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America's Health Care System Needs Correctives: Also Animal Care

From Dr. Michael W. Fox, OneHealth.com
February 2023

I have long questioned what I see as an unhealthy alliance between various government regulatory agencies responsible for public health and nutrition-education, their sins of omission and commission ultimately benefiting the agribusiness food and pharmaceutical industries.

Michael W. Fox

The report by the Commonwealth Fund, U.S. Health Care from a Global Perspective, 2022: Accelerating Spending, Worsening Outcomes, is a clarion call for reforms and correctives.
The U.S. spends nearly 18 percent of GDP on health care, yet Americans die younger and are less healthy than residents of other high-income countries. (U.S. Health Care from a Global Perspective, 2022 | Commonwealth Fund).Not only does the U.S. have the lowest life expectancy among high-income countries, but it also has the highest rates of avoidable deaths.

Part of this problem is that now, for the first time in nearly 30 years, the FDA is changing its requirements to label food as “healthy,” with cholesterol, saturated fat and other concerns in mind. A group of 50 organizations is urging the U.S. government to disclose any “potential financial conflicts of interest” amongst those involved in creating the next dietary guidelines.

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” hearkens back to Hippocrates, the father of medicine. This quote, though thousands of years old, acknowledges the importance of healthy eating and how the nutrients in various foods have healing properties. Few medical and veterinary colleges provide adequate courses in nutrition, nutarcueticals and nutrigenomics.

Finding nutritious alternatives to animal products and embracing a plant-based diet is good for the animals, good for the planet and best for our health. For those looking to change their own diets, see Veda Stram’s What to Eat When You Don't Eat Animals: menus and ideas to inspire people who want to eat as if life is precious.


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