Eat food, people…

An Apple A Day Keeps The Doctor Away, And Statins Do, Too : Shots – Health News : NPR.

And, scene.

I don’t know what’s more amazing about the above linked article and the study it references, that this is a story at all or that people actually need to have the value of actual, real food explained to them by doctors?

What the pharma companies would love for you to take away from this sort of thing is the idea that taking Statins, or any drug for that matter, is just something you’re going to have to do if you want to live a long time. Bollocks!

I walked into my doctor’s office in 2006 and was told, quite simply that my blood pressure was too high, my cholesterol levels were too high, my resting heart rate was too high and I was, frankly, fat. With a mother who had suffered a stroke and brain aneurysm after a lifetime of high blood pressure, a father who had died of a massive coronary at 54 and a grandfather who died from complications from a stroke, if I didn’t get my weight, my blood pressure, my heart rate and my cholesterol under control I was going be in for some serious trouble. Compound onto this an assortment of other health problems that were already manifesting themselves and I was in some serious deep shit.

I was fortunate in one respect. My doctor had less than no interest in putting me on a bunch of drugs. He told me, point-blank though that he wanted to see me again in six months and if nothing had changed he was going to medicate me with Statins for the cholesterol, other meds for my blood pressure and probably additional chemicals to deal with the rest. He said to me, “You’re a smart guy. You know what you need to do. Do it, and we won’t have to go down that path.”

Think about it. What a great doctor. He wasn’t offering me a solutions in a bottle. He was threatening me with that solution if I failed to do what I knew needed to be done.

If you really truly don’t know anything about nutrition, and you are truly oblivious to the simplest of facts about fitness, then I get it if you’re looking for an easy answer – a magic bullet – that will fix what ails you. Or if you’ve been swindled by the USDA and the agribusiness lobby into thinking that their packaged and processed pseudo-foods are nutritious, or that the food pyramid or my-plate nonsense the government has put out there makes sense, I get it if you’re confused.

But it really is this simple, folks. In the words of Michael Pollan:

Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.

And if you’re still confused (also from the esteemed Mr. Pollan):

If your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize it as food, don’t eat it.

So, yes, eat an apple a day. Or a pear, or an orange or some carrots. Eat. Real. Food.

An apple a day keeps the doctor away.

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