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AAP Ohio Representative Gloats Over Sugar, HFCS, Dye, GMO Orange End of School Food Gift

AAP Ohio OrangeBy KimRossi

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Melissa Wervey Arnold is the Chief Executive Officer for the Ohio Chapter of the AAP, American Academy of Pediatrics. She recently posted on the open, public part of her Facebook  page  a photo of a gift basket she made for end of school year, not an AAP gift per se - "orange you glad..." was the theme. Clever, as we all remember the old knock knock joke from childhood. However, every bit of food and drink in the basket was completely contrary to the goal of children's or anyone's health.  An Oompa Loompa would have run away screaming.  There wasn't an orange or a Halo to be found. No carrots. Nothing remotely healthy, at least in the photo. 

The AAP is the organization that represents the physicians responsible for pediatric health and health care. Had Arnold added, "I know it's not the healthiest basket ever, but it's all for fun and we at AAP recommend kids eat these foods sparingly and partake of fruits and veggies," the irony would have been less drastic. From the AAP Ohio site: The number of obese children in the United States as more than tripled since the 1970’s. The Ohio Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics’ Parenting at Mealtime and Playtime program combines more than 10 years of proven, successful nutrition and obesity-prevention education into a program aimed at making Ohio children healthier. The Ohio AAP’s obesity-prevention work began in 2007, with Ounce of Prevention, and continued in 2012 with the Pound of Cure Learning Collaborative.

This orange food basket is akin to the head of the American Cancer Society sending out cartons of cigarettes as a gift.  Here's a slew of science that links food dyes and pediatric behavioral problems.

Chronic Illness and Developmental Vulnerability at School Entry

CONCLUSIONS: Regardless of the number or type of conditions, chronic illness in young children is a risk factor for reduced school readiness. These effects were seen for health conditions not traditionally considered detrimental to school readiness, such as chronic otitis media. Thus, the implications of a broader range of chronic health conditions in early childhood on school readiness need to be considered.

AAP Statement on the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans  The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) welcomes the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans released today. For the first time, the guidelines recommend limiting the consumption of added sugars to less than 10 percent of calories per day, and continue to recommend more vegetables, fruits, whole grains and lean proteins, and less sodium and saturated fat, all of which support a healthy eating pattern for families.

Many in the autism community noticed and commented all over Facebook. Our own Anne Dachel has catalogued thousands of stories of the radical decline of teachability of children and the impact on schools.  Garbage in, garbage out. Food choices matter. However,  Melissa and her friends pooh poohed the cacophony of "Who would feed this to anyone?" and even mocked the NUTRITIONAL topic as the realm of "crazy antivaxxers."  So wrong. So very wrong.  In fact, it's bananas.  Kim

Melissa Arnold Page


Laura Hayes

Speaking of phenol, a known carcinogen, it is also in the Vitamin K shot given at birth. Here are 3 links for those who want to know more about this dangerous "standard of care" procedure for newborns. One of my children immediately developed 3 large hemangiomas after being injected with the vitamin K shot. Oh, to have a do-over. I would accept NONE of the "standard of care" procedures for newborns, and I would opt for home births. Sigh.


Bob, I did see the recall notice on the NBC nightly drug commercials.

bob moffit

Still no media coverage regarding the FDA's "recall" of products .. such as .. orajel which I used for my own children when teething fifty years ago.

"The FDA issued warnings about the teething products in 2006, 2011 and 2014, but it did not call for their removal from the market. Officials reviewed 119 cases of the blood disorder linked to benzocaine between 2009 and 2017, including four deaths, according to the FDA."

No coverage .. odd .. no?


This is the person we should be taking health advice from for our kids - NO THANK YOU! Another mindless, AAP twit who knows nothing about health! Stay away from the AAP - they do more harm than good #pediatricianscauseautism #AAParepharmawhores

Gary Ogden

Nancy: Interesting that you mention phenol. It is the sole listed excipient in the 23-valent pneumococcal vaccine Pneumovax, which seems odd. Must be powerful stuff.


Wow ! Is that what gets branded and tagged as too sweet to be wholesome, or a self licking lolly pop situation? personality running amock //
The Sugary Cake and Candy Man Matt McGinn youtube
or Coulters Candy/Ali Bali Bee Hamish Imlach Youtube

Jeannette Bishop

I'm suspicious the gift is subsidized, and maybe needed an unhealthy shelf life to be doable, but if so, couldn't the sponsors at least include a bottle of carrot juice? If not....? Do so many in healthcare have loads of pharma stock they are banking upon for their pill-laden years/months/days of retirement?!?

Somewhat on a tangent, your joke reminded me of this mini minion movie that has made it impossible for us to say "banana" in any sort of normal way around our house:

And brought up to the surface my deep philosophical questions as to why the minions look like pill capsules that struggle to grow hair, and yet, at the same time, they go so "bananas" over fresh fruit? Does this make literary sense?!? (And brings up further the question as to why some of us have been rendered so unhealthy by what some consider to be "healthcare" that we cannot even tolerate a lovely, healthy "banana" for a snack? -- ok, done whining...)


Any physician who’d ridicule other people's concerns about nutritional integrity is either disturbingly ignorant, bought off, or suffering from ODD. The Feingold diet to reduce hyperactivity by eliminating food additives has been used successfully since back in the 1970s.

Autism parents have discussed PST deficiency for decades. Red and yellow dyes can be especially problematic.

From TACA’s page on Phenols, Salicylates & Additives:
“It is important to note that almost all foods have phenols, but in different amounts. A child with low PST (phenol sulfur transferase) will have trouble processing foods high in phenols.”


Linda1-- Why not just the "American Academy of Stupid"?


Totally clueless.........

Once when I ordered snacks for a party with sped kids, I specifically said no soda with sugar.......meaning FRUIT JUICE! And I got DIET POP from the school cafeteria,

Aspartame anyone?

Anne Dachel


Quote from my twelve year old...

"Doesn't she know that stuff will kill ya?"

Had to explain, again, that these "programmed professionals" have had
absolutely no training in nutrition, health or wellness, nor do they have any
awareness of it. His response...

"Mom, just because they have money doesn't mean they are smart"

Out of the mouths of babes...

go Trump

I remember my grandparents always ate "organic food" ... or "simply food" as it was called back then.

John Stone

I received this joke this afternoon from Late Night Jokes (author Conan):-

Froot Loops cereal has added a new flavor, Wild Berry. People who tried the new flavor say it tastes like “wild berries, plus sugar, minus wild berries."


FritoLay, Orange Crush, Cheetos, and Doritos are all owned by PepsiCo. PepsiCo has a history of sponsoring the AAP, although due to widespread criticism they are likely slipping it to them under the table in the past few years. Sweet Tarts parent company is Nestle, an official out in the open AAP bed partner. Diet Sunkist is owned by Dr. Pepper Snapple Group that was just bought out by Keurig Green Mountain. Don't know if they've been courting the AAP.

AAP's sponsors on their site:

USDA rules for school nutrition forbid the crap in the basket effective 2014-2015 school year (did Trump overturn these rules?):
Reuters - HEALTH NEWS OCTOBER 19, 2016
Coke and Pepsi sponsor groups trying to wean U.S. off soda

(Reuters Health) - "Coca-Cola and PepsiCo made donations to nearly 100 influential U.S. public health organizations from 2011 to 2015 in an effort to silence groups that might otherwise push for laws regulating soda, researchers contend....

Recipients of the beverage giants’ corporate philanthropy included [NOT QUITE] trusted medical groups and government agencies, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the study found...

Coca-Cola announced last year that it would not renew its sponsorship contracts with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American College of Cardiology. The soda company blamed financial constraints."

Doesn't say if Pepsi Co renewed its contract with the AAP and the question is not easily answered on search. "Cardiovascular Business" states in "Coke, Pepsi provide sponsorship money to ACC, AHA and 93 other health organizations", October 10, 2016, that "PepsiCo does not make its sponsorship data publicly available." I think they're sneaking around now because their love is not socially acceptable.

I propose that we refer to the AAP as the AASPW - American Academy of Stupid Pediatric Whores.

Thanks for letting us know what these geniuses are up to, Kim.


Orange ya glad fewer and fewer families are listening to the AAP?! Reminds me of McDonald's in hospital lobbies. Totally agree - so wrong!

Angus Files

Then again,eating stuff like that is definitely going to help along with vaccines keeping everyone ill...Pharma will be pleased.

Pharma For Prison


Gary Ogden

Perhaps she's never seen actual food? Grew up without a mother to teach her how to nourish herself with wholesome food? Another one with the brain power of Richard Pan. An embarrassment to the human species. For some reason the AAP seems to attract these types like flies.

Grace Green

If this person claims that those who criticize this "food" and are also anti-vax must be crazy, doesn't it just show that our craziness is sanity, and her advice is crazy? I love your joke, Kim. Sometimes you have to laugh or you'd cry!

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