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Let Food Be Thy Medicine and Medicine Be Thy Food

Megan Grocki
May 14, 2014
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Let Food Be Thy Medicine and Medicine Be Thy Food

What has happened to our food, how it affects our health, and how we can fix it

Megan Grocki

May 14, 2014
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  1. Let Food Be thy Medicine
    & Medicine Be thy Food
    Megan  Grocki,    
    Experience  Strategy  Director  
    #HxR2014          @megangrocki  

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  2. What has happened
    to our food?

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  3. How is our food
    affecting our health?

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  4. What can we do
    about it?

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  5. has happened
    to our food?
    WTF

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  6. Photo:  Mark  Kegans  for  The  New  York  Times  

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  7. Photo:www.perdueagribusiness.com  

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  8. Genetically modified
    organisms (GMOs)
    “Organisms in which the genetic
    material (DNA) has been altered in a
    way that does not occur naturally.”
    -World Health Organization

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  9. Is genetically modified

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  10. (Bt) Corn
    Bacillus thuringiensis

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  11. (Bt) Corn
    classified as a
    pesticide by the EPA

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  12. Yellow No. 5 (tartrazine)
    azodicarbonamide
    MSG
    Aspartame
    Sodium benzoate
    High fructose corn syrup (HFCS)
    Sodium nitrite

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  13. 80% of antibiotics
    sold in the US
    are used on
    farm animals
    FDA  

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  14. Pesticides
    Insecticides
    Fungicides
    Herbicides (Glyphosate)
    - 527 million pound increase since 1996
    C.  Benbrook,  2012  

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  15. What does our
    food have to do
    with our health?

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  16. We Are Sicker
    & Die Younger
    Than Others In Wealthy Nations
    Source:  NaHonal  Research  Council  and  InsHtute  of  Medicine.  U.S.  Health  in  InternaHonal  PerspecHve:  
    Shorter  Lives,  Poorer  Health.  Washington,  DC:  The  NaHonal  Academies  Press,  2013.  

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  17. American  Diabetes  AssociaHon.    
    American children born each year
    since 2000, will develop Type 2 diabetes
    1 in 3

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  18. Source:  Stanford  school  of  medicine  
    has food allergies
    1 in 13

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  19. 2,615
    4,135
    9,537
    1998-2000 2001-2003 2004-2006
    Food allergy related
    hospitalizations for
    children under 18
    Center  for  Disease  Control.  Na2onal  Health  Interview  Survey    

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  20. Pediatrics,  May  21,  2010  
    of girls are expected
    to begin puberty
    by the age of 7
    15%

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  21. Centers  for  Disease  Control  
    CANCER is the leading
    cause of death by disease
    in children under 15

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  22. President's  Cancer  Panel  Report  
    of Americans are expected
    to get cancer
    41%

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  23. Environmental  Health  Perspec@ves  -­‐  V.106,  N.6  -­‐  Jun98  

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  24. We spend more
    on health care and
    disease management
    than any other country on the
    planet.
    Source:  NaHonal  Research  Council  and  InsHtute  of  Medicine.  U.S.  Health  in  InternaHonal  PerspecHve:  
    Shorter  Lives,  Poorer  Health.  Washington,  DC:  The  NaHonal  Academies  Press,  2013.  

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  25. Many diseases
    are diet-related
    & PREVENTABLE

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  26. We  are  overfed,  and  undernourished  
    Food  insecurity  
     
     

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  27. We  are  overfed,  and  undernourished  
    Food  insecurity  
     
     

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  28. Source:  American  Journal  of  Medicine  (hWp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/244405
    Nearly 1 in 3
    adults with a
    chronic disease has
    problems paying for food,
    medicine, or both.

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  29. Image  Credit:  Wikimedia  Commons  

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  30. What if we could
    PREVENT unnecessary
    illness in the first place?

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  31. What can we do
    about this?

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  32. We as individuals can …
    Cut Artificial Colors
    Count chemicals, not calories
    Eat Less Fake Food
    Seek out yummy ways to consume superfoods
    Learn more about GMOs and support labeling
    Support producers who don’t use antibiotics, or
    pesticides

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  33. We as healthcare professionals can …
    Consider nutrition in our content
    Build awareness around the food/health
    connection
    Integrate nutrition information into our interfaces
    Getting the facts and doing research is key – study
    food consumption patterns alongside other work

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  34. Cool things
    happening with
    food, media, and
    technology

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  35. Produce at
    convenient stores

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  36.  
    Fooducate  
    Fooducate

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  37. Social media
    pressure

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  38. So much sickness
    could be prevented
    by improving
    nutrition literacy

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  39. It’s not hopeless –
    we can all do
    something

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  40. Food is “health” care,
    Medicine is “sick” care

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  41. Let’s fix food to
    improve health

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