Diet, Doctor- and Drug-Avoidance Can Help You Live Longer
by Joseph Mercola: This
Exercise Can Cause a 7-Fold Surge of Heart Problems
In an unusual
story of Rosario Schielzeth, a woman who turned 104 in June, newspaper
reporters wanted to know her secret for a long lifei.
Her answer consisted of just two simple rules that she's always
what she eats, and
away from doctors
assume that this lady lives in some far-off country where her life
principles can't be questioned or proven, know that she lives in
Sarasota, Florida. She needs a walker as an aid in moving around,
but other than that she has perfect vision since her cataract surgery,
and doesn't need a hearing aid.
And she still
manages to go to the movies, the mall, and the beach for ice cream.
Another amazing thing about her is that she's the round-the-clock
care-taker of her 87-year-old daughter, who has Alzheimer's disease.
her daughter with Alzheimer's serve as a powerful harbinger of what
is to come for future generations. It has long been predicted that
the youth will not live as long as their parents. The subtle unstated
implication however is that this also includes chronic degenerative
diseases that will prematurely kill or cripple you.
That is why
it is SO VITAL that you and your children embrace the health principles
taught on this site that could easily prevent this from happening
in your family.
vitamins, Rosario reportedly only takes one pill a day, a mild blood-pressure
medication. This is in stark contrast to the average American senior
who is on more than 31 medications per person, according to recent
can argue about the many factors involved with making it past the
100-year mark, I believe Rosario's advice really does cover the
basics. Your diet accounts for about 80 percent of the health benefits
you reap from a healthy lifestyle, and it's become quite clear that
avoiding drugs is a good idea if you want to live a long and healthy
life. While many still have trouble grasping this idea, the statistics
tell a powerful story when it comes to pharmaceutical drug use.
My mom is now
77 and my dad is 82 and neither of them take any drugs, and I am
certain many reading this are older and also avoiding drugs, so
it is doable.
Pain Killers are Now the LEADING Cause of Accidental Death
to the latest data collected by the National Center for Health statistics,
poisoning, primarily by prescription drugs, has now surpassed car
accidents as the leading cause of accidental death in the United
States. In 2008, 41,000 Americans died from poisoning, compared
to 38,000 lethal car accidents. The data, which can be found on
the CDC's web siteiii,
- In 2008,
poisoning became the leading cause of injury death in the United
States and nearly 9 out of 10 poisoning deaths are caused by drugs.
- During the
past three decades, the number of drug poisoning deaths increased
six-fold from about 6,100 in 1980 to 36,500 in 2008.
- Opioid analgesics
(prescription pain killers) were involved in more than 40 percent
of all drug poisoning deaths in 2008, up from about 25 percent
- During the
most recent decade, the number of drug poisoning deaths involving
opioid analgesics more than tripled from about 4,000 in 1999 to
14,800 in 2008.
While the drug
poisoning death rate has risen among all age groups in the last
decade, the death rate among adults between 45-54 is now the highest.
Death by medicine is a 21st-century epidemic, and America's "war
on drugs" is clearly directed at the wrong enemy when you consider
that prescription drugs are now killing far more people than illegal
The most commonly
abused prescription drugs like OxyContin, Vicodin, Xanax and Soma
now cause more deaths than heroin and cocaine combined. In fact,
prescription drugs are now the preferred "high" for many, especially
teens, as they are typically used legally, which eliminates the
stigma of being a "junkie."
Consume 80 Percent of the Global Supply of Pain Pills!
rate of prescription drug addiction has also led to a massive increase
in robberies, which has led some pharmacies to quit stocking the
sought-after drugs. Meanwhile we're seeing ever-increasing amounts
of legislation popping up designed to increase the use
of drugs while preventing you to seek alternative non-drug
treatments, especially for pain. To put these statistics into even
further context, consider this:
an article in Mail Online published last monthiv:
consume 80 percent of the world's supply of painkillers
more than 110 tons of pure, addictive opiates every year
as the country's prescription drug abuse epidemic explodes.
That's enough drugs to give every single American 64 Percocets or
Vicodin. And pain pill prescriptions continue to surge, up 600 percent
in 10 years, thanks to doctors who are more and more willing to
hand out drugs to patients who are suffering." [Emphasis mine]
of Interest Fuel Drug Use and Deaths
for example. Under the 2012 PIP reform law, Floridians will no longer
be able to seek massage therapy or acupuncture treatments after
a car accident, as these services will no longer be covered under
Florida PIP insurancev.
The primary treatment option left for those who suffer from pain
as a result of a car accident is then you guessed it
pain killers! This despite the fact that the most common auto accident-related
injury is soft tissue damage, which is ideally treated through massage,
not pain killers that can potentially add addiction and liver damage
to your misery...
The bill was
signed into law on May 4, 2012. The majority of the bill's content
will take effect on 1 July 2012, while the rest will not take effect
until 1 January 2013. In a nauseating example of how financial conflicts
of interest drive this health-harming trend, Florida governor Rick
Scott has more than one link to Big Pharma, and the promotion of
pain killers in particular:
- In 1997,
Scott was implicated in the biggest Medicare fraud case in US
history. According to a 2011 Mother Jones articlevi,
he "stepped down as CEO of Columbia/HCA after the hospital giant
was fined $1.7 billion and found guilty of swindling the government."
- Then, last
year, as he became Florida's new governor, he initially tried
to repeal an anti-fraud database designed to track fraudulent
distribution of addictive prescription drugs in Florida. Only
after public outcry and months of picketing, Scott announced the
database would not be repealed after all.vii
- In 2001
Scott co-founded Solantic, which has 32 walk-in clinics. He reportedly
remained involved in its operations until 2010, when he placed
the $62 million investment into a trust under his wife's name.
The Tampa Bay Times reported on the scandal last year, statingviii:
has aggressively pursued policies like testing state workers and
welfare recipients for drugs, switching Medicaid patients to private
HMOs and shrinking public health clinics. All these changes could
benefit that $62 million investment, but Scott sees no legal conflict
between his public role and private investments. And, experts
say, under Florida law he is correct. A few days before he took
office in January, Scott moved his shares in Solantic Corp., a
chain of 32 urgent care centers, to the Frances Annette Scott
- The 2012
PIP reform law was strongly promoted by Rick Scott changes
which will undoubtedly benefit his wife's clinics. Under the revised
PIP law, only medical doctors, osteopathic physicians, dentists,
physician's assistants or advanced registered nurse practitioners
are approved for PIP reimbursement. Chiropractors, acupuncturists
and massage therapists are specifically excluded. By removing
the option to treat post-accident pain with chiropractic adjustments,
massage, and/or acupuncture, accident victims are left with but
one option: pain killers and antidepressants.
article on The American Dream website offers an eye-opening list
of US drug use statisticsix.
For the full list, please see the original article. Here are but
a handful of the 18 statistics listed:
- More than
25 percent of all children and teens in the United States take
prescription drugs on a regular basis
- More than
1 in 5 American adults, and 1 in 4 women, take at least one drug
for "psychiatric" or "behavioral" disordersx
one-third of all foster children in the United States are on at
least one psychiatric drug. Many children in foster care are prescribed
as many as five different psychotropic drugs
- The percentage
of women taking antidepressants in America is the highest in the
drugs cost about 50 percent more in the US than they do in other
countries. Meanwhile, tens of billions of dollars are spent on
pharmaceutical marketing in the United States each year, and more
than two dozen pharmaceutical companies each made over a billion
dollars in profits during the year of 2008 alone
news, an excerpt from the book, Degree Mills: The Billion-Dollar
Industry That Has Sold Over a Million Fake Diplomasxi
raises another disturbing issue, namely that of fake doctors.
According to the authors, Ezell and Bear, the number of fake PhD's
in the US outnumber real, earned PhD's. In fact, more than HALF
of all people claiming to have a PhD in the US have a fake degree!
Unfortunately, this problem is not restricted to academics, who,
hopefully, would not be able to inflict too much bodily harm. Fake
medical degrees are also "an urgent problem," according
to the authors.
years ago, a Congressional committee calculated that there were
over 5,000 fake doctors in the United States, and there are many
more now. People have died because of these fakes," they write.
are more than 3,300 unrecognized universities, worldwide, many of
them outright fakes, selling bachelor's, master's, doctorates, law,
and medical degrees to anyone willing to pay the price. No nation
is immune from the problem. One international diploma mill, with
offices in Europe and the Middle East and mailing addresses in the
United Kingdom, run by Americans, has sold more than 450,000 degrees
bachelor's, master's, doctorates, medicine, and law
to clients worldwide, who did nothing more than write a check."
How Can You
Avoid Being Killed by a Prescription Drug?
So what's the
First of all,
it's imperative that you understand the risks you take each time
you opt for a drug treatment, and that those risks are exponentially
increased when you take more than one drug. No one (except for those
who intentionally overdose) expects these medications to
injure or kill them, but they can do just that, and as you can see,
it happens quite frequently. As you just learned, you're at greater
risk of accidentally dying from a side effect of a drug especially
pain killers than you are behind the wheel of your car.
In a study
released last year by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services
(SAMSHA), officials emphasized that people should assume there
IS risk in prescribed medicines.
is, the only way to avoid all risk, including death, from prescription
drugs is to not take them at all. Which brings us back to where
we started. Rosario, at the age of 104, is a perfect example that
your health is not at all dependent on drugs. Rather, it is the
result of a healthy, active lifestyle. Remember, it is your body,
not your doctor's and not your pharmacist's, so it is up to you
to make the decision of what drugs to take, if any. Be SURE you
are aware of the risks of any medication prescribed to you, and
weigh them against any possible benefit. Then you can make a well-informed
decision of whether it's a risk you're willing to take.
naturally, without the use of drugs or even frequent conventional
medical care, is not only possible, it may be the most successful
strategy you can employ to increase your longevity. If you adhere
to a healthy lifestyle, you most likely will never need medications
in the first place.
Food Choices: For a comprehensive guide on which foods
to eat and which to avoid, see my nutrition
plan. Generally speaking, you should focus your diet on whole,
unprocessed foods (organic vegetables, grass-fed meats, raw dairy,
nuts, and so forth) that come from healthy, sustainable, local
sources, such as a small organic farm not far from your home.
For the best nutrition and health benefits, you will want to eat
a good portion of your food
raw. Personally, I aim to eat about 75 percent of my food
raw, including raw eggs and humanely raised pastured organic animal
products that have not been raised on a CAFO (confined animal
important as knowing which foods to eat more of is knowing which
foods to avoid, and topping the list is fructose. When consumed
in excess, sugar acts as a toxin and drives multiple disease processes
in your body, not the least of which is insulin resistance, a
major cause of accelerated aging.
Exercise Program, including High-Intensity Exercise like Peak
Fitness: Even if you're eating the healthiest diet in
the world, you still need to exercise to reach the highest levels
of health, and you need to be exercising effectively, which means
including not only core-strengthening exercises, strength training,
and stretching but also high-intensity activities into your rotation.
High-intensity interval-type training boosts human growth hormone
(HGH) production, which is essential for optimal health, strength
and vigor. I've discussed the importance of Peak Fitness for your
health on numerous occasions, so for more information, please
this previous article.
Reduction and a Positive Attitude: You cannot be optimally
healthy if you avoid addressing the emotional component of your
health and longevity, as your emotional state plays a role in
nearly every physical disease from heart disease and depression,
to arthritis and cancer. Effective coping mechanisms are a major
longevity-promoting factor in part because stress has a direct
impact on inflammation, which in turn underlies many of the chronic
diseases that kill people prematurely every day. The Emotional
Freedom Technique, meditation, prayer, social support and exercise
are all viable options that can help you maintain emotional and
Sun Exposure to Optimize Vitamin D: We have long known
that it is best to get your vitamin
D from sun exposure, and if at all possible, I strongly urge
you to make sure you're getting out in the sun on a daily basis.
There is preliminary evidence suggesting that oral vitamin D may
not provide the identical benefits, although it's still better
than none at all.
High Quality Animal-Based Omega-3 Fats: Animal-based
omega-3 fat is a strong factor in helping people live longer,
and many experts believe that it is likely the predominant reason
why the Japanese are the longest lived race on the planet.
as Many Chemicals, Toxins, and Pollutants as Possible: This
includes tossing out your toxic
household cleaners, soaps, personal hygiene products, air
fresheners, bug sprays, lawn pesticides, and insecticides, just
to name a few, and replacing them with non-toxic
Prescription Drugs. Do you homework. You can start on
this site by using the search engine at the top of every page,
which links to previous articles we have written over the past
15 years. Just type in the name of the drug or condition you are
taking it for, and you will likely come up with dozens if not
hundreds of pages of information that will help you develop a
strategy to stop using the drugs by changing your lifestyle to
take control of your health
2012 Dr. Joseph Mercola
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