True health costs
Friday, July 31, 2009 - 20:05
The future of our healthcare system is a topic of monumental debate and discussion as our elected leaders attempt to reach a new way forward. In fact, our government as a whole is being scrutinized as we attempt to streamline costs and make efficiency a priority. With that being said, the loss of environmental stability and resource depletion is a dire threat to these newly altered systems. Our corporations exude toxic waste as a massive bi-product of the modern industrial system, and its effects are being felt in many areas as increased health complications are seen.
Our food is drenched with harmful preservatives all to improve on a profit, our pillows are coated in neurotoxins and lead often sneaks into our youth's toys, urban air raises our population's susceptibility to asthma, and higher temperatures let diseases spread with greater ease. In my region of the country, the EPA declares pesticide use, mercury, lead, asbestos, bad air conditions and asthma promoting environments as major environmental concerns for children.
When costs to the healthcare system are brought up, preventative treatments are seen as the messiah of policies. The true way to address this goal is to bring our environment up to the same level as we want our health to be. When the external factors of market malpractice are addressed, we will find ourselves in a more prosperous and healthy nation.
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