Fresh Air

February 4th

Secret Garden

One of many quiet nooks I’ve found lately to ponder the heavy conversations I’ve been mulling over at work. We are knee deep in national health issues and trying to figure out what policies and programs could do something to change the sad fact Americans are eating and smoking themselves to death. Personal choice and responsibility have never been more important to our nation, our security and our future.

If you’d like a non-traditional take on what has led us down this path, this guy thinks it all started with Nixon. (This is both hilarious and frightening by his research.) The program is long, but well worth consideration. It is also inspiring me to shake up my own eating habits and take more responsibility for my health.

I’ll be standing in front of a class of graduate students preaching about the importance of such choices too soon; better to do so being my very best. I think this may be the best motivation I’ve ever had.


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12 Responses

  1. ahhh…what a refreshing picture. 🙂

  2. I know exactly where that is! Just gotta watch out for the feral (smelly) cats 🙂

  3. Read “Food Rules” yet? I think it’s the most useful of Pollan’s books for the purpose of eating healthfully.

    Short, simple and full of facts that are so hard to ignore and so easy to remember that making contradictory decisions about what to eat has become really hard for me.

    Example? One rule: If you’re not hungry enough to eat an apple, you’re not hungry.

    Oh. I guess that means I don’t really want this bag of SmartPop popcorn, then.


    My apple and I will go back to my desk and go on with our lives.

  4. No matter what, conversations are good. Keep ’em going!

  5. Larissa Stretton February 4, 2010

    I also have been reading a Michael Pollan book, “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” and his research seems to point the finger at Nixon’s administration for the beginning of the high fructose corn syrup in everything and the feedlots, etc. Very fascinating book, idea, subject…..What to do about it, is very daunting.


  6. I am reading a few of Pollan’s books as well as “Animal Vegetable Miracle” by Barbara Kingsolver…interesting stuff. It seems this is popping up everywhere lately.

  7. I’ve heard that doctors are more likely to just write a prescription if a patient has a complaint rather than suggest quitting a bad habit like smoking or eating or drinking too much, or starting a good habit like exercise. If doctors won’t be honest about our health, who will?

  8. It sounds strange to me, as an italian, that lots of people don’t have health insurance, it’s sort of granted for us here, it’s not a perfect system, but we know we have health care if we need it without being in debts for a lifetime afterwards.

  9. I recognize that spot! Hope you’re enjoying your new gig!

  10. Holly Cow… I watched the entire video and will do it again… must teach my youngens a few things…
    I’m getting that Michael Pollan book too.

  11. GREAT video, I always love learning more about the subject. It’s shocking how off we are as a nation when it comes to health & nutrition, really, it’s embarrassing. Thanks for sharing!

  12. I thought the video was interesting. I thought the comments were interesting, as well, if not more. Personally, I blame it all on McDonald’s and the media. Fast food/Hard sell. The average person has no defense against the buy more, eat more, double size me, half price me, addict me message we get every time we turn on out t.v. Most of us are sitting ducks. And we hear messages every day that are getting more and more bizarre. For example, the other day I saw a commercial that wanted to sell me a pill to help me stop smoking my Camel cigarettes. I was ready to buy, but the disclaimer at the end of the ad said that this wonder pill might cause stroke, depression, suicidal thoughts and/or sudden death. Then there’s the commercial that tells me to call my doctor immediately if I go blind after making love to my wife with an erection that lasts more than four hours. Bottom line is American people will buy anything if it promises to make you feel better, look better, perform better, fill you faster, and do it all with the least amount of discomfort as possible. And as long as the media, politicians, drug companies, and fat corporations continue sharing the same bed, every generation will be worse off than the last.