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All About The Evidence

Posted on 04/21/2009

We deepened our little backyard pond last fall and our tiny fish survived the northern Illinois winter!  Kelly and I were able to spend a few hours on our patio last week, feeding the fish and enjoying the weather.  Ah, spring, when anything seems possible.  
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I’m happy to report the first light of the new dawn of American health care.  It’s not sunrise yet, but at least the night is breaking.  For the first time, my opinions about health care reform are being publicly shared.  Kelly says he expected it all along.

In particular, I’m talking about the growing momentum in the country—including among the leaders of the insurance industry—to establish a “comparative effectiveness board.” That’s a fancy way of saying, “Let’s figure out what works and use our money on that.”

This “board” would collect clinical data on the effectiveness of drugs, devices, procedures, therapies, and preventatives—portion-controlled healthy eating falls into the last two categories.   President Obama wants to “develop and disseminate best practices, and align reimbursements with the provision of high quality health care.”  

Last week, I asked my readers to let President Obama know that Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating is in the bull’s-eye when it comes to “high quality health care.”  We’re one of the solutions and the President needs to be aware of that.  So again I ask you to let him know about your experiences with Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating.  If you’re a cardiac patient, or a diabetic, or a pounds-shedder—if we have helped you, please let him know, so that we may be able to help many, many others.  

Here’s that link again: www.whitehouse.gov/contact 

Washington Post columnist Steven Pearlstein is another possible nominee for the End the National Obesity Epidemic task force.  Pearlstein wrote that publicly-funded health care options must be based “on the quality of the outcome.”

Two other possible task force candidates are Phillip Longman and Ray Boshara, authors who argue that the “establishment of truly evidence-driven protocols” might potentially “cut American health care spending by a third.”

Of course, as anyone who has read or heard me for the last several years knows, these people are making points dear to my heart.  In fact, I’ve been saying the same things for a long time.  These are words we at Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating want to hear, and want the nation to take to heart, because we are all about the evidence.   Our files are full of thousands of testimonials.

Any program based on scientific evidence works completely in our favor.  We get results!  In fact, our entire history as a company is based on the truth that we help people achieve satisfactory results.  That’s what we have to offer.  Additionally, our customers learn how to eat right and how to maintain their non-obese weight.  By serving people what they should eat, we help them “learn by doing.”

So, naturally, we favor “comparative effectiveness” and “best practices” and “high quality health care” standards.  This is the right direction, and the first indicator of a very necessary new day in health care, and our fight against the national obesity epidemic.

What role will the ENOE (End the National Obesity Epidemic) play in this unfolding scenario?  Well, we need to make sure that the cost-effectiveness of obesity prevention and treatment using a healthy eating, portion-controlled, weight-loss retention regimen is fully included in the debate.  I envision that the ENOE task force will gather information demonstrating the utility of diet-based obesity treatment, and communicate it nationally.  Additionally, I’m hopeful that the activity of our task force will quicken the pace at which our health care system shifts to a “what works” mind-set.

We must end our obesity epidemic.  Sooner, I’m sure we all agree, than later.  

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Seattle Sutton, BSN, RN

She made healthy eating her mission in life long before anyone else did, in hopes of helping her own obese father. A registered nurse by training and entrepreneur at heart, she lives, eats and breathes everything about healthy eating and helping to improve people’s eating habits and overall health. She enjoys never having to bother with grocery shopping, cooking and counting calories. Her favorite SSHE meal, although it’s hard to pick just one, is the Potato Gnocchi with Basil Pesto Sauce.

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