Dietitians now can get continuing education credits toward their professional registration requirements by taking courses sponsored by Coca-cola, Inc. that teach that sugar, fluoride and artificial flavors, colors and other additives are safe. Those that believe otherwise are branded as hysterical. This is not The Onion, folks, this is the real thing.
This is a classic method of propagandists: marginalize the opposition and label them whackos or conspiracy theorists. These tactics are also used on those who teach that fluoride is a neurotoxin, that vaccinations can trigger autism or raw milk is healthier than pasteurized milk with additives and growth hormones. It reminds me when last year the American Psychiatrists Association entered into the long list of mental disorders those overly concerned with what they eat.
The American Dietitians Association courses are sponsored by Coca-cola Health and Wellness Institute (huh?). The front man is a doctor from a prestigious hospital who was also on the take on an infant formula scam with Gerber–who are pushing that infants should only breast feed for 3-6 months and then convert to their milk-based formula.
I was glad to catch this jewel by the Alliance for Natural Health–that provide good resource links—to the fraud and corruption about promoting the virtues of soft drinks (America’s other drinking problem) through trade organizations like the American Dieticians Association and their partnership with Coca-cola. I highly recommend you peruse ANH resources at http://anh-usa.org if you like to learn about health and food freedom and news.
Here are two excerpts:
Program materials include gems like “[a] majority of studies so far have not found a link between sugar and behavior in children generally or children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.” This is certainly news to us, since we have seen many studies that say the opposite. Apparently the dietitians are to teach us that any connection between artificial colors and neurotoxicity, or fears of the dangers of fluoride, are imaginary and come from hysterical (or at least unduly concerned) parents.
As we reported recently, sugar and artificial sweeteners are anything but safe. Fluoride poses a significant risk to the kidneys. And commonly used food dyes pose risks which include hyperactivity in children, cancer (in animal studies), and allergic reactions. Even the Center for Science in the Public Interest, an organization that supports nuking food, agrees with this. And the British government and European Union have taken actions that are virtually ending the use of dyes throughout Europe.
Read the full article and follow their links: Dietitians Are Buying Coke’s Line: Sugar, Fluoride, Artificial Colors are SAFE for Children!
Another extremely helpful article; thanks Augie! We have 5 children adopted through the child welfare system (in addition to those we had the old fashioned way). We advocate a number of ‘out of the box’ things for adopted kids – #1 is to get them off soda pop, highly processed foods, and then the meds prescribed to them for hyperactive and defiance behaviors. We think those two behaviors are exacerbated by the corn syrup and other ‘fast food’ chemicals/additives/dyes. People are amazed when we talk about his – incredulous even. They can’t link behavior and bad diets as they are so duped by propoganda just like in this article. Our adopted kids have a lot of issues, but all of their labels are lessened by a raw milk, home grown, slow food diet. Keep up the good work as the voice for all of us lunatics who ‘obsess about our food’!
The organization Alliance for Natural Solutions doesn’t exist and that website is a broken link. Google the name and see if you can find it. I couldn’t. Nice going-expose the fraudsters then post bogus information in the article!
My big bad , , , http://www.anh-usa.org Alliance for Natural Health. I fixed it and thanks for letting me know.
One very important thing to know is that there are plenty of dietitians who are just as furious with the ADA for this as the public is. I am speaking as a registered dietitian who practices functional and holistic nutrition and I am just one of many across the country. Please, before you write off anyone with the credentials “RD”, find out a little bit more about how they practice. The credentials actually signify a rigorous scientific education and experience working in conventional medical establishments which greatly enhances an “alternative” practice. If an RD has the vision to get outside the ADA box, they are going to be an incredible practitioner. Please don’t generalize about all RDs.
I am glad you said that Kathleen–it is like MDs may emphasize nutritional healing or use alternative treatments outside AMA or FDA