I have been whining for months about the dearth of media time invested in a proactive stance on COVID combat – no, not the vaccine, that gets more coverage than a presidential election. I’m talking about the effect of lifestyle decisions on susceptibility to infection, and the potency of good health as the best defense against not only the coronavirus, but most health challenges.
These two stories come from longtime friend, mentor and Masters Circle member Dr. Tom Salmon of Red Bank, NJ.
CEO and co-founder Jonathan Neman of Sweetgreen, a chain of salad and healthy food restaurants, posted on LinkedIn that most people who are hospitalized with COVID are overweight or obese. He was then unceremoniously dumped, fired from the company he created, dismissed and vilified as a “fat shamer” when all he did was report the data that everyone could easily read if they wanted to.
He wrote, “Is there an underlying problem that perhaps we have not given enough attention to? What if we focused on the ROOT CAUSE and used this pandemic as a catalyst for creating a healthier future?? We clearly have no problem with government overreach on how we live our lives all in the name of ‘health,’ however we are creating more problems than we are solving. What if we made the food that is making us sick illegal? What if we taxed processed food and refined sugar to pay for the impact of the pandemic? What if we incentivized health?”
Neman’s message was drowned out by the bad press, but he is right – 79% of those hospitalized with COVID are overweight or obese, and ignoring those statistics is not only absurd, it’s lethal.
The Alliance for Natural Health commented, “In short, it is the pervasive, constant exposure to toxic stressors in our environment, in combination with genetic factors, that cause us to develop diseases that impair our immune systems and make us susceptible to serious COVID-19 infection.”
Dr. Joel Hirschhorn from the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons said, “governments have missed a public health opportunity by not issuing recommendations for effective and sustainable weight loss to lower your risk for severe COVID-19 infection and death.”
The other article comes from the Lacrosse Tribune, and asks the question: “How about health as a COVID exit strategy?” It declares that it isn’t an anti-vaccination stance to say that vaccination will not make people healthier – that requires better habits and self-discipline to improve the conditions that would otherwise lead to vulnerability to COVID infection and other health concerns.
A July 2021 CDC study of over half a million patients hospitalized with COVID found that 95% of severe COVID sufferers had at least one serious co-morbidity – 50% had hypertension, 49% had lipid metabolism imbalances, 33% were obese, many had all three. It stated that obesity is the top risk factor, boosting the probability by 30%, and diabetes was third on that list, increasing the risk by 26%.
But they named anxiety and fear as second on the list of causes, raising the rate of illness by 28%, which begs the question – have the media and government done us a terrible disservice by instigating an overreaction, when it could have directed our focus toward better lifestyle choices as a primary method of resolving this horrible dilemma? This study provided a compelling reason to improve the quality of our lives, not only to avoid COVID, but to build resiliency and wellness for life.
Hmmm… where have I heard that before? It’s a glimmer of hope – maybe truth is breaking through.
Dennis Perman DC, for The Masters Circle Global
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