In a 2013 article published in The Atlantic, the U.S. was ranked dead last among 17 developed nations that were rated with regards to overall health. The report stated that among those countries, Americans had:
• The highest chance that a child will die before age 5
• The second-highest rate of death by coronary heart disease
• The second-highest rate of death by lung disease
Now combine those sobering statistics with a 2012 report from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development that determined that Americans spend a whopping $8.233 per person on health care, or two-and-a-half times the global average. Representing 17.6% of GDP in 2010, US health spending is one-and-a-half times as much as in any other country.
It should be apparent that addressing America’s current health crisis with more money is not the solution to the problem that the country faces today. If allocating money were the answer, you would think that America would be rated near the top of the list with regards to health.
HOW DID AMERICA GET TO WHERE IT IS TODAY?
I would begin to address that question by asserting that there are dozens of interrelated factors why the health of millions of Americans are below par. As a starting point, I feel that it’s important to go back in time to a major development and discovery of the 19th century: the successful synthesis and marketing of acetylsalicylic acid – the pain-relieving drug that would become known worldwide as aspirin.
Salicylic acid is the active component of the willow extract, which has been used since antiquity to control fevers. During the 19th century, European pharmacists and chemists such as Charles Frederic Gerhardt began to use their labs and expertise to produce a synthetic form of salicylic acid that would mimic the health benefits provided by the natural plant.
In Germany, Bayer’s team of scientists picked up on the concept and came up with their improved version of acetylsalicylic acid that the company would later begin to market aggressively in 1899 under its brand name of Aspirin. As a result of the confiscation of some of Bayer’s assets during World War I, the company lost its aspirin trademark status in the United States, the United Kingdom, and France.
Despite losing part of its aspirin trademark, Bayer, nevertheless, survived intact to become the major transnational drug firm that it is today – some 151 years after its founding in 1863. In 2012, the Bayer Group reported global sales of 39.76 billion euros, an increase of 8.8% from the prior year. In fact, if you study the financial reports of other drug manufacturers like Pfizer, Merck & Co., GlaxoSmithKline, Novartis, Johnson & Johnson, and Sanofi, you will quickly draw the conclusion that these firms are profiting quite handsomely from their products.
If I could choose a single individual who was instrumental in helping the drug companies promote their products to the American populace it would have to be Sigmund Freud’s nephew, Edward Bernays (1891-1995), whom many consider to be the father of public relations. The persuasive influence of Madison Avenue advertising has been evident in American society and culture since the 1920s.
As noted in a bulletin published by the World Health Organization, direct-to-consumer advertising of drugs is banned in all but two countries: New Zealand and the United States. Moreover, prescription drugs – not food choices, lifestyle changes, or traditional medicines – represent the bulk of the healing solutions taught in most medical schools.
WHAT’S THE SOLUTION?
These are certainly many other reasons why Americans aren’t overly healthy as a group, particularly if they happen to live in or near a large city. It is extremely difficult, if not impossible, to avoid direct contact with a known poison in either the air we breathe, the food we eat, or the water we drink. When you factor in other sources like topical lotions and kitchen cleansers, petrochemical vapors, radiation from nuclear power plants, and vaccines, it’s not surprising that so many Americans are living with compromised immune systems, even when they exercise regularly and follow what they believe to be a healthy dietary regimen.
The average adult human body contains between 50-65% water. How pure is the water that you drink? Do you consume sufficient amounts of water on a daily basis? At a minimum, most people should drink at least 6-8 glasses of water a day.
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by Shelley M. White
May 7, 2013
New Health Rankings: Of 17 Nations, U.S. Is Dead Last
The Atlantic | Jan. 10, 2013
Health Costs: How the U.S. Compares With Other Countries
PBS Newshour | Oct. 22, 2012
How Long Can a Person Survive Without Water? (3 days)
Corey Binns | Live Science
Nov. 30, 2012
How Much of Your Body Is Water?
Direct-to-consumer advertising under fire
Bulletin of the World Health Organization
History of aspirin
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