Saturday, October 3, 2009

Health Care Reform

The words “health care reform” are bringing up a lot of very interesting and fiery reactions lately so I thought I would put my two cents in. I feel we need to step back and take a much wider view on what we can do to promote health - and even what the issues ARE.

So where do we start? There are common sense things that we can all do now that impact our health. Some are big and some are small. We all change at our own pace - sometimes a health crisis motivates us to want to change immediately and sometimes we just decide to start somewhere.

And sometimes I just want a place to vent....

The issues are as varied and complex as there are varieties of human beings and what we eat. As Michael Pollen says, we are omnivores - we can eat anything and conversely we can eat only what we choose to eat. We are driven by ingrained genetic programing - fats, sugar and salt - so big business has used this to market some interesting foods to us - hamburgers, donuts and french fries. And we also have genetic desires for all varieties of fruits and vegetables - those psychedelic phytochemicals which make our cells dance and sing much more than salt, sugar and fat but we have to remind our cells of this absolute fact.

I’m here to look at all these issues with you - to explore together so we can find a new way forward. Our health is our life. And our legacy for the future depends on us taking a look at the whole picture - who we are individually, collectively, culturally, genetically and where we are going.

So here we go....


  1. Great idea for a blog Michelle. I'll definitely be a regular.

  2. Fantastic! So happy to have a place to discuss these things with a doctor who really understands nutrition and has a holistic approach. Thanks so much for launching this Michelle!

  3. This is great, Michelle. It is important to have someone you can trust who really knows what they are talking about when you need answers or just want to know!

  4. Great Michelle- I look forward to this conversation and your input. Here's to the next 50!
    Love, Kate

  5. Really cool, Michelle! Looking forward to more!
    Much love,