I hope it was clear in the article referenced above that I am absolutely not opposed to
pharmaceuticals. Prescription drugs can save lives and help many people. However, I am
emphatically opposed to how pharmaceuticals are generally being used in America. As a
culture, we are sliding further away from actually taking care of our health and deeper into
masking and managing illness with drugs.  Let's look at some of the recent statistics from
the CDC:

  • 50% of all Americans use prescription drugs on a regular basis.
  • •33% of all Americans use 2 or more prescription drugs on a regular basis.
  • 10% of all Americans use 5 or more prescription drugs on a regular basis

I wouldn't have such a problem with this abundant pharmaceutical use to improve our lives
if....
IT WORKED!

The truth is we are now sicker than ever!  Americans will spend over $280 billion dollars in
prescription drugs in 2013.  America spends more per capita on health care than any
other nation. In fact, the United States spends more on health care than Japan, Germany,
France, China, the U.K., Italy, Canada, Brazil, Spain and Australia COMBINDED! Yet, a
recent study concluded that we are far sicker than all the other 17 peer "rich"
industrialized countries.

This study sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and U.S. Department of Health
and Human Services, found that America was at the bottom of, or near to bottom, in the
following key areas of health: infant mortality and low birth weight; drug-related deaths;
obesity and diabetes; heart disease; chronic lung disease; disability, to name a few.  

In response to this study the Washington Post states,

"America is dangerous to your health. A recent international commission reported
that U.S. men rank last in life expectancy for the 17 industrial nations in the study;
U.S. women rank next to last. When it comes to health, the United States is
exceptional- exceptionally bad."

Our entire health care system is simply broken, broken, broken. We are taking more
drugs and spending more than ever on health care (more than any other industrialized
country) but dying sooner and getting sicker and sicker. Doesn't this sound a little
backwards? Something isn't right. It is definitely time we re-evaluate the tools currently
being used in mainstream health care.

There are many theories about who is to blame for our poor health and the cause for the
sick state of our country. Some blame Big Pharma, some blame it on economics, some
blame it on super-sized sodas and fast food... The truth is we are all to blame. As a
culture we have traded in self accountability for convenience and simplicity. We have
surrendered our personal power to make decisions for our health into the hands of
doctors who are victims of the same nonsensical system who make decisions regarding
your health in less than 5 minutes. We have forgotten discernment and our ability to
critically think when tempted with the idea that a drug may decrease one ailment, however
in the process, create other health problems and possibly kill you. We have lost all
motivation with the promise that a prescription will make us all better with little or no effort
on our part.

We have completely misplaced our self accountability, personal power, discernment, and
motivation when it comes to health and self care. No wonder we are the sickest
industrialized nation.

So how do we change this? How do you improve your health?   I promise you drugs are
not the answer. I promise you doing more of the same will not yield different results. It is
time to take back self accountability, personal power, discernment, and motivation.   
Failure to employ these qualities will only continue to give you more sickness. You have to
be different to get different.

  • Take accountability for what you eat.
  • Get informed! Make the educated decisions after you have evaluated all
    your options.
  • Get motivated and exercise your body.
  • Be intentional about how you want to live and who you want to be.
  • Question your health care providers when you don't understand or need
    more clarity.
  • Address underlying issues compromising your peace of mind.
  • Make your self a priority.
  • Learn to take better care of yourself.
  • Bring a keen awareness to your everyday life to detect factors adversely
    influencing you and make conscious choices to change it.
  • Educate yourself on all your health care options.
  • Be proactive and seek out health care providers who share your
    philosophies and support your wellness goals.
  • Take control of your health through actions

While most of America continues to get sicker and sicker, you don't have to. You have a
choice in the matter. You can choose to be different, but YOU have to do it. No one will do
it for you. YOU have to make the decision to be healthier. Rise up to the responsibility and
take back your life. No one has a greater interest in your health and well being than you. If
you do not re-claim self accountability, personal power, discernment, and motivation for
your own life, then who will? This is how you will feel better, stronger, healthier and more
vibrant. This is how we will save America the current spiral into sickness.

Choose wisely.
A Sick America & Our Lost Qualities
     Where Has Accountability, Power,
     Discernment & Motivation Gone?
Articles & Facts
From The Center: Natural Health Specialists
Article by Quinn Akira Takei, Licensed Acupuncturist, Doctor of
Oriental Medicine(NM) with The Center: Natural Health Specialists.