I don't even know what the movie, The Cure for Wellness, is about but the headline is timely and evocative. As discussions around the next iteration of the Farm Bill (2019) and debate concerning current funding levels of non-mandatory programs continue--we need to start asking tough questions.
I agree the term "climate change" can be polarizing--for the entire recorded history of our planet--the climate has indeed changed but semantics aside, sh*t is getting real. What is different, and verified by all of the leading scientific minds is the unsustainability of our natural resources. We should move the debate outside the labels of climate change or global warming and start a narrative.
The Food Tank Think Tank audience didn't have to use the vernacular "climate change" to describe how their crops were destroyed by disease, too much or too little water--they live it every day. Perhaps we should call it a climate disruption and start looking for solutions.
Soil Solutions is a program of Center for Food Safety and this short little video I recorded live from the Food Policy discussions in DC really hit home. Especially if you are part of the healthcare community. I feel that the profit discussions have polarized all of us into our own little corners. Industry is over there fighting to survive with their profit margins being threatened, R&D naively tries to out innovate our biology, and the patient has risen as the new blockbuster in medicine.
But where is your power as a "consumer" in a market that lacks transparency in the costs of its services? It is no wonder that at a time when our natural resources are entering the capitalistic frameworks that profit so few and harm so many we have evolved into a disease economy.
What if we collectively expanded "patient outcomes" to extend to thriving communities where housing, education, nutrition, safe water and air, transportation, and access to truly "health"-focused care intersect at a global level.
Here is where I would insert a loud "record scratch" sound to interrupt your collective humming of Kumbaya. We give lip service to prescribing preventative strategies to our patients. Exercise? Check. Nutrition? Sort of...The Nutritional Recommendations from the USDA recommend several servings of healthy fruits and vegetables each day but our food policy does a poor job supporting our agricultural food sustainability. Go look at the Farm Bill. Go ahead. I'll wait. The dollars go to commodity farming--not what you are told should be on your plate.
You can look at the interactive tables and realize why healthcare expenditure alone hasn't elevated medical outcomes in United States compared to other Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries.
I don't want to leave you in suspense but the US is ranked 11 out of 25--nestled between Colombia and Ethiopia. Sustainability was measured at the level of the national food system and its impact on natural resources or impact on health. The report was developed by The Economist Intelligence Unit and you can download here.
“The only time to eat diet food is while you’re waiting for the steak to cook.” -Julia Child
We need to stop curing wellness and look upstream to disease. What is causing the severe metabolic derangements of chronic diseases? I would say look at your fork...
You can only look at so many spreadsheets filled with data before you start seeing the "person" hidden within each dot.--Bonny
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