STATE OF OUR HEALTH – Sick Children
Our health care delivery system really is a wholesale shambles and our children suffer the most as a result. Rarely do you find physicians promoting natural healing and preventive measures because that’s not where the money is. Our children are the fall-guys and as adults they also reap the harvest of life-long chronic disease. Here are some of the main health statistics to back up this statement
CHILDREN WITH CHRONIC AILMENTS
The number of children with chronic diseases has nearly quadrupled since the time when some parents were children. In the 1960’s 1.8 % of children reported a chronic ailment. In 2004 it was 7.0. In 2006 it was 7.3% so that these statistics seem to keep rising.
CHILDREN WITH DIABETES
One in three children born this century will have diabetes. Diabetes is a life-long debilitating illness that yields more heart disease, blindness and neuropathy – yet diabetes is really preventable and reversible.
CHILDREN WITH CARDIOVASCULAR RISK FACTORS
By the age of 12, 70% will have signs of the hardening of arteries. Between the ages of 5-10, 60% have at least one risk factor associated with cardiovascular disease; 20% have two or more.
CHILDREN OVERWEIGHT OR OBESE
1 in 4 children will be obese or overweight in the past three decades. Nearly 50% of the obese and overweight children will remain so in their adult life. One 1 out of 4 children are on food stamps buying mostly processed, high-sugar junk foods.
CHILDREN WITH CANCER
Cancer is the leading cause of death by disease among children. Incident rates have risen about 25% over the last 30 years.
ADULTS OVERWEIGHT OR OBESE
Two-thirds of all adult Americans are now overweight.
We have twice the asthma rates since the 1980’s. 9% of children have asthma.
ADHD AND LEARNING DISABILITIES
7-8% of school age children are diagnosed with ADHD or attention deficit disorder. Also 8% will have signs of a learning disability. ADHD was not on the radar in the 1960’s. About 2-3% of children are on medications for these conditions.
CHILDREN ON RITALIN
In 1990 the number of children on Ritalin was approximately 900,000 and has in two decades risen to 4-5 million.
One in two men and one in three women will develop cancer in their lifetime.
Otherwise half of Americans have a chronic health problem (asthma and arthritis included) whereby they are taking prescription drugs every week.
100 million Americans have high cholesterol.
There has been a 50% rise in rheumatoid arthritis among women in the past two decades.
MULTIPLE CHRONIC DISEASES
More Americans are being diagnoses with multiple chronic diseases.
MOST ON THE RISE
The main chronic diseases in the US are on the rise, especially Alzheimer’s, diabetes, mental illness and obesity.
CANCER AND CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASES
There has been no real progress in bringing down the death rate from cardiovascular disease or cancer. Since the year 1900 cancer rates have at least tripled.
Our expensive medical system does not focus on low-cost prevention means but rather on expensive, profit-generating medical and drug treatment. The system is really broken and needs to be overhauled. Physicians should be paid in relationship to keeping people healthy not for prolonged sick care. Our children suffer the greatest brunt of this mess. It is hugely tragic. None of this has really been tackled or grabbed by the horns with our currently proposed government healthcare reforms.