The New Hidden Hunger

In 2009 Nicolas D. Kristof wrote in The New York Times:   “…  one of the great Western misconceptions is that severe malnutrition is simply about not getting enough to eat. Often it’s about not getting the right micronutrients — iron, zinc, vitamin A, iodine — and one of the most cost-effective ways outsiders can combat poverty is to fight this “hidden hunger.”

Over 5 million children under the age of 5 die every year from the devastating effecrts of malnutrition.  Lack of proper nutrition in the early development years is to blame for issues such as stunted growth, retarded brain development and poor health in the lives of 55 million children worldwide.

Malnutrition affects more than 925 million people globally, including developed countries.

Although the picture that immediately comes to mind when malnutrition is mentioned is people with skinny arms and legs and ribs showing, the new face of malnutrition includes people in developed countries who eat plenty, but consume a diet of mainly fast food and processed foods.

Approximately 90% of the money Americans spend on food is used to buy processed food.  In the 1990’s we started putting “engineered proteins” in food stuffs and children’s food allergies went up 300%.

“young children are so susceptible to malnutrition because what they eat lacks essential vitamins and minerals to help them grow, remain strong and fight off infections.” – Dr. Susan Shepherd, Doctors Without Borders

“Nutritional deficiency has now become epidemic right here in America, where a significant amount of the money we spend on food is used to buy processed foods.  A recent national survey reports that “nearly the entire US population consumes a diet that is not on par with [MyPyramid] recommendations”. – The Journal of Nutrition1401832-1838, 2010 “Americans Do Not Meet Federal Dietary Recommendations”  Continue reading The New Hidden Hunger

Who Decides Who Lives and Who Dies?

The short answer to the question “Who decides who lives and who dies?” is God.  But it turns out that the answer to the question is a little bit more complicated.

Human beings have inserted themselves into the decision-making process on this issue.  Witness the actions of concentration camp overseers in World War II or people today who choose to abort their babies.

Our involvement in making life and death decisions for ourselves appears to be completely appropriate whereas others making such decisions for us is alarming. 

For instance regarding our health, we can choose a healthy lifestyle which can give us a long and enjoyable life.  Eating a nutritious diet, being active, avoiding toxins, getting enough sleep, and other healthy habits are part of this choice.  Rightly, this is a choice that we make ourselves about our own health.  For more healthy lifestyle tips download our 10 Step Health Guide on this site.

Maintaining our own health appears to be more important than ever, given the formation of the Federal Coordinating Council For Comparative Effectiveness Research here in the U.S.  The U.S. Government through the health care bill passed in March, 2010 has gotten into the act of deciding who is to live and who is to die.

The Federal Coordinating Council For Comparative Effectiveness Research was created and funded with 1.1 billion dollars as part of the stimulus bill.  The 15 members of this health “rationing” board were appointed by President Obama within 3 days of the stimulus bill passing.  Continue reading Who Decides Who Lives and Who Dies?