This photo makes my blood boil with rage.
What you’re seeing is “lockdown loot” that the University of York in the UK distributed to their students recently, after the UK went on lockdown.
And now that residents of California like yours truly have been issued stay-at-home orders for at least three weeks, it’s the perfect time for me to rant.
You’ll have to forgive me … I don’t usually start things off on a negative note. If you’ve been following my blog you know that I stay in the light.
But everybody has their breaking point. And seeing the photo above, which I just came across while reading a wellness letter I subscribe to, was the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back.
What do you see in the photo? A bunch of junk, right? Potato chips made with highly-inflammatory vegetable oil, candy, candy bars and soda loaded with added sugars.
Does the administration of the university want the students to stay healthy while they’re stuck in the dorms? Judging by this lockdown loot, you’d think they intentionally wanted to weaken the kids’ immune systems.
Isn’t this just a microcosm of what’s wrong with our government’s response to Covid?
My Covid Alternative Universe
Imagine that in a response to a public health crisis, one in which puts people with metabolic disorders such as diabetes and obesity at a higher risk for developing serious complications, our government did the following:
Operation Warp Green
A massive nationwide campaign, including prime time TV ads would highlight the importance of eliminating all added sugars from the diet and eating nutrient-dense fruits and veggies. Just like factories during World War II were modified to crank out materials for the war effort, the government would contract with companies like Chef V to subsidize the delivery of Organic Green Drinks to every home in the nation.
I’m not saying my little business alone could handle that much output. But there are so many players in the juice space. If delivering healthy juices to all 350-million-plus Americans is too lofty a goal, then how about sending to every person who is financially-challenged, living in the inner-city or rural food deserts, with little or no access to nutrient-dense foods? At a minimum, this population, which, because of the pandemic is likely growing every day, should be covered.
I’m not suggesting by any means that drinking healthy veggie juice every day is a Covid cure. But the statistics show that people with metabolic disorders are at a higher risk for developing severe Covid symptoms.
If the government truly wanted to keep numbers of serious infections down, they would do everything in their power to make sure that our nation’s most vulnerable has access to foods and drinks that support a healthier metabolism.
And if the government wanted us all to be healthy, why aren’t top health officials making the rounds on the news networks imploring all Americans to make sure they are getting enough vitamins D, A, C and the mineral, zinc? Again, these nutrients aren’t cures for Covid but there’s strong research that supports them for maintaining a healthy immune system.
Research shows that those who have died from Covid are more likely to have had low levels of vitamin D in their blood. So why isn’t there a federal Vitamin D project? I consider myself lucky that I can quickly hop online and order a vitamin D3 supplement. But what about the millions of economically-stressed Americans that don’t have that luxury? Why are our most vulnerable citizens not receiving lockdown health kits that contain these nutrients?
I’m sure the government would have no problem finding American supplement manufacturers who can pump out massive amounts of vitamins D, C, A and zinc.
Subsidize Health Food, Not GMO Crops.
You can easily argue that it’s not the role of the federal government to keep citizens healthy. That responsibility is up to every single individual. But in a pandemic, and this is just my opinion here, I do think the government should shoulder some of the burden.
After all, the federal government is in large part to blame for the nation’s obesity and diabetes epidemic.
The government subsidizes the corn that gets processed into the high-corn fructose syrup, a man-made sugar that makes people fatter by cutting off the satiety signal to the brain.
Wheat is also federally subsidized. That wouldn’t bother me if it were the same wheat that was grown 10,000 years ago, or even 1,000 years ago. But today’s wheat undergoes intense processing.
This processing strips the grain of its essential nutrients. Nearly every single brand of bread, baked goods, cereals and packaged foods that line supermarket shelves are made with this highly-processed wheat.
And because these products lack fiber and other dense nutrients, it causes dramatic elevations in blood sugar.
There’s also soy and cotton (cottonseed oil) subsidies. These two crops are also highly-processed and added to a plethora of packaged foods. The oils from these crops contribute to chronic inflammation in the body.
Consider the amount of damage to human health caused by these crops. The federal government spends $20 billion a year to subsidize farmers to grow these crops that are largely responsible for making our nation sicker and fatter. And don’t get me started on the fact that the overwhelming majority of these crops are genetically-modified to withstand the toxic herbicide, glyphosate.
Maybe I’m just naive, but during a pandemic, I think the government should subsidize health food, not junk food.
Be The Change You Want To See In The World
It’s easy to be cynical and say that the government doesn’t want us to be healthy; they’d rather make money off us by poisoning us and making money off of pharmaceutical drugs. Hey, maybe that’s true.
But all I can do is do what I can and try to stay positive.
I hope that you’ll help me in spreading the message of staying healthy during these challenging times by sharing this post.