World Diabetes Day: A personal disease with national security implications.
Our nation’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 90-95% of diabetes cases in the US are Type 2 diabetes. And two preventable factors, obesity and sedentariness cause this insulin hormonal imbalance most of the time.
Paradoxically, humanity has never had better, faster, and more access to health information yet most Americans fail to do what they know we should do to stay healthy.
It’s probably safe to guess that 90-95% of all chronic and infectious diseases are also caused by this flaw in human nature. Even globally, obesity is now a greater health threat and cause of adult deaths than hunger and starvation. People in every nation are drawn to unhealthy food choices by a variety of factors. But the primary factor remains our own failure to abide by the “Laws of Nature and Nature’s God.”
You may remember this phrase from the first paragraph of our Declaration of Independence and then think, ‘Oh yes! That’s the source of “Truths” that we find to be “Self-evident”. That we are all created equal and endowed with certain biological characteristics that demand we live a certain way, or we will suffer the consequences.
To remain healthy every human being needs good nutrition, exercise, clean air and clean water. Violate this law of nature and there will be costs. A loss of health, and with it, a loss of some of your freedoms, your security, and our nation’s prosperity.
The individual and national economic burden of diagnosed diabetes and the loss of productivity associated is high. In 2012 it was $245 billion ($176 billion in direct medical costs and $69 billion in reduced productivity). Diabetes further burdens the U.S. with intangible costs on society in terms of reduced quality of life and pain and suffering of people with diabetes, their families, and friends. Understandably all these costs are higher today given the continual rise in obesity and cost of medical care.
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So called ‘health care’ (which in reality is mostly medical care) is the fastest-growing type of federal spending. It rose from 7% of the federal budget in 1976 to over 25% in FY2015 (a total of nearly $1.1 trillion). This is where diabetes becomes a national security risk. Most US national security experts agree that our nation’s debt is a national security issue. If we can’t afford our military and other government agencies that ensure basic human services, domestic tranquility and social cohesion to most of our population, then our ability to prevent, respond to, and recover from other national or global crises will falter.
Mother Theresa, Albert Einstein and Woody Allen all put health as life’s top priority. They knew that when one is healthy, one is free to have many thoughts. When sick, but one. True health (preventing illness) should be our highest priority, both as individuals and as a nation. A healthy body, mind, spirit, environment, economy, political system, and society are all interdependent.
Unfortunately, our nation’s political body is sick. From the beginning, our political leaders failed to abide by the “Laws of Nature and Nature’s God”. Violating the fundamental principle that ‘all people are created equal’ cost more US lives than WWI, WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam war combined. And its lethal residue remains with us today.
Taking an honest and holistic look at our individual, national and global problems it’s reasonable to say that most are the result of government laws not abiding the other two types. Human creativity and arrogance have produced mostly faulty government laws. Laws that ignore the Laws of nature and nature’s God, without hesitation. Is there any wonder that most Americans believe our nation is on the wrong path and are not optimistic about the future?
To dissect the flaws in human made laws we should recognize that they come in two types. Government laws and so called ‘international law’. Government laws tend to be enforceable, even if some are not enforced. Many are unjust when greed or corruption weakens them. International laws are not enforceable, non-democratic, and more of a “good idea at the time”. They persistently result in wars, revolutions, genocides, pandemics, environmental destruction, WMD proliferation, global economic instability, human trafficking, and other horrific human rights violations. Both government laws and international laws mostly protect the government and those with money rather than the majority of people working to feed themselves and their family, pay for health problems and keep a roof over their head.
So on this Diabetes Day, think about the costs of failing to abide by the “Laws of Nature and Nature’s God”.
Start to see how most of our problems are related to our failure to understand and then act in accordance with fundamental principles in both our lives and in our government.
Train yourself to distinguish between fundamental principles (things that are self-evident) and alternative principles (ideas that human minds dream up that result in endless and increasingly hostile debates). FPs and APs. Test yourself below. Identify which are FPs and which are APs.
- First do no harm.
- Peace through strength.
- Things change.
- Our Constitution protects our freedom and security.
- No justice, no peace.
- God is love.
- National Sovereignty
- Liberty and Justice for all
- United we stand, divided we fall.
- Might makes right.
- Disarmament leads to peace
“What experience and history teach us is this—that people and governments never have learned anything from history or acted on principles deduced from it.” Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831)
“There are many men of principle in both parties in America, but there is no party of principle.”
— Alexis de Tocqueville
[Alexis Charles Henri Maurice Clerel, le Comte de Tocqueville] (1805-1859) French historian
“If the citizens neglect their Duty and place unprincipled men in office, the government will soon be corrupted; laws will be made, not for the public good so much as for selfish or local purposes; corrupt or incompetent men will be appointed to execute the Laws; the public revenues will be squandered on unworthy men; and the rights of the citizen will be violated or disregarded.” Noah Webster (1758-1843)
“History has taught us time and again that political power always raises its angry fist when timeless principles are lost. We know that without the scale of “self-evident truths” grounded in the “laws of nature and nature’s God,” every culture eventually finds itself subject to the rule of the gang or the tyranny of the individual. Recognizing this, scholars of all ages have confidently given their hearts and minds to the words, “You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.” — Everett Piper, President of Oklahoma Wesleyan University Source: ‘Bethlehem, Not Berkeley, Is the Birthplace of Free Speech,’ The Christian Post, Apr 27, 2017
“Nothing can bring you peace but the triumph of principles” Ralph Waldo Emerson
“No legal plunder: This is the principle of justice, peace, order, stability, harmony, and logic. Until the day of my death, I shall proclaim this principle with all the force of my lungs (which alas! is all too inadequate).” Frederic Bastiat Source: his book The Law 1850
“If we work in marble, it will perish; if we work upon brass, time will efface it; if we rear temples, they will crumble into dust; but if we work upon immortal minds and instill into them just principles, we are then engraving upon tablets which no time will efface, but will brighten and brighten to all eternity”: Daniel Webster
“Not until right is founded upon reverence will it be secure;
not until duty is based upon love will it be complete;
not until liberty is based on eternal principles
will it be full, equal, lofty, and universal.”
— Henry Giles (1809-1882)