Hi, my name is Abby Carson, and I’d like to welcome you to my blog and kitchen, where you will take a peek at what my family eats, along with some of my thoughts and feelings. I am a wife, mother, and registered nurse. I am also certified in Plant Based Nutrition from Cornell University, have my Plant Based Professional Certificate from the Rouxbe Cooking School, and am a member of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. I worked for several years in the healthcare system, and, as a result of this experience, became aware of how our diet, health care, agricultural, and governmental systems are failing us.
I am truly saddened by the state of our country and its frenetic focus on money and profit at all costs. I don’t feel this was always the case. There has been a creeping corruption of once near pristine institutions to focus less on discovering the truth and serving mankind, and more on discovering what makes money. A prime example of this is the research done at the National Academy of Sciences.
Twenty five years ago research done by the Academy was entirely publicly funded, and it’s focus was on utilizing science to the betterment of mankind. This year, private funding will account for 49% of research funding, driving the research in directions to further profits for the companies providing the funding. Sadly, the focus is on short term wealth and profitability, with little or no focus on the bigger picture and longer term effects.
Another prime example is our healthcare system and it’s corruption by corporate interests and greed. Instead of treating underlying diseases, symptoms are treated with a “pill for every ill”. Patients with chronic diseases have become cash cows, being diagnosed into the system, and onto a lifetime of pharmaceutical drugs. Prevention and chronic disease management, largely through dietary changes and lifestyle modification are ignored due to lack of profitability.
Preventative measures such as lifestyle and nutrition have gone by the wayside, as the FDA, USDA, EPA, the CDC focus not on our well being, but instead on the profitability of the big agricultural and pharmaceutical interests. Why do other countries take steps to protect their citizens from GMOs, harmful foods and harmful additives, while our government is run by the same people who produce these poisons?
Grocery stores provide my final example of this creeping corruption. They have become hazardous waste dumps, requiring knowledgeable and informed shoppers to avoid the many dangers on the shelves. There are so many chemicals, preservatives, refined sugars, refined flours, toxins, and genetically engineered substances added to our food that it boggles the mind. It’s critical to be vigilant in reading not just the calorie label, but the entire ingredient list. If you can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it. Support organic and sustainable farming. If you have the ability, grow your own garden. It’s been said that growing your own food is like printing your own money.
America was once a nation of farmers, builders, makers and doers. We’ve found easier and cheaper ways to meet our needs, but in doing so I don’t feel we’ve advanced humanity. Our biggest industries are a defense industry that benefits when there’s war and chaos, a medical industry that benefits when there’s illness and disease, an agricultural industry that benefits from the proliferation of factory-style animal agriculture, and overconsumption of resources, a media and entertainment industry that benefits when we are unfocussed, confused, unattentive and misinformed. The common denominator to all of these modern industries is destruction. Destruction of nutrition, health, environment, time, stability, lives and, most importantly, truth, all in the name of profit.
With all this corruption and destruction, one of the biggest actions still within your power is your choice of food. Your food choices impact the well being of animals, the environment, the economy, and your fellow man. I feel that choosing a whole foods plant based diet leaves a much smaller foot print on this planet, while at the same time reducing your risk of illness.
I encourage you to take charge of your own health. Take care of your loved ones by eating and feeding yourself and those you love real food, and not the food-like products that line store shelves. I’ll be sharing recipes, articles and videos that I find noteworthy. Please feel free to share what you learn with me too. Thanks for visiting my blog. I look forward to connecting with you also.