Thursday, September 06, 2012
The issue is national health care and along with it medicare and medicaid. I was reminded of it when I heard short parts of political speeches in the last few weeks.
The United States, one of the richest countries in the world, is running out of money to pay for it. There are plenty of political discussions about it and I think they all miss the point.
We need true preventative health care.
What we need is a government that supports growing of healthy foods, not big agribusiness. We need to be able to afford food that is healthy: vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds grown without pesticides; meats, eggs and dairy that are pasture-fed and local (and I don't just mean grown in the US).
We also need to act as individuals by refusing to eat fake foods which includes processed foods, especially all sugars and sugar-substitutes and genetically modified foods. We need to do our best to avoid foods that are hybridized for increased starch and sugar content which includes most common grains, especially modern wheat, and, unfortunately more and more fruits and even some vegetables.
Instead of pop, we need to drink water, that most life-giving of all drinks and do our best to make sure that future generations will have a clean supply of it.
All this, together with moderate exercise, will ensure that most people will lead longer lives and avoid most diseases of modern civilization like heart disease, stroke, metabolic syndrome/diabetes, cancer, many autoimmune diseases, mental health problems and even arthritis. Our food provides the replacement parts for our body's cells. We can't survive without it, no matter how well our health care system is financed. With healthy food for everyone there will be enough money for health care for those people who can not be well with healthy food alone.
I don't know if this country would save 10%, 50% or 90% of the current total cost of health care, but I would sure like to find out. I think it's our only chance as a country to survive the healthcare crisis. God save us from ourselves!