Friday, November 29, 2013

America Has Higher Rate of “Death from All Causes” than 16 Other Developed Nations

 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 Very 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 DiseaseU.S. is ranked 2nd to last.
  • Deaths from InjuriesU.S. is ranked 2nd to last.
  • Deaths from Communicable, Maternal, Perinatal, Nutritional ConditionsU.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).
Check out the integrative chart here for more in-depth reports:
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:

  • Smoke
  • Dust
  • Mold and mildew
  • Arsenic
  • Fluoride
  • Chlorine
  • Pesticides
  • Soy
  • MSG
  • Parasites
  • Paint fumes
  • Pet dander
  • Alcohol
  • Aluminum
  • 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.

  • 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.

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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Bananas - After Reading This, You’ll Never Look at a Banana in the Same Way Again

After Reading This, You’ll Never Look at a Banana in the Same Way Again
Posted: 15 Nov 2013 08:14 AM PST
This is interesting.  Bananas contain three natural sugars – sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber. A banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy. Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world’s leading athletes. But energy isn’t the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.
According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier. PMS: Forget the pills – eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.
High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.
This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it perfect to beat blood pressure So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit’s ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.
                                                                                    BRAIN POWER
200 students at a Twickenham school ( England ) were helped through their exams this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.
High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.
One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey. The banana calms the stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system.
Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.
Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.
Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.
Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system.. Overweight and at work? Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found pressure at work leads to gorging on comfort food like chocolate and chips. Looking at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers found the most obese were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs. The report concluded that, to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood sugar levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods every two hours to keep levels steady.
The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chronicler cases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.
Many other cultures see bananas as a ‘cooling’ fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand , for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature. So, a banana really is a natural remedy for many ills. When you compare it to an apple, it has FOUR TIMES the protein, TWICE the carbohydrate, THREE TIMES the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other vitamins and minerals.. It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods around So maybe its time to change that well-known phrase so that we say, ‘A BANANA a day keeps the doctor away!’