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Coming of Age in the Years of Living Dangerously

Society & Culture  (tags: society, culture, children, family, interesting, safety, prevention, protection, risks, health, diet, activities )

- 3214 days ago -
Bike helmets? SPF? Veggie meals? No way, if you grew up in '50s, '60s, '70s.. How did we survive our childhoods? If you grew up in the '50s, '60s or '70s, you probably violated every rule we now know about nutrition and safety.

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Dee C (23)
Monday July 6, 2009, 8:18 pm
"When Phyllis Murphy's mother was pregnant, back in the 1950s, her doctor advised her to take up smoking for relaxation. A few years later, that same mom smeared her toddler's skin with a concoction of baby oil and iodine for a deep, rich tan. Now, safely in adulthood in Vancouver, B.C., Murphy fondly recalls childhood as a time of leaping from rooftops and accumulating “more scars than Joan Rivers.”

And Tim Palla, a 46-year-old pastor, spent his childhood just north of Pittsburgh where he got just one vaccination, gobbled wild berries and mushrooms, drank from the ditch, and chewed road tar like gum."

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Marty H (119)
Tuesday July 7, 2009, 2:40 am
Chewed road tar, Wow! Yes as the years have gone by we have been exposed to more chemicals, pesticides, genetically engineered food, etc! Most chemicals are pesticides are carcinogens and only the Lord knows what GE food is doing to us for sure! Thanks Dee!

Karen S (106)
Tuesday July 7, 2009, 7:31 am
I'll take the good old dangerous days anytime. Before I was even 6, I used to drink water from babbling brooks, wander through the bush alone in bear country, climb every tree I could, etc. Today I worry more about what I am putting in my mouth than any other obvious or imminent threats. Thanks for the story Dee.

Lynda R (170)
Tuesday July 7, 2009, 1:05 pm
Wow, thanks for the memory lane article. We were fearless when we were kids.

Dee C (23)
Tuesday July 7, 2009, 5:37 pm
So much has changed since those days..indeed..and sadly not for the better..

Jelica R (144)
Sunday July 19, 2009, 6:03 am
Oh, if only my mother knew what I was doing, I'll be banned forever...
I must admit, I started breathing when my daughter reached her mid-twenties.

Dee C (23)
Sunday July 19, 2009, 8:50 pm
So true..Jelica..Same for both of my sons..
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