Nearly 60% of adult Americans have at least one chronic disease, 27% have multiple chronic conditions.
Chronic conditions like diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular disease are the leading causes of death in the United States as of April 18, 2022. This does not include the rapid rise of Dementia and Alzheimer’s as baby boomers move into retirement and onto Medicare.
Average life expectancy once debilitated by Alzheimer’s is approximately 10 years, at a cost of over $100,000 per year for palliative care (Not a cure!). It's not hard to imagine a time when health care (Or as it's more accurately put, symptomatic treatment), will bankrupt the economy. Knowing these stats, Should we bury our heads in the sand and pretend this is not happening?
No politician, so far, has been willing to stand up and declare these facts. If they did, it would bring about radical change in medicine and our culture. There is too much money to be made off the sick and getting sicker.
So what do we do?
I am not preaching doom and gloom, quite the contrary. I believe that it is possible to change course and take our power back.
The first step is to become informed.
Here is a list of the seven most common chronic diseases in the US:
1) Heart Disease
3) Chronic Lung Disease
7) Chronic kidney disease
Most of these diseases are the result of multiple factors, however, there is one thing that connects all of them. The mysterious underlying cause of most chronic disease is called systemic inflammation.
Most people are familiar with inflammation in the form of your body’s acute reaction to injury, such as a sprained ankle that swells up. But what if your entire body was stuck in that inflammatory response? What if every organ and tissue in your body was constantly swollen and inflamed, including your brain?
Take a look at the conditions listed above and see if you can make that connection.
Inflammation is a normal part of your immune response to acute injury or microbial invasion. What makes this a chronic and deadly condition is your immune system is no longer responding appropriately to your external or internal environment. This can manifest as allergies, asthma, food sensitivities, multiple chemical sensitivities, and the list goes on. How many people do you know living with more than one of these conditions?
What causes systemic inflammation?
There are many factors we have identified that are at the root of this trend of chronic disease in America. Here’s a short list of common factors to help you start to think about your current lifestyle and choices, and what you can do to avoid becoming a statistic.
For now, though, What is a good next step?
Work on your Nervous Systems response to stress. Come in for your Network sessions (Entrainments)!