Re "Preventing illness must become a priority" (Viewpoints, March 15): More than 70 percent of health care costs go to treat "metabolic syndrome," chronic diseases like Type 2 diabetes.
Science has proven that the massive increase in fructose in our food supply is the main cause of MS. This eco system of sickness is unfairly passing the costs on to everyone buying health insurance, and contains relatively few groups: The food and beverage industry, fructose suppliers, pharmaceutical makers, health care providers, and the people who eat the junk and get sick.
Health insurance should not deal with metabolic syndrome. Let the corporations, hospitals and doctors who profit from it negotiate directly with eachother about the cost of chronic disease treatment. Leave the rest of us out of it. A simple fructose tax collected as the poison enters the food chain would go into a fund to pay for metabolic syndrome. Health premiums should drop by 70 percent.
-- Mats Jansson, Folsom