A few months ago, I was approached by a top 25 football program considering "upgrading" the nutrition component of their physical
I asked a couple of questions along the lines of what their objective was and how they intended to monitor the program. The answer I got caused me to spit coffee all over my shirt, pants and shoes.
The "trainer" looked me straight in the eye and said that their lineman averaged 287 lbs. and their goal was to get them to 316 - an increase of 10 percent. "Then we will be able to compete big time," he said.
I am a big college football fan—GO DAWGS!—and I knew that most linemen weighed over 300 lbs., but I had never had it put to me that way.
We are shortening the lives of kids in order to win football games and make money. Looks to me like we should consider weight limits instead of
We have a health crisis in this country, that, in my opinion, overshadows any of our other problems. Rather than fix it, we play another game. Not football, but the age-old blame game.
Here is how the blame game works:
Blame Doctors: Doctors come out of medical school in debt up to their smock. Killing themselves working or billing their way out of this predicament are the doctor's only options.
Blame Hospitals: The unwritten rule now is, "Let's get him out of here before we kill him."
Blame Insurance Companies: Health insurance applications now consist of three questions. First, are you sick? Second, have you ever been sick? Third, are you ever going to be sick? Yes to any of the three is an "F."
Blame HMOs: Pretty straightforward here: "Get in the longest line to see the worst doctor possible."
Blame Pharmaceutical Companies: Many of the new drugs brought to market "designed" to replace existing drugs have been proven to be no more effective than those they replaced. The only difference in these "designer" drugs is the cost.
Blame the Government: Half the country wants the government to do more about health care and the other half wants the government to do less. These two halves make a "hole," and we all are in it.
We spend almost six times the amount of money the other 16 industrialized nations spend on health care, and by every comprehensive measuring standard available, we come in near the bottom in effectiveness. At our current rate, in less than 20 years our health care cost will exceed our average income.
We need to look ourselves in the collective mirror and recognize that passing blame around is not going to solve our health care crisis. We should not be waiting for the doctor, or the hospital, or the insurance company, or the HMO, or the pharmaceutical company, or the government to make us well. We need to take control of the future of our own health, and that of our children, by making some tough decisions. Are we going to continue playing the blame game, or are we going to get serious about the little things each of us can do everyday to inspire healthier choices and change our collective future?
President and Founder
The Juice Plus+ Company