U.S. Health Care Ranks Last
As reported in the New York Times and The Wall Street Journal (1.10.13) a study by the Institute of Medicine
found that our health care woes are much worse than we thought. In fact, over the last 30 years, as compared
to other Western countries, we ranked last in nearly every health
indicator. You read that correctly; we
ranked last, yet we spend more money on health care than any other country on
The study found the average life
expectancy at birth for American men born in 2007 (75.6 years) was the lowest
among all the countries studied and nearly four years shorter than
Switzerland. Women did not fare
better. Their life expectancy was 80.8
years, second from the last and five years shorter than Japan’s.
Neonatal mortality is a strong indicator
of a country’s health status. We spend
more money on neonatal care than any other country. Where do we rank compared to 16 other Western
countries? Dead last.
You might think we beat the pack on cardiovascular
disease since we take more statin medications than any other people on the
planet. Well, you might think
wrong. Death rates from cardiovascular
disease have been declining world-wide.
But, in the U.S., the mortality rate from heart disease is 129 per
100,000 which is higher than every country studied except Finland. Perhaps all those statin prescriptions
aren’t really helping!
One of the authors, Dr. Steven Woolf
stated, “Something is fundamentally wrong. Something at the core is causing the
U.S. to slip behind these other high-income countries.” He is right, something is fundamentally
wrong. That something is conventional
medicine’s reliance on pharmaceutical medications that work by poisoning
enzymes or blocking receptors in the body.
More often than not, these drugs treat the symptoms of the illness
rather than the underlying cause.
I have been writing about the
problems with conventional medicine in my Natural Way to Health newsletter and
in my books. I believe the whole medical
education system needs to be overhauled.
We need to train doctors to understand the importance of the body’s
biochemistry and how to maintain and optimize it. I can assure you that most drug therapies
adversely affect the body’s biochemistry.
Natural therapies that optimize vitamin, mineral, and hormonal levels
allow the body’s biochemistry to optimally function.
Finally, as physicians, we need to
address the dietary needs of our patients.
We need to educate patients on how to eat better in order for their food
to supply them with optimal nutrients.
Unless we make radical changes in the health care system, we will
continue to waste more money and have more illness.
How To Increase Your Risk of Dying? Take a Statin Drug
If you are elderly,
how can you increase your risk of dying?
The answer is simple: Take a
are the most profitable drugs for the Big Pharma Cartel. Lipitor, Baycol, Zocor, and Crestor are
examples of statin medications. These
drugs are prescribed by doctors to lower cholesterol levels. Do statin drugs lower cholesterol levels? Yes, they are very efficient at it. They work by poisoning an enzyme, HMG-CoA
medicine has succeeded in convincing doctors and patients that we all need to
lower our cholesterol levels in order to reduce our risk of developing heart
disease. However, this is no long-term data that shows
that lowering your cholesterol level by taking a medication reduces your mortality
rate. In fact, the best studies of statin medications show they can lower the
risk of developing a non-fatal heart attack by about 1% after two or three
years of use. That is the benefit of
taking a medication that poisons a crucial enzyme in the body and has been
associated with an increased in cancer, ALS, muscle aches and pains, as well as
a decline in mental function.
prompted this post? An article in
Clinical Nutrition revealed that compared to elderly patients with cholesterol levels
of 200mg/dl, those with cholesterol levels of 183mg/dl had a significantly
higher death rate. (1) The authors found
that for every 1mg/dl increase in serum cholesterol, the death rate was reduced by 0.4%. You read that correctly—elevated cholesterol
levels protect the elderly from death. The
Honolulu Heart Program found that men aged 71-93 years in the lowest total cholesterol
group had a 64% increase risk in death as compared to men with the highest cholesterol
levels.(2) The Honolulu study was
reported in 2001. It is too bad the
media does not trumpet these results.
numerous studies showing that there is an inverse
correlation between cholesterol levels and the death rate in people over 59
years old. That means an elevated cholesterol level
protects the elderly. However, it is not
just the elderly that are protected.
Cholesterol is a vital substance for all the cells in the body. Adequate cholesterol levels are needed to
promote the health of the cell. Furthermore,
cholesterol is needed to produce all the adrenal and sex hormones in the
written extensively about this topic in my book, Drugs That Don’t Work and NaturalTherapies That Do.
Cholesterol-lowering medications should be pulled from the market
place. You can simply look at the
biochemical pathway where cholesterol is produced and see the dangers that can
occur when that pathway is poisoned. I
predict that within five to ten years, we will have learned our lessons about
the statin drugs and they will fall out of favor. It is not the first time conventional medicine
has been wrong—just look at the disastrous story of DES which was prescribed to
millions of women in the 1950’s.
(1) Clinical Nutrition. Nov. 7, 2012.