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Changes in US health and food policies reflect rising coherence in national consciousness
by Global Good News staff writer
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2 July 2009
Dr Robert Schneider spoke recently about the current crisis in health care in the United States, which is directly related to the economic situation both in the US and globally.
Dr Schneider cited three 'remarkable' reforms in the field of health care, the US Food and Drug Administration, and the American Medical Association, which he sees as directly resulting from the rising coherence created in society by the Invincible America Assembly Assembly in Iowa, USA.
He said that health care is one of the major costs of the national budget and will soon be about 20% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP)—'which is enormous'.
Dr Schneider said he believed current turbulence in the field of health care is taking a positive direction as a result of the Invincible America Assembly. He gave three examples of the current reformation in health care and health policy in the US:
1. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which regulates drugs and certain aspects of food preparation, was recently given the power by Congress to control tobacco as if it were a drug. Previously tobacco was subjected to less regulation than cosmetics and pet food—yet smoking, Dr Schneider pointed out, is the number one preventable cause of death from the modern point of view. 'So it is a breakthrough now that tobacco will be considered a drug with all the hazards that any drug has. It will be much more controlled by the federal government to restrict the use of tobacco, particularly among young people,' he said.
2. The American Medical Association, the national body of doctors, has endorsed a sustainable food supply. 'They are now expressing the role of food in health of the individual,' Dr Schneider continued. 'So amongst their considerations for disease and health of their patients, doctors should now be thinking about their patients' food supply, the quality of their food, and the larger effects of food supply on public health and society.'
Sustainability in food production and the value of natural, healthy, and organic foods were recently mentioned in a resolution of the American Medical Association. 'This is really remarkable,' Dr Schneider said, 'coming from this conservative body of physicians.'
3. The third development, Dr Schneider said, is effectively being led by the President of the United States, Barack Obama. According to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's theory of government, the head of state is the reflection of the collective consciousness of the nation—which is now being governed by the large group of Yogic Flyers in the centre of the country in Maharishi Vedic City and at Maharishi University of Management in nearby Fairfield, Iowa.
Dr Schneider said that in the current attempt to reform national health care policy to make it more humane—to reduce the cost and improve the quality—one of the key themes in reducing costs is preventing disease: 'If a person doesn't get sick in the first place,' Dr Schneider said, 'then he or she would use that much less in health care resources.'
In the coming days, Global Good News will feature a second article in which Dr Schneider discusses excerpts from President Obama's address to the American Medical Association on 15 June.
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