The declining health of seniors

Inevitably in any discussion about the American medical system, one or more wags will chime in with the trope that American healthcare is the best in the world.

That belief – which holds despite the monstrosity that is the Obamacare sickness care system — is largely based on propaganda, like this article from Business Insider, “10 reasons  why the US healthcare system is the envy of the world.”

If you read the article you will see that it is supercilious nonsense. Among the 10 reasons cited as positives are the fact that 56 percent of Americans are on statins as opposed to 17-36 percent of Europeans; that American kids are more likely to be prescribed psychotropic drugs than kids from other countries, and that more than 60 percent of prescribed psychotropic drugs in America went to “the newest generation”; that American women are more likely to be prescribed anti-depressants than people in other countries;  that U.S. physicians are the highest paid in the world; and that rich people have access to a wide range of cancer treatments.

The truth is, the consumption of chemicals does not equal human health. It is the rare person indeed who is chemically deficient. So it only equals healthy profits for the Big Pharma. And while today’s Americans are living longer than their forebears, they are doing so with far less quality of life.

While better sanitation practices have led to a decrease in infectious diseases, man-made diseases have far and away replaced them. Man-made diseases are chronic diseases like heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes that are caused by diet and other environmental factors. According to the World Health Organization, heart disease and stroke are the two biggest global killers, accounting for a combined 15 million of the 54 million worldwide deaths in 2015.

Americans born in the 1960s have more health problems in their 50s than their predecessors had in their 50s, according to a new study by the University of Michigan published in the latest issue of Health Affairs. The study was done to provide information for policy makers looking to change the retirement age for Social Security rather than for health reasons. But it provides us with important information nonetheless.

It grouped older Americans into five birth cohorts based on when they could receive their Social Security benefits: those born 1937 and earlier who could receive full benefits at 65; those born 1938-1942 who could claim sometime after age 65; those born 1943-1954 who could claim benefits at age 66, those born 1955-1959 who can claim full benefits between ages 66-67; and those born 1960-1962 who will have to wait until age 67 for full benefits. The study found:

  • Those born later, who have to wait longer to receive their full Social Security benefits, tended to have higher rates of poor cognition, such as memory and thinking ability, in their 50s than the earlier cohort groups had at a similar age.
  • When people in the latest-born birth cohort was asked at around age 50 to rate their own health, more of them said it was fair or poor — compared with lower percentages in the middle three birth cohorts when they were around 50.
  • The later-born groups had higher percentages of people who had at least one limitation on their ability to perform a basic daily living task by themselves, such as shopping for groceries, taking medications or getting out of bed.
  • There weren’t strong differences between the groups in physical function, such as being able to climb a flight of stairs without resting, lifting 10 pounds, or walking several blocks
  • Stark differences in health between people with different levels of education were seen – echoing what other studies have shown. For instance, 1 in 4 of people who had to wait until age 66 to claim full benefits and had less than 12 years of education reported at least one health-related life limitation when they were in their mid-50s. But among those who had more than 12 years of education and were in the same claiming group (age 66), only about 7 percent had at least one such limitation. Those whose education had stopped at high school graduation were in the middle.

The average American aged 65 or older has two prescriptions filled each month. This turns our seniors into walking zombies, with most taking two or more over-the-counter medications in addition to the 24 prescriptions. Shockingly, 40 percent of all adverse drug reactions occur in the age 65 and over group. And since seniors have less ability to assimilate, the toxic buildup of pharmaceutical drugs becomes deadly and fatal. Slower and deteriorated liver and kidney functions compound the buildup of toxemia. Enough toxemia concludes life on this Earth.

These legal drugs lock you into a vicious cycle of chemical dependency. And they have side effects — side effects that are often worse than the disease for which they were prescribed in the first place. And that is only the beginning.

Down the road there is euthanasia. But for now, we put people under the tender care of the medical establishment. Everybody gets rich except the aging victims killed with drugs, operations and “medical care.”

Does anybody ever find out about it? Nope. Only a few find out who have the capacity to look beneath and discover the perfect — and very profitable — crime.

The legal drug monopoly is riding high on the irresponsibility of Americans to take responsibility for their own health.

That silver bullet everybody expects from drugs is really rusty iron. You would think everybody would be vitally concerned about their health and longevity, but few really are.

To take control of your health, you should work to ditch your prescriptions (but not all at once). Realize that most prescriptions merely mask your symptoms, and you must understand the root cause of them if you are to find a cure. Find an alternative medicine or integrative medicine doctor to help you with that. Getting to the root cause of your illness is a central premise of alternative medicine and traditional Chinese medicine.

Diet is a key component of health, if not the key. Stay out of the central aisles of the grocery store and buy whole foods: organic fresh fruits and vegetables and seafood. Limit your meats — especially red meat — and avoid all those not certified GMO and hormone-antibiotic-free. Go here and here for good starting points.

Every home should have a “Physicians’ Desk Reference,” or you should learn to use PDR.net or to do an online search of medications. And you should look up everything doctors intend for you to take or give to your children.

Don’t depend on the system that has its own best interests — not yours — at heart.

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