ObamaCare . . . part 3 of 3

Congress has been wringing its hands over the tragedy of millions of uninsured Americans, for years. The question has been, “How can we pay for all the drugs and surgeries and doctor visits of the Baby Boomers?” How indeed. (And we aren’t even thinking, yet, of the soda generation of obese kids–we’ll worry about that later.)

The Boomers are headed into old age, and they are the biggest generation in recent history, and they’re EXPENSIVE. Social Security is teetering on bankruptcy. Americans haven’t exactly been investing and saving well. Who will pay for it?

Wrong question. It’s unanswerable. It is too expensive and doesn’t work anyway.

Here’s a better one. What if we didn’t look to drugs and surgery to save us?

Here’s another. Is our medical care system even capable of solving our health care crisis?

Here’s another. Would it be less expensive to just start eating right? A heavily plant-based, mostly raw, whole-foods diet? Would we actually solve our problems that way, rather than drugging symptoms of the problems caused by lifestyle in the first place?

Would we have higher Gross Domestic Product and start to turn the trade deficit and the national debt around, if we all had more energy, a more positive mood, and a disappearance of our chronic health problems? If we ate close to the source, locally, without chemicals and huge corporations controlling us and our diet and health?

My ex-husband’s co-workers are a prime example. They go into diabetic comas in the bathroom, three of them died the last year we were married, and two health insurance companies dropped them after increasing rates a couple of times a year, because the employees were so expensive and so ill. Several had cancer or serious cardiac problems. Everyone he worked with was overweight or obese. Lunch every day was fast food.

We continue to frantically wring our hands over an unsolvable problem–how to pay for the endless healthcare needs of those who are sabotaging their health with lifestyle choices. To do this is to be hamsters forever running in a little wheel. Getting nowhere.

YOU have power to turn it around. Start with your own life. If you’ve gotten off the Standard American Diet, teach someone else how to do it. That’s how my site got started. A way to go quantum with the information I’d culled from a hundred different sources, to CORRECT MY FAMILY’S HEALTH.

Teach someone what you know today. Teach someone else the next day. A lot of you are already doing it. Let’s make it a groundswell, an uprising, an outright revolution.

When I consulted with my LNP friend this week to interpret my Vitamin D test results (see my blog posting about that experiment last week). She referred to testing and said, “If you get your doctor to order the test, your insurance will pay for it.” I said, “I don’t have a doctor.”

She said, “What?” I really don’t. I don’t go to one. Ever. I went to an OB/GYN when I had my babies, but the youngest is 9. I haven’t ever even been to a naturopath.

I don’t need them. THAT, my friends, is the best way out of the downward-spiralling health care nightmare that so many people around us are in. It’s a whirlwind. You reap what you sow. JUST SAY NO.

Put. Down. The hot dog.

Pick up my 12 Steps manual. Or my book The Green Smoothies Diet. Grab an apple and a handful of almonds for the car ride. The GOOD option, take the manual (with recipes/ingredients) into Whole Foods Market. Or BETTER, buy a share in a local community-supported agriculture co-op. Or BEST, plant a garden on your patio or backyard. Make a green smoothie. A big salad. A lovely pot of vegetarian chili. Some homemade whole-grain sourdough bread.

It’s good food and it can save us from being in the downward spiral of ObamaCare. It’s enabling the sickness of drug layering: one chemical pill causing a problem that requires another chemical pill, and on and on until our seniors must have other family members managing their complicated, outrageously expensive drug schedules. Many of them are swallowing pills all day long, and to what advantage?

Start taking steps, my friends. Start today. The Pelosi-Reid-Obama “solution” starts in 4 years.

11 thoughts on “ObamaCare . . . part 3 of 3

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  1. I’m sure you don’t intent to offend anyone and just want to share some truths you know… I applaud your forthrightness to bring us information that will help us long term. Who would we really be if we didn’t stand up for what we truly believe in (though not always easy). I do happen to be against Obama’s Health Care Reform for the most part as well. I do believe that American’s should have health care available to them, but I’m frightened by the controls that are being placed on the ‘care’. You hit the nail on the head when you said you went to the Dr. to seek prenatal care to have your children, etc… this is still needed and it’s sad to know that so many don’t have this care available to them because they don’t have insurance. Also, what about car accidents or other unforeseeable events requiring medical care? So I can understand those who want to support this plan for some of those reasons – those who have been in that situation, or had family members in that situation, but I do feel that government is handling this all wrong though, and many freedoms are being taken from us. Though it may be seen as only a political issue, I’m glad to hear you say it really ties in to what you are teaching and I’m just glad I found your site when I did. With your knowledge and assistance I am changing my and my family’s nutrition. And with continued efforts at home to promote our family’s health, I know WE won’t be waiting in long lines for the ‘free’ drugs.

  2. AMEN!!

    Yesterday my friend was telling me a story about how she wanted to find a family doctor for her family because (she said) “We’re gonna get sick.” I had to stop and take a moment internally to process that. Her and other people just expect to get sick. So that is why they have to have their family doctor. This message says “Getting sick is a way of life”!

    WHAT?

    Not my way of life! I haven’t been sick for so long and last time I was it was hardly a bump in the road. What does ail me I get over easily and move on in less than a day. And I definitely don’t need drugs!

    So I’m just creating my own website that I hope will help people eat whole plant foods most of the time, and mostly raw. It is still a huge work in progress but I’m starting to come up with some ideas for it. Mostly I’m completely at a loss for how to do it all. But DH is helping me out so when I feel good about it I’ll have to share it on here!

    1. Tricia, most of the time I’m pretty much at a loss for how to do a web site too! But good for you for tackling it! I didn’t know ANYTHING about the internet 3 years ago and I now I know slightly more than nothing.

  3. Robyn, yes, I do agree with much of what you say, but there is a great deal of resistance by many Americans to eating and living healthfully. I have gotten many of my friends to drink green smoothies, but my father (in his eighties) has had no luck at all in getting acquaintances to eat as healthfully as he does. I don’t think we can have laws forcing people to eat healthfully (although sometimes I wish we could 😉 ). Educating people can certainly help, and I’m glad more and more people are eating local plant-based food.

    But what about people with pre-existing conditions, like my multiple sclerosis? Perhaps if I had been on a low-fat vegan diet and green smoothies since childhood I would not have developed this illness. But the fact is that I do have it now. I have called those insurance companies who advertise on TV that they will cover anyone with pre-existing conditions. They always ask me some questions, and then they say: “Yes, we will cover you–for everything except multiple sclerosis.” Very helpful (*sarcasm*).

    I have made a point of giving up my expensive injectable medications (I am now treating my illness with nutrition), but I can’t give up all my medications because of permanent damage caused by MS. I am fortunate to be covered by my husband’s health insurance, but he is older than I am and will not have the insurance when he retires (or, of course, if something happens to his job, which has happened to many unfortunate people).

    This is why I am so hopeful about healthcare reform. I am the very person reform was designed for: not poor enough to get Medicaid, not rich enough to pay all medical costs, but an ordinary middle class person whose working life was interrupted by major illness. I don’t mind paying for health insurance at all, but until healthcare reform, there was no way I could get it!

    And what about people who have accidents or suffer from other unforeseeable events, as mentioned by the previous poster? I’m trying to understand your point of view, truly, but I don’t see how eating right can solve all medical problems.

    (By the way, I prepared another dinner tonight with one of your recipes, and my husband loved it. Who knew eating healthfully could taste so good?)

    1. Jan, these are legitimate questions and problems and I’m sorry for your struggle. And certainly modern medicine does some good, even though I think we have come to the point where it does far more harm than good (breaking Western medicine’s own creed: “above all else, do no harm.”)

      Surely there must be a way to help those in your situation without crippling our economy that already is staggering under Mr. Obama’s unprecedented spending (followed by Mr. Bush’s horrific spending) on solutions that don’t work and that hurt businesses that are the life force of aforesaid economy.

      The thought I’m trying to provoke is this: If mainstream medicine works, why are American so abysmally unhealthy?

      Let me be really clear that I didn’t make the point that nutrition solves all health problems, no matter how far down the pike those conditions have advanced, for sure. Nor do I think anyone can be FORCED to eat well. (I don’t even talk to people about nutrition if they don’t ask me.) I do think INCENTIVES are a great idea, though.

      I’m looking at this from the macro level: we have to turn the ship around, and making drugs-n-surgery free for everyone isn’t going to turn the ship around, it’s going to sink it.

  4. Thank you for your response, Robyn. Here is one of my suggestions for turning the ship around: stop government subsidies of meat, corn, and sugar products. There are hardly any government subsidies of fruits and vegetables, and those costs have gone up, while the costs of products heavily subsidized by the government have remained low.

    Meanwhile, I appreciate the work you are doing to educate people about nutrition, and Tracy, I’m looking forward to seeing your website!

    1. I agree with that entirely Jan! (If a cut of beef were its non-subsidized price, the estimates I have read say it would cost at least $20/lb.!)

      As Food, Inc. accurately showed us, our agribusiness-dominated food economy has basically become thousands of iterations of corn and soy.

  5. Put. Down. The Hot Dog.

    Love it.

    I have watched my MIL battle stage VI ovarian cancer for the last two years. At first I applauded her as she read books like The China Study, Animal Veg. Miracle, an others. She was really excited about her new “discovery”! But, alas – the Diet Coke and the chicken enchiladas won out. She is most definitely addicted to the foods she loves. It was at this point that I realized how truly addicting eating poorly is, and how hard it is to break the habit. She is not willing to give these foods up on the very real chance it could keep her alive! I really don’t have much hope for the average American to change on their own. But, if we can all help just a few, it’s worth it.

  6. Put. Down. The Hot Dog.

    Love it.

    I have watched my MIL battle stage VI ovarian cancer for the last two years. At first I applauded her as she read books like The China Study, Animal Veg. Miracle, an others. She was really excited about her new “discovery”! But, alas – the Diet Coke and the chicken enchiladas won out. She is most definitely addicted to the foods she loves. It was at this point that I realized how truly addicting eating poorly is, and how hard it is to break the habit. She is not willing to give these foods up on the very real chance it could keep her alive! I really don’t have much hope for the average American to change on their own. But, if we can all help just a few, it’s worth it.

  7. I want to add one more point… if you go to healthcare.gov you can see the changes that are coming while you get a really clear picture of how the law will affect you and your family.

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