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    True Food: A Love Poem

    January 29, 2011 •  42 comments.

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    As headlines swirl and climates whirl
    And Wall Street finds its feet
    There’s one refrain that doesn’t change
    “Mommy, what’s there to eat?”

    Well listen child, I’ll tell you what,
    That’s no small query there.
    Come over here, and sit right down,
    In fact, pull up a chair.

    Your question, dear one, though you ask,
    With all good heart intended,
    Is fraught with complications that
    Aren’t often comprehended.

    What we call ‘food’ is not the same
    As what our grandmas ate.
    Would she have had yellow 5 & 6
    On her child’s dinner plate?

    What about ‘acesulfame potassium’?
    Can you pronounce that, love?
    Did grandmother have a jar of that
    In her cupboards up above?

    What would she think of all these things
    You children eat today?
    Perhaps she’d bow her gentle head
    And just begin to pray…..

    But since she is no longer here,
    It is up to you and me,
    To be the ones who will inspire
    Her “true food” legacy.

    Perhaps as we begin this quest,
    We might ‘cut the colors’ first?
    Or try to avoid things we can’t pronounce?
    Tell me, which do you think is worse?

    You see, my little one, in our hands,
    In our minds and in our hearts,
    We have the ability to affect remarkable change
    So, love, where should we start?

    Written by Robyn O’Brien

      42 Responses to “True Food: A Love Poem”

      1. Thank you for sharing this poem. So so true!

      2. Kathy Owens

        Robyn- I am currently reading your new book and I have to say it’s been hard to put down. In the past 5 years or so I have been a label reader and really try to go organic whenever I can, however, your book has helped me to understand even more what is going on behind our backs and into our stomach. Thanks for a great book. I have decided to make it my mission to go through my pantry and frig, make a list of all the foods advertised as “All natural” (Sargento for one), and contact each company via e-mail or phone with the fact that I’m quite upset for this false labeling. I’ll keep in touch via your website and facebook to see what your are accomplishing. Again, many thanks for your book.

      3. Where to start? It is clearly not enough to perform just an elimination diet – that child still has the underlying inflammation that led to the allergic reaction (and perhaps to death). Education is better. I am a Nutritional Historian. Prior to the subsidization of medical education by pharmaceutical giants,, the underlying cause of food allergies was well established.

        Today we know that when we cook an oil, the molecules TRANS-fer, creating a trans-fatty acid. The same is true for proteins. Not only are their molecules rearranged into a hydroPHOBIC substance, the naturally occurring enzyme protease (that digests the protein for us) are deactivated. Your child’s tiny pancreas then has to begin to transfer enzymes from throughout the body into the small intestine to try to break down these hydrophobic proteins. Over three generations of pasteurized (cooked) dairy and roasted nuts and chicken wings, the enzyme capacity of the child becomes depleted. The hydrophobic proteins will then pollute the lymph and lungs. Any additional cooked proteins (roasted peanuts) eaten by the now “reactive” child will cause their adrenal glands to fire aderenaloxygen to clear the system. Once the adrenals become exhausted, the heart is no longer properly oxygenated…and death ensues.

        Exhaustion of the adrenals is not restricted to allergic children. Unwittingly, Moms who are consuming their lattes are causing their adrenals to fire to rid the body of the deadly caffeine. This is the rush that is felt, but the exhaustion of the adrenal glands soon leads to pre-mature death by heart attack, which is skyrocketing with the proliferation of Starbucks and their cousins.

        Only by clearing up the underlying food inflammation, through diet and digestive enzyme supplementation, can a child be restored to perfect health.

        Glenn Bogue MA/esq.
        Olympian
        Author, The Books of Isis

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