In this post I will tell a story of the ultimate ridiculous irony… It’s a story of some medical staff offering us junk food in a *heart* hospital.
It was Saturday, January 25th, 2020, and we were gathered in my Dad’s room. After six nights in the hospital, and double bypass heart surgery, he was expected to fully recover like 98-99% do after open heart surgeries… But he wasn’t waking up and his organs were shutting down, putting him in the 1-2% who have “complications”…
I had just been diagnosed with an Anxiety Disorder that likely causes my Fibromyalgia symptoms, and there I was watching my Dad suddenly dying right before my eyes… So needless to say, I was feeling quite anxious already… And then…
A hospital worker brought in a tray of “food” to offer to the family members… And that tray was filled with bags of chips and cookies, the kinds which contain high fructose corn syrup, partially hydrogenated oil, artificial flavors and artificial colors… So basically bags filled with zero nutrition and ingredients that cause *heart* disease, diabetes, cancer, and many other diseases!
I got so angry that I told the girl we did not want that junk food. I said why are you giving out junk food in a *heart* hospital? This is why Americans are overweight and sick, because they eat all this crap! Oh, I was so anxious that I was totally shaking all over…
I said, “Dad would not have wanted that junk food; he was all about eating the healthy whole foods no-oil plant-based diet!” (My Dad had shifted to the plant-based diet after his first heart attack in 2012, and the surgeons in 2020 said that his healthy diet and lifestyle had given him an extra four years of living.)
The worker said sorry and quickly took the junk food away… My sweet Mom said quietly, “Dad would’ve politely thanked her, even if he wouldn’t have eaten the junk food himself.”
My Mom was right. Even though my Dad was against junk food, he was always kind to everyone, and he would not have wanted to make that worker feel bad…
But, I am not my Dad… I want people to feel bad that 48.5% of Americans have heart disease, and this staggering statistic is largely caused by the Standard American Diet. (It’s so SAD!)
So, even though I was still shaking from anxiety and anger, I marched right out to the nurses station and complained about the tray of sodas in my Dad’s room. I just could not stop myself. I explained to the staff that there is a lot of research that shows that sodas cause *heart* disease, diabetes, cancer, and lots of other sicknesses. They should not be serving sodas in a *heart* hospital!
They quickly removed the sodas from his room, and I spent the next hour calming down my anxiety attack. And then about an hour later, with his family close beside him, and with his only daughter’s hand (mine) on his chest, his heart stopped beating and he died.
I hope that someday the *heart* hospitals will serve *heart-healthy* foods and drinks to the families, such as: organic fresh fruits, organic raisins, organic roasted nuts, pure spring water, organic teas, and organic coffee.
The American people need to *Wake Up* to the serious health crisis that is caused by junk foods and sodas… Please see my previous posts on this topic ~
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With love and sadness,
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