Your Right to the Health You Created

WordPress Daily Prompt asks:

Daily Prompt: Right to Health. Is access to medical care something that governments should provide, or is it better left to the private sector? Are there drawbacks to your choice?

As usual, my viewpoint on the subject at hand starts out way over in some other galaxy which means I may not really answer that question in the sense in which it was asked. That’s me!

My "pharmacy" at sunset.

Restocking at my “pharmacy” at sunset. Maybe our government should pay for these! (Photo by Patty Allread)

You see my viewpoint of what “health” is has nothing whatsoever to do with the medical establishment. If you are “healthy,” you are not involved with the medical establishment. The medical establishment is where we turn when we have forfeited our claim to health–having worked very long and hard on destroying it–in the hopes they will have some answer to our dilemma.

This is the group that fixes symptoms, not causes. This is the group that for the most part knows very little about how to develop good health. This is also the group that participates in doling out mind-altering drugs to our children, the elderly and everyone in between because they and our lovely government have bought into the idea that life’s every little problem is a mental illness.

The exception, I would say, is the area of emergency medicine. I think this is extremely valuable because, like most people, I don’t know how to set broken bones, sew up torn body parts, intubate, etc. Perhaps the government should pay for more of this type of thing.

We also, according to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, have a right to a little help when we really need it, such as Social Security. Because there are times when a person needs that kind of help.

But in the main, I don’t believe the government’s job is to run our lives. Government does way too much of that already. I’d like our government to administrate itself, protect us and our shores and represent us to the other countries. (Now I’m stepping gingerly through a mine field, so that’s all I’m going to say about the government. For now.)

If I have some aspect of poor health, going to the medical establishment is my last solution. My first and best solution is to understand how my body works, find out what it needs to actually heal and provide that–mostly out of my kitchen. I raised three kids that way and we had very, very few medical visits and medical bills to contend with. (Now I’m promising myself to tell you the story of the parking lot tuna fish sandwich!)

Real health, in my opinion, is our responsibility, not our right. We are so willing to put our lives and health into the hands of others and then whine about the results. Is the short-order cook at McD’s or at the local chain restaurant the person who decides what nutrients and non-nutrients and poisons will go into your body today? Is that who is creating your health? Or is it the manufacturers of all the boxed, pre-packaged and frozen foods in the grocery aisle? Perhaps it is the barista at Starstrucks handing you that fancy sugar latte and ungodly sweet pastry. Is the buyer for any of these restaurants and stores considering your health as a priority or is he/she considering their bottom line? Or maybe it is Monsanto who is directing your path to health, busily modifying your food through genetic engineering. (Government sanctioned, by the way. Has our government shown us it makes good choices regarding our health? I think not. Have you heard the one about how the government arrived at the conclusion that Dairy Food is a food group?)

We have “right” to whatever condition we ourselves have created. And you might be shocked if I tried to explain to you how far that consideration of mine actually goes! So I’m going to leave my statement at that.

Kumquat Throat Soother

So many of my friends have mentioned they are starting the New Year off being sick in bed! Well get yourself better fast, boys and girls! We have a brand new year to create!

English: Fortunella (Kumquat)

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Since I am not the “Aw, poor thing” sympathetic type, I thought I’d instead offer a recipe for the best throat soother I know.  I have used this for years ever since my children were little.  Since it’s not an “over-the-counter” product full of unpronounceable ingredients in a box covered in cautions and warnings, this throat soother is fine for just about anybody.

The star ingredient is the kumquat–that cute, tiny, oval orange citrus fruit that comes to market about this time of the year.  Kumquats come from an evergreen shrub that grows in the Asian-Pacific region and have been used for centuries to make throat-soothing teas and remedies.

My version has no added sugar or honey.  Instead I use organic unfiltered apple juice. You may as well make a bunch of it because it takes all day.  But once you’ve got it made you can store this in a jar for several months.


  • 1 pound of kumquats
  • 2-3 quarts of organic, unfiltered apple juice
  • pinch of sea salt

Thoroughly wash the kumquats removing any stems and leaves.  You will use the entire fruit, peel and all.  Put the kumquats in a heavy pot and add the apple juice and sea salt. Bring this to a boil, turn down the heat and simmer it with the lid on.  Simmer this for eight to twelve hours.  If the liquid cooks away and your kumquats are not extremely soft and you don’t have gelatinous remnants of the apple juice in the pot, then add a bit more juice and keep cooking. I like to put a flame deflector under the pot to keep it from burning on the bottom.

Once the kumquats are done, let it cool down and put it in a clean glass jar and store in the refrigerator.  I usually take one kumquat at a time and eat it slowly if I have a sore throat. Or, you can mash one up and add a little hot water for a tea. This is also great for singers, or anyone with dryness or throat irritation.

You’ll soon be singing like a chickadee!