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To the CEO of Whole Foods: Eating Healthy Does Not Replace Health Care

John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods, said, “I mean, honestly, we talk about health care. The best solution is not to need health care,” in an episode of Freakanomics Radio that was released November 4. He continued to say, “The best solution is to change the way people eat, the way they live, the lifestyle and diet. There’s no reason why people shouldn’t be healthy and have a longer health span. A bunch of drugs is not going to solve the problem.” Now, while Mackey is correct that lifestyle choices can play a significant factor in an individual’s health, eating healthy will not replace the need for accessible healthcare.

As someone who has been diagnosed with multiple chronic illnesses, my personal experience speaks to this directly. Growing

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