Blinded by Big Food?
Instead of being leaders in public health and safety, are Australia’s regulators and health ministers being blind-sided by the powerful profit motives of the food and beverage industry, leaving the public to pick up the tab for injury to our health? (Kids high on energy drinks, TST, Oct 1).
The risks to children and pregnant mothers from consuming high-caffeine energy drinks are well-known from research findings around the world, including the Telethon Kids Institute and the University of WA.
Lawyers and health practitioners are recommending the risks of high-caffeine energy drinks to health and community are considered similar to alcohol and should be similarly regulated (and taxed).
Preventative health measures are important items for consideration in the Sustainable Health Review, currently under way in WA with public forums being conducted around the metropolitan and regional areas. Written submissions are due on October 27. SHIRLEY COLLINS Shenton Park
What a heart-rending story of a 17-year-old young man, recounted by his mother (TST, October 1).
Just what drives a successful young boy, academically motivated and a high achiever, to take his own life? Is it possible that with all the modern technology and “know-how” at our disposal, we can’t find an answer to the decimation of our young ones? In offering my sincerest sympathy to Mrs Frost and family, I would like to add that, at times, we may try everything in the book to protect our family from harm, but unfortunately “destiny” steps in and there is nothing we can do to stop the wheel from turning. MARIO RAPANARO Dianella Logic on carbon With climate change deniers making waves again, headed by non-scientists Andrew Bolt and Tony Abbott, I want to put my case, based on logic.
Fact: since the start of the industrial revolution we are pumping billions (yes, billions) of tonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere every year. When I was in school we were taught that CO2 is a gas, which has no weight. So the billions of tonnes is made up of microscopic particles of carbon. These float around in the atmosphere for many years before falling back to Earth. So, deniers, pray tell me that these billions of tonnes of carbon floating in our atmosphere are not blocking the sun or keeping heat from escaping the Earth. Can someone please tell me that and show evidence? FRANK DILORITO Usher
Helpline for elders
Great to hear there is going to be a peak body to give older people a stronger voice in relation to reporting elder abuse, whether it be financial or physical (TST, Oct 1).
One can only hope there will, alongside a website for those who are computer savvy, be a phone number (preferably a 1800 free number) for people to ring and get printed information sent. If they do not have access to the internet, they are at a distinct disadvantage in getting helpful information. MARGARET RYAN Ballajura
Our report on energy drinks last week.