I am a big natural/organic foodie type person. My kids eat really, really well … and I am grateful that we can afford the healthy food for our kids and bitter as hell that all parents aren’t given that option. Do you know what they call “organic” food in Europe? They call it “food”. You have to label it if it’s the shit they sell to us in America. They don’t let genetically modified crops run free unless they are PROVEN not to harm anything, including the consumer. In the USA, those crops are okay-dokey unless proven otherwise. And European studies ‘don’t count’ because they aren’t American studies.
Guess who is a huge lobbyist in Washington, DC? Monsanto. They buy more politicians every year than I buy socks. I’d call them a tool of the Devil, but I think Satan has higher standards. It’s one thing when environmentally friendly and left-leaning organizations call you out for chicanery, but when Vanity Fair knows you are evil, you’ve really accomplished something … and that something is skanky. Anyway, Monsanto pays a lot of politicians a lot of money to remain unchallenged in their fuckery. They also have a right-wing crusade to call anyone who points out genetically modified crops are iffy at best, and causing a massive life-threatening health epidemic at worst, hippy-dippy eco-mentalists. Apparently caring about the effects of products on your kids’ health is for tree-huggers and Euro-trash.
Monsanto can kiss my crystal-sucking Earth-mother ass.
There is a book that does a very good job at chronicling Monsanto’s asshat behavior and dangers, with lots of stuff called ‘evidence’ and ‘reputable sources’, and I highly recommend it; Robyn O’Brien’s The Unhealthy Truth. Seriously, it is worth every penny. It also shows the connection between corporations and politicians, especially Dick Cheney (has anyone checked him for a birthmark shaped like 666?). Robyn O’Brien was a Republican housewife from Texas. These revelations shocked her, and she made damn sure they were true.
Now I come to the point of the blog. The Dutch have noticed that changing child’s diet is way more effective than meds for treating ADHD. I am not an anti-med crusader … I think bio-medicine can be great. However, I do know it is not a perfect and all-knowing panacea. I also think that the processed and genetically modified crap in everything we eat is the main causal factor (along with the ability to actually give it a diagnostic label) behind the exploding rates of disorders like ADHD and Autism, based on how effect changing the diet can be in treating these problems.
Lilo was diagnosed on the Autism spectrum a week after her fourth birthday. I was, in spite of my exposure to wonderful children who were on the spectrum and were awesome, devastated my baby had a problem I was helpless to do anything about. I went looking for answers. If sacrificing goats had been scientifically shown to decrease problems with autism, my back yard would have looked like a goat-pocalypse. Instead I found a lot of books, and European studies, about the effectiveness of diet. I read about the reason dyes like red dye #40 and yellow dye #5 & #6 have been banned in Europe; they cause some children to exhibit ADHD symptoms. These dyes are still used in America (European studies don’t count, remember?). I read about the reasons for removing genetically modified and processed food from Lilo’s diet, and the benefit of fish oil (I use Carlson’s lemon-flavored cod liver oil because it is free of pollutants and chemicals). Since it was the only thing I could do to help her, I made jolly-damn-sure that her food was safe for her before it went in her mouth.
At 4 years and 6 months, during the testing to see where on the spectrum that Lilo resided, she was determined to no longer be ON the spectrum. She was now just smart and over-sensitive and weird. Organic food, fish oil, and a lack of dyes had made that much of a difference.
Praise Jesus and pass the organic cod liver squeezings.
How come parents in Europe were able to make their kids safe from this shit, but we haven’t? WTF is up with us, as a nation, that we are no better informed? Way to go media. Don’t tell us about this but DO keep us appraised of Lindsey Lohan’s crotch pictures.