The following piece is written by E2 team member, Natala.
I graduated HS in 1996, which seems forever ago now. I’m in this generation in which we all seem to really get angry about the wrongs that have been committed by various establishments. Be it the government or companies or private industry. We’ve seen a lot of wrong happen since that first time we voted in an election, but at the same time it seems that my generation has become angry. I do not think this is a bad thing necessarily, but I for one, am all about action.
One of the greatest tragedies of our generation is our health. Every day at Engine 2 we get e-mails from people who graduated the same year as I did who have heart disease, T2 diabetes, who are obese or who already have other preventable diseases. Diseases that we once thought were only things that our grandparents got, we are now suffering with. Worse yet, many of us have gone through the tragedy of losing a parent or grandparent far too young because of a preventable disease.
Our generation is in a unique position to truly change the course this country is headed in regards to health. We are now a young generation of doctors, nurses, health care providers, we are young politicians, business owners, writers, artists, teachers and more. We are at the starting line of actually being able to make changes, rather than hope that other people make changes for us.
When I was diagnosed with t2 diabetes at the age of 25 I was angry. I was angry that I had this disease that my grandmother died from, angry that there was not an answer, that no doctor seemed to have an answer for me. Thankfully I found the answer to my health issues and was able to take control of my health through plant strong nutrition.
My dream is that no one ever has to go through what I had to go through, and that when someone sits down at a doctors office they are told the truth, that their is hope. It is up to that person what they do with the information, but I believe that every one has the right to that information and to make an educated decision about their health.
We now have so much information, so much evidence telling us that a plant-strong diet is the way to prevent and reverse most of our common diseases. We are in a health-care crisis that will (if continued) bankrupt our generation, not only financially but of our lives.
I think it’s time that my generation stepped up. Instead of getting angry, let’s make changes. If you are not at the head of the corporate ladder now, go talk to your managers about an idea to save the company millions in health care costs by encouraging plant-strong education (Engine 2 has corporate Immersions if you are interested in spreading the word.) If you are a nurse or doctor, start suggesting that your patients read plant-strong books, hold a book club, have a pot-luck, get your co-workers involved. Whatever your profession, start talking about being plant-strong. The direction that we are headed is not going to change unless enough of us start moving forward together, a plant-strong united front if you will. We are all going to have to work together in order to accomplish real change.
Host a movie screening of Forks Over Knives, start a potluck in your community, give out plant-strong cookbooks to your friends, get a group together to go to a plant-strong conference or immersion. It’s time to start somewhere. If you are angry, don’t sit in that anger, use it to start a movement in your community.
We here at Engine 2 are just a small part of all of this, a blip on the radar screen. This is about YOU and what you can do to change things. We cannot do it alone, we need you along side of us. You have the tools, the education, the resources, so we’re asking you to get out there, to spread the word, to act rather than react.
So, what are you going to do? How are YOU going to encourage change? No matter what generation you are in, how are you going to inspire others to become plant-strong? We want to hear from you in the comments.