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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

The very idea that alcohol and wine could possibly be a healthy influence on the body in any way, shape or form, is ludicrous. Alcohol is a poison, and it is a simple, undeniable scientific fact. It has the potential to destroy lives and damage health to an extreme degree, and it does so regularly. It doesn’t matter in the slightest if the alcoholic beverage is made of grapes, peaches, barley, potatoes (vodka), palm fruit, or cactus (tequila), the fact remains that it will seriously and dramatically harm the human body. Alcohol causes immediate and drastic mal absorption of essential vitamins and minerals. Causing direct malfunctioning of the liver, and an overload of fatty deposits.

Alcohol circulates through the body as quickly as water does, because it has the ability to pass through cellular walls and membranes. For this reason, the body has no recourse against it and cannot isolate it or restrict exposure once it has been consumed. It damages every organ and system it comes into contact with. Alcohol abnormally skews brain function, as the brain cannot prevent it from crossing the blood/brain barrier, unlike with most drugs and chemicals.

Unlike alcohol, wine is a beverage that holds a very special place in society and in the mainstream health movement.  No consensus seems to exist as to whether or not it bestows vitality, or destroys it, but a strong movement is underway to paint a picture of wine as a friendly assistant in maintaining health and long life. A devious and misleading tactic that has been heavily utilized to hype up the supposed benefits of wine is to isolate some compound or substance in the beverage that has known cancer or heart-protective properties. For example, wine has been touted as an “anti-cancer” drink because it contains resveratrol, an anti-inflammatory, heart-healthy substance. Conveniently, what is neglected and not mentioned is that one would need to drink a thousand bottles of wine to obtain a dosage sufficient to impact cancer or the heart in any positive way. Well, anyone drinking a thousand bottles of wine to prevent cancer will probably succeed, since they’ll be dead long before cancer has time to develop. The fact that wine is made from grapes and contains traces of grape skin, and grape anti-oxidants, and grape vitamins really has absolutely nothing to do with the issue, and does nothing to make wine a health food anymore than adding lettuce to lard or parsley to paint thinner would make lard or paint thinner a health food or detract from the negative impact that lard or paint thinner has on one’s health.

While it is true that alcohol can temporarily force the blood vessels to widen (due to the toxic and deadly influence of the poison), it seems not to have occurred to the “pro-wine” crowd that part of the reason wine drinkers don’t seem to have heart attacks and strokes as often as non-wine drinkers is because people who drink alcohol tend to die earlier, of other ailments. Alcohol, including wine, has destroyed more lives and families than any other single substance combined. Is it worth drinking even one glass of wine per day to prevent stroke or heart disease, and yet increase ones risk of high-blood pressure, suicide, accident, liver disease, infertility, stomach infection, ulcers, pancreatic infection and inflammation, dementia, esophageal diseases, mouth, breast, throat, and intestinal cancer, and schizophrenia. For the true information seeker, the propaganda gives pause for thought, and isn’t so easily swallowed. Unfortunately, the media blitz promoting wine as a hero in the fight against disease makes it difficult to determine the truth, and is allowing millions to excuse and justify their daily consumption of an unadulterated poison.

Like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, wine is on the one hand lauded for bestowing amazing benefits on the consumer and touted as possessing the remarkable ability to aid in the prevention of heart attacks and strokes, two of the leading causes of death in western society. Even one glass of wine impairs mental and physical ability. On the other hand there are murmurs of dissent, and quiet misgivings to the effect that perhaps wine contains alcohol and is capable of the same impairment, destruction and damage as any type of alcoholic beverage. These quiet misgivings should be loud and uncompromising.

Common sense should take the lead in helping to determine the truth. The hype about the supposed health benefits of wine is nothing but the last dying gasp of desperation, and the manifestation of a sick society, hoping beyond hope that the precious illusion can be salvaged: that a substance that causes drunkenness, sickness, and death can somehow be justified. The addictive nature of wine and alcohol is directly responsible for the hype, as individuals nearly always seek to justify their addictions by re-imagining them as agents of good.

To give the readers some perspective, based on a standard drinks served in North America below are some facts:

  • Five ounces of wine with 12% alcohol by volume contains 0.6 ounces of alcohol
  • Five ounces of spirits with 40% alcohol by volume contains 0.6 alcohol
  • Twelve ounces of beer with 5% alcohol by volume contains 0.6 ounces of alcohol.

When one has a blood alcohol concentration of .05% one should not be driving and a person is considered criminally negligent when their blood alcohol level is at .08%. Someone imbibing in alcohol regularly whose blood level is about .30% can loose consciousness and .40% alcohol blood level could induce a coma or may cause die.

When viewed in the context of the above information, the very idea that alcohol or wine could possibly be a healthy influence in any way, shape or form, becomes ludicrous. It is clearly a disease promoting, health destroying substance, to be avoided by anyone desiring long life and productivity throughout their years. Common sense should make it clear that any substance that impairs ability in any way, in even the smallest dose, cannot possibly be building health or vitality.

References:

“Moderate Alcohol Intake and Cancer Incidence in Woman”. “Journal of the National Cancer Institute” Retrieved Jan 28th, 2018.

“Alcohol Consumption May Increase Pancreatic Cancer Risk”.  “Medicalnewstoday.com” Retrieved Jan 28th, 2018.

“Can alcohol be good for you?” Cancer Research UK.

Marc; Kleber, Herbert D. (1 July 2008). The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Substance Abuse Treatment (4th ed.). United States of America: American Psychiatric Publishing Inc. p. 114. ISBN 978-1585622764

Driving While Affected by Drugs or Alcohol, Retrieved Jan 28th, 2018 from, https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/transportation/driving-and-cycling/road-safety-rules-and-consequences/drug-alcohol

Lindsay B., Vancouver Sun, “B.C. expands mandatory Serving It Right liquor-handling program to include — just about everyone”, Retrieved Jan 28th, 2018 from http://www.vancouversun.com/expands+mandatory+serving+right+liquor+handling+program+include+just+about+everyone/10673678/story.html

Serve It Right, Retrieved Jan 28th, 2018 from, https://www.servingitright.com

 

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