More and more Americans are taking prescription drugs, and in increasing quantities. It’s estimated that from 1994 to 2005 the number of prescriptions purchased increased 71% (from 2.1 billion to 3.6 billion) compared with a 9% growth in the U.S. population, according to the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonprofit that analyzes health care issues. During roughly the same period, the average number of retail prescriptions per capita increased from 7.9 to 12.4.
Now, new research by the pharmacy benefit manager Medco Health Solutions is showing for the first time that a majority of insured Americans, 51%, took prescription drugs to treat at least one chronic health problem last year, and one-fifth of the population used three or more chronic drug treatments.
While the Medco data shows, unsurprisingly, that seniors have the highest prevalence of chronic medication use, younger generations are catching up. Nearly half of women ages 20-44 are being treated for chronic conditions, in addition to one-third of men their age. Top treatments used by the general public include medications for high cholesterol and high blood pressure, with use of cholesterol drugs by 20- to 44-year-old men increasing by more than 80% over the past seven years. And nearly 30% of children ages 19 and under take a chronic medication.
This is insanity! When will the world wake up and realize that drugs are not the answer to chronic disease. The question here is – How many of these conditions can be helped with a gluten free diet. We know that gluten sensitivity prevalence is at least 1% in the U.S. (that’s 3 million people). Some scientists believe that gluten actually effects more than 30% of the population (100 million people). Gluten intolerance has been linked to heart disease, obesity, diabetes, depression, high blood pressure, liver disease, and on and on and on…
The chart below illustrates the top U.S. prescription medications. Many of the diseases these medicines are used to treat have direct ties to gluten intolerance. Unfortunately, most doctors won’t hesitate to tell a patient to take a medication. Unfortunately, nutrition is not even taught as a subject in most medical schools. Medications continue to be ineffective for the resolution of chronic degenerative disease, yet they continue to be prescribed in record numbers. What’s the definition of insanity?
Proper diagnosis of gluten sensitivity could save millions of lives and billions of dollars…
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