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Starvation on a full stomach

Why it is time that kids learn a new way to eat…


The youngest patient ever diagnosed with Diabetes Type 2 was five years old and lived in Germany. His diet was based on white bread, fizzy drinks, cheeseburgers and chocolate bars. His parents, both severely obese, claimed that they couldn’t feed him anything else as he would refuse to eat it.

The doctors explained that the eating habits of the entire family had to change immediately, or else they were risking their lives. Their sugar intake was far too high, making their bodies acidic and causing multiple inflammations. The excess body weight had already severely damaged their joints.

Not able to concentrate without my chocolate

Leona is eight. On her way to school she passes the local shop and buys a sausage roll, pink sweeties and two coke cans.

During Maths, her first lesson, she somehow survives. During Arts, however, she is already getting tired and lacking in concentration. She eats her sausage roll, washes it down with a coke, and for a short while feels much better. Her energy levels seem to be restored.

Hidden sugars with many different names

Sugar is added to most supermarket products. There are around 200 different names for it, if you look carefully you will likely find at least one of them on the labels of your shopping. Check your favorite cereal, veggie stock or crisps. Every ingredient name that ends with – ose or –syrup is sugar. So-called light or diet products contain aspartame, which is even more toxic than sugar.

To study the addictive potential of junk food, researcher Paul Kenny conducted an experiment with rats, which metabolize sugar in a similar way to humans. He first fed the animals raw sugar cubes. They nibbled on them, but not for too long. They knew when they had eaten enough and still chose their normal rat food as a preference.

Thereafter, he only offered them cream. Again, they liked it, but then lost interest after a short while.

But when he offered a mix of fat and sugar (cheesecake) the behavior of the rats became completely different. They could not stop eating, and not one member of the entire group could resist.

There is no such thing as a cheesecake tree

Nowhere in nature do we find foods with such high contents of both sugar and fat as are found in cheesecake. Nature simply doesn’t do this. Foods like cheesecake are man-made and designed by a food industry that benefits from us overeating. Powerful commercial interests don’t want you to know about your diet and the magnitude of the health disaster that non-natural foods create. The food industry is actively working to suppress this information by obscuring it in a fog of misleading junk science and food-industry propaganda.

The trouble with trans fats

Essential fatty acids are a vital part of a healthy diet and are used to form our cell walls. Constructing these walls with the right fats and oils is fundamental to our biology and essential for keeping us healthy and maintaining our mental functions.

Although similar in structure, the shape of trans fats is significantly different. When trans fats replace essential fatty acids in your cell walls, they interfere with normal cellular functioning. Imagine trying to build a sturdy, leak-proof brick wall with a heap of misshapen, irregular and jagged bricks! Well, your body faces the same problem when it tries to form healthy cell walls with trans fats from processed oils. Your cells become leaky and brittle; the precondition for good health is gone.

Back to the rats. Another interesting piece of French research was conducted in 2007 and reported on at the annual meeting of the Society of Neuroscience. Rats were given significant amounts of cocaine in their drinking water, and after some time very quickly showed addictive behavior. They got nervous and restless when their water didn’t arrive on time.

Then, after the rats were essentially cocaine addicts, the researchers introduced a second water can. This one contained sugary water. Surprisingly, from now on, the rats preferred the sugar water to the cocaine water! This highlights the enormous addictive potential of sugar.

There is much more we can learn from rats.

In Diet for a poisoned planet David Steinman describes an experiment in which four sets of rats were fed different diets. The first group ate natural food and drank spring water. Throughout the three months of the experiment the rats remained calm, alert and social.

The second set ate only meat. After a while they fought each other aggressively and became violent towards each other.

The third group munched sugar coated breakfast-cereal and only drank fruit punch. They became aimless, nervous and hyperactive.

The fourth population of rats lived on sugar donuts and coke. They struggled to fall asleep, were unable to function as a social unit and became extremely fearful.

Fighting back against the junk food industry

When teachers experience problems with antisocial, hyperactive and violent behavior in their classes, it might be time to examine the kids’ diets. Award winning TV chef Jamie Oliver has for a long time been educating children all over the world about junk food and the dangers of eating it. He went into schools and gave presentations to parents, teachers, and pupils, and even ran a big TV campaign. He fought in court against McDonalds (McDonalds lost) and, as a result of his campaigning, everyone became more aware of the importance of nutritional value in their diets and kids became more conscious of what they put in their stomachs. In Germany a similar thing is being done by professional chef Tim Mälzer, who is busy giving talks about starving from a lack of micronutrients while being full of calories. In some countries, politicians are wanting to tax sugary drinks the way they now do in Mexico. Plans for this are currently underway in the UK, for example, although they are predictably being opposed by multinational food corporations.

A general ban on the sale of junk food in schools would help, as also would educating kids. If teachers show what happens to a piece of meat when soaked overnight in Coke, it would help to make kids more aware of the negative effects this drink has on their body tissues too.

Beginning to move in the right direction is vital

Sugar is a drug. Well, not officially. If this were the case, fast food would not be freely available anymore and it would certainly not be sold to children. On the packaging there would also be a warning sign, like on cigarette boxes. But this is not the case. At least, not yet.

But there are still plenty of things we can do:

  • Eliminate all soft drinks from your diet. Do it step by step. Get some water (non-carbonated) and some apple juice. First mix it in a 3:1 water-juice ratio. Day by day take less juice until you are happy with only the water. This can take you a few weeks to get used to, but it’s definitely worth the effort.
  • Choose a diet based on organic veggies, olive oil, nuts, eggs, fruit and fish. It should also be low in dairy, processed oils, wheat and meat.
  • If you want to sweeten something, then use Stevia instead of sugar. Stevia is an all natural and healthy sugar alternative.
  • Wait 30 minutes whenever you feel cravings for something sweet after dinner. Usually the craving is gone by then, or is much reduced.
  • Eat chromium- and vanadium rich foods like lentils, olive oil, black pepper and spinach. Sugar cravings get worse if you are low on these two nutrients. Why not add a bit of black pepper to your meals and see if it makes a difference?
  • At any type of restaurant, avoid fried foods.
  • Change is more difficult with older children, who are often conditioned to eat poorly. The best approach here is to offer healthy alternatives and lead by example. The secret is not to try to coerce them to change. They might try things out of curiosity when they see you enjoying them. Sooner or later your influence will have a positive effect!
  • Meditation and yoga can help calm the mind. The more you are weaned off sugar, the more your body will be at peace.
Here is a healthy recipe that children can enjoy during their school break times:
Nutty Banana Seed Bar

2 bananas
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ cup raisins
½ cup raw sunflower seeds
½ cup raw walnuts
½ cup raw pumpkin seeds
1 tablespoon ground flaxseeds
1 tablespoon whole flaxseeds
¼ cup sesame seeds
¾ cup raw macadamia nuts
1 cup raw almonds
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup honey

Stir all the ingredients together, spread them onto a dehydrator sheet and put it in the oven for 6 hours at 105F. Leave it longer if you like your bars crunchy, shorter if you prefer them chewy. Use a pizza cutter for small bars

Be patient with yourself and others. You can change without forcing the changes upon your entire family. First serve the new, healthier options along with food they are accustomed to. If you do it tactfully without coercing them, your kids soon will start enjoying the healthier alternatives!

Mexico places taxes on sweets, and the UK might follow.

This is a good start!

Mirja Holtrop

Mirja Holtrop

Mirja Holtrop was born and raised in Germany, where she studied Computer Science and Public Relations. After working as a Marketing Assistant for a couple of years she joined the Dr. Rath Health Foundation. In the early 2000s she moved to South Africa where she studied Education at the University of Cape Town. Her first book, ‘The Secret of Cells’, was published in 2004.

Since then, after spending 13 years in South Africa, Mirja has published five more books and moved back to Germany. Today, in addition to writing books, she works on the Dr. Rath Health Foundation’s international Movement of Life project.

Mirja loves organic gardening, cooking, and animals. She lives with her nine-year old son near Düsseldorf in Germany.
Mirja Holtrop
Mirja Holtrop
Mirja Holtrop was born and raised in Germany, where she studied Computer Science and Public Relations. After working as a Marketing Assistant for a couple of years she joined the Dr. Rath Health Foundation. In the early 2000s she moved to South Africa where she studied Education at the University of Cape Town. Her first book, ‘The Secret of Cells’, was published in 2004.

Since then, after spending 13 years in South Africa, Mirja has published five more books and moved back to Germany. Today, in addition to writing books, she works on the Dr. Rath Health Foundation’s international Movement of Life project.

Mirja loves organic gardening, cooking, and animals. She lives with her nine-year old son near Düsseldorf in Germany.
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