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15 June 2013

Labels

9:10 AM Posted by steve flores No comments
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“Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” –Proverbs 12:18

When my wife was pregnant with our second child, she was diagnosed with gestational diabetes. Oddly enough, after our first child was born, she was diagnosed with celiac disease. Both diagnoses will force a person to become very aware of one’s diet. My wife has always been a label reader for caloric value, sugars, sodium, fat, and so on. It used to drive me nuts, but now, I see the benefit. Actually, I had been a bit of a label reader myself when she was diagnosed with celiac disease. It is amazing how many products contain gluten!

Labels, on food, can be very useful, resourceful, and can save a person’s life. Proper labeling that is. But, what about mislabeling? For example, in the simplest of ways, celiac disease has to do with gluten. A person with celiac disease cannot cheat and decide to eat gluten one day. That is not how it works. When a person with celiac disease eats gluten, that gluten then destroys the lining of the small intestine, specifically the microvilli that line the small intestine. Your small intestine, the microvilli, plays a major role in the absorption of nutrients from our food. If the microvilli become damaged, it affects nutrient absorption. If nutrient absorption is obstructed, then our bodies begin to deteriorate, at a more rapid pace than just normal aging. So, back to my question, what if food was mislabeled and gluten was not omitted or products were labeled “gluten-free,” but actually contained gluten? It would be detrimental, even life-threatening, to a person like my wife.

What about labels on people? What about mislabeling people? Could the effects be just as detrimental and life-threatening? Could our flippant and haphazard choice of words destroy life in others? Could the absorption of our words deteriorate the health of another individual? Words like:
Loser
Fag
Idiot
Stupid
Dummy
Retard
Ugly
And the list goes on...

I typed this into my phone on January 16, 2012 as I pondered the question: "Labels can be a great resource for food content, yet a horrible and often detrimental indicator for the well-being of a person."

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