The Reality Of The Shutdown & Burden of Chronic Disease

Ive commented on this before, my strong disapproval of the fact that Walmart is allowed to be open, yet our small stores in our town are not allowed to be.

My husband found this post in one of his online snowmobile groups last night…

“Glad they shut down the trails! Now I have more time to go to Walmart to buy essential video games! I’ll head into 3 different circle K’s to find the freshest bag of cheese Combo’s and microwaveable pizza for a late night snack. Then I’ll head over to the LCBO to get my essential Captain Morgan’s spiced rum and 12 pack of Bush…. as I walk out of the LCBO I’ll notice that I don’t have any mix…. being closer to Dollarama, I’ll head in there to grab my mix and browse the candies and valentines decorations. Walking out the door I glanced at a family of 6 walk into Giant Tiger so I figured a big sale of PPE must be going on… unfortunately no sales and limited stock but I did dig up a puzzle in the sale bin, some slime in a can and a Bluetooth speaker that flashes its LED’s to the beat of your favourite song. I was getting sleepy after this huge day of essential travel so I went to Tim Hortons to grab a coffee… the drive thru was so busy I decided it was easier to walk right in. As I watched 10 employees grab from the nice display of Tim Bits I couldn’t stop my temptations and I ordered a 10 pack to go with my coffee. Pulling out of the parking lot I was sooo hungry. I was on the fence about what 8 open grocery stores I should go to or should I head back to Walmart? Instead I decided it was best to get fast food!!! The dilemma I had, it was before the 8pm shut down time so I couldn’t decide on Subway, Mr. Sub, McDonalds, Burger King, A&W, Harvy’s, Swiss Chalet, Wendy’s or Taco Bell. With so many decisions to make, I figured it would be easiest to run into Costco and check out their large menu of essential unhealthy food choices. My day was finally done, I was on my way home after all my essential shopping was done… then BOOM gas light came on… this worked out perfect because the gas stations don’t force us to pay at the pump so I was able to pick up a couple scratch tickets, charger for my cell phone and got a good deal on 2 for one beef jerky. Frig…. could you imagine if I had to pack a trail side lunch, pay at the pump and ride solo in natures back yard on my snowmobile? I’d never have time to get everything done I did today.”

As a family who snowmobile and have been living a life of empowered health for the last 6+ years (continually learning every day I might add)… can YOU see what’s wrong with this situation? Because this post (not our words) is exactly what is happening right now. The world is being “run” by massive corporations where the little guys are left to flounder to try and “make it”. Personally I would much rather support the “little guys” than ever step in another Walmart in my lifetime.

Truth bomb…

Especially when all of the above stores that are currently open feeding the nations junk food addiction – now is the time those of us in natural health ARE standing up, using our voices to share the utmost importance of NOT falling into this trap.

Chronic diseases are a true burden to our health care system.

For example –

“In 2016, there were 14,509 hospitalizations for diabetes in Ontario (IntelliHEALTH).
Four large-scale trials suggest that 50 to 60 percent of type 2 diabetes may be
preventable by eliminating modifiable risk factors such as physical inactivity, low
vegetable and fruit consumption, and tobacco smoking.31-34 About 90 percent of
Canadians with diabetes have type 2 diabetes.35″ (Source Pg 17)

This information is from the report from July 2019, The Burden of Chronic Diseases in Ontario.

“In 2016, there were 138,688 hospitalizations for cardiovascular diseases
(IntelliHEALTH). Hypertension is included in Table 2 because although it is not a cardiovascular disease, it is considered a major cardiovascular disease risk factor and is treated even if there is no definitive cardiovascular disease diagnosis. In Ontario, hypertension is associated with $273 million in annual direct healthcare costs,* and in 2015, it was the main cause of 555 deaths.17 The percentage estimates of cardiovascular diseases that could be prevented by reducing risk factors such as smoking tobacco, alcohol consumption, unhealthy eating and physical inactivity vary across a number of studies.18-21 For example, a large international study suggests that 90 percent of first myocardial infarctions in men and 94 percent in women may be preventable.21″ (Source Pg 16)

Healthy eating combined with physical activity are important for maintaining a healthy body weight. Complex factors such as the cost and availability of healthy foods, competing life concerns, available options for physical activity, personal biological constitution and mental health status are also determinants of healthy body weights.88 Overweight and obesity, commonly measured by body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference are independent risk factors for several cancers, ischemic heart disease and diabetes.89,90 In 2015/2016, 61.5 percent of adults in Ontario ages 18 and older had a BMI of 25 or higher, which is classified as overweight or obese. 91 The percentage of Ontario adults ages 18 and older who were overweight or obese was higher in 2013/2014 than in 2003. 84″ (Source Pg 29)

Cancers, cardiovascular diseases, chronic lower respiratory diseases and diabetes
cause about two-thirds of all deaths in Ontario. This report, produced jointly by CCO and Public Health Ontario, estimates the burden of these four chronic diseases through their mortality, incidence, prevalence and hospitalizations. It shows that the overall burden is considerable and that there is a disproportionately high burden of these diseases in Indigenous populations and people with lower socioeconomic status in Ontario. Chronic diseases not only reduce the quality and length of people’s lives, they are also expensive to treat. The direct healthcare costs linked to the four major chronic diseases are estimated to be $10.5 billion a year in Ontario.* Tobacco smoking, alcohol consumption, unhealthy eating and physical inactivity are risk factors that are common to the major chronic diseases. This report shows that addressing these risk factors – which also have a higher prevalence in populations with health inequities – is critical to reducing the health and economic burden of chronic diseases in Ontario. The burden of chronic diseases that could be reduced is described in this report by estimating the proportion of chronic diseases that are preventable, the prevalence of chronic disease risk factors, the percentage of deaths linked to each risk factor, and the costs of the risk factors on Ontario’s healthcare system and on society as a whole. For example, the total annual direct healthcare costs and indirect costs
(e.g., lost productivity due to disability and premature mortality) for these risk factors are estimated at $7.0 billion for smoking, $4.5 billion for alcohol consumption, $2.6 billion for physical inactivity and $5.6 billion for unhealthy eating, including $1.8 billion for inadequate vegetable and fruit consumption.” (Source Pg 37)

In my own health journey, one thing I have learned first hand is that our health is affected by what we put in and on our body. When I made the choice to say NO to “being in the normal range” and knowing that was not reflective of my actual health and how I was feeling, I’ve honestly never looked back.

What we put ON and IN our body directly affects our health – immune system, cardiovascular, digestive, endocrine – our ENTIRE body and mind!

The more we know! The better choices we can make!


Published by The Mystic Healing Artist & Intuitive - Pamela Zmija

Pam is a nature and lifestyle photographer, biz woman, number cruncher, oil lover, healer and most important, a mom and wife. She is passionate about inspiring and empowering mom’s and their families to become the true architect of their life to learn real, simple and affordable ways of positive change in their lifestyle to be healthier and happier… naturally!  Creative and conscious about the value of a dollar, Pam is driven by feeling good!   #lifestylephotographer #doTERRA #EssentialOils #YourLifeAsArtEssentials  #PCOS #MentalHealth #ADHD #ouroilylife #thehealingartist #yourlifeasart #naturephotographer

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