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Americans spend twice as much on health care per capita than any
other country in the world; in fact according to a series of studies by the
consulting firm McKinsey & Co, the US spends more on health care than the
next 10 biggest spenders combined: Japan, Germany, France, China, the U.K.,
Italy, Canada, Brazil, Spain, and Australia.
Despite that, we rank dead last in terms of quality of care among
industrialized countries, and Americans are far sicker and live shorter lives
than people in other nations
A review of U.S. healthcare expenses by the Institutes of Medicine2
last year revealed that 30 cents of every dollar spent on medical care is
wasted, adding up to $750 billion annually. Exorbitant hospital costs are a
leading cause of this overspending
According to a 2011 report by the global consulting firm Milliman,
annual healthcare costs for the average American family of four, if covered
by a preferred provider organization, is still a staggering $19,3933
As opposed to other countries, American laws prevent the government
from restraining drug prices. Federal law even prevents the single largest
drug buyer - Medicare - from negotiating drug prices
Overall, Americans pay 50 percent more than other countries for
identical drugs. This year alone, the US will spend more than $280 billion on
prescription drugs. If Americans paid the same prices other countries pay for
the same products, we’d save about $94 billion a year
We Need a Whole New System of Medicine
When it comes to medical charges, you the buyer are completely separated
from the seller or provider. There’s absolutely no market feedback to
regulate and control the prices that are charged, whether they are related to
medications or hospital/treatment charges. For the most part, drug makers and
hospitals are allowed to charge as much as they want, which plays a large
role on why these charges have gotten so outrageously out of control. This
simply does not happen in countries outside of the US.
As a result, more than half, or approximately 60 percent, of all personal
bankruptcies in the US are related to medical bills. Even more remarkably,
the majority of those bankruptcies are among people WITH health insurance...
“The film [Escape Fire] takes its name from the practice of setting a
small fire to clear out nearby brush, allowing a fast-advancing forest fire
to pass by harmlessly. Will we be sufficiently clear-eyed and rational to
take a similarly bold action to avoid disaster wrought by our dysfunctional
health care system? I hope so. In the film, I say, 'The present system
doesn't work, and it's going to take us down. We need a whole new kind of
This new system needs to address preventive strategies, and allow for
less expensive, less invasive and more health-promoting alternatives as the
first line of treatment. This automatically means reduced profits for the
medical industry as a whole, but the pharmaceutical industry in particular
would have to relinquish its grasp on its greatest cash cow, the American
When you consider how far Big Pharma has gone to manipulate the political
system to its advantage, lobbying for laws to protect and bolster its profits
even to the detriment of the country as a whole, this is not going to happen
overnight. But you don’t have to wait for the system to change. You can take
control of your own health in the meantime, and proactively work to protect
not only your life but your pocketbook as well. At the end of this article, I
will list a few of my top healthy lifestyle considerations, the most
important of which is proper food choices.
Most of the Leading Causes of Death are Preventable
Still, there is light at the end of the tunnel because you CAN take
control of your health - you don't have to listen to and abide by this system
that makes and keeps you sick in order to make multinational corporations
The majority of deaths are due to chronic, not acute, disease. And most
chronic diseases, including cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and obesity, are
largely preventable with simple lifestyle changes. Even infectious diseases
like the flu can often be warded off by a healthy way of life. Just imagine
the lowered death toll, not to mention costs to the economy, if more people
decided to take control of their health … heart disease and cancer alone
accounted for 47 percent of deaths in the United States in 2010, and there
are many strategies you can implement to lower your risk of these diseases.
The added bonus to this is that the healthier you are, the less you will
need to rely on conventional medical care, which is a leading cause of death.
So what does a "healthy lifestyle" entail? The following is a short list of
the basics expounded upon in my nutrition plan:
Proper Food Choices
For a comprehensive guide on which foods to eat and which to avoid,
see my nutrition plan. It's available for free, and is perhaps one of the
most comprehensive and all-inclusive guides on a healthy lifestyle out there.
Generally speaking, you should be looking to focus your diet on whole,
ideally organic, unprocessed foods that come from healthy, sustainable,
ideally local, sources.
For the best nutrition and health benefits, you will want to eat a
good portion of your food raw. Nearly as important as knowing which foods to
eat more of is knowing which foods to avoid, and topping the list is
fructose. Sugar, and fructose in particular, can act as a toxin in and of
itself when consumed in excess, and as such drive multiple disease processes
in your body, not the least of which is insulin resistance, a major cause of
accelerated aging and virtually all chronic disease.
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God Bless Everyone & God Bless The United States of America.