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The China Study (T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D. With Thamas M. Campbell II)

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The China Study (T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D. With Thamas M. Campbell II)

The China Study (T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D. With Thamas M. Campbell II)

The China Study (T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D. With Thamas M. Campbell II)

This book provides some of the findings from a variety of food and nutrition studies. It is intended as an initial step in confronting and dealing with, what the authors call, a toxic food environment in the West. For example, one does not have to look hard to find advertisements for various junk foods. Does anyone think these foods contribute to the overall health of our nation? The major point of the book, though, is not concerned with junk foods, per se. Rather, its scope is more general: the authors provide detailed evidence to show that the whole foods, plant-based diet of the East has significant advantages over our animal based diets of the West.

According to the authors, heart disease, cancer, obesity, diabetes, and other diseases of affluence can be linked to our diets. Similarly, and more importantly, the progress of these diseases can be slowed, halted, and even reversed by proper diet. The book presents numerous studies to support this. The most significant study referred to is the China Study, a massive study commissioned in the 1970’s by China’s premier, Chou Enlai, who was dying of cancer. The study was unparalleled in scope funding a survey of death rates for 12 different kinds of cancer for more than 2400 Chinese counties and 880 million citizens.

An international team was put together to analyze the data and the results were consistent with other findings of a variety of other studies presented in the book. Although there is yet much work to do, one finding was repeatedly stressed: there is no special diet that works just for one disease (i.e. cancer) or another (heart disease) but rather a general whole foods, plant-based diet is beneficial for both and for all.

It is worth noting that at the beginning of his career, Dr. Campbell was not a vegetarian. Nor did he change his diet for moral reasons. Rather, he followed where the science led him, and adopted a vegetarian diet for health reasons. He believes in the work he’s done, and is a passionate advocate for change, be it through education or other projects. As he says, scientists owe it to society to provide the best information possible- to observe, ask questions, to form and test hypotheses and to interpret without biases, not to kow tow to people’s perceived biases. According to him, Government is providing poor guidance in this critical area, even actively giving misinformation to satisfy industry interests.

According to the authors, they expect to find resistance every step of the way. The food industry has a lot to lose if we begin switching to a whole foods, plant-based diet, and the status quo of science is always a difficult thing to change.

Ultimately, I found the book well-written and clear, even to a layman like myself. It is well worth the read, especially for those interested in some of the science behind vegetarian diets.

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Narcotics Education: Effective Parenting

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Narcotics Education: Effective Parenting
Narcotics Education: Effective Parenting

Narcotics Education: Effective Parenting

Preventing substance abuse is one major tool in the War On Drugs. Getting into classrooms early, talking to kids, and trying to balance the allure and pull of the streets, are all ways this is being accomplished. This is most effective, when coupled with ongoing parental communication and supervision. Without parents being actively involved, on every level of their children’s lives, the benefits of this early intervention are lessened considerably.

Many parents have adopted a different role from the traditional, and prefer to treat their children as “friends”, like little adults. They feel it’s important to allow them to make their own choices and decisions about everything. The rationale being, they need the “space” to grow and experiment. Other parents are themselves very reluctant to address “hot” issues, for fear of losing their children’s love and trust. This is erroneous thinking, and has led to major problems in many homes across America.

If a parent believes it’s OK to have his child drink at home, or smoke weed because, in the parents opinion it should be legalized, the conditions are ripe for major drug abuse, and other negative behaviors. Being a “buddy” to your kids, is not going to help. Asking your children to behave like model citizens in school, to get good grades and to comport themselves properly, while allowing these behaviors in the home, is hypocritical and damaging.

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The decision to have children should be a considered one. And should include a readiness to assume full responsibility for the child’s welfare and well-being. It means being ready to make hard choices for the child, taking the time to raise them properly and a willingness to learn about issues that are critical to the child’s success in life. Children want and need guidance. They thrive in structured environments, where rules make “sense” to them. Parents are like safety walls they can push against, test and eventually come to feel safe with. This is the true meaning of being a parent. Nowhere, is this more crucial than in narcotics education and prevention.

The very first impressions a child forms about drugs comes from watching his parents. If there is a lot of drinking, and taking of medications, the child then begins to understand this is a normal thing to do. Many parents rush their kids off to doctors at the first sign of a cold or for minor injuries. Some of these kids are constantly medicated for every minor ache or pain. Here the first seeds of addiction are sown. The child becomes programmed to expect relief from a syrup or pill, every time he feels bad. From there, it’s not a huge jump into street drugs, as they grow older.

I explain to my 2 sons, that every medication has an impact on your system. That even OTC drugs are potent, and not to be taken lightly. Aches and pains are treated with a hot shower, massage or sometimes simply by diverting attention away from it. This has had 2 benefits. It is teaching them to view medications with the respect they deserve, and also when they do truly need pain relief or an antibiotic, it works much more effectively, using less medicine. This coupled with making them aware of alternatives to the constant ads for drugs, for every ill we have on earth, has made them much less vulnerable to drug abuse.

It doesn’t end there though. Parents have to be involved with their children’s lives. It is not safe to “assume” your child is doing what he says he’s doing. It is not wise to let your child go “visit” a friend whom you don’t know, and figure he’ll be safe. It is NOT the schools responsibility to raise your child for you. You, the parent, should be the primary source of information and trust. It is from you, they need to learn about life’s dangers, especially drugs. It is from you, and no one else, that guidelines for moral and ethical behavior should come from. Issues like drug abuse, sexuality, gangs, bullying and more need to be a part of regular family discussions. Starting this early, takes it out of the realm of “you better not” into factual and lively family talks. In a healthy family, the “you better nots” are mostly unnecessary, because open honest dialogue is comfortable and easy. The more facts you have, the more resources you use, the more trusting and comfortable the child becomes with you. This makes him much less vulnerable as a result. Confidence in his world and at school is amplified. When he listens to teachers and visiting law enforcement, he then believes he is being told the truth. The pieces fit in a way that makes sense to him.

Holding your child accountable for his behavior is equally important. Again, this has to begin very early. Allowing the child to excuse or rationalize negative behavior is very unhealthy. Even worse, is doing this yourself. Children need to understand that we live by rules and guidelines, That honesty and taking responsibility for our actions is a healthy and good thing to do. Praise and positive reinforcement, each time a child holds himself accountable, is the best way to foster this growth. Children not held to this standard are at risk for negative behavior all through life, and have a poor sense of what it means to be moral thinking beings. Setting clear guidelines for coming home on time, completing schoolwork, homework and introducing friends will help your child make the transition into adulthood much easier. Let the child know you will be calling in to check, and that he is to be where he’s supposed to be. Know his friends and their parents Where they live and their phone numbers. Ask questions. If you have done your job, this will be an accepted, and comfortable part of your child’s life.

But most of all, make certain your children feel safe enough to ask you anything, confident you can answer them honestly and completely. If you can do this, then you have done a good job.