Are We Eating & Medicating Ourselves Into Early Graves?

by · January 16, 2015

If you haven’t already checked out this video below, I invite you to do so.

Did you know that according to the CDC’s 2014 report on Chronic Disease and Health Promotion, about half of all adults have one or more chronic health conditions, with heart disease as the number one killer, and cancer close behind. The vast majority of healthcare dollars, now totalling more than 18% of the nation’s GDP, are spent on the treatment of conditions that are tied directly to poor lifestyle choices, with poor dietary habits leading the way.

70 percent of us are taking prescription pharmaceuticals

“Americans consume more medications than the rest of the world combined, with last year’s Mayo Clinic study indicating that 70 percent of us are taking prescription pharmaceuticals,” said Scott Stoll, MD, Plantrician Project chief medical officer. “We firmly believe the prescription all clinicians should be prescribing is Culinary Rx, enabling us to get back to the foundation of using food as medicine.”

It’s time to seriously think about change.

In fact, wait a minute. This is so ridiculously understated. It’s not time to think about change, it’s time to start thinking, to be honest. I’m not a doctor or healthcare professional, but as a chef and CEO of Rouxbe, the evidence is pretty clear to me that we need to change our ways. People need to start doing a little bit of digging and open their eyes to see that we are eating ourselves into early graves.

At Rouxbe, we’ve seen some amazing work from a lot of great organizations trying to drive healthcare change. It’s inspiring. We’d like to contribute the culinary education piece to these valiant efforts as we believe that one of the key missing ingredients is teaching people how to cook delicious food. It’s easy to tell someone they need to eat a particular food, but if they can’t cook and make it taste delicious, there simply won’t be long-term change.

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