Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Why Are Americans Less Healthy?

     These statistics were widely reported recently, but the Mercola article re-posted here is an excellent summary:
  • Despite spending twice the amount per capita on health care, the United States ranks last in health and mortality analysis of 17 developed nations.
  • Americans are near the bottom in nine key areas of health, including low birth weight; injuries and homicides; teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections; HIV and AIDS; drug-related deaths; obesity and diabetes; heart disease; chronic lung disease; and general disability. 
     Yet the mass media claims researchers were unable to uncover any single cause or rally point and called instead for more research!
     Considering the fact that human health tends to be primarily affected by a) nutrition, b) exercise, and c) toxic exposures, do they seriously believe that we can improve public health while ignoring these three basic areas?  It should be obvious that diet and exercise are critical factors here. The National Institutes of Health even states that four of the six leading causes of death in the United States are linked to unhealthy diets.
     While failing to pin-point the source(s) of Americans’ failure to thrive, the answers are not hard to deduce: adhering to the government-sponsored health- and dietary guidance has led Americans astray.
The top two crops grown in the U.S. are corn and soy--GMOs.  High fructose corn syrup and hydrogenated soybean oil are two of the most popular ingredients made from these crops. High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) has repeatedly been shown to be a driving factor behind being overweight and having poor health outcomes. HFCS is pervasive and in many processed food items some individuals would never expect, including so called diet foods and 'enhanced' water products. Even most infant formulas contain the sugar equivalent of one can of Coca-Cola.   
Read the entire article here.

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