Happy New Year! I want to start this new year with an item that demonstrates the value of a good supplement program which is implemented into your daily regimen. (Supplementation is the fourth pillar of the Four Pillars of Optimal Health.) The report was done by a management company, Frost and Sullivan (F&S), which is highly respected in the international business community. Basically, without publishing all 110 pages of the F&S report in my blog, I can say that the F&S report demonstrates that the use of specific dietary supplements can lead to large and positive health care cost savings.
The four diseases that F&S examined are: Coronary Heart Disease (CHD), Diabetes-attributed CHD, Age-related Eye Disease (ARED), and Osteoporosis. The conclusion of the study was that “Targeted dietary supplementation regimens are recommended as a means to help control rising societal health care costs and as a means for high-risk individuals to minimize the chance of having to deal with potential costly events and increase quality of life.” You and I are not concerned with controlling “societal” costs, but of controlling the costs to ourselves and our families. With the “changes” in our health care system occurring now and on the horizon, this becomes ever more important.
Today, approximately 75% of total U.S. health care expenditures are spent on preventable diseases, but only 3% of total health care expenditures are invested in disease prevention programs. And this includes things that are not preventable at all. For instance, “prevention” includes regular physician checkups and lab procedures on health people (including cancer screenings and blood work). In reality, this is not prevention at all. Rather, it is a form of health diagnostics, and diagnostics do not prevent illness! True prevention implies a lifelong habit of adopting lifestyle practices that are known to favor better health.
Since there is a significant amount of scientific research involving dietary supplements, this is a good place to look to see if there is a way we can take control of our own disease prevention. And indeed, there is significant scientific proof that supplements can save all of us a significant amount of money over our lifetime. But in addition, the intangible costs such as the significant physical and emotional distress of ARED sufferers and their families are also additional burdens to consider in assessing the overall quality of life and consequently the total social costs of Acute Macular Disease and cataracts.
One example of the results of this study is what that F&S has calculated that “there would be a savings of $4.76 billion per year in cumulative net osteoporosis-attributed cost savings if the target population used magnesium dietary supplements to increase intake by 100 mg per day.” And this amount of magnesium is actually far too low for almost everyone to be taking!! Effective control of osteoporosis requires much more than just magnesium. It requires other macro and micro nutrients, lifestyle changes, dietary changes, and exercise. But the effect of only adding magnesium was profound! The total savings in costs of all four diseases to society (and by extension to you) is estimated to be well over 30 billion dollars in money alone!! And there are some researchers who say that including Vitamin D and other supplements considered micro nutrients would be in excess of $1 trillion. Add in the other three Pillars of Optimal Health and you are talking real money!!
The take-away from all this is that you need to be using high quality supplements on a daily basis in order to have Optimal Health and to really enjoy life to the fullest. There is no longer any doubt in serious scientific minds!
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“One of the biggest tragedies of human civilization is the precedents of chemical therapy over nutrition. It is a substitution of artificial therapy over natural, of poison over food, in which we are feeding people poisons trying to correct the reactions of starvation.”
Dr. Royal Lee, 1951
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