Ten thousand or more people beating the same drum do not make it the truth.
What is “it” Greg?
The conventional wisdom about what constitutes healthy food and the way to create health.
“It” is the rampant pimping of pharmaceuticals as the way to longevity or god forbid, prevention of disease.
Think vaccines for kids and adults, Statins for one and all — even kids, Diabetes meds, including insulin instead of food prescriptions that work, Drugs to strengthen bones that are crying out for nutrition, not black box labeled liver destroyers, Anti-depressants, (especially for women of a certain age who simply need to be heard and tested to find a physical cause of their ennui), and the flip side — speed for kids and adults alike who have problems focusing.
(Welcome to the world where distraction and boredom exist side by side, where narcissism in parents fuels entitlement in kids, and western medicine — as well as short-tempered parents and teachers — think medicate them is the answer.)
For months the idea of “enough” has been rambling around in my head.
Am I enough, do you feel like you are?
Am I doing enough to rise to the call of my mission to reverse the rates of diabetes and heart disease and remind women of their magnificence?
What am I putting up with that if I could see clearly I’d see cried out for“Enough!?”
When I saw the cover of last week’s Newsweek magazine, Enough! became my battle cry.
I was traveling to a business mastermind meeting — you know the Charleston/Charlotte confusion? I had nothing to read so hit the newsstand.
When I saw that cover, (ok I’m really showing my panties here), I tear-ed up. Tear-ed up as in trying to hide the noise that comes from that catch in your throat when you are caught off guard emotionally.
The word that came to mind was, Enough!
I love teaching and coaching individuals. I love being a part of someone’s life changing moment. I always will. And my life is calling me to do something bigger.
In order for the world to change I have to change. Here are some of the reasons.
- Our healthcare system is sick, it is more illness care than health care. Do you feel good about how much do you pay vs what you get?
- The US is 49th in the world for quality of care and yet $2.3 Billion is spent annually on health care.
- Our obesity rate is the worst in the world and it is estimated that by 2015 41% of our population will be obese.
- Avandia, the world’s #1 selling diabetes drug contributed to the death of 47,000 people from heart disease in the first 11 years of its use. (Quoted from The Blood Sugar Solution by Dr. Mark Hyman)
- An estimated 450,000 preventable medication-related adverse events occur in the U.S. every year. (cited from DrMercola.com)
- Kids in our country are being diagnosed with what used to be called, Adult Onset Diabetes, as young as 9 years old.
But wait, there’s a drug for that.
And I’ve only cited a few of the examples of how we are letting Big Pharma, Big Biz, Big Food, Big Ag — Monsanto! — to influence our quality of life. Big money controls the airways, the bandwidth, and the words we see in print for the most part. The very organizations that people trust to help them know what to do to stay healthy — American Heart Assoc, Am. Diabetes Assoc, American Dietetics Association to name a few — are bought and paid for by food manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies. The low fat, high whole grain diet prescription is still the one being pushed for a healthy body, yet the nation gets fatter and sicker by the week.
And beautiful healthy blue eyed babies will grow up to be 300 pounds unless they know they have a choice.
Yes, I’m on a rant.
And it’s not going to go away anytime soon, so I’ve decided to join forces.
I can’t impact the world in the way I want to on my own.
My mission has expanded to include any of you who also feel strongly about helping people learn what’s healthy so they have choice.
How this happens is that we first make sure that we are healthy and our businesses are healthy. If not we don’t make the kind of impact we could, young kids end up on drugs, women like you and I stay frustrated and unhappy because no one seems to want to listen. Truth is they don’t know how to help.
I do, and some of you do. So in my humble opinion Enough! Let’s get loud!