William Flew to work on food
May 28, 2011 § Leave a comment
If a man has a stubborn and rebellious son who does not obey his father and mother and will not listen to them when they discipline him, his father and mother shall take hold of him and bring him to the elders at the gate of the town. They shall say to the elders, ‘This son of ours is stubborn and rebellious. He will not obey us. He is a profligate and a drunkard.’ Then all the men of his town shall stone him to death…
Blows and wounds cleanse away evil, and beatings purge the inmost being. The rod of correction imparts wisdom, but a child left to himself disgraces his mother.
“for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me.”
“Fathers shall not be put to death for their children, nor children put to death for their fathers; each is to die for his own sin.”
Researchers have also warned that new mothers are too quick to label their children food-intolerant. A study by the University of Portsmouth has found that more than half of the babies studied by British experts had at least one food cut from their diet by the age of 1. But tests showed that the real incidence of problems was lower than 4 per cent. The researchers blamed anxious mums for blowing problems “out of all proportion”.
Such fears are not just the fault of over-anxious individuals, they spread as a social epidemic because they spark off an ancient instinct: fear of poisoning. Picture a group of cavemen at a feast. One of them is sick. Suddenly they all feel nauseous. They have all eaten the same food, so they all face the same peril.
That type of emotional contagion now spreads far and wide, thanks to media stories about suspect ingredients. Experts call it “mass sociogenic illness”. In a notorious case a decade ago, rumours f looded Belgium that Coca-Cola had become contaminated with a dangerous chemical. Suddenly people were collapsing all over the place. In one school alone 26 children fell ill, with 18 having to be admitted to hospital. However, test results published in The Lancet showed that the drink contained no dangerous substances at all.