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Can We Solve Our Health Problems One Person at a Time?

Thursday, December 29th, 2016

What’s the difference between health prevention, health care, and public health? Health prevention tries to address the causes of health imbalance and disease. Health care treats an individual after symptoms or disease manifests. Public health tries to remove disease contributors— that affect all people. The bottom line is that some health concerns must be addressed through health care and making the right personal health choices. But some disease contributors can only be addressed by modifying societal health choices.

Let’s first clarify the difference between personal and societal health choices— and the connection between them. On the personal level, if my friend, Ralph chooses to regularly over-eat foods known to produce gain weight, his personal decision may drive him towards obesity. On the societal level, if corporate influence, regulations, laws, subsidies, and social policies make fattening foods cheap and available, then these policies will drive Ralph— and millions of others— towards weight gain and obesity. Read More→

Bugs R Us

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

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From the get-go, conventional medicine’s signature promise was to help humans kill infections and wipe out invading bacteria via antibiotics and vaccines.But research over the last decade reveals that fighting germs with antibiotics, injecting antibiotics into livestock animals, and dousing ourselves, our homes, and our environment with antibacterial toothpastes, cleansers, and soaps may turn out to be a misguided, producing long term health consequences. Read More→

Connect the Dots: Maya Shetreat- Klein: The Dirt Cure

Monday, February 15th, 2016

Listen to Connect the Dots: I interview Maya Shetreat-Klein, MD, author of The Dirt Cure: Growing Healthy Kids With Foods Straight From Soil. We talk about the connection between childhood allergies and immune disorders and all the toxins and additives in food and other products. http://connectthedots.podbean.com/2016/02/
Since January 2011, Connect the Dots is a weekly show on the Progressive Radio Network hosted by food, health, and environmental journalist, Alison Rose Levy. Each week through in-depth interviews with different thought leaders, advocates, scientists, authors, and experts, we connect the dots between personal wellbeing and the total environment.

Radio Show: Food Safety

Saturday, September 18th, 2010

Alison Rose Levy speaks with James Turner, Chairman of Citizens for Health about Food Safety and the new Food Safety Bill, S510.


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The recent salmonella outbreak in eggs uncovers a vital question: How do we assure food sagety? Do we need more drugs, antibiotics, hormones, and vaccines, or fewer drugs and healthier growing practices? Do we need more layers of federal oversight that will do little to curb industrial food practices, while burdening small suppliers? Or do we need smarter legislation targeted to the real causes of food hazards? Read More→

How Do We Help Kids Eat Healthy Foods?

Saturday, March 27th, 2010
“I applaud the First Lady for taking the childhood obesity epidemic to the national level. The $6.7 billion we spend annually on obesity related issues could be used to close our nation’s budget deficit,” says New York State’s First Lady Michelle Patterson, who like the country’s first lady is also a passionate and practical proponent of healthy nutrition for children.

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Michelle Obama Steps Up As Health Champion

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

I cheered when I learned of First Lady Michelle Obama’s new initiative,  aimed at the mounting epidemic of childhood obesity. Let’s Move is a major breakthrough for government to address obesity’s systemic causes. Up until now, we’ve held the absurd expectation that we can address a nationwide health crisis by expecting individuals one-by-one-one to deploy willpower to fight off an avalanche of subsidized, cheap and harmful foods, made palatable by food scientists, and proffered by multi-million dollar ad campaigns. Thank you, First Lady, Michelle Obama. This is what accountable, proactive government looks like. Read More→

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Why Self-Help Can’t Solve It All

Friday, July 24th, 2009
Would you buy a financial advice book from Enron executives about saving pennies for your retirement? No? Then what about former FDA Chief Dr. David Kessler’s new self-help book on how people should “just say no” to neurologically seductive foods created by food industry scientists?

A former FDA chief advises people to call upon individual willpower to resist the sophisticated marketing of billion dollar industries. Unfortunately, the evidence– massive weight gain, an obesity epidemic, a shorter life span for this generation’s children– demonstrates that many people find that to be impossible.

Had anyone but a former FDA Chief written this book, one could say, well, all he could do was warn us off.

I’m sure he’s well-intentioned. But when he headed the FDA, why didn’t Kessler challenge the food industry’s right to monkey with human neurology and cause health harm? That would have been more helpful than the umpteenth diet self-help book. It’s sloppy seconds to next tell people to withstand the marketing barrage that you failed to curb.

What this book reveals is a widespread blindness to the systemic forces at work in a nationwide health crisis.

Now all of the rest of us have to subsidize food industry profits through covering the health care costs of the resulting health problems.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for personal responsibility and indeed I write self-help books. My question is: Are government policies and industries fighting to help those who are trying to lose weight? Or against them?

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