Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Take Two Carrots and Call Me in the Morning

I couldn’t help but smile, when I read this article about the Harris County Hospital District and Veggie Pals teaming up to bring inexpensive, fresh produce to the hospital’s patients via subsidized farmers markets. Kudos to them! If more doctors and medical establishments in our country would catch a glimpse of this vision, I believe it could radically alter the health of our nation and drastically reduce the out-of-control health care costs at the same time. We’ve all heard the statistics, but in case you’ve forgotten, heart disease is still the number one leading cause of death in the U.S. and cancer is very close 2nd, while diabetes is in the top 10 at number seven, claiming approximately 68,000 lives each year. With statistics like these, common sense tells us that doctors could do a world of good simply by educating and empowering their patients to eat healthier.

Is it possible that hospitals are starting to buy into the fact that proper nutrition does help prevent disease (hard to believe if you’ve ever been served a meal as hospital patient). Is it possible that the American medical establishment is beginning to wake up and take some responsibility for the health of those who entrust themselves to it. Could it be that the time has finally come to…prescribe more carrots?