Essentials, FDN, Health

The State of America’s Health

Pharmaceutical-Drugs-Photo-by-Tom-VarcoResearchers at the Mayo Clinic report that:

  • Nearly 70% of Americans are on at least one prescription drug
  • More than 50% receive at least two prescriptions
  • 20% were found to be on five or more prescription medications

The most common prescriptions are for antibiotics, antidepressants and painkiller opioids.

  • Nearly 25% of women ages 50-64 are on an antidepressant
  • 13% of the overall population is on an antidepressant
  • 17% of people are being prescribed antibiotics
  • Antibiotics and anti-asthma drugs are most commonly prescribed in people younger than 19
  • 13% are on pain killing opioids (which are a concern due to addictive nature)
  • 11% are taking drugs to reduce lipids such as cholesterol
  • Prescriptions increase as we get older, more so in women

The cost of these prescription drugs reached $250 billion in 2009 or 12% of the total personal health care expenditure

The researchers said prescription drug spending will only increase in the future

Additional research is equally troubling.

  • According to the CDC approximately 90% of Americans over age 60 are taking at least one prescription drug
  • More than 20% of Americans are taking at least one drug for “psychiatric” or “behavioral” disorders
  • The percentage of women taking antidepressants in America is higher than any other country in the world
  • Children in America are three times more likely to be prescribed antidepressants than children in Europe
  • Roughly 33% of all foster children in America are on at least one psychiatric drug.
    • In Texas, foster children were 53 times more likely to be prescribed 5 or more psychiatric medications at the same time than non foster children
    • In Massachusetts, 19 times more likely
    • In Michigan, 15 times
    • Oregon 13 times
    • Florida 4 times more likely
  • In 2010, the average teen in America was taking 1.2 central nervous system drugs. Drugs used to treat conditions such as ADHD and depression
  • The total number of Americans taking antidepressants doubled between 1996 and 2005
    • The suicide rate for Americans between 35 and 64 rose almost 30% between 1999 and 2010
    • More Americans die by suicide than as a result of car accidents
  • The CDC states that almost 750,000 people a year are rushed to the emergency room in America due to adverse reactions to pharmaceutical drugs

At least there is $$$ being made

  • The 11 largest pharmaceutical companies combined made approximately $85,000,000,000 (that is 85 billion) in profits in 2012
  • More than $280 billion will be spent on prescription drugs alone in America in 2013
  • Last year, 11 of the 12 new to market drugs approved by the FDA were priced above $100,000 per patient per year
  • Many prescription drugs cost twice as much in America than other countries
  • Tens of billions of dollars are spent each year on pharmaceutical marketing in America, much of it direct to the consumer
  • The United States spends more on health care every year than Japan, France, China, the UK, Italy, Canada, Spain and Australia combined.
  • If the U.S. health care system was a separate nation it would be the 6th largest economy in the world.

At what do we get for all this $$$

  • Life expectancy is higher in dozens of other countries
  • We have very high rates of cancer, heart disease and diabetes

Last Comments:

Imagine if all that $$$ was spent on prevention and educating the population how to take care of themselves rather than managing symptoms and avoiding the actual causes.

I am trying to do my part by investigating and discovering the true root causes for poor and compromised health.

Making lifestyle changes including Diet, Sleep, Exercise, Stress Reduction and the use of Functional Labs plus intelligent supplementation will support, assist and stimulate function to the degree that the body can heal itself and manifest outwardly optimal health.

I won’t say that being healthy is easy. It is hard to reprogram years and decades of lies.

We have been told that popping pills is the answer, if that does not work, cut or burn (irradiate) it out.

Poor health does not have to be associated with age. Our children do not have to endure what we have inflicted upon ourselves at ever earlier ages. Lead by example, improve your health to show what is possible.

I don’t expect the system to change, but the individual can take responsibility for themselves and take matters into their own hands.

I am here to coach, assist and support the process while being an example

Health is a Lifestyle, It is not a Choice!

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