On average, a person with the flu will spread it to 1.3 people. For coronavirus, the number is 2.0-2.5. That difference can have an exponential effect in spreading the virus.

One reason that coronavirus is spreading so fast is due to the longer time period that it takes for symptoms to appear, called the incubation period.

The flu virus takes 1-4 days to produce symptoms, whereas this coronavirus takes 1-14 days, or longer in 1% of cases. On average, people experience symptoms 5 days later. The longer it takes to realize that you have coronavirus, the more people you will meet and give the virus to.

This is why social distancing is very important. Even if you feel fine, keeping your distance from people is the only way to lower the chances of spreading the virus.

Even with quarantining and social distancing, the virus will stay around and pose a threat for a while – around 1-2 years – which means large gatherings might not happen for some time. A reasonable portion of the population will end up getting the virus due to how viral it is.

Patients are Flooding Hospitals
The reason why governments across the globe are taking swift and early action is because coronavirus patients are flooding hospitals. Around 2% of people with the flu need to be hospitalized, whereas the number is 19% for COVID-19 patients.

In addition, these patients need to be put in special wards and quarantined so that they don’t spread the virus. The doctors and patients need special equipment such as masks, ventilators, etc…

If we take California as an example, according to recent state data, California has around 72,400 general acute beds, with an occupancy rate of 54%.

The population of California is 40 million people. As of March 20th, modeling predicts that 56% of the population of California will be infected over the next eight weeks, if no serious measures are taken [R].

That means by mid May, 22.4 million people will get coronavirus in California alone if people aren’t forced to distance themselves from one another.

If 19% of the 22.4 million needed to be hospitalised, 4.25M people would require hospitalisation. You don’t have to be a maths wizard to realise that 72,400 beds simply won’t come close to cutting it.

However, serious measures are starting to be taken, which will slow the rate of transmission. This will give governments time to prepare more hospital beds and reduce the number of beds that would otherwise be needed if large numbers of people got the virus within a short period.

The Bind in Developed Democracies
There’s a reason why some countries aren’t seeing a lot of success with ordering their citizens to stay home and quarantine. China is an autocracy and there are different norms there.

There is no concept of privacy and the government can give the death sentence to whomever they want without blinking.

They know what every citizen is up to, and they control them with an iron fist. People are accustomed to a harsher life with strict rules from the government that impinges on their freedom.

In the US, imposing a China-style lockdown and tracking simply won’t fly with the public.

In addition, as opposed to developing countries, citizens of developed countries expect to be taken care of and have a place when they go to the hospital. It’s simply not in the equation for most people to imagine a hospital ever saying, “there is no room, sorry”. We might expect that there’s a wait, or that it may be expensive, but there’s always space in a hospital.

So, this mindset poses a problem to developed western countries who wouldn’t have enough space if too many people get COVID-19 in a short amount of time. It can cause social chaos.

How Israel is Dealing With the Problem
I have been living in Tel Aviv, Israel since February, so I’ve been reading the Israeli news and I’m interested in seeing how they are dealing with the coronavirus situation. That’s also why I am using the country as an example more often than I would if I were living in the US.

Israel was the first country to force travelers to quarantine when entering the country.

Israel especially can’t handle this virus because the hospital bed occupancy rate is already at 94%, which is the highest in the developed world.

If you have to quarantine people, it starts to pose a problem when your occupancy rate is so high.

So, Israel is taking a multipronged approach to reduce the spread of COVID-19:

1) Taking ever more stringent measures by the day to get people to reduce contact, including doing a ‘soft’ lockdown. Not as strict as Italy, but you can theoretically get fined for leaving your home without an ‘approved’ reason.

2) Using anti-terror tracking tools and technology to track every person and send a text to people who came into contact with a coronavirus patient, telling them to quarantine for 2 weeks.

3) Rapidly expanding testing to better identify who has it.

4) Using their intelligence services and other military agencies to help out, including bringing in test kits, and creating ventilators & protective gear.

5) Converting hotels into hospitals.

6) Approving experimental treatments to use in serious cases.

Many of these measures are also being taken by other developed countries, but the approach has varied widely between countries and also between states within the US. You will start to see more countries take the same measures as the virus spreads.

The Most Likely 18 Month Scenario
The most likely scenario, in my opinion, of how countries will deal with this going forward over the next 18 months is as follows:

1) Most countries will keep instituting more stringent conditions until the ‘curve flattens’ and the healthcare system can handle the number of sick people. A growing number will go with an Italy style lockdown.

2) The world will become more isolated, including much less international travel over the next 12 months. More things will ‘go remote’. Some restrictions may remain in place for a prolonged period until the hospital systems get less clogged.

3) People will become more proactive about the health of their immune and respiratory system and be more likely to survive if they do get coronavirus.

4) People will be more conscious about social distancing, hygiene and spreading germs.

5) Countries will adapt and become better equipped to handle more infected patients in hospitals. The summer will also give some reprieve to the hospital system and allow countries to increase equipment and build more hospitals.

6) Experimental treatments that alleviate the conditions will be more common and used to treat patients.

7) Over time, the virus won’t spread as fast because more people will be immune to it.

8) Toilet paper will eventually be fully restored in stores as people run out of space in their house to store it and you won’t have to BYOTP (bring your own toilet paper) when you go to a friends house.

The Imperial College of London did a study on March 16th and came to similar conclusions.

Epidemiologists say that 20 to 60 percent of the world’s adult population could end up catching this virus. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said 70 percent of Germany’s population could become infected.

On the plus side, pollution will likely decline as a result of less travel, which will be good for our immune and respiratory health. In Israel, pollution has already declined by 30%, and we saw big declines in China.

New Personalized Reports Related to COVID-19 for SelfDecode Users
At SelfDecode, we recognize that coronavirus is not going away very soon. That’s why we are already hard at work creating reports and tools that our subscribers will be able to use to combat this virus in the most effective way possible.

We’ve also started releasing SelfHacked posts discussing how healthy behaviors interact with coronavirus and COVID-19.

For example, we released a post discussing if zinc can help with Coronavirus.

It’s our mission to serve our subscribers and make sure your body is ready to meet any challenges that come its way!

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Deception Through Statistics “Statins”

What the hell is going on are we are all being deceived, it really looks like it. No one is allowed to do any independent testing it should raise major concerns.

Wanted volunteers for Free Group Trinfinity 8 remote treatment to promote healthy hair in Women

I am looking for volunteers for a trial I am conducting with my Trinfinity 8 The volunteers will receive a remote treatment twice a week for 6 months in exchange I will be looking for feedback from the group. It works at trying to thicken your hair as well as growing hair back after hair loss for whatever the reason including chemo.

Why 6 months well hair loss doesn’t happen fast, our strands grow in cycles, which means it can take up to 3 months for hair to fall out after a trigger has caused it. It could also take up to 3 months for significant new growth to be noticed 6 months gives sufficient time for change to be noticed.

What could be causing hair loss:-

1. Hormonal imbalance

2. Stress

3. Iron deficiency/anemia

4. Hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism

5. Vitamin b12 deficiency

6. Dramatic weight loss

7. Age

The treatment whilst focusing primarily on hair growth, will also have an element that tries to address some of the possible causes (apart from weight loss)

Volunteers will need to supply a recent photo – full body plus if possible a photo of the hair issue, plus their full name including middle name, email address and phone number. They will also need to sign a simple disclaimer.

What is Energy Healing?

My definition of energy healing is a method to teach your body how to heal itself, I am able to provide your body with the necessary information to do the healing for itself.

When we receive diagnoses from medical professionals, we are often so overwhelmed that we give up authority over our own health and well being. But the truth is, we have more control over our health and life than we have been led to believe, and that belief is at the core of our body’s capacity to heal itself.

Bio Energy

BioEnergy opens a persons Bio field (Auro, prana etc..), then with the Bio Field open information/energy can either be put in or taken out.

I have seen some amazing results with Bio Energy healing.

Trinfinity8

This device will try to balance a persons body to move back to the best place that it can be. I am 100% confident a client will receive many health improvements with this system, it is a blessing to all those who use it. T8 works equally well in person or with distance healing. This is a great tool for rejuvenation. Disclaimer:- “Trinfinity8 is not a medical device and is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any physical and/or emotional symptoms or medical conditions.”

Who needs energy healing?

Everybody will receive benefits from the healing process even if its just a boost to your normal energy levels or :- better sleep , more mental clarity, better relaxation , less wrinkles. With energy healing I can often reverse some of the ageing processes, reverse graying hair, make you look years younger get rid of brown spots, help with eyesight, hearing and many, many more things just ask. Prices shown below for in person and distance healing sessions:-

Serious conditions:-

More often than not the issue you come with will see an dramatic improvement but it depends on the condition. If for example you have a condition like MS, Parkinson’s , Dementia or other condition that may have taken 10 or more years to form, it can’t be healed overnight it will take time. It takes a full 7 years for all the cells in your body to be replaced naturally (see video), change takes time and effort.

Energy Healing goes far beyond what a Conventional Doctor is normally able to offer.

My healing may change or even reverse your gene expression but not necessarily overnight. As mentioned earlier it’s about teaching your body how to heal itself and you have to help in the process. I don’t expect it to take the full 7 years to reverse my MS, I noticed differences in 3 months enough to make me change my lifestyle and diet then greater changes in 1 year. I have minor issues still to resolve but I am 500% more active and mobile than I was 3 years ago and my brain fog has completely gone.

A vaccine in 2008 nearly left me in a wheelchair and I would be in one now if I hadn’t started this journey following my own health path. I’m now 100% confident that I will be healed completely from MS. My gene expression has already started to change.

If you are serious about healing, getting your mobility back and becoming healthy once more you WILL need to make changes to your diet and lifestyle. If you have been diagnosed with an incurable condition this is a good place to go to get help. It will change your life, I’ve seen it happen especially with young children it has dramatic effects especially on Autism. If you are open to healing you will receive healing. This will be a long journey, going into this treatment requires a commitment to healing.

Cancers and more recent illnesses take less time to treat, but it depends on the issue the treatment may need to be more intensive and more regular. For a serious issue I will do treatments on 3/4 days consecutively followed by a 7-10 days gap then another 3/4 days the number of days will be based on discussions with the client on the results of what they encounter or feel.

Please feel free to contact me for a consultation.

The HPV vaccine on trial: seeking justice for a generation betrayed

Copied with the expressed permission of John Gilmore of Autism Action Network.

John says, “Please share this message with friends and family, and please post to social networks.”

Powerful new book: The HPV Vaccine on Trial
Learn what they don’t want you to know

The HPV Vaccine on Trial: Seeking Justice for a Generation Betrayed
By Mary Holland, Kim Mack Rosenberg and Eileen Iorio
Sky Horse Publishing
On Sale: October 2, 2018 / $19.99 ISBN: 9781510710801
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The HPV Vaccine on Trial: Seeking Justice for a Generation Betrayed paints a devastating picture of corporate and government conflicts of interest, negligence, and malfeasance in approving and promoting human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines, touted to prevent cervical and other cancers. Coming out on the heels of recent New York Times revelations about astounding financial conflicts of interest at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, this groundbreaking book highlights the lack of transparency, manipulated science, and abuse of state power to market this medical juggernaut, already raking in over $2.5 billion per year. Authors Holland, Rosenberg, and Iorio conclude:

  • HPV vaccines have never been proven to prevent cancer of any kind.
  • No participants in the original HPV clinical trials received true saline placebos.
  • Japan no longer recommends HPV vaccines following a mass of injuries
  • The clinical trials never investigated the vaccine’s possible effects on human fertility or potential to cause cancer.
  • The clinical trials show that the vaccines contribute to HPV lesions, and potentially cancer, in some women. Despite this, neither the manufacturers nor government agencies recommend prescreening to eliminate those with clear risk factors.
  • Although the vaccine is targeted for 11-12-year-old children, and legal for children as young as 9, only a small fraction of clinical trial subjects was in this age range.
  • Lawsuits against HPV vaccine manufacturers and government health agencies are progressing around the world, including the US, India, Japan, Colombia, Spain, and France.
  • The US government earns millions in royalties from Merck and GSK, the vaccine manufacturers, for its role in the invention of HPV vaccine technology
  • Although the US government proclaims HPV vaccines safe and effective, it has paid out millions of dollars to compensate families for death, brain injury, multiple sclerosis, ulcerative colitis, and other severe, debilitating conditions.

With praise from some of the world’s leading scientists on aluminum, autoimmunity, and vaccines, this book fills a critical void, giving people information they need to make commonsense decisions about this vaccine. Written in plain language, The HPV Vaccine on Trial ultimately is about how industry, government, and medical authorities may be putting children in harm’s way.

Author Mary Holland, M.A., J.D., is on the faculty at NYU School of Law, directs its Graduate Lawyering Program, and lives in New York City. Kim Mack Rosenberg, J.D., is a lawyer in private practice and lives in New York City. Eileen Iorio has practiced in the financial and health fields and lives outside New York City.

Monsanto herbicide will cause half of all children to have autism by 2025

Must read article there seems to be a herbicide readily available from many places as you can buy it from Amazon. Some of the effects can be devastating AUTISM for one. What are we thinking of allowing this product into the human food chain this should should be banned, it should be illegal to sell this. BAN IT NOW and get it out of production Monsanto again shame on you.

https://www.nexusnewsfeed.com/article/climate-ecology/mit-researcher-glyphosate-herbicide-will-cause-half-of-all-children-to-have-autism-by-2025/

What caused your health issue?

I’ve updated my Eureka moment article, after 24 months of research.

Everybody needs to take responsibility for their own health as we have been constantly misled by modern society and the modern systems. We have come to believe that doctors know everything, often they are are brilliant at what they do but all too often they opt for the prescription pad without considering a natural treatment. Also conventional medicine is based on the one size fits all approach. We are all individuals with different diets and lifestyles surely functional medicine must be the way forward.

We are all gradually damaging ourselves and conventional medicine is only geared at treating the symptoms and not resolving or preventing the cause . Over 18 months ago doctors were telling me to stop taking the massive doses of vitamin D3 I was taking, I was given several tests but they all came out as normal even the thyroid test despite the fact that I had lost all the hair on the edge of my eye brows a classic sign of a thyroid issue (Thyroid Healthy). I started on a natural thyroid supplement and my eye brows are back to normal. That seems to be the thing now you can carry on going to your doctor and getting a standard often inadequate test or you can do the research yourself. So far I have got far better results treating myself.

Here is why I believe you got your health problem and I got MS.

If you are overweight that is inflammation that is unhealthy you are damaging yourself, if you have any sort of health condition say Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinsons, Crones disease, Heart issues etc.. that is caused by inflammation. If you keep forgetting things and getting Dementia type symptoms that is inflammation. If you have any health condition diagnosed or not that is probably inflammation.

So what causes inflammation?

Inflammation is caused by the expression of your genes.  Your heath starts at inception where 20% of your health becomes programmed by your genes 80% by your environment. OK that figure has been quoted in a number of publications and I can’t see how that ratio was arrived at but go along with it as it’s probably close to the truth. Think of your genes being like keys on a giant keyboard and as you live your life your environment plays a tune with your genes switching them on and off, get your environment factors wrong and a bum note is played and the bad genes get the on key pressed. Play that wrong note too often and the keyboard gets out of tune your bad genes get switched maybe permanently on. This is obviously a very simplistic interpretation but hopefully it gives you the idea. This process can takes years which is why you or your doctors don’t recognise what the cause is, it may have taken anywhere for 1 – 50 years to form.

So what causes your Genes to be expressed?

Keep on playing the note wrong and the note can’t be pressed anymore it’s damaged it stays on and needs to be re tuned. You have ended up with a issue maybe a disease as your genes have been expressed. Your environment, your lifestyle, your eating choices, your geographic location, how much sun exposure you have (D3 levels), how much chemical exposure you are subject too and how much exercise you get plays the gene keyboard. Basically you cause your own health problems by not providing the optimum environment for your body to thrive and play the correct tune.

It’s not really that simple!

Unfortunately our modern lifestyles and diet causes amongst other things some of the poor environmental factors. Your body cannot recognise foods that are processed they often have dangerous fats, they are missing vital minerals, or the minerals have been corrupted. Processing extracts minerals from foods or at least changes the constitution of minerals so your body does not recognise them, so your not getting the nutrients your body needs. This all leads to your body storing fat as it thinks your starving its why you can’t shed that weight. Genes will end up getting expressed and you will become ill. It all takes a long time building so you aren’t going to notice the inflammation response building up, that is why you still go on doing the things that are damaging you.

The processed food industry knows all about this yet they do nothing about it except package more processed foods under new ‘healthy’ labels, though it’s still the bad stuff but more attractively packaged you only have to read the labels properly to discover this for yourselves.

But that’s not all, the thing/s that actually controls the whole process is our microbiota. Increasingly, biologists have come to appreciate that microbes make up an important part of our health.

Whats set off your immune response?

When I say above that your body cannot recognise processed foods it’s really your microbes that you are confusing. If your Microbes don’t recognise something they may treat it as a threat and try to eliminate it, who knows how your genes will be responding to something that they don’t recognise, they may cause a rash to form, they may cause you to be sick to get rid of what they don’t like, they may cause a serious illness. The reaction will probably be different in each of us we are all unique. So you need to make the right environmental choices mainly but not only with your diet, basically if you want to stay healthy you need to look after your microbiota your own internal community. If you eat a lot of the bad foods you are feeding the bad microbes they will crowd out the good microbes and cause issues. Maybe they will cause a food sensitivity like Gluten or Wheat intolerance or you already have this sensitivity and don’t realise it, we are not all the same it may manifest itself differently in different people who knows. The first thing to think about is your gut health, if you are not having a bowel movement 2 or 3 times a day you have an issue. You should be having one bowel movement for every big meal you had the day before.

Take control you are the worlds greatest expert on you. Maybe the microbes will cause a child to get acne but maybe in the case of a very young child the lack of the correct microbes will develop into autism – as an aside here the latest research seems to prove this – over use of antibiotics in very young and infants has been proved to cause autism. If you were born by cesarean and not breast fed you will be at greater risk, as natural birth ensures the infant inherits the optimum microbes from their mother. If you take broad spectrum antibiotics you will be killing the good as well as the bad microbes you are probably doing just as much bad as good.

Too much sugar will grow your colony of bad microbes you will be feeding the inflammation that will cause elevated blood sugar levels – Diabetes. The added sugar that all processed foods seem to have is dangerous and highly addictive if you can’t get rid of body fat its because your building up the inflammation by eating the wrong diet. With processed food full of sugar each mouthful is feeding the inflammation response in your gut microbes. Sugar is just one factor there are quite a number of potential inflammatory things but we are all different and it’s not always going to be obvious, it could be Gluten or Wheat or Dairy it could be that you live close to roads and a breathing in exhaust fumes it could be that you are a heavy user of cleaning products and are breathing in the fumes, it could be the air freshener that your are breathing in. You could be killing your good bacteria by using anti bacterial products in your home killing microbes so causing your children not to build up any natural immunity to good bacteria so thus getting allergies or asthma it could literally be anything in this modern society. People in the past did not have the modern day diseases that we are all getting. We are causing our own health problems by living in this modern world and we have to start making changes ourselves or we will just be adding another person to the increasing health problem. Stop treating all germs and bacteria as a problem some are really good friends to you.

You need to discover what sets off any immune response in your body by gradually working through your diet and lifestyle and making changes.

What you can do…..

No supermarket meats unless they are organic grass fed, they are damaging as they fast grow animals, sometimes using antibiotics though banned in the UK they can still be in the food chain from muck spreading as fertiliser and the source of the processed foods may be from a country that has less stringent rules on production .

Supermarket meats are using animals that have been mass produced and feds grains to increase the size of the animal, note if the animal was getting fatter, eating that animal will make you fatter. Eat only grass fed meats preferably organic. Know where your meat comes from. A totally natural diet gives the animal the natural balance of omega 3 to 6 fatty acids, so you’ll be taking in the right balance from that part of your diet. These fats are a vital part of your diet.

No processed foods or foods where you can’t clearly understand the ingredients on the label.

No antibiotics unless in desperate need and if used followed up by a quality recommended course of pre and pro-biotics. I find a good source of supplements to be Amazon by reading the reviews, as long as there are sufficient reviews to give you an indication of whether it is a quality product, it’s the easiest way to get supplements and probably cheaper than health stores as you can also shop around on price.

No antibacterial cleaning products your killing the good guys. Watch out for cleaning products especially if you find you have a wheat or gluten intolerance as these guys are often in many non food products and listed under different names.

Eliminate stress as much as possible or at least manage it better

Get as much sleep as you can.

Get your D3 blood level tested and start supplementing if your results show you under the current recommended optimal vitamin D level of  50-70 ng/ml. Though if you are treating cancer or heart disease, you should try to get the level as high as 70-100 ng/ml. If you live in the UK then supplement up to 30,000 IU’s a day for an adult. The D3 supplement will mention don’t go over a much lower amount don’t worry it wont kill you. If you go over 30,000 IU’s add K2 to your supplements to prevent hypercalcification. Read the book from Jeff T Bowles about his self experiment with D3 and follow his advice in the book. A D3 blood test is a critical test that your doctor is very probably ignoring. I myself have supplemented 100,000 IU’s a day for a month and then 200,000 IU’s a day for a few days and I’m still around but currently now on 60,000 a day. I would like to follow the Coimbra Protocol.  Dr Coimbra is a Neurologist from Brazil who is reversing MS symptoms he has had a 95% success rate on over 25,000 patients and totally curing Crones disease and other diseases with high dose D3, Unfortunately as I live in the UK we have no doctors following this protocol so I am doing high dose D3 without a doctors guidance.

AS an aside you could follow the Facebook group Personalized Vitamin D3 For MS With Michael Cawley As he personalises treatment with supplements very successfully.

No farmed fish products – wild caught Atlantic fish seem to be the least polluted but there is no guarantee so only eat once a week. Farmed fish are fed grains and not being a natural diet it affects the fish in a detrimental way, so it will have a detrimental affect on you.

Eliminate products with added sugar. The latest research on Alzheimer’s labels it as type 3 diabetes so keep on eating and drinking sugary products you know where you’ll be heading.

Always filter tap water researchers found adults with high levels of dichlorophenol – a chemical by-product of chlorine – in their urine, were up to 80 per cent more likely to have a food allergy see http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2242094/Chlorine-tap-water-linked-increase-number-people-developing-food-allergies.html

There are a million and one things that can be added to this list but you must make and own food decisions for your own health journey.

There is a great book that looks at our bacteria from birth and what manipulates our development thereafter. It explains in great simplistic detail what’s happening in your microbiota.

Can inflammation be reversed once its manifested into a disease?

Maybe it depends many things can be reversed you only need to look at YouTube you’ll find videos of individuals who have cured themselves from cancer by dietary changes. Dr Terry Wahls reversed many of her Secondary Progressive MS symptoms through the Paleo Diet. I’m reversing many of my MS symptoms through D3 supplementation and diet changes but then again it depends we are all different and you need to be very disciplined in your approach, but anything is possible and the research is out there if you go looking.

Alzheimer’s could be caused by excess sugar

People who eat diets high in sugar could be at greater risk of Alzheimer’s disease, a new study suggests.

For the first time, scientists have established a “tipping point” link between blood sugar glucose and the degenerative neurological condition.

Researchers from the University of Bath found excess glucose damages a vital enzyme involved with inflammation response to the early stage of the disease.

See full article:- http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2017/02/23/alzheimers-could-caused-excess-sugar-new-study-finds-molecular/

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Documentary Exploring The Global Health Consequences of Eating Too Much Sugar

Here it all is again Sugar we have to stop deluding ourselves sugar is a huge player in the human health crisis. Our evolutionary history doesn’t support a high-carb diet, yet the majority of foods we eat are loaded with added sugar., which is a carbohydrate. For more info Click Here

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Diet Drinks Threaten the Brain

 

Don’t drink Diet Drinks!  The message that we should all dramatically reduce our sugar consumption is really gaining traction and for good reason. This was a central theme of Grain Brain, a book by Dr. David Perlmutter  where he expands on this and these ideas have certainly been validated since the book was published back in 2013.

Unfortunately, as people have learned about the threats of sugar consumption, soft drink manufacturers have decided to emphasise sugar-free beverages, sweetened with artificial sweeteners, as a “healthy” alternative. To be clear, nothing is further from the truth.