With Guest Jonathan Saidel

This week in a lively interview on Wellness for the Real World on WebTalkRadio.net, Dr. Veronica puts Jonathan Saidel, democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania, on the spot and asks him how government can encourage wellness in its population.

Whether America needs a fat tax, a tax or surcharge on fattening foods and beverages, to help its citizens become healthier is debatable. Some say it is Big Brother overstepping his boundaries. But there are other less controversial steps the government can take in helping us achieve optimal health.

“As far as government is concerned, we put food in front of children,” says Saidel, who served as Philadelphia’s City Controller for 16 years. “We put food in front of seniors with health care and some of the senior centers that we help run and some of the Meals on Wheels. The key is to remember it’s not just fast food to keep a senior alive for another week. It should be that we give them a healthy, balanced, nutritional diet—in the long run it saves government money (to keep our people healthy) because we have to pay for a variety of health care needs.”

Saidel admits government has historically given the poor and seniors food intended to fill up their stomachs. It was cheaper and made people feel generously fed. No one much considered that this continuing diet would cause health problems down the road. Who can forget “Reagan cheese,” the ghastly government-distributed free processed cheese for the needy? Or when ketchup was nearly categorized as a vegetable in order to satisfy the requirements on vegetable content for federally financed school lunch programs?

For years, a major problem in poorer communities has been the lack of grocery stores and fresh produce.

“You can’t get one of these large markets to open up so people end up going to a lot of these smaller chains where people usually use for impulse buying,” Saidel says. “I think we need to give tax breaks to companies that are willing to move into some of the poor areas and give them an opportunity to service our people… They can hire people in the area and also people have a better opportunity to get the quality and diversification of food that they need to be healthier for a longer period of time.”

Dr. Veronica also talks to Saidel about universal health care and asks the question— is it fiscally responsible?

“We have Medicare and Medicaid, which are government programs now for seniors so that’s almost like universal health care if all other options fail. It’s one of those things that as society becomes complex, we have to say to ourselves, do we want to make sure that every child has a certain minimum amount of health care so they can move forward in their lives so we don’t lose a child as an investment in our society and I think the answer is yes, we have to. Universal health care is a time that has come. We just have to make sure that it’s being done properly.”

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Dr. Veronica Anderson is an MD, Functional Medicine practitioner, Homeopath. and Medical Intuitive. As a national speaker and designer of the Functional Fix and Rejuvenation Journey programs, she helps people who feel like their doctors have failed them. She advocates science-based natural, holistic, and complementary treatments to address the root cause of disease. Dr. Veronica is a highly-sought guest on national television and syndicated radio and hosts her own radio show, Wellness for the REAL World, on FOX Sports 920 AM “the Jersey” on Mondays at 7:00 pm ET.

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