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What Does A 900lb Gorilla Do?

March 13, 2010

Anything it wants to!

What is true of a nine hundred pound gorilla is true of the colossus that is the pharmaceutical industry.  It is used to doing pretty much what it wants to do.  It used to be a pretty good business, but now it’s a stupendous one.  From 1960 to 1980, prescription drug sales were fairly static as a percent of US gross domestic product, but from 1980 to 2000, they tripled.  They now stand at more than $291 billion a year (This is more than half of total sales worldwide!).  Unfortunately, amongst the many events that contributed to the industry’s great and good fortune, none had to do with the quality of the drugs the companies were selling nor lives they are supposedly saving.

The increase in drug spending reflects the facts that people are taking a lot more drugs than they used to, that those drugs are more likely to be expensive new ones instead of older, cheaper ones, and that the prices of the most heavily prescribed drugs are routinely jacked up (Sometimes several times a year!).  At an average cost of $1,500 a year for each drug, someone without supplementary insurance who takes six different prescription drugs (The national average is 14.3!) would have to spend $9,000 out-of-pocket.  How many pills does it take to get healthy?

Just last week, a patient of mine who is a local Pharmacist told me that during his grueling 14 hour shift at his Pharmacy they were able to hand out over 1000 prescriptions! That’s around 71 per hour, over 1 per minute, and that was in just one random week-day in a community of 30,000 people….. Say wow.  The sad fact is that statistically over 90% of those people will be in line again soon for a re-fill in hopes that they are getting healthier or that they will be able to live more comfortably. But are they?

If the US #1 in drug consumption, #1 in health care spending (excuse me, sick-care costs) and by far #1 in biotechnology research and development, we should absolutely be the healthiest nation on the planet… right? Wrong.

  • The U.S. has a higher infant mortality rate than most of the world’s industrialized nations
  • The USA’s life expectancy is ranked 50th in the world
  • Medical debt contributes to 62% of all personal bankruptcies
  • The US is worst in preventable death ranking
  • 45% of Americans have at least 1 chronic disease
  • 5/6 people (who are all on the meds by the way) die of heart disease and cancer every year

These sad but alarming stats tell a story of a nation that has totally removed personal responsibility from their health and looks to find health in a quick-fix pill form.  There isn’t only one reason that the state of health in our nation is so poor, but I can absolutely assure you that we are not one pill closer to curing cancer, heart disease or diabetes. We are not one treatment closer to promoting optimal health and longevity. The solution lies in making better lifestyle choices most of the time, over a sustained period of time. 95% of your health outcomes are up to you. Plain and simple.  There will never be a drug, potion, or powder that will ever make you healthier. There is no silver bullet, no magic wand, or snake oil.  Health is simple, it’s just not that easy.

So What Can You DO to Start Getting healthier?

If you take meds, then ask yourself is this pill treating my symptom or correcting my problem? If you come to the conclusion that you still need help correcting your problem, then what you need to do next is audit your lifestyle choices.  They fall in 3 categories:

  1. EAT
  2. MOVE
  3. THINK

Your problems will inevitably fall in one of these categories in the form of a toxicity or a deficiency.  Our bodies are designed to be healthy, as long as we give ourselves the right sufficient and pure requirements.  No matter your health concern, your body will do better EVERY TIME by adding good choices.  My recommendation for anyone who wishes to be healthier, no matter who you are, needs to go to and start following the program.  You will learn about what you need to be doing everyday so you can experience your birthright of true health and vitality.  You will find out how to add purity and sufficiency in your life and your family’s life. You will eliminate toxicities and deficiencies and have more energy, better focus, higher quality of life, and help you move away from a life of treating sickness and towards a life of promoting health. Do not wait.  You only get one life and one body….why not start today! It is worth it, and you can do it.

Adjust your life!

Your health coach,

Dr. Ryan Hewitt

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