Goodenough Gismo

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    This is the classic children's book, Goodenough Gismo, by Richmond I. Kelsey, published in 1948. Nearly unavailable in libraries and the collector's market, it is posted here with love as an "orphan work" so that it may be seen and appreciated -- and perhaps even republished, as it deserves to be. After you read this book, it won't surprise you to learn that Richmond Irwin Kelsey (1905-1987) was an accomplished artist, or that as Dick Kelsey, he was one of the great Disney art directors, breaking your heart with "Pinocchio," "Dumbo," and "Bambi."

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Many overweight people are also undernourished -- undernourished not in lacking calories but in lacking calories carrying essential nutrients. Call it the French Fry Paradox or I'm-So-Full-I-Can't-Eat-Another-Bite-But-I'm-Still-Hungry-For-Something-I-Can't-Quite-Put-My-Finger-On...

1. diets high in sugars and trans fats but deficient in essential nutrients ➡

2. short term satiation but long term hunger ➡

3. over-consumption of available calories deficient in essential nutrients ➡

4. hunger and disease ➡

5. decreased mobility ➡

6. more calories stored as adipose, fewer calories burned as fuel ➡

7. obesity, disease, mood disorders, loss of appetite for nutrient-dense foods...

Jimmy probably wouldn't be reaching for that second cookie (and third, and so on) if more nutrient-dense foods were made available to him along with someone teaching him self-discipline.

There are health benefits to children hearing from parents: "Yes you may have a cookie AFTER you've had at least one bite of every [deliciously nutrient-dense] thing on your plate. Then you may go outside and play [and use your muscles]."

Of course, there are also health benefits to parents hearing from their children: "Instead of cookies and cola, could we try Stonyfield Farm whole milk plain yogurt with granola, blueberries, cinnamon, and a touch of honey on top?"


Important Disclaimer: The information provided by the above commenter is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, prevent any disease or give medical advice. Always consult your family health practitioner before starting, changing or altering your personal health regimen.


I have a young friend doing his internship at a large city emergency room. He has become so discouraged because the standard procedures taught in medical school are for average size people. However, the majority of those he has to treat are above average in body mass. The difficulty in trying to find a vein, calculate the amount of medicine for a person of increased size, etc., have made him feel his efforts are doomed to failure.

Makes one wonder what the future holds for us all.

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