For the first time in history, the IRS is weighing in on “the degree to which doctors should be recommending … food and exercise” to their patients, said health advocate Calley Means.

In an appearance on the “RFK Jr Podcast,” Means discussed a March 6 IRS “reminder” warning that people who use health savings accounts (HSAs) and flexible spending accounts (FSAs) will no longer be able to deduct “nutrition, wellness and general health” expenses — even if a doctor provides a note recommending them — unless they are “related to a targeted diagnosis-specific activity or treatment.”

Means told Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Children’s Health Defense chairman on leave, that the IRS policy would make the childhood health crisis in America even worse by prioritizing pharmaceutical interventions over nutrition and wellness.

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