Tuesday, March 4, 2008
Why Are So Many Sick?
by Dr. Heather Johnstone,
PhD. RN, BC, APN, AMP-C, RYT
Director Global College of Medicine
The Threat Hanging over Our Heads
Most Americans are not aware of a very powerful threat hanging over our heads. It’s not terrorism, oil shortages or some other political issue. The clearest and most pressing danger lies in the fact that every second American has at least one chronic illness, while 60 million people suffer from multiple chronic conditions. Despite advances in modern medicine our health is worse today than ever before in our history! There is no doubt that sickness affects us directly, causing untold suffering and hardship. I’m here to tell you how the situation got so bad and what you can do about it. Please read on.
In the year 2000, the U.S. population was 276 million. Nearly half of the population – 125 million Americans – lived with some type of chronic condition. About 60 million lived with multiple chronic conditions. Examples of chronic conditions are diabetes, cancer, glaucoma and heart disease. The number of people with chronic conditions is growing at an alarming rate.
So Why Are We Sick?
I’ll be brutally honest here so there are no misunderstandings: We get sick because our lack of health is economically profitable for a lot of big companies and shareholders. Including:
* The food industry with all the ‘designer’ junk foods and beverages that hold no nutritional value and actually make us fat and sick.Learn More
* All the polluting industries that fill our lives and bodies with harmful chemicals and toxins. The next time you buy tooth paste, check the poison warning on the tube. And you put that in your mouth!?
The ‘sick care’ industry figured out long ago that there’s a lot more money to be made in treating symptoms with drugs and surgeries in expensive hospitals than in patient education, prevention and natural medicine. There’s a lot of money to be made in making and keeping us sick. As professor Paul Zane Pilzer explains in his best-selling book, The Wellness Revolution: “Incredibly powerful economic forces are preventing people from taking control of their health and actually encouraging them to gain weight – forces so powerful that nothing short of a revolution will be able to stop them.”
Since birth we’ve been bombarded with millions of ads that turn us into happily paying consumers of the very things that make us sick. Now the only way for us to become and stay healthy for life is to train ourselves to see through all the commercial deception and brainwashing, and learn how to be healthy.
We cannot expect a solution from those who don’t have our best interest at heart. More people die each year in the United States from medical errors than from highway accidents, breast cancer or AIDS, a federal advisory panel reported. The report from the National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine cited studies showing between 44,000 and 98,000 people die each year because of mistakes by medical professionals. This report was in 1999... since then the number of deaths from medical errors has steadily increased.
Update to 2012: The Numbers Are Increasing
The numbers are simply staggering: Every year 1.5 million people are sickened or severely injured by medication mistakes, and 100,000 die. And yet all of those deaths are preventable. What's the answer?
We have to take matters into our own hands. And when we learn how to take care of ourselves and our loved ones, we learn something equally important at the same time: How to help the other half of the population that is constantly and chronically ill.
Wellness - The Biggest Opportunity of The 21st Century
Professor Pilzer defines the wellness industry as the next big boom that will revolutionize our lives.
“We are now at the very beginning of the next trillion dollar industry”, he writes in The Wellness Revolution, “an industry that will impact almost every aspect of our lives and achieve $1 trillion in sales within 10 years, but one that is as unknown today as the automobile industry was in 1908 or the personal computer industry was in 1981.
"In order to define the wellness industry and identify its opportunities, we must first distinguish it from a related industry based on some of the same technology – the current $1.5 trillion ( U.S. ) healthcare industry. … Healthcare is a misnomer, as this one seventh of the economy is really devoted to the sickness business... The sickness business is reactive. Despite its enormous size, people become customers only when they are stricken by and react to a specific condition or ailment. No one really wants to be a customer". Medical doctors know a lot about medicine, but very little about health... yours or theirs.
"In the next 10 years, an additional $1 trillion of the U.S. economy will be devoted to the yet-unnamed wellness business… The wellness business is proactive. People voluntarily become customers – to feel healthier, to reduce the effects of aging, and to avoid becoming customers of the sickness business. Everyone wants to be a customer of this earlier stage approach to health." Don't miss out on this $100 Billion per year market.
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