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    This is from a free newsletter i receive... it's written by Mike Brescia of www.thinkrightnow.com

    Those of you in the U.K. may not be aware that in the U.S. many Americans have a completely stubborn belief that the U.S. has the best health care in the world. I thought Americans and Scots alike might find this interesting:


    Great headline today.

    "Americans Sicker Than English"

    Surprise, surprise.

    This new government funded study that tells us that
    Americans, as a country, are in a poor state of health...

    ....even though we spend more than DOUBLE the amount per
    person in health care costs.

    Shocking.

    A National Institutes of Health spokesperson says that
    it's a mystery why we're sicker. It makes me wonder if
    he's a spokesperson for the fast food and processed food
    industry as well.

    In the U.S. $5,274 (US) is spent on healthcare, on
    average, for every person.

    England? Only $2,164 (US)

    We're #1! We're #1!

    Uh, not exactly.

    Compared to other countries, the U.S. population ranks
    48th in life expectancy according to the CIA World Fact
    Book, 2005)

    Actually, for all we spend on healthcare and for all the
    "safety" features on all the toys, cars, electronics, etc.
    our manufacturers are forced to implement that other
    countries don't require, it's even worse than it sounds, eh?

    Wow. More than twice the diabetes, 30% more high blood
    pressure, nearly double the cancer.

    And this is just for whites... at every single economic
    level.

    For minorities, it's even worse!!

    Ah, here's a small clue...

    ....More Americans are obese, says the study.

    Here's a great quote from a co-author of the study...
    "Everybody should be discussing it: Why isn't the richest
    country in the world the healthiest country in the world?"

    Oooh! Ooooh! I know!

    More fast food, more marketing of fast food, boxed food
    and canned food.

    Look. In order to be alive, you must eat live foods.

    Yes, lots of vegetables and fruits in their natural states
    and less meats and processed foods.

    Cancer? Eat live foods.

    Diabetes, high blood pressure, intestinal problems, immune
    problems, inflammation, no energy, allergies, arthritis,
    heart "disease"?

    Eat live foods.

    If it can not rot...

    If it will stay "good" for months in your cupboards until
    you get around to finishing it, you should not really eat
    it. And at least you shouldn't eat large amounts of it.

    Richer doesn't mean smarter. We're puppets.

    "I'm loving it!" How about those two chins? Loving those?

    The bypass? The Prilosec? The doctor bills?

    "Your deserve a break today!" But do you deserve a
    fractured hip? The laughter? The marriage with no (or no
    good) sekks?

    When someone who is overweight gets upset at the
    suggestion to change their diet, you know what many (2 of 3
    Americans are overweight and 1 in 4 is OBESE) say?

    "Hey, life's short, I'm going to enjoy myself."

    It's pretty sad when chewing and swallowing is your
    greatest joy.

    Last I checked, food is actually on your tongue for only a
    few minutes a day, but fat shakes around with you, making
    you feel rotten 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

    Are those couple minutes of pleasure worth the 24 hours of
    self-loathing?

    Say no.

    Why not get your biggest joys from accomplishment, helping
    others, sports, learning, teaching, exercising... and being
    a head-turner?

    Oh, I know food can give that oh-so-coveted instant
    pleasure. It can. But when did getting instant pleasure
    EVER give you anything lasting... that you were proud of?

    Life isn't short. It's long...

    ....long enough to give you loads of pain for bad decisions.

    ....long enough to delay some gratifications for later.
    The lasting, truly enjoyable kind.

    Cool. I like your phrase, "...letting go of that which
    does not serve me or where I see myself going." If every
    person could gain the presence of mind to know what doesn't
    support where they'd like to go, there would be a lot less
    suffering in the world. Thanks, Jennifer. Keep it up.

    The truth is, all foods are drugs.

    I should rephrase that. The chemicals found in ALL foods
    are drugs. Many foods (mostly, food in it's natural state)
    have good chemicals in them and many (all processed foods)
    have bad chemicals. And just like pure drugs, food can
    make us feel physically and emotionally good or bad.

    The only question is, what chemicals are you putting in
    your body every day and in what quantities.

    Looking at it this way, obese people are actually drug
    addicts.

    Stop being an addict.

    Get healthy.

    Live longer.

    Make your life mean more than shoveling in massive
    quantities of food that your body doesn't need so that you
    have the health and energy to achieve many good and great
    things.

    Don't make it your destiny to be fat because you were
    addicted to what the legal drug pushers (processed food
    manufacturers and fast food joints) told you that you
    "deserved."

    You have too much potential for that to be your destiny.


  • #2
    well as billy connely elegantly put it to americans "dont eat things that come in buckets, no wonder your all so fat"

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    • #3
      That is a serious misrepresentation of the outcomes of the original study.

      Nice to see that the bandwith-wasting twee-circular-email merchants don't bother letting fact get in the way of their particular bugbear.

      Anyway, Isn't this more a case of stating the bleedin'obvious? The outcomes are hardly any sort of new news, are they?


      Oh, what a surprise! I see thinkrightnow is the site of some crap commercial "self-improvement" guru.


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      • #4
        Does England here refer to England proper or the UK? (Just asking!)


        (Two can play at George Orwell quotes)
        "In this country I don’t think it is enough realized—I myself had no idea of it until a few years ago—that Scotland has a case against England."

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        • #5
          I actually like Spam (the kind you eat - not the e-mails).

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          • #6
            OOOOHHHHHHH - SJ... Spam? BOAK

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            • #7
              eat more apples and less junk food and youll get healtier probably

              americans refuse to give up junk food
              i am not the band the daily flash and have no connection to them.i just like the music

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              • #8
                Originally posted by thedailyflash View Post
                eat more apples and less junk food and youll get healtier probably

                americans refuse to give up junk food
                I dont eat a lot of junk food >_<

                And besides, junk food and unhealthy eating habits aren't always the cause. It could also be in someones genes, or some type of disease where they gain a lot of unhealthy weight. That's what happened to my old youth leader in church. She had some kind of thyroid(sp) problem I believe it was, and she was big. But she couldn't help it. She always ate healthy too.
                The Road goes ever on and on....

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by scottishlover View Post
                  I dont eat a lot of junk food >_<

                  And besides, junk food and unhealthy eating habits aren't always the cause. It could also be in someones genes, or some type of disease where they gain a lot of unhealthy weight. That's what happened to my old youth leader in church. She had some kind of thyroid(sp) problem I believe it was, and she was big. But she couldn't help it. She always ate healthy too.
                  While hypothyroidism can cause difficulty in losing or maintaining healthy weight, somehow I doubt the occurrence of hypothyroidism has much (if any) bearing on the percentage of obese Americans. Most Americans have backsides the size of a Mack truck because their idea of exercise involves lifting a TV remote in one hand and a cheeseburger in the other.
                  Intellectual freedom cannot exist without political freedom; political freedom cannot exist without economic freedom; a free mind and a free market are corollaries.- Ayn Rand

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                  • #10
                    usa doesnt eat garlic so we get fat
                    i am not the band the daily flash and have no connection to them.i just like the music

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                    • #11
                      plz dont be bias

                      not all americans act like this, I am an American citizen still and am not hugely fat! Not all americans are morbidly obese abominations!

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by scottishlover View Post
                        I dont eat a lot of junk food >_<

                        And besides, junk food and unhealthy eating habits aren't always the cause. It could also be in someones genes, or some type of disease where they gain a lot of unhealthy weight. That's what happened to my old youth leader in church. She had some kind of thyroid(sp) problem I believe it was, and she was big. But she couldn't help it. She always ate healthy too.
                        I dont think all americans do this, but a lot blame this problem for thier obesity, I find this hard to believe considering I have seen a number of obese americans who use this excuse or " its my bone type "

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                        • #13
                          Best Health Care ?

                          I am an American and think that our health care system sucks compared to what little I know about other countries. In fact, based on my own discussions with other Americans, we ALL think it pales in comparison to other systems.

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                          • #14
                            *most people do not have insurance*

                            The universal health coverage plan here is; "Don't get Sick!". Just 2 months ago I split my knuckle open while washing dishes (I was washing the inside of a glass) and I had to just hope that the bleeding stopped because I certainly cannot afford to spent hundreds of dollars on an emergency room visit to get stitches. Many people here are used to treating themselves for illnesses and injuries. Even if you do have insurance, there is still a copay and then if your insurance doesn't cover a certain treatment then you have to pay for it out of pocket. (The only time I regularly see a doctor is once a year for a "women's exam".)

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                            • #15
                              Lol at the 'genes' comment, sorry but i didn't see any pictures of Jews in Auschwitz with this 'gene'.

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