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Today's Food for Thought: Dec. 29, 2009

Common Sense: Apply it to Healthcare

Vegetables from the home garden      Homemade pizza

     Webster's Dictionary defines common sense as ordinary good sense or sound practical judgment.  Now in the case of Healthcare a little ordinary good sense could go a long way in solving a significant amount of this problem.  Consider this simple example:  you intentionally hit your hand with a hammer and break some bones.  Then you visit the hospital after which an insurance company, the government or you are expected to pay the bill.  Now either consciously or subconsciously you must decide if you will again hit your hand with a hammer.  Sounds ridiculous doesn't it?  Yet, I would like to suggest to you that many of us injure our bodies again and again and again by what we put in them which leads to sickness that an insurance company, the government or an individual must pay for.  As long as we choose to ignore common sense while neglecting and abusing our bodies it is not likely that individuals or the government will ever have enough money to cover Healthcare.  Common sense would say, don't hit your hand, don't abuse your body, don't create so many bills.  Take care of your body, it has to last for a lifetime.

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How healthy can a person be when consuming chemical-laden and nutrient-deficient food with an emphasis on carbohydrates, bad fat, salt and sugar? How many healthcare billions are being spent to address health issues that have their roots in poor diet? It’s a hard number to come by, but according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, three-quarters of healthcare spending goes to treat “preventable chronic diseases.” Treatment for obesity alone runs a tab of $147 billion, and that doesn’t figure in diabetes ($116 billion) or cardiovascular disease.  Excerpt from Healthcare:  The High Cost of the American Diet

Most of the food we eat that contains corn or soy was sprayed with glyphosate herbicide, and we’re being exposed to higher and higher levels of residue. In response to petitions from Monsanto, the EPA has approved up to 20-fold increases in the legal residue limits for food crops.

“Our bodies are gigantic spider webs of chemical communications that work in the parts-per-trillion range,” says Warren Porter, professor of zoology and environmental toxicology at the University of Wisconsin. “When you put so-called ‘insignificant’ amounts of toxic chemicals into the mix, you have a molecular bull in a china shop. The possibilities for impact are endless.”  Excerpt from  Roundup Kills More Than Weeds

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     Our bodies have an amazing ability to function well if we put in them what they need and don't put in them things that interfere.  When we put our food needs in the hands of restaurants, food manufacturers and agribusiness we are treading on dangerous ground.  As businesses, their purpose is not just to make a profit, but to make as much profit as possible.  You, on the other hand, are responsible for protecting your health plus that of your children.  There are a wide variety of food choices available today, from healthy to extremely unhealthy.  I encourage you to educate yourself and make wise choices.  With the start of a new year I challenge you to commit to serving yourself and your family  delicious, nutritious food.  Really, it only takes a little common sense.  A good starting point is to check the Global Grocer to learn where your food comes from.