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Grieving mum puts out warning after common spice kills small child

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

Matthew Rader died after eating a small amount of cinnamon image

Matthew Rader died after eating a small amount of cinnamon. Photo: GoFundMe

It’s a common spice found in the pantries of homes around the world.

But a grieving mum has warned that cinnamon can kill after her four-year-old son died from inhaling it.

US boy Matthew Rader was in his family’s kitchen on June 3 when the inquisitive preschooler climbed on the stove, found a container of ground cinnamon and decided to have a taste of it.

“He started choking. It was like he was having a seizure and just collapsed,” the boy’s mother, Brianna Rader, told local news outlet WRX.
Matthew Rader It was like he was having a seizure and just collapsed image

The child was rushed to hospital but was pronounced dead 90 minutes later.

A coroner has ruled the death was accidental and caused by cinnamon asphyxiation.

Ms Rader, from Madison County, Iowa, said her son had no health issues before the incident.

“He was completely healthy, no problems,” she told WRX.

Ms Rader said she is determined to warn other parents about the importance of keeping cinnamon away from children.

“[It] helps ease my breaking heart just a little to think that just maybe my baby’s story can save even just one child’s life,” she wrote on Facebook.

Inhaling cinnamon is dangerous because the spice is made from tree bark and contains cellulose fibres that don’t easily break down.

Research suggests that when cinnamon gets into the lungs it can cause scarring, severe irritation and spasms.

Little Matthew’s death was a terrible accident, however many teenagers have been hospitalised in recent years while taking part in a social media stunt known as “The Cinnamon Challenge”.

In the stunt, people video themselves trying to swallow a tablespoon of cinnamon without water. Clips show participants coughing violently when they are unable to do it.

The danger occurs when the coughing leads to cinnamon being inhaled and settling in the lungs.

Despite the dangers, tens of thousands of videos featuring teens undertaking the challenge can be found on YouTube.

In April 2013 a report published in US Pediatrics journal said at least 30 teenagers across America needed medical attention after taking the cinnamon challenge in the previous 12 months.

“This is a dangerous practice which can result in choking, aspiration of cinnamon powder into the lungs, and even respiratory failure requiring a ventilator in extreme cases,” emergency doctor Robert Glatter told when the report was released.

“The stunt can also be deadly as a result of lack of oxygen to the brain in cases of choking and aspiration of the powder.”

The grieving Ms Radar knows too well the dangers of inhaling cinnamon, and hopes her son’s story will serve as a warning to anyone considering taking part in the dangerous stunt.

“Cinnamon can kill,” she said. “All these kids, they don’t think about the fact it can hurt them.”


Henry Sapiecha

Healthy 8 Reasons to Add More Cinnamon to the food you eat

Monday, January 19th, 2015


Cinnamon is a popular spice that most of us sometimes add to an apple pie, coffee or hot chocolate. However, there are a few health reasons to use cinnamon more often. I’m not telling you to add it to every meal you eat, but incorporating cinnamon into your diet can help improve your overall health. Plus, it will add a fantastic flavor to your bland meal. While you probably won’t use this spice in your hearty soups, you might want to use it in your desserts and beverages. Cinnamon is plentiful in calcium, fiber, iron, flavanols, manganese, and some potent antioxidants. Read on to discover 8 health reasons to add more cinnamon to your meals.

1. Cinnamon boosts your brain function

It has been proven that smelling cinnamon boosts cognitive processing, however eating it regularly improves your brain function. Cinnamon helps increase memory, focus and attention, and reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s. Consuming a little bit of cinnamon every day helps fight irritability and depression, and prevent headaches. Add a little bit of cinnamon (don’t overdo it!) to your morning coffee or smoothie and reap all its health benefits.

2. It’s good for your heart

When it comes to my heart health, I always try to consume more foods and spices that are good for my heart. I did a small research and found out a study from Penn State that claims that adding spices, such as cinnamon and turmeric, to a diet helps reduce the negative effects of consuming fatty meals. Although it’s better to avoid high-fat foods since they increase your risk of heart disease, adding cinnamon or turmeric to them can be a good solution.

3. It helps lose weight

When combined with a healthy diet and regular workouts, cinnamon can also help you drop weight. The things is, cinnamon helps increase metabolism and regulate blood sugar levels, which plays a crucial role in weight loss. Add a dash of cinnamon to your oatmeal, or yogurt, or any diet-friendly meal to improve your weight loss results. Sure, you won’t see those results instantly, but a little bit goes a long way, you know.

Read also – 10 Foods to Eat to Burn More Calories

4. It improves your gut health

Cinnamon is good for your gut health as well. It helps prevent indigestion, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, acid reflux, diarrhea, and even chronic pain like arthritis have all shown the potential to be alleviated through cinnamon consumption. Probably you don’t use cinnamon in your soups, but I recommend you to add the spice to your favorite soups, especially a vegetable soup, a lentil soup, and a black bean soup.

5. It helps prevent cancer

Consuming cinnamon helps prevent the growth and spread of cancer cells. Cancer cells take up glucose and ignore metabolic signals, which is why it’s important to control your sugar levels and reestablish a healthy metabolism, if needed. Adding cinnamon to your everyday meals can help you. Add a half teaspoon of cinnamon powder to your oatmeal or glass of milk to enjoy all its cancer fighting properties.

6. It helps control mood swings during PMS

Cinnamon is a good source of manganese that helps control mood swings and prevent cramps during PMS. Moreover, cinnamon contains cinnamaldehyde that helps balance hormones. Consume a little bit of cinnamon with foods that help fight PMS, such as bananas, dark chocolate, nuts, avocado, almond milk, and yogurt, to make those days easier and happier.

7. It’s good for your gum health

Cinnamon is one of the most popular ingredients in most mouthwashes and chewing gums, and it’s no wonder why. The thing is, cinnamon boasts antibacterial properties and it helps protect gums and teeth from damages. It can also improve your breath. I think it’s one of the most undeniable reasons to add more cinnamon to your meals.

8. It’s good for your skin

Due to its antibacterial properties cinnamon helps relieve itching of the skin and skin redness. Cinnamon can also help fight acne. Due to its natural heat production, cinnamon is also good for massages, and it helps relieve muscle and joint pain. Do you need any other reasons to add cinnamon to your eating plan? I think, it’s already a good reason to have a cup of cinnamon tea or coffee right now.


Henry Sapiecha


Saturday, March 26th, 2011

One spice beats pain, helps the brain

Curcumin is a disease-fighting superstar

What is it about when I don’t eat Indian food. It smells like death, and they simmer that stuff all day long — a slow torture that robs meat and vegetables of all their nutrients.

But there’s one secret in their sauce you’ll want to share — because a common Indian spice just so happens to contain one of the world’s most powerful disease-fighting anti-inflammatory compounds: curcumin.

It’s so good it almost sounds like an old snake oil pitch: “It heals your pain! It saves your eyes! It keeps your mind sharp! It can protect your heart! Hurry, hurry, hurry ladies and geee-entlemen, because this miracle cure can even keep the cancer away!”

But what if it’s all true?

Let me start with that pain relief, because I know from your letters and emails how many of you are fighting daily battles with your joints.

Researchers gave 100 osteoarthritis patients either NSAIDs or NSAIDs along with a supplement that had 200 milligrams of curcumin at its heart.

The patients who got only the meds had no improvement… while those who got the curry pills not only had less pain and better mobility, they also managed to slash their NSAID use.

The researchers believe curcumin might even replace the drugs completely for many osteoarthritis patients, according to the new study in Alternative Medicine Review.

But since other studies have found that curcumin by itself can beat other forms of pain, including rheumatoid, I don’t know why anyone would even mess around with NSAIDs in the first place.

So far so good — but that’s only the beginning, because this stuff could also explain why India has such a low rate of Alzheimer’s disease.

One of the hallmarks of the condition is the formation of amyloid beta plaques in the brain, but one study found that curcumin is like a plaque-seeking missile — hunting the plaques, binding to them… and stopping them cold.

I’m running out of room here, but I’m not done — because other recent studies have found that curcumin may prevent cataracts, fight tumors, aid stroke recovery and even lower your risk of obesity (let’s not get too carried away with that last one — all the turmeric in Asia won’t save your belly from a carb-loaded lifestyle).

Usually, I’d say get your nutrition from food. But since I don’t like curcumin on my steak and eggs — blech! — I get mine from supplement.

You do the same, and you’ll even avoid that curry stink.