Health Watch: It’s Time to Take Better Care of Ourselves
Undeniably, our health is our first wealth. What good will all the riches in the world provide us, if we are bedridden? If we choose not to treat our body as if it’s priceless, we will eventually suffer some huge consequences. Just drive by two or three hospitals, and you will most likely see that the parking lots are full.
Unfortunately, the hospital in my town is building a whole new wing to accommodate the traffic of those who are suffering from ill health. Many of the illnesses which plague us can be avoided by making healthier food choices. If you’re in metro Atlanta, begin your journey by taking a trip to Your DeKalb Farmers Market. You’ll find quality fruits and vegetables from around the globe.
Below is an article from NaturalNews.com written by Debby Bolen, a Registered Nurse. Please take a moment to read it in its entirety by clicking the link. We all deserve to live a healthier life. It’s the best gift we can give to ourselves and to our family … starting today.
Consequences of the American Processed Foods Diet
(NaturalNews) Regrettably, the processed food industry wastes over $33 billion per year in advertising to lure people to consume sugar-laden, fast, junk foods. These processed foods are overloaded with hydrogenated oil, high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners, and trans fats. While lacking in necessary nutrition, processed foods’ main ingredients are nutrient empty sugar, water, fat, flour, starch, artificial colorings and flavors.
In 2002 alone, the processed food industry sold over $174 billion worth of this adulterated combination by fabricating thousands of cookies, crackers, puddings, cakes, soft drinks, and other concoctions. The ensuing outcome is America has become a factory of wide spread obesity and chronic disease where a huge number of Americans are then sent on to the highly profitable pharmaceutical industry.
In 2007, John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health warned: if not halted, the ever-increasing obesity crisis will explode by 2015 to 24% of children and adolescents being overweight or obese, and 75% of adults being overweight with 41% being obese. Currently over fifty percent of people with severe weight problems have diabetes alone. At this time, the CDC and NIH have estimated over 7% of our population has a form of diabetes for a total of over 21 million people but nearly a third are undiagnosed.
In 2007, indirect and direct medical cost of diabetes is estimated at over $174 billion. Presently these numbers are exploding daily and tangible statistics are difficult to obtain to keep up with the reality of our diabetes epidemic. It is very distressing that American society has chosen this lifestyle in view of the fact that 1970’s nutritional experts’ research data revealed patterns of eating has a direct influence on illnesses.