Based on findings presented in a report titled U.S. Health in International Perspectives: Shorter Lives, Poorer Health, Americans have a higher chance of dying from all causes than people living in 16 other developed nations. Further, the United States ranked 2nd to last when focusing just on deaths from noncommunicable disease, which includes ailments like diabetes mellitus, endocrine disorders, cardiovascular diseases, respiratory diseases, and digestive diseases, to name a few.
America is Lagging Behind as the Sick Nation
Despite spending more on healthcare than any other nation, America is being outranked by every other compared nation when it comes to health.
The report shows how The U.S. ranks in the following four categories:
- Deaths from All Causes – U.S. is ranked last.
- Deaths from Noncommunicable Disease – U.S. is ranked 2nd to last.
- Deaths from Injuries – U.S. is ranked 2nd to last.
- Deaths from Communicable, Maternal, Perinatal, Nutritional Conditions – U.S. is ranked 4th to last. (One problem with this category is the inclusion of nutritional deficiencies; any nutritional deficiency can help lead to illness and diseases that help lead to death).
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And this isn’t the first report to come up with these findings. In June, 2011, researchers from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington and Imperial College London found that 80% of U.S. counties have dipped below the average life expectancy of the top 10 nations globally.
The authors wrote:
“When compared to the international frontier for life expectancy, US counties range from being 16 calendar years ahead to more than 50 behind for women. For men the range is from 15 calendar years ahead to more than 50 calendar years behind. This means that some counties have a life expectancy today that nations with the best health outcomes had in 1957.”
Additionally, a 2011 report found that even while life expectancy of American’s is rising (even if that means being hooked up to a hospital bed for the last years of one’s life), the U.S. is still rank 50.
Why is the U.S. so behind on health? The chair of the panel that wrote the first report mentioned, Steven H. Woolf, a professor of family medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, said:
“We were struck by the gravity of these findings. Americans are dying and suffering at rates that we know are unnecessary because people in other high-income countries are living longer lives and enjoying better health. What concerns our panel is why, for decades, we have been slipping behind.”
While Woolf and others don’t seem to know why Americans are sick, the answers are a bit obvious to some of us.
Why Americans are so Sick and Die Sooner
The answer as to why Americans are so sick could easily fill up an entire book, but it really boils down to a few basic truths. Here are just a few things ruining the health of the nation.
Consuming Garbage Food, Not Healthful Foods and Beverages
How do some fruits and veggies sound? If you’re anything like the majority of Americans, you’ll choose a McDonald’s burger over an apple any day. Fast food, along with processed foods and prepackaged foods, make up a great deal of the average American’s diet. These foods are full of harmful and questionable ingredients that provide no real nutritional value. To make matters worse, the meat is often derived from injected animals fed antibiotics and genetically modified grain while the fruit are drenched in pesticides and are often genetically modified.
Additionally, the average person is consuming 300% more sugar daily than recommended. This over-consumption is fueling illness and diseases like gout, blood pressure, kidney damage, diabetes, inflammation-related issues, obesity, heart disease, and much more.
The facts are, 2/3 of Americans are overweight with 1/3 being obese, almost 1/10 have diabetes, and 79 million adults have prediabetes. Unfortunately, these figures aren’t improving.
Exercising Very Little or Not at All
The statistics given above are fueled not only by a poor diet, but by inactivity as well. Actually, sitting too much in of itself has been shown to strike 92,00 individuals each year with avoidable cancer. An inactive lifestyle—not achieving 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week—is a major contributor to major diseases like heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, and breast and colon cancer. One study in The Lancet even goes on to say that physical activity is the fourth leading cause of death worldwide.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), about 31 percent of adults aged 15+ were inactive in 2008, with 28 percent of that figure being men and 34 percent being women. The WHO also states that inactivity is tied to 3.2 million deaths each year. However, if the link was more appropriately tied in with all illness and disease, that number would likely be much higher.
Being Exposed to an Incredible Amount of Health-Compromising Toxins
Toxins are everywhere, from within the air we breath to the water we drink. And unless you’re incorporating various methods and habits for detoxing your body regularly, these toxins are building up and wreaking havoc on your health and overall well-being. According to Dr. Edward Group III, DC, ND, the average person is taking in way more toxins than able to be expelled. Some of these toxins are:
- Mold and mildew
- Paint fumes
- Pet dander
- and much more
It is absolutely essential to detox and cleanse your body to rid yourself of these toxins – as they are one of the primary factors in the cause of illness.
In addition, Americans are also:
- Dealing with massive amounts of stress, which is a critical factor in overall health.
- Receiving up to 30 health-compromising vaccines before the age of 6
- Turning to pharmaceuticals more than any other nation
America may be the sick man of rich nations, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Continue to seek truth and engage in natural healing and physical activity. Teach children along with your friends and family of the importance of living a healthy lifestyle. Much of the illness we see today is self-perpetuated, and that means you have the power to turn it around.
The National Academies Press