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Health insurance no sub for eating the right food

Before the U.S. Supreme Court's historic decision to uphold President Obama's Affordable Care Act on June 28, the President's detractors – particularly the combative and unyielding Republicans – made it clear that they deem their verbal jabs and incendiary remarks warranted because the president, in their opinion, is taking the country too far to the left into a dangerous, fiscal abyss.

The landmark decision came as a surprise to some and a disappointment to others. There was praise for the president, laughter from his supporters, and no doubt a few tears from his combatants and the right-wingers who vowed at one time to make Obama a one-term president. The High Court's decision, in effect, serves as a launch pad that guarantees that all Americans, regardless of sex, creed or color, are afforded health care.

This issue, however, is far from over. There are positives to the legislation and no doubt negatives. For example, all insurance is not created equally, and certainly all health care is not created equally. The legislation is 1,990 pages long, but written, as the President has said, to make health care affordable and accessible to everyone. But is the future of government-mandated health care in jeopardy of being repealed? Even if it is, there are benefits for those who never had insurance.

But there is a much bigger issue – preventive care. When President Obama signed the healthcare reform legislation into law on March 23, 2012, it opened the door for men, women and children to get vision/hearing screening, immunizations and anti-obesity support. Preventive care for women includes pap smears, mammograms, colonoscopies, cancer screenings, and vaccinations for HPV, meningitis and pneumonia. There are similar benefits for men as well.

This is good news of course, but let me add something else to the mix: Preventive care, in my opinion, starts with eating the right food, exercising, drinking plenty of water, and changing one's lifestyle. Proper nutrition is the key that unlocks the door to good health. President Obama is right on the money in terms of building a health care model that could save millions of lives. But eating fresh fruits and vegetables could save millions of lives as well.

The passing of the Affordable Care Act and the High Court's decision to rescue it from those seeking to dismantle it before full implementation gives hope to millions of Americans who were uninsured and unable to receive some type of health care insurance prior to the signing of the bill into law. However, to achieve optimum health and remain healthy throughout one's life is a goal worth pursuing.

Eating the right food keeps the body replenished and unstressed even when the environment is not conducive for good health. After eating the right food, a person still needs his or her proper rest to be able to fend off sickness and diseases. So get plenty of rest and watch your body work itself into a sound working machine.

Health care reform is not a cure-all, though. In fact, you must decide how important your health is to you and try not to rely too much on a system that could break down. When it comes to your health, nothing really matters if you're not able to take control of your body.

Eating the wrong food also causes the body to break down. We are responsible for making the right food choices, even though some of the food that we eat has no nutritional value, whatsoever. Although high blood pressure, strokes, diabetes, cancer, obesity and other ailments can ravage the body, the president's health care reform act just may be that safety net that millions need to improve or restore their health.

I'm happy for the millions of people who need health care and look forward to taking advantage of the new law. But I'd be happier if people would just take the time to eat right and nourish their bodies to prevent any and all catastrophic diseases from causing further detriment – even death.

I applaud President Obama for ushering this incredible piece of legislation through Congress. Now it's up to the millions of people who will benefit from it to not misunderstand why the President led the charge to insure all Americans in the first place.

(Dr. Timothy Moore teaches nutrition, heart disease and diabetes reversal through a plant-based lifestyle. He is a professional speaker, wellness coach and personal plant-based chef. He is the author of 47 Tips To Reverse Your Diabetes. He can be reached by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , visit him at www.cheftimothymoore.com or follow him at www.twitter.com/cheftimmoore.)

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