The Daily Post
May 15, 2016
Write a new post in response to today’s one-word prompt.
Healthy, my what a simple easy word that now controls the power of modern medicine. Without a doubt the word healthy is a word that we are going to see 24/7/ 365 for years to come, if not for decades. There is a very simple reason why the word healthy is going to be in front of everyone’s eyes and in their ears. Healthy must be placed into us like other advertising, on the news, in newspapers, magazines, TV shows, radio shows, and no doubt even modern songs coming out will be about the word healthy.
The United States of America probably has the worst healthy track record of any country in the world. We have spent almost one generation eating very unhealthy diets. The U.S. is so over weight it is a wonder the rotation of the planet hasn’t changed! We will soon enter an era where the majority of the people are going to be needing extensive healthcare. The cost is going to be astronomical. The complete budget of the United States annually will possibly not cover the health costs alone in the future. Changes have to be made, should have been made many years ago. No one had the guts to do it. Time is rapidly running out, the do nothing Congress will have to act.
The insurance companies have raised their rates to the point people will just quit getting health insurance or take out huge deductible policies so they are covered for the catastrophe of a large hospital bill. It doesn’t have to be serious, life-threatening disease or illness anymore. Hospital bills can easily be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars per person range. No way they can all be paid. Everyone will have to be in some type of health program and that is why the word health is going to be crammed into our heads until we don’t want to hear it anymore. People feel if they get sick they can always just go to the emergency room, the sad thing is it will probably have a lock on the door. Everyone can’t get care that way forever.
For well over a generation, we’ve been eating very poor diets, getting away with it by asking the doctors for prescription. Pills will allow us to bring down our high blood pressure and cholesterol numbers so we can still eat lousy food from drive-up windows and other fast food places. There is at least a generation of type II diabetics ready to start using the medical systems. The cost of that by itself is truly unbelievable. When it comes to diet and eating healthy foods. We have become the most complacent people on the globe. It must be out of sheer laziness and not wanting to cook and prepare food at home. We chose the convenience of fast food and no cleanup in the kitchen afterwards. That is the driving force steering people to the drive-up window to fill up on junk food. Almost every day of the week.
There is only one possible way that this can be solved without pharmaceutical companies making truckloads of pills for us to take to allow us to eat lousy diets. The solution is eating wholesome, healthy foods and doing it on a regular basis. Restaurants can do a lot better job turning out foods that are healthy, delicious, balanced meals. School lunch programs were some of the first ones to get the ball rolling and cleaning up the diets for kids going to school. It has been a good starting point and will have to continue to show that it is working as healthier students are graduating from school.
Many people want to have free healthcare and not eat right and take care of their bodies. When the word healthy is really taken seriously by our lawmakers in Washington DC they have the power to make unpopular events happen. You can bet your health on new laws being passed. Some examples might be regarding weight control, the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. Food contents will no doubt all have new laws written to protect the consumer.
This is something that has been snowballing, been getting worse each decade until we have reached the point of no return. If we are ever going to have a healthy society changes have to be made now. We can expect a lot of changes are going to be in the works at every level city, state and federal. Our Honorable Lawmakers will take it upon themselves to create laws forcing us to change our ways. If we cannot take care of our own bodies and stop to consider what the word healthy really means.
Healthy bodies can be maintained by just eating healthy diets. Now isn’t that amazing! What?