We Killing Our Children?
©2003 Julie S. Rayburn
Happy Meals, Coca Cola, Lunchables, Milk,
Krispy Kremes; these are the things that
we reward our children with.
We tell them that if they are good at the
dentist or the doctor that we will take
them out for snacks. We tell them that if
they clean their rooms that they can have
a cookie. We tell them that if they eat
all of their dinner they can have dessert.
What are we as parents thinking? This has
gone on for generations and I have no doubt
that it will go on for many more.
What kind of message do you think this
sends? Is this how eating disorders and
unhealthy attitudes towards food start?
I would be surprised if that were not the
case! Not only are we fostering these unhealthy
attitudes towards food in our children,
but are we also killing them?
An article published in the American Journal
of Pathology stated that all children who
consume the rich western diet, i.e. the
American diet, show early stages of atherosclerosis
(artery damage caused by fatty streaks)
by the age of 3. Let me say that again
children who consume the fatty diets we
give them have early stages of heart disease
by the age of 3! If this is not a crime
against our children, then I do not know
Have you ever been out in public and seen
a baby drinking a bottle with Coke in it?
Or worse, have you done that yourself to
your own children? Maybe people dont
understand the very real danger they are
posing to their children by doing this.
We are the product of what we eat. Our
children are a product of the food that
we feed them. So why would you set your
children up for heart disease, Type II diabetes,
and even cancer? Our country is plagued
by what experts are calling the obesity
epidemic. How do we get fat? How do
we develop disease? Are we just one of the
unlucky ones if we are found to be diseased
with cancer? I dont think so.
We create the environment for disease to
begin within our own bodies and those of
our children. Eating fast food, drinking
soft drinks, eating a diet that consists
primarily of highly processed foods, not
eating enough fruits, not eating enough
vegetables; this is how we set the stage
for disease to grow in our bodies.
If you pay close attention to the news
reports, you will notice a trend. Everyday
there is new information out there about
the benefits of fruits and vegetables. There
is new information about the dangers of
prescription drugs. There is new information
about the bodys ability to repair
itself. There is mounting evidence of what
we should have already known; your body
is the smartest machine ever
Everyday there are millions of processes
that are ongoing simultaneously in your
body. You breathe without even thinking
about it. With every breath, oxygen is inhaled
and poisons such as carbon dioxide are exhaled.
Your heart beats constantly without any
help from you and supplies oxygen-filled
blood to all areas of your body. You eat
foods, and while the food is digested, your
body takes what it needs from the food and
turns it into new cells to replace the old
cells that your body then excretes as waste
What do you want your new cells to be made
of? Do you think cancer can develop if you
have spent years feeding your body useless
processed food? Do you think cancer can
develop if you constantly bathe your insides
with the insidious ingredients found in
a 12 ounce can of Coca Cola?
How many years of our childrens lives
are we going to squander rewarding
them with the very foods that are killing
them? The foods that are creating the childhood
obesity epidemic? The same foods that are
giving our children adult-onset diabetes
long before they are adults! To me this
Do we love our children enough to provide
them with high quality foods, or are we
just trying to give them whatever we think
they will eat because we have tainted their
taste buds with poisonous food.
And since when did pus become a health
food and something that our children cannot
live without? Were you aware that there
is pus in the milk that the dairy industry
insists that you should feed your children
every day? And the government is ok with
that. They have set the standards for the
number of pus cells that can be in a glass
Are people just not paying attention when
articles with titles like McDonalds
Meat Sources to Cut Antibiotics show
up in the local newspapers? Cut antibiotics?
How many of us were aware that the antibiotics
given to the cows to stop infections were
ending up in the hamburgers? Of course those
are not the antibiotics that they are stopping.
It is the ones that promote growth. Are
any antibiotics really ok? Not for my children!
Children will naturally gravitate to fruits
and natural foods until, as adults, we taint
their taste buds and ruin them with processed
foods. All is not lost, however, as we can
get them back on a healthy path. It is never
too late to begin reversing the early stages
of heart disease. Your children have a right
to be healthy! Dont take that away
Julie Rayburn is a Lifestyle Coach for
Vitality Health and Fitness. Visit http://www.takebackyourhealth.org
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