Uncomfortable Truth

It seems I have made some PTA parents angry.  My previous post suggesting ‘Big Food’  uses our children as pawns didn’t sit well.   First, let me say, my comments were not directed at the schools, PTA fundraisers or those that work tirelessly to help our schools.  I honestly thank you for your dedication.

I am known for being blunt and to the point.   That makes people uncomfortable, as if they are personally being attacked.  As a result, a few people have ‘un-friended’ me, they don’t want to hear it.   If you are angry at me, remember, I am merely the messenger, direct your anger where it belongs.

I hope my opinions make you uncomfortable enough to do your own research and decide what is best for you and your family.   Knowledge is power!

I certainly don’t have all the answers, in fact I have more questions than answers.
The more I learn, the more I realize I don’t know enough.

Here are some things I do know.

  • Autism is on the rise. As of 2010  1 in 68 children have been diagnosed with ASD. Up from 1 in 150 in the year 2000 .   CDC/ Data
  • 1 in 3 woman will be diagnosed with cancer in their life time.
  • 1 in 2 men will be diagnosed with cancer in their life time.
  • 1 in 20 children have a life threatening food allergy.
  • The food my parents ate and fed me as a child, is not the same food we are eating today.
  • GMOs were introduced into our food supply in the mid 1990’s.   Today, GMO ingredients can be found in at least 80% of all processed food in the USA.
  • GMOs are banned or restricted in over 60 countries.  In the USA, they are not even labeled. 

Then there are the questions.  Why?

  • Why did my 34 year old niece, Katherine die of colon cancer?  She left us last year, leaving behind her two young children, six months after being diagnosed.  Katherine’s Story
  • Why did my friends son, an otherwise healthy 40 year old man develop colon cancer?
  • Why did 4 year old Ava develop a brain tumor?  (Ava’s Story.)
  • Why did 17 year old Vinnie develop Non Hodgkins Lymphoma?
  • Why was ‘Big Food’ able to introduce GMOs without proper testing or our knowledge?

These are not isolated cases, they are no longer rare and they are not isolated to one race, age or gender.

Yes, I am vocal.  If that makes you uncomfortable, that is OK.  Cancer, ADD, ADHA, Auto-immune diseases, and Autism are uncomfortable, too.

We should all be more than uncomfortable with what is happening to our food supply and environment.

We should all question what is happening.  If we don’t seek answers and speak with our $$$ then we and our children will continue to be used as the lab rats for Big Ag.

I suggest you do your own research and come to your own conclusions.

*The opinions stated above are my own and do not reflect the opinions of anyone other than myself.  I have not received any form of compensation in connection with this article.


CDC Cancer Prevention and Control


Robyn O’Brien

About Baking Nana

Each morning my granddaughter Sarah calls to ask, "Watcha doing, Nana? Are you baking Nana?" Hence my "name" Baking Nana. I am a mother to three wonderful children and a grandmother to 12 very hungry grandkids. I don't bake fancy cakes but I do make wonderful yeast bread and home cooked meals made with love.


Uncomfortable Truth — 13 Comments

  1. Couple of things – also just my opinion.

    I don’t believe the rise in numbers in regards to things like ADHD and autism have anything to do with food; I believe it is directly related to pharmaceutical companies. If doctors can “diagnose” a (what’s the newest usage? syndrome?), they can and will prescribe a medication. Think of the flak parents receive for not vaccinating their children – who really cares? Big Pharma.

    Do I think today’s food contributes to diseases? In part, yes, I do. At the same time, I personally pollute the air we all breathe every time I jump into my unnecessary oversize SUV to go to a Farmer’s market for organic produce. Multiply that by the over population in this country alone, and then point the finger at only the food companies for brain tumors and cancer?

    Seems to me that a lot of time, the people who complain the most are also the people who do the least.

  2. Hello Baking Nana, having been through one of my sister’s dying from cancer, my mom from heart problems, i understand what your saying. Good job!!

  3. Kudos to you for posting this! I have been researching for the past few years after losing my sister to brain cancer. The answer is clear if people want to listen. I have totally changed my eating habits and working on changing my family one step at a time!

    • I am sorry for your loss, Anne. People often listen and don’t want to hear.
      It takes effort to get the whole family on board, especially when you are messing with their ‘food’.

  4. Peanuts is the one I remember kids having. Gluten is one I don’t remember from a kid, yet there are people that swear that they can’t handle things even being cooked next to each other if one has gluten.

    • I didn’t know any allergic to peanuts growing up. As for Gluten, absolutely not! Wheat has changed though, the wheat we eat not is not the same as it was, it isn’t the same as available in Europe.
      Gluten intolerance is real even if we would like to pretend it isn’t.

  5. Great article. As with Jay, I agree with some. I also believe our kids are highly over medicated and that pharms are used as an immediate answer instead of considering homeopathic means. This is a big issue with me as GMO’s is with you. Keep searching and questioning. Its our lives we are talking about and we should be in charge of what is going into our bodies.

    • Amen LaDonna! A pill for everything, including just being a kid, when sometimes just a swat on the butt is needed. (NOT promoting beating kids!)

      • Big Pharma is in bed with Big Food – there is no money in prevention.
        Jay, a good swat would solve a lot of problems but for many of these issues, a swat just wouldn’t work.
        LaDonna – isn’t homeopathic means just another way of saying ‘natural’ means? Like real food?

        • True, Nana… what I’m getting at is for folks, regular folks like you and me, to look back to what our grand pappys did. You have the flu? You don’t get a shot. You eat homemade chicken soup, suck on saltines and drink lots and lots of water. Flu used to be a right of passage meaning you made it through winter! Have a cold? Sweat it out! My fathers folks did everything from the ground. Basil for depression, cold compresses for a headache. I’m not completely against modern medicine, please understand.. I’m against, though, this complete over medicating of our children. Just because a child is ‘hyper’ doesn’t mean he needs ritalin. Back in our day, a ‘hyper’ kid was sent outside to run around a bit or given something more to do in the classroom like smack erasers.

          • FYI.. I am ALL about eating real foods. We do as little processed here as possible. That is why I grow a garden and buy from local farmers. Do I pay more? Yes. Does my family suffer less? Yes. Trade off.

  6. Love your passion. I don’t agree on all things, nor disagree on all, but I think it’s good that you bring it forward.

    • Thank you for stopping in Jay. I am passionate, I am also willing to debate and explore all avenues.
      One thing is for sure – something has changed.
      Did you grow up with kids with life threatening food allergies? I didn’t. Yet I know a boy that is so deathly allergic to dairy that he can’t even go into a pizza parlor.
      Something is going on and we need to figure out what it is!