Fort Myers CHIP

Healthy by choice NOT by chance

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Please read this article by Dr. Joseph Mercola entitled "Worse than a Disease Diagnosis - This Mistake Can Land You in the E.R." (I can't say that I'm a big fan of his but this article makes some very important points.)

Whenever I'm talking with people about their health issues, one of the things I most hate to hear them say is,

"It's alright. I don't need to change my lifestyle. If I get diagnosed with [insert disease here],
I'll just go on medication for it.

As if this is no big deal! As Dr. Mercola points out, medical care is one of the leading causes of death in this country! Dr Don Forrester, former medical director of The Permanente Company, the largest health care provider in California, estimates that over 225,000 people die each year as a result of either adverse reactions to drugs used exactly as prescribed, complications due to surgeries or infections contracted while in the hospital. That makes medical care the fourth leading cause of death in the United States and your doctor, if he's even aware of that, probably doesn't want you to know it.

Wouldn't it be better if there was something less risky (and cheaper) that we could do to protect our health? So what does Dr. Mercola recommend:

  • Proper food choices (whole, unprocessed foods)
  • A comprehensive exercise program
  • Stress reduction and positive thinking
  • Proper sun exposure to optimize vitamin D
  • Take high quality animal-based omega-3 fats (I have to take issue with this one and refer you to this excellent article on the subject of omega-3s by Dr. Neal Barnard at PCRM.)
  • Avoid as many chemicals, toxins, and pollutants as possible

He almost sounds like a CHIPPER, doesn't he? Veg' on, y'all.

Watch Dr. Don Forrester's presentation "The Prevention Prescription" here.

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According to this article on USA Today, a recent study concludes that 96% of all restaurant main entrees sold at top U.S. chains exceed the USDA recommended limits for calories, sodium, fat and saturated fat. The study, performed by the Rand Corporation and funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, examined the nutritional content of 30,923 menu items from 245 restaurant brands across the USA.

But, if that isn't bad enough, look at the USDA recommendations used by the study. They recommend that an entree contain no more than

  • 667 calories
  • 35% of calories from fat
  • 10% of calories from saturated fat
  • 767 mg sodium

So, even if a dish got approval by these standards, it still wouldn't come close to being what we, by CHIP standards, consider a healthy dish. And, according to nutritionist Jeff Novick, the situation is no better at most vegetarian and vegan restaurants.

All I'm saying is, if you have to eat out, just be careful out there and stick with the salad bar.

Read the entire USA Today article here.

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I just saw this on Dr. Michael Greger's web site. How many of you knew this? I sure didn't.
Just one more reason to avoid processed foods.

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Hi, everybody! Sorry I've been neglecting the blog for the last week or so, but I'm back now. I found a pile of recipes that people have given me buried on my desk this weekend, so watch for them in the recipe section over the next couple of days. Apologies for not getting to them sooner.

I saw this this morning on The Incidental Economist web site (an interesting site with what seems to be a thoughtful, fact-based discussion of our health care system) and just couldn't resist it. 

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Obesity adds more to health care costs than smoking does, reports a study in the March Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, official publication of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM).

Both obesity and smoking were associated with excess costs for health care. Compared to nonsmokers, average health costs were $1,275 higher for smokers. The incremental costs associated with obesity were even higher: $1,850 more than for normal-weight individuals. For those with morbid obesity, the excess costs were up to $5,500 per year.

With 1 of every 3 adult Americans being obese, it's no wonder our health care system threatens to bankrupt us.

You can read the entire article from by clicking here.