By Loretta Melancon
My background in nursing has urged me to reflect on the long-standing approach in modern medicine of putting Band-Aids on chronic conditions to control symptoms.
Now there is a focus that many docs have adopted called “functional medicine,” where finding and treating the “root cause” of an illness is the goal, using education, lifestyle and dietary changes as the tools.
During the past two years, I have worked actively with a citizens’ group called Litter Busters of Union County. While we continue to explore how to best educate, create awareness and minimize roadside litter in Union County, it has become obvious that unless we discover and address the “root cause,” we have a never-ending (and probably growing) need to keep picking it up.
I think the problem has several contributing factors ranging from carelessness to laziness, from selfish behavior to egocentricity, from just plain apathy to downright malice.
In addition, there are no consequences in terms of enforcing the codes/laws of our communities that are being ignored. Where has a sense of community pride been lost along the way?
It’s definitely hidden out there on the roadside under all that litter!
So where do we begin to turn things around?
If you have some ideas to share, please consider joining me in identifying a “task force” to brainstorm how to begin to address this as a community. Become a friend on the Facebook page Litter Busters of Union County, where you can notify us of your interest. Or just give me a call/text (501-515-0125) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Loretta Melancon, of Monroe, is a member of Litter Busters of Union County.