History has taught us that when a business concept exhibits the potential for growth, industries grow like a virus to exploit the opportunity. The
Consider that heart disease is the number one killer in the U.S., claiming approximately 700,000 lives each year. According to the Centers for Disease Control, this represents 29 percent of all deaths. Now consider that two of the main risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease are high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Although both conditions can be mitigated largely with improved eating habits, physical activity and other lifestyle changes, millions of people are diagnosed with these two diseases every year. They are given prescription drugs instead of taking preventive measures.
The 2007 estimates of direct and indirect costs associated with cardiovascular disease are $431.8 billion and $66.4 billion for high blood pressure. Drugs designed to reduce cholesterol and triglycerides are the top therapeutic class of drugs with $32.3 billion in sales.
The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) has an interesting way of dealing with our modern-day
The truth is that obesity is not a disease at all. We didn’t catch obesity; we developed it bite by bite, pound by pound. Big Pharma wants you to believe the mantra of “Better living through chemistry.” I’m not buying it and neither should you. Yes, there are drugs that are important and many that save lives (especially in emergency situations), but the truth is that we have become a nation of prescription addicts who look to drugs as the first line of defense for whatever ails us. The solution we find is in the cure-all prescription pads that provide us with toxic, synthetic chemicals that only trick the body and treat the symptoms, while the true cause of our failing
When was the last time you walked out of your doctor’s office without that little piece of white paper? How quickly did you drop it off at your local drugstore? Unfortunately, the problem with our failing
Beyond the obvious lack of preventive measures to fend off deadly, life-threatening diseases, there are many forms of addiction that contribute to unhealthy lifestyles and lead us down the path toward poor
Then there are those who like to unwind at the end of each day with a few drinks. No one is trying to bring back prohibition, but could you give up your happy hour for a month? Do the math. An average alcoholic drink has about 125 calories. That means just two drinks per day equals more than 7,000 calories per month. It only takes 3,500 excess calories to pack on one pound of fat, not to mention the fact that when consuming a few drinks before a meal you are eating under the influence. It’s always easier to say yes to seconds or that chocolate mousse with a little help from an increased blood alcohol level.
It’s the little addictions like these that sneak up on us. Okay, so you can’t live without the brew. Instead you decide to at least cut back on those dreaded calories by purchasing low-calorie, sugar-free, fat-free packaged foods to make sure you don’t get fat. But just as these products have increased in mainstream America over the past few decades, so too have our waistlines. We have been tricked into thinking that we can eat more and weigh less. It doesn’t work that way. If you want to weigh less, you have to eat less and move more. Weight gain or loss is a simple formula of calories consumed versus calories burned.
Another huge issue that affects our
Our bodies operates using eleven complicated systems that are designed to work together to create a state of homeostasis in our ever-changing environment. there are literally trillions of natural chemical reactions that take place in our body in order for it to operate optimally. When we introduce synthetic chemicals into the mix, they disrupt the body’s natural function on a cellular level.
The effects of toxic exposure may not be recognized immediately, but over time they eat away at our
Source by Craig Pepin Donat