By Katie Wright
According to the new issue of “Pediatrics” there is a terrifying new health crisis gripping American teens: “The Cinnamon Challenge!” Thank God for Dr. Nancy Synderman for alerting parents like me of this pediatric crisis sweeping the nation.
Cue the ominous music! The Synderman segment on “The Today Show,” began with Dr. Nancy “sounding the alarm on the Cinnamon Challenge!” Evidently some dim-witted teens are uploading videos onto the Internet of themselves trying to swallow a tablespoon of cinnamon. Apparently, according to Dr. Nancy, ingesting large amounts of cinnamon CAN be dangerous.
You are very welcome. I know how many parents out there are there are so grateful to me for sharing Dr. Nancy’s message. That’s right, swallowing large amounts of cinnamon (and maybe paprika and coriander too!) is dangerous. If you are doing this STOP! You are setting a bad example for your impressionable teens! Consider putting a lock on your spice drawer. It is up to you to protect your family and potentially save your child’s life!
The Dr. Synderman segment cut to petrifying video of coughing cinnamon covered teens. It may not be appropriate footage for all to see, so you are forewarned. Synderman informs us that the true danger of “The Cinnamon Challenge” is that the ingestion of cinnamon triggers a gag reflex. This phenomena is artfully illustrated in a video of a coughing teen spewing cinnamon all over his clothes shouting, “Oh my God!” Oh my God indeed! Then- yes it gets worse- there is footage and audio of an ambulance blaring down the street, supposedly taking this cinnamon injured teen to the hospital. I only hope this boy survives…
Dr. Nancy interviewed a pediatrics professor who informed the viewer that the “Cinnamon Challenge” is on the rise and has serious consequences. The pediatrician warns us that the “Cinnamon Challenge” can lead to inflammation and pain! Hmmmm…inflammation and pain….where have I heard that before? My son’s autism is a direct result of brain and body inflammation, which causes tremendous pain…but Dr. Nancy doesn’t report on that….and I have yet to see one “Pediatrics” article which really addresses the kind of brain and body inflammation autism which affects a million kids.
Where was this alarm when the CDC issued the new 1 in 50 American kids has autism number? Oh no, this did not seem to really concern Dr. Nancy or the AAP. Clearly autism is over diagnosed and the new numbers just represent high functioning kids who need a little extra help. Learn the signs and everything will be OK! Even the CDC got in the act warning parents that the CC is dangerous and could lead to parents having to call poison control! It is great to see that the medical community really knows which battles to fight. I am thrilled they are prioritizing the battle against cinnamon. Thank God, someone finally had the courage to take on Marie McCormick and her evil empire of spices.
Teenagers will always do some stupid things. But how dumb are you if you need to be told swallowing cinnamon is a bad idea? We can’t save everyone from themselves. For heaven’s sake this is a health crisis worthy of an article in “Pediatrics?”
I have an idea. Why doesn’t the medical community focus on a real pediatric crisis for a change- autism. Rather than working hard to play down the number, why not focus on what is causing the autism epidemic and how to help children, especially sick ASD children (they are medical doctors after all), living now.
As for Dr. Nancy’s scary story all I can say is don’t blame the cinnamon.
Katie Wright is Contributing Editor to Age of Autism.