A Follow Up From Steven In Southern USA

by Steven
(Southern USA)

I felt called to offer a follow up to my previous letter to the editor at www.books-empower.com. I'm glad that someone was else was able to see some value in my first letter. I hope your success continues.

In the last response, I told you that I was reading Dr. Chauncey Crandall's book, "Fix It." I did finish that one and my wife is now consumed by it. She seems to have picked out things that I had missed. We are using Dr. Crandall's advice nearly everyday.

I think part of my reason for sending another letter was your recent blog post about how people become sort of experts in a particular health area when they are affected directly by a disease. Or as you wrote, someone close to them becomes sick.

Two of the books you suggested have been eye openers that I think have given our family an advanced warning. I already mentioned "Fix It." My wife read "The End Of Overeating" while I was first checking out Dr. Crandall's book. We switched and now I'm really paying attention to Dr. David Kessler's message in his book.

I feel like I'm so much more aware now of how to protect our family from sugar addiction dangers. While I am certainly not close to an expert, I feel like we taken some very good first steps to possibly avoiding self-induced medical issues. I would completely agree now with the comparison between tactics used by major tobacco companies and those of our own national food industry.

I hadn't given too much thought to the idea of cartoon characters being placed as links to start the early habits of eating sugar packed food until I saw that blog page from a few days ago. It does fit in exactly to what I read in "The End Of Overeating." You've written how we must be the most important teachers for our children. I think setting the example on food choices is part of that job.

I conclude this sequel to my first letter by advising all who read this to take the first step right now. Become better educated about what is in the food you eat and what your children eat. As we've read more, we realize the danger our nation faces from bad habits involving food. I never realized how deep the sugar addiction could take us.

We were lulled into a complacent attitude because we didn't understand how belly fat slowly worked against us. We also didn't realize how those slowly growing inches added to our health danger through higher blood pressure and inflammation.

My last comments would be about food labeling. I'm not a proponent of more government intervention. I think we have far too much already. But I'm at least leaning toward favoring mandatory requirements for accurate food labels. Hiding sugar content by calling it fructose is deliberately misleading.

I would favor voluntary acceptance of truth in adverting, but know that is a pipe dream. But we can use our voice through what we purchase. If we refuse to buy products, and I mean any products from companies that deceive us, they will comply. Profit margins always determine future decisions.

If we show the major food companies that we mean it when we say we're done with buying their junk, they will come around. I've read pages on this website about creating a groundswell. This area would be a good spot to start.

Thank you for providing this opportunity and for the advice on those two great books.

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"Every day we are given hundreds of opportunities to practice compassion in action.  We can learn to be less reactive and live with more patience.

We can smile when others are serious.  We can drive our cars more carefully, pick up litter on the streets, recycle, and reduce our consumption.

We can resolve conflicts rather than create them, and we can become less judgemental and more inclusive.  When someone is aggressive, we can teach them to be more peaceful.  Instead of waiting for an example, we can be the example.

The more compassion that enters your heart, the happier and more peaceful you will become.  By knowing that you are doing your part to create a better world-whatever form that takes-you will fill any void that exists in your life, and you will begin to find the peace you are looking for."

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