John Mackey offers solutions to minimize time in government hospitals

“We are actually an incredibly unhealthy nation,” said John Mackey, co-founder and CEO of Whole Foods Market. John spoke at an event in Austin, Texas hosted by Liberty International.

John pointed to obesity, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and auto-immune diseases as examples, “They’re not infectious diseases. Those are dietary lifestyle diseases that we basically, we bring it upon ourselves.”

“We can also avoid those diseases,” added John.

According to John Mackey, the best way to avoid medical care is to take care of yourself, which may be an ideal way to minimize time in the government healthcare system, which John considers, “broken.”

John said that Americans are getting fatter, “Over 71 percent of all adults are overweight now, and 38 percent are obese.”

What’s worse, according to John, is that America is exporting a dietary pattern of obesity, and this is making the world more unhealthy.

John listed sugars, oils and starchy foods that Americans have been over-consuming, and this has lead to an obesity epidemic and cancer.

“Cancer is far more preventable than most people realize,” said John. The two highest risk factors are diet and tobacco, said John.

But John suggested a healthier diet based on whole foods, “The Whole Foods Diet is basically arguing to eat 100 percent real foods.” The diet plan eliminates all processed foods, and increases reliance on plant based foods, while not necessarily eliminating animal foods.

John suggested avoiding refined grains, flour, sugars and oils.

For further detail on the Whole Foods Diet, click below to watch the entire video: