August 6th, 2008
The following is an excerpt from a recent comment made by a reader pondering the effectiveness of currently funded community projects in addressing the root of the many chronic health problems faced in our community, a question worth opening up in a new thread for discussion:
Building Healthy Communities is meant to concentrate on improving the outcomes of chronic disease processes, but seems to focus on lifestyle health issues to a certain degree. I am on the steering group so hope to have an impact on some research into the real issues of chronic disease here.
One question which keeps popping up in my mind is, the big “WHY” we are being guided into believing that all out health problems are related only to our lifestyle, without the baseline parameters yet to be identified.
Why is there a chronic alcohol problem? Why is there a high rate of asthma and other breathing problems? Why is there an extremely high rate of cancer in this area? Why is there a high rate of kidney disease? Why are there many kids here with ADHD and learning difficulties?
OK…we know nutrition is a problem, [and] is being addressed in BHC. We know that lack of exercise is a major factor in obesity, and that is being addressed. We know that addiction and misuse of alcohol and drugs and gambling is rife… depression and mental illness is also high… but how are we to address this issue if we don’t understand the reason?
Di, August 2, 2008