U.S. Life Expectancy Decreasing – Why?

December 22, 2010

You would expect that as we have become ever more ingenious at saving lives through surgery and medication that our life expectancy would be increasing, but in fact the reverse is true. The latest report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may be about America, but we would do well to heed its warning as this is the second recent drop and they also found a surge of deaths from chronic lower respiratory diseases.

The U.S. health care system is the most expensive in the world, but like in the UK it is focused on dealing with the fire, not how to prevent it. Like all western medical systems it is based entirely on treating symptoms of disease, managing it, rather than teaching people how to avoid disease through nutrition, foods and natural remedies.

If I were of a cynical turn of mind, which occasionally I am, then I would point out to you that only in China was there a system for paying your doctor to keep you well and that the minute you got sick you stopped paying. There is so much money to be made out of illness, from simple over the counter remedies for colds and headaches to expensive surgeries, drugs and consultations. There is simply no incentive in telling you how to avoid diabetes or through diet and exercise

The only way to be certain of enjoying a healthy, long, life is to be proactive about your own healthcare. There is nothing mysterious about this, and goodness knows I have mentioned it often enough, but following some very simple rules will pay huge dividends in terms of being, and staying, healthy.

The key word is moderation: some exercise, a healthy diet, and managing your stress are where you start.


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