RANT: Home of the Brave (and the Obese)

America. Home of the Brave. We owe so much to those who came before us. We are a lucky nation; a prideful nation. Unfortnately over the years, we’ve also become the most OBESE nation.

Pssst…. I’ll give you a hint as to why…it’s what We The People EAT!

The freedom to eat whatever and whenever we choose.

It’s packaged fake food and portion sizes!

So as you belly-up to your family’s 4th of July BBQ, try and leave a small portion of your plate unfilled. And know that there ARE tasty treats whose first ingredient isn’t processed meat, mayonnaise or Blue Lake Dye #6.

Decide for yourself, what is one thing you can do for your health (and, heck while you’re at it, your country) this 4th?  Consider sampling the veggie tray, maybe bring a Berry Bowl or Summer Corn Salad?

I’m not saying you can’t indulge a little: enjoy the fireworks and pig parts, but see if you can sneak in some greens between cold beers.  Your body’d think that’d be Yankee-Doodle-Dandy.  God Bless America.IMG_2284

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Madeleine Vanstory attended Duke University and began her post-graduate journey at The Elaine Clark Center working with special needs children. She went on to work as a Clinical Research Scientist running clinical trials for the CDC and developing medical devices for Welsh Allen, Abbot Labs, Roche and Johnson & Jonhson Her work included non-invansive cervical cancer detection, continuous diabetic glucose monitoring, non-harmful infant bilirubin level detection and studying Vitamin C's anti-aging effects on the skin. Madeleine attended Medical school at The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and completed a residency in Family Medicine at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro NC. Dr. Madeleine Vanstory is a board certified Family Physician who has practiced all over the world. She has lead medical missions in Kenya and Honduras. She has participated with Operation Smile in Russia, she has patients in North Carolina, Maine, Oregon and New Zealand. Dr. Vanstory has worked the medical tents in the Marine Corps marathon in Washington DC and at the Kona Ironman World Championships. And Dr. Vanstory has marched with the Surgeon General promoting "Exercise is Medicine" at the World Congress Sports Medicine Conference. Disillusioned by the current health care system and armed with the realization that culture, nutrition and emotional well-being have a profound impact on health, Dr. Vanstory now motivates clients and patients to discover the healthiest versions of themselves through humor, counseling in her "Upgrade Your Health" Wellness Program.

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