Another reason for single-payer health care: The documentary What the Health shows how the lives and health of human beings are considered insignificant, and in many ways threatened, by the pursuit of profits in the meat and dairy and drug industries.
The corporate disdain revealed by this film is nearly beyond belief. And our ‘trusted’ watchdog agencies, both non-profit and government, are beholden to the biggest companies, accepting money in return for their silence about the dangers of animal and pharmaceutical products.
Some of the contentions in the documentary have been disputed, most notably the implication that sugar is not a major factor in diabetes, and that dairy is. Indeed there may be flaws in the documentary. But it clearly reveals the damaging behavior of the businesses and organizations that are contributing to human suffering.
Despicable: Corporate profits at the expense of our health
Hypocritical: Our watchdog non-profits on the payroll of Big Ag
At the time of the documentary, beef and/or dairy menu items were promoted on the websites of the American Diabetes Association (ADA), the American Cancer Society (ACS), the American Heart Association (AHA), and the Susan G. Komen Foundation, prompting the narrator to say, “It seemed all the large health organizations were encouraging people to eat the very foods linked to the diseases they’re supposed to be fighting against.”
It all started to make sense when some of the health organization funders were discovered: Kraft Foods, Oscar Mayer, Tyson Chicken, Dannon and Yoplait Yogurts, Pizza Hut, KFC, Taco Bell, Subway, Domino’s, and the beef and dairy industries themselves. Not a single one of the four health organizations was willing to be interviewed.
It gets worse. ACS, AHA, and ADA are accepting millions of dollars from pharmaceutical companies that are making BILLIONS of dollars from the diseases the health organizations are supposedly trying to combat. That includes Pfizer, Merck, Lilly, Johnson & Johnson, Abbott, and others. These Big Pharma firms HAVE A VESTED INTEREST IN OUR SICKNESS. A Time report explains the diabolical ‘cascading’ of drugs through our lives: “If you become addicted to painkillers, there are pills to help you stop taking the pills, by reducing the symptoms of withdrawal. And if you take too many pills, there’s a pill for that too.”
Detestable: U.S. government assisting Big Ag
We can’t sue the industries that make us fat and sick
We can’t even know what’s in our food
We become ‘terrorists’ if we object to animal cruelty
The absurdity of the capitalist approach to health
Our system of health care focuses on symptoms rather than causes. A plant-based diet promotes good health, but thanks to Big Ag and Big Pharma our diets are built around meat and dairy products, and then drugs to fix the inevitable problems.
Where are the nutrition classes? Every child, every young adult, every doctor-in-training should get this information, but they don’t. So we wallow in ignorance, as corporations thrive on the tobacco industry’s old slogan, “Doubt Is Our Product.” The less we know, the better for them.