America’s Top Ten Health Problems
America’s Top Ten
(Healingtalks) The top ten health problems in America vary slightly between men and women. Men and women both need to be concerned, however, about the health problems that are common to both of them.
For both men and women, heart disease kills the largest number of Americans per year. According to the American Heart Association, heart disease, which causes heart attacks and strokes, kills more people than all forms of cancer combined. Quit smoking and eat a diet low in fat and sodium to cut your risk. That’s the official or conventional advice. Actually much deeper lifestyle and diet changes are needed.
Lung cancer is the cancer responsible for the most deaths in both men and women. Women are also affected greatly by breast and colorectal cancers. Reduce your risk of cancers by not smoking, exercising, doing regular detoxes (fasting, saunas, diet cleanses) and eating a truly healthy diet.
Stroke is the number three cause of death in women, and the number four cause of death in men. Lifestyle changes that can reduce your risk of stroke, which again include quitting smoking, losing excess weight, exercising and eating a non-SAD or Standard American Diet of processed with mostly animal based fats and proteins.
Respiratory diseases such as bronchitis and emphysema belong to a class of diseases called COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute recommends quitting smoking to prevent COPD, as it is the largest risk factor.
The leading cause of fatal injuries in both men and women is motor vehicle accidents rivaled only by iatrogenic causes – chemical drug complications, overdoses, and other hospital and doctor-induced deaths. Thus avoiding conventional medicine (exposure to drugs, surgery and radiation, except in emergencies and treating mechanical ills, is an essential longevity and survival strategy in our medically corrupt times.
Type 2 diabetes can cause kidney damage, heart disease and blindness. It is also a leading cause of death in both men and women. Lose extra weight, exercise and eat a healthy diet to prevent diabetes.
Alzheimer’s disease is the fifth-leading cause of death in women, and the tenth in men. Doctors do not know exactly what causes Alzheimer’s disease, but there may be a link between this disease and heart disease, as well as head injuries.
Influenza and Pneumonia
Most healthy people can fight off a simple case of influenza, but in some people, it may cause complications such as pneumonia, which are potentially fatal. Wash your hands frequently and get a flu vaccine each year as recommended by your doctor.
Kidney disease is the ninth-leading cause of death for both male and female Americans. It can be caused by high blood pressure or diabetes. It is important to keep your blood sugar under control if you are a diabetic in order to prevent kidney disease.
Septicemia, or blood poisoning is the tenth-leading cause of death among women. It is usually a complication of a bacterial infection such as a lung or urinary tract infection. The best ways to prevent septicemia are to wash your hands often, seek medical care for any infections in the body and to change tampons often and avoid using tampons that are more absorbent than you need.