The Good Life Letter

Discover the dark secrets of a dirty drug deal that threatens everyone you know

• The politics of drug dealing

• Why you should act against the drug pushers – and how to do it

Dear one & all,

The scene opens.

We see a tall dilapidated office building in a rundown seaport in Japan.

Cut to a dingy room which is lit only by a naked bulb, swinging gently in the breeze from a window.

Two shadowy figures sit opposite each other across a table.

Heads bowed together talking in muted voices, curls of smoke from gently smouldering cigarettes and the air thick with the scent of aftershave.

One of the characters motions to a lackey standing in the corner of the room, who passes him a small package.

After inspecting the seal on the envelope he pushes the pack over the table.

Money passes the other way, and the deal is done.

Possibly we would have witnessed the most significant drug deal of the twentieth century, one which would blight all of our lives – and lead to a massive increase in mortality and morbidity in every western nation.

You would have hoped that the authorities would have been tipped off and be waiting to clap the culprits in irons and drag them off to jail.

But this is where deals and counter deals are at their strongest, and subterfuge valued higher than morality.

One of the two men at the meeting is on a direct mission from the President of the United States of America, the other a leading scientist.

The date is the late 1970’s, and the drug is one which violates your life EVERY day – whether you want to take it or not.

Let me explain just why this seemingly fictitious story isn’t the latest plot for a Dan Brown book, but is actually real and does affect you and everyone you love.

The politics of drug dealing

I guess you may still be picturing some sort of hallucinogenic powder as being at the root of these problems; and that the drug in question harks back to the trippy days of acid house music.

But in fact what I am talking about is sugar – or more correctly, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS).

Never heard of it? Well chances are you’ve consumed absolutely loads of it.

And that’s the problem, it is pumped into so much of our food without us knowing – and is directly the cause of our national obesity problem.

But how come it isn’t being blamed as the problem? Why don’t our health professionals tell us to avoid it? Why is it legal?

The short answer to all of this is money. There is too much at stake for anyone to speak out.

But guess what – I don’t care. I want this to become an issue of national, even international importance.

It’s time to act to stop the mighty food industry from wrecking our lives and destroying the world we live in. Over-reaction or not I am completely fed up – literally!

But before I get too vexed about this let me tell you about the back story, and put a little more detail around the shady deal I mentioned above.

The Butz of the problem

He sounds like a character from the Simpsons, but the man behind the problem was called Earl Butz.

Butz was appointed by President Nixon to create a feel good factor in post Vietnam America by bringing down food prices and increasing profits for the farming communities.

He did a good job and oversaw the massive increase in corn production (sweet corn or maize as we know it) which fed the huge country and bolstered exports to the profitable markets in the Far East and Russia.

But he did too good a job and by the late 1970’s America has a glut of corn.

That’s when that special meeting took place and Butz returned to the US with the secret of turning corn into HFCS – and a global scandal began.

This cheap alternative to cane sugar was used in soft drinks, take-away food, ready meals and even as a glaze to bread.

But because it was so cheap it could be used in much bigger quantities to hide the paucity of flavour in otherwise poor quality food.

Rather than manufacturers having to source for taste and freshness, now they could bulk out nutritionally criminal pulp with sweet ambrosia.

The diet of the western world became dominated by food overflowing with HFCS, and our bodies began to crave more of it.

You see, as the gut gets used to a hyper-sweet diet then it craves more – and drives all of the senses to seek it out.

Drug pushers and food giants – what’s the difference?

Let’s just put all of this into some sort of context shall we?

If I told you that there was a guy hanging around the school gates giving little bags of heroin out to every child as they left you might get a bit upset.

You might actually call the police or chase the offender from the area with pitchforks and flaming torches – and who would blame you?

By getting the children hooked on his filth he is creating a market, generating a dependency, feeding a production line to profit.

Now, here’s the reality – there is a drug pusher at the gates of every school, and chances are it is YOU!

Mums, dads and grandparents welcome their offspring with a bag of sweets, an ice cream or even a cake.

Hidden within these treats for a hungry child at the end of their day is HFCS, a drug with the potency of heroin and the power to corrupt the appetites of our kids.

We are guilty of peddling the sort of substance that we despise without knowing about it.

But now is the time to act.

As a nation we should rise up against this cheap crap. Refuse to purchase the over produced, over-hyped pre-packed foods that are constantly pushed into our faces by clever advertising.

It is time to stop commentating on obesity and time to take action.

There is no point in expecting our politicians to act, they are already in the pay of the food giants, encouraged by power and filthy lucre to turn a blind eye.

This stuff is now out in the open so let us be the ones to revolt.

We demand clean streets, a safe world for our kids and freedom from overt profiteering at the expense of our well-being.

Make it your mission to eat fresh, eat seasonal and eat well. It’s time the food boys felt the pinch.

If we don’t buy it they have to change their game.

Drug pushers won’t give up a profitable habit by choice.

Yours, as always

Ray Collins

Source: The Good Life Letter       


  1. miki morgan on , says

    hi,iman agree.In the 90’s biscuits were addictive.

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