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Sunday, July 08, 2007

American Diabetes Association "Bought off"?

After the American Diabetes Association received a large gift from a major manufacturer of sugar-sweetened beverages, its top medical official is claiming that sugar has nothing to do with diabetes.

In an interview published on 16 May in Corporate Crime Reporter, Richard Kahn, the chief scientific and medical officer with the American Diabetes Association, said: "What is the evidence that sugar itself has anything to do with diabetes? There is no evidence."
On 21 April, the ADA announced a "three-year, multimillion-dollar alliance" with Cadbury Schweppes Americas Beverages, which produces sweetened soft drinks that are implicated in the epidemic of obesity and diabetes in the United State. Its parent company Cadbury Schweppes, is the third-largest soft-drink manufacturer in the world, after Coca-Cola and PepsiCo.

"Saying that sugar has nothing to do with diabetes is like saying that tobacco has nothing to do with emphysema," said Gary Ruskin, executive director of Commercial Alert.
"The American Diabetes Association has been so corrupted that they have sunk to the mentality of tobacco scientists who denied the link between tobacco and lung cancer."
(Source: Corporate Crime Reporter press release, 16 May 2005, http://www.corporatecrimereporter.com/diabetes051605.htm)

The complete report above is a very interesting read. I will soon be writing an article about the situation here in New Zealand about how I believe some advocacy organisations appear to have compromnised themselves to the point of selling their supporters short.
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