Our modern society is in the midst of a pandemic of chronic diseases. In Australia the medical costs of curing cardiovascular diseases, oral health problems, mental disorders and muscular-skeletal complaints are extraordinarily high. The national chronic disease burden is enormous.
Remember the two health and wellbeing principles mentioned in previous Posts. They are both preventative.
- Principle 1 – eat nutritionally dense foods and keep your energy intake down to no higher than what you need to maintain a healthy weight
- Principle 2 – be physically active
- Recognize that if the two principles are not followed, higher rates of morbidity (sickness) and mortality (death) naturally follow.
- Understand all the pitfalls everyone faces in the form of steadily lowering nutritional levels in our plant and animal foods.
- Avoid substituting processed foods for fresh fruit, vegetables and ‘free range’animal products.
- Know enough about chronic diseases to avoid being caught and captured by them
- Make sure you always keep hydrated and that you take rest breaks after periods of physical and mental effort. People seem to have forgotten that it’s important for your health and wellbeing.
- Recognize which supplements are good for you (whole food ones) and those which are not good (multivitamins and other synthetic supplements) and in fact may even damage your health. (Posts – 20/2/17, 27/2/17, 3/3/17). Select the ‘good’ option for supplementing nutritional deficiencies mentioned in points 3 and 4 by taking whole food supplements. In this day and age it is almost impossible to source the full range of organically grown foods which is why whole food supplements are essential.
Community based action needed to prevent the global chronic disease pandemic
People have clear choices as to the foods they eat and the exercise they have. That choice directly affects a person’s quality of health and wellbeing. Most unfortunately, there is a pandemic of bad choices causing a pandemic of bad outcomes.
Early-in-life aches and pains lead onto one or more chronic diseases (ever increasing morbidity) followed by early mortality. Community based action is needed to reverse what is a downward spiralling trend.
SOS call for community based action
- Communities as a whole and their representatives need to introduce processes that cause organizations and people to change their minds so that they no longer seek to ‘die old at a young age’. “Successes have come about where people have acknowledged that the unnecessary premature deaths that occur in their community are largely preventable and have empowered themselves and their civic representatives to create health supporting environments” – Reference: Diet, nutrition and prevention of chronic disease, WHO Technical Report Services, No 916
- Generate enough community back pressure for large numbers of individuals to change their habits to ones that induce quality diet practices and sensible physical activity regime. The anti-smoking revolution is a prime example of how a nationally organized campaign successfully reduced morbidity and mortality rates across Australia.