“It was once said that the moral test of government is how it treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the aged; and those in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped.” Hubert H. Humphrey November 1, 1977, at the dedication of the Hubert H. Humphrey Building, Congressional Record, November 4, 1977, vol 123, p. 37287.
“Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.” Albert Einstein
“Your beliefs become your thoughts, your thoughts become your words, your words become your actions, your actions become your habits, your habits become your values, and your values become your destiny.” — Mahatma Gandhi
“Yesterday we spoke of mercy — for the elderly, the poor, the sick and the suffering who this legislation clearly leaves behind. But this is about more than mercy, it is about common decency. Because there is nothing more universally human than the stubborn truth that fortunes change. That no one among us is immune to illness or addiction or bad luck or real loss. So we fortify a system of shared protections that are deep and strong enough to catch any brother or sister who falls. Shame on those who take that protection for granted.” Joe Kennedy III March 9, 2017
On March 8, 2017 Representative Joe Kennedy III made the following statement in response to Paul Ryan’s claims that TrumpCare is an act of mercy.
The transcript is below:
“I was struck last night by a comment that I heard made by Speaker Ryan, where he called this repeal bill ‘an act of mercy.’ With all due respect to our speaker, he and I must have read different Scripture. The one I read calls on us to feed the hungry, to clothe the naked, to shelter the homeless, and to comfort the sick. It reminds us that we are judged not by how we treat the powerful, but by how we care for the least among us. Mercy.
Defined in purely secular terms; compassionate treatment for those in distress. Its kindness and it is grace. There is no mercy in a system that makes health care a luxury. There is no mercy in a country that turns their back on those most in need of protection: the elderly, the poor, the sick, and the suffering. There is no mercy in a cold shoulder to the mentally ill. There is no mercy in a policy that takes for granted the sweat, the tears, and the sacrifices of working Americans that they shed everyday so that they might care for their families basic needs: food, shelter, health, and hope for tomorrow. There is no mercy in the 2.6 million people who will lose their job if ObamaCare is repealed. This is not an act of mercy. It is an act of malice.”
Imagine walking in the grocery store and in front of you are two people. One of them has observable love handles, has a gut that comes over the belt, and appears to be obese.The person next to them is thin and appears to be of a healthy weight. Which one is healthy and which one isn’t?
We’ve all heard the following:
- A calorie is a calorie no matter where it comes from
- Obesity is caused by eating too much and exercising too little
- All overweight obese people are sick
- All thin people are basically healthy
Yet, a calorie isn’t just a calorie; it does depend on where it comes from and what happens once it is consumed. An overweight person can be healthy; and a thin person can be sick (TOFI). In this 2015 hour and half presentation done by Dr Lustig for the Stanford Health Library he discusses those items and more:
In 2014 Dr. Lustig did an hour long presentation for PBS (available on DVD) entitled, “Sweet Revenge: Turning the tables on processed food” that discusses the following:
- How there are more thin sick people than obese sick people.
- A person can be Thin on outside Fat on Inside (TOFI) and Obese on outside and healthy on the inside.
- There are 240 million people in the US. 72 million fall into the obese category, 168 million into the normal weight category.
- In total between the obese and normal weight groups 124 million fall into the sick category. 67 million come from the normal weight group and 57 million from the obese group.
- In our food:
- How fat is not just fat
- How carbs are not just carbs
- How calories are not just calories
- How it isn’t just about diet and exercise
- How our body digests food and the chemicals that tell us we are full
- How processed food and sugar is our biggest enemy
- That there are 56 different names for sugar in ingredient lists
The trailer is below:
The DVD also contains a bonus question and answer video with Dr. Lustig that is also worth the time to watch. Below is a 2013 TedTalk Dr. Lustig did on the same subject. It is about 22 minutes long:
Robert Lustig, MD, is Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology at University of California, San Francisco, and the author of Fat Chance: Beating the Odds against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease.