Monday, June 16, 2014

A Pill to Bitter to Swallow

An excellent article that I came across just today is from a former lawyer who is now a freelance writer and blogger. The topic is one that I also am passionate about -- our crippling food system that naturally "spills" into our broken healthcare system. In a nutshell, if you continually eat processed foods that have no nutritional value, it will take a toll on your health, i.e., chronic diseases.

A Pill To Bitter to Swallow, speaks of the increasingly growing concern over "nonalcoholic fatty liver". Why is this of concern? Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease -- as pointed out -- was
pretty much unheard of thirty years ago and beyond that, it did not even have a medical term/name for it. Today though, this medical illness affects one in ten American children! This medical condition even raises more concern as it is a strong risk factor for heart disease development and Type 2 diabetes.

So how does one treat this condition? It is as simple as changing one's diet to one containing whole, real foods and not processed ones. But, in a society where fast, processed food is so plentiful, this is a very difficult task. It is one thing to know that in order to get fast food you'd need to travel several miles to get it -- it becomes more difficult, doesn't it? What we do know is that fast food can be purchased pretty much anywhere -- across the street from school or work or within a very close distance, that makes it more tempting and hard to resist.

Some other major points from the article that target the societal cures for all obesity-related diseases are mentioned below:

  • "Restructuring the agricultural subsidies that make fast food and processed food unnaturally cheap, while inadequately supporting farmers growing fruits and vegetables;
  • Banning the advertising of junk food to children;
  • Investing in school infrastructure, both to build school kitchens in which scratch-cooked meals can be prepared, as well as home economics classrooms where children can acquire basic cooking literacy and skills; and
  • Requiring and funding meaningful nutrition education curricula, including home economics, throughout the K-12 school years."
To learn more about what else is contained in this well-written story, you'll have to just read it....


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