Political, Social and Economic Forces Conspire Against Your Health

There are lots of rea­sons why you’re fight­ing an uphill bat­tle to be healthy.

Here are a few of them:

  1. The air you breathe and the water you drink are loaded with tox­ic chem­i­cals. That’s because in this coun­try, a man­u­fac­tur­er doesn’t have to prove that a new chem­i­cal is safe before it’s intro­duced into the envi­ron­ment.
  2. Our government’s agri­cul­tur­al sub­si­dies ensure a cheap sup­ply of low qual­i­ty foods packed with corn oil and fruc­tose.
  3. You’re work­ing too hard.  Over the past gen­er­a­tion, salaries have stag­nat­ed while the rewards for investors have grown.  In oth­er words, the rich get rich­er.  What that means is, even if you have a job, you’re work­ing longer hours than ever.
  4. Ram­pant med­ical errors.
  5. Our fam­i­ly cohe­sive­ness has slack­ened sig­nif­i­cant­ly, and our local com­mu­ni­ties are frag­ment­ed too.  That means that your social sup­port sys­tems are weak­er and you’re more iso­lat­ed.
  6. The ocean’s fish­eries are sig­nif­i­cant­ly deplet­ed, so it’s dif­fi­cult to find wild-caught fish that you can afford.  And the fish you can buy in the mar­ket is laced with mer­cury and oth­er poi­sons.
  7. Less recess time at school.
  8. We have a fee-for-ser­vice health care pay­ment mod­el.  So when insur­ance com­pa­nies try to cut costs by nic­k­el­ing and dim­ing on reim­burse­ments, physi­cians respond by incor­po­rat­ing fanci­er and fanci­er pro­ce­dures that com­mand high­er reim­burse­ment rates.  The result – you get sub­stan­dard care wrapped in a fan­cy pack­age.
  9. Fac­to­ry-pro­duced meat and poul­try.  If you thought through how this stuff is engi­neered before bit­ing into it, you wouldn’t.
  10. Our celebri­ty-obsessed cul­ture con­stant­ly feeds you Pho­to­shopped images of unob­tain­able per­fect bod­ies as if they were a norm to which we should all aspire.  The result – poor self image, unhealthy body atti­tudes, binge diet­ing and anorex­ia, mind­less cos­met­ic surgery.
  11. Noise.
  12. Overuse of antibi­otics.  With the emer­gence of today’s super­bugs, it’s scari­er now than 50 years ago to get a trans­mis­si­ble dis­ease.

These are some of the fac­tors work­ing against you on your path to health.  Per­haps you can think of oth­ers to add to this list.

Giv­en this whole­sale assault on your right to be healthy, it isn’t easy to main­tain opti­mal well­ness.  You need to know what you’re up against.

Choos­ing health is a polit­i­cal­ly rel­e­vant act.  Fight back.

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About Ronald Lavine, D.C.

Dr. Lavine has more than thirty five years' experience helping patients alleviate pain and restore health using diverse, scientifically-based manual therapy and therapeutic exercise and alignment methods. His website, askdrlavine.com, provides more information about his approach. Please contact him at drlavine@yourbodyofknowledge.com or at 212-400-9663.
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