In our society today, there are many people who are not well. They struggle with sickness, illness, and disease. Indeed, there are eight deadly public health enemies that are sending many Americans to an early grave. These health enemies kill more than 24 million people a year and cause untold suffering and disability on millions of others. Let's discover what they are.
Public Health Enemy #1: Heart Disease
Contrary to the opinion of many, heart disease isn't a disease of cholesterol but of artery inflammation. Many people who have heart attacks have normal cholesterol. So, what is the true culprit here? "Oxidized" LDL, excessive free radicals caused by hypertension, diabetes, smoking, fatty meals, and elevated insulin levels. These problems, however, can be eliminated and the risks of heart disease significantly lowered.
Public Health Enemy #2: Cancer
In spite of millions of dollars spent on research and great advances in diagnosis and treatment of cancer, for many people who have cancer, many times the outcome is still a painful death. Cancer appears to develop from damage to the DNA of our cells by unstable molecules that have been occurring from 10-20 years.
Public Health Enemy #3: Stroke
Strokes can be deadly and typically occur suddenly with no warning. In the New England Journal of Medicine in 1995, Dr. Meir Stampfer reported that: "15 percent of all strokes could be related to elevated homocysteine, a by-product of protein metabolism that is elevated in individuals who have low levels of folic acid and vitamins B6 and B12."
Pubic Health Enemy #4: Diabetes
More and more people are suffering from and/or developing diabetes. This seems to be the result of insulin resistance. Many doctors treat the blood sugar level problem instead of the real problem, which is insulin resistance. There are many things people can do to prevent diabetes from developing to begin with.
Public Health Enemy #5: Osteoporosis
More than 25 million North American have osteoporosis. Poor bone health is the result many times of nutritional decencies. Failure to have adequate amounts of vitamins such as B6, C, D, K, folic acid, magnesium, zinc, and cooper, are a few essential vitamins in which inadequate amounts can result in poor bone health.
Public Health Enemy #6: Arthritis
Millions of people, over 165 million, have this painful and debilitating disease. More than 70-80% of the population over age 50 have some form of arthritis. Not only do non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication does not appear to slow the steady progression of this disease, but they also cause dangerous side effects which has resulted in hospitalization for some people and death others.
Public Health Enemy #7: Alzheimer's
This disease is caused by oxidative stress. Over 29 million people suffer from dementia.
Pubic Health Enemy #8: Obesity
For the young and old, obesity is a huge problem. Also disturbing is the fact that for the first time in history, there are more obese people than people of normal weight. Many researchers are beginning to find obesity is related to insulin resistance as well .
So, there they are. The eight deadly public health enemies that are killing and debilitating millions. The good news is there is ammunition that everyone can have in his or her arsenal to fight back. What type of ammunition is needed? The "Top Ten Ways to Combat the Eight Deadly Public Health Enemies" will reveal just what they are.