Food Can Kill
For the first time in 200 years children cannot expect to live longer than their parents. In fact, life expectancy is going down, not up.
One would think that with modern medicine it would not be so. But a host of chronic diseases plague our families and obesity is out there leading the pack. That may sound strange, but it isn’t—in fact, it’s quite logical. It’ not the looks of fat people that areusting, but the results it causes in our young people.
At the root of obesity in our youth is what they eat, both at home and at school. In an age of fast food, hardly any family can take the time these days to prepare and eat a healthy home-cooked meal. Most people eat better than half of their meals on the run, at places like McDonalds and Wendys. In fact, many high schools have their own franchised food vendors right in the school so our children don’t have a chance. Obesity is the cause of many illnesses:
- Childhood asthma has increased over 200%
- Disorders such as ADHD and autism have gone through the roof.
- 30% of children have two or more cardiac risk factors.
- Diabetes is another illness more prevalent among fat people.
Experts say childhood obesity is up over 400%. Can’t you tell? Kids and their parents just look large and sloppy. It’s a national epidemic that doesn’t plague just the kids, parents eat too much and get too little exercise too.
The worst part is that children with chronic illnesses are three times more likely to require hospitalization, and many die as a result.
Is it any wonder that health insurance is so darned expensive? Neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s have reached frightening proportions. Autoimmune diseases such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, and certain forms of cancer, have exploded in recent years.
According to the Newsmax medical editor, Dr. Russell Blaylock, there is no mystery. In his newest issue of the Blaylock Wellness Report, Dr. Blaylock shares the “unsavory truth about the food we put in our mouths.
It’s not only what food we eat, but the food that processors add to our food “when we’re not looking.” Dr. Blaylock said “They’ve been doing it for so long they probably think it is good for you. Many of these additives like Mono Sodium Glutamate (MSG) make your food tastier and more attractive.
We were at the supermarket this afternoon and they were celebrating something, giving away food samples. The chunks of fruit they offered tasted as if they were smothered with preservatives, the kinds chain hotel restaurants put on fruit to keep it looking fresh all morning.
These food additives actually shorten your life. “Don’t be deceived,” says Blaylock, “some of these additives are no better than poison.”
I’m actually lucky to be sensitive to MSG and to have had Carolyn there to help me discover it early in our marriage. I also can’t eat dark poultry. I wondered while on Friday evenings, just before the big high school basketball game, my mother always served homemade tomato soup containing plenty of oils from chicken and I felt sick.
It took a registered nurse wife to figure it out and I haven’t been sick like that since. Nor have we eaten MSG if we could help it.
Dr. Blaylock says that when you add glutamate to your diet, your body goes berserk. “The sneaky ways that this neurotransmitter keeps you alert can also lead to more than 23 life-threatening maladies.” We found that the best thing to take when I got sick was folic acid. Doctors we asked said folic acid wasn’t good for anything they knew of. Of course not, this was in the 1970s and doctors are usually the last to hear. Now researchers tell us that this simple over-the-counter pill is good for you, especially good for pregnant mothers.
MSG “lurks in your food, even when it’s not on the label of most foods containing it.” More on this important finding will come in a later post. For now, just know that there is a word called “excitotoxicity”—the good taste that could put your life in danger.
Excitotoxicity is the pathological process by which nerve cells are damaged and killed by glutamate and similar substances. This occurs when receptors for the excitatory neurotransmitter glutamate, like the NMDA receptor and AMPA receptor, are over-activated.
Don’t make these mistakes with the food you feed your family.