-Modern medicine’s definition of health care is treating diseases with pills and drugs, many of which cause health problems that result in prescriptions for more medications to offset the side effects from the first ones.
-Most chronic diseases, including cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and obesity, are largely preventable with simple lifestyle changes.
-Consumers are starting to make an impact on how health care providers, from doctors to hospitals, address health care issues, and that’s good news. It’s not too late to make positive changes in your own life now, so you can avoid these hazardous “treatments.”
With all its designer drugs and state-of-the-art machinery, you’d think modern medicine is the perfect fix for providing patient-focused care.
You might also expect that Americans would be the healthiest people on Earth, seeing that the U.S. is the epicenter of all this technology, and especially since we spend more on health care than any other country in the world.
Yet, every year in the U.S., seven out of 10 deaths are due to preventable chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, arthritis, stroke, and obesity.
How can that be?
How is it that we’re not just chronically ill, but also lagging behind most industrialized nations in life expectancy?
The answer lies in how we approach health care: like it or not, the real focus of modern medicine is on selling disease and making money, not making you well.
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