Kill coke machines, get higher grades.
In Appleton, Wisconsin, a revolution has occurred. It's taken place in
the Central Alternative High School. The kids now behave. The hallways
aren't frantic. Even the teachers are happy.
The school used to be out of control. Kids packed weapons. Discipline
problems swamped the principal's office. But not since 1997.
What happened? Did they line every inch of space with cops? Did they
spray valium gas in the classrooms? Did they install metal detectors in
the bathrooms? Did they build holding cells in the gym?
Afraid not. In 1997, a private group called Natural Ovens began
installing a healthy lunch program. Huh?
Fast-food burgers, fries, and burritos gave way to fresh salads, meats
"prepared with old-fashioned recipes," and whole grain bread. Fresh
fruits were added to the menu. Good drinking water arrived. Vending
machines were removed.
As reported in a newsletter called Pure Facts, "Grades are up, truancy
is no longer a problem, arguments are rare, and teachers are able to
spend their time teaching." Principal LuAnn Coenen, who files annual
reports with the state of Wisconsin, has turned in some staggering
figures since 1997. Drop-outs? Students expelled? Students discovered to
be using drugs? Carrying weapons? Committing suicide? Every category has
come up ZERO. Every year. Mary Bruyette, a teacher, states, "I don't
have to deal with daily discipline issues, don't have disruptions in
class or the difficulties with student behavior I experienced before we
started the food program."
One student asserted, "Now that I can concentrate I think it's easier to
get along with people" What a concept---eating healthier food increases
concentration. Principal Coenen sums it up: "I can't buy the argument
that it's too costly for schools to provide good nutrition for their
students. I found that one cost will reduce another. I don't have the
vandalism. I don't have the litter. I don't have the need for high
At a nearby middle school, the new food program is catching on. A
teacher there, Dennis Abram, reports, "I've taught here almost 30 years.
I see the kids this year as calmer, easier to talk to. They just seem
more rational. I had thought about retiring this year and basically I've
decided to teach another year---I'm having too much fun!"
Pure Facts, the newsletter that ran this story, is published by a
non-profit organization called The Feingold Association, which has
existed since 1976. Part of its mission is to "generate public awareness
of the potential role of foods and synthetic additives in behavior,
learning and health problems. The [Feingold] program is based on a diet
eliminating synthetic colors, synthetic flavors, and the preservatives
BHA, BHT, and TBHQ."
Thirty years ago there was a Dr. Feingold. His breakthrough work proved
the connection between these negative factors in food and the lives of
children. Hailed as a revolutionary advance, Feingold's findings were
soon trashed by the medical cartel, since those findings threatened the
drugs-for-everything, disease-model concept of modern healthcare. But
Feingold's followers have kept his work alive.
If what happened in Appleton, Wisconsin, takes hold in many other
communities across America, perhaps the ravenous corporations who invade
school space with their vending machines and junk food will be tossed
out on their behinds. It could happen.
And perhaps ADHD will become a dinosaur. A non-disease that was once
attributed to errant brain chemistry. And perhaps Ritalin will be seen
as just another toxic chemical that was added to the bodies of kids in a
crazed attempt to put a lid on behavior that, in part, was the result of
a subversion of the food supply.
For those readers who ask me about solutions to the problems we
face---here is a real solution. Help these groups. Get involved. Step
into the fray. Stand up and be counted. The drug companies aren't going
to do it. They're busy estimating the size of their potential markets.
They're building their chemical pipelines into the minds and bodies of
the young. Every great revolution starts with a foothold. Sounds like
Natural Ovens and The Feingold Association have made strong cuts into
the big rock of ignorance and greed.
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