Michael Pollan: The food industry creates patients for the health care industry
Pollan appeared on The Daily Show last night to tout his latest tome, Food Rules, which is full of advice on how we can begin to create more healthy lifestyles by reforming what we shove in our pieholes:
#11: Avoid food you see advertised on television.
But don't avoid television when Pollan's appearing. His arguments have always been well-researched and convincing, but they've taken on a new significance with the pending health-care legislation.
Pollan believes that once health insurance companies are required to insure regardless of pre-existing conditions, it will effect change in our diets. "Suddenly the health insurers will have an interest in your health, which they don't have now," he told Jon Stewart.
Completely ass-backwards? Absolutely. But Pollan has a point.