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I recently listened to an interior designer delightfully talk about getting a can of paint for her birthday every year. She painted everything she possibly could. Those early days of having to exercise her creativity to the max paid off. She is now a successful interior designer.
Those types of experiences early in life probably influence us more than we realize. Reflecting on my own childhood, I can also see how the dots connect back to sewing with my mom and the sewing machine my parents gave me as a high school graduation gift.
Sewing didn’t become my profession but the ability to fix something on the fly and to create something from scratch has definitely influenced my professional career path.
I have spent most of my career fixing problems in the US healthcare system and developing strategies to address the underlying issues that drive the cost of healthcare.
One of my projects years ago was for an emerging medical device company with a new technology to be used in the treatment of rare and complex cancers. To fullfill the deliverables, I researched the causes of each rare and complex cancer. It was then that I realized that the cause of most cancers is largely within our control.
Lifestyle is one of the biggest risk factors. Lifestyle includes what we eat, how much we exercise, how much alcohol we consume and how much we smoke.
Genetics affects our medical risk, but even then we can influence our risk, experience and outcome fo the disease with better lifestyle choices.
There is one lifestyle related factor that we have less control over and that’s our exposure to toxins. Some professions have more exposure than others but environmental toxins effect us all.
I became obsessed with the food supply chain after visiting family in a rural part of Canada last year and later learned that food production is one of the largest contributors to climate change. Covid19 has illuminated some of the issues now which will be addressed by the current revolution in food.
Unfortunately it’s both an exciting time and a scary time. On one hand, there are some seasoned entrepreneurs rising to the challenge of making the food we eat more nutritious while also reducing the environmental impact. On the other hand, the Trump Administration relaxed the regulations that protect the fishing industry which may lead to more corporate farming and damage to the environment.
In addition to the developments in healthcare and lifestyle, I will address the environmental impact so that you have the information needed to make informed decisions.
Take what makes sense to you and that will work for you. I promise you that everything written will be factual and backed by science, doctors and other experts in the know.
Beautiful things whether handmade, refurbished, repurposed, shared or purchased add a richness to our lives. In this area, let’s allow our imagination to run wild.
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