The leading causes of death in America may not exactly be the ones you think they are.
There are of course the usual suspects, but you may be surprised by some of the hidden truth.
The list of life-shortening illnesses and events, as published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2011, is headed by coronary heart disease as the infamous Number One.
This scourge takes the life of about 600,000 Americans each year – although it is entirely preventable – and even reversible.
More on this on the page about Reversing Heart Disease…
Next on the list of deadly causes is the big C, taking the lives of 575,000 Americans.
It's commonly known as cancer; the CDC of course calls the #2 killer "malignant neoplasms." But we all know what it is, don't we?
The #3 refers to chronic lower respiratory diseases, such as emphysema, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), chronic bronchitis and asthma.
About 130,000 of our country's inhabitants die of these diseases each year.
Okay, before I get to Number Four, let me mention what the REAL Number Three is.
The powers that be don't want you to know the truth about the cause of death for 225,000 Americans each year.
They call it "iatrogenic causes." I call it "pulling wool over your eyes."
The #3 leading cause of premature demise in America may just be…
Doctors and hospitals.
What does the word iatrogenic mean? The term is defined as "induced in a patient by a physician's activity, manner, or therapy" aka complication of treatment.
Doctors and hospitals, the largest component of the U.S. health care system, may knowingly or unknowingly contribute to poor health and even death.
Look at these deadly figures:
This adds up to 225,000 deaths per year from so-called iatrogenic causes.
Actually, there are even higher estimates of up to 284,000 deaths per year.
And critics of the medical system estimate the figures to be more like 800,000 to 900,000.
Whatever the numbers -- our health care system (or is it the disease maintenance system?) is clearly broken.
It needs fixing NOW.
I am trying to do what I can to help fix some of it with this website and my work.
[Updated in October 2014 -- Alzheimer's is now thought to be the third leading cause of death in America, right behind heart disease and cancer.
One in nine seniors over the age of 65 suffers and dies from the dreaded disease.]
Now back to the CDC report.
#4 on our list of leading causes of death in America is strokes and related cerebrovascular diseases.
#5 Accidents (unintentional injuries)
#6 [see above] Alzheimer's disease
#8 Influenza and pneumonia
#9 Kidney disease
#11 Blood infection (septicemia)
#12 Chronic liver disease and cirrhosis
#13 Hypertension and related renal disease
#14 Parkinson's disease
#15 Pneumonitis due to solids and liquids
Fourteen out of 15 leading causes of death on the above list – excluding accidents – have one very important factor in common. They are…
Death in America is largely a foodborne illness.
There are many who strongly believe that most of the diseases on the CDC list of leading causes of death are diet-related and therefore could be prevented.
I am one of these people.
Focusing on studies published just over the last year in peer-reviewed scientific medical journals, I am convinced that we can prevent, treat and even reverse many of the top 15 leading causes of death in America.
We all have the opportunity – seniors included – to assure ourselves of the best possible health and longevity by avoiding the Standard American Diet (SAD) and instead adopting a whole foods, plant-based diet.
Now on to another hidden truth about unnecessary premature death…
Evidence suggests that sitting in and of itself is a separate risk factor for poor health and premature death—even if you exercise regularly.
Research by NASA’s Life Sciences shows that your body needs to interact with the earth's gravity through perpetual motion in order to function optimally.
Their research with astronauts proves that sitting uninterruptedly for long periods of time has an antigravity effect.
This effect accelerates the aging process.
The World Health Organization (WHO) now lists physical inactivity as the fourth biggest killer of adults.
The good news is that this bad outcome is very easy to counteract.
Simply stand up every ten minutes or so. Really. That's all.
No need to take a walk when you're in the middle of work (although walking in itself is a wonderful tool for staying healthy).
As a senior member of the baby boomer community, you may or may not be part of the workforce anymore.
But, physical inactivity – being a couch potato eating fried potatoes or working in a sedentary job - is a recipe for disaster.
Sitting too much in everyday life is a killer. So, do yourself a favor…
Just get up briefly and frequently during the day.
It will benefit you greatly.
And look into the advantages of improving your nutritional lifestyle. It'll benefit you even more. You can do it.
I did. I'm loving it. I'd love to help you do the same.
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