Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Americans are in Worse Health and Die Younger then Citizens of Other Countries

A new study by the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council compared U.S. health markers and death rates for people of all ages to those of 17 other developed countries. American men ranked last in the study and women were next to the last. Car accidents, gun violence, and drug overdoses were major contributors for those less than 50 y.o. We had more than twice as many homicide deaths related to guns than any other country. Chronic diseases, especially heart disease, were also more prevalent in the U.S. We need a lot more emphasis on prevention, and a greater utilization of safer, more natural medicine. See January 10 issue of New York Times and report from the Institutes of Medicine.

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