Are You Addicted to Soda?

By Dr. John Reizer

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According to some knowledgeable sources, serious health consequences can arise from consuming soft drinks on a regular basis. If you’re like me, you probably have noticed most people that purchase carbonated soft drinks (soda) do so in large quantities. They often buy the stuff caseloads at a time.

Just a few days ago, I was sandwiched between two customers, in a grocery checkout aisle, that had several cases of soda products in their shopping carts. The persons buying the merchandise both looked extremely unhealthy. They were overweight; had visibly poor looking teeth and an unhealthy looking complexion. The entire scene, in the checkout aisle, motivated me to write this article.

In my opinion, the corporations producing and distributing the world’s soft drinks have created, over time, a never-ending supply of consumers that are addicted to drinking their patented concoctions. I think a lot of people are afraid to go out on a limb and state the obvious; soft drinks are extremely addictive in nature. Anyone that takes the time to research the consumption habits of soda drinkers will quickly come to the same conclusion I have. These so called refreshments are actually highly addictive chemicals and people, all over the world, are hopelessly addicted to them.

The ingredients in soda can be a risk to any person’s good health. For example, the acid in carbonated soft drinks causes demineralization of the body’s bones. This leads to a condition known as osteopenia. When viewed on a radiograph, osteopenia is referred to as the more commonly known term, osteoporosis. People that are addicted to drinking sodas are unnecessarily predisposing themselves to osteoporosis which can lead to stress fractures throughout the skeletal system.

In addition to eating your bones, sodas can screw up the body’s insulin levels which can stress out the pancreas. In a nutshell, this can lead to obesity, diabetes and a whole host of other physiological challenges.

The acid content within soda products can also dissolve the natural, enamel coverings protecting human teeth. Once the enamel is removed, it paves the way for dental caries and a general loss of dental integrity.

The question that naturally comes to mind is what can be done to solve such a serious health dilemma? The answer, unfortunately, is not very much. There is little that can be done because the soda industry is operated by very powerful companies that have the power and wealth to keep their toxic products within the public domain. Soft drinks are marketed around the world as harmless refreshments. Major sporting events and just about any significant entertainment venue are routinely sponsored by companies that produce soft drink beverages. The American people have grown up with these products. Soda and other toxic soft drinks are now a big part of our culture.

The only way to change a paradigm is to slowly educate the public over time. In this particular situation, the process of educating an addicted, consuming public will be challenging. In an ideal situation, our government would force the manufacturers of such products to place warning labels on soda cans that clearly state the contents are addictive and pose a significant risk to a person’s health and well-being. I don’t see that happening anytime soon. In the meantime, educating the public one article at a time will have to suffice. Help me spread the word by passing this post around to family and friends you think might benefit from reading such content.

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  1. Dr. John Reizer May 5, 2015 / 2:47 pm

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