It appears that Americans have finally become fed up enough with the way things are to demand change, or have we?Thus far, I havent heard a single candidate talk about the fundamental changes that must take place if we as a nation are serious about becoming strong and vibrant.
I havent heard Its the food system, stupid
The establishment of a new national health insurance policy, no matter how universal or complete, has little to do with a real change in national health. Nor will it go far in addressing our weak connection as a nation to the sources of our nourishment.
Insurance does not bring about real change in the ways in which we lead our lives. It does not address the root causes of our sickness. And it does little to change our dependence on others for our health.
To be fair, health insurance has the potential to go a long way towards the alleviation of symptomatic pain, short-term stabilization of life threatening diseases and emergency medicine. It is shameful that we as a nation have accepted for so long the status quo and allowed our leaders to remain puppets of drug companies.
Health insurance ultimately will never serve our greatest healthcare needs, nor address our deepest ignorance and fears. Every one of us must learn how to create healthy lives. How to take care of our own bodies hearts and minds.
None of the present crop of candidates is getting what real health care reform is all about. Perhaps because no one has explained it to them.
For instance, I found it strikingly odd that the sponsors of the debates in New Hampshire aired this past week were paid for in large part by the very drug companies that have a stranglehold on our health and whose greatest interest lies in profiting from our continued dependence on their products and belief in their message that we are incapable of controlling our own health destinies.
If I were Obama, Edwards, Clinton, Huckabee, or any other candidate representing change, heres what I would propose:
Public schools would have food and health curriculums:
1. Cooking, bread baking and gardening.
2. Self care and home remedies.
3. Food studies: The study of traditional food-ways, agriculture, fishing, hunting and animal husbandry.
4. Food history
5. Food science
And, I would like to ask each candidate these questions:
1. What do they see is the connection between the health of our soil and the health of our population?
2. What do they eat at home?
3. What is in their medicine cabinet?
4. Have they spent time with a farmer, fisherman or rancher?
It seems to me that as citizens it is our responsibility to demand mandates for health education and transparent and safe food policy.
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