Comment on Class and Health

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From Alan Abrams (a.k.a. Alan_A
at the
community forums)

I just read Maggie
Mahar’s health blog after linking to it from an blog on universal health care.
I then read Maggie Mahar’s blog [post] on
"Class and Health."  thus this quote:

"And yet, and yet . . . Schroeder sees reason for "cautious
optimism." Although we trail behind other countries, we are healthier than
we once were. We have reduced smoking ratse, homicide rates and motor-vehicle
accidents. Vaccines and cardiovascular drugs have improved medical care. But
progress in other areas will require "political action,"
Schroeder declares, "starting with relentless measurement of and focus on actual
health status and the actions that could improve it. Inaction
means acceptance of America’s poor
health status."

Healthier than we once were? Really?  Are…smoking, homicide rates, and
motor-vehicle accidents adequate measures of the overall improving general
health of Americans?

What about these:

  • 58 Million Overweight; 40 Million Obese; 3 Million morbidly Obese
  • Eight out of 10 over 25’s Overweight
  • 78% of American’s not meeting basic activity level recommendations
  • 25% completely Sedentary
  • 76% increase in Type II diabetes in adults 30-40 yrs old since 1990

And there is more—just scroll down the page. And besides
overweightness and obesity, which by themselves are clear signs that Americans
are NOT getting healthier, [consider also] heart and liver disease,
arthritis…and of course cancer.  Check out what WHO has to
.Cancer, once established, is very often exacerbated by common drug and
chemotherapy treatments.

This brings me to your quote of "vaccines
and cardiovascular drugs have improved medical care." 
What is your definition of "improved”—is it merely preventing the person
from dying?  Or is it getting the person back to where they were before
their condition debilitated their health [so as to compromise their entire
quality of life]?  Or is it completely rooting out what is really causing
the problems and supporting a long term, sustainable approach to good health
for a lifetime?

By claiming drugs and vaccines are improving medical care you are still
supporting methods and programs that provide only assistance AFTER the person
has illness.   You are still supporting [the] long-established and
customarily ingrained habit of running to a doctor’s office, getting tests,
receiving pills, curing symptoms, without addressing the root beyond the
symptoms, and without addressing the fundamental lifestyle habits of the ill
people.  This type of medical care is more accurately described as Sick-care.
It is not Health-care.

Health-care works from a foundation of already established health, and works
daily, through practice, to prevent FUTURE illness with useful methods and the
responsible commitment of each individual to their own personal health.
Maintaining human health is a daily primary focus, requiring regular
practice.  Most people in the world, and most Americans, do not realize
this because they have grown up under the conventions and influences of
Sick-care:  if you get ill, see a doctor, get your test, pay your money,
get your pill, and go on your way.  Under this formula, maintaining health
amounts simply to that process, which, admittedly, is convenient (though
expensive) and quick, with little extra work needed. But the long term,
cross-generational consequences are having debilitating effects on the health
of humanity (as you can see by doing searches on increasing stats of disease
and illness and lowering age of death).

There is also no evidence [in the post] about how important nutrition is to general
health or of the threat [that] access to nutritional foods is under.  This
threat is due to Codex Alimentarius. 

The USA does
not need a healthcare plan that pushes people to continue buying insurance so
that they continue buying pharmaceutically produced drugs that provide only
surface relief for deeper root causes of illness.  The USA
needs affordable and easy access to fresh unadulterated food, social support
for the use of alternative and preventative medicines and therapies, and social
support focusing on the need for people to take personal responsibility for
their own health—instead of blindly handing it over to a doctor and a

Then people might start to see what myself and many others here at are seeing in
their everyday lives:  that when your health is great, energetic, vibrant,
and sustainable, all the other parts of life fall into place.

I just figure that Maggie Mahar, being in the
know and having a large readership, might want to know or be reminded about some
things that are of high priority regarding health.  It’s difficult for me
and my friends at, and the community
forum above, to sit back and watch so many people approach their health in a
mistaken way.  I myself here have realized so
many positive benefits
that vibrate radiantly throughout my life due to a
highly contrasting approach to health=self-responsibility health-care that
prevents disease long before it arises.

Any questions and comments are delightedly welcome, peace.

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