Over lunch today, I read an article stating that nearly 50% of the adult population in the UK are on some form of prescription medicine. Astonishing don’t you think? You can read the full article from the BBC News here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-30411246
30% of the total prescriptions were for preventing cardiovascular disease and Simvastatin - which lowers cholesterol - was the single most prescribed drug with 40 million prescriptions.
This has got me thinking of the negligent way we treat our bodies and the means we sometimes have to resort to in order to function as a healthy individual.
Here at Made in Hackney we advocate a plant-based, local and seasonal diet that includes plenty of whole grains. If the population as a whole ate like we do, then I can guarantee that the number of prescriptions written to the population for treating diabetes, cardiovascular disease and raised cholesterol would plummet.
So why isn’t this diet being prescribed instead of the pills? Why don’t the doctors and nurses help us take control of our diet and help us become healthier without the need for popping pills every day? Surely this is a better way?
We’d save the NHS a fortune. We’d help with the reduction of global warming as the meat industry is a huge player in this. It seems like a win-win situation.
The image for this post is from the BBC website.