Scary Times

Halloween is coming up soon. It’s the evening before All Saints’ Day, literally, all hallows even. Houses and shops are currently festooned with scary stuff. But for me there’s something even more scary.

I got this flyer through the post – encouraging me to spend money on sugar and chemical laden drinks and snacks to damage the health of children.

Junk foods are often advertised as ‘treats’. Something special to be enjoyed. It’s true I am a grumpy old woman these days but it makes me angry that they take advantage like this. Here we are in the European country that eats the most processed food and has the worst health and they want to profit from making it worse!

The biggest cause of child hospitalisation is for surgical tooth extraction – sometimes because teeth are so rotted by sugar they all have to be removed.

Rather than clamp down on manufacturers or adopt policies to help with teeth cleaning (like the Child Smile programme in Scotland where fluoridation is illegal), the Government now wants to put toxic fluoride in all of England’s water. Most countries of the world do not do this and rates of tooth decay are the same as countries that do.

Fluoride is very poisonous and damaging to health in many ways, particularly the brain. Applying it directly to teeth may be helpful (eg in toothpaste, which you may or may not have noticed comes with warnings against swallowing it!). Taking it systemically does not have the same effect. Water fluoridation is unethical mass-medication without informed consent and with no dose control. And it brings a host of problems including reduced IQ in children. I’ve signed the Government petition against it and you can too here.

So back to the Halloween sugar problem. If you want a fun time on 31st October, look for other ways to provide treats.

What about going on a nature walk and looking for the scariest insect or creepiest tree branch? You could hold a party or play some games, do something crafty, make some tasty pumpkin soup or roast what you hollow out from your lantern.

Top tip – find better treats than junk food.