Why Health Is Not Determined By Our Healthcare System | This episode is brought to you by Thrive Market and AquaTru
We can’t expect to create healthy bodies if we aren’t growing healthy food. But our food system is broken and involves many barriers, especially for underserved communities like North American Indigenous people living on reservations. I talk a lot about the overwhelming burden of chronic disease. Unfortunately, tribes relying on government commodities (white sugar, white flour, and white fat) are among some of the most susceptible to those illnesses and we’re now seeing them fare much worse against COVID-19 as a result. For that reason, food sovereignty is an extremely important topic of our time.
Today on The Doctor’s Farmacy, I sit down with Paulette Jordan to talk about her experiences as a proud member of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe and what kinds of changes are needed in order to reverse the health issues that Indigenous and other populations like these are facing at increasing rates. Paulette was the 2018 democratic gubernatorial nominee in Idaho, becoming the first woman nominated to the position by a major party in the state and the first Native American woman nominated for Governor in US history. She is recognized in Idaho and across the nation as an inspirational and audacious leader.
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Here are more of the details from our interview:
How Paulette’s upbringing helped shape her views on food, healthcare, and community sustainability (5:23)
People first healthcare, food sovereignty, and social determinants of health (9:00)
Solving food sovereignty issues by relearning how to connect to and grow the food we eat (15:07)
Social determinants of health (19:15)
How community keeps us healthy (23:37)
Fixing the healthcare system through preventative care and reversing chronic disease (30:38)
Reimagining our agriculture system (35:18)
The influence our unhealthy food system has had on the concept of cultural foods (43:18)
How COVID-19 has humbled Paulette (54:40)
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