I recently discovered the blog, Welcome to Abby’s Kitchen, and love it! Abby’s got lots of great healthy recipes, but I also enjoy reading her thoughts about health care, food and well-being. Her take on these issues is especially powerful since she’s a registered nurse and is certified in plant-based nutrition. Today I thought I’d share some of Abby’s thoughts. Here’s what she has to say:
Is Your Grocery Store Safe?
“Hi, my name is Abby Carson, and I am a wife, mother, and registered nurse. I worked for several years in a cardiac step down unit at Washington Hospital Center and Georgetown University Hospital, and, as a result of this experience, became aware of how both our diet and health care systems are failing us.
With respect to grocery stores, they have become hazardous waste dumps, requiring knowledgeable and informed shoppers to avoid the many dangers on the shelves. There are so many chemicals, preservatives, refined sugars, refined flours, toxins, and genetically engineered substances added to our food that it boggles the mind. It’s critical to be vigilant in reading not just the calorie label, but the entire ingredient list. If you can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it. Support organic and sustainable farming. If you have the ability, grow your own garden. It’s been said that growing your own food is like printing your own money.
With respect to our healthcare system, it has been corrupted by corporate interests and greed. Instead of treating underlying diseases, symptoms are treated with a “pill for every ill”. Patients with chronic diseases have become cash cows, being diagnosed earlier and earlier to get them into the system, and onto a lifetime of pharmaceutical drugs. Preventative measures such as lifestyle and nutrition have gone by the wayside, as the FDA, USDA, EPA, the CDC focus not on our well-being, but instead on the profitability of the big agricultural and pharmaceutical interests. Why do other countries take steps to protect their citizens from GMOs, harmful foods and harmful additives, while our government is run by the same people who produce these poisons?
I encourage you to take charge of your own health. Take care of your loved ones by eating and feeding yourself and those you love real food, and not the food-like products that line store shelves.”
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