Health care costs are rising. Why? It may be a combination of a lot of different things pushing and pulling on our ridiculously profit driven system, but I think all those "reasons" pale in comparison to the root cause.
We spend more & more on health care year over year because we are getting sicker & sicker year over year. You are what you eat. Literally. Yes, I do mean that literally. You are literally what you eat. You eat crappy junk, your body will be crappy junk.
We are, as a nation, dear friends, what we eat. Literally. We eat crappy junk and our bodies turn into crappy junk.
It ain't a judgement call so don't get all huffy and self-righteous on me, BlueNCers. If speaking truth (even if it's in overly simplistic terms) is being insensitive then I think some folks are just too damn sensitive. It's just a hard cold fact. Use crap food to build your children's bodies, your kids' bodies will return the favor by giving you asthma, allergies, weak joints, type II diabetes, obesity, sickness, aches, pains, etc. Use crap food to repair and rebuild your own body, your own body will return the favor by going soft, getting sick, running down, clogging up, aching, hurting, swelling and other multitudinous problems -- long before it should.
Chew on that a minute.
That is a big ugly no good horrible stinking SCREAMING wild elephant in the room that nobody wants to talk about. I mean because really, we love our doritos, fizzy drinks, frappacinos, snack crackers and big macs, don't we? And the folks who make them sure do like their profits. And we do so very much hate the whining that ensues when we say "No, I'm not buying you the 20g of sugar per serving breakfast cereal. Put it back."
But the data don't lie. Astronomical increases in health care costs over the last two decades is not about over-billing at hospitals. It's not about over-testing to cover butts in doctors offices. It's not about over prescribing ... wait ... ok, it may be a bit about over prescribing medicines instead of looking for non-pharma alternatives, but here's my point ....
It's not about what happens AFTER you get sick.
It's about WHY we're so sick.
It's about how and why we, in this incredibly affluent society, are SO sick SO young -- riddled with maladies now that we never saw a mere 30 years ago.
I have a solution. It's pretty simple. Stop eating crap.
Stop putting the snack cake in your kid's lunch box. Stop letting your kid whine his way into a plate full of french fries and sugar filled gatorade or sugar filled milk for school lunch. Do you let him whine his way out of sitting in his car seat or wearing his seatbelt? And you ... stop drinking soft drinks like water. Yes, that includes the diet drinks. All of them. Do you know what they put in that? Do you know what that's doing to your body? Stop putting the snack cake in YOUR lunch box every day. Quit with the white bread and pasta at every meal. Eat real food from real farms. Find your local farmer's market and go there and see what's available. Try a dozen REAL eggs. Try some grass-fed beef. Plant a couple tomatoes and a row of beans. Buy a cook book and actually read it and use it. If you can't cook, learn to cook. Find an old lady in your neighborhood who will teach you. No, I'm not kidding. It took us, as a nation, 30 years of eating crap to get to this place of sickness and softness and fatness. It may take a little more work than snapping our fingers to get us out of it. I'm just sayin' ...
Oh, and another thing --
Work to change farm subsidy policy.
Small local farms get no help at all from our farm policy, which is bad enough, but NOW they are on the precipice of being obliterated by new food safety rules being laid out NOW at state and federal levels with the help of big ag and big meat and king corn.
Don't. let. that. happen.
If local farms go, we lose all hope we ever had of fixing the problem of skyrocketing health care costs.
I'll write it again for effect.
Stop eating crap. Spread the word.