By Freddie Ulan, DC, CCN
We have a serious health crisis in this country that goes back to chronic nutritional deficiencies.
The evidence of the health crisis is in the fact that billions of dollars are spent on health expenditures in the United States. They doubled from the year 1990 to the year 2000. And they’re expecting to at least double again by the year 2010* and, quite frankly, I know this last number is a projection and they usually try to keep the projections low. I’m sure it’s going to go way higher than that unless some big changes are made in the health care system in this country.
The interesting thing about this is there is so much money being spent, but what are we getting in exchange for this amount of money? What are we getting for all these tax dollars, 14% of the Gross Domestic Product? A large percentage of your tax dollars are supporting this. What are we buying for that?
By spending the largest amount per citizen on health care ($4,000 per person in the United States per year in health care, 14% of the Gross Domestic Product) we have gotten ourselves into a situation where we have the highest rate of infant mortality of all the so-called civilized or industrialized countries. And, even more significantly, we rank number 37 out of 37 in overall health. That’s what we’re buying with those billions of dollars. So, there’s obviously something wrong there.
The truth of the matter is that when you’re trying to solve the wrong problem, you get a worse result. If you’re trying to solve the right problem and have the right solution, you get a good result. So, it’s an obvious thing to somebody who can apply logic that all that money we’re spending is either the wrong solution to the right problem or it’s just the wrong problem being addressed in the first place.
What is the problem? How did we get into this situation?
To review something from Royal Lee, many years ago (June 1943) his answer to this very question was that we drifted into this deplorable position of national malnutrition quite inadvertently. It was the result of scientific research with the objective of finding the best ways to create foods that are non-perishable, that could be made by mass production methods in central factories and distributed so cheaply that they can sweep all local competition from the market.
He went on to say that after these “foods” hit the market, there develops a suspicion that these “foods” are inadequate to support life. Then modern advertising steps in to propagandize the people into believing that there’s nothing wrong with them. They’re the products of scientific research intended to afford a food that is the last word in nutritive value. And the confused public is totally unable to arrive at any conclusion of fact. They can’t figure out what the truth is, so they continue to buy the rubbish that is killing them off years ahead of their time.
That actually pinpoints what the problem is. Of those billions of dollars that are being spent every year in health expenditure, there is very little of that being spent in correcting the underlying problem. All of that money is being spent on handling the effects of malnutrition, which expresses itself in literally hundreds of different ways. Anyone who has had experience dealing with people with their diverse health problems and see them recover as a result of proper nutritional programs can vouch to that. Malnutrition is the problem. If malnutrition is the problem, the answer is not toxic chemicals. The answer is not medications. The answer is not pharmaceuticals.
The future health status of everyone in this country is totally dependent upon what we do with our knowledge and skills. And that’s really the bottom line. Those of us who understand nutrition have the answers. And if those answers were actually being implemented, it would have an effect on everybody. If there were enough of us applying these answers, it would have an effect on everybody. We’re the ones with the know-how, the products, the desire and the purpose to fulfill the legacy of Royal Lee. It’s quite a legacy.
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*Excerpted from an article originally published in March 2005. [Current data indicates that as of 2019 in the US, Healthcare spending per capita was $10,966, accounting for approximately 16.83% of the Gross Domestic Product.]