Are disease fund raising organizations helping to prevent anything?

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)

All my numbers are from 2010 – (based on annual reports)
American_Diabetes_Association_logoAmerican Diabetes Association: $202,000,000 annual revenue

 
American-Heart-AssociationAmerican Heart Association: $628,000,0000 annual revenue

 
175px-American_Cancer_Society_Logo.svgAmerican Cancer Society: $957,000,000 annual revenue

 

 

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.

 

IDEAS

 

– What if instead of spendCute Boy Buying Vegetablesing 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!)

 

Feed um

 

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 …

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11 Responses to Are disease fund raising organizations helping to prevent anything?

  1. Tara Paustenbach August 29, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    What a concept! You mean….address the CAUSE, and not the SYMPTOMS?? Too easy. I mean, you would think, as Einstein said (and I’m paraphrasing), “often, the most obvious answer is the correct answer.”


  2. Owen Graham August 29, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    Your words reminded me of the power of one’s “voice”.
    You have definitely used it well, to stimulate thought…the foundation of action.
    I was talking with a family member about this 6hours ago..so again..THANK YOU..Thank you..Thank you.. Well Done.


  3. Leon White August 30, 2011 at 7:22 am

    Wow Thank you Terry I learned a lot from this.. All my clients need to know about this


  4. Stephany Lowe August 30, 2011 at 10:06 am

    What a great article Terry:) I was really impressed. I never thought about the concept of a non-profit that uses funds to prevent diseases vs. treating diseases. I am focusing more and more on what I put in my body and doing the slight edge things that will keep me healthy for years to come. I am going to share this article with my friends, keep them coming. Once a mind has been expanded it will never be the same.


  5. Heather October 20, 2011 at 7:50 am

    I completely agree with you but unless we can change the thoughts of lazy, unconcerned, greedy Americans, I am afraid we are in trouble and this trend will continue. We are a very small minority of folks that actually care about eating healthy, exercising almost everyday and wanting a healthy future. It’s beyond sad but I appreciate what you are doing and saying! Can’t wait for that book to come out! 😉


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  7. Helen McLucas January 31, 2012 at 12:05 am

    I believe that avoiding packaged foods will be the first step for you to lose weight. They might taste great, but refined foods currently have very little nutritional value, making you feed on more simply to have enough power to get throughout the day. If you’re constantly ingesting these foods, moving over to grain and other complex carbohydrates will help you have more strength while having less. Great blog post.


  8. Shelly Ramm May 8, 2012 at 4:23 am

    Fantastic post Terry and I completely agree and love the idea of food stamps for raw food, Trouble is there is too much money to be made by phamaceutical companies.
    To have nations whos people are well does not line their pockets and that unfortunately is the end line.
    It’s all greed with so many things interconnected. From raping the land and force feeding cattle grain to make cheap burgers and fast food that makes us sick all the way up to the hospitals and surgeons that cut us open to make us well again to the drug company for the after care medications. Its all about the almighty dollar.


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  10. Rosemarie S. June 3, 2013 at 10:32 am

    Shelly hit the nail on the head. “Looking” for a cure for whatever is BIG business. There’s no money in “finding” a cure.. I agree with Terry in not contributing to these organizations, especially when you think about how much goes to the CEO vs. how much actually goes to help the people who need it. If you want to help people, find people in your city, town, or neighborhood to help directly. That’s how it used to be. And if you ask me, it worked a lot better than supporting these large organizations.


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