These five things are the most common causes of death in the United States, and they account for nearly 2/3 of all deaths. This equates to about 900,000 Americans each year.
- Unintentional accidental deaths like medication overdoses & car accidents
- Heart Disease
- Lung Disease
- Stroke / Heart Attack
The cause of many american health problems stem from our food intake. Fast food, processed food, and foods high in high fructose corn syrup, trans fats, vegetable oils and refined sugar can destroy your health. The key is realizing that these deaths are preventable. And another important point is not falling into the prescription medication trap.
Dr. Joseph Mercola says, “Drugs Are Not the Answer to Americans’ Poor Health.”
While drugs are overused across the board, addictive pain killers have risen to the forefront as being among the most dangerous. Deaths caused by overdosing on pain medications like Vicodin, OxyContin, Percocet, codeine, and Fentora (all of which are opioids), now surpass murders and fatal car accidents in the US. Cholesterol-lowering statins also deserve mention here, as statins are among the most widely prescribed drugs on the market. One in four Americans over the age of 45 now takes statins, typically for the primary prevention of heart attacks and strokes.
Traditionally, primary prevention usually involves healthy lifestyle choices that support heart health, things like eating right and exercising, yet here we have millions of Americans taking pills instead. The consequences of this are nothing short of disastrous. A landmark review published last year revealed “a categorical lack of clinical evidence to support the use of statin therapy in primary prevention.” They also found that statins actually increase cardiovascular risk in women, the young and people with diabetes. The review also showed that statin therapy increased the following chronic health problems—two of which are among the top five preventable killers listed above:
Muscle fatigability by 30 percent with more than 11 percent incidence of rhabdomyolysis (a life-threatening muscle condition) at high doses, Erectile dysfunction, which is 10 times more common in young men taking the lowest dose of statin., Diabetes, Coronary artery and aortic calcification, Cancer
Simple ways to achieve better health and reduce your risk of the 5 most common deaths
Eat the right food: It’s best to eat whole foods with a diet rich in fruits and vegetables. Limit refined sugar!
Exercise, exercise, exercise: A plan that includes core work, stretching, strengthening, cardio and time for mental and spiritual restoration is a must. Exercise has been proven to reduce stress.
Proper Hydration: Drink plenty of clean water.
Maintain a healthy gut: Eat plenty of fermented foods and/or take a high quality probiotic daily. A great book called Gut and Psychology Syndrome will provide a better understanding of how the digestive system relates to a wide variety of illnesses. Highly recommended read.
Reduce exposure to chemicals and toxins. This includes household products and personal care products.
Sleep, sleep sleep: At least 7-8 hours of sleep every night are critical to not only maintaining low stress levels, but to increasing your lifespan.