What’s the matter with Americans?
They say they want cheaper health insurance, but when they could get better
results for free, most won’t lift a finger!
The leading preventable cause of
death in the United States is still smoking. Why are 25% of Americans
continuing to smoke? Admittedly, it is hard to quit, but think of the benefits!
What is our second risk factor
for the majority of diseases that kill us and slow us down? We’re overweight,
right? We eat too much of the wrong things and not enough of the right things.
We eat one half of our meals in restaurants — mostly fast-food. We drink an
average of 142 pounds of sugar per year in the form of soft drinks, and the
Because we’re overweight, we tend
to get diabetes, which leads to heart disease, kidney disease, and some
cancers. There are some other nasty things that happen as a result of having
diabetes, such as blindness, nerve pains of various sorts, and of times
amputations of extremities.
But are we willing to do anything
about it ourselves? Nah! We’re too busy to start an exercise program and we’re
too fond of our favorite foods to eat anything healthier. The come-back
question to this answer should be: “Busy doing what — watching five hours
of TV a night?” That’s the average, you know.
It comes down to this: It’s a
matter of priorities and it’s a matter of most of us not having the education
to be able to evaluate our options for solving these life-threatening problems.
So the majority just put it off and let our habits run our lives.
So, we go to the doctor, who is
supposed to tell us how by changing our diet and a moderate exercise program,
we can solve the problem if we lose only 5-7% of our body weight. How hard
could that be?
What do you think most of us do?
Give weight loss a half-hearted try? Then, when it doesn’t work for us, we go
back to the doctor for some metformin, which costs $100+/month and is only
effective 31% of the time. The diet and lifestyle changes have been shown to be
effective in 70% of cases, as reported by the National Institutes of Health Web
Metformin is typical of the
pharmaceutical industry’s approach to solving the health problems we get into
by our indiscriminate way of eating. It costs us big bucks paid out over a
period of years, it doesn’t work as well, and it no doubt has some unwanted
Is taking a 30-minute walk five
days a week too much work to prevent possible lower leg amputation or
blindness? Is broccoli so disgusting that we would rather pay more than $100
per month to add another expensive drug to our daily regimen?
And We Wonder Why Health Care Is So Expensive
How about those who don’t have
health insurance and can’t afford the prescription drugs to sort-kinda 31%
avoid diabetes? … Read More