Are You a Processed Person?

I strongly believe that most of our health issues are related to diet and lifestyle, not disease, as many in the medical establishment would have you believe.

And as parents, we are responsible for the foods that our kids eat and the habits that they learn, much of which are carried on into adulthood.

So let’s talk health – the state of unhealthiness in America is disturbing to me.

Here’s a few choice tidbits, courtesy of Processed People:

  • 200 million Americans are overweight.
  • 100 million are obese.
  • Over 75 million Americans have high blood pressure.
  • 24 million are diabetic.
  • Heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death for men and women, followed by stroke and obesity-related cancers.
  • Obesity has overtaken tobacco as the No. 1 cause of preventable deaths in the U.S.
  • Over 50% of bankruptcies are caused by “medical debt.”

Processed People features in-depth discussions with leading health experts detailing why so many of us are sick, and offers solutions to our current devastating health crisis. Tragically, many Americans are victims of a “health care” system and way of life which are devastating to our overall well-being. To those running our system, the bottom line on the dollars we’re able to spend is more important than the bottom line on our health. We’re caught in a perpetual grinding machine, unable to escape.”

“It’s nearly impossible to be liberated when there’s so much confusing, conflicting information from “the authorities” — be they the government or industry-controlled organizations like the American Dietetic Association. You find yourself wondering: Do they really have your best interests at heart?”

“Fast food, fast medicine, fast news, and fast lives have turned many Americans into sick, uninformed, indebted, “processed” people.”

Consider purchasing this film and showing it to your friends, your family, your local school administrators, and your church. It’s up to us, not the government, to change things.

Oh yeah –> You should also follow me on Twitter.

Derek Markham

Things I dig include: simple living, natural fatherhood, attachment parenting, natural building, unassisted childbirth (homebirth), bicycles, permaculture, organic and biodynamic gardening, vegan peanut butter cookies with chocolate chips, bouldering, and the blues. Find me elsewhere at @NaturalPapa, @DerekMarkham, Google+, or RebelMouse.

3 thoughts on “Are You a Processed Person?

  • December 10, 2009 at 2:54 pm
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    Sounds like a really interesting documentary. Thanks for posting it. This past year, I started following similar advice from Dr. Ray Strand at http://www.releasingfat.com. He makes the same points about eating whole foods, especially whole carbohydrates, rather than processed. I lost about 15 pounds and feel and look much better because of it. The best part about it is that it wasn’t that hard. Anyone can do this.
    .-= Nathan Schock´s last blog ..Now on 3BL Media Blog =-.

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  • December 10, 2009 at 3:38 pm
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    “I strongly believe that most of our health issues are related to diet and lifestyle, not disease, as many in the medical establishment would have you believe.”

    You might want to look up the word “disease”. Diseases aren’t just genetic or infectious. Diseases can be caused or exacerbated by dietary problems — like heart *disease*.

    But yes, I think many *diseases* are diet related, even if they also have genetic components (like a genetic predisposition to something). Certainly some of the most *common* diseases are in the U.S. However, most? Not so sure about that. There is a VERY long list of diseases that don’t seem to be caused by diet.

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    • December 10, 2009 at 4:11 pm
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      I do know what ‘disease’ means, but perhaps I should have clarified it further, such as health disorders, or ‘non-infectious’ diseases (but then that wouldn’t have read nearly as well). For example, we talk of finding a cure for cancer, or for heart ‘disease’, or for obesity related health disorders, yet some of the most progressive minds in ‘alternative health’ (gotta love that qualification) have linked poor diet and lifestyle to these conditions. Add to that the belief by some of these same individuals that genetic or hereditary predisposition to some of these disorders can be linked to the diet and lifestyle of our parents and grandparents, and it becomes an issue of ‘everything is connected’. One such example (highly debated) is the Pottenger study.

      So when we read that heart ‘disease’ is the number one killer in the US, along with obesity and related health issues, I think I can stand behind my statement that I believe that most of our health issues are in fact, related to lifestyle. Eating too much unhealthy food, living a sedentary life, or failing to take care of our bodies is also *our* responsibility, not the insurance company or our so-called health system.

      I find it hard to believe that more money should be spent in trying to ‘cure’ these disorders.

      And when we use the same term for things that are infectious or preventable, I think it also confuses the issue.

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