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Eating fresh fruit and vegetables is a bipartisan approach to good health

I have no intentions of stepping into the political arena and debating with Republicans and Democrats over President Barack Obama’s health care reform program.

 
 Dr. Timothy
Moore

I have no intentions of stepping into the political arena and debating with Republicans and Democrats over President Barack Obama’s health care reform program. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, dubbed “ObamaCare” by his critics, is designed to insure America’s uninsured and underinsured.

As hard as President Obama pushes to make health care accessible and affordable for everyone, his staunchest critics are pushing just as hard to dismantle it. It’s a tug and war that makes me cringe. Why not insure the tens of millions who cannot afford the astronomical cost of health care? Insuring the uninsured and underinsured can’t be all that bad. But then I’m not a politician.

Here’s what I do know: We live in a world where countless people are sick and battling some kind of catastrophic disease and don’t have the wherewithal to pay the expensive bill. I’m sure some of Obama’s critics are battling some of the same diseases – which makes me wonder: What if some of the people who oppose “ObamaCare” are hospitalized for some life-threatening disease and can’t afford to pay? They’d need insurance, right?

Having insurance is a safety net that we all need just in case our bodies are infiltrated by some kind of life-threatening disease. Most of us are reactive anyway. We wait until something happens before we do something about it. Why not be proactive by maintaining a healthy diet to ward off the onset of any debilitating disease? This is why good food and nutrition are important. A nice portion of beans, brown rice, Kale greens, apples, berries and vegetables is a good start.

Having insurance is good to have, but it’s much better to eat right. Do you really think that a ham sandwich, pork chops, neck bones and sodas will keep you healthy? I don’t think so. In fact, I know it won’t. More than likely they’ll lead to high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, cancer and other body-ravaging diseases. My point is this: If you don’t take care of you, who will?

Too many people die needlessly from cardiovascular disease, for example. According to the Centers for Disease, Control and Prevention, that number is 800,000 per year. The disease is preventable. All you have to do is change your diet and lifestyle. We live by the choices we make and die far too early.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. African Americans constitute 12.6 percent of the population, but are three times likely to die from this dreaded disease. The American Heart Association says a plant-based diet has been known to assist in the prevention and reversal of heart disease, the silent killer. Again, we make our own choices.

I can’t say it enough: you must eat more fruit and vegetables and learn to relax. Don’t stress over things you have no control over. If you do this, you can defeat heart disease and others that are just as debilitating. It’s not complicated; it’s not rocket science, you know.

To defeat any disease, you must first arm yourself with information and choose the right food to eat. It won’t be easy to scale back or completely eradicate high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease if you don’t take them seriously.

Diabetes had taken a toll on my body, but then I chose to live life abundantly. I changed my diet and stopped eating meat and processed foods. I’m not telling you what I don’t know. There’s too much evidence to support the fact that eating fruit and vegetables can, and will, prevent sickness and disease.

The choice is yours. Either you change your lifestyle and eat healthy or face the inevitable: death. I’m sure President Obama’s health care bill was conceived and implemented based on the number of people suffering and dying from life-threatening diseases.

I’m a realist – and definitely a proponent of healthy eating. I believe you have to have a backup plan just in case everything else fails. If you choose not to eat a healthy diet and change your lifestyle, then you may be one of the tens of millions who need “ObamaCare.”

(Dr. Timothy Moore teaches nutrition, heart disease and diabetes reversal through a plant-based lifestyle. He is a professional speaker, wellness coach and personal plant-based chef. He can be reached by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit him on the Web sites at www.cheftimothymoore.com or www.twitter.com/cheftimmoore.)

 

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