Murder or suffering?

14629_10152620097676512_6436288815845714067_nWe should never have to endure either.

The reason homicide statistics are written up and become so prominent in the media, is because the thought of being ‘murdered’ scares us so much.

Helpless victims certainly don’t deserve to die.

We fear ‘the way’ a murder victim has died as much as the act of death itself. Suffering is a torture we should never have to endure.

From the time our children are young we teach them as many ways as we can to keep them safe from harm. A parents’ worst nightmare is the thought of kidnapping or murder, and we tell our children over and over to beware of strangers offering sweets, never go in a car with someone you don’t know, don’t use public toilets alone, don’t walk along unlit streets late at night. Always lock the front door …

As parents, we set guidelines to reduce the risk of danger to our children. Any sort of danger. We teach them road safety as pedestrians and strap them into cars. We teach water safety and fence pool areas. We protect their skin since the risks of skin cancer has been highlighted and cover their bodies with sun creams, t-shirts and hats, avoiding the midday sun if we can.

During teenage years we move onto safety talks about their health and the use of alcohol, drug taking and recommend safe sex.

But maybe, just maybe … we have missed the most important safety talk of all!!

The dangers of highly processed foods …

Homicide is recorded as 0.8% of the deaths in our society, yet 60% of deaths are diet related! And this stat might not truly relate to all the diseases that are now being thought to have an underlying diet basis.

There is no doubt that health related disease, and death from that disease is on the increase. Statistics are climbing higher every day.

While we fear death, it is actually living with the complications of diet related disease that is truly crippling our family’s and our community. Suffering is a torture we should never have to endure.

It is time for parents to talk to their children about ‘food’ if we really want to keep them safe.

Belinda Fettke