With the election cycle over, we can all turn our attention (and intention) toward some of the problems facing our society, while looking for some leverage points to make significant progress. Effective government can certainly help, but it is more likely that the power of consumer demand, digital communication, and the market can help us make more progress more quickly.
Healthcare was really not a point of contention in the election, mainly because when one takes a step back, “Obamacare” and “Romneycare” have more in common than not, and neither of them really get to the core cause of the problem. The facts speak for themselves: our medical system was designed for acute care, and the modern epidemics are chronic in nature.
So here are 4 easy ways that President Obama could make a significant difference with zero costs, and massive upside benefits:
Start Looking at Food As Medicine.
As a regular MindBodyGreen reader, you're likely aware of the huge growth in the field of functional medicine. Over the last few years, regular contributors like Dr. Frank Lipman and Dr. Susan Blum have shared valuable tips here on how to improve your health in the most obvious way, through the food choices you make.
There is not, and will never be, a cure for eating junk food for 20 years, so we better get cracking on this right away. Surely, Michelle Obama would support this measure? With President Obama’s 22 million Twitter followers (and Michelle’s 2.2 million), what if the Obamas tweeted one major health article per day?
Reassess Our Relationship to Antibiotics.
Antibiotics were, without doubt, one of the most significant inventions of the 20th century, changing the focus of medicine significantly. What is unclear, however, is whether or not the ubiquitous use of antibiotics in humans and animals in serving us in the long-term.
Significant areas of concern in this field relate to: