If you want to see what western medicine has to offer in terms of health and wellness as we age, visit an octogenarian.
ELDERLY AMERICANS make up only 12% of the population, yet they account for 32% of all prescriptions. By the age of 65, the average American takes 2 to 6 prescription drugs, along with 1 to 3 over-the-counter drugs.
The average cost for seniors? $670 per year!
Over-Dependence on Prescription Drugs and Medications
Instead of the elderly, we could also consider AMERICAN CHILDREN, who are also taking prescription medications, from powerful psychiatric medications to prescription allergy medications, at a higher rate than ever before. In 1985, for example, there were 500,000 children taking medication for ADD/ADHD.
How many children take similar medications today?
A flabbergasting 6 Million!
In short, the west’s solution to health problems has been to offer more and more medications. Although this greatly benefits BIG DRUG COMPANIES, how much it benefits the actual patients is questionable.
As a matter of fact, it is expected that the children growing up today will actually have a lower life expectancy than their parents.
Western Medicine Already Knows the Truth
The irony is that, despite the increasing number of prescriptions, western science has proven again and again that the best health results come not from drugs, but from proper nutrition and exercise. Consider a few of these studies:
- A British study in 2007 has linked hyperactivity in children to common food dyes found in candies, sodas, and fast food (Source: ABC News, June 3, 2008).
- Sodium benzoate, a common food preservative, has been linked to cancer, neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s, DNA damage, and hyperactivity (Source: Wikipedia).
- From 2001 to 2007, the cost of diabetes drugs in the United States went from $6.7 billion per year to $12.5 billion, yet it is well-known that most incidences of diabetes can be controlled by eating a healthier diet (Source: WebMD, October 27, 2008).
- Recent studies have shown that even elderly people can improve their mental faculties and reduce risks of dementia by walking just 30 to 60 minutes a few times per week (Source: New York Times, November 8, 2007).
Simple Common Sense Mantra for Good Health
In essence, the best way to better health, no matter what new innovation drug companies come up with next, has always been and will always be eating right and exercising.
For the sake of yourself and your family, educate yourself about things like food preservatives, food dyes, and artificial flavors.
Learn to read labels and avoid the worst ingredients; although we’ve been trained to read the “Nutrition Facts”, the list of ingredients is probably more important. A diet soda, for example, might only have one calorie, but it may achieve that reduction by packing the soda with a veritable chemical soup that will ultimately damage your body.
As a rule of thumb, the less processed your food, the better. That means finally eating those fruits and vegetables, and avoiding over-processed “meats” such as chicken nuggets, fish sticks, and fast food joints.
With a few simple lifestyle changes, you can radically improve your health – the natural way.