"I recognize it's a long haul - it's a very unrealistic request - but just like the government did with the tobacco industry they can do with the food industry." - BigE
Realizing just how politically involved the food industry is with government (or visa versa), is what helps make this ideal unrealistic
I do hear ya, though, and think at the very least, we can start with educating ourselves. In retrospect with what I know now about
food, metabolism, how the body metabolizes all the things it needs... I knew very little before I was diagnosed. But, I was always eating very healthy, according to what the professionals/guidelines told me I needed. I just simply know better now - they're guidelines meant to accommodate everyone (and no one
Somewhere along the line I stopped believing (after educating myself in various different areas), it was all about
the numbers and started really believing it was all about
me. NOt to sound arrogant; it was just logical thinking to me. It was in my best interest to learn everything I could about
living with a chronic condition all my life. No doc/nurse was gonna do that for me so, it really was all up to me. Now if I could just apply that logic to quitting smoking :)
I think this forum is more about
helping INDIVIDUALS come to grips with or share tips/tricks that might help us in our own personal situations. I certainly support some of the suggestions you made regarding "turning the tide" with education (school, media, etc.). but, it's gotta start with being educated ourselves first. Unfortunately, that is also a lot/ too much to ask of some folks. Just give me the pill and the bi-annual visit so I can validate I've done everything I'm told. The other stuff? Smacks of effort as my hubby would say - LOL. As for the doctors? Many are just following the pattern most patients set for them: "where's the 'script
?" There are also a lot of organizations that formally exist to address some of your specific suggestions. That we can all become aware and even share some of the same ideals, especially at the global level, is also encouragement to support those ideals at the local level, where it's more possible.
Not sure how far back you've read on our board but, we can get into some pretty interesting discussions about
food - especially how to cook things, like squirrel and such. (Had to mention it, Chris
- Phishbowl (Type 1 since Jan'05 - Levemir, NovoRapid)
"What's Not Measured Is Not Managed"
"It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows"-Epictetus