U.S. Life Expectancy Declines Again

What Should Be Done?

The November 29, 2018 headline in the Wall Street Journal states, “U.S. Life Expectancy Declines Further.

The article reported that life expectancy for Americans fell for the third year in a row. The writer blamed the fall on the increase in suicides and rise in deaths from opioid drugs. Furthermore, the rise was correlated to an increase in deaths from influenza, pneumonia and diabetes.

Life expectancy is one of the best ways to measure a nation’s prosperity. The writer stated, “The 2017 data paints a dark picture of health and well-being in the {United States}…”

For over 20 years, I have been lecturing and writing about how we are wasting so much of our money on a failed health care system. We currently spend the most on health care—nearly 20% of our GNP. No other country comes close to what the U.S. spends on health care. Presently, the U.S. ranks 29th in life expectancy—below every other major Western country. Why do we spend so much and get so little back? Why do we put up with this failed paradigm year after year?

Perhaps we need more vaccines? That is ludicrous as we are the most vaccinated people in the history of the world. Our children are the most vaccinated in the world. Show me the studies where our children’s health is improved due to more vaccines. U.S. children, compared to other Western children, take more medications, receive more vaccines and have worse health indicators.

Perhaps the decline in life expectancy is due to the opioid crises we are facing. I am sure that is part of the decline. Who is to blame for the opioid crises? The Powers-That-Be in health care are to blame. About 10-15 years ago, I began to receive letters from Big Pharma companies, the American Academy of Family Practice (AAFP) and others that stated opioids are not addictive to someone in pain. These letters encouraged the greater use of opioids to treat pain situations. There were meetings scheduled to teach doctors how to prescribe more opiates.

I read those letters and filed them away quickly. I never believed that opioids weren’t addictive – I could see the addictive properties in my patients who were taking them. Yes, some need opioids. But, encouraging the greater use of opioids was beyond ridiculous to me.

If the mainstream medical organizations like the CDC, AMA, AAFP and others were truly working for the common good, they would have quickly rejected Big Pharma’s notion that doctors need to prescribe more opioids. They did not.

It is not just opioids that are a problem. Americans take far too many ineffective and toxic medications. We take amphetamines like Ritalin at ever-increasing numbers. We medicate our children with these amphetamines and wonder why our children’s health is declining. Antidepressant drugs, which are no better than placebos or exercise, are prescribed in increasing amounts to both children and adults. How does this happen? How do doctors blindly prescribe these toxic medications for long time periods and expect their patients to get better?

Conventional medicine is beyond frustrating. It is broken and in urgent need of repair.

You cannot depend on anyone but yourself when making medical decisions. You must educate yourself about the risks and benefits of every prescribed medical intervention. Twenty years ago (oy vey!) I began writing books on what I saw that worked in my holistic practice. The main reason I began to write books was to educate my patients in order to help them make better health care decisions. Your doctor should be educating you about why he/she has prescribed the medication for your condition. Then it is up to you to decide for yourself if the benefit outweighs the risk. It is better to become an educated patient rather than solely relying on the health care provider.

We need a new paradigm in medicine. I used to practice in the old paradigm of drugs, drugs, and more drugs. It was not fun. Back then, I followed all that I was taught and followed all the dictates from the Powers-That-Be. After realizing that my patients were not getting better with more and more toxic drug therapies, I began to search for a better way to treat my patients. I found a new approach – holistic medicine – and found it was much safer and more effective than what I was previously doing.

So, what should that new paradigm be? That paradigm should take the form of holistic medicine where doctors aren’t so quick to prescribe medications that poison enzymes and block receptors. I have seen the benefits of providing the body with the raw materials (e.g., vitamins and minerals) it needs to maintain health and overcome illness.

I just wish the rest of medicine would open their eyes as well.

To All Our Health,

~Dr B
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