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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.

As a result, HFCS and other forms of fructose are found in nearly every type of product on supermarket shelves, including ones that aren't supposed to be sweet. It's replacing sugar in candies and soft drinks, so children in particular are at risk. Avoiding it means avoiding nearly all prepared foods, including ones intended to aid in home cooking, like bottled sauces sauces.

Fructose Metablism

Fructose is not metabolized in the same way that glucose (regular sugar) is, so treating it as equivalent is absurd:

  • Fructose is metabolized completely by the liver, but only 20% of glucose metabolism is by the liver. This adds to the load that the liver must carry.
  • Fructose results in storing three times more fat than glucose, thus fueling the obesity epidemic.
  • Fructose is probably the culprit behind a serious increase in gout because its metabolism creates uric acid.

The truth is that fructose consumed outside of fruit, where it's tightly bound and therefore released slowly during digestion, is creating havoc with people's health. It's obviously a major factor in the health destruction of at least one in ten teens. These young people face severely shortened lives with tragically limited options because of ill health.

Fructose Damage

NAFLD affects the liver's ability to perform many critical functions, including regulation of blood glucose and cholesterol, fat burning, metabolism of hormones, vitamin A storage, and elimination of toxins, which is of course, becoming a more and more critical function in this increasingly polluted world.

Fatty liver disease leads to diabetes, hepatitis, cirrhosis, and cancer. It also means that overall health of the entire body is harmed, so that the victim's enjoyment of life is proscribed.

Nonetheless, there is no attempt to address the cause, Agribusiness that's run so rampant it can control nearly all aspects of our access to food. Instead, researchers who clearly document how rampant NAFLD is—to the point that one-tenth of teens are now sick with it—prefer to focus on the creation of ever-more government programs that will drain ever-more money from the populace and won't do a bit of good.


Disclaimer: This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of GreenMedInfo or its staff.

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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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