So this statement sounds like something your mom would tell you when you have the vegetable versus brownie debate at the dinner table but I believe there is some merit to it. I will be the first to admit I’ve had some food issues; both in over eating and under eating. I know that sounds weird but there are all sorts of self-destructive disordered eating habits. I grew up with both sides of the extreme and for a while I actually believed coffee was breakfast. There is a lot of research out there that will suggest Americans in particular have more health problems than in other parts of the world.
Fact- Americans have 5% of the world’s children and consumes 95% of the world’s Ritalin ( drugs alike).
Fact- We have the highest obesity rate in adults and alarming growth rates in children.
Fact- We have had twenty-five of these mass shootings since 2006, and seven of them took place in 2012*
No I don’t plan to jump on my soap box today but I think a lot of the problems we see today can be tracked back to what we consume. There is a lot of research out there to scare the hebbie jebbies out of us regarding gmo’s, artificial sweetners, artifical flavors, and food dies. The proud Asian that I am got a “B” in statistics and knows that correlation can be proven, but it doesn’t mean there is causation. To put it frankly, a scientist can prove a relationship but not directly pinpoint a cause until enough people are dead. (Refer to the web history of smoking and tobacco lobbies*Also see post on Math ? Art for more details.) I saw a special on 60 minutes a few months back about all the food additive companies. Their job is to find natural flavors and artificially create them. These people are paid the big bucks to trick your tongue into thinking the cardboard you are consuming is a decadent treat. They basically construct food crack in there secret labs and won’t disclose a client list just like the real street dealers. There are all sorts of links from gluten to yellow #5 that are shown to push the sensitive over the edge with their illicit additives. So what’s the point? The point is that the consumer should be informed. Addiction is taught just like over indulgence is taught. Just like food fear is taught. Everything has to start somewhere and as parents, people and pro-healthers alike we should all have access to know exactly what is in the stuff we buy at the supermarket.
*A Guide to Mass Shootings in America-By Mark Follman, Gavin Aronsen, and Deanna Pan-Updated: Sat Dec. 15, 2012 11:45 AM PST