Dear Editor,

As I was driving through town the other day, I saw that McDonald’s was closed to the public. OK, so I thought: “Well, I will not be able to use their restroom.” Also, I thought that the town council finally wised up and removed their permit to operate their establishment in the town of Appomattox.

After all, the world knows that McDonald’s food industry is nothing more then empty fatty calories that has been medically proven to do more harm to human consumption over time with its excessive sugary beverages and excessive sodium overload within its meals. Let’s not forget the non-organic additives and chemicals which are added to their food before it’s artificially flash-frozen and packaged for delivery.

You may have not noticed that the happy clown and Hamburglar have not appeared in public or commercial ads. I wonder if they both developed atherosclerosis (i.e., CAD) and heart failure years ago.

Critics have claimed that a clown mascot targeting children for fast food is unethical. A group of 550 doctors took out newspaper ads in 2011 demanding Ronald McDonald’s retirement. [Goldwert, Lindsay (2011-05-19). “Is Ronald McDonald an evil influence? McDonalds hits back at clown critics.” NY Daily News. Further reading: Schlosser, E. (2006) Chew on this: everything you don’t want to know about fast food. Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Co.]

Also, lets not forget the famous documentary Super Size Me, which became so famous that the entire food chain co-incidently decided to stop selling super-size orders afterward. (“Super Size Me is a 2004 American documentary film directed by and starring Morgan Spurlock, an American independent filmmaker. Spurlock’s film follows a 30-day period from February 1 to March 2, 2003, during which he ate only McDonald’s food. The film documents this lifestyle’s drastic effect on Spurlock’s physical and psychological well-being, and explores the fast food industry’s corporate influence, including how it encourages poor nutrition for its own profit.” - from the “Super Size Me” Wikipedia page.)

Also see the article “Nutrition Scientists tell the Smithsonian Institute regarding its Food Court Service: ‘Say “No” to McDonald’s Junk Food!’” on cspinet.org: “On January 17, 2002, two dozen nutrition scientists and professors joined the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) in criticizing the Smithsonian Institution’s decision to have McDonald’s provide the food service at the National Air and Space Museum. The group urged the Smithsonian to find a more appropriate food-service company or to require McDonald’s to offer more healthful foods.”

The whole truth about the food industry in our country is indeed a very sensitive gray area of business and for the most part, it was not so in the late 1800s through the 1950s. Again, what happened to all the growers and farmers in our great country? They were bought out or forced out of business by just a few giant food companies and capitalism with lawyers from Washington; they have the food giants in their back pocket now.

If a famous renown person comes out and says anything negative regarding the food industry, be assured, they will be put on notice. So, for the common consumer, we just need to pick and choose the best options available to us and hope that the rising food allergies within our young children will someday be addressed by Congress and the surgeon general before its too late and we end up with more man-made or synthetic metabolic anomalies.

It would be to the upmost importance for our community to avoid this re-building and petition our board to get wise plus, make better choices that will not enhance child health concerns and obesity.

Maybe it’s time to turn the page and rethink through with long-range plans for a better tomorrow and our youth in the township of Appomattox, Va.

Here are some other readings:

Breaking the Food Seduction: The Hidden Reasons Behind Food Cravings and 7 Steps to End Them Naturally by Neal Barnard, M.D., St. Martin’s Press (June 2003)

Laurence, Jeremy (Jan. 30, 2003). “Fast food is addictive in same way as drugs, say scientists.” The Independent. London. Archived from the original on May 11, 2010.

Westbrook, Caroline (Sept.10, 2004). “Review: Super Size Me.” BBC News.

Smith, Andrew F. (2016). Fast Food: The Good, the Bad and the Hungry. Reaktion Books Ltd. ISBN 9781780236094.

Food, Inc.: A Netflix Original (2008)

– Dr. G.D. Goldberg, PhD, retired from Academic Medicine and writer for Time Publishing Service, medical division