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It could have been your baby!
By Rene Schooler
Tuesday, July 24, 2007

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Based on a true story this short tale prefaces the second section of The Elephant in the Kitchen.

A beautiful newborn baby lay in her hospital basinet her mother and father look over her sleeping body. A tear slowly rolls down the motherís cheek as she examines all the tubes and needles carefully placed on her babies little body. The monitors are all running silently, keeping track of her heart rate, her breathing and her brain activity. As mom and dad gaze into each otherís eyes, the doctor walks in to tell them an update. He says with great seriousness and concern that their four day old baby will have to have open heart surgery. The mother gasps for air in the fathers loving embrace. They know that if they are to have a chance at keeping their youngest daughter alive that this surgery is her only hope. A few days pass, the surgery has taken place, mom comes to the room her baby is starting her recovery in, when she opens the door, she walks into this scene: her baby girl laying in a bed her chest cracked open, a new heart beating within the cavity, plastic wrap surrounding the infant to prevent infection. Itís a terrifying sight, one that this mother will never forget. The doctors have told her that until the swelling subsides that the wrappings will have to stay and that they cannot close her daughterís chest. Itís almost two weeks later that this infantís chest is sown shut again. The baby girl seems to be recovering fine, everyone has hope. Finally after a very long wait mom and dad get to take their baby home, home to meet her two older sisters and other family members. A week goes by, complications arise, the little ones heart fails her and she passes on. Four days go by, mom and dad with their two little ones and a bunch of close family and friends stand outside in a beautiful settling, there are flowers all around and a very small wooden casket in the center of the group, a minister says a prayer of goodbye. Tears roll down the cheeks of each and every soul present.

This story takes place throughout our country on to regular of a basis; children are being lost to their parents for reasons that the medical field would have us believe are not in our control. I believe different. I believe that so many things are preventable; so many poor outcomes could be reversed or should not have happened to begin with. If only parents would open their eyes to knowledge. The knowledge of nutrition means more than almost anything else. Our bodies are temples that God has loaned us while here on earth. And when a woman is with child and even before that child is conceived, there are things that she should do to protect her unborn, even un-thought of child and herself. I believe that events such as the one above in time will be scientifically linked to the heavy use of toxic poisons such as aspartame, saccharine, splenda, dyes, sodium nitrate and many other additives. Additives that are hard to avoid. They hide in almost all of our foods. They are sold to us in numerous advertisements, as ingredients that are safe, are healthy and even help us to loose the undesirable weight that we have accumulated over the years.

We are being sold our death and the death of our children at a young age every day. A recent advertisement for a fast food restaurant shows a young mother watching her three maybe four-year daughter playing dress up. The girl wants to decide what she will wear. The mothers loving comments in narration of this commercial are, ĒWhat goes on the body is not nearly as important as what goes in the body.Ē Her comments are correct. Recently there was a study done known as the Nursesí Mothersí study that showed the top thirty foods that are linked to the increased risk of certain diseases such as adult breast cancer. The top food to have your preschooler avoid is French fries.
Why? The frying of foods damages fats as they are exposed to the intense heating process. The damaged polyunsaturated oil and cholesterol release free radicals into the body that may in turn damage and cause stress on tissues and cells and promote disease. Most fried foods are cooked with hydrogenated oils that are connected to cancers and inflammatory disease. Fried foods posseís carcinogens called acrylamides. This chemical is highly regulated in our drinking water because it is known to cause cancer. Why itís in our drinking water to begin with, I have no clue! However, in the case of French fries, potato chips, doughnuts and other fried starchy foods, even oven baked French fries (the variety that most of us parents pop into our ovens as a snack or a side dish with a burger or steak) acrylamide is formed when these foods are heated at 360 degrees or higher.
This is only one of many issues with fried starchy foods. The following chapters will cover the many additives in our food and what the possible side affects from these items are to our childrenís future.

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Reviewed by Ken Connelly 7/30/2007

As an author/writer/journalist I must say I really liked the work. Strong sentance structure, good prose, and solid research. I myself have this problem with my own children. While they are with their mother, they are allowed to eat what ever they want. Their stepfather is so picky, he has the crust cut off his own bread. He refuses to eat vegies, fruits or fish. His excuse is simple. Through vaccines and vitimins he need not worry about the food he intakes. My children have pasted this idea into thier own little brains.

Just tonight I fed my children vegie soup and Salmon. The salmon was cooked and served seperatly. My daughter became very ill and "required" something else to eat due to the tummy ache burning deep inside. I of course nursed her tummy ache away with love and a swift kick in the bottom. The thought of spending the day cleaning floors sufficed enough for her tummy ache and her dislike for soup and fish to go away. LOL.

My point is that, children are being raised on McDonalds, Burger King and oh my favorite, Subway. People often forget Subway is filled with preservatives and other junk. I guess compared to Mcy'D's, Subway looks great. Somewhere in my 3am rant I was trying to make the connection about non organic food and taking a pill for health.


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