The Standard American Diet is arguably causing Americans more disease than health. Too many families are feeding their children processed foods in the place of fresh, organic ones.
Around 400BC Hippocrates got it right. He said "Let food be thy medicine, thy medicine shall be thy food." Ironically, he is referred to as the father of Western medicine. I believe that if we look a little to the east, and think of our foods as nurturing and healing, energizing and sustaining, we can avoid many of the Western Diseases (heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and the such) that plague our society. Furthermore, by feeding our children clean, whole foods, we can also avoid sluggishness, exhaustion, and many attention deficit disorders.
Hippocrates also said: "Leave your drugs in the chemists' pot if you can heal the patient with food." I feel like so many Americans are not even aware of their ailments or the association those ailments have with the foods they eat. Jamie Oliver is taking huge strides to change the perception of food and diet in our country and what he's doing is pretty amazing. Take a look at his Food Revolution, his show, and sign his petition.
(pictures courtesy of www.jamieoliver.com)