We should maintain that if an interpretation of any word in any religion leads to disharmony and does not positively further the welfare of the many, then such an interpretation is to be regarded as wrong; that is, against the will of God, or as the working of Satan or Mara.

Buddhadasa Bikkhu, a Thai Buddhist Monk

Friday, May 4, 2012

Thank You, CNN

Death by Soda
As RPK's humble contribution to better health, I'm going to keep putting on the Rom Phra Khun table the fact that processed sugar is dangerous to our health.  Call it one ongoing RPK theme—or a minor rant, if you like.  Anyway, thanks to CNN for its recent posting entitled, "Soft drinks: Public enemy No 1. in obesity fight?"  The long answer to the question in the posting's title is, "No, not all by itself."  The short answer is, "Yes."  The posting includes some hopeful data: obesity rates among women and girls in the U.S. have actually dropped slightly in recent years while increasing among men and boys only slightly.  The consumption of soft drinks (diet as well as "regular") has dropped by 17.3% since 1998.  Still, the problem of obesity and the contribution of soft drinks to the problem remains huge and a major drain on our healthcare system.  More importantly, drinking this junk harms individual lives.

Dear readers, soft drinks are not good for you.  They're corrosive and contribute to ill health.  In the video still shot at the head of the CNN posting,  are the words, "2011: Sugar a toxin, doctors say."  And that is food for thought (pun intended).  If you drink the stuff, please for your sake and that of those who care about you, please, stop.