Here's a guest rant from Shawna Coronado that was originally intended for our guest rant period, but wasn't controversial enough.
Stop whining about Obama’s Health Care Plan. Seriously. Even
after the plan has been passed, I hear nothing but complaints about how no one
believes in changing what we have. However, I see very little people actually
going out and reading the plan directly to understand what it means (go here to
see more about it—PLAN).
My point? There’s an obvious connection between the new
national health care plan and gardening. While the new plan is not a quick
solution, the new plan initiative is encouraging the practice of preventative
care instead of spending more to address health issues after they've occurred. We could
introduce gardening as an amazing cure; we could be solving a lot of our health
problems on our own instead of expecting a pill to solve our
personal health concerns.
Gardening is good for you and here’s how it works for your
Garden more, get higher brain chemical and endorphin
generation, get less depressed.
Garden more, get chemical-free vegetables, get a healthier
body with less chemical exposures.
Garden more, get more aerobic exercise, reduce diabetes and
heart disease factors.
While some pharmaceutical solutions are necessary, the U.S.
consumes more anti-depressants than any other nation in the world. What a clear
statement on where our society is right now. We must change our habits, take
responsibility and maintain our health ourselves. If we Americans more actively
gardened, the above three garden-health-action-items items would be the
beginning of a health transition which would rock the world with its impact.
Many in corporate America are against the new health plan.
Why? In my opinion, because people who learn how to maintain their health
understand that using less chemicals on our foods, being more physically
active, and having our own locally grown garden network is a lifestyle choice
that can change our lives and corporate America’s bottom line. Imagine if
everyone in America felt that way? We would spend less money on what megabusiness is making big money on—corn syrup and chemicals in our foods. I mean,
c’mon—do we REALLY need freakin’ sorbitol in our chewing gum?
In a world that promotes and rewards a healthier lifestyle,
there would be more home gardening. With more home-grown organic
gardens there would be less need for as many pesticides or chemical fertilizers
because we gardeners could make a choice to use these things only when it was absolutely
necessary thereby reducing chemical exposure and improving health.
I want to know why this plan has received such resistance when it
is introducing more affordable health care for the average American and also
introduces the idea of preventative care as a major part of how all we
Americans should live. Gardens and community support are part of the answer,
but could we be incorporating even more into our local initiatives and the
national health plan to encourage gardening? For example, farmers are getting
major government incentives for following positive practices. We gardening
Americans should too as part of this new health program—like rewards and tax
rebates for growing our own organic food.
See the photo above? That is only one of the many
gardens I tend which help me stay healthier. I am a gardener. I am ripping up
grass and planting gardens for my health and the health of the community, and I wish everyone would get out there
and make a difference to help humanity stay healthy.