RANT: Big Bags o’ Candy

Remember when ‘needles in candy’ were the big Halloween scare?

Now I find it frightening to see the pounds of Halloween candy that line the aisles of our already sugar laden grocery stores.

Did you ever have the neighbor gave out apples each year? I hated that.

I now want to high-five that neighbor.

We also had a dentist in our neighborhood that gave out toothbrushes, as a kid, I found that hugely disappointing….

Disappointment quickly forgotten once we found the neighbor next door wasn’t home and had left a large bowl of unchaperoned candy for the taking.

Years later, while in medical school, on Halloween night, I had run out of candy.  I turned of the porch light, which I believe is the universal sign for ” No more candy-I’m not home- I’m done for the night”.

Some pesky high schoolers continued to knock on my door, unrelentingly. I finally acquiesced, explaining through a cracked door, I was all out of the good stuff but  I managed to dig up some microwave popcorn and Big Red Chewing gum.  An exceedingly  altruistic offering, I might add, only to find the wrappers of the above offerings all over my lawn the next morning.  Ingrates!

That was the end of my candy giving career. Now there are only tricks at this house!

So, how many pieces of candy is it reasonable to give out? for your kids to eat? And at want point is it OK to trash the Halloween bounty? How many treats do we allow? Do we trick our kids into being healthy? How many tricks must we play to treat our kids healthfully?

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Madeleine Vanstory attended Duke University and began her post-graduate journey at The Elaine Clark Center working with special needs children. She went on to work as a Clinical Research Scientist running clinical trials for the CDC and developing medical devices for Welsh Allen, Abbot Labs, Roche and Johnson & Jonhson Her work included non-invansive cervical cancer detection, continuous diabetic glucose monitoring, non-harmful infant bilirubin level detection and studying Vitamin C's anti-aging effects on the skin. Madeleine attended Medical school at The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and completed a residency in Family Medicine at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro NC. Dr. Madeleine Vanstory is a board certified Family Physician who has practiced all over the world. She has lead medical missions in Kenya and Honduras. She has participated with Operation Smile in Russia, she has patients in North Carolina, Maine, Oregon and New Zealand. Dr. Vanstory has worked the medical tents in the Marine Corps marathon in Washington DC and at the Kona Ironman World Championships. And Dr. Vanstory has marched with the Surgeon General promoting "Exercise is Medicine" at the World Congress Sports Medicine Conference. Disillusioned by the current health care system and armed with the realization that culture, nutrition and emotional well-being have a profound impact on health, Dr. Vanstory now motivates clients and patients to discover the healthiest versions of themselves through humor, counseling in her "Upgrade Your Health" Wellness Program.

3 thoughts on “RANT: Big Bags o’ Candy

  1. Oh see I say that there is a mommy tax. Mommy gets to take out what she wants first and then you get to pick out your favorites. Then the rest is taken someones work to put in the break room.

  2. “Did you ever have the neighbor gave out apples each year? I hated that.” Me, too. Seriously, if the candy didn’t roll in every single day–they get it for speech class, they get it at dance class, they get it at church, they get it at the restaurant, they get it from grandparents, they get it from school, they get it everywhere…I don’t even think parents know just how much candy and snacks kids are really getting from outside sources. It just flows like the neglected faucet.

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