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“This book both defines the problems and
Reviewed in the United States on February 25, 2020
maps out the policies, business innovations and grassroots solutions providing ideas for what we can each do to improve our health and the health of our communities and planet.” (pg 5-6, Food Fix)
Dr. Mark Hyman’s newest book is filled with facts I found shocking. Somehow, seeing the numbers in black and white makes them more jarring than just hearing them on a news report from the T. V. - “for every 10% of your diet that comes from processed food, your death risk increases by 14%” That one really floored me. Not so much for myself, but I’ve got younger members of my family who I’d venture to say devote far more than 10% of their diet to processed food. If that statistic is accurate, their future is dubious. My generation didn’t eat “processed” as a general rule and I’m in my last few laps. They, on the other hand, have miles to go...
Being the good doctor that he is, Hyman spends time discussing the effects of various health crises (obesity and all its co-morbidities, hunger, chronic disease) have on the global economy. These numbers are also staggering. When you read his extrapolation for the next 35 years, we’ll, it helped me understand the term “mind bending”, for the first time 😳
A good portion of the book looks at the government’s programs and agencies that over see food, big AG and big FOOD. These are massive institutions that hold political sway and determine the course of how and what we eat to a large extent. Hyman is not shy about casting a light on the job they’ve done, where and how they’ve failed and his suggestions for what we need to do to save the planet from sure demise.
There are lots of suggestions for how to fix things in this book. Recommendations are made for personal changes that will impact your own health, (and finances, btw), the health of your family and that of your immediate community. Then he gets global and suggests how the “Food Fix” at the local, regional, national and world wide levels will work, interact and impact the world.
Hyman identifies companies doing a good job, what they’re doing and how. This book is not just Chicken Little squawking about a falling sky; it’s problem identification with realistic resolution proposals. The writing is good, and at times felt like an espionage investigation. Hhhhmmm...📚