(NaturalNews) Diabetes rose 1% among U.S. children and teens yesterday as tens of millions of households handed out literally thousands of tons of candies made with refined white sugar and High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS). The event, of course, is called "Halloween," and each year it subjects tens of millions of children to artificial food coloring chemicals and refined sugars that promote diabetes and obesity -- diseases that ultimately lead to death.
The "one percent" number is just an estimate, of course. But here's a statistical fact: One-third of U.S. adults will have diabetes by 2050 (unless something drastic changes). That's the conclusion of a recent CDC report that looked at the progression of the disease (http://www.naturalnews.com/030150_diabetes_A...).
Given that America is headed toward a diabetes pandemic, is it really such a great idea to have a holiday each year that involves handing out diabetes-promoting candies to children and teens? If the country were suffering from an out-of-control alcoholism pandemic, would it make sense for homes to hand out free booze?
What is Halloween really celebrating?
There are better ways to celebrate Halloween, it would seem, than distributing highly addictive sugars and food coloring chemicals to children who are already overdosing on processed foods. But what is Halloween celebrating in the first place?
What kind of holiday sees families erecting what appear to be dead bodies in their front yards? What kind of holiday worships demons, zombies and ghouls? What kind of weird, warped message does it send to children when you entice them with bag loads of candy while surrounding them with images of witches, skeletons, blood and death?
It almost seems like some sort of sick psy-ops agenda. And yet parents just go right along with it, without evening questioning what their children are eating (for the most part).
Now, sure, it's great to see children being creative with fun costumes and social interaction with other kids. That's the good side of Halloween. But the ugly side, with all the toxic candy and graphic, bloody imagery is pretty darned ugly. It's not only bad for children's bodies; there's evidence that the sick, scary imagery of Halloween is also bad for children's minds.
That's because young children are incapable of differentiating reality from illusion. When they see a bloody zombie walking down the street, they think it's real, and they feel real fear.
Other bizarre holidays celebrated in America
That's why I think subjecting young children to the traditional Halloween routine is actually a form of nutritional child abuse (from the toxic candy) combined with damaging psychological episodes due to exposure to imagery of bloody humans and demonic creatures. This is all especially damaging to younger children. By the time children reach their teenage years, the ghoulish imagery is arguably less of a problem because they can now tell the difference between fact and fiction, but for small children these can be terrifying encounters.
Christmas seems like a healthier holiday. It's based on the principles of being good, sharing gifts and believing in flying reindeer who haul a fat man across the sky who engages in a global breaking-and-entering spree, trading gift-wrapped presents for milk and cookies. Okay, on second thought, that sounds more like somebody had a bad acid trip and somehow figured out a way to turn it into a commercial song (Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer...).
Come to think of it, many holidays we celebrate are either based on bad acid trips or outright lies. Columbus Day, for example, is an outrageous celebration of a man who was guilty of the most heinous crimes against humanity thanks to the way he abused, tortured and murdered the American Indians he encountered in "the New World." (If you didn't know that, it's because actual history has been quietly removed from your public school history books...)
Easter is a truly bizarre acid trip holiday if there ever was one: Since when did bunny rabbits lay eggs, anyway? And where did all the chocolate enter the scene, given that cacao was practically unheard of in the Christian Biblical traditions from which the Easter holiday was largely derived? (Chocolate is from South America. Christianity is not.)
Thanksgiving? Don't even get me started. It's not like the White Man showed up in the New World are started giving. What they really did is more accurately described as "Taking." Once the original British colonists had a stronghold in the East, they kept expanding Westward, taking and taking until the Indians ended up on bone dry desert lands, selling cigarettes and operating casinos. The holiday should be called "Thankstaking." As in, "Thanks for taking everything we had and leaving us with nothing to grow food on."
At least July 4th (Independence Day) sort of makes sense. The fireworks in the sky are supposed to remind people of the battles that were fought in order to win America's freedom from tyranny (British rule). But nobody seems to remember that anymore, so for most people July 4th has become just another excuse to eat ice cream and watch something exploding in the sky. Imagine Homer Simpson saying, "Woooo! That was a big one!"
President's Day is an interesting holiday. It celebrates the U.S. government by shutting it down for one day. I agree that this is the best way to celebrate government. We should have this holiday more often.
But nothing takes the cake like Halloween -- a bizarre and twisted celebration of maimed and bloodied humans, demons, witches, ghosts and other creatures of the night. Throw in a diarrhea-producing overdose of HFCS and cheap imitation chocolate candies and you've got a recipe for diabetes as well as steady future business for psychological counselors.
Try this experiment
If you really want to find out how bizarre Halloween is, just try this little trick in your neighborhood: This Thanksgiving, instead of erecting Christmas ornaments in your yard, string up all your Halloween decorations!
Have dead bodies strewn around your yard and trees, with demons and evil spirits peering out your front windows. It's all standard fare on October 31st, of course, but for some reason this annoys the neighborhood when you do it a mere one month later.
You see, it's not what you do that really counts -- it's how many other insane people are doing it along with you. If your insanity matches the calendar of mainstream insanity, then it's all okay and you just "fit right in" with everybody else.
Make sure your acts of insanity fit in
This is how all the atrocities in human history have taken place, by the way: When people just go along with the insanities of everyone else without questioning what's really happening around them, bad things tend to happen. Like wars. Or Nazi concentration camps.
The Holocaust was carried out by a bunch of people going along with the masses, doing what they were told and not having the presence of mind to ask if what they were doing made any real sense. (Yes, a few conscientious objectors knew what was going on and tried to stop it from the inside, but the masses just went right along as if killing fellow human beings was totally normal...)
That's why, personally, I never throw dead bodies in my front yard, no matter what day of the year it is. To me, it just doesn't make any sense to celebrate the imagery of demons and darkness. Don't we have enough REAL beings of evil and darkness in our world the way it is right now? (Drug company executives, politicians, etc...) Do we really have to add to it with yet more dark imagery?
Only on Halloween do we see effigies of dead men hanging by a noose from a tree and somehow think "Oh, that's okay, it's just for Halloween." I think such imagery is inappropriate every day of the year, especially in the South for obvious historical reasons.
So if you have children, please think about healthier ways to celebrate various days of the year. Try to stick with more creative, positive imagery. Don't fall for the "dark side" of Halloween.
And try to limit your child's exposure to candies, sweets and pastries. Although it's impossible to completely isolate them from such treats -- and a little treat every once in a while won't cause permanent harm -- don't allow them to drown themselves in processed sugar as so many do in the days following Halloween.
No wonder Halloween seems to celebrate death so much. If you eat all that candy every day of the year, you'll be dead before long, too.
The holiday commercialism agenda
You gotta wonder: If we have a national holiday that celebrates death, why don't we have a national holiday that celebrates LIFE?
Truth be told, all the holidays have been hijacked by corporations trying to sell more stuff. Halloween, Easter and Valentine's Day are all about selling candy, sugar and junk food. Christmas is about "buying your way to joyousness" through shopping. It's sort of like the breast cancer industry's silly notion that "you can cure cancer by going shopping for more pink stuff."
Truth be told, you can't find happiness -- and you can't cure cancer -- by buying more stuff.
I'm not trying to be especially cynical about all these holidays, by the way. I'm just thinking rationally about them, without the distortions of blind tradition. If you were a sentient being from an advanced civilization on another planet, and you came across planet Earth on Halloween night in North America, what would you think of human civilization? (Honestly...)
I would think that maybe I had encountered some sort of bizarre indigenous race of superstitious beings engaged in some kind of tribal death tradition, and I would hurry up and snap some photos in hopes of getting them published in "National Galactic" magazine.
The headline of the story would be, "New race of humanoid tribal death worshippers discovered -- exclusive photos inside!"
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