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The Surprising Reason Americans Are Far Less Healthy Than Others in Developed Nations


Health & Wellness  (tags: America, life expectancy, healthcare, stress )

Freya
- 239 days ago - alternet.org
Americans are losing ground globally "by every" health measure, and it's not why you might think.



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Terry V. (30)
Friday August 23, 2013, 7:05 pm
We have become human "doings" not "beings"
 

Dale O. (177)
Friday August 23, 2013, 8:21 pm
Interesting. Stress is certainly an ongoing problem but different societies sometimes deal with it in other ways.
I am amazed how much the American health care system costs, similar operations and other health care services are delivered at a far lower cost in my country and other western nations with universal health care.
 

Zee Kallah (39)
Friday August 23, 2013, 11:16 pm
Me, I'm in almost.perfect health. My doctor, when I got my yearly exam, said, "I don't mess with perfect."
I'm 70.

Five years ago I was dying -- diabetes, much pain - heart problems - teeth - eyes. The body was falling apart. The doctor got mad at me because I kept coming back. I was in so much pain and he couldn't make it ease. That was the best thing that could have happened to me, I was sick, physically, mentally and spiritually. Doctor's could not help me.

I decided if I got healed spiritually, the rest would follow. I got right with Creator and got out of my gay life style. I got off all the meds I had been on with the help of natural health experts. My mind healed according to three psychs. My teeth healed according to xrays before and after. The pain was GONE!!! I got a promotion and a raise at work. I got out of debt.

I'm one happy devotee of Creator.

My way almost killed me.

Creator gives me life.

I am grateful.
 

Mike M. (53)
Saturday August 24, 2013, 4:58 am
The corporations and the news media have marketed this lifestyle to us and we have taken it on and that marketing pays them big and kills us.
 

Shanti S. (0)
Saturday August 24, 2013, 5:53 am
Thank you.
 

Patricia H. (470)
Saturday August 24, 2013, 5:56 am
noted
 

Betty Kelly (1)
Saturday August 24, 2013, 12:34 pm
The Greed of the 2% is killing us all & destroying our nation.
 

monka blanke (74)
Saturday August 24, 2013, 2:36 pm
America is big in artificial / capitalism and that gives stress and other healthproblems. I'm glad to live in Europe, where life and healthservice still counts.
 

Muriel Servaege (37)
Saturday August 24, 2013, 2:51 pm
I don't find that "reason" surprising! I also live in Europe but after years of harassment on my place of work, I have finally caught multiple sclerosis. So I'm convinced permanent stress is the worst of things.
 

Birgit W. (135)
Saturday August 24, 2013, 5:21 pm
It seems to me that corporations are using our media to brainwash us all. They start with our little kids, and tell them what they should ask their moms to buy for them, what clothes to wear, how they should look, etc. Even in schools, kids are able to buy themselves all kind of junk food.
Unfortunately most of us seem just to go along with it. America wake up, and go back to the old-fashioned basic way of living.
 

Mary Donnelly (44)
Saturday August 24, 2013, 5:29 pm
Great post--thanks.
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday August 25, 2013, 6:56 am
Drugs, alcohol, poor diet! There are other ways to cope with stress.
 

Anne P. (234)
Sunday August 25, 2013, 10:27 am
I am really sad at how screwed up America has become.
 

Nancy Anderson (20)
Sunday August 25, 2013, 10:35 am
Noted and thanks for the info.
 

Theresa R. (3)
Sunday August 25, 2013, 12:00 pm
Thanks and noted.
 

Marija Mohoric (50)
Sunday August 25, 2013, 1:29 pm
Noted, tks
 

John S. (294)
Monday August 26, 2013, 3:29 am
Has anyone actually read the article, the answer is inequality (personally I disagree, but that is what the article wants us to believe).
 

Deborah W. (6)
Monday August 26, 2013, 8:56 am
Too dam many free choices, uneducated and quick-fixed, because we can.

To be continuallly pushed further and faster is not progress, nor does it hold up in the long term. As the old group peels off due to the stress of the "new norm" into the healthcare system, the new kids will step in to fill their spots, each generation sinking further toward the inevitable end.

As always, we are our own worst enemy ... no thought until a situation presents in-you-face call to attention. How dumb is that?

 

Lona Goudswaard (61)
Monday August 26, 2013, 9:01 am
Stress may be indeed harmful to the immune system, but I think the poor quality of food may be another. Where in the world is so much corn syrup, antibiotics, chemical colouring, preservatives and GMO to name a few things, a normal ingredient in food? The combination of both stress and these ingredients may wreck havoc on the nations health.
 

Melania Padilla (165)
Monday August 26, 2013, 9:17 am
Consumerism makes you sick!
 

Kathleen R. (130)
Monday August 26, 2013, 10:39 am
noted & read
 

Danuta Watola (1159)
Monday August 26, 2013, 12:01 pm
Noted
 

Winn Adams (178)
Tuesday August 27, 2013, 6:54 am
noted
 

Patricia R. (12)
Saturday August 31, 2013, 8:42 am
Thanx!
 

Sergio Padilla (62)
Monday September 2, 2013, 5:53 pm
Thanks
 
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