Better Health Depends on Us, Not Just Health Care
With the rates of obesity rising in the US and other countries around the world directly causing more cases of diabetes, high cholesterol, heart attacks, etc., more attention is being brought to ways in which people should take care of themselves more. This includes, exercise (at least 30 minutes a day) and healthy, organic, whole-grain, gluten-free, low-saturated fat, low-sodium foods. However, practicing neuro-surgeon, Sanjay Gupta raises the question whether decrease in average health is due to Health insurance, and whether or not Obamacare will ultimately make a “healthier” America.
Dr. Sanjay Gupta notes several studies looking at the health results of those people insured and uninsured. Although those insured had lower levels of depression and have the benefit of being diagnosed with any disease or condition at earlier stages, it did not show that they were healthier. To read more about what Dr. Gupta argues for and for more results from the experiment, click here. In the end, he states, that the American society needs to stop being defensive and start taking care of themselves.
However, new studies come out almost every day stating that what we thought was healthy before, in reality is not. I am not referring to things like hot dogs or deep-fried oreos. Take for example milk. Milk is known to help create strong bones and teeth. But now, whole milk is too “fatty” (well duh, natural milk from a cow is fatty). Therefore, there was a switch to start drinking skim milk. Now while skim milk is still a popular trend, there was a phase not too long ago for soy milk, but soon after, studies showed that soy milk is harmful, especially for women, due to one of its components, isoflavone, which could aid in the coming of breast cancer. Here’s an article talking more about the harms of soy.
We’re also supposed to be eating organic foods because many fruits, vegetables, meat and the like because they have GMOs so to help the food industry in it vicious cycle. However, the cost of these organic foods is too extreme for people especially under the poverty level, or just barely above. It is because organic foods can be up to 50%-100% more expensive due to being more labor-intensive and harder to grow the same large amount without pesticides. However, American Dietetic Association spokeswoman Keecha Harris, DrPH, says, “There is no evidence that organic foods are superior over traditional foods’” because “organic foods [can] come from multinational companies and have been trucked across the country.” Therefore, she recommends shopping at a local food market. Click here to read more.
So the final question is, is anything ever really good for you? How do we know local farmers also aren’t using some type of pesticides? While we continue to fight the fast food industry and work to make “healthy” life-styles more affordable, like Dr. Gupta says, we cannot forget to exercise. With the increase in technological findings, we are becoming a more stationary society, but more and more health advocates are coming into the light, and one thing they do agree on is a regular schedule of exercise. Once again, we cannot continue to blames the industry or the lack of health care; it’s all about us.
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