Though there have been numerous studies done in the past ten years rating the healthiest countries in the world, and we have done poorly in ALL of them, I am going to focus on just two of these studies.
“Let's face it, in America today we don't have a Healthcare System, we have a Sick Care System.”-Tom Harkin
In a comparison done between 13 nations in the 1998 Oxford University Press, the United States showed glaring weaknesses in its health care system. Of the 13 nations in the study the US ranked:
13th (last) for low-birth-weight percentages
13th for neonatal mortality and infant mortality overall
11th for post-neonatal mortality
13th for years of potential life lost (excluding external causes)
11th for life expectancy at 1 year for females, 12th for males
10th for age-adjusted mortality
Other interesting facts that came out of the report were:
12,000 deaths/year from unnecessary surgery
7000 deaths/year from medication errors in hospitals
20,000 deaths/year from other errors in hospitals
80,000 deaths/year from Nosocomial Infections in hospitals
106,000 deaths/year from non-error, adverse effects of medications
Also, the World Health Organization ranked the United States 24th in life expectancy amongst 191 countries. The top ten in life expectancy, listed from top to bottom, are: Japan, Australia, France, Sweden, Italy, Spain, Greece, Switzerland, Monaco, and Andorra (I have seen some studies listing Andorra number one with a life expectancy of over 83 years!).
How can you be anything but greatly disturbed by these alarming numbers?
So if REAL Health Care is Prevention, how do YOU attain this lofty, but highly attainable goal?
What are the basic components of a preventative Healthcare program that will glean Optimal Wellness Results for YOU?
Here are the basic CONCEPTS behind the lifestyle changes that will get you well and keep you well!
First of all, you have to believe like “The Father of Medicine” Hippocrates did, that we all have the innate ability to heal ourselves!