With all due respect, I hope we can all try to think things through before opposing the concept of a social safety net or national health care.
The raw food lifestyle is no doubt a good one and the potential for healing is, in my opinion, immeasurable. The world would probably be a far better place if gastronomy were geared toward the raw food lifestyle and raw eating.
Further, the work of Frederic in this regard is outstanding. It was he who had the good sense to come out and tell people to stop adding all that ridiculous fat to all these raw recipes. I'm thankful to Fred for telling people they don't need to eat 227 grams of nuts a day. The ideas of using less fat and eating/adding fewer nuts to everything is worthy to never forget him if he is not remembered for anything else in the future. He will probably be remembered for many good things, but those 2 alone are jewels.
The problem I wish to speak of regards an opinion against national health expressed on a podcast. It seems that some people (including those in the raw food movement) oppose a system of national health care, stating that it gives people no incentive to take care of their health. That sounds pretty reasonable if you don't think past the surface. The plan has many drawbacks.
For one thing: not everyone is 25 years old. When you start to get older, things start to go wrong. Those old enough to remember Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will know that he doesn't play for the Lakers any longer. He lasted a very long time as NBA players go. He might have retired at about the age of 40. This is very good for anyone in the NBA or the NFL, for that matter. Kareem the Dream had a special diet, although I don't believe it was raw.
Bill Walton, another former player for the NBA, was notorious in his day for being a vegetarian. He went on to further fame (but far less pay and fans) as a bicyclist. It seems that Walton had problems with his bones breaking. I do not know the reasons. He was a very conscientious person and also played at UCLA during the time they won 7 NCAA championships.
Both Kareem and Walton care about their health. Most people who are living care about their health. The older one gets, the more attention one is compelled to pay to it. A hard-working laborer who has to work in changing weather both dry and wet might develop rheumatism. He worked hard and maybe even played recreational sports. There are many people who never made a dime off of sports who ruined their body playing football (bad knees) or basketball (wrecking their ability to walk) on concrete.
The USA is the only industrialized country without national health care. The people in the USA are in no better shape than the people living in Canada, where there is good health care, or at least until it is dismantled by those who oppose it.
A very real problem with a lot of people in what is still the "richest country in the world" at #8 on the charts is hunger. A lot of people are hungry. A lot of people are underemployed or trying to make ends meet while doing underpaid work and overpaying for rent and even studying in school. They do not sit and suffer hunger and then rub their hands in relief thinking that at least they will be taken care of medically if anything should go wrong. For a lot of them, it is difficult to find vegetables at any price. So many are living off of white flour or pasta and the US vegetables in the regular market are not that good. If you can find a local organic market the prices are astronomical. These people, no matter how much education they have about health, are not going to be able to eat the far better way outlined by the raw food community.
I cannot remember who, but I heard a podcast from a raw fooder in the USA who was unfortunately hit by a car, maybe while on a bicycle. At first the raw fooder was still in his semi-euphoric state and with blood all over him, told the hospital nurse that he did not want to be treated. It was not long after he was in severe pain. I don't remember the rest of his story. He was a raw fooder who was able to sustain an injury but suffered without pain killers or help during his ordeal. He did not deserve to be hit by anything and it just goes to show that bad things happen even to people who are doing their best to avoid ill health.
Accidents happen, even to the most athletic and best raw fed people on Earth. FDR and Harry Truman both tried to implement national health care in the USA. Both failed. Their rationale was that no family should be brought to financial ruin having to worry about not getting medical care if it were needed. Things happen even if you don't eat raw. Everyday there are accidents on the highway and at work stations across the globe. People are getting killed in war, fire, cold and heat.
If you're a healthy swimmer, should there not be protection for you in the unlikely event you have your limb bitten off by a shark?
What about those slackers who boil cabbage and eat rice? What would be their just desserts (no pun intended)?