The American health care system is failing. Americans spend 16.5% of our total economy on health care, estimated to be $2.4 Trillion in 2008 (that’s $2,400,000,000,000) which equates to twice as much per capita as other industrialized nations. Despite this obscene level of spending, we rank at the bottom of the list compared to our peers by measure of quality and outcomes. Americans pay more and get less value for their health care dollar than any other country in the world.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports that about 119 million, or 64.5%, of US adults are either overweight or obese. According to projections, this number is expected to increase to 73% by 2008. Young Americans today now face a lower life expectancy rate than their parents, thanks largely to the effects of poor nutrition and sedentary lifestyles.
The AP reported on May 14, 2008 that for the first time, it appears that more than half of all insured Americans are taking prescription medicines regularly for chronic health problems. The most widely used drugs are those to lower high blood pressure and cholesterol — problems often linked to heart disease, obesity and diabetes, all of which are nearly 100% preventable with lifestyle modification.
The data shows that last year, 51 percent of American children and adults were taking one or more prescription drugs for a chronic condition, up from 50 percent the previous four years and 47 percent in 2001. Most of these drugs are taken daily.
Medication use for chronic problems (read taken daily for life) was seen in all demographic groups. Almost two-thirds of women 20 and older, one in four children and teenagers, 52 percent of adult men and three out of four people 65 or older take one or more prescription drugs regularly.
Most horrific is that among seniors, 28 percent of women and nearly 22 percent of men take five or more medicines regularly. All of which carry side effects too numerous to list, up to and including death. The estimated total number of iatrogenic deaths—that is, deaths induced inadvertently by a physician or surgeon or by medical treatment or diagnostic procedures— in the U.S. annually is estimated to be approaching 1,000,000.
The current state of affairs in the U.S. with respect to diet is too bleak to even discuss in detail in this article, but here are some highlights:
The U.S. Census bureau data indicate that Americans drink a significant number of their calories. Americans drink about a gallon of soda a week along with a half gallon each of milk, bottled water, coffee and beer.
The biggest single source of calories in America is not pizza or burgers, but soft drinks. Soft drinks containing High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) supply just over 7% of all the calories consumed in the U.S. every year. The consumption of HFCS increased by more than 1000% between 1970 and 1990, far exceeding the changes in intake of any other food or food group. A possibly toxic chemical sugar alternative made from genetically modified, government subsidized corn is the leading staple of the American diet.
Americans are exposed to thousands of different food chemicals including: food additives, preservatives, synthetic sweeteners, pesticide residues, environmental contaminants, mycotoxins, novel food ingredients, packaging-material migrants, flavoring substances and other added nutrients. Food chemicals make up only part of the 75,000 synthetic chemicals developed and released into the environment since World War II. Fewer than half have been tested for potential toxicity to human beings.
America is a nation of poorly nourished, overly sedentary, chemically exposed individuals. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle requires a diet of natural, healthy, nutrient rich food, reducing toxin exposure from foods and drugs, regular exercise, normal sleep, emotional, spiritual health, and a fully functioning nerve system.
These factors all contribute to sickness and disease because they interfere with the body’s ability to produce new healthy cells. The brain controls and regulates, through the nerve system, all cellular function in the body. Proper cellular function is the key factor which determines ones health. The human organism is a community of 70 trillion cells working together, in harmony. This symphony is conducted by the brain and orchestrated by and through the nerve system. Chiropractic adjustments remove any impediment to the communication between the conductor and the orchestra.
Any attempt to extricate one’s self from the current disease care system requires an individual to radically alter their lifestyle. To begin an exercise program, change one’s diet, reduce their exposure to toxins, or work on their emotional health all take a considerable amount of effort on the part of the health seeker.
To improve one’s health through chiropractic requires nothing more than scheduling an appointment. We have in our offices the best kept secret in healthcare. Isn’t it time you find out what regular chiropractic care has to offer you and your family? As the only passive method of altering one’s health and well-being, chiropractic offices around the country will be inundated with more clients than they can handle in the coming decade.
Spread the word that chiropractic care is the fastest, the easiest and the most effective way to start off 2010 on the path toward health, happiness and abundant life.
According to a survey by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), a division of the US Department of Health and Human Services, just 12 percent of the nation’s 228 million adults have the skills to manage their own health care proficiently. Nearly 22 percent of those surveyed had just a basic understanding of medical treatments and 14 percent could only accomplish the most rudimentary tasks, such as understanding a short set of treatment instructions.
This should come as no surprise if what we call “health care” is a complex web of powerful chemicals, elaborate tests and billions of dollars in marketing and public relations with the overarching purpose of convincing every American that they suffer from a multitude of “conditions” that require these very expensive chemicals and tests.
However, the chiropractic model of health care is far easier to grasp. Any literate adult should be able to understand that the central nervous system regulates all cellular function in the the body. The brain is protected by the skull. The brain stem, spinal cord and nerve roots are protected my the bones of the spine. Care and maintenance of this vital system, through chiropractic care, is a firm foundation on which one can lay all five of the basic tenets of achieving and maintaining health:
- Consume a diet of nutrient rich, unprocessed foods and clean, pure water.
- Minimize emotional, physical and chemical stress on the body.
- Exercise regularly.
- Get adequate, restful sleep.
- Pro-actively maintain the structural integrity of the central nerve system.
Unfortunately, one of the greatest hindrances to achieving health is the current medical model. The pharmaceutical/medical industry is second only to the food industry in terms of destruction of the health of individuals.
Many seem to have forgotten that the human body is capable of healing itself of any “disease” known to man. The body is a community of 70 trillion cells, working in harmony to sustain life. When we remove the impediments (poor nutrition, poor nerve supply, lack of exercise, inadequate sleep, physical, chemical and emotional stresses), the body moves away from disease and toward health. This is the ” wellness” model that everyone is talking about, yet no one has yet adequately defined in the mind of the health care consumer.
Chiropractic care offers the firm foundation on which to build a true wellness model of health care. Chiropractors have been outspoken opponents of the overuse of drugs and critical of the medical model for 113 years. The foundational concept of the current medical model, that a medical doctor can ask someone to describe their symptoms and then select a chemical from the thousands available to “treat” those symptoms, is misguided.
This fundamental flaw in the medical paradigm is at the very core of much of the teachings on which chiropractic was founded. The fact that this flawed model is beyond the comprehension of most individuals is not surprising and should be considered a blessing.
The intelligence in the human body that transforms 2 cells into a perfectly formed human in 280 days is far superior to anything yet created by man. The human body needs nothing more than what is described above to produce perfect new cells to replace those cells that the body naturally purges every second of every day. The same power that made the body can heal the body of any challenge that presents itself, as long as the interference from outside (that which is not under the body’s control) is not greater than the body’s natural inclination toward health and survival, bolstered and supported by following the five tenets referenced above.
This is something that anyone can understand. They just need to hear it. Over and over and over again.