San Jose City Councilman Proposes Ban on Sugar Drink Sales at City Venues
by Jill Escher
Oh, happy day for San Jose! My junk-food-crazy hometown, overrun with obese kids, dialysis shops, diabetes diagnoses, and the lumbering heavy disabled buying shopping cart-fuls of Mountain Dew, is getting a clue! Well, at least one of its councilmembers seems to be getting a clue.
Councilmember Ash Kalra has proposed — to the sad but predictable eyebrow-raising of his colleagues — the radical and crazy notion of a ban on selling one form of toxic food at City venues, the sugary drink. See http://www.mercurynews.com/politics-government/ci_23929752/san-jose-councilman-proposes-banning-sodas
Last time I checked, we the citizens and taxpayers of San Jose collectively own those public venues, and must have the discretion to exert reasonable control over the sale of addictive poisons that are fueling a mass epidemic of perfectly preventable disease and disability that threatens to bankrupt our healthcare system. Is that asking too much? Kathie Dolgin, the sugar-slaying brains behind New York’s Sugar Free Schools movement, speaking about Kalra’s proposal, thinks not:
“We are making our selves sick and NO ONE WANTS TO PAY THE HEALTH CARE COSTS. I do not think it unreasonable to be asked not to make ourselves sick on public property. If you were drunk on public property you would be asked to leave or be arrested. Drinking large amounts of sugar that is proven to cause health issues should not go unchallenged any more than public intoxication.”
Now, let’s say Kalra proposed removing other toxic and addictive substances like cigarettes would anyone protest? Of course not. So what’s the difference? The difference is ignorance. The populace has accepted the poisonous and addictive nature of cigarettes, but remains under the delusion that sugary sodas, completely foreign to innate human metabolism, are “fun,” “just empty calories,” and, most damaging of all, somehow a legitimate form of “food.”
Kalra is right: the City of San Jose has no business profiting from toxic liquids that blast our blood sugar levels, spike our precious insulin, induce addiction, and lay the foundation for dozens of preventable diseases.
Yesterday my friend told me about an obese San Jose boy who visited her house and asked her for soda. When she said they had no soda, and offered him water instead, he complained, “But I only drink soda, I don’t drink water.” You… what? You only drink soda? If he drinks 6 sodas a day, which one can reasonably assume under the circumstances, that amounts to 60 tablespoons of refined sugar, per day… sixty … six- zero … oh dear, I am going into diabetic shock thinking about this boy. Our tastes are so corrupted and deranged by hypersweet corn-sludge that water, the very foundation of life and health, seems like bitter garbage.
Oh, people of San Jose, take the gift that Ash Kalra is so gently offering us and our children, a small lesson in the importance of distinguishing healthy food from candy-colored harmful poison posing as food. Sugar is slowly killing us and threatening the biological normalcy of our children. It’s a first step. We should take it.