“The US does not have a health care system; we have a disease-management system.”
– Dr. Andrew Weil, Naturopathic Doctor
Is our healthcare system seeking to keep people just sick enough to keep then coming back? Why would doctors want to keep you sick? Aren’t doctors there to make us well? Do insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, and medical device sales companies need us to open your wallet month after month after month to keep their high lifestyles in place? The doctors do the best with what they have been given in medical school.
We, the people, we, the patients, need to educate ourselves on WHY this nation is so sick. 75% of money spent on medical care in this country goes toward treating preventable diseases (CNN, Escape Fire). If these diseases are preventable, why aren’t we preventing them?
Since hunter-gatherer times, human instincts have guided human behavior to seek out and consume as much sugar and fat as possible. Our bodies recognize these substances as life saving because they can be stored up for times of famine. This is a great system in a hunter-gatherer world of feast and famine, where the main sources of calories are fresh, “pastured” meat, fish, nuts, seeds, fruit, and fresh veggies (plants).
However, this instinct is alive in a world where preservative laden, months-old grains and refined cane sugar are readily and always available. We are so removed from our food source that many children don’t even know that fruits and vegetables are grown out of the ground, not produced in a factory.
We are living in A Brave New World, but our Soma is soda and packaged cupcakes and gas station hot dogs. And we are paying for it with our health. Education and hard work are the only remedies. No one will spoon-feed us healthy food that will prevent disease. We have to grow it, in our backyard, basement garage or spare closet, In pots, on patios, in gardens and in greenhouses and grow tents.
If you have the space in your yard, a greenhouse is the best investment you can make in your health care. You can control the weather in a greenhouse. You will get the freshest produce you’ve ever eaten out of your greenhouse. And you can have that produce year-round. Greenhouses are beautiful and full of meaning and hope. Hope for our health. Gardening for just a few minutes each day has proven to reduce stress and increase tranquility.
And if you want your greenhouse to produce even more for you, start an Aquaponics system inside. You get endless fresh veggies and fruits and fish. Depending on the size of your greenhouse and how you cultivate your system, you could live on what your greenhouse produces forever.
Fresh, homegrown food is the answer to America’s “disease-management system.” Join with us every other week to share your experiences or ask questions. Follow us or email us. Working together is fun and exciting. Together we can do more! Happy harvesting!