The Indispensable Bee

August 28, 2014 in Authors, Health, Lifestyle, Living, Southside Articles, Wendell Fowler

In my childhood, mom served honey on white bread with butter.  All I knew was when Native American Indians spread it on a land-grabbing white man’s body, it effectively attracted fire ants. Palatable honey was discovered in the tombs of ancient Egyptians Pharos. Honey never goes bad since it’s acidic, and therefore, not conductive for bacterial growth. On the walls of prehistoric caves, there are pictures of man harvesting honey. The Bible mentions honey more than 40 times. In the book of St. Luke, after Christ had risen from the dead, the first food he eats is broiled fish and honeycomb.

As you stir a teaspoon of nectar into your Chamomile, sip this: The average honeybee makes one-twelfth teaspoon in a lifetime. Two million flowers need to be tapped, and 55 thousand miles must be logged to produce a pound of honey. Bees visit 50 to one hundred flowers during one collection trip. Your tea just became a celebration of Earth’s natural, abundance, in symbiosis.

Over 150 million years ago, bees were busy producing mankind’s oldest sweetener. For at least 9,000 years, man has been collecting honey from honeybees. Bees produce honey as food stores for the hive during the long months of winter when flowers aren‘t blooming and therefore little or no nectar is available. It was the accepted practice in Babylon 4,000 years ago that for a month after the wedding, the bride’s father would supply his son-in-law with all the honey mead beer he could drink. Because their calendar was lunar based, this period was called the “honey month, known today as the “honeymoon.”

Reality time! The National Academy of Sciences urge, “Unless someone or something stops it soon, the mysterious killer that’s wiping out many of the nation’s honeybees could have a devastating effect on America’s dinner plate, perhaps even reducing us to a bread-and-water diet.” Harvard University asserts pesticides appear to play a key role in killing off the honeybee population. Honeybees don’t just make honey; they pollinate more than 90 percent of flowering crops including apples, nuts, avocados, soybeans, asparagus, broccoli, celery, squash and cucumbers, citrus fruit, peaches, kiwi, cherries, blueberries, cranberries, strawberries, cantaloupe and other melons. The New York Times reports, “Around the world, honeybee colonies are dying in huge numbers: About one-third of hives collapse each year, a pattern going back a decade. For bees and the plants they pollinate, as well as for beekeepers, farmers, honey lovers and everyone else who appreciates this marvelous insect, this is catastrophic.”

Cross-pollinating bees transfer pollen and seeds from flower to flower, fertilizing plants so they can produce food which helps at least 30 percent of the world’s crops and 90 percent of our wild plants to thrive. Without bees to spread seeds, we’re screwed.

Be attentive to busy bees flourishing in our beautiful, mysterious, wondrous world.  Bee Nice to a bee and eat your honey. But seek ambrosial, local, raw, unrefined Farmer’s market versions.

 

Hey Bully! Your Mood’s in the Food

August 21, 2014 in Authors, Health, Lifestyle, Living, Southside Articles, Wendell Fowler

A distraught mother mumbled, “When my children come home from school, you’d think they were raised by jackals. On weekends, when I control what they eat, they’re normal kids who gripe about their homework and chores. After eating school food all week, they come home grumpy, vulgar and inattentive. They’re also restless and have trouble sleeping.”

The current tidal wave of bully behavior of all ages is a perfect example of the disruption of man’s nature by the swelling accumulation of alien pollutants growing in Americans inner ecosystem. Contemporary industrial-strength diets may be causing hyperactivity, aggressive bully behavior, autism and ADD by altering the architecture and workings of our brilliant brains. Thousands of synthetic chemicals have the official okey-dokey for use in the processed-food industry. Many are confirmed to have delightful carcinogenic properties and all affect your mood as profoundly as a street or Pharma drug.

Truth in Publishing declares virtually all modern diseases are caused by “metabolic disruptors” found in everyday foods. According to the International Trade Commission, major factors contributing to the occurrence of disease include adverse responses to food additives and intolerances to fake foods.

Nitrosamines are used to give deli and smoked meats an alluring reddish color, not putrid gray. Clinical studies monitoring children consuming nitrosamines revealed a fourfold increase of brain tumors and a stupefying 700 percent increase in leukemia. According to Sourcewatch.org, the human immune system recognizes chemical additives as toxic foreign terrorists and expels them from your Temple.  This strenuous act causes accelerated aging and ruthless biochemical reactions which place colossal stress on your immune system.

In a study of 27 British children, the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital concluded the preservatives in food caused irritability, antisocial behavior, inattention and sleep disturbance. When the doctors minimized the concentrations added to processed foods, the children’s behavior significantly improved.  In 2002, the British Journal of Psychiatry found nutritional supplements have a major impact on violent behaviors. The British prison trial showed when young men there were fed multivitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids 3, 6, 9, and junk food was prohibited, the number of violent offenses committed in the prison fell by 37 percent.

Shun these shocking ingredients:

  • AP flour / wheat gluten
  • Carbon monoxide – used to preserve color in grocery meats and sushi
  • Sodium nitrite –  in hot dogs, bacon, and bologna
  • MSG
  • Aspartame/Nutra-Sweet – used to sweeten diet soda and all chewing gums
  • Splenda and Sweet n’ Low
  • Yeast extract
  • Hydrogenated oils / trans fats
  • High fructose corn syrup
  • Olestra (snack foods)
  • Acesulfame Kd in diet soda
  • Artificial caramel coloring and flavoring

Opt for real food that empowers your Temple. Question authority. Why are there proven, toxic contaminants in America’s food supply?  If label ingredients read like jet fuel, step away from the shelf. Instead, choose quality building blocks of whole foods and allow your glorious Temple to experience life to the fullest. You’re a blessed miracle of creation.

No Escaping Fluoride

August 20, 2014 in Authors, Health, Lifestyle, Living, Southside Articles, Wendell Fowler

While brushing your pearly-whites, recall your childhood fluoride treatments. Ever read the dire warning on brand name toothpastes?  Without the shadow of a doubt, fluorideshould never be consumed. The EPA classifies fluoride as a “chemical having substantial evidence of developmental neurotoxicity.” Fluoride’s banned in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Austria, France and The Netherlands as the US fluoridates every water supply, coast to coast.

 

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission say fluorides, hazardous waste from the chemical fertilizer industry, are also in household cleaning solutions for metal, tile, brick, cement, wheels, radiators, siding, toilets, ovens and drains. Fluorides are also found in rust and water stain removers, silver solder, etching compounds, laundry soap, air conditioner coil cleaners, floor polishes, and oh yes, your toothpaste and minty mouthwash.

 

A Scientific American study concluded, “Fluoride can subtly alter endocrine function, especially in the thyroid.” Iodine, an essential trace element vital for normal growth and development, controls thyroid function, which in turn significantly influences your Temple’s metabolic processes. Ugh oh! Fluoride inhibits iodine absorption, ergo; Americans need more iodine which will immediately increases the excretion of bromide, fluoride, chlorine, and some heavy metals including mercury and lead. Iodine supplementation is the best way to increase iodine levels in adults and children whose thyroids are already compromised. We prefer Kelp tablets.

 

The National Research Council of the National Academies report said, “…. evidence indicates several types of Fluoride alter normal endocrine function.” Long-term, low doses of fluoride can cause Hypothyroidism which is at epidemic levels in the U.S.

 

Feeling disconnected from your higher source? Tragically, your Temples pineal gland, your third eye, connects you with the Divine, but attracts the highest concentration of fluoride, causing it to become calcified and useless, rendering you spiritually detached.

 

Brain Research Journal says fluoride affects your mind by encouraging uptake of aluminum into your brain producing tangles associated with Alzheimer’s disease.  Chinese studies warned fluoride, at the doses children are now receiving, might be causing IQ and behavioral problems.
GreenMedInfo.com reports that Americans would have better health and a lower incidence of cancer and fibrocystic disease of the breast if they consumed more iodine. Your cells need iodine to regulate their metabolism. Without it, people may suffer from swollen glands in the throat, thyroid diseases, increased fluoride toxicity, decreased fertility rates, increased infant mortality rates, and mental retardation.

Alas, Fluoride, imposed upon us as a treatment for dental disease, cannot be removed from tap water by any other detoxifying method other than reverse osmosis. Scientific evidence over the past 50 years shows that sodium fluoride shortens your life span, promotes various cancers and mental disturbances, and most importantly, makes humans stupid, docile, and obedient, which is all well and good if you’re an anti-American terrorist.

 

If you hold stock in the chemical fertilizer industry, the public water supply shouldn’t be a dumping ground of hazardous waste.

My Peaceful Eating Perspective

August 7, 2014 in Authors, Health, Lifestyle, Living, Southside Articles, Wendell Fowler

I no longer fear death, and have no ambitions of living 100 earth years. My goal is to feel good, to be kind and to become the best I was created to be…now; today and not later; to vibrate at my highest social, spiritual, cosmic and career potential by caring compassionately for my Holy Temple with food, exercise, acts of kindness, self-love and meditation: loving myself so much that I no longer want to make myself needlessly suffer.

How can your ‘greater good’ ever find you if you’re buried beneath the festering rabble of the low-grade nutrition disgorged upon a trusting society by Big Food, commodity bankers and agribusiness?

Many Americans believe it’s possible to have control over their level of physical activity, the healthfulness of their diet, and their weight, yet far fewer are actually taking control.  Disease is born from the lack of nutritional insight; malnutrition. We’ve been methodically betrayed by the food industry and led to perceive food as convenient entertainment rather than heavenly cellular nutrition. When you see the true nature of your suffering and disease, you are liberated.

Americans eat more than any other nation. Yet, testing the over-fed and under-exercised reveal they’re malnourished. Experts say the pigswill composing the addictive American diet of fat, salt, sugar, white flour, caffeine, tobacco and alcohol with insanely high sugar calories, but low on authentic human nutrition, is the keystone of preventable disease in the land o’ plenty. Until I was 40, lingering on my ICU death bed, I, too, had eaten poorly. But the Grim Reaper dropped by to poke me. I acknowledged my vegaphobic diet of KFC, doughnuts, bacon burgers, Mt. Dew, Jerky, booze and sugary foods nearly killed me. I didn’t love myself sufficiently. Your Temple is the vehicle for your spirit and your soul. It is the piece of the universe you’ve been assigned to tend and cherish. I am love. I am joy. I am freedom. I am peace. I am peaceful, whole and balanced, but only if I feed my cells what they require to thrive.

Obesity is the new malnutrition. Born from empty calories, obesity sets in, and your starving brain stops growing, rendering you less than whole. Disease is most frequently caused by a nutritional deficiency. Vitamins, minerals and enzymes are building blocks your cells need to sustain whole health. Logically without 40 basic vitamins and 90 trace minerals needed daily, your trillions of cells cannot sustain a crumbling Temple. Eating healthy foods is compassionate self-love. If your spiritual antennae are ‘funkied’ up from eating dead food, then how can you connect effectively with the infinite Divine?

When I cradle a bowl of the cosmos’s bounty, I vibrate with gratitude. You don’t need to join a monastery to practice self-love; the most sincere love of self. Eating with mindful gratitude nourishes a peaceful heart, and that begins to shift and heal our mutual, teetering world.

OJ: Time to get Pithed!

July 31, 2014 in Authors, Health, Lifestyle, Living, Southside Articles, Wendell Fowler

Orange Juice holds lofty position in the American pantheon of traditional breakfast foods. Each year 620 million gallons of the orange, ambrosial cure-all are consumed in the US. But, is it truly fresh?

Ads pitch, wink, wink, it’s pure and natural, so you obediently buy the orange citrus au jus. News flash! The majority of your OJ is quite old, pasteurized, and comes from Brazil, California, and Florida and resembles nothing found in nature.

Processed, pasteurized OJ an unholy surrogate for fresh, sun-blessed orange juice squeezed at home from heavenly oranges. Vitamin C, and its potent cancer protection, is the most easily destroyed vitamin there is. It is destroyed by exposure to oxygen and heat above 70 degrees. Pasteurization’s 145 ° heat destroys most of the juice’s health-sustaining phytonutrients. Heat alters the molecular structure, creating higher acidity during digestion. Acidity sets you up for inflammation.

You’ve been misled.  Big brands marketing their product as “pure and simple” add suspicious flavor packs to revitalize it and make it fresh, once again.  “From concentrate” and most “not from concentrate” orange juice undergoes a heat processes that strips flavor and nutrition. The largest producers allegedly keep juice in million-gallon aseptic storage tanks to ensure a year- round supply. This strips the juice of oxygen so the juice doesn’t oxidize in the “tank farms” where it can sit up to a year. Considered a hazardous substance, flammable artificial flavoring, Ethyl butyrate, is found in high concentrations in the flavor packs, which makes as much sense as lighting yourself on fire then running naked through a Meth Lab.

In April 2008, the Journal Diabetes Care studied diets of 70,000 women as part of the Nurse’s Health Study. They found that unlike daily consumption of fresh fruit and vegetables associated with an 18 per cent reduction in the risk of diabetes, consumption of sugary fruit juice, even in small daily amounts, was associated with an overall 18 per cent increased risk for diabetes.  Diabetes makes a lot of corporations, bushels of dirty money. There’s a ton of sugar in juice, and not enough fiber to make it balance out.

If you protest the pithy parts, good grief, get over yourself. You’re a responsible adult now, in charge of your health. The white pith’s where nutritional goodness lurks, so “orange up.” Fresh squeezed OJ tastes ethereal and supermarkets do sell it. They charge too much, however. Return to a pre-industrial revolution mentality. Make family time to juice you own. It’s vastly cheaper and your Temple will definitely groove from the purity, hearty nutrition, and wholeness.

If you can’t squeeze your own, frozen, unsweetened OJ concentrate, contains lots of vitamin C and was not heated. American’s worship convenience, but there’s an unpleasant tradeoff. Big Food alchemist pretending to be chefs will never be able to graft the hand of God.

 

Time to change the filter?

July 17, 2014 in Authors, Health, Lifestyle, Living, Southside Articles, Wendell Fowler

The liver is the hardest working organ in your temple, but it needs a little help from its best friend: you! You already know what your furnace or car air filter looks like right before it’s changed: overwhelmed with crud and struggling mightily. The whole idea of a healthy liver is to filter your blood so the vehicle that gets you through life will operate efficiently.

 

Those with toxic livers often suffer from acne, eczema, psoriasis, bloating, headaches, and more, from carrying around an excessive toxic burden. Your loyal liver constantly filters your blood, life force, of environmental pollution, pharmaceutical drug residue, food preservatives, agrichemicals and Chem Trails then expels them thru urination and bowl movements. That’s how your liver works.  It’s your temples brilliant intelligence that traps toxins entering your temple through digestion, skin, and drinking tap water or simply by breathing. The liver filters your blood, producing bile and breaks down toxins and waste.

 

If your liver is over-taxed, it can’t process toxins efficiently. Although, there are many foods from the Heavenly Apothecary that help cleanse the liver naturally by stimulating its natural proclivity to flush toxic waste from the body.

 

Liver health is total body health. By caring for your liver naturally, you increase immune function and digestive health. Without a healthy liver, your body won’t be able to cleanse itself and absorb nutrients; a recipe for a health disaster.

 

Good news! Scientific research says these plant foods help cleans your liver naturally.

 

  • Avocados naturally protect and repair your liver. Containing glutathione, avocados can boost the ability of the liver to cleanse itself. Research shows consuming one or two avocados per week for as little as 30 days can make a positive difference in your livers health.
  • ‘RAW’ Beets and Carrots have high levels of protective carotenoids and plant-flavonoids.
  • Garlic is a great liver cleansing food and useful in repairing a compromised liver.
  • Turmeric is responsible for flushing out known dietary carcinogens. The result is enhanced protection against liver damage, and even regeneration of affected liver cells. It is able to protect against liver cancer and even regenerate cells damaged by liver disease.
  • Lemon and Lime could be one of the simplest ways of improving the health of your liver. The book Biological Ionization as Applied to Human Nutrition, states the liver produces more enzymes in response to water with lemon than to any other food.
  • Leafy Greens like kale, spinach, collards, have high antioxidant levels.
  • Green Tea’s catechins support liver detox.
  • Apples pectin supports detoxification through the bowels; it makes the liver’s job easier as it lessens its toxic burden.

 

  • Milk thistle studies say it’s a viable treatment for liver disease, bile duct inflammation, and liver damage due to alcoholism.

 

You are a perishable item; live accordingly. Honor your body.  It is the temple of your soul.

Lemonade; the new superstar

July 3, 2014 in Authors, Health, Lifestyle, Living, Southside Articles, Wendell Fowler

As their beverage of choice, most Hoosiers reach for 150 ounce jugs-O caffeinated soft drinks, and turn up their noses at water-the divine staff of life. Replacing bodily fluids lost through perspiration with chemicals and flavored sugar water doesn’t fulfill your temple’s needs for successfully supporting quality life. You weren’t born to hate water; you were taught.

Have you heard unsweetened, fresh lemon juice added to tepid water is big news? As kids, remember the delight of setting up a lemonade stand and Mom preparing glass pitchers of icy cold lemonade with heaps of sugar. We were clueless sugar was incubating the future plague of today’s chronic disease. Plus ice thwarts efficient digestion. Thankfully, many know differently today. Adding fresh lemon juice and its zest to your summer menu plans can improve your health in ways you never imagined. But, I’m not talking about the ubiquitous green bottle preserved with ungodly chemicals, I’m talking’ the real thing.

Warm, not hot lemon water is the perfect ‘good morning drink’. When you drink warm lemon water, your temple doesn’t have to work as hard to raise your temperature and can soothe you like a cup of tea or wake you like a cup of coffee. It aids digestion and makes the process of waste elimination easier, and prevents constipation and diarrhea by ensuring a “moving experience.” Warm lemon juice encourages bile production, a digestive juice secreted by the liver that aids digesting of fats, plus helps detoxify your liver and kidneys. Lemon water provides immune-boosting vitamin C, potassium and antioxidants to safeguard your temple from illness. Lemon water dissolves uric acid, reducing joint pain and inflammation, helps maintain eye health, protects against eye disease and damage, kills oral bacteria, and is a natural teeth whitener. Fresh lemon juice can reduce the occurrence and treat urinary tract infections. Sandi and I drink warm lemon water each morning to de-acidify our temple and recognized its cleansing affects after about two weeks.

Despite lemons’ acidity, the yellow orbs keep your temple’s pH alkaline; important in preventing cancer. An acidic temple created by eating sugar, grease, junk, white flour and booze, extends the welcome mat for cancer. Cancer flourishes in an acidic environment, so you must make your temple an inhospitable host.

Another important benefit of consuming fresh lemons comes from their enzymatic properties. Enzymes are large biological moleculesresponsible for the thousands of metabolic processes that sustain your life force.  When lemons are processed, juiced and jarred, and stored over time, the enzymatic properties are significantly diminished. In fact, the enzymes may not be active at all in bottled lemon juice.

Jam packed with heavenly goodness begin your day with the warm, lemony elixir. Your temple is sacred. The trillions of cells that compose you respond to real foods creation intended man to consume. Pucker up and show yourself some lemony love.

Easy peasy lemon squeezy!

June 27, 2014 in Authors, Health, Lifestyle, Living, Southside Articles, Wendell Fowler

Eating at a local eatery with friends recently, I ordered my usual iced tea with lemon. As an observant writer and ex-waiter, my eyes enjoy darting about, reminiscing and relating to the servers scampering table to table like ants on fire. Drifting away from the dangling conversation I watched the waiter ring up everyone’s beverage order and assemble our beverages. (Fill a tea glass with ice, pour in tea and add lemon.) Then the server approached our table, served each iced tea glasses with their fingers grasping the drinking rim and placed it at our settings.  “Here’s your iced tea sir,” the server sang with syrupy perkiness.

“No, that’s YOUR iced tea,” I returned, politely informing the clueless server they’d handled my tea with their fingers grasping the drinking rim and I wanted a fresh glass please. Why?  Because I know what succulent microbial critters lurk under everyone’s nails and grimy fingerprints. I mean think about it. Our hands and scalp host trillions of germs like Staphylococcus, Corynebacteria, Streptococcus, E coli, Myobacteria and Haemophilus. These bacteria are also found in the nose, eyes, mouth, gut and vagina, though the rate of incidence might vary. Different Streptococcus strains cause infections affect the throat, lungs, dental caries, and can seriously damage your heart and kidney.

In 2008, a Colorado’s Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology  found 150 types of bacteria on human hands. Not all bacteria are bad. Some probiotic bacteria actually protect us from illness. Good probiotic bacteria prevent the growth of the harmful bacteria.

Then, my mind raced onward, curious if the server washed the lemons before cutting them up for tea or cocktails?  Why? The Journal of Environmental Health Study on lemon wedges found that 70 percent contained potentially harmful microorganisms.

“OMG, did I just see our server run fingers through their hair? If they do that in front of the customers, did they wash their hands after using the isolated bathroom? You should wonder if the food you eat is clean; washed of field dirt, animal droppings, and cancerous agribusiness chemicals.

Ever wonder whether your table top was washed and sanitized from the last customer? I’ve sat down at tables that were sticky and tacky from old food and snark left by previous patrons. The Serve Safe program requires Indiana restaurant management to keep a sanitation bucket and clean towels available for all servers and bus person to bleach down each table between diners.

When I waited tables as a reckless youth, I merely brushed off and rarely sanitize the tabletops and usually water was kept in the sanitation bucket rather than antimicrobial bleach water. If the table is dirty, politely ask management to have it sanitized for your protection. So, if someone suggests you, “go suck a lemon”, clean it first, okay?  Also watch their facial expression when you ask management if the prep-cooks wash the fruits and veggies.

Feed your head

June 19, 2014 in Authors, Health, Lifestyle, Living, Southside Articles, Wendell Fowler

Are you an air-head who forgets punch lines, remembers S&H Green Stamps but can’t recall yesterday? Remember what the dormouse said?

Kurt Vonnegut wrote that the trouble with our brains is they’re too large for our own good. We think too much. Our brains have proved to be terribly destructive when left unsupervised. Souls who control their thoughts and follow life’s purpose, avoid dementia. There are roughly 100 billion neurons, the same amount of stars in our galaxy, in your three pound brain. The human mind produces around seventy thousand thoughts a day. Its 77 percent water, 12 percent lipids, 8 percent protein, 1 percent carbs, 2 percent soluble organics, and 1 percent inorganic salt.

Food is heavenly brain fuel.  You wouldn’t starve your car of fuel and expect it to run efficiently. Your brain needs fuel and maintenance too.  Would you put cheap, low grade fuel in your Lamborghini (if you had one)? Well, your brain’s infinitely more valuable than that, so feed your head wisely. It’s been proven food stewed in chemicals, Chem Trails and preservatives dumb you down. Studies show IQ is affected by good or low grade diet and whether the subjects took multi vitamins with minerals.

DHA is a good fat found throughout the body. It goes straight to brain tissues to keep them functioning. In the March 2003 Discover magazine, describes how people in a 7-year study who ate tuna, salmon, mackerel or trout at least one time every week had a 30 percent lower occurrence of dementia. Norwegian Fish, flax oil caps and walnuts work well preventing blood clots and brain inflammation. Deliciously unrefined, virgin coconut oil produces ketones which dissolve brain plaques and tangles. Put two tablespoons in your oatmeal or hot tea.  A combo of vitamin D-3, fresh ginger and turmeric, (curry ingredients) may speed bump Alzheimer’s.  A 600 daily dose of Alpha Lipoic Acid has been shown to stop the progression of dementia. (Rush University Center-Chicago)

Medical experts say caffeine, a potent diuretic, leads to excessive urination, causing dehydration which creates a drought in the brain that results in a mineral imbalance that interferes with mental sharpness. Left untreated dehydration results in permanent brain damage or even death.

Dip your brain into a piece of soul-stirring, foot taping music, clear your mind of clutter and float downstream. Connect with nature; our precious home. Garden, take a peaceful walk, or partake in moderate outdoor physical activity. It stimulates oxygen flow to the brain and maintains mental sharpness. Laughter is brilliant medicine that releases feel-good endorphins, so loosen up that sphincter and laugh at your silly self. Your brain loves fun and learning at any age. Solve mental puzzles to invigorate and challenge your mind.

Take four deep breaths and exhale slowly and then take a nap. You’ll feel more alive and mentally productive. Light a scented soy candle or stop and smell the ethereal roses and listen to the rustling wind. Focus on and relax each muscle and then cleanse your brain of monkey chatter. Give your imagination permission to run naked in child-like wonder.

Eat wisely my dear friends and let your white light brightly shine. Now where are my keys?

Hot dogs: Not so diggity

May 29, 2014 in Authors, Health, Lifestyle, Living, Southside Articles, Wendell Fowler

Hot Dogs—Oh no! Not my Weiner!

Let’s re-light the grill on a delicate subject: your all-American love affair with hot dogs, frankfurters, tube steak, foot longs, sausages, Brats, knockwurst, and weenies that sprung forth from a creative German butcher in the l600s.   The National Hot Dog and Sausage Council estimate Americans consume 20 billion annually.

Sing all together, “My hot dog has a first name, it’s ‘P-o-i-s-o-n”.  Yes, there’s some danger in everything humans do. Tradition is often a double edged sword. Today’s hot dogs are not the wiener the world awaited. No Patriotic American wants to hear their sacred hot dog, nestled in a fluffy white bun can shorten your life span.  Red, white, and blue Americans passionately defend, to their premature death, their right to eat or die from whatever the heck they choose

Call me a turncoat, but America’s being hoodwinked by slick Madison Avenue advertising to blindly accept the hot dog as the Holy Grail of American culinary pop culture. Tradition decrees it’s categorical un-American to go to a ball game and NOT eat a few pups chased by a cold brew. Play Ball!

The Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine and the Cancer Prevention Coalition say these cylinders of ground meat scraps and snarky preservatives significantly increase your risk of various cancers.  Hot dogs may also be contaminated by listeria; an aerobic parasitic bacterium. The Department of Agriculture confirms hot dogs contain mouthwatering skeletal muscles, pork stomach, yummy snout parts, intestines, spleen and lips. Americans are, however, in blissful denial, sadly uniformed, or on the wiener wagon payroll.

Nibble on this: The Global Healing Center study found that children eating more than 12 hot dogs per month have nine times the normal risk of developing childhood leukemia. A strong risk exists for those children whose fathers’ intake of hot dogs was 12 or more per month. Call me a party pooper, but celebrating a family event, with a food we know will cause disease, seems, well, wrong.

The Cancer Prevention Coalition says, “Hot dogs contain nitrites as a preservative to combat botulism. During the cooking process, nitrites combine with amines naturally present in meat to form carcinogenic N-nitroso compounds. It’s also suspected that nitrites can combine with amines in the human stomach to form N-nitroso compounds; known carcinogens which have been associated with cancer of the oral cavity, urinary bladder, esophagus, stomach and brain. Pass the mustard and a stomach pump please.

If this alarms you, courteously speak out and express your disapproval of this unpatriotic food preservative.  Perhaps hot dog manufacturers will stop using it. So pick up the phone or write a polite but firm letter to the grocer or manufacturers and do your part to purify the American hot dog.