Let Food Be Thy Medicine and Medicine Be Thy Food: Improving Health by Fixing the Food System

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What has happened to our food, how it affects our health, and how we can fix it.

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  • Let Food Be thy Medicine & Medicine Be thy Food Megan Grocki, Experience Strategy Director #HxR2014 @megangrocki
  • What has happened to our food?
  • How is our food affecting our health?
  • What can we do about it?
  • has happened to our food? WTF
  • Photo: Mark Kegans for The New York Times
  • Photo:www.perdueagribusiness.com
  • Genetically modied organisms (GMOs) Organisms in which the genetic material (DNA) has been altered in a way that does not occur naturally. -World Health Organization
  • Is genetically modied
  • (Bt) Corn Bacillus thuringiensis
  • (Bt) Corn classied as a pesticide by the EPA
  • Yellow No. 5 (tartrazine) azodicarbonamide MSG Aspartame Sodium benzoate High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) Sodium nitrite
  • 80% of antibiotics sold in the US are used on farm animals FDA
  • Pesticides Insecticides Fungicides Herbicides (Glyphosate) - 527 million pound increase since 1996 C. Benbrook, 2012
  • What does our food have to do with our health?
  • We Are Sicker & Die Younger Than Others In Wealthy Nations Source: NaHonal Research Council and InsHtute of Medicine. U.S. Health in InternaHonal PerspecHve: Shorter Lives, Poorer Health. Washington, DC: The NaHonal Academies Press, 2013.
  • American Diabetes AssociaHon. American children born each year since 2000, will develop Type 2 diabetes 1 in 3
  • Source: Stanford school of medicine has food allergies 1 in 13
  • 2,615 4,135 9,537 1998-2000 2001-2003 2004-2006 Food allergy related hospitalizations for children under 18 Center for Disease Control. Na2onal Health Interview Survey
  • Pediatrics, May 21, 2010 of girls are expected to begin puberty by the age of 7 15%
  • Centers for Disease Control CANCER is the leading cause of death by disease in children under 15
  • President's Cancer Panel Report of Americans are expected to get cancer 41%
  • Environmental Health Perspec@ves - V.106, N.6 - Jun98
  • We spend more on health care and disease management than any other country on the planet. Source: NaHonal Research Council and InsHtute of Medicine. U.S. Health in InternaHonal PerspecHve: Shorter Lives, Poorer Health. Washington, DC: The NaHonal Academies Press, 2013.
  • Many diseases are diet-related & PREVENTABLE
  • We are overfed, and undernourished Food insecurity
  • We are overfed, and undernourished Food insecurity
  • Source: American Journal of Medicine (hWp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/244405 Nearly 1 in 3 adults with a chronic disease has problems paying for food, medicine, or both.
  • Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons
  • What if we could PREVENT unnecessary illness in the rst place?
  • What can we do about this?
  • We as individuals can Cut Articial Colors Count chemicals, not calories Eat Less Fake Food Seek out yummy ways to consume superfoods Learn more about GMOs and support labeling Support producers who dont use antibiotics, or pesticides
  • We as healthcare professionals can Consider nutrition in our content Build awareness around the food/health connection Integrate nutrition information into our interfaces Getting the facts and doing research is key study food consumption patterns alongside other work
  • Cool things happening with food, media, and technology
  • Produce at convenient stores
  • Fooducate Fooducate
  • Social media pressure
  • So much sickness could be prevented by improving nutrition literacy
  • Its not hopeless we can all do something
  • Food is health care, Medicine is sick care
  • Lets x food to improve health
  • Thank you! mgrocki@madpow.com @megangrocki

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