“It’s not the crime, it’s the cover-up.”
A crime is defined as an action or an instance of negligence that is deemed injurious to the public welfare. With that, a member of the police force or a private investigator, whose function it is to obtain information and evidence, can argue that lacing our food with harmful substances such as high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is a crime.
The argument would likely stand up in court because HFCS is guilty of causing overweight and obesity in America. If the Mayo Clinic’s Jennifer K. Nelson, RD was hired as an expert witness, she would testify that “as the use of high-fructose corn syrup has increased, so have levels of obesity and related health problems.”
It may also be considered felonious to expose the public to carcinogens that may increase your risk of developing several types of cancer, including those of the stomach, esophagus, bladder, breast and prostate.
We should ask ourselves if it is iniquitous to begin to accept overweight and obesity as norms when, according to the experts at Stanford, it is linked to major causes of death in this country such as heart disease, cancers, diabetes, high blood pressure and psychosocial issues.
Where are our modern day Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his fictional detective Sherlock Holmes when we need them?
Personally, I’m not so concerned about the crime; it’s the cover-up that concerns me the most. The saying “It’s not the crime, it’s the cover-up” originated with the Watergate scandal and I find it interestingly applicable here. For consistency, I got the definition of cover-up from Dictionary.com and learned that it is any action, stratagem, or other means of concealing or preventing investigation or exposure. While I am not Dr. Doyle and don’t have a consulting detective like Mr. Holmes to help me with this matter, I would like to look at the nutritional cover-up that is taking place here in America. Just as public service announcements remind us that we should drink alcohol responsibly, it is important that we understand the importance of eating (and feeding others) responsibly as well.
We have the responsibility to understand the dangers of HFCS and how it is contributing to the demise of our health. However, we could use a little help from those that truly understand the harm it causes so that we can make a more intelligent decision when choosing our foods. They may also include teaching Americans how to understand the Nutrition Facts label that is hidden on the back of our foods items. As far as carcinogen exposure and our food is concerned that most of us have no idea exists, uncovering and highly publishing articles like the one written by the Cleveland Clinic would be the responsible thing to do.
Since we know that the Stanford experts are correct about obesity and its deleterious effects, let’s support the schoolchildren, DMC Sinai-Grace Hospital employees, community organizations, churches and the like that had the audacity to Say No to Soda Pop this November. The opposition, trickery and concealing of the truth is merely a cover-up. Remember what we learned from Watergate, it’s not the crime, it’s the cover-up that is most malfeasance.
Dr. Reginald Eadie
Join us in ridding ourselves of the No. 1 source of calories: SODA POP. November is our official SAY NO TO SODA POP month. To learn more about how you can take the pledge and immediately start reducing those extra calories, visit the website http://www.sinaigrace.org/say-no-to-soda-pop.