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The Riddle of What Is Killing Thousands of Central American Cane Workers

February 13, 2014  |  Post by:  |  Blog, News Comments Off on The Riddle of What Is Killing Thousands of Central American Cane Workers

excerpt from source “Scientific American

“Dehydration from the brutal heat of the cane fields is the leading suspect—check out the photo above. Richard Johnson of the University of Colorado, Denver, and colleagues have been pursuing the hypothesis that dehydration of cane workers causes an enzyme to be activated within the kidney’s tiny tubules, converting  glucose to fructose. The fructose then gets metabolized by another enzyme, fructokinase, to produce oxidants that cause inflammation and scarring that may be the basis for the illness. Soft drinks and mango or pineapple juice with added sugar may increase fructose levels and attendant inflammation, leading to what Johnson has described as a “local holocaust.” (Johnson has received funding from Groupe Danone, the French food-products company, for a yet-to-be-published study to assess the effects of hydration on Nicaraguan cane workers.)”