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Our ability to fool ourselves is
startling and often amusing.
For decades parents have encour-
aged their children to eat spinach
in the belief that spinach was
loaded with iron. Whether this is
because there was an error in the
original 1870 study wrongly giv-
ing spinach ten times the amount
of iron that it contains, or
whether it is because of the Pop-
eye effect, is unknown.
Spinach, like other green leafy
vegetables, is simply another
source of iron. We have known
this for the last 100 years. Yet
the myth persists.
I continue meeting mothers of
old patients who happily inform
me that I delivered all their
babies. I have never delivered a
baby in T&T. Another one is,
"You gave the child all the shots,"
and, despite written evidence in
the child s file that no shots were
given, prolonged discussions on
the question take place with my
It s common to see overweight
children who "eat air" for weeks
at a time yet gain monstrous
amounts of weight. Heavy air is
common in these here isles.
There is one eight-year-old who
is more than 50 pounds over-
weight. For his height and age he
should be about 80 pounds;
instead he is an appalling 135
A 24-hour dietary history
revealed that he apparently ate
nothing in the morning but a
glass of chocolate-flavoured
milk---the Olympic champion
trick---bhagi and rice washed
down with cool, clear water for
lunch, and bread and sausage
with "cocoa-tea" for dinner. You
could criticise some of what he
ate, the empty calories and so
on, but not the amounts.
Then I asked him how many
sweet drinks he had a day.
And as we sat discussing these
strangely unknown findings, he
went into his mother s bag and
took out a bag of marshmallows
and contentedly ate up them.
Still his parents insisted he must
have a gland problem.
The first time I encountered
this gland story business was 35
years ago. One of my first
patients was an overweight ten-
year-old. The story was the usual
nonsense. She was also surviving
on air and water. As usual, she
was said to be very active, did
not like TV and spent loads of
time outside running up and
down the street.
Apart from the weight she was
fine. The parents insisted on tests
for her glands. They were nor-
mal. After three months her
mother informed me they were
going to the States for a vacation
and would take her for a "prop-
er" checkup. It was the first time
I had met up with that unin-
tended but vulgar insult, face to
face and said with a languor that
"We going for a proper check-
Over the years, it recurred with
increasing frequency as the coun-
try went through oil boom after
oil boom. At the time I was
naïve and thought this meant a
visit to a university department
specialising in weight problems. I
gave them a medical report with-
Two months later they
returned. Negative. Everything
normal but she overweight! But
who had she seen? There was no
corresponding medical report.
The signature on the lab forms
was generic. What hospital had
she gone to?
I was astounded. The hospital
named was a little community
hospital, one I knew quite well; I
had passed there many times on
my way to visit an aunt in Vir-
ginia. I doubted they actually had
a paediatrician in attendance. She
must have seen the outpatient
doctor, someone who moonlight-
ed in the hospital for a couple of
hours each week. That hospital
had almost killed my grandmoth-
er two years before. They gave
her an incorrect dose of the heart
medicine, digoxin. My aunt had
called me and asked me to speak
to the doctor. I was unimpressed.
Some years after, the hospital
closed down or was absorbed
into another facility.
A year later we moved into the
same child s neighbourhood. She
became friendly with my daugh-
ters. I never once saw her playing
in the street. Early one Sunday
morning, she arrived.
"Would you like some break-
fast?" asked my wife.
She sat down with us and
tucked into four thick pancakes
covered with syrup and a huge
dollop of cream, two glasses of
juice and asked for, and received,
a chocolate doughnut for dessert.
Her mother called. "Have you
"She s here. Having breakfast."
"Again? But that chile jess eat
ah set of food..."
That is why you could see
people forming groups to "get
Jack back" and others (or the
same person or people) writing in
to the papers declaring the fallen
minister "a man of principle and
integrity" who "uplifted the
This about a man whom the
Court of Arbitration for Sport,
the highest international arbitra-
tion body in world sport,
declared "may not have complied
with the highest ethical stan-
dards," and who is now accused
of fraud in his dealings with
Concacaf by the former attorney
general of Barbados.
Even given our nature and the
POPEYE'S ERROR A 24-hour dietary history
revealed that he
apparently ate nothing in
the morning but a glass of
the Olympic champion
trick---bhagi and rice
washed down with cool,
clear water for lunch, and
bread and sausage with
"cocoa-tea" for dinner. You
could criticise some of
what he ate, the empty
calories and so on, but not
DAVID E BRATT, MD
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