I’ve started this blog gently providing basic information you should know about the food that is available in the supermarkets and how to discern between food classifications. If you eat meat, I have explained the various methods of raising cattle and poultry and the devastating conditions of feedlots and chicken farms. You learned how antibiotics are necessary to treat the ailments that these conditions produce and that in order to satisfy supply and demand, hormones are used to speed growth and increase milk production. All of which is passed on to you, the consumer. Now let’s take a look at the naked facts that reflect the state of our health both nationally and worldwide.
I am not making any promises, nor am I trying to persuade the reader to subscribe to a specific diet. My intention is to educate. To provide you with an inclusive reference that is thorough and easy to understand. It’s all about free will and making educated choices that will be the right choices to guide you to better health.
You will discover how to improve the quality of your life by better understanding the intimate bond between you and your diet-between nature and humanity-and how these bonds have a critical impact on your health. You will be empowered with the information you need in order to take control of your diet and be responsible for your own well-being. We have abdicated our health to others for long enough!
Did you realize that healthcare spending is approximately 4.7 times the amount spent on national defense? In 2008, healthcare spending in the United States reached $2.4 trillion, accounting for 17% of the gross domestic product (GDP) and is projected to peak at $4.3 trillion, 20% of the GDP in 2017. Public health advocates believe that we could slash the price tag of healthcare considerable if all Americans adopted healthy lifestyles.
International figures are just as alarming. Healthcare spending accounted for 10.9 percent of the GDP in Switzerland, 10.7 percent in Germany, 9.7 percent in Canada and 9.5 percent in France.
A grim report from a 2005-2006 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey estimated that 32.7 percent of U.S. adults 20 years and older were overweight, 34.3 percent were obese, and 5.9 percent were extremely obese. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) also reported that 17.1% of children and adolescents, ages 2-19, were overweight. The report goes on to say that 112,000 deaths are associated with obesity each year in the United States and direct health costs attributable to obesity were estimated at $75 billion in 2003. Startling information shows that among children and adolescents, annual hospital costs related to overweight and obesity more than tripled over the past two decades
- More than 23.6 million Americans have diabetes
- Over 200,000 people die each year of diabetes-related complications
- The rate of new cases of diagnosed diabetes rose by more than 90 percent among adults over the last 10 years
- The estimated economic cost of diabetes in 2007 was $174 billion
- Over 870,000 Americans die of heart disease and stroke every year
- Cost of heart disease and stroke in the United States in 2008 is projected at more than $448 billion
Can you continue to ignore the fact that the food you eat is making you sick? Albert Einstein once said, “If the facts don’t fit the theory, change the facts”. When a society’s food base consists of fats, sugars, and starches laden with a trinity of antibiotics, hormones, and pesticides, it is time to consider a different approach to our dietary standards. Rising costs of healthcare and declining medical benefits are increasing out of pocket expenses for the consumer and motivating them to lead healthier lifestyles.
The well-fed consumer is starving for critical, non-bias, information that directly correlates diet with health. The food you eat is the foundation of your well-being. Your dietary choices influence your immune system, mood, intellect, psychical appearance, energy, stress levels, and ultimately, your longevity.
This blog provides food for thought that slices and dices through layers of deception and well kept facts about the foods you consume. Information is served in easily digested morsels to help you make more informed choices about the foods you eat.
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