Here is a short video about health care:
I thought I’d use that video as a “jumping-off point” and talk about some of the related issues.
The USA doesn’t have a National Health Service like the UK does, which is a major pathetic failure of one of the largest and most prosperous countries in the world. I wonder how many of the problems in American society are at least partly due to many people not having free access to basic health care.
Although the UK does have the NHS, there are both good and bad aspects to it. For example, if you are badly injured in an accident, or stabbed, or need an operation, you can be very glad that the NHS exists. But what about keeping people healthy and preventing disease? The NHS is terrible in this regard. Doctors are trained to prescribe drugs to treat symptoms once people become ill. They are not trained to treat the root causes of illnesses or keep people healthy to prevent them getting ill in the first place. You can read more about why this is the case in my earlier article: The Pharmaceutical Industry Doesn’t Want You to be Healthy.
Many people are fat and unhealthy. There has been so much talk in recent years of the state of our planet, and how we’re damaging the planet by driving cars and boiling kettles, while our political leaders travel on private helicopters and send their military forces to bomb other countries and kill people. I don’t really want this to be a political site, so I’m not going to rant endlessly about all those insane double standards. But how we treat each other is just as important (perhaps more so?) than how we treat the planet, and how we treat ourselves affects how we feel, and how we feel affects how we treat others.
One of the biggest threats to the survival of the human race is the sheer amount of utter rubbish we shove down our throats. Look, the basics of this are not rocket science. Your body needs good fuel. If you put rubbish fuel into your body, it’s not going to function properly. If you eat mostly burgers, chocolate and ice cream, and drink mostly beer and coke, you’re going to get fat and ill. THIS IS A FACT. If that upsets you, it’s because it’s true for you. If what I’ve said kind of describes you, then you are a drug addict, and your drug is junk food. Junk food is as addictive as heroin and smoking. Surely it’s only a matter of time before it’s viewed on the same terms?
Prevention is better than cure, and food is better medicine than drugs. If you put junk food into your body until you get fat and/or ill, then have to take pills to feel better or have an operation to fix the problem, that is like urinating into your car’s fuel tank and then needing to get major mechanical work done on it as a result. It clearly doesn’t make any sense, does it? Why is there so much caution around high dose vitamin supplements, when the alternative is prescription drugs with serious side effects?
Why do people eat junk food?
- It’s easily available and cheap.
- It briefly makes you feel high.
- A short while later it makes you feel low, so you need more of it to feel high again.
- So the cycle continues.
Something that makes you feel high, then low, and which wrecks your health? Doesn’t that sound like a drug to you? It certainly does to me.
Why do some depressed people eat too much junk food?
- Low levels of the brain chemical serotonin can make people feel sad or depressed.
- Eating high sugar foods causes serotonin to briefly rise, making the depressed person briefly feel happy.
- A short while later, their serotonin will drop back down, and so will their blood sugar level, making them feel depressed again.
- So the cycle continues.
So as you can see, obesity is not so much of a psychological problem, as some people suggest, but a physical brain chemistry problem. To learn more about brain chemicals and how they affect how we think and feel, see some of my previous articles:
- B Vitamins and Other Nutrients for Depression
- Nutrition for Depression and Mental Illness
- Mental Health: the Chemicals of the Brain
The comparison between junk food and smoking.
When my parents young adults they smoked. So did many other people, and people were less aware of the health dangers of smoking. These days, smoking is widely recognized as being a major health problem and a bad habit to have. Although many people still smoke, at least the medical world unanimously agrees that smoking is extremely bad for health and everyone should stop smoking; and gradually steps are being put in place to try to make smoking more of an awkward activity, and also to encourage people to quit.
I’m hoping that we are going to go through the same process with junk food. I think now we are at the stage where people are becoming more and more aware of just how much of a problem it is. If someone is morbidly obese and at risk of heart problems or diabetes, and it’s all because they eat too many things like burgers, chocolate and ice cream, how is that really any different from someone having lung cancer because they have spent years smoking 20 cigarettes a day? They are both in bad health and are going to die young, all because of what they put in their mouths.
- Optimum Nutrition Bible by Patrick Holford
- Optimum Nutrition for the Mind by Patrick Holford