The key to solving the shortage of transplantable organs is to eliminate the demand for them.
“We have met the enemy and he is us,” has become a trite expression but that doesn’t make it any less true. We are our own worst enemies. The numbers are staggering. We are killing ourselves in four ways:
- We drink too much alcohol
- We smoke too much
- We eat too much of the wrong food
Let’s look at he facts.
- 22.5% are current smokers, resulting in significant health problems and associated costs.
- 8.5% of Americans abuse alcohol or are alcohol dependent,.
- Approximately 30.4% of adults in the United States are obese,
The estimated annual medical expenditures associated with alcohol abuse total $26.3 billion. Organs most commonly affected are the lungs, kidneys, pancreas, heart and liver.
Second, smoking. Medical costs caused by cigarette smoking exceed $75 billion a year. According to the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, Georgia, Smoking harms nearly every organ of the body and causes many diseases. Cigarette smoking remains the single most-common preventable cause of death in the United States, The adverse health effects from cigarette smoking account for more than 440,000 deaths, or nearly one of every five deaths, each year in the United States.
Finally obesity combined with eating the wrong foods. A good number of these people experience some organ failure. The direct medical costs for obesity have been approximated at $51.6 billion per year. The organs most often affected are the heart, kidneys and pacnreas.
This blog is about preventing organ failure and one way to do that is to be a little more careful about how much we eat and what we decide to consume. There are two lists here, 1) the worst foods and 2) the best foods.
Top 30 Worst Foods in America (from Food Matters – Note from Bob’s Newheart. While Food Matters lists 30 I am only listing ten. You can click on their link for the rest of the story)
Today’s food marketers have loaded many of their offerings with so much fat, sugar, and sodium that eating any of the foods in this article on a daily basis could destroy all your hard work and best intentions of eating healthy. Beware! This list is brought to you by Eat This Not That and Men’s Health.
1. Worst Meal in America
Carl’s Jr. Six Dollar Guacamole Bacon Burger with Medium Natural Cut Fries and 32-oz Coke
1,810 calories – 92 g fat (29.5 g saturated, 2 g trans) – 3,450 mg sodium
Of all the gut-growing, heart-threatening, life-shortening burgers in the drive-thru world, there is none whose damage to your general well-being is as potentially catastrophic as this. A bit of perspective is in order: This meal has the caloric equivalent of 9 Krispy Kreme Original Glazed doughnuts, the saturated fat equivalent of 30 strips of bacon, and the salt equivalent of 10 large orders of McDonald’s French fries!
2. Worst Drink
Baskin-Robbins Large Chocolate Oreo Shake
2,600 calories – 135 g fat (59 g saturated, 2.5 g trans) – 1,700 mg sodium – 263 g sugars
We didn’t think anything could be worse than Baskin-Robbins’ 2008 bombshell, the Heath Bar Shake. After all, it had more sugar (266 grams) than 20 bowls of Froot Loops, more calories (2,310) than 11 actual Heath Bars, and more ingredients (73) than you’ll find in most chemistry sets. Yet the folks at Baskin-Robbins have shown that when it comes to making America fat, they’re always up to the challenge. The large Chocolate Oreo Shake is soiled with more than a day’s worth of calories and 3 days’ worth of saturated fat. Worst of all, it takes less than 10 minutes to sip through a straw.
3. Worst Ribs
Outback Steakhouse Baby Back Ribs
Let’s be honest: Ribs are rarely served alone on a plate. When you add a sweet potato and Outback’s Classic Wedge Salad, this meal is a 3,460-calorie blowout. (Consider that it takes only 3,500 calories to add a pound of fat to your body. Better plan for a very, very long “walkabout” when this meal is over!)
4. Worst Pizza
Uno Chicago Grill Classic Deep Dish Individual Pizza
2,310 calories – 165 g fat (54 g saturated) – 4,920 mg sodium – 120 g carbs
The problem with deep dish pizza (which Uno’s knows a thing or two about, since they invented it back in 1943) is not just the extra empty calories and carbs from the crust, it’s that the thick doughy base provides the structural integrity to house extra heaps of cheese, sauce, and greasy toppings. The result is an individual pizza with more calories than you should eat in a day and more sodium than you would find in 27 small bags of Lays Potato Chips. Oh, did we mention it has nearly 3 days’ worth of saturated fat, too? The key to success at Uno’s lies in their flatbread pizza.
5. Worst Mexican Dish
Chili’s Fajita Quesadillas Beef with Rice and Beans, 4 Flour Tortillas, and Condiments
2,240 calories – 92 g fat (43.5 g saturated) – 6,390 mg sodium – 253 g carbs
Since when has it ever been a smart idea to combine 2 already calorie- and sodium-packed dishes into one monstrous meal? This confounding creation delivers nearly a dozen Krispy Kreme original glazed doughnuts worth of calories, the sodium equivalent of 194 saltine crackers, and the saturated fat equivalent of 44 strips of bacon. Check please.
6. Worst Seafood Dish
Romano’s Macaroni Grill Parmesan Crusted Sole
2,190 calories – 141 g fat (58 g saturated) – 2,980 mg sodium – 145 g carbs
Fish is normally a safe bet, but this entrée proves that it’s all in the preparation. If you fry said fish in a shell of cheese, be prepared to pay the consequences. Here that means meeting your daily calorie, fat, saturated fat, and sodium intake in one sitting.
7. Worst Chinese Dish
P.F. Chang’s Combo Lo Mein
1,968 calories – 96 g fat (12 g saturated) – 5,860 mg sodium
Lo mein is normally looked at as a side dish, a harmless pile of noodles to pad your plate of orange chicken or broccoli beef. This heaping portion (to be fair, Chang’s does suggest diners share an order) comes spiked with chicken, shrimp, beef, and pork, not to mention an Exxon Valdez-size slick of oil. The damage? A day’s worth of calories, 1 ½ days’ worth of fat, and 2 ½ days’ worth of sodium. No meat-based dish beats out the strip.
8. Worst Appetizer
On the Border Firecracker Stuffed Jalapenos with Chili con Queso
1,950 calories – 134 g fat (36 g saturated) – 6,540 mg sodium
Appetizers are the most problematic area of most chain-restaurant menus. That’s because they’re disproportionately reliant on the type of cheesy, greasy ingredients that catch hungry diners’ eyes when they’re most vulnerable—right when they sit down. Seek out lean protein options like grilled shrimp skewers or ahi tuna when available; if not, simple is best—like chips and salsa.
9. Worst Burger
Chili’s Smokehouse Bacon Triple Cheese Big Mouth Burger with Jalapeno Ranch Dressing
1,901 calories – 138 g fat (47 g saturated) – 4,201 mg sodium
Any burger whose name is 21 syllables long is bound to spell trouble for your waistline. This burger packs almost an entire day’s worth of calories and 2 ½ days’ worth of fat. Chili’s burger menu rivals Ruby Tuesday’s for the worst in America, so you’re better off with one of their reasonable Fajita Pitas to silence your hunger.
10. Worst Sandwich
Quizno’s Large Tuna Melt
1,760 calories – 133 g fat (26 g saturated, 1.5 g trans) – 2,120 mg sodium
In almost all other forms, tuna is a nutritional superstar, so how did it end up as the headliner for America’s Worst Sandwich? Blame an absurdly heavy hand with the mayo the tuna is mixed with, along with Quiznos’ larger-than-life portion sizes. Even though they’ve managed to trim this melt down from the original 2,000-plus calorie mark when we first tested it, it still sits squarely at the bottom of the sandwich ladder.
Now you know what to avoid, and we urge you to click on the Food Matters link to read the whole list. So, if you can’t eat any of the aforementioned items what do you eat? There’s plenty to choose from. Health Life lists 100 and you can read them all by clicking on their link. Here are their top ten.
THE 100 HEALTHIEST FOODS
||1 medium apple:
81 calories, 0 g fat
|An apple’s 3 g of fiber help you meet your fiber goal of 20 g to 30 g daily. High-fiber diets can lower heart disease risk.
51 calories, 0 g fat
|A good source of beta-carotene (which is converted to vitamin A by the body), providing the equivalent of 35% of the RDA for vitamin A
105 calories, 0 g fat
|Bananas are a great source of potassium, which plays a key role in heart health and muscle function. Plus each one has 2 g of fiber.
74 calories, 0 g fat
|This fruit boasts a whopping 10 g of fiber in a single cup.
81 calories, 0 g fat
|Blueberries help prevent and treat bladder infections by making it hard for bacteria to stick to urinary tract walls.
||1 cup, cubed:
84 calories, 1 g fat
|An antioxidant double whammy, with 68 mg of vitamin C and enough beta-carotene to cover 65% of your daily vitamin A quota.
84 calories, 1 g fat
|A good source of perillyl alcohol, which helps prevent cancer in animals. Heart-protective anthocyanins give cherries their color.
144 calories, 0 g fat
|Fights bladder infections the same way blueberries do.
39 calories, 0 g fat
|A good source of vitamin C and a compound called naringenin, which helps suppress tumors in animals.
|(10) Purple grapes
|1 cup seedless:
113 calories, 9 g fat
|Offer three heart-guarding compounds: flavonoids, anthocyanins and resveratrol. (Green grapes are not rich in them)
If you insist on eating meat there are some good choices you can make…we’ll jump ahead on the list to give you a sneak preview.
||3 oz, cooked:
150 to 280 calories,
5 g to 20 g fat
|Beef is a good source of both CLA and iron, but since it’s also high in saturated fat, have it no more than three times a week.
|3 oz, cooked:
162 calories, 6 g fat
|Remove the skin and you’ve got an excellent, low fat source of protein. And 3 oz provides 38% of the RDA for the B vitamin niacin.
||3 oz, cooked, trimmed
175 calories, 8 g fat
|Lamb, like beef, is also a good source of CLA. Ditto beef’s saturated fat warning and weekly consumption recommendation.
|3 oz, cooked, trimmed
140 calories, 4 g fat
|Fat-trimmed pork tenderloin has one-third less fat than even lean beef. And it boasts 71% of the RDA for thiamine.
If Healthy Life doesn’t offer you enough good food ideas, here are some other excellent resources for you to peruse.
Bob Aronson of Bob’s Newheart is a 2007 heart transplant recipient, the founder of Facebook’s nearly 3,000 member Organ Transplant Initiative and the author of most of these donation/transplantation blogs.
You may comment in the space provided or email your thoughts to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. And – please spread the word about the immediate need for more organ donors. There is nothing you can do that is of greater importance. If you convince one person to be an organ and tissue donor you may save or positively affect over 60 lives. Some of those lives may be people you know and love.
Please view our new music video “Dawn Anita The Gift of Life” on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYFFJoHJwHs. This video is free to anyone who wants to use it and no permission is needed.
If you want to spread the word personally about organ donation, we have another PowerPoint slide show for your use free and without permission. Just go to http://www.organti.org and click on “Life Pass It On” on the left side of the screen and then just follow the directions. This is NOT a stand-alone show; it needs a presenter but is professionally produced and factually sound. If you decide to use the show I will send you a free copy of my e-book, “How to Get a Standing “O” that will help you with presentation skills. Just write to email@example.com and usually you will get a copy the same day.
Also…there is more information on this blog site about other donation/transplantation issues. Additionally we would love to have you join our Facebook group, Organ Transplant Initiative The more members we get the greater our clout with decision makers.
Puede comentar en el espacio proporcionado o por correo electrónico sus pensamientos a mí en firstname.lastname@example.org. Y – por favor, difundir la palabra acerca de la necesidad inmediata de más donantes de órganos. No hay nada que puedas hacer lo que es de mayor importancia. Si usted convence a una persona de ser donante de órganos y tejidos puede salvar o afectar positivamente a más de 60 vidas. Algunas de esas vidas pueden ser personas que conoces y amas.
Por favor, consulte nuestro nuevo video musical “Dawn Anita The Gift of Life” en https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYFFJoHJwHs YouTube. Este video es libre para cualquier persona que quiera usarlo y no se necesita permiso.
Si quieres correr la voz acerca de la donación de órganos personalmente, tenemos otra presentación de PowerPoint para su uso libre y sin permiso. Sólo tienes que ir a http://www.organti.org y haga clic en “Life Pass It On” en el lado izquierdo de la pantalla y luego sólo tienes que seguir las instrucciones. Esto no es un espectáculo independiente, sino que necesita un presentador pero es profesionalmente producida y sonido hechos. Si usted decide usar el programa le enviaré una copia gratuita de mi libro electrónico, “Cómo obtener un pie” O “que le ayudará con habilidades de presentación. Sólo tiene que escribir a email@example.com y por lo general usted recibirá una copia del mismo día.
Además … hay más información sobre este sitio de blogs sobre otros donación / trasplante temas. Además nos encantaría que te unas a nuestro grupo de Facebook, la Iniciativa de Trasplante de Órganos Cuantos más miembros que obtenemos mayor será nuestra influencia con los tomadores de decisiones.