I had an interesting thought today as I was in the checkout line:
“No I don’t want to donate $1 to the American Heart Association. I’m not interested in funding some drug or research company. How about I donate one of these carrots I bought to a low-income family that can only afford fast food!”….hm…..
This thought is based on my humble opinion that, in this day and age, we eat about 95% of our diseases. Meaning that improper diet, processed foods, daily reliance on medication, an overload of years of inner toxins. under-consumption of water and over consumption of every other drink out there, and a lack of light daily exercise are the real cause behind pretty much every fancy named ailment out there (heart disease, cancer, Alzheimers, obesity, migraines, bad breath, bad skin…)
So then I had another thought (2 in a row…I know!): How much money are organizations (like The American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association, American Cancer Society…) raising each year and how much raw food would that buy? (fruits, vegetables, free range meats, unprocessed & non-fast food)
WOW! Everyone is giving! Everyone is doing their part! Everyone cares!
That’s great news for sure. So that’s not the problem.
Interestingly enough, these organizations are mostly fixated on damage control – diagnosis and treatment. And they are mostly indifference towards prevention. They are well intentioned. They are filled with employees and volunteers that want to help. They have helped people. That’s not the problem.
– What if instead of spending millions on drugs to counteract the effects of the lame food and drink we consume, we skip the middle man and start fixing the diet of the high-risk members of our society?
– What if we started distributing raw real food to lower income families every week?
– What if food stamps were only allowed to be used for real raw food?
– What if some of that money was used to subsidize organic crops/transportation/local farmers?
– What if some of that money was used to subsidize higher quality ingredients/foods at fast food restaurants?
I’m sure we can find something to do with $1.8 BILLION DOLLARS right? Right?
Of course, that would not stop the fast food abuse…but it’s a start, right?
It might not IMMEDIATELY help the few million cancer, diabetes, heart disease sufferers … but it would surely decrease a few million new ones from coming along (and I know it would help the current sufferers too!)
The Department of Labor says the average American spends $6300 per year on food (at home or eating out).
Let’s say we only spend half of the revenue the 3 organizations above (I’m sure they have expenses and employees to pay)
With $900 million from 2010
They could feed 1.4 million Americans for 1 full year each (only the best food of course!)
What if they gave $2 Billion of it to McDonald’s to go organic??
Some smart guy thought of that already 😉 What if McDonald’s Went Organic?
Now this is not to say that these organizations are useless. There is a small percentage of sufferers that need immediate medical intervention to prevent pain and suffering and for life support….LONG ENOUGH FOR THEM TO GET THEIR INTERNAL PROCESSES IN ORDER AGAIN.
I’m being a bit over simplified by just talking general dietary needs and exercise to fix the country’s health issues (it’s a correct statement, but the magic is in the details – proper cleansing of toxins, proper live real food, proper water intake, proper elimination of “bad” foods”) but I’m not writing a book here…yet 😉
We all want to give. We all want to help. We feel bad if we don’t give.
Sometimes the solution isn’t just throwing money at the problem, though.
Think about it & BE WELL …