The Human Costs
Invest In Prevention
In 2016, America’s total medical costs hit a new record of $3.4 trillion, according to the federal government. That’s about 18 percent of the country’s total GDP. In this case, one out of every six dollars we spent in 2016 went to health care.
America’s Total GDP
America’s Total Medical Costs
Breaking it down
Let’s Consider Asthma
To truly appreciate the cost in human terms consider asthma. Asthma kills 10 kids each day in America and more than 3300 every year. 1.8 million visits to the ER, uncounted paramedic ambulance calls and rides to the hospital and not to mention millions of visits to the doctor’s office. Asthma alone costs the USA about $80 billion per year in direct medical care costs and indirect costs. Asthma and Allergies have been on the Rise in the U.S. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about one in 12 people in the U.S. has asthma, or about 25 million people. And the rate appears to be on the rise. From 2001 to 2011, the CDC says the number of Americans with asthma grew by 28 percent.
Crohn's and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) plagues more than 1.6 million Americans with an average of 130,000 colostomy surgeries will be performed every year to treat these inflammatory disorders. In addition to these surgeries, very expensive chemotherapy drugs like Humira and Remacade will be given to these patients at the annual cost of billions of dollars. What is most profound is that these diseases are genomic and a result of genetic expression and inflammation. The human genome project has discovered that gut bacterial communities heavily influence the origins of illness. In other words, 98% of our genetics is under our biomic control and not inherited from our parents.
Farmers Over Pharmacies tells the stories of people like Tara Rosas Kalback who completely recovered from a very serious case of Crohn’s with a diet of gut rejuvenating and inflammation controlling bone broths, fermented vegetables, and lots of raw milk Kefir. In six months Tara was off all medications and completely healthy. She came within 30 days of having colostomy surgery and was taking multiple drugs that had negative side effects including cancer.
Facts & Statistics
Less than 5% of adults participate in 30 minutes of physical activity each day
1 in 3 children are physically active every day
Typical American diets exceed the recommended intake levels or limits in four categories: calories from solid fats and added sugars; refined grains; sodium; and saturated fat.
Americans eat less than the recommended amounts of vegetables, fruits, whole-grains, dairy products, and oils.
Reducing the sodium Americans eat by 1,200mg per day on could save up to $20 billion a year in medical costs
of Americans eat more sodium than is recommended for a healthy diet
Since the 1970s, the number of fast food restaurants has more than doubled
Allergic diseases, such as allergic rhinitis (hay fever), food allergy, and eczema, are common for all age groups in the United States. Asthma affects more than 24 million people in the U.S., including more than 6 million children. ... More than 50 million Americans suffer from allergies each year.
of US children under 18 suffer from food allergies
Allergies: U.S. with an annual cost in excess of $18 billion
of US children under 18 suffer from skim allergies
50 million +
Americans suffer from allergies in US each year
The top gut biome healing and inflammation reducing foods are categories of foods that are whole, enzyme rich, probiotic, and mineral rich, good animal fat and unprocessed. Foods that are fermented. Foods that are unprocessed, raw and come farm direct without use of gut biome destructive antibiotics, pesticides, GMOS or Roundup (a very strong antibiotic).
The short list includes: collagen rich bone broths, fermented vegetables, whole raw milk Kefir, raw butter, raw milk and other farmers market foods. These are the foods that suppress inflammation, support the gut biome, promote STEM cell differentiation, build immune systems and prevent illness.