Am I Woody Allen in the movie Bananas? Did I wake up from a bad dream to find myself in a world I don’t recognize?
Granted, I feel that way about a lot of things right now. But after being persecuted for preaching the gospel of good nutrition for the last 30 years, I never thought I’d see a day when the powers-that-be finally woke up and smelled the organic kale.
But here we are. I literally laughed out loud when I read the following headline: “Prescriptions for Healthy Food Might Save Lives—and Money.”
You don’t say?
Millions of lives and billions of dollars saved
This obvious conclusion was based on computer simulations, which proposed a 30 percent discount on healthy foods like fruits and vegetables for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries. (And if the idea is to get people to eat healthier, I’d say it’s a pretty good start.)
With “prescriptions” written for fruits and vegetables, the simulation estimated that nearly two million cardiovascular events would be prevented—and nearly $40 billion would be saved on healthcare expenses.
Plus, when prescriptions covered a broader range of healthy food—including nuts, seeds, and seafood—those numbers shot even higher, to more than three million cardiovascular events and 120,000 diabetes diagnoses prevented—and more than $100 billion in healthcare expenses saved.
If that sounds like a lot, it is. The researchers actually pointed out that the savings are equivalent to what we get from prescribing cholesterol and blood pressure drugs. (But with way less risk!)
And what else can you say to that, except Hallelujah! Let food be thy medicine!!!
You are what you eat
They didn’t have to take my word for it, but I’d still like to know why it’s taken over 30 years for someone to finally put together a study that proves this point. Because it’s not some radical new proposal, folks. Hippocrates was even pushing the idea some 2,500 years ago.
And yet, I’m willing to bet your doctor has never once really talked to you about healthy eating. (Most don’t.) And if somehow they have mentioned it, I shudder to think of the advice they gave.
It’s a shame, really. Because if you are what you eat, most people in this country are toxic waste factories.
The unfortunate fact of the matter is, it’s a pretty safe bet that every bite you take comes with a bounty of dangerous chemicals…unless you:
- Buy organic
- Know exactly where your food is coming from (and I don’t mean the grocery store)
- Prepare every meal in your own kitchen
So, why wouldn’t we want to invest time and resources in a completely safe intervention like healthy food prescriptions that would also boost quality of life, lower disease, and save us money in the long run??
Well, gee… I’m pretty sure I know the answer to that question!
Healthier people use less drugs, they eat less food, and they consume less chemicals. Which makes them a useless source of revenue for the businesses that run America.
But I’ve been pushing healthy food prescriptions for decades now. It’s about time the rest of the world caught up.
P.S. Do you want to start eating healthier, but you’re unsure where to start? My A-List Diet features over 100 delicious recipes that will help you transform your health, energy, and vitality—from the inside out. So if you haven’t already, pick up a copy today from the A-List website!
“Prescriptions for healthy food might save lives – and money.” Reuters Health, 03/19/2019. (reuters.com/article/us-health-diet-prescriptions/prescriptions-for-healthy-food-might-save-lives-and-money-idUSKCN1R02S4)