Joint Decision

By Dean L. Jones

In the general workplace there are commonly a considerable number of opportunities to eat something sweet where sometimes your mind drifts into a joint decision by splitting its attention between to indulge in or to go without.  It is the term ‘joint’ that I am bringing attention to which in the body is the location at which our bones connect.

Whenever we eat processed sugar it adds to chronic inflammation that is a major factor in a number of diseases, from cancer and diabetes to arthritis and digestive disorders.  Inflammation can be classified as either acute or chronic.  Chronic inflammation is bad as it leads to a host of diseases, such as hay fever, periodontitis, atherosclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and even cancer (e.g., gallbladder carcinoma).

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) typically causes very warm, swollen, and painful joints, thereby classifying it as a chronic ailment rooted in inflammation, for instance diabetes, heart disease, and cancer, and many other illnesses.  Consequently, it is detrimental to your health as an ongoing autoimmune disorder that primarily affects joints; however, it can be minimized by abstaining from eating too much processed sugar.

That notwithstanding, there is even a larger problem from contracting RA when sufferers receive medical treatment to take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and analgesics like Tylenol.  The problem with most RA associated drugs is that taking them over a protracted period can result in life-threatening liver and/or kidney damage.  Take into account that acetaminophen is the number one cause of acute liver failure in the U.S.

The World Health Organization reports that each year worldwide roughly 13-million people die from some form of cardiovascular disease and 8-million people die from a type of cancer. Increasingly, these two diseases have a huge common characteristic that is each is dependent on the body’s manifestation of chronic inflammation.

Consuming foodstuff can either keep us in a proactive inflammatory balance or an anti-inflammatory imbalance.  Excessively ingesting processed sugar becomes a harmful irritant or inflammatory to the body.  Inflammation is a response from harmful stimuli to safeguard the damaged cells, but what is interesting is that the inflammatory process potentially begins with every bite of food and beverage that we ingest.

Ideally, it would be great to stay the course and only consume those things that keep the body in balance and not have it lean toward inflammatory calamity.  So, the basic plan is to be aware of joint decisions and choose foodstuff items that limit and thereby reduce some harmful inflammatory causes.

One can never be too old to understand how processed sugar becomes a toxin when ingested and can bring about autoimmune diseases that attack the body’s joints.  Consider that arthritis is the leading cause of disability in people over the age of 55 years of age, so for that reason alone why not live SugarAlert!
Dean is a marketing strategist with the Southland Partnership Corporation (a public benefit organization), sharing his view on mismanagement practices of packaged foods & beverages.