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Wouldn’t it make more sense to educate and inform the public that vaccines are a useful first aid but promoting better health through lifestyle changes, especially through dietary changes, must be the long-term solution? Unfortunately, there are very few commercial interests willing to support such health promotion as there is little profit in the development of a healthy society, disease and sickness is the profitable business.
There’s a lot we still don’t know about COVID-19. But here’s one thing we do know:
People who are obese, have hypertension, cardiovascular disease, or diabetes fare far worse if they become infected. They are much more likely to be hospitalized. And they are far more likely to die. In fact, according to the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 94% of COVID-19 deaths are linked to other “comorbidities.” Only 6% list COVID-19 as the sole cause of death. Since many of these comorbidities are largely preventable (and often reversible) with a whole foods, plant-based diet, it is not an exaggeration to say that the standard American diet has turbocharged the pandemic.
The United States has less than 5% of the world’s population, but in the first year of the pandemic, it accounted for 20% of the world’s reported COVID-19 deaths. In fact, the sober reality is that the US has experienced the most deaths of any country in the world from COVID-19 by far. In the first year of the pandemic, the mortality rate from COVID-19 in the US was about 40% higher than in Europe. Is it a coincidence that the obesity rate in the US is also about 40% higher than in Europe? Or is it a clue to
something we urgently need to understand?
How could the world’s wealthiest country, with arguably the most advanced (and certainly the most expensive) healthcare system on the planet, have fared so poorly?
While a number of different factors contribute to the development of major chronic diseases and developing COVID-19, perhaps the most powerful is nutrition.
There’s a reason many of these COVID-19 comorbidities are referred to as “lifestyle diseases.” Eating a nutrient-poor diet is known to contribute to a higher risk for chronic conditions like heart disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes, and obesity.
The above is a brief extract from “Smart Immunity – How Diet and Lifestyle Can Help You Stay Healthy in the Pandemic and Beyond.” by Ocean Robbins of The Food Revolution Network