God help me, because I cannot help myself.
I cannot help myself from bringing this up again.
I cannot help walking through this pink-beribboned world with my eyebrows hitched up to my hairline, agog at the depth to which the quest for The Cure has sunk.
Pink buckets of Kentucky Fried Chicken. Limited edition Kit Kat bars for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Survivor photos on boxes of Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Totino’s frozen pizza.
Check out Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s Million Dollar Council Elite, which includes such health-promoting superstars as:
ACH Food Companies, proud purveyor of : Karo pancake syrup (63g carbohydrate/serving. Good lord! We haven’t even added the pancakes yet!), Fleischmann’s sourdough bread mix (29g), and Henri’s Light French Low Fat Homestyle Dressing (13g).
Frito Lay, promoting “sensible snacking” on: Doritos nacho flavor (17g), Cracker Jack (23g), and Grandma’s Homestyle Oatmeal Raisin Big Cookies (25g. Each.).
General Mills, bringing you: Haagen-Dazs vanilla milk chocolate bars (22g), Progresso Healthy Classics Split Pea Soup (30g), and Cheesy Enchilada Hamburger Helper (36g. No wonder that poor hamburger needs help!)
And the ever-popular Yoplait, featuring: Original Strawberry Yogurt (33g), Blueberry Pomegranate Smoothie mix (19g), and Cotton Candy/Strawberry Kiwi Trix Yogurt (20g in a satisfying, 4-oz serving for the kids).
It gets better. Want to know who sponsors the Race for the Cure? Here’s a selection:
- American Italian Pasta Company
- Dove Chocolate
- Dr. Pepper Snapple Group
- Freed’s Bakery
- Pepperidge Farm
- Otis Spunkmeyer
Processed, damaged, unnatural fats. Grains. Added sugars. Chemical sweeteners, preservatives, and additives. Addictive “food” products that make people sick.
Sorry, pink people, but any organization that’s willing to slap its logo on any godawful product whose manufacturer wants to cash in on the marketing power of pink — including the very products that help cause the disease said organization supposedly exists to eliminate — has sold its soul.
Read that italicized phrase again. Ponder motivation. And draw your own conclusions.
P.S. I know Komen does some cool stuff, like assisting families with practical needs while their loved ones are in treatment. But at what cost?
P.P.S. You are welcome to disagree with me. But before you get furious, please take the time to understand my position by reading previous posts on the subject of cancer and its prevention:
Cancer for a Fortnight, Before Early Detection, In the Beginning: The Cancer-Inflammation Connection, Only YOU Can Prevent Inflammation, Supply Lines: The Importance of Angiogenesis, Short-Circuit: Inhibiting Angiogenesis Naturally, Please Don’t Feed the Cancer, Blaming the Victim?, Crap for the Cure.
P.P.P.S. Great quote from this article: “If breast cancer could be cured by shopping, it would be cured by now.” Cheers, Ms. Brenner.
My Medicine, My Food: Black coffee, 3-egg omelet with butternut, onion, and spinach; steamed carrots, brussels sprouts, and broccoli with pastured butter; raw spinach, tuna, dill pickle, onion, black olives, and fish oil dressing; braised lamb shanks, wilted red chard, roasted onions and garlic. Green and red teas. Ume plum concentrate. Whiskey.
Workout: 1.5 mile walk, plus some light stretching and “baby” calisthenics. (Hey, I’m only 6 days out from a major soft tissue injury.)