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More Than HALF of All Americans Are On Drugs!

A study conducted by Medco Health Solutions Inc., which manages prescription benefits for about one in five Americans, was published by TIME on May 14, 2008. This study revealed that, more than half of all insured Americans are taking prescription drugs regularly for chronic health problems.prescription-drug-abuse

This study clearly reflects the fact that we, as a nation, are suffering a worsening level of public health and that more Americans are allowing their health to deteriorate to that of a chronic condition. Add to these facts that the drug manufacturing industry has been relentless in their advertising campaigns. And, with these factors unlikely to change, doctors say the proportion of Americans on chronic drug use can only grow.

Unless we do things to change the way we’re managing health in this country … things will get worse instead of getting better,” predicted Dr. Daniel W. Jones, president of the American Heart Association.

The percentage of Americans taking drugs for chronic problems included:

      1. Almost 2/3’s of women 20 and older.


      2. One in four children and teenagers.


      3. 52 percent of adult men.


      4. Three out of four people 65 or older.


    5. Among seniors, 28 percent of women and nearly 22 percent of men take five or more medicines regularly.

Dr. Robert Epstein, chief medical officer at N.J.-based Medco (the company that commissioned the study we reported on above) hit the nail right on the head. He said, “we’ve become a couch potato culture (and) it’s a lot easier to pop a pill than to exercise regularly or diet.” However, the “easy” way has led to a decline in our national health, an outrageous reliance on pills and the only ones seeming to benefit are the drug manufacturers. Time to become part of the solution!

Jonathan Cromwell D.C., P.C. states that regular exercise, increased water intake, proper rest, a healthy attitude, and a clear nervous system via chiropractic checkups and adjustments are the best way to become part of the health solution.