Articles by natural health author Donna Voetee (aka Granny Good Food)



Honest Costumes

by Donna Voetee (AKA Granny Good Food)

(The Best Years in Life) The “Grim Reaper” costume was small, made for little guys who haven’t even outgrown their Duplo blocks yet, and far too young to have a clue as to what the skeleton-faced, scythe-carrying creature’s job description really is. It hung there on the rack next to the bags of cheap candy and plastic pumpkins, waiting to be chosen and taken home for this weekend’s excitement.

I checked my shopping list and realized that my jaw was tight. What mother, what fount of nourishment and tenderness, could cross the line from being a Giver of life to one who would disguise her little boy as the Taker of life?

I bagged a few oranges for tomorrow’s smoothies, and was aware that I had made an audible sound of disdain for that creepy caricature. Brushing aside my irritation at gullible moms who were complicit in this façade of fright, I felt sorry for the kids who were being duped. The concept of a grim reaper as the embodiment of death was an antiquated relic from the agrarian past. City kids would not have a clue as to that long blade thingy on a stick that he carried, and for that matter, country kids wouldn’t either. Their daddies drove a John Deere to gather the harvest. Scythe or sickle, what difference does it make. It’s what the reaper carried. What’s a ‘reaper,’ anyway?

Now at the back of the store, I tossed the chicken hearts for the dogs into the cart, and snickered with contempt for the lazy designers who had not bothered to keep up with the times. I was already mentally crafting a letter to Rubies Costume Company as I got to the frozen strawberries.


Dear Rubies Costume Company,

You say that you are “the world’s largest designer, manufacturer and distributor of Halloween costumes, a family owned business for over 60 years.”

Rubies, time to step up your game. Based on grim facts of death, you need three new costumes added to your catalog. Please forward these suggestions to Marketing.

1. Your Grim Reaper costume is dreadful and woefully inadequate. We all know that Death does not walk around looking like death. May I give you some suggestions for next year, so that we can add a little believability to the phantasmal festivities?

Instead of black, let’s go with white. In fact, let’s make it a white coat, the kind doctors wear. Toss the scythe – or is it sickle – and add a mini-stethoscope. (I have no idea why they wear them; maybe just to make sure their patients are alive to make the co-pay?) The New and Improved Grim Reaper is almost ready for the 2016 season (P.S. If Hillary gets the Dem nomination, please disregard this letter. Things will already be a nightmare.), but the little Reaper is going to need the tools of his trade. Is it cost effective to add in a Rx script pad and a syringe or two (you can remove the needle for liability purposes)? The script pad might be problematic as well, seeing as doctors’ scribbles oft times resemble the scratchings of a third-grader.

And one last tiny detail will capture the esprit de corp(se): could you add a small skull and crossbones to the upper front of the white coat?

I suppose I should present you with some justification for my suggestions.

In 2000, a researcher and pediatrician at Johns Hopkins, Barbara Starfield, examined the mantra that the U.S. had the best healthcare system in the world. Her findings were shocking and by no means supported the claim of ‘best.’

Her research found that doctors are the 3rd leading cause of death, after heart disease and cancer. Doctors kill more people than cerebrovascular disease, chronic respiratory diseases, accidents, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and pneumonia combined. Between errors and adverse effects, here are the gruesome statistics:

  • 12,000 deaths/year from unnecessary surgery

  • 7,000 deaths/year from medication errors in hospitals

  • 20,000 deaths/year from other errors in hospitals

  • 80,000 deaths/year from nosocomial infections in hospitals

  • 106,000 deaths a year from non-error, adverse effects of medications

If you do the math, that’s 225,000 deaths per year. This report is 15 years old, so that means that 3,375,000 Americans have met their Maker due to the very industry that exists to prolong that meeting!

2. For our next costume, take a look at that last statistic: 106,000 deaths from NON-ERROR effects of medication. Do you see the horror here? This means that FDA APPROVED drugs have killed 1,590,000 Americans who were lied to, whose doctors prescribed medicine that was supposed to help them live but killed them. Betrayal of trust is a most egregious crime, in fact, some say it is the worst. Now, how do we portray that in a costume?

How about a Big Pill costume that has little fake, federal reserve notes (the redundancy duly noted) tacked all around it with the pharmaceutical company’s name? I don’t know how you would fit all of them on the smaller sizes, but that’s your problem.

For 2014, here are the global sales stats for the top ten:

  • Novartis, $47,101,000,000

  • Pfizer, $45,708,000,000

  • Roche, $39,120,000,000

  • Sanofi, $36,437,000,000

  • Merck & Co., $36,042,000,000

  • Johnson & Johnson, $32,313,000,000

  • GSK, $29,580,000,000

  • AstraZeneca, $26,095,000,000

  • Gilead Sciences, $24,474,000,000

  • Takeda, $20,446,000,000

3. For our last costume, let’s go with the most terrifying of all. Something that epitomizes the nature of real evil driving these untimely demises. In her interview with reporter Jon Rappoport, Dr. Starfield revealed the true nature of the beast.

Rappoport: Aren’t your 2000 findings a severe indictment of the FDA and its standard practices?

Starfield: They are an indictment of the US health care industry: insurance companies, specialty and disease-oriented medical academia, the pharmaceutical and device manufacturing industries, all of which contribute heavily to re-election campaigns of members of Congress. The problem is that we do not have a government that is free of influence of vested interests.

What costume could possibly portray the psychopathic, sociopathic, insane, murdering, bloodlust of these vested interests?

The suit. Merino wool would do nicely, and the esoteric significance of wool [over the eyes] will not be lost by the loved ones of those 3.4 million victims.

As I swung by the Adult Beverage section and grabbed some Lone Star for my husband’s delight, I remembered that October 31st was significant for another reason that has fallen into obscurity. On this date, 1517, Martin Luther confronted the heresy of his time by nailing the historical Ninety-Five Thesis to the church door in Wittenberg. Whether Catholic, Protestant, or indifferent agnostic, the world was not the same on November 1st. By exposing the crimes, change was initiated.

Today, we do not have parchment and quill, but indeed, something far greater: gigabytes and Google, Macs and Hp’s, Wordpress and Blogspot – to nail truth to the Cloud for all the world to see.

We are more than capable of ripping off the masks of the pretenders and charlatans. Here’s to Luther, Starfield, and the army of bloggers who have employed their keyboards for the sake of truth and life. Happy October 31st, y’all.

See also:

Unwarranted Off-label Psych Drug Prescriptions are Dooming Millions of Children's Lives

New Study Finds that Pesticides Double the Risk of ADHD in Our Children

‘Natural’ Food Additive Behind Behavior Problems in Children and IBS in Adults

How to Build Self Confidence in Your Children

Teaching Children Gardening Boosts Their Development and Health


AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH Dr. Barbara Starfield: Medically Caused Death in America
Is US Health Really the Best in the World? Barbara Starfield, JAMA, July 26, 2000.

About the Author:

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Donna Voetee is a Doctor of Naturopathy and Counselor of Natural Health. She is the great- granddaughter of Grampa Owen, about whom she knows only two facts: he had lactose intolerance, and he was a country doctor who drove his black buggy around the backwoods of Little Rock, and often getting paid with chickens, fresh bread or moonshine. She studied diabetes with Weimar Institute, women’s hormones and adrenal physiology. Dr. Donna has been a beautician, ham radio operator, literacy teacher, homeschool mom, health store owner, and author of books on grammar, politics, and health. Today she still writes and teaches, having forsaken the ham radio (she does no pork) and all hopes of ever cutting ladies’ hair just the way they like it. As "Granny Good Food" at Facebook, she teaches parents to feed their children REAL FOOD for LIFE. Besides Michael, her steadfast groom since 1974, her heroes are Drs. Weston Price and Francis Pottenger. Dr. Donna teaches classes based on her work, Supermarket Survival, and would like nothing better than to thoroughly destroy any iota of trust you have in Big Pharma, vaccines, fluoride, margarine, and Diet Coke.

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