The following excerpt from Dr. Mercola’ s latest blog post is alarming (link to the whole article is at the bottom of the page).

50 Signs US Health Care System is Gigantic Scam About to Collapse

A recent article lists 50 signs that the US health care system is a gigantic money making scam that is about to collapse.4 This list includes the following amazing statistics:

  • This year the American people will spend approximately 2.8 trillion dollars on health care, and it is being projected that Americans will spend 4.5 trillion dollars on health care in 2019
  • If the U.S. health care system was a country, it would be the 6th largest economy on the entire planet
  • Approximately 60 percent of all personal bankruptcies in the United States are related to medical bills
  • The U.S. health care industry has spent more than 5 billion dollars on lobbying our politicians in Washington D.C. since 1998
  • The U.S. ambulance industry makes more money each year than the movie industry

Another factor driving this broken health care system is direct-to-consumer drug advertising. According to FiercePharma,5 the pharmaceutical industry spent $2.7 billion on drug ads for TV, magazines, newspapers, radio and billboards over the past 10 years.

“The world’s largest drug company, Pfizer, tops the list, spending 23 percent of that $2.7 billion on some of its best-selling drugs. In fact, as the data show, it is generally a company’s best-selling drugs that get the greatest spends, suggesting that DTC advertising remains very effective.”

Natural is Better, and Less is More

The U.S. health care system has an awful lot of room for improvement. The United States has the highest infant mortality rate among high income countries, and ranks dead last in terms of life expectancy among 17 affluent nations. You could say wanton greed is killing this nation…

If throwing money into the system isn’t the answer, then how can we improve the health of Americans? The answer is simpler than most care to admit. I don’t think anyone in the medical community disagrees with the idea that changing your lifestyle can go a long way toward “fixing” a number of chronic conditions, such as diabetes. As identified by the NIH,6 five life-changing factors that can do this are:

  • Following a healthy diet
  • Maintaining an optimal body weight
  • Engaging in regular physical activity
  • Not smoking
  • Keeping alcohol use to no more than one drink per day for women, and two drinks per day for men

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