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Michael Pollan Column in New York Times

Michael Pollan recently wrote an opinion column for the New York Times in response to President Obama’s speech on health care.

In the article, Pollan argues that the biggest problem with health care in the U.S. is not the system itself so much as our poor diet and high rates of obesity.

Pollan states:

Even the most efficient health care system that the administration could hope to
devise would still confront a rising tide of chronic disease linked to diet.
That’s why our success in bringing health care costs under control ultimately
depends on whether Washington can summon the political will to take on and
reform a second, even more powerful industry: the food industry.

Read the entire New York Times opinion column

3 thoughts on “Michael Pollan Column in New York Times

  1. As a Canadian living with socialized medicine, which is truly wonderful, I don't think bringing in healthcare reform will change people's diets. Here in Canada, we still have a lot of obesity and high fructose in our foods. In fact, Canadian ketchup is sweeter than American ketchup.

    It is education and lifestyle choices that will ultimately change people's health outcomes.

    I read the Omnivore’s Dilemma and started to look at how pervasive corn is in our ‘natural’ bath and body products.

    My company makes castile soap and I have created a video called ” Are You Washing With Corn”- view

    People have to make choices as to what they buy, as that will drive the market, their health and the planet's overall sustainability.

  2. Yes pollan is correct. The increase in the rate of obesity in US had really opened the gates for a number of health related diseases. Obesity is due to eating of fast foods, red meat and fully processed foods. A good diet can really prevent obesity which can prevent from many diseases arising out of this.

    Luke wright