The Real State of Our Health
In 2003 our total
national health care bill reached
$1.6 trillion, approaching 16% of the gross national product.
According to John Abramson, M.D. in his book Overdosed America: The Broken
Promise of American Medicine, "The United States spends more
than twice as much per person on health care as the other
industrialized nations. . . . The excess spending on health care in the
United States is like a yearly tax of more than $1800 on every American
addition and although our population represents just 5% of the
world's total, more than half
the total world supply of pharmaceuticals
used in the United States. An AARP survey from the Spring of
showed that 75% of Americans 45
and older regularly use prescription drugs, a figure which is up
sharply from 52% identified by a previous survey. (AARP magazine). And
a report by the
Kaiser Family Foundation revealed that U.S. spending for prescription
drugs tripled between 1990 and 2001 to $140.6 billion and is expected
to reach $445.9 billion by 2012. (cited from Health Myths Exposed by
Shane Ellison, M.Sc., p40)
mean we're healthier for it? Or are we headed toward a Modern Holocaust?
Let's look at life
While it is true that today we live longer as a group, we are NOT living longer as individuals. For example if you just take out the very high infant mortality rates for the turn of the century, our average life span has increased by only 3.7 years since 1900. Add the health gains achieved for young adults just through a variety of improved sanitation initiatives that were being instituted during that time and these "longevity" gains are reduced even further. Thus it may surprise you to learn that there were actually MORE "centarians" relative to population 100 years ago than there are today. In other words more individuals lived longer in 1900 even though average life span was shorter because of high infant mortality rates and death due to disease caused by poor water and public sanitation methods.
So, how does
the U.S. compare to other countries around the world in terms of life
of the earliest tables used to rank countries in terms of life
expectancy showed that the U.S. was ranked 7th out of 21
industrialized nations in 1950. By 1990 the U.S. had dropped to
18th out of the same 21 countries. And under the new system called the
Disability Adjusted Life Expectancy (DALE) developed by World Health
Organization scientists, the U.S. ranks 24th out of 191 countries.
According to the director of WHO's Global Programme on Evidence for
Health Policy, Christopher Murray, M.D., Ph.D., "The position of the
U.S. is one of the major surprises of the new rating system. . . Basically you
die earlier and spend more time disabled if you're an American rather
than a member of most other advanced countries." (Note
U.S. Census Bureau ranks the U.S. 28th in life expectancy.)
Perhaps even more
ominous were the results of a recent study which compared 16 "health
markers" considered indicative of good health between the "top" 13
countries. This study found that
the United States ranks 12th out of the top 13 countries. These 13
countries, listed in order of their ranking (with the first being
the best) are Japan, Sweden, Canada, France, Australia, Spain, Finland,
the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, the United States and Germany. In
regards to separate health indicators, the United States ranks as
follows: 13th for low birth weight; 13th for neonatal mortality and
infant mortality overall; 11th for post neonatal mortality; 13th for
years of potential life lost; 11th for life expectancy at 1 year for
females, 12th for males; 10th for life expectancy at 15 years for
females and for males; 10th for life expectancy at 40 years for
females, 9th for males; 7th for life expectancy at 65 years for females
and for males; 3rd for life expectancy at 80 years for females and
males; and finally 10th for age-adjusted mortality. (cited from Health Myths Exposed by
Shane Ellison, MSc pp44-45)
IN THIS LAST STUDY THAT LIFE
EXPECTANCY RANKING IS DECLINING
FOR THE YOUNGER AGE GROUPS.
SO-O-O-O . . .
ABOUT BABIES AND CHILDREN?
Well, the National Center for
Statistics places the U.S. a
And there's more - about which we need to ask: How big (or small) a role do genes play in these exploding numbers?
of live babies now born in America
are born with something wrong with them
- 100 years ago one out of every 33 people got cancer. Today, it is one out of every two – and increasing. Moreover, cancer is now the leading cause of death by disease for children under the age of 14. Further children as young a six, both male and female, are being diagnosed with breast cancer. Finally, 90% of breast cancer cases occur with NO family history.
- Children as young as nine are being diagnosed with Type II diabetes, heretofore a condition reserved for adults over forty. This represents a fifteen to twenty-fold increase in the last twenty years alone. (The incidence of adult-onset diabetes has tripled in the last 30 years.)
- Heart disease was so rare at the turn of the twentieth century that the first report of it did not appear until 1912 when Dr. James Herrick wrote about it in an article of the JAMA - after which the famous cardiologist (and personal physician to Dwight D. Eisenhower) Paul Dudley White spent the next ten years in search of it and found only three cases. By 1950, heart disease had become the leading cause of death for older adults. By 1998 a study reported in the New England Journal of Medicine found that hardening of the arteries (termed atherosclerosis) affects about 30% of all 16 to 20 year olds, half of all 21 to 25 year olds and 75% of all 26 to 39 year olds – which means that three quarters of us have cardiovascular disease by the time we reach 40, and often do not even know it. Today, children the age of five and even younger are being diagnosed with heart disease heretofore considered a disease of “old age”
- One in three hundred children are presently being diagnosed with autism – a mere ten years ago it was one in 10,000! (As of 2004 some areas of the U.S. show that 1 in every 150 babies develop autism.)
- A majority of children today suffer from one or more of a whole host of maladies, everything from allergies and asthma, various digestive disorders, behavior and learning problems, and so on. Just look around.
As one example of health decline in the modern age of miracle medicine: a February 4, 2001 article in the Chicago Tribune reported that "Nearly half of Americans suffer at least one chronic disease, everything from allergies to heart disease - 20 million more than doctors had anticipated this year."Another ominous sign: "The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) data has shown that American’s lymphocyte counts are progressively going down, down, down, i.e., a steady decline in immune systems. In 1981, Dr. H.F. Pross did a study of the Natural Killer (NK) cell count of average Americans; NK cell count is measured in lytic units, or LU. The LU count was 152. In 1991, Dr. R.D. Herberman made a similar study and found the LU count of average Americans had dropped to 135. In 1997, Dr. Gerald See did another NK cell count study and found the LU count of average Americans had dropped to 108, or a 1% drop per annum since Dr. Pross’ study. A weakened immune system leads to cancer, or lowered resistance to flu, cold, infections, or the next epidemic. Official Medicine has nothing for a weakened immune system, which you don’t get from a lack of antibiotics – but you may from too many of them. . . .