Day 47: Family Health 1: Childhood Health

American Childhood Health Reality, Diabetes, Obesity, Overweight, School Food, Bogalusa Heart Study, Vending Machine Movie

Welcome to Day 47!

“U.S. children who are overweight or obese: 25%” (Troiano, R. et. al., “Overweight children and adolescents” Pediatrics 1998;101:497-504; Troiano, R., “Overweight Prevalence and Trends for Children and Adolescents,” Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine 1995; 149:1085-91) [02.06.20:01]

“U.S. vegetarian children who are overweight or obese: 8%” (John Robbin’s estimate based on lengthy discussions with many physicians and dieticians familiar with the vegetarian and vegan community) [02.06.20:02]

“U.S. children who eat the recommended levels of fruits, vegetables, and grains: 1%” (Munoz, K, et al, “Food Intakes of U.S. Children and Adolescents Compared with Recommendations,” Pediatrics, Sept 1997, pg 323-29. See also, “Few Young People Eat Wisely, Study Shows,” Associated Press, New York Times, Sept 3, 1997, A-12) [02.06.20:03]

“U.S. vegan children who eat the recommended levels of fruits, vegetables, and grains: More than 50%”(John Robbin’s estimate based on lengthy discussions with many physicians and dieticians familiar with the vegetarian and vegan community) [02.06.20:04]

“Average I.Q. of U.S. children: 97” (“U.S. Children’s I.Q.s Sink,” Los Angeles Times, Feb 6. 1993) [02.06.20:05]

“Average I.Q. of vegetarian children: 116” (Dwyer. JT, et al, “Mental age and I.Q. of predominately vegetarian children,” Journal of the American Dietetic Association,” 1980;76:142-47) [02.06.20:06]

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This is tough information today, and we appreciate you taking it on. Our kids are getting sicker. What we are seeing is the Pottenger’s Cats Study in action: unhealthy parents are often giving birth to children who are even more unhealthy. One out of three children born today will develop diabetes. This is not me talking, but the Centers for Disease Control:

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In the downloads today, you can pick up this document from the CDC.

McHigh School

What are we feeding our children? We took this photo at a high school nearby. The sign should be changed to Wasteland View High School. By the way, we collect these photos, so if you find others anywhere in the world, please snap a shot and contact us on our Contact Page, and we will post them to broaden the awareness of this damaging trend.

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Menus: Lawfully Prepared Weapons of Mass Destruction

We collected these menus for some time, and now offer them to you for illustrative purposes to support the topic of today. I don’t see anywhere near 92 minerals on any of these menus, and most of the fruits and vegetables that are even offered are canned. Is this what makes for a great nation? Check out DAY 72: Overweight/Obesity and Diabetes for more supporting evidence that we need a food upgrade.

The Bogalusa Heart Study

ACTUAL STUDY PROVING HEART DISEASE IN OUR CHILDREN AS A RESULT OF DIET. . . . Overweight children and adolescents have adverse levels of lipids, insulin, and blood pressure, and longitudinal changes in relative weight are associated with changes in these risk factors. Furthermore, various measures of adiposity among adolescents and young adults are associated with fatty streaks, raised lesions, and calcifications in the aorta and coronary arteries. Overweight children are also at increased risk for various chronic diseases in later life, and some evidence suggests that this association may exist independently of obesity status in adulthood.

Menarche Trends Worldwide

Young ladies around the world are having their first periods, or menarche, earlier and earlier and earlier. This has much to do with growth hormones and xenoestrogens in our food and environment. Early menarche is an early indicator for breast cancer in the future. For how to prevent that reality, see Day 31 on Breast Cancer. . . This graphic is from “Eat to Live” by Dr. Joel Fuhrman, which is one of the most, if not the most, medically referenced book on vegan nutrition and health ever written.

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Not Just Physical Health, Mental Health Too

Case Study: Mrs. Barbara Reed, Probation Officer

The link between a tamasic-type diet and social violence has been supported by consistent research findings on teenage offenders. When teenagers’ diets were changed from their typical high white sugar, fast-food, tamasic-type diet, a marked decrease in the teens’ acting-out, violent behavior occurred. For example, Mrs. Barbara Reed, a probation officer in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, found that when she switched offenders from what was essentially a tamasic diet of fast foods, et cetera, to a diet higher in fruits and vegetables, every one of the 252 teenagers in her case load stayed out of court as long as they maintained themselves on a healthy diet.

Study: Juvenile Delinquent White Sugar Consumption

A two-year, scientifically precise study with 267 subjects by Steven Schoenthaler, Ph.D., published in the Journal of Biosocial Research, showed that while the average American eats approximately 125 pounds of white sugar per year, juvenile delinquents in custody averaged about 300 pounds per year. When this sugar intake was significantly reduced, junk food was reduced, and fruits and vegetables were increased, there was a 48% decrease in antisocial behavior of all types, including violent crimes, crimes against property, and runaways. This was true for all ages and races. This amazing result was achieved simply by changing the diet with no cost to the taxpayer.

All Jacked Up

The full-length, theatrical release docu-dram-edy All Jacked Up is a rallying cry for today’s teen generation to take notice of, and confront, the mess their parents’ generation has handed them.

The film tells the story of the daily struggles and rare triumphs of a handful of genuine teenagers and their addictions to junk food, fast food and the Game Boy playing, Big Gulp slurping way of life. Our story’s pace is supported through the use of teen-oriented music and material written by some of the hottest young comics.

All Jacked Up explores the state of health and well-being of our nation’s teens and discovers the reality about what typical teenage kids consume on a daily basis at home, school and play.

All Jacked Up portrays a society manipulated by greedy corporations, controlled media and corrupt politicians.

The motion picture exposes the corruption inherent in the public school system and how policy and legislation has been inept at driving change. This is told via an approach that a teen would find compelling. It also examines how corporate advertisers prey on teens and influence their food choices in and outside of school.

Scrutiny of the industrialization, toxicity, and commercialization of the food industry plays an important role in the film – a “slaughterhouse to the mouth” exposé of our nation’s food distribution system. All Jacked Upinvestigates the health and safety conditions of the food industry and how that food reaches the mouths of our unsuspecting and trusting children. It also examines the economic burden and social conditions of our culture, obsessed with food.

Unlike 2004’s Super Size Me, All Jacked Up targets kids and is seen from their perspective as well as their peers. In Super Size Me, Morgan Spurlock goes on a 30-day odyssey consuming a McDiet of three fast food meals per day, not typical for the average American. Vending Machine focuses on an actual “day-in-the-life” of real kids, told by kids… for kids.

 Thank you for receiving the information today! Please share it with parents and help our kids beyond the age of processed food!

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Exclusive clip from the movie All Jacked Up by Faerie Films, featuring Mike Adams (the Health Ranger) talking about the economics of junk food, food marketing and poor health among consumers.

Theme Music: “Romeo and Juliet” by Henry Mancini.

“Wonder” by Alex Grey. Find more at www.AlexGrey.com

Sketch: Doctors Bring in Vegetables to a Fast Food Joint. From the Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine.

Louis C.K. won’t give his kids cell phones :)

Why are many school lunches high in salt, fat, and processed foods? Food journalist Michael Pollan advocates for a better menu for America's children.

Adderall and Ritalin vs. Meth" by Mike Adams and Dan Berger

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The Flower of Life and Human Cell Mitosis


Today’s Downloads

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Children-School Food

What are we feeding our children in school? If children are our continuation, and they are what they eat, then is our continuation hot dogs, twinkies, sugar cereal, pop, depleted, irradiated, homogenized, pasteurized, artificially colored, artificially flavored? This file is an effort to raise the consciousness about food in our schools, and shift into something life affirming that will make for smarter, healthier children, and an authentic existence for them.


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School Menus Pack

I collected these menus for some time, and now offer them to you for illustrative purposes to support the topic of today. I don’t see anywhere near 92 minerals on any of these menus, and most of the fruits and vegetables that are even offered are canned. Is this what makes for a great nation? Check out DAY 72: Overweight/Obesity and Diabetes for more supporting evidence that we need a food upgrade.


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The Bogalusa Heart Study

ACTUAL STUDY PROVING HEART DISEASE IN OUR CHILDREN AS A RESULT OF DIET. . . . Overweight children and adolescents have adverse levels of lipids, insulin, and blood pressure and longitudinal changes in relative weight are associated with changes in these risk factors.

Furthermore, various measures of adiposity among adolescents and young adults are associated with fatty streaks, raised lesions, and calcifications in the aorta and coronary arteries. Overweight children are also at increased risk for various chronic diseases in later life and some evidence suggests that this association may exist independently of obesity status in adulthood.


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Cereal Facts Report

Extensive marketing to children for foods of poor nutritional quality has been identified as a contributor to the obesity crisis. The food industry has responded, through the Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative (CFBAI) sponsored by the Council of Better Business Bureaus, with pledges by most of the largest food marketers to reduce unhealthy marketing to children. The question raised by health advocates is whether self-regulatory actions such as these do in fact reduce the harm associated with unhealthy food marketing to children. Cereal FACTS addresses that question. CONCLUSION: We found that cereal companies are in full compliance with their self-defined CFBAI pledges to reduce unhealthy marketing to children. And yet, we also found that that the amount of cereal marketing to children and the nutrition quality of children’s cereals remain at unacceptable levels and have not objectively or meaningfully improved.


Online Articles

Restrict soda vending machines in public schools, says American Dietetic Association by Mike Adams

A study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association suggests that limiting the use or availability of vending machines in schools is vital to stemming the United States’ soda-related obesity epidemic.

Children's Integrated Health Articles from the Weston A. Price Foundation

THIS IS A PHENOMENAL RESOURCE.

Advance planning is critical for healthy, happy children.

One of Dr. Price’s most fascinating findings was the care with which so-called primitive people planned for pregnancy and nourished pregnant women, infants and growing children. All the cultures he visited had one or more sacred foods given to men and women before conception, to women during pregnancy and lactation and to children during growth. They recognized the need for abundant nutrition during the critical period when the fetus and child are being formed.

These foods were all rich in the fat-soluble activators (vitamins A, D and K) and included liver and other organ meats, butter from cows eating rapidly growing spring grass, fish liver and fish liver oils, raw milk, fish eggs and other seafood, and certain animal fats.

Film review: Consuming Kids – a must-see documentary for all parents by Tara Green

Parents, educators and anyone interested in how children in the US are affected by the media will want to watch “Consuming Kids: The Commercialization of Childhood.” The film traces the connection between the full-scale media immersion children are subject to and rising levels of childhood obesity, hypertension, ADD and other diseases.

Child-centered marketing causing kids to carry unhealthy food habits into adulthood by Mike Adams

The next time you get up early on a Saturday morning, turn on your television to any one of the major broadcast stations or child-oriented cable networks. In between Saturday morning cartoons, you’ll suddenly find yourself bombarded by commercials advertising fast food and sugary breakfast cereal and snacks — all targeted toward children. This is what the average child is exposed to while watching their favorite cartoons, while reading kids’ magazines and even while at school. Child-centric marketing has reached epidemic proportions worldwide and it’s making the world population become unhealthy consumers of caffeine and other drugs at an increasingly young age.

Omega-3 supplements rapidly eliminate ADD, ADHD and bipolar disorder in children by Mike Adams

Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital have reported that omega-3 fatty acid is highly effective in treating children with ADD, ADHD and bipolar disorder. The study was reported in the journal European Neuropsychopharmacology in February 2007. Results from this prospective, open study…

Overweight Children Show Increased Risk of Heart Attacks, Strokes By David Gutierrez

Epidemic obesity among children today will lead to a surge in the occurrence of premature heart attacks in strokes as those children age, according to two studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Junk Food Television Commercials Proven to Cause Obesity in Children

FDA Reluctantly Admits Mercury Fillings Have Neurotoxic Effects on Children

(NaturalNews) For the first time, the FDA has issued a warning that the mercury contained in silver dental fillings may pose neurological risks to children and pregnant women. “Dental amalgams contain mercury, which may have neurotoxic effects on…


Great Books

By Dr. Joel Fuhrman, MD

In his private practice, Joel Fuhrman, M.D. helps families transform their eating habits and recover their health. His nutrient-rich eating plan can have a significant impact on your child’s resistance to dangerous infections, and a dramatic effect on reducing the occurrence of illnesses like asthma, ear infections, and allergies. Dr. Fuhrman explains how you can make sure your children are eating right to maintain a healthy mind and body, and how eating certain foods and avoiding others can positively impact your child’s IQ and success in school.

He also presents the fascinating science that demonstrates that the current epidemic of adult cancers and other diseases is closely linked to what we eat in the first quarter of life. Eating well in our early years may enable us to win the war on cancer. Bolstered by this scientific evidence, he helps you do everything you can to protect your child against developing diabetes, cardiovascular disease, autoimmune diseases, and cancer through a solid nutritional groundwork.

Featuring easy-to-prepare, kid-friendly recipes that will satisfy even the pickiest eaters, your whole family will learn to establish life-long healthful eating habits.

Harness the power of a nutrient-rich diet to ensure a lifetime free of illness and full of health!


By Susan Linn

The average American child sees about 40,000 television commercials every year. Companies target younger viewers all the time, selling everything from sugar cereals to minivans, and cross-promotional marketing influences everything from the food stocked in school vending machines to the characters who appear in children’s books. Kids are requesting specific brands as soon as they can talk. American corporations spend over $15 billion yearly on marketing to children in an effort to cultivate nagging, insatiable, “cradle-to-grave” consumers.

In this shocking and engrossing exposé, psychologist Susan Linn reveals how the marketing industry preys on kids from the day they’re born, exploiting their vulnerabilities and skewing their values in order to influence what they eat, wear, and play with. This advertising blitz stifles creativity and exacerbates obesity, eating disorders, violence, sexual precocity, and substance abuse. Linn—a mother herself—recognizes that parents alone are no match for the marketing experts. What they need is the concerted help of healthcare professionals, educators, and legislators who have children’s best interests in mind. Consuming Kids is a call to action for anyone who cares about the well-being of children.


By John Taylor Gatto

With over 70,000 copies of the first edition in print, this radical treatise on public education has been a New Society Publishers’ bestseller for 10 years! Thirty years in New York City’s public schools led John Gatto to the sad conclusion that compulsory schooling does little but teach young people to follow orders like cogs in an industrial machine. This second edition describes the wide-spread impact of the book and Gatto’s “guerrilla teaching.”

John Gatto has been a teacher for 30 years and is a recipient of the New York State Teacher of the Year award. His other titles include A Different Kind of Teacher (Berkeley Hills Books, 2001) and The Underground History of American Education


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The major premise here is that American schooling has been dumbed down to provide mindless, loyal workers who cannot think for themselves. At least this is the schooling provided to the masses. This was a deliberate act with roots in 19th century industrialism. He shows how the Civil War demonstrated to industrialists and financiers how a standardized population trained to follow orders without significant thought could be made to function as a money tree. Moreover, the proper schooling could be used to strip the common population of its power to cause trouble.

Global power and corporate wealth is based on a third-rate educational system that actually works against developing men and women of true character and intellect. The mindless bureaucrat and worker who follows a system without thought or question is the pattern that our “efficient” system depends on. That is what schooling produces. One should never confuse schooling with true education- and definitely not with intelligence.


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The transformation of schooling from a twelve-year jail sentence to freedom to learn.

John Taylor Gatto's Weapons of Mass Instruction , now available in paperback, focuses on mechanisms of traditional education which cripple imagination, discourage critical thinking, and create a false view of learning as a byproduct of rote-memorization drills. Gatto's earlier book, Dumbing Us Down , introduced the now-famous expression of the title into the common vernacular. Weapons of Mass Instruction adds another chilling metaphor to the brief against conventional schooling.

Gatto demonstrates that the harm school inflicts is rational and deliberate. The real function of pedagogy, he argues, is to render the common population manageable. To that end, young people must be conditioned to rely upon experts, to remain divided from natural alliances and to accept disconnections from their own lived experiences. They must at all costs be discouraged from developing self-reliance and independence.

Escaping this trap requires a strategy Gatto calls "open source learning" which imposes no artificial divisions between learning and life. Through this alternative approach our children can avoid being indoctrinated-only then can they achieve self-knowledge, good judgment, and courage.


Media, Films, & Documentaries

Vaccines & Brain Development | Dr. Russell Blaylock

Russell Blaylock M.D. Discusses vaccines on the developing brain and his concerns on the increasing vaccination schedule of infants and the vaccination of pregnant women causing neurological disorders. He also goes into depths about the harmful ingredients and adjuvants contained within the vaccines such as formaldehyde, aluminum and MSG and the effects of this on the brain and nervous system.

If you are a parent of a baby or young children, expecting a baby or if you are a health professional you need to watch this lecture filmed at a Radio Liberty Seminar in October 2008 in which Russell Blaylock MD discusses the effect of vaccines on the developing brain and his concerns about the increasingly crowded infant vaccination schedule.

Dr Blaylock also provides compelling arguments why the vaccination of pregnant women is harmful and a hidden cause of neurological disorders. He also discusses the toxic ingredients in vaccines such as formaldehyde, mercury, aluminum and MSG and the detrimental effects they have on the brain and nervous system. He also touches on other vaccine-related topics, such as the conflicts of interests influencing vaccination policy due to the influence the pharmaceutical industry exerts on the government and the pharmaceutical industry, the polio epidemics in Africa, mercury toxicity and other medical scandals.

CDC officials claim vaccines are safe and effective. Is that true? If vaccines are safe, why has the incidence of autism increased from one case of autism in 10,000 to one case of autism in every 50 American children in the past few years, in parallel with a huge increase in the number of vaccines the government is promoting as part of the childhood vaccination schedule?

If childhood vaccines are safe, why are well over half a million vaccinated American children afflicted with autism, while non-vaccinated Amish and Mennonite children rarely suffer from the disorder? Why has the incidence of asthma, allergies, autoimmune disease, Type 1 diabetes and neurological conditions also dramatically increased in vaccinated children?

Furthermore, why do obstetricians give pregnant women influenza vaccines that contain a toxic dose of mercury and why are new babies injected with the Hepatitis B vaccine within hours of birth when there is no medical justification for it?

In this informative lecture, Dr Blaylock addresses these and many other vaccine-related issues. If you are concerned about your and your family's health and want to make an informed decision on behalf of your child or children, this is a really important video for you to watch. You will never look at vaccination and the so-called health care system the same way again.


[Documentary] | Consuming Kids: The Commercialization of Childhood

Consuming Kids throws desperately needed light on the practices of a relentless multi-billion dollar marketing machine that now sells kids and their parents everything from junk food and violent video games to bogus educational products and the family car.

Drawing on the insights of health care professionals, children's advocates, and industry insiders, the film focuses on the explosive growth of child marketing in the wake of deregulation, showing how youth marketers have used the latest advances in psychology, anthropology, and neuroscience to transform American children into one of the most powerful and profitable consumer demographics in the world.

Consuming Kids pushes back against the wholesale commercialization of childhood, raising urgent questions about the ethics of children's marketing and its impact on the health and well being of kids.


[Lecture] Weapons of Mass Instruction | John Taylor Gatto

This speech was delivered at Pat Farenga's Learning In Our Own Way Conference in Woburn, MA, August 2005.

John Taylor Gatto said it was the debut of this speech, which was later turned into a book by the same name.


John Taylor Gatto | Three More Phenomenal Lectures


[Documentary DVD] All Jacked Up

How jacked up do our kids have to get before they notice what we’re doing to them? ALL JACKED UP is an angst-driven portrait of four teenagers who discover the truth about their obsessive, addictive, and emotion-fueled eating habits. All this brought on by their parents, schools, and our abusive food system that profits from them with no regard to their well-being.

Melissa, Raquel, Michael and Danny are typical teens with mainstream lifestyles and eating habits. With the help of a curious narrator, they discover what lies beneath their exploitation and how to confront it. Teen emotional and physical conditions are examined by noted experts as the film uncovers an apparent conspiracy that works against the health of an entire generation

The film’s characters are led on a journey of discovery – they are challenged to recognize their detrimental underlying issues. With the help of experts, and guidance from their peers, they are presented simple solutions to deal with their problems. The teens are challenged to come to grips with their harmful lifestyles and what their unhealthy future holds

In a climate where media attention is primarily on childhood obesity, Director, Jennifer Mattox looks at the bigger picture – a system that preys upon consumer innocence in the name of profit. The filmmakers make a direct connection between what teens eat and their behavior and emotions. This frank and witty look at what’s really going on inside the bodies, hearts and minds of the teen generation is a wake up call for them to stand up and demand change.


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