Are Americans Being Drugged?
As a physician there is one fact that I can’t seem to understand: America makes up 4.44% of the World population, we consume 80% of all the pharmaceuticals produced in the world, making us the most overmedicated society, and yet we remain one of the unhealthiest nations.
According to a study conducted by the Mayo Clinic, nearly 70 percent of all Americans are on at least one prescription drug. An astounding 20 percent of all Americans are on at least five prescription drugs.
The following 19 facts about drug use, legal and illegal, in the US is mind-blowing!
19 Statistics About The Drugging Of America That Are Almost Too Crazy To Believe.
We have become a society that has a pill for everything. 70 million Americans are currently take mind-altering drugs. Overdose from properly prescribed medicine has now surpassed cocaine and heroin overdoses combined.
Don’t believe me? Even the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine has estimated 450,000 preventable medication-related adverse events occur in the U.S. every year. Adverse drug reactions cause injuries or death in one of five hospital patients. And according to the National Institute of Drug Abuse and The Dawn Report, in 2009 there were nearly 4.6 million drug-related visits to U.S. emergency rooms nationwide, with more than half due to adverse reactions to prescription medications – most of which were being taken exactly as prescribed.
So what can you do to avoid becoming a statistic?
- Get Your Nervous System Checked.
It controls the function of your body right down to the cellular level. There is no getting around that fact! If you are subluxated, you cannot perform at 100% efficiency.
- Eat a Healthy Diet!
Make sure you diet has whole, unprocessed foods (vegetables, meats, raw dairy, nuts, etc) that come from healthy, local sources like organic farms. Generally speaking, you should be looking to focus your diet on whole, unprocessed foods (vegetables, meats, raw dairy, nuts, and so forth) that come from healthy, sustainable, local sources, such as a small organic farm not far from your home.
- Get Plenty of Exercise
A weight training/resistance exercise program using functional movements coupled with interval training is best. I personally recommend the Two Days to Fitness program as a great way get into and stay in shape.
- Stress Reduction and Positive Thinking
Studies show that emotions are a very important part to your well being and health. In the 1998 paper titled Psychological Influences on Surgical Recovery, the emotion of bitterness was shown to be linked to certain forms of cancers and PMS.
- Take High-Quality Animal-Based Omega-3 Fats
Animal-based omega-3 fat is a strong factor in helping people live longer, and many experts believe that it is likely the predominant reason why the Japanese are the longest-lived race on the planet.
- Avoid as Many Chemicals, Toxins, and Pollutants as Possible
Previously this month I posted an article on how to detox your body of plasticizers, but there are many, many more environmental toxins out there. Scorecard is a great site to assess your community’s exposure to environmental pollutants.