There’s no debate that the American healthcare system is missing something. Ask just about any medical professional, and they will tell you we have a broken system. What’s missing in our healthcare system today, and why is it broken?…
The good news is when it comes to emergency care and crisis intervention, our country is second to none! If you break your arm, have a heart attack, slice your hand open with a knife, get in a car accident, or any other type of serious health crisis, you are in the best country in the world for that kind of care.
The bad news is if you suffer from a chronic degenerative health condition like heart disease, cancer, stroke, respiratory disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, influenza and pneumonia, kidney disease, arthritis, degenerative disc disease, numbness, tingling, pins and needles, electrical shock sensation, loss of hot and cold sensation, muscle weakness, knee pain, joint pain or neuropathy you have a slim to zero chance of ever getting better if you stay in the American healthcare system and do nothing else.
According to the National Council on Aging, approximately 80% of older adults now suffer from at least one chronic health condition, and 77% actually suffer from two or more conditions. (1). And things are not looking up for the next generation of Americans either. Children’s Health Defense reports that 54% of children today grow up with at least one chronic health symptom (like asthma, allergies, obesity, diabetes, etc.). (2)
What’s causing this epidemic of chronic health conditions?
We know it’s NOT a lack of medication. The US makes up only 5% of the entire world’s population, and we take over 50% of the world’s medications. (3) And we know it’s NOT a lack of money either. The US spends over twice as much money per person as any other country in the world, and yet we ranked 37th in overall health in the latest World Health Organization’s ranking of the world’s health systems. (4)
Is it diet and exercise? Yes, poor diet and lack of exercise could be a causal factor in the chronic disease epidemic, and our country needs to do a much better job of investing in the overall health of its citizens. Chronic diseases account for 75% of the money our nation spends on health care, yet only 1% of health dollars are spent on public efforts to improve overall health. (1)
But it’s more than just diet and exercise. There is still one health problem that more Americans have in common than any other health issue, including poor diet and lack of exercise, and the scary thing is it could be causing all the others.
This condition affects 96% of Americans by the age of 80. The amount of people who suffer from this condition is so massive it has blown past “epidemic” and become “pandemic.” It is so common most people simply consider it normal…
This devastating condition is called spinal degeneration.
It’s also known as degenerative disc disease or osteoarthritis of the spine. As it turns out, there is a reason why so many people in our society today are suffering from this condition at younger ages, and if you look deeper, it makes perfect sense how this condition could be causing the chronic disease epidemic we see in our country.
The spine is obviously a very important structure of the body, but as it turns out, its purpose is much greater than just helping you stand up straight. The spine protects the most important system in your body, the nervous system.
The nervous system is responsible for directing and organizing the function of EVERY organ, tissue, and cell in your body. If the nervous system is damaged or just interfered with, this can interfere with the function of your body.
The National Institute for Health says, “The nervous system plays a role in nearly every aspect of our health and well-being. It guides everyday activities such as waking up, automatic activities such as breathing, and complex processes such as thinking, reading, remembering, and feeling emotions.”
What’s causing the sudden, massive prevalence of spinal degeneration?
The short answer, The Technology Age. As a society, we are more sedentary than any other group of humans ever in history. Technology such as computers, cell phones, tablets, and the like are not only keeping us more sedentary, but they are putting humans in degenerative postures for hours at a time. That amount of stress on the spine eventually wears the spine down and causes interference to the body’s nervous system, the master controlling system of the body.
We are talking about spinal decay, but interestingly enough, humans went through a very similar phenomenon in the early 1900s involving the teeth. Tooth decay started becoming more and more severe at younger ages due to the influx of processed sugar in our diet. In the 1700s and early 1800’s the average American consumed about 2 pounds of sugar a year. After the industrialization of the late 1800-1900s, the average American’s sugar intake exploded. Today we consume almost 152 pounds of sugar a year! (5)
Is there a solution to this problem?
Just like there were two solutions to the tooth decay epidemic of the 1900s (1. remove the sugar from people’s diets or 2. practice better dental hygiene) there are two obvious solutions to the issue of spinal decay as well…1. Remove the number of times people use technology or 2. Practice better spinal hygiene!
Stay tuned for future blog posts on the topic of spinal hygiene and the importance of spinal health. In the meantime, visit www.HomeSpinalCare.com for more helpful tips on maintaining a healthy spine.
- National Council on Aging – Approximately 80% of older adults have at least one chronic disease, and 77% have at least two. – https://www.ncoa.org/news/resources-for-reporters/get-the-facts/healthy-aging-facts/
- Children’s Health Defense – https://childrenshealthdefense.org/too-many-sick-children/
- World Health Organization’s ranking of the world’s health systems 2000 – https://photius.com/rankings/healthranks.html
- National Health Expenditures 2017 Highlights – https://www.cms.gov/Research-Statistics-Data-and-Systems/Statistics-Trends-and-Reports/NationalHealthExpendData/Downloads/highlights.pdf