Coffee, cake and charities?

The contradiction of the work of some charities

Coffee, cake and charities?

Coffee, Cakes and Charities? Can we have our cake and eat it? At what cost to our health and the health budgets of governments?

There is a cancer patient support charity that raises funds by asking people around the world to take part in coffee mornings annually. Their slogans for these events are “Cake tastes better together” and “You can have your cake and eat it”.

Another campaign “Go Sober for October” seeks to raise money on the back of the efforts of those who give grog away for 31 days. That leaves 334 days when, by implication, it is OK to drink alcohol, a carcinogenic substance that has close correlation to at least six cancers.

The World Health Organisation confirms that lifestyle choices contribute to 80% of cancers. In one way this statistic is encouraging as it shows our health is in our hands. What this is revealing is that it is a matter of choice and that we have everything to gain when we make healthier self-loving choices! There is a direct correlation between sugar (for starters) and cancer.

Are we not making the very lifestyle choices that are part of the problem, part of the charity fund raising itself? What exactly is going on here?

Does the slogan “Cake tastes better together” demonstrate not only that we love comfort, but we love it en masse, in a form of perverted brotherhood – I will if you will... so to speak? And we love to live by the atrophied adages that ‘A little of what you fancy won’t hurt you’ or ‘Everything in moderation’ or ‘Life’s too short’ ... Are we not using these sayings as a ‘licence’ to make it ok to disregard and carry out constant assaults on our bodies?

Yet our bodies are living proof that most of us are having a lot of what we should not be having

Dr Mercola recently published that “about HALF of all American adults are either pre-diabetic or diabetic” – that statistic is matched by the British people who are also 50% pre-diabetic. Such is the legacy of this generation. Furthermore, he emphatically states that the recent exponential growth makes it clear that this cannot be a genetic problem. It must be about our lifestyles and choices.

The attestation of the maltreatment of our bodies is more than evident in our continually increasing waistlines, our heart attacks and heart diseases, as well as the skyrocketing diabetes and cancer statistics, to name but a few contemporary man-made diseases. Check out our article, The taxing problems of diabetes.

Even the percentage of young children chronically ill or obese is on the rise. The consumption of sugar in children’s diets seems to be the most common reason for a child to be put under anaesthetic for the removal of teeth.

Jamie Oliver’s documentary, 'Sugar Rush' quoted some alarming statistics. In the UK alone, 170 people per week are losing a limb due to diet related diabetes! Every surgeon he spoke to said that we were at Red Alert – not in 2, 8, 10 or 20 years time – but today. Humanity is at a health crisis point.

Although well overdue, it would seem that the time has finally arrived for us to take responsibility for our health. Taking care of our own health does not mean we miss out on anything, but rather that we take on a greater quality of life instead – a way of living that we have always been designed to live.

This site shares a plethora of tasty, easy to make and appealing recipes that are much more serving to the body, so that one can enjoy the fact that our nervous system and our entire body does not get stimulated or suffer, as a result of a caffeine assault and sugar rush.

Meanwhile charities need to seriously consider those fundraising events and what is served on the tables of their stakeholders. Or are these charities there for some other lesser purpose? The wilful blindness of some cancer-supporting charities stems from a lack of understanding that there is a bigger picture at play.

Increasingly the medical profession is starting to get serious about the need for more loving choices and a greater understanding of the way the human body needs care and nourishment.

Before we give to charities, let’s look under their bonnet at the responsibility – or otherwise – of the Directors, officers and management of the charities and the choices those Boards are making.

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