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.

the Renegade Lunch Lady

In Anaheim (I know! I still haven’t told you about the handful of cool products I found–but I will! And I bought some of them for you!) . . .

I heard the coolest talk by Chef Ann Cooper, the “Renegade Lunch Lady.”

She manages 30,000 kids’ lunches in the Boulder, Colorado area. Her goal is to transform children’s diets from the hot mess of processed food it is now, to a nourishing whole-food meal, one school lunch at a time. She’s my hero.

The U.S. government pays $2.68 for a child’s school lunch. Two thirds of that, Cooper says, goes to payroll, leaving just a dollar to feed each child! She wants you to go to her site, thelunchbox.org and write your elected officials to ask for an extra dollar to feed kids good nutrition, in addition to other government initiatives.

She told us to go out into ExpoWest and find real nutrition. (Good luck! Like I said, 1 in 100 “organic” or “natural” choice is worth your money.) Instead of (her voices changed to a sarcastic tone) organic gummy bears. (I love this lady. Wasn’t that just what I was telling you last week? Don’t waste your limited dollars on organic junk food!)

She said, about school lunches:

“Just say NO to refined flour. To soda, candy, and chips. To antibiotics and hormones. To chemicals and preservatives.

“Just say yes to plum tastings, to a salad bar in every school, to cutting sodium levels in half, to hummus tastings.”

She helps the schools figure out ways to connect children to their food sources. Growing food in the school yard. Trying new, whole foods they’ve never been exposed to, with fun tastings–with all the varied colors, textures, and tastes.

She says the USDA LOVES food for school lunches that haven’t been touched by human hands. School lunches nationwide are chicken nuggets, corn dogs, grilled cheese sandwiches. And we wonder why 70% of America is overweight. In the next two years, MILLIONS of Americans will become overweight. We have to stop the trend NOW.

What is needed, Chef Ann says, is “fresh vegetables, fresh fruits, whole grains, and clean proteins.” Amen, sister.

She says, “Vote with your purchasing!”

Here’s her PowerPoint presentation she showed us, which is fantastic:

http://www.chefann.com/html/about-chef-ann/audio-video.html

raw food in India? an interesting email from a reader

We get some really interesting email, and I’ve pasted one below that we got this week that I think you’ll enjoy. It corroborates what I have noticed being in 16 countries in the past 18 months. That is, the influence of American culture on the rest of the world has not been wholly positive, and has in fact been devastating in the area of nutrition. My country has helped many cultures previously eating close to the land adopt both a processed diet and all the diseases that come with it. Read what Anu has to say:

Dear GreenSmoothieGirl:

I am ecstatic reading your myths. I want to wave it in people’s faces saying “Ha! I told you so!”

I come from India, where the food habits is slightly better than USA, but just. Here are too people have become enamoured by soft drinks, burgers and pizzas. KFC and McDonalds in every city! Add to that, spicy and oily fried snacks that have become indispensable for every meal. Fried potatoes in any forms sells fast. I hate eating out because I am sure MSG is added in almost everything to make it tastier. There is a high increase in diabetes in the country and you don’t see any advertisement asking people to cut down on white sugar but a number of clinics have come up instead–diabetes is a huge health market here! It’s crazy.

My father-in-law who was a top athlete in his younger days is now confined to his chair all thanks to sugar, diabetes, and the diabetes doctor who just pushed pills on him. I have been telling my husband not to eat those vitamin pills, soy products, and processed products — all pushed aggressively by the industry — all waiting to form cancer in the body.

I’ve had fresh “cooked” food (rather than frozen) all my life, but not raw food.

This is the land of the thulasi and many other medicinal herbs and plants. Much before modern science and medicine and counting calories, entire systems of sensible eating has evolved here. The importance of eating the right food and its effects on your mental makeup have been given out in detail.

I don’t know where we lost this! I think, somewhere people got so poor, that they took the easiest thing to cook and they forgot about fruits which couldn’t be preserved with fridges.

I am vegan by choice (with the exception of organic honey for medicinal purpose) and avoid the five whites in my food. I have always felt I must have fresh food, raw food.

This site is testimony to what all I heard about good sensible eating.

Reading about the benefits it has done to you physically, I’m hoping it’s the same for me, as I hope to run a marathon strong one day.

Thank you. I purchased the green smoothies ebook. We don’t get so many berries over here but otherwise, I will adapt this to what is available over here. And hey, this is coconut country, we get them easily here. I am exploring new options that I would not have otherwise. Oh my, I don’t think I am going to look at any vegetable the same way ever!

You may be interested in reading up about siddha and ayurveda. These systems are the pride of this country. They are more about prevention than cure.

Thanks for sharing Robyn. If you ever come to India, do contact me. Its a crowded, noisy and fascinating country and I love it.

regards,
Anu

a Time Magazine article you should read

http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1917458,00.html

Please read this article about the high price of the cheap food we eat.

I am extremely unhappy with our president’s health care reform plan.   (My health care reform would include disincentives for prescription drug use and incentives for healthy living “preventive” measures.)   But I’m a big fan of Michelle Obama’s organic garden producing 225 lbs. of produce this summer, and all the media attention it has gotten.

My garden is  outta control.     This year I planted a 6’x’4′ square foot box entirely full of amaranth.   Then I forgot what  I’d planted  until I saw it somewhere else last week.   I’ve been putting it in smoothies and freezing it, too, but 80% of it is going to go to compost–I just can’t keep up.   I have eggplants nearly ripe–the first time I’ve planted that, and also turnips and purple cabbage and grape tomatoes and several other things.   It’s fun to try new stuff in the garden.   Eggplant parmigiana later this week.   (No, I don’t know how to make it.   I’m going to figure it out.)

It’s a long and winding road to good nutrition!

In my first newsletters, I told you a little about the rocky path to health that my family and I traversed.  It’s not very often clear and linear, that path, is it?  You try a lot of dumb stuff, yucky recipes you throw away, before you end up at the truth—and that’s if you’re lucky.  (A lot of people spend an entire lifetime following false prophets and believing false information.  Like the folks who put all their faith in the barbaric practices of oncology, or the crazy dietetics of the Atkins Diet, for instance.)

The good news?  That the failure of all the dumb stuff you tried before (drugs, Atkins Diet, etc.) were useful in one sense: they help you recognize the truth when you see it.

The longer and more twisty that path, the more likely you are to recognize the beauty and efficacy of pure, simple truths.  Like the one GreenSmoothieGirl.com is dedicated to: that eating an unadulterated diet of whole plant foods is a savior in a thousand different ways.

There’s the thing you’re preoccupied with now.  It might be cancer, or psoriasis, or leaky gut syndrome, or Epstein Barr.  An affliction that’s kinda wrecking your life right now, or someone close to you.

But the crazy thing is this.  Not only are your chances of addressing all degenerative disease and energy issues HIGHEST with a diet approach (and everything else I’m teaching on GreenSmoothieGirl.com), but you’re going to have so many unexpected health and wellness benefits, you’ll barely be able to count them at the end of a year.

Once I took RESPONSIBILITY for my own health and my little son’s, I undertook my own private health course. (I found that health and nutrition education in traditional institutions were heavily influenced by industries like meat, dairy, processed foods, and pharmaceuticals.)

Although my program 12 Steps to Whole Foods is a crystallized version of the education I underwent for 15 years, if you’re a reader, you can immerse yourself in the very best books.  I’ll give you a leg up, because I read a lot of dubious stuff.  Here’s a link to the very best, my favorite books by authors you can trust:

http://www.greensmoothiegirl.com/book-reviews/

Enjoy!

To Your Health,

–Robyn Openshaw

p.s.  The first thing you should do as you’ve decided to get healthy is invest in the most important tool in my kitchen: the BlendTec Total Blender. It’s so much more than the best tool ever for making mixed drinks at your next party. You’ll be a green smoothie chef in no time at all!