I think it’s safe to say that everyone wants to be healthy and feel good! Right? Sometimes it takes willpower and even courage to climb out from under the rock we’ve been hiding under for so long. However, it only takes one step…then one foot in front of the other….Pretty soon, we find ourselves in positive and healthy places we could never imagine. Listening to our bodies and taking the time to interpret the messages, whether they’re whispers or shouts, will inevitably lead us to the place that’s right for each of us and our body, our pocket book, our family, our country, and our planet will thank us for it.
Getting healthy means a lot in this country especially since our health care costs per capita exceed that of any other country in the world and yet the status of our health does not come close to show for it. In fact, the U.S. spends more than twice as much on health per capita than countries like England and France who are comparable high income countries (Zuckerman, 2013). In fact, 7 out of 10 Americans are taking at least one prescription drug (Mayo Clinic, 2013). The top four drugs in this country are antibiotics, antidepressants, painkiller opioids (e.g., vicodin), and statins (cholesterol lowering drug) (Mayo Clinic, 2013). Note that the top drug is an antidepressant. Please take a look at my blog article The Importance of Nutrition for a Healthy Brain for more information on how consuming animal products can induce mental disorders. Also, cholesterol lowering drugs are in the top four. Please take a mount to read my blog article Putting Control Back Into Home is Where Your Heart is concerning how animal products greatly put people at risk for high cholesterol and heart disease.
It appears that Americans are caught up in the pharmaceutical web because we are truly sick. When we are sick, we go to the doctor for guidance and according to the statistics, we walk out of the doctor’s office with an antibiotic, antidepressant, painkiller, and/or statin because our bodies are highly inflamed with compromised immune systems. Sometimes drugs are needed to survive. However, many times drugs are used as a crutch for poor nutrition (especially high intake of animal and processed foods). We must come to understand that doctors go to medical school to study medicine and not healthy lifestyles. So let’s take charge of our health and nutrition because we are the only ones who will! Let’s stand up on our own two feet instead of relying on a crutch that a doctor of medicine are trained and eager to provide for which are drugs to treat disease. Let’s get our bodies healthy through sustainable and inexpensive plant-based whole foods nutrition so that we won’t have to go to the doctor as a result of illness.
Don’t be afraid to reach out to resources such as my website and people like me for support and information on how to start and maintain a healthy lifestyle and thrive through plant-based whole foods. PCRM is also an excellent resource for information and their Starter Kit is a great tool to get you on your feat!
Mayo Clinic (2013, June 19). Nearly 7 in 10 Americans Take Prescription Drugs, Mayo Clinic, Olmsted Medical Center Find. Retrieved from http://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/discussion/nearly-7-in-10-americans-take-prescription-drugs-mayo-clinic-olmsted-medical-center-find
Zuckerman, M. B. (2013, October 22). The high costs of staying well. U.S. News. Retrieved from: http://www.usnews.com/opinion/mzuckerman/articles/2013/10/22/why-health-care-costs-so-much-and-how-to-fix-it