More Than 5 Million Older Americans Don’t Have Enough Food

Written by Alex Reid
Posted December 2, 2019

Hi y’all!

Alex Reid here with your Monday roundup.

Did you eat enough over this past Thanksgiving holiday?

If so, consider yourself lucky!

Recent news shows that the average American attending a health clinic doesn’t have enough food. Some experts are calling for immediate solutions to this growing issue of “chronic hunger.” 

NPR shares:

‘Food insecurity,’ as it's known, has become a particular concern among seniors. The anti-hunger group Feeding America found that more than 5 million older Americans don't have enough food to lead a healthy life — a figure that has doubled in the last two decades.

Some doctors shy away from the question, “Do you have enough food?”

It’s a simple question, but if the patient’s answer is “no”...

Some doctors may not always know where to send the patient.

But recently in Tennessee, Connectus Health started keeping its own on-site pantry for patients in need.

Other clinics and hospitals are following suit, too.

NPR shares more:

Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee, a local food bank, is encouraging more health care providers to consider on-site pantries. The food bank also wants every patient — not just those suspected of being low income — asked about their food situation.

It’s clear that food is king. It is the ultimate medicine that we need to keep our bodies healthy.

Especially for patients who already have diseases and other illnesses.

To learn more about these new “food pharmacies” that are taking over the United States, go here now.

More in the world of health…

In the spirit of gratefulness, we here at Clear Health Now are grateful for science.

In a breakthrough discovery, researchers reveal more about multiple sclerosis (MS) and the herpes virus.

Previous research showed a connection between MS and the herpes virus, but studies were limited to dig a little deeper, until now...

The Karolinska Institutet publishes:

According to estimates, as many as 80% of all children are infected with the HHV-6 virus before 2 years of age, and many also carry protection in the form of antibodies against this particular virus for the rest of their lives. But since it hasn’t been possible to tell the two variants apart post-infection, it has been difficult to say whether HHV-6A or B is a risk factor for MS.

In this study, however, the researchers were able to distinguish between the A and B virus by analyzing antibodies in the blood against the proteins—immediate early protein 1A and 1B (IE1A and IE1B)—that diverge the most between the two viruses.

If you or someone you know has MS...

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As many other holidays quickly approach, we circle back around to food and how it relates to your health.

We talked about the importance of food. We also touched on the newest developments on diseases like MS.

But what happens when we abuse food? 

What was meant to help us can harm us, leading to obesity and other health complications.

Research shows Americans have gained more weight over the past decade, and they care even less to do anything about it

Newsweek publishes:

Fifty-four percent of all Americans (47% of men and 60% of women) in the 2010s said they wanted to lose weight, down from 59% (52% of men and 65% of women) between 2000 and 2009.

Knowing the huge health risks that come along with being overweight, I was shocked when I read this article.

To your health,

Alex Reid
President, Clear Health Now

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