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The Surgeon General Speaks About Emotional and Nutritional Well Being

Sunday, July 02, 2017


Dr. Murthy clearly speaks to the values and mission of Biosyntrx since we focus on nutritional deficiencies, fitness, environmental issues, relationships, science, art, music and humanities—all vitally important parts of emotional well-being.

The Aspen Institute Impact

The Aspen Institute Ideas Festival has specifically earned a reputation for gathering diverse, nonpartisan thought leaders, creatives, scholars, and members of the public to address some of the world's most complex problems. The goal of these convenings is to have an impact (one of our favorite words) beyond the conference room. They are designed to provoke, further, and improve actions taken in the real world.

"Amid the hoopla and distractions of the 2016 elections, real issues were raised and discussed. Questions were posed, and answers proffered, on wide-ranging topics including jobs, Syria, tax policy, immigration, healthcare, education, the courts, banking, our relations with China, Russia, and Europe, and many more.

"Yet, astonishingly, the 2016 elections ignored the one topic that is among the biggest challenges and opportunities of our time: our food. Whether for health, the environment, or the economy, nutrition is the dominant issue facing the world today."

According to the expert speakers at last year’s Aspen Ideas festival, poor nutrition continues to be the leading cause of illness in the United States and globally, causing more deaths and disability than any other factor.

"Our food system is also reported to be the leading cause of environmental impact on the planet. How we grow our food accounts for 70 percent of water use, 90 percent of tropical deforestation, immense challenges to the oceans and fish stock, and as much greenhouse gas emission as all of the world's transportation combined.

"Combining these health and environmental impacts, how we eat is easily the major economic issue of our time. We spend 3 trillion dollars each year on health care—5 times more than all our military spending, and nearly 1 in 5 dollars in the entire US economy.

"We are fooling ourselves by arguing about cost-control through changes in insurance access, tort reform, co-payments, drug development and pricing, or personalized medicine. The only way to substantially reduce the hundreds of billions of dollars we spend each year on preventable and curable diseases is through better lifestyle in the population, and especially better dietary habits."

The obvious question: How many times do we have to receive and send this message?

The Aspen Ideas Festival: This is nutrition's time

"Whether in the current administration or the next one, we also need another White House Conference on Nutrition. The last and only such conference was held in 1969 - 47 years ago during President Richard Nixon's administration. A new, executive-level emphasis on food and nutrition is essential, including for health, hunger, medical care, jobs and the economy, and sustainability."

The Biosyntrx founders, executive staff and scientific advisory board totally agree.

Ellen Troyer, with Spencer Thornton, MD, David Amess and the Biosyntrx staff