- Dr. Mark Hyman - https://drhyman.com -

1 Minute to Change the Future of Medicine

In one minute you can change the future of health care, and have an enormous impact on reducing our chronic lifestyle driven disease burden that accounts for 84 percent of our $3.8 trillion annual health care bill.

Click the link below now and sign the petition for the ENRICH ACT (Expanding Nutrition’s Role in Curricula and Healthcare (ENRICH) Act, co-sponsored by Reps. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) and Pat Tiberi (R-Ohio), to fund nutrition and physical activity training for doctors in medical school. The funds will come from an existing pool of money and therefore, require no “extra” spending or extra cost the taxpayer.

With one click you can start a domino effect that will address the simple fact that most chronic diseases (heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer, dementia, autoimmune disease, and more) are caused by food, and can be prevented, treated and often reversed by food, yet doctors learn nothing about food in medical school.

Please stop and sign it now!  It costs you nothing, but can change everything.

Petition Link: http://action.timryanforcongress.com/page/s/enrich-act [1]

A few weeks ago I made a trip to Washington, DC to help my friend Congressman Tim Ryan introduce the bipartisan ENRICH ACT [2] into Congress.  We briefed other Congressman and Senators and their aides, Republican and Democrat.  Everyone was supportive and understood the importance of training doctors in lifestyle and nutrition.

We must start to address the causes of our health care crisis and chronic disease epidemic that afflicts one in two Americans. Obesity and type 2 diabetes – what I call “diabesity” – affect one in two Americans, and one in four children, and alone will cost $10 trillion over the next 10 years. Type 2 diabetes, which can be prevented and often reversed by food accounts for one in three Medicare dollars.

The former Secretaries of the US Department of Agriculture and Health and Human Services, along with the Bipartisan Policy Center wrote a clear impassioned blog [3] on why changing medical school education is a simple, yet powerful lever for change.

The human and economic costs of lifestyle caused disease have wide ranging risks to us as a society. if we do not reverse this trend, this lifestyle will result in premature death and disability, and affect our national security because military recruits are not fit to fight, our global competitiveness due to the “achievement gap” because our children are too sick to learn, and our economic security because Medicare and Medicaid costs will consume 100 percent of federal tax revenue by 2042.

How will we change this?

We must address this through multi-dimensional efforts that change our food system, the quality and type of food we produce and consume access to healthy food, innovative policies, as well as changes in our environment and in our health care system. And we need to help doctors use food as medicine, which often works faster, is better and is cheaper for treating chronic disease than conventional medication or surgery.
Addressing these problems sometimes seems overwhelming but the ENRICH Act provides a simple strategy that can have wide ranging impact.

The ENRICH Act would establish a $15 million competitive grant program administered through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) in coordination with the NIH National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) for medical schools to integrate nutrition education and physical activity into their curricula.

Medical school education needs to change. Consider these facts:

How will the ENRICH Act address this:

We often feel powerless to create real change. Once in a while a chance comes along to make a real difference. Now is that time.

Please stop and sign the petition now!  It costs you nothing, but can change everything.

Petition Link: http://action.timryanforcongress.com/page/s/enrich-act [1]

Wishing you health and happiness,
Mark Hyman, MD.

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