James Laidler
�Many of our members will remember the excellent talk Dr. Laidler gave to SSE a couple of years ago on autism; several members expressed a desire to hear from him again, so here he is to start off our program for 2009.�
 
Myths about sugar: pretty poison or slandered sweetener?
 
Every day we are bombarded with messages about how �bad� sugar is for us, from the news media, from television �infomercials� and from relatives, friends and acquaintances. We are told that sugar �rots your teeth�, makes children �hyper� and is �bad for us in various (and often vague) ways. We are told that sugar causes diabetes, pancreatic cancer and even Alzheimer�s disease. We are warned of the dangers of �high fructose corn syrup�, �refined� sugar and told that only pure cane sugar is �safe�. With US sugar consumption estimated at over 20 million tons per year (~142 lbs/person/yr), sugar�s impact on health has become a serious issue. The problem is that much of the �information� the public �knows� about sugar is not supported by any data.
 
�Myths about sugar: pretty poison or slandered sweetener� is a discussion of the scientific data about sugar, compared and contrasted to what is generally believed about sugar. Topics covered will include:
 
What is sugar and where do you find it?
Is sugar �bad� for you?
Is refined sugar worse than unrefined sugar?
What is high-fructose corn syrup and is it �bad� for you?
Does sugar make children �hyper�?
What about artificial and �alternative� sweeteners?
 
About the Speaker
Dr. Laidler is a retired anesthesiologist who has devoted much of his time to providing the public with evidence-based information to counter the ever-growing amount of pseudoscience and fantasy-based misinformation about science in general and medicine in particular. He received a BS in biochemistry from Pacific Lutheran Univ. (1981), an MD from the Univ. of Southern California (1985) and is currently working on his PhD in molecular biology.
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Driving either North or South on I-405
 
Take exit #26/BOTHELL/MILL CREEK
 
From the North turn right on BOTHELL EVERETT HWY(WA-527)

From the South turn left on BOTHELL EVERETT HWY(WA-527)

Arrive at 22620 BOTHELL EVERETT HWY, BOTHELL, on the Right

 

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