Shop for health, get wealth

| December 13, 2013
Dr. Gerald Deas

Dr. Gerald Deas

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If you shop for healthy food, you will not only save a lot of money but will get a wealth of health. Obesity is plaguing generations to come:

Oh! Oh! Obesity
See what you’re doing to me
It plagues humanity
But getting fat is fun

Oh! Oh! Obesity
We eat what’s on land and sea
To be or not to be
A battle that’s never won

You think that we are fat
You think we ate all of that
But we know where it’s at
Wherever we sit you know we sat

Something definitely has happened in our society. Have you noticed that supermarkets and hospitals sell a great many things that cause disease? Can you imagine, under the same roof, supermarkets sell foods that cause disease and the drugs to treat them. I can’t believe it. I know some hospitals that have on their first floor or in the basement, a fast food restaurant that sell stuff that is full of fat, sugar and salt. These same hospitals are filled with folks who have hypertension, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, all of which are definitely related to fast foods. When you think about it, the only thing hospitals have done positively for health is to discontinue the sale of cigarettes and that took a long time.

The other day, I was in a supermarket to pick up a prescription for a patient. A couple behind me had their supermarket basket filled with meat, canned goods, soda and desserts. Unfortunately, both of the shoppers were obese. They were laughing and having a good time with visions of sugar plums dancing in their heads. The laughing soon ceased when the pharmacist gave them a bill for $125 for two drugs. One drug was for hypertension and the other for diabetes. She told the pharmacist that there must be some mistake. “No!” he replied. “This is your medication.” The lady opened her pocketbook and presented a charge card but he told her that hers was the only card they did not accept. A little embarrassed, she went back into her pocketbook and took out her wallet. From the deep recess of the wallet, she took out a well-folded $100 bill that she had apparently been saving for a rainy day. I felt very sorry for her. Here she was, standing with a shopping cart full of disease producing groceries that cost less than the two drugs she was holding in a neatly folded white bag. What is wrong with this picture? You guessed it. We are eating ourselves to death and into poverty.

Get a hold of yourselves, folks! Take charge of your life and money. Eat to live, rather than live to eat. Stop eating all that junk food and you will save your health as well as money for that rainy day, which could be just around the corner.

The beverage industry is killing us with new flavors and high fructose. What’s wrong with water? The average adult citizen drinks approximately 500 cans of soda each year. Now, imagine if you saved that dollar? You could purchase a million dollar insurance policy for the next generation. In fact, you may never have to use health insurance because your body will be somebody!

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Gerald W. Deas, MD, MPH, MA is a physician, poet, patient advocate, playwright, media personality, political activist and public health crusader. Read his full bio at http://www.downstate.edu/giving/funds/deas.html/.

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