Posted on 10/17/2008
How many millions of years has the march of the seasons proceeded without end? Think of how precisely our planet is placed in space, just far enough from the sun so we neither freeze nor burn! What are the chances of that?
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As you know, my husband Kelly is a doctor. For decades we wrestled with the insurance companies in order to help our patients get the medical treatment they needed. Now I find myself in a similar battle—this time to convince the insurance industry that it is good business for them to help people eat healthy and lose weight.
I have made reference to this struggle in previous blogs. Today, I’m going to share a few reader responses. I think we have struck a nerve and, if you feel like joining us, then make your voice heard. Send a letter to your insurance company and ask them to read my blog, and also to assist people in preventing major medical problems by sharing the expenses of programs like Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating. (Of course, there are no other plans like Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating! )
Isn’t healthy eating a better choice than gastric bypass, stomach stapling, coronary treatments, and various diabetic medications and complications?
One fact I’d like you to remember. The comments you’re about to read have not been solicited, or ghost-written, or paid for in any way. They are the first drops of water in what I hope will eventually be a tidal wave of voluntary public support that will convince insurance companies of the wisdom of paying a little now to save a lot later.
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From Pat: “Roger and I have just started our 2nd week on Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating. We have loved the food—even though we had to make an adjustment to the smaller portions. We keep saying ‘we know it is balanced, so we know we are nourishing our bodies.’
“I know your frustrations regarding bypass surgery and insurance companies. It seems silly that insurance will cover a major surgery as risky won’t cover a food program designed to cover the same disease.
“I don’t think that insurance companies should necessarily pay for the whole Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating program, but I think they should pay for some percentage. In fact, I would propose that before insurance pays for a gastric bypass, they would require that a candidate go on a plan like Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating for some period of time. If people see that they can lose weight and improve health without drastic surgery, they may actually change their mind. The fact is that after gastric bypass surgery they will be more restricted on their food volume than they are on Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating.”
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From Kathy: “I am interested in the insurance coverage idea. I think it would be a fantastic thing for people who are morbidly obese and need weight reduction. I had been on Seattle Sutton…but had to stop for financial reasons because I had some dental work done and had to buy a new furnace. After my husband passed away, I support myself. My checks go only so far.”
From Mary: “I would love to join your program so that I can lose weight effortlessly, but with the economy I just can’t afford it. Who can I write to help you in your crusade?
Mary, write your insurance company and the governor of your state. Tell them what you think is fair and wise in regards to this matter. Refer them to my blog. You can also write a letter to your local newspaper.
From Alva Jean: “Please keep trying to convince the health care industry because the state of our economy is preventing many of us from participating in your healthy eating diet plan. I have in the past 4 years done the 5 week plan twice, with great success.”
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Well, that’s a sample. For those of you who might think it’s self-serving for me to want the insurance companies to assist customers to purchase Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating, I have this to say. It’s true that our business would benefit, but that’s not really the point. We’ve been selling our meal plan for a long time and that’s not going to stop.
Our mission—mine for almost 50 years—is to help people eat healthy, lose weight, and enjoy benefits reaped by good results. The marketplace economics of providing twenty-one calorie-controlled, healthy, delicious meals a week force us to establish a price. You can bet it’s fair. Many people who need us can afford to pay; many cannot. Insurance companies can step up to the plate, and in the process, help remedy our national obesity epidemic, and ease our country’s health crisis.
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.