Mark Hyman, MD, is head of strategy for the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine and board president for the Institute for Functional Medicine. He is also the bestselling author of a number of books, including .
This is a very important and equally sobering book. As Mark says: “The story of food shocked me, frightened me, and drove me to tell this story and to find the possibility of redemption from the broken system that is slowly destroying the people and things we love most.”
Now, of course, the food we eat affects our health and well-being. Actually, after I typed that, I realized that the “of course” part ISN’T a given. Many people STILL don’t see the connection between our food choices and our health and the fact (yes, it’s a fact) that our poor food choices are driving the astonishing rates of chronic disease we all face.
What might be less obvious is that the food system we have in place—ranging from the subsidies and other public policies—affect EVERYTHING from our physical health to our psychological health to our cultural well-being to the health of our economies and our environment.
Mark connects all those dots. He tells us this: “If we were to identify one big lever to pull to improve global health, create economic abundance, reduce social injustice and mental illness, restore environmental health, and reverse climate change, it would be transforming our entire food system. That is the most important work of our time—work that must begin now.”
This is one of those books on which it is nearly impossible to do a Note. Nearly every paragraph of every page of my copy of the book is marked up—often with a “:/” representing my “ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!” appalled astonishment at just how viciously many individuals—from politicians to food corp executives—are abusing their power and ignoring the public good.
Like I said, it’s a sobering, challenging, confronting read. It’s also, ultimately, a hopeful read as Mark gives us some compelling Ideas on how we can go about SOLVING the crises along with a cast of heroic characters who are doing the hard work to serve us and change the world.
If you’d like to learn more about “How to Save Our Health, Our Economy, Our Communities, and Our Planet—One Bite at a Time,” I think you’ll appreciate this book as much as I did. (You can get a copy of the book .) (And check out and .)
Of course, it’s packed with Big Ideas and I’m excited to share of my favorites that will help us take powerful steps forward TODAY, so let’s jump straight in.