Is the problem with healthcare costs a food problem? Check out this well thought out point of view.

Is the problem with healthcare costs a food problem?  Check out this well thought out point of view.

Computers that are programmed and fed bad data and code will spew out garbage or crash, something we were all familiar with when we ran earlier versions of Windows.  The old adage, garbage in, garbage out is true for computers.

Humans are no so different, except that when you feed them garbage, the body can become ill over time and will develop symptoms, or worse, crash and you develop a life threatening disease process.  This is again, garbage in, garbage out but diseases are feared and treated, without little interest on why the problem developed in the first place.

In a recent blog post, I discussed the idea of reducing inflammation which is the real cause of many diseases.

This idea is now new. Many complementary health care providers have already recognized the problem of inflammatory foods and the link to disease.

Most of us are not aware that groups of symptoms are classified as diseases so big pharma can make drugs to treat them.  This is great for their business model but lousy for us.

If you want to reduce your risk of disease, you must eat better food, exercise and live an overall healthier lifestyle.  While some of this is subject to interpretation, eating in an unhealthy way at times is not life threatening, but having a poor overall diet may be.

This recent article I found discusses the idea that diseases may in fact be a result of what and how we eat, so why don’t we as a society treat that instead for a much lower cost.

Want to fix America’s health care? First, focus on food

Dariush Mozaffarian, Tufts University September 12, 201

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.)

Dariush Mozaffarian, Tufts University

(THE CONVERSATION) The national debate on health care is moving into a new, hopefully bipartisan phase.

The fundamental underlying challenge is cost – the massive and ever-rising price of care which drives nearly all disputes, from access to benefit levels to Medicaid expansion.

So far, policymakers have tried to reduce costs by tinkering with how care is delivered. But focusing on care delivery to save money is like trying to reduce the costs of house fires by focusing on firefighters and fire stations.

A more natural question should be: What drives poor health in the U.S., and what can be done about it?

We know the answer. Food is the number one cause of poor health in America. As a cardiologist and public health scientist, I have studied nutrition science and policy for 20 years. Poor diet is not just about individual choice, but about the systems that make eating poorly the default for most Americans.

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