One of our modern day tragedies I believe is how we somehow arrived at a point where we feel that drugging children and teenagers to deal with their problems was a good idea.
I am still amazed that this was ever thought of as a good idea but here we are!
There is a link below this blurb on some recent information regarding using antidepressants on teenagers but before that there is one vital point that I keep coming back to.
My argument with the medical and psychiatric profession is the complete lack of research that they do in finding out why any individual is having problems in the first place. I am always frustrated by the fact they they are seemingly locked solid into the idea of treating symptoms rather than detecting causes.
I don’t think there is a profession on earth that seems more invested in blaming the client rather than finding solution and when comes to kids the situation seems to get worse.
We have a troubled teen about whom the teachers and education system has said has “learning difficulties.”
We have a medical world labelling them as troubled or damaged or even somehow diseased and my view in all of this is that the main reason for doing that is that it absolves everyone from responsibility.
The doctor’s excuse is the child has a disorder.
The education system and the parents are excused because the child has a learning disorder.
It seems to me that the main function of everyone involved seems to be the finding and attaching of an appropriate label so we can all sit back and say it has nothing to do with us!
Are Ancient Grains Really Better For You?
Healthy Habits for Kids
One of the biggest factors in how an adult will conduct themselves in many parts of life is determined by the way their parents influenced them.
This is a pretty obvious statement on the surface but the ramifications of it can be seen everywhere in life every day.
I inevitably see overweight kids whose parents are overweight at the supermarket and I only have to take a quick look at what purchasing decisions have been made regarding food and the whole story is right there.
You see it’s not just that the kids are being subjected to an unhealthy diet.
The kids are also learning that what their parents are purchasing as food, the choices they are making is how food should be dealt with generally.
So when those kids become adults, a lot of the choices they make will not really be choices.
They will be just continuations of the habits of their parents.
I personally think that even more important than teaching kids what they should or should not be doing in life is showing them what they should be doing.
Having kids of my own has taught me that you can talk and talk until you are blue in the face about anything you want to kids but at the end of the day what they will generally DO is whatever you showed by your example.
Having kids means that you are subjecting yourself to almost 24 hour surveillance by them and believe me, even when you think they aren’t watching… they are!
FoodBabe Takes on the Girl Scouts!
In America like many other parts of the world they have a strong membership in the Girl Scouts organisation.
One of the most prominent ways in which the overall organisation and local chapters raise funds for their activities is to sell cookies.
The kids go out and sell cookies to their friends, families and within their communities.
This is a very old tradition and it itself is a good thing!
These really are great organisations for local kids to be involved with.
Unfortunately the original tradition of the kids and their parents making and selling the cookies has long since been replaced by commercially produced cookies that are distributed all over the U.S to be sold.
Even that is not such a bad thing and when you look at it as it probably makes the entire thing far more efficient and results in a better return for the organisation.
Unfortunately one of the main precepts of the Scouts organisation is the concept of living a healthy productive life and that where the trouble begins when it comes to their cookies!
This week FoodBabe decided to turn the pack over and read the ingredients… clearly it doesn’t go too well!
I came across an article this week on the subject of sitting.
This is a subject I haven’t mentioned for a while so I wanted to revisit it for the sake of keeping it in everyone’s mind.
The world we live in has progressively developed more and more over time towards the act of sitting rather than the act of moving.
It means that the average person these days spends a lot of time each day in a seated or motionless state.
This is really not a good thing!
You see, our bodies developed over thousands of years on the basis of survival.
This meant that in order to survive we had to be constantly doing something to achieve that survival whether it be planting or tending to crops, hunting, gathering, whatever.
The bottom line was that in order to survive we needed to be actively carrying out tasks towards that survival.
Now because we are kind of smart in some ways we began at the same time to develop strategies for enhancing that survival by working out how to store things, to preserve food, to find a way of living in one place despite those time that were lean.
This was all a good thing up to a point.
The trouble with humans is that they never reach a point of thinking they have too much of a good thing!
Cut to today and almost none of us are engaged in producing food or shelter like our ancestors.
We live a life totally remote to how we started but at the same time occupy bodies that were developed for that long gone way of living.
There is almost no system within that body that does not rely at least to some degree on that body moving at regular periods.
Even simple things like the return of blood to the heart / lung system relies wholly on movement.
Imagine what is happening to that system when you sit motionless at a desk for hours every day.
The circulation will be so slow, so inefficient that it is inevitable that blood saturated with waste will begin to deposit that waste in all the wrong places!
Heart disease, kidney disease, diabetes.
These are our modern ailments and whilst they may not all be totally eradicated by the introduction of regular movement, they would all be helped enormously by it.
Brazil, Rich Enough Now for All the Best Diseases!
In the entry above I referred to an article on the virtues of returning movement to our daily lives.
In the developed western countries we have seen a slow steady decline in overall health despite access to all the latest and greatest in medical research and care.
It is interesting to take a look at the kind of things that happen when other developing countries manage to create a more comfortable middle class in a small amount of time.
Brazil is a great example of it.
The prosperity they have created for that burgeoning middle class means a lot things but the interesting thing is to see just how fast the problems set in.
That prosperity brings changes in lifestyle and especially diet and in Brazil, within a single generation you can see skyrocketing heart disease, diabetes and other problems associated with bad diet and lack of exercise.