Force For Health
Organized by: Kim and CB Goodsell
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This is a children’s story:
It’s a tragic story never before told, because it has never happen before. Today's children are the first generation in American history whose lifespan will be cut 10 years short of their parent's because of the toxic food culture we've built around them. The majority of our children (54%) suffer with preventable chronic disease conditions which have never been known to affect children. Our children are not aging well. We are losing a generation of children. This is the story … this is what’s at stake here.
This is not the story we would have chosen to write:
A new industrialized food system has come about in the last 50 years. It has precipitated a global health catastrophe. Mother nature has lost her market share in healthcare to a powerful Empire which has created The Ultimate Death Weapon - The Global Food and Drug Industrial Complex ... capable of destroying the future health of an entire planet.
"When diet is wrong medicine is of no use ... when diet is correct medicine is of no use" (Ancient Ayurvedic Proverb).
Fact: Diet- related disease is the #1 killer in the world today. Medical treatment is the 3rd leading cause of death in the U.S. behind heart disease and cancer. Prescription drugs are the 4th biggest killers.
We need to understand what the Global Food and Drug Industrial Complex is doing to us and our kids. It is eating the heart out of childhood. Our kids' wild and crazy dreams … their great big plans are being reduced to a future plagued by disease, disability and early death. This was not their plan. This was not their dream. This is their nightmare.
The parents who have children with these conditions are being told that it’s genetic ... it’s a lifetime condition … there’s nothing they can do about it but to medicate. We are being told that there’s nothing we can do and THAT’S ABSOLUTELY WRONG!
This is my story:
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Welcome to our CrowdRise campaign! I'm Kim Goodsell.
I have an extremely rare genetic aging disorder which predisposes me to sudden cardiac death, heart failure, disability and early death. In 1997 I was told I was likely to drop dead of sudden cardiac failure … and I did. In 2010 I was told I was likely to lose my ability to walk … and I did. I was told there was no hope … it was genetic ... there was nothing I could do but medicate … it was useless to fight my fate … but I did.
Invoking the ancient medical wisdom: “Let food be thy medicine” / "Walking is man's best medicine" (Hippocrates ~400 BC) … I won a victory over Death. Granted more time to perfect the art of aging, my reason for being is to empower people with skills, information and the awareness that healing is possible … it is within our reach … we have the power to take control of our health … our children’s health and heal naturally without the use of prescription drugs.
I am an internationally acclaimed citizen scientist, public speaker, activist patient, a health activist, citizen wellness chef and a mighty force for health. The Force For Health CrowdRise campaign is raising funds so that I can further realize my life's purpose to perfect the art of aging and help others to find their force and fight for a future of #HealthMadeByUs.
This is the story of what we are doing:
Joined by my husband CB, Force For Health is a boots on the ground public awareness, media and do-it-yourself (DIY) health solutions initiative. Through videos, health hacking walkathons, story telling, presentations and cooking demonstrations, we have been working to catalyze communities of support around the idea that the power of walking and whole foods to heal is real.
We join together to walk, talk, eat, teach and share our magical connection with food ... food as medicine ... food as the fundamental foundation of health and well-being ... food as a primal force that binds us to the best bits of life.
This is a story of power:
Never under estimate the power of one. Each of our individual efforts can potentially make a huge impact in shifting our food culture and restoring our health, the health of our children, our communities and our planet.
Crazy optimism: If just one person teaches three people how to cook something healthy … and they teach three of their friends, that only has to repeat itself 25 times and that's the whole population of America. TOGETHER WE CAN SHIFT THE FOOD CULTURE!
Every generation has a responsibility to help our children find their force and fight for their future of health. There’s only one time … NOW! There’s only one design … a future of #HealthMadeByUs. There’s only one sound … all our voices together with a mighty roar that tells the world #WeAreNotWaiting!! … we are coming in force to take back our health!
Please join us in support at the frontline of the most urgent war on preventable chronic disease. We rely on the kind contributions from people like you who share our sense of responsibility to the future health of our children, our communities and our planet. Together we will make the cultural shift that is needed to bring about a future of health. Won't you consider making a donation?
Thank you for exploring our campaign. We appreciate your time is valuable. If you'd like to explore the health crisis, it’s cause, and the heroic efforts underway by a handful of health Rebels committed to restoring health through whole food as medicine and walking as a cure, we invite you to read further and watch the full Force For Health documentary.
More to our children's story …
We need to embrace the message our children are sending us … that the industrial food and drug culture we are raising them in is not working. We need a counter-culture food revolution … but revolutions can not start without awareness. We need to understand the enormous forces outside ourselves which are driving this global health catastrophe.
This is not just a children's story:
This is a story that's sweeping the globe. Diet-related disease is the #1 killer in the world today. America ... we're at the top of our game. We are one of the most unhealthy counties in the world. It's one of the great paradoxes of our time ... how the world’s most resourced and medically advanced nation could have one of the highest morbidity rates. We comprise 5% of the world's population and consume 50% of the manufactured pharmaceuticals. But we are not successfully medicating ourselves out of this health crisis. FACT: Medical treatment is the #3 leading cause of death behind heart disease and cancer. Prescription drugs are the #4 leading causes of death.
This is a disturbing story:
Over the past 40 years we have seen an epidemic of genetic neurological disorders. The prevalence of autism has exploded from 1 in 10000 to 1 in 50, and it shows no sign of abating. There is no such thing as genetic epidemics. The radical shift in our food culture and our toxic landscape is affecting the expression of our genes. 1 in 5 children have a disruptive behavior pathology. These are not behavior problems. These are conditions of cognitive decline. 10 million children are being treated with powerful addictive amphetamine-like psychoactive drugs. 1 million are under the age of 5. THIS IS INSANE! Our parents are subjecting their children to Big Pharma’s field experiment because they are being told it is genetic … that there’s nothing they can do but medicate, and THIS IS ABSOLUTELY WRONG! Tens of thousands of people, including myself, are successfully managing and even recovering from these conditions simply by returning to a plant based, real food diet. These successes are being dismissed as anecdotal. They are not being studied because they do not lead to a profitable drug discovery. They lead back to basics ... back to mother nature.
This is an old story:
Degenerative disease conditions ... once a tale told by old people who had lived a lifetime of bad choices and addictive behaviors, have become the “new normal” of kids coming of age in America. Our kids have not had time to make bad choices, yet they are being afflicted with chronic disease conditions such as - heart disease, stroke, hypertension, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, type 2 diabetes and arthritis ... conditions never before associated with childhood.
This is a huge story:
Our kids are becoming huge. Childhood obesity has tripled in the past three decades. The food industry is telling us, it’s our fault … our kids are eating too much and exercising too little. But when something goes wrong, like the majority of the population suddenly becoming obese and sick we have to question that model. We have to look at the forces outside ourselves, at these huge powers that are ripping the hearts out of our kids, our parents, our teachers, our doctors, our country … out of our world.
This is a foolish story:
Watch on youtube: It’s not nice to fool mother nature! This was the biggest truth in advertising ever told by Big Food (1977 Chiffon Margarine commercial). Mother nature has lost her market share in the healthcare industry. Only 1% of our children’s calories are coming from vegetables … 70% of their calories are coming from processed foods. And the health consequences have not been nice! Big Food spends some 5 billion dollars annually in fool-u-food education campaigns deceptively crafted to fool parents into associating their products with healthy, wholesome ingredients derived from mother nature … while fooling our kids with ads that make fast food look fun, wild, and exciting. Big Pharma spends 27 billion a year following Big Food’s act with the biggest lie in advertising … that they alone can fix the health problems Big Food have caused.
Food is having an identity crisis. We once identified as food was a product of mother nature. Her product design evolved beside human culture. The food she produced was perfectly formulated to provide nutrients for building, maintaining and repairing health. The concept of “processed food” was something we humans began cooking up in our kitchens.
What we identify as food today are the products of a Corporate Food Empire. It is “ultra processed” and chemical based … created in a lab with 10,000 approved chemicals which you would never find in your kitchen, or in nature. It is designed to be fast, affordable and addictive.
This is an addicting story:
It’s sweet, it’s seductive, pure white and deadly. Current research suggests that it is eight times more addictive than cocaine or heroin. While none of us would consider shooting our kids up with junk, we are unwittingly feeding it to them.
It’s the basic building block hidden in 99% of all processed food and what keeps us coming back for more. It's what sweetens the products and spikes the profits of the most powerful corporations in the world. Big Food is Big Business, bringing in over a trillion dollars a year and it couldn’t do it without sugar. Watch: The Secrets of Sugar.
This is a love story:
The vast majority of parents, teachers and healthcare providers have chosen their vocations informed by love. They are not to blame. They are doing the best they can with the information, time and demands imposed upon them. Parent’s food choices are largely imposed price, convenience and the nagging demands of their fast food addicted kids. Our doctor’s have had little to no food education. Their choice of treatment is being imposed by strict drug treatment protocols and productivity standards. Health maintenance organizations (HMOs) have imposed a 10 minute limit that a doctor can spend with a patient and get paid … just enough time to write a prescription. The electronic health record (EHR) … "an epic design fail", has turned doctors into coders. 9 in 10 doctors today are unwilling to recommend healthcare as a profession because doctors are no longer able to be doctors. Watch: #LetDoctorsBeDoctors.
This is a story of “Breaking Bad”:
There’s a lot of really good people who are doing really bad things to themselves, our kids and our planet. Most of them just don’t have the information to know better. Others are just plain “Breaking Bad”. The sugar industry, like the tobacco industry has known the incontrovertible scientific evidence linking their products to early death and disease for decades. Even though this effects all of us … it effects the CEO of a food or drug company just as much as it effects you and me … never the less, these economic concerns take precedence over doing what’s right. Case in point: 1 in 17 children today have a life-threatening food allergy. Kid’s favorites … milk and peanuts are the fastest growing life-threatening allergens. It’s a growth industry, and Mylan Pharmaceuticals have cashed in. Over a few short years they increased the price on the EpiPen from $100 - $600. While families whose children’s lives depended on the EpiPen for emergency treatment were faced with a financial hardship … Mylan’s stock price tripled and the salary of it’s CEO rose 600%.
This is a global story:
The industrial diet has taken the world by storm. The American fast food culture has laid siege on the traditional plant based diets of the world. For the first time in the history of mankind, food - not war, not famine, not infectious disease - but the industrial food diet has become the number one cause of death of the 7 billion people living on the planet today. Half of us are sick with chronic diseases. These are long duration, slow progressing, costly conditions. 100 million people are being driven into poverty each year by escalating healthcare costs. Preventable chronic disease kills 38 million people each year. This is a global health crisis. This is an economic health crisis. This is a planetary health crisis. This is the most urgent and underreported catastrophes of our time. So why is it not headline news?
This is a silent story:
Terrorism, murder, homicidal gang violence, you name it ... it's on the front page of every paper everyday. The drive-thrus are killing more of our children than the drive-bys. Why is the #1 killer not getting equal press coverage? We are not hearing about it because it takes awareness to start a revolution. There is a lot of money at stake here. It's not just the Big Food, it's Big Ag, Big Pharma, it's the entire healthcare system. When you add it all up we're talking about trillions of dollars. Simply put ... it's good business. We can not expect the government to solve the problem. Government has a hard time recognizing the problems Big Business is causing. The future of health is in our hands. Please join the revolution!
More of my story:
It’s been over stated for sure, but my medical odyssey has been credited by Eric Topol, the world renown physician and medical visionary, as marking an important watershed in medicine. I’ve been dubbed The Patient of the Future. My story - DIY diagnosis: how an extreme athlete uncovered her genetic flaw, has appeared in National Geographic and other major publications, and I share a patient activist role with Angelina Jolie in “The Medical Blockbuster Book Of The Year”: The Patient Will See You Now - The Future of Medicine is in Your Hands.
Seizing my opportunity in this digital age of information I hacked online genetic mutation databanks and cracked my genetic code. I discovered the root cause to the conundrum of rare diseases I present. I wrote a white paper thesis: Recapitulation of a Disease Continuum and in collaboration with my Mayo Clinic physicians, my genetic discovery was accepted for publication in the peer-reviewed Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology (JCE). I was honored by JCE’s Editor-in-Chief’s personal praise -“You should feel good about your role in this for it may save lives and/or ameliorate suffering … this is priceless.” I do, but there is so much more that we must do to empower, equip, enable and engage each other to find our force and fight for a future of #HealthMadeByUs.
Make Force For Health your story:
Show your force. Join us and the Rebel Alliance at the frontlines. Together we will empower our children, parents, doctors and teachers to find their force and fight for a future of health. Give us ground support, participate in regional offensives. Take the lead - let’s collaborate on a strategic ground offensive in your territory. Host an event. Share your ideas, your inspiration, your stories, your recipes, your wisdom. Write us: firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com
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