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A Community Solution

RECEIVED Tue., March 28, 2017

Dear Editor,
    I was disappointed to read about the direction that the Dell Medical School is heading with health care in the article "The Future of Health Care?" [News, March 24]. Health care primarily fails in its methodology. Treatment consists of addressing symptoms rather than the primary cause. For example, providing a patient with medication to lower their blood pressure does not treat the cause of their cardiovascular disease. Heart bypass surgery does not address the cause of the patient's arterial blockage. In the long haul these are expensive solutions. Dell's new approach does not address these problems. As a result, the patient with high blood pressure will take medication for the rest of their life and the bypass surgery patient will continue to clog their arteries. The causes that created these conditions continues to contribute to the conditions. There is no game plan to reverse any of these detrimental lifestyle conditions even though solutions exist. Fourteen out of the top 15 reasons people die relates to the food that they eat. The other reason, ironically, is health care.
    We need a system that addresses the causes. This system should consist of a doctor and nutritionist working together with equal relevance. Imagine a patient coming in with high blood pressure. The doctor diagnoses the problem as such. Instead of putting the patient on medication and causing them to face a lifetime of costs and dealing with side effects, the nutritionists assesses the patient's dietary habits and educates them on the changes that they need to make. You could put 20 to 30 of these types of patients in the same room to be educated at one time. You could actually invite the patient's family to participate. This is a community solution. This inexpensive solution can bring a lifetime of health. Forks over knives.
Scott Groves

Make a Video

RECEIVED Fri., March 24, 2017

Dear Editor,
    [Re: “Naked City: Professors on Climate Change,” News, Feb. 24.]
    While I agree with the message the professors are trying to get across I can’t say I think the manner of which it’s presented to President Trump will get very far. When presenting facts to decision makers there needs to be a solution at hand. Simply saying that something is wrong is not going to get anything done.
    An open letter to President Donald Trump is bold and is great for standing up in what you believe in, but it doesn’t persuade the general public nor will it probably even be read by any decision maker to begin with. After reading the open letter it summarized that Earth is under a lot of stress due to climate change and action is needed to help make a safe future. While the main plead is asking President Trump to continue trying to reach the target goal from the Paris Climate Agreement it’s still not strong enough of a way to move the message forward to him.
    Instead of this open letter I would like to see capitalizing over better mediums for this message. In an era of digital media a simple video is far more powerful than a letter that no one will consider reading. By having a strong argument in a video platform it also appeals to the general public and will help find supporters for this message. If the video gets enough attention then the White House feels pressured to respond.
    In summary, thank you to the professors for bringing climate change to the attention of our government. It’s important that we continue to push this message forward and I support it. However, in the medium which this message was presented it will not gain any traction and I feel as if there could be better time spent creating content that will get the ball rolling on this.
Alec Ploof

Bigger Implications

RECEIVED Fri., March 24, 2017

Dear Editor,
    Upon reading Michael King’s article on unsafe lead levels in Texas schools [“Getting the Lead Out,” News, March 3], I was a bit alarmed not only due to the fact that these issues face our Texas schools, but also because of the implications that our bodies of water will face. Many times when we bring attention to an issue, we fail to look beyond it and connect it to bigger and greater things. Not that our children are not important, but a hazard such as lead seeping into our water systems does not only mean that our children are at risk, but an entire city like we’ve seen with Flint, Michigan.
    When writing about hazards in our Texas schools pertaining to our drinking water, we should also connect them to bigger issues, such as how they can later on impact and possibly cause more hazards in our bodies of water. Every year we pollute our water by being careless, and we ignore the fact that they were once issues that could be easily prevented at a smaller scale and at a cheaper price. I appreciate that the article did call for a better legislative effort but it could have also included a segment on how to become more involved in protecting not only our schools from hazardous chemicals, but also our Texas waters.
Marcela Garcia

Tell Us More!

RECEIVED Thu., March 23, 2017

Dear Editor,
    Melody Fury wrote a review about the new seafood-focused restaurant, Salt Traders Coastal Cooking, opening up in Round Rock [Food, March 3]. I read the great reviews of the decor and the great ambience the restaurant brings. However, there was only a one line review on how this restaurant is focused on using sustainably sourced seafood. As an Austinite I like to think I am environmentally conscience and so are my fellow Austinites, yet in our own Austin Chronicle we have failed to highlight something really interesting and important! The owners, Jack Gilmore and Tom Kamm, are doing something that you don’t hear about often and they are doing it in Austin! Now this topic may not be the most interesting front page story but if we claim to be this liberal, weird place called Austin, why not celebrate the amazing things our citizens are doing to help out the environment? Being environmentally sustainable means that they will serve fish that are fished from healthy, well-managed populations, and the fishing or farming methods used to catch or raise the fish cause little harm to the environment. When speaking about this you could mention the actual impact on the environment that do not use sustainable fish, along with why we should care. Just a thought.
Samantha Boncyk
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