Health is no longer something we can leave to the government or the insurance companies. It is something we must look after ourselves or soon our health care systems will be hopelessly overloaded and prohibitively expensive. We must also recognize diseases such as Cancer, Obesity, Diabetes and Asthma are partially due to toxins in our environment (pesticides, herbicides, smoking, exhaust fumes, cleaning products, cosmetics, aerosol sprays) and we effect everyone’s health if we add toxic chemicals to our homes and environment.
When I say we can look after our Health ourselves, I am saying that our bodies have the capacity to resist and cure us from over 99% of all diseases. We don’t need expensive doctors, drugs, surgery and hospital stays. If we look after ourselves with proper nutrition, exercise, weight management, not smoking, proper sleep, avoiding excess sunshine and stress; we can live long and healthy lives on our own. Even if we have a disease like cancer, we can usually cure ourselves from these diseases by taking proper nutrition and proper care of ourselves.
Cancer, Heart Disease, Diabetes, Arthritis and other diseases are striking down many more people today than 50 years ago. We can say that people are living longer and that’s true. But even when adjustments are made for age, we find that many diseases are more prevalent now than 50 years ago. One significant factor is toxins in our environment. Our government and medical associations do not all agree on this but the evidence is overwhelming. If you share this view, there are some things you can do. Like: quit smoking, don’t drive over the speed limit, don’t use herbicides, don’t use pesticides, don’t use phosphate based detergents, don’t use cleaning products with ammonia or other toxic chemicals, don’t use bath and beauty products with phthalates or other toxic chemicals and don’t use aerosol spray products.
Depression cases “on the up”
A study carried out on treatment administered by the NHS in England has found that the number of those suffering from depression has increased sharply, up to nearly 5 million, or around 10% of the population in the period 2008/09 to 2010/11.
This increase has also led to anti-depressant prescriptions being written for 20% more people at the end of the three-year period than at the beginning.
This increase has been partially attributed to the greater recognition of mental health issues among employers and the population in general, however with some people still unwilling to discuss mental health the true level of depression may be much higher.
Healthy proportion of lifespan increasing – but not for all
Recent data released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has shown that people in the UK are spending a greater proportion of their lives in good health than before.
In the three years from 2008 to 2010, UK men spent 81%, or 63.5 years, out of their life expectancy of 78.1 years in good health, which is an increase of over two years of healthy lifespan on the previous three year period.
However, not all of the country has seen a growth in healthy life expectancy. Scotland and Northern Ireland are instead heading in the opposite direction, meaning more of their peoples’ lifespans are instead spent in poor health compared to the 2005-2007 period.
These findings suggest that Scotland and Northern Ireland are likely to represent a greater proportional burden on healthcare in the future.
Cancer rates among over 65s “set to soar”
Research carried out by Macmillan Cancer suggests that the number of people over 65 living with cancer could more than treble by 2040, compared to numbers in 2010.
The growth in the number of people expected to need cancer care has been attributed on the aging UK population and increasing survival rates among many forms of cancer. The skyrocketing numbers of people needing cancer care is expected to place a huge burden on the NHS and healthcare industry, and has been described as a “timebomb” by Macmillan’s chief executive.
According to Macmillan, cancer sufferers already have problems accessing top-quality care and treatment, and trends suggest this will only get worse.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle into old age ‘extends lifespan’
Recent research by the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm among 2,000 older people over a period of 18 years indicates that those that continue a healthy lifestyle past age 75 are likely to add up to six years to their lifespan.
Factors such as not smoking, being physically active and avoiding excessive drinking are among those quoted as helping to prolong lifespan, with a greater effect seen in men than in women. Interestingly, it also suggested that those that smoked then gave up had the same life expectancy as those that never smoked.
During the study, 92% of the participants died, with survivors more likely to be healthy, well educated women with strong social ties, with the greatest factor contributing to a greater lifespan being physical activity.
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