Don’t Drink the Kool-Aid, Don’t Eat the Cheetohs

by Patrick on August 3, 2010

Illustration of PatrickThere is a poison that is sitting unnoticed in the foods that you are feeding your child every single day. It causes children to have intolerable mood swings, insufferable outbursts, and unbearable acts of aggression.

The Food and Drug Administration knows it, but refuses to do anything about the harmful chemical affecting the very brain chemistry of your child.

It doesn’t make the food taste any better or last any longer. It only does one simple thing: it makes food brighter.

It’s all the dye that makes Cheetos so unnaturally orange, the reason Fruit Roll-Ups stain your child’s tongue.

In Europe, massive scientific investigation and legislation is sweeping the continent. Evidence is coming in nearly everyday, finding positive correlation between unnatural dyes and hyperactivity and Attention Deficit Disorder. Laws are being passed all over the world that require warning labels or total removal of these products from the shelves.

These dyes are making our kids crazy.

Now if I was reading this, I might think, “This guy’s a bit of a fanatic. It’s just pink icing on a cupcake! No big deal.”

But I’m a teacher that has had countless children with attention issues whose consumption of these foods made an immediate difference. I see it first hand. When it comes to my kids who are really sensitive dyes, I can tell immediately when they’ve eaten something they shouldn’t. I can hear it their voices. I can see it in their eyes.

These dyes change who they are.

Now, some kids process these foods with little side effects. Others immediately become irritable, fidgety, and unpleasant.  I’ve seen kids recommended for drug regime and therapy that were saved by simple changes to their diet.

I’ve heard parents who praise the dye free, process food free diet as the “miracle that gave them their kid back.”

All parents should take a moment to research and think about the effect these dyes are having on the brain chemistry of children.

Parents whose children are being labeled ADHD or emotionally disturbed should definitely take a moment to look at diet contribution to their child’s behavior.

America’s Food and Drug Administration is sitting idly by while all this happens. They know about the research, and they know about the harmful effects. It’s a problem that’s just too expensive to fix.

The FDA’s job is to protect our food supply but they are letting huge food corporations feed us known poisons. To make matters worse, they then have the audacity to turn around and give us drugs that will cure us of the side effects of those poisons.

The FDA sits by as drug companies and food companies line their pockets with the profits.

Right now, all over in the United States, 100’s of children are taking countless amounts of Ritalin and other drugs when all they need to do is stop eating the Cheetos, and to stop drinking the Kool-Aid.

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JoVE August 3, 2010 at 8:33 am

Yeah, this is the kind of thing that makes you look at Marxist theories of the state (that it isn’t working for the people, but for the elites) and nod your head 🙂

Also, good for people to actually trust their own observations when making decisions about food. Don’t JUST rely on experts but look at what specific foods do to your particular child.
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Heather August 3, 2010 at 9:14 am

In our experience there are huge issues with food dye and artificial sweeteners. These chemicals are polluting our children. Luca and I have talked about how he feels after he has eatin candy. We were at a birthday party for his cousin the other weekend. He is not eating any gluten or dairy so cake was out of the question. We don’t eat candy at home but he asked if he could have one piece of candy, just one. After that one piece he was harder to talk to. He got angry much easier and was crying about almost everything that didn’t work. I am not into food restriction but it is clear that our children can be very sensitive to these horrible food additives. They are not there for anything but to make the product cheaper to make so they can get you hooked so you can’t stop. We should start a sugar and additives anonymous. These things are just likes drugs and they are in almost everything.

Queenie August 3, 2010 at 9:27 am

Patrick this post is full of great information that we all need. It makes me sad when I think of the number of children who walk around with a bag of hot cheetohs in their hand early in the morning. I can say that first hand that after eating a cupcake from the grocery store one day I had an instant intense headache-it ca all be traced back to the sugars and dyes in the cupcake. Yuck!

N/A August 3, 2010 at 4:59 pm

Hey Patirck,
I was in your class for four years and practically everyday you ate Rally’s for lunch… Hmmm, maybe Rally’s isn’t dyed but it’s definetly unhealthy. It doesn’t really matter if you’re skinny as a stick (Patrick no butt, I’m sure you remember), it’s still not something you should set as an example for your students. Just sayin’……

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