Thursday, July 5, 2012

Celebrating the "Right" to Good Food

There's a lot of talk recently about the health care reform act, which was upheld by the Supreme Court. That I was (and am) against the new law is no secret. It's not that I don't think everyone should have access to medical care when they are sick, it's that I don't think this law will do that. I don't think this law guarantees access to affordable care. What it does is ensure that everyone, regardless of health, have access to insurance, but having health insurance does not guarantee access to medical care, and many people - MANY, MANY, MANY - who have health insurance still find themselves bankrupted by medical expenses.

There's so much evidence these days that point to a very distinct link between what are catastrophic diseases in our culture and a poor diet. I guess I just think that if people paid more attention to their diets that the whole issue of health insurance would be moot. We wouldn't need fancy drugs just so we could get through the day, and if we weren't taking all these fancy drugs, then we wouldn't need to be under the constant supervision of a doctor.

So many of the illnesses we suffer in our culture are directly related to diet, and I submit that if we improved our diets, we would improve our health.

Our Constitution does not guarantee a right to health insurance or health care, but we should have the right to eat good, wholesome, toxin-free food, and we should have the right to grow that food ... or to find that food growing in wild places.

I'm fortunate that I have both - a place to grow good food and the ability to forage wild food.

July 4th is the day that has been designated as "Independence Day" for my country. It's the day that we celebrate our freedom as a nation. In observance of the day, my family had a "Red, White and Blue" feast consisting of some foraged, some home-grown, and some bought food.

Red was steak and lobster, both purchased from local sources.

Blue was blueberry pancakes, made with the blueberries we foraged.

White was rice mixed with our eggs and onions and peas from our garden, and a bit of soy sauce (which is the reason the rice is brown instead of white ;).

We also had a Flower Works Salad, in rememberance of battles that were fought to win our independence. It was a combination of foraged and homegrown greens with some of Little Fire Faery's nasturiums (as the fireworks).

It was a delicious meal for which we are very thankful.

One of the signers of the document that ultimately led to this country's independence was attributed with having said, An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

If our leaders are to do anything for us, as citizens of this country, it seems a better use of their time would be to help us prevent illness, by ensuring that we have the right to grow or find healthy, healthful food - rather than trying to fix the damage once it's done.


  1. Well said! *applause*

    And oh my - the food looks scrumptious. Expect us at 6 for dinner tomorrow. hahaha

  2. @ Melonie *grin* Do you prefer lobster or steak?

  3. Yes, VERY well said!! wonderful post and I couldn't agree more with it!

  4. LOL I'm a steak girl, personally. :D

  5. I hear you on the absurd cost of totally preventable illness, and I do wish we lived in a world where government subsidies supported food and lifestyle that would reduce those illnesses rather than make them worse. I have to say, though, I'm glad I live in Massachusetts where the insurance mandate means we can get affordable insurance despite being self-employed. Not all health conditions are preventable by good lifestyle choices after all.

  6. Definitely, there are so many ways to help prevent illness (and your food photos look delicious!)... I did want to share a couple ways the health care act has helped our family immensely--I have a 21 year old son who has anxiety/depression and is a student but not able to carry a full course load because of his health, so the health care act means that he can stay on our insurance even though he isn't full time as a student. Also, our daughter, just turned 18, has a congenital neurological condition (a cyst in her 4th ventricle) which would likely be considered a preexisting condition and hold her back from affordable insurance even though she is quite a healthy individual. So, while there's no perfect solution, I think there are many parts of the legislation that do help a great many people who otherwise are at the whim of the insurance industry.