Study Reveals That 1 in 10 Teens Suffers from Liver Disease

Study Reveals That 1 in 10 Teens Suffers from Liver Disease

A shocking report shows that one in ten American teens are now suffering from liver disease—a direct result of the distortion and pollution of our food system that allows fructose to be treated as if it's perfectly safe.

In a shocking report that bodes ill for the future health of the generation now entering adulthood, ten percent of today's teens in the United States suffers from nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).

Data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) was examined by Marilyn Vos of Emery University. NHANES recorded data on 10,359 teenagers aged 12-18 from 1988-2008. Vos and co-researchers found that 9.9% have NAFLD.

Even more ominously, Vos stated that NAFLD "seems to be increasing faster than the prevalence of obesity." Previously, the disease has been very closely associated with obesity. Now, though, it's clear that there's more than excess weight driving the increase in liver disease.

High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is known to be associated with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. Now that we're seeing this once-rare disorder affecting one in ten teenagers, one must wonder how health agencies like the FDA can continue to ignore the devastation resulting from out-of-control Agribusiness, which is clearly profiting from the devastation of the people's health.

Instead, though, Dr. Vos is advocating the creation of community and school programs to promote healthy food, exercise, and weight loss. This is not addressing the root cause. It is, in fact, effectively blaming the victims for their poor health.

Difficulty Avoiding Fructose

The fact is that it's becoming more and more difficult to obtain a healthy diet. Our society is now designed around the dictates of Agribusiness. Go into any supermarket and you will see aisle after aisle of prepared foods. If you read package ingredients, it's horrifying to see that most of it contains massive amounts of sugar, fructose, and artificial sweeteners—not to mention all the other toxic ingredients.

Too many of today's harassed and stressed parents often find it difficult, both in terms of finances and time, to provide decent diets for their children. Even those who manage to find the time and money to provide good food often don't know what it is, since they've never seen it themselves and the agencies that should be providing information often produce lies. The FDA classifies fructose as GRAS—generally recognized as safe.

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Fatty Liver Disease & Hepatitis B or C

It should be noted that unlike liver disease hepatitis B and C are viruses. Sugar, fructose, and the agribusiness are far less likely to have an involvement in cultivating these viruses.  Since both HBV and HCV are transferred by blood or bodily fluids and most prevalent where drug use and/or unsanitary conditions are present it's my theory that these two viruses are far more likely to be cultivated where unconventional agricultural farming is being done. In Afghanistan and China for example, there are literally thousands of unconventional processes used to cultivate the likes of heroin, hash, and many other forms of illegal drugs. If you think Monsanto’s bad, how about the unknown drug culture that’s being delivered all over the world? What do you think?

Agribiz or Pharmaceutical Drug Culture?

I don't think that there's any need to be concerned about which is worse, the pharmaceutical drug culture (everywhere it exists) or agribusiness. Both have the same roots - corporate control of every aspect of our lives. All of them are bad and all should be recognized for what they are.

Hep B vaccine at birth.

I doubt that the hep B vaccine can be a primary source of the liver disease epidemic - yet - though it may become a serious factor. Liver disease is also prominent in other countries, like the UK, where the vaccine is not routinely given at birth. It wouldn't surprise me, though, to find out that a major reason for mandating giving the hep B vaccine at birth is to cover up the vaccine connection to autism and related conditions. 

If a child develops autistic symptoms from the time of birth, then parents would not be able to see the regression. As you note, though, liver disease doesn't have a single cause. Fructose is certainly fueling a massive increase, as it has been added in far greater quantities to far more foods in the last few years. 

Agribusiness has provided us with highly questionable products other than fructose, notably sugar, grains, and transfats, for decades, and these have surely taken their toll. Then, there are modern medicine's drugs, which have been pressed on children more and more, and younger and younger. I couldn't possibly agree more with your conclusion, "What can doctors possibly hope to accomplish?"

What about the hepatitis B shots they give newborns?

Heidi, have you looked into a possible connection between the hepatitis B shots they give newborns routinely on the first day of life and this liver disease phenomenon? The shots have certainly not prevented the complication of liver disease, as is the concern with hep B, I am told. I am thinking high fructose corn syrup has been around for a long time, before the liver disease rate went sky high, and maybe there are other complicating factors. A newborn has no development of immune system on the first day of life. What can doctors possibly hope to accomplish?

Fatty Liver Disease & Obesity

The untold story; fatty liver can lead to Coronary Heart Disease (CHD). That’s because a fatty liver is normally associated with abnormal levels of cholesterol, triglycerides, blood pressure, and diabetes. Any of these disorders can be addressed using orthomolecular medicine and other natural occurring alternatives. See for more information.

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