Statistics: The United States of Disease

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Chances of winning the Megamillions jackpot: 1 in 258,890,850
Chances of getting Cancer in the U.S.: 1 in 2 men; 1 in 3 women

Cancer is the number two cause of death in the US close behind Heart Disease. Half of all men and one-third of all women in the US will develop cancer during their lifetimes. The median age of diagnosis is 66 years old. 1 in 6 men will get Prostate Cancer; 1 in 8 women will get Breast Cancer. Cancer is not genetic as some want us to believe; it’s caused directly by what we’re eating, drinking and smoking.  Cancer is preventable and curable with an anti-inflammatory diet.

Heart disease is the number one cause of death for both men and women in the United States, claiming approximately 1 million lives annuallyHeart disease is also preventable and curable with a healthy plant-based diet. Every 33 seconds someone in the United States dies from cardiovascular disease which is roughly the equivalent of a September 11th-like tragedy repeating itself every 24 hours, 365 days a year. This year more than 920,000 Americans will have a heart attack; nearly half of them will occur without prior symptoms or warning signs. 42% of women who have heart attacks die within 1 year, compared to 24% of men. Each year, six times more women will die of heart disease than breast cancer.

More than 133 million Americans—nearly 1 in 2 adults—live with at least one chronic illness according to the CDC. There were 71,407,971 hospital admissions in the U.S. in 2011. That means about 1 in 4.5 Americans was in the hospital in 2011. (The total U.S. Population in 2012 was 313.9 million.)

Chronic Disease by the numbers:

– Heart Disease = 80 million Americans have one or more types of heart disease (about 1 in 4 people). Heart disease is caused by consuming meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, oil, caffeine, sugar, tobacco, and alcohol.
Mental Illness = 60 million; over 25% of the population, or 1 in 4 adults. (Mental disorders and brain cancers are caused by inflammation in the brain from inflammatory foods and beverages.)
– Stroke = 795,000 Americans stricken per year
– Autoimmune disease = 50 million (1 in 6 Americans has an Autoimmune disease)
– Diabetes = 26 million
– Pre-diabetes = 79 million
– Cancer = 13-14 million living with cancer. For 2015, the number of new cancer cases is 1,658,370.
– Smokers = 45.3 million (50% of smokers will die from a smoking related disease which includes heart disease, cancer and COPD) On average, adults who smoke cigarettes die 14 years earlier than nonsmokers.
– COPD = 24 million
– Obesity = 36% of the population is obese (more than 1 in 3 Americans)
– Overweight = 34% (more than 1 in 3 Americans)
– Angina (chest pain) = 9 million (Angina is caused by reduced blood flow to the heart muscle which occurs when the coronary arteries become blocked with a build-up of plaque.)
– Arthritis = affects more than 50 million Americans
– Psoriatic Arthritis = 7.5 million
– Liver Disease = 30 million
– Alzheimer’s Disease = 5.4 million Americans are living with dementia
– Asthma – 25 million (about 1 in 12 people)
– Hearing impairment = 28 million
– Tinnitus = 12 million
– Epilepsy = 3 million
– Herpes = 20% of population
– Hepatitis C = 5.4 million
– Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) = 45 million
– Constipation = About 20% of the population (Constipation is caused by eating foods that your body isn’t meant to digest; switch to veggies, fruits, beans and plenty of water and your problems will be solved.)
– Urinary incontinence = 15 million (85% are women)
– Kidney dialysis = 600,000 people
– Autism = 2% of the population
– Paralysis = 5.6 million
– Parkinson’s Disease = 1 million
Blindness = 1 million
– HIV/AIDS = 1.2 million
– Alcoholics – 18 million
– Illegal drug users – 20.4 million
– Americans Collecting Disability 8,786,049 in 2012
…and many more that aren’t listed here.

Total cost of disease in America = $2.9 Trillion per year and rising!  If we don’t turn things around, by 2040, 100% of the U.S. budget will be needed for health care.

It’s up to individuals to take control of their health by eating a whole foods, plant-based diet and avoiding meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy, processed foods, caffeine, alcohol and tobacco.

– Heart Disease = $450 billion
– Diabetes = $245 billion
– Cancer = $220 billion
– Smokers = $190 billion
– Alzheimer’s Disease = $200 billion
– Autoimmune Disease = $100+ billion
– Autism = $35 billion
– Asthma = $56 billion
…and many more that aren’t listed here.

According to Mayo Clinic researchers, 70% of Americans are on prescription drugs, while 20% are taking five or more medications. Click here to read the article from CBS News.  There are 24,000 prescription and OTC medications registered in the U.S.

Doctors and drug companies only have an interest in ‘diagnosing and treating’ diseases. They are in the disease business, not the health business. They have absolutely no interest in finding cures that will put them out of business, not to mention that drugs and procedures can never be the cure to disease. The problem with taking pharmaceutical drugs is that they merely mask symptoms and don’t address the root problem which is caused by what we eat and drink (and/or smoke).  Pharmaceutical drugs change the way our bodies naturally work therefore causing serious side effects and only prolonging degenerative diseases and a poor quality of life.

Top 25 Best-Selling Drugs of 2012:

Humira = $9.265 billion – Treats rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis
Remicade = $8.215 billion – for Crohn’s Disease and rheumatoid arthritis
Enbrel = $7.963 billion – for moderate to severe plaque psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis
Advair = $7.904 billion – for Asthma
Rituxan = $7.285 billion – Cancer drug for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
Lantus = $6.648 billion – insulin for Type 2 Diabetes
Herceptin = $6.397 billion – for breast cancer
Crestor = $6.253 billion – cholesterol medication
Avastin = $6.260 billion – Cancer drug
Abilify = $5.603 billion – for Depression
Plavix = $5.318 billion – used to prevent blood clots after a recent heart attack or stroke
Cymbalta = $4.994 billion for Depression
Neulasta = $4.092 billion – for Neutropenia caused by cancer chemotherapy
Lyrica = $4.158 billion – Fibromyalgia, diabetic nerve pain
Januvia = $4.086 billion – type 2 diabetes medication
Lipitor = $3.948 billion – LDL cholesterol and triglyceride reduction
Nexium (the purple pill) = $3.944 billion – heartburn relief for acid reflux disease
Singulair = $4.450 billion – for Asthma
Copaxone = $3.332 billion – treats multiple sclerosis
Atripla = $2.766 billion – for HIV
Symbicort = $3.194 billion – for Asthma, COPD, including chronic bronchitis and emphysema
OxyContin = $2.695 billion – narcotic drug for Pain
Spiriva = $2.693 billion – for COPD
Truvada = $2,206 billion – antiretroviral drug used for the treatment of HIV

All these diseases are caused by inflammation and are completely preventable and curable by eating an anti-inflammatory diet of plant foods: organic greens, vegetables, potatoes, herbs, spices, beans/legumes, fruits and gluten-free, non-GMO whole grains such as brown rice and whole oats, plus clean water.

Tips for staying well:

Avoid animal protein which causes most of our cancers, plus diabetes and heart disease. If you don’t want to avoid animal protein completely, keep it below 5% of your diet.  Above this amount is a big risk for cancer.  Ideally, protein should compose about 10% of your diet and should come from plant foods, not animal foods.

Stay away from the Top 8 allergens listed by the FDA: Milk, eggs, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat and GMO soybeans. Non-GMO soy products are fine.

Don’t believe the claims that red wine, coffee, chocolate, salmon, yogurt, and olive oil are good for you — all of these substances are inflammatory and cause chronic illness.

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