America: Land Of The Disease De Jour.

11 Sep

Raise your hand if you have an aliment? Now raise your hand if you have two? Very good, you in the later group also fall in the ‘norm’ of American Society. That is right, most Americans suffer from not one but two chronic health issues. The almost always prevalent combo of diabetes and high blood pressure is the one that is really decimating Americans over the past 10 years. One can argue that neither diabetes or high blood pressure are ‘deadly’ and sure maybe they will not kill you themselves but their side effects will. Plus these days most people dying in America are dying with diabetes they never even knew they had. So yes, if left untreated these diseases do indeed kill you and even if they are ‘treated’ is anything even accomplished?

Half of American adults age 65 or over are riding the double chronic health issue train and 25% of Americans age 45-64 are on the same tracks. That is pretty scary when you think about it. Not to mention, 45 is young, how can you be so disrespectful to your body that by age 45 its in such shock it needs constant medication to function properly? If this was the old school you would all be dead. Think about that. Americans are being kept ‘alive’ by medicine because they don’t eat right. Eating is the most simple, basic, fundamental human task. There were no cars, trains, Ipods or record players when mankind taught themselves how to nourish their bodies yet in 2012 we act like we don’t know? We will allow computers to parallel park our cars, we clone our dogs, we inject toxins into our face to freeze our youth yet we are dying by age 45 from poor eating habits. LA LA LA LA. That’s what I think about THAT. I am so not hearing it.

Hypertension (high blood pressure), heart disease, diabetes, cancer, stroke, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, current asthma and kidney disease are the 9 most common chronic illnesses. Is it any surprise they are all connected? Didn’t think so. Is it any surprise that if you get one there is a great chance that unless you change your diet and lifestyle drastically you will have 2, 3 and 4 very soon? Didn’t think so. We can sit and choose to blame this all on lack of health care or being too busy but the bottom line is, that is all bullshit. Period. Worried about health care? Then get healthy cuz healthy people don’t need to worry about constant health care. And if you are truly too busy then how do the millions of you find the time to vote for the next American Idol or stalk your ex on Facebook?

Sometimes the truth hurts. Or in this case, the truth kills.

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