May 27, 2009

The problem with a soft-drink tax

You know, when you get starved for oxygen, your brain can do wild things. And when the government gets starved for their energy source (i.e., money), it can go wild, too.

You may have heard that the U.S. is thinking about charging a luxury or "sin" tax on soft drinks. Most of the plans I've seen target sugar-laden soft drinks.ÿ Yes, those drinking sugar-containing soft drinks will have to pay an additional 18% in taxes for this sin or "luxury."

Allegedly, these plans will help fight the obesity epidemic. Actually, it will to some degree. It will lighten the weight in your wallet. But it won't help you lose weight. In fact, it could make your situation far worse. Here's why:

If we simply tax sugar-filled soft drinks, most people will buy the cheaper diet drinks instead. Publishedÿ research overwhelmingly has shown that so-called "diet" drinks do nothing to foster weight loss. In fact, the evidence clearly shows that they increase weight.

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How might that happen? When you drink something that tastes sweet, your pancreas responds by making insulin in preparation for a natural load of sugar. No sugar comes. So your blood sugar drops and you get hungry. You eat more and gain weight.

Furthermore, "diet drinks" are loaded with aspartame. Aspartame is 10% methanol, a horrible neurotoxin. Aspartame causes a large number of neurological abnormalities. I consulted with my own dentist today for his take on it. He would prefer his patients to drink sodas containing sugar rather than the poison. At least your body recognizes sugar, even if not good for you. Aspartame and other sweetening chemicals are foreign to your body.

A tax to encourage the consumption of terribly toxic chemicals is just plain nuts. It would be far better to tax all of the soft drinks. Hopefully that would encourage people to drink God-made water (the safest of all drinks). Whether this tax passes or not, please avoid all soft drinks, other sugar-laden drinks, and all diet drinks.

Yours for better health and medical freedom,

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