Did you know that the three leading causes of death are totally unnecessary?
- Heart Disease
- Chronic Respiratory Conditions
In addition to these three, Johns Hopkins Medical researchers recently revealed that medical errorcould displace chronic respiratory conditions as the number three leading cause of death. The key word in this bit of information is “unnecessary”. Amongst all of this doom and gloom about health and death is the fact that by pursuing a healthy lifestyle, these tragic health conditions can be avoided.
According to data from the World Health Organization‘s (WHO) genomic resource centre, lifestyle habits comprise the leading risk factors for developing heart disease rather than genetics. The primary factors of an unhealthy lifestyle that contribute to the development of cardiovascular disease are:
- High blood cholesterol
- Lack of physical activity
- Smoking cigarettes
- Unhealthy diet
Heart disease is preventable by choosing the right lifestyle options. If you wish to lower your risk of an unnecessary death by heart disease don’t smoke, exercise regularly and eat a balanced diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruit and lean proteins.
Researchers with the WHO have also determined that, while genes play a role in the development of some cancers, the primary determining factor is lifestyle. The best preventative measures to avoid developing cancer are:
- No smoking.
- Eat a well balanced diet that includes a variety of green, leafy vegetables, dark fruits rich in antioxidants, and lean proteins.
- Exercise regularly.
- Minimize exposure to environmental carcinogens.
- Minimize exposure to infectious agents.
Chronic Respiratory Conditions
Some of the most common chronic respiratory conditions are:
- Pulmonary Hypertension
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
- Occupational Lung Disease
None of these conditions are considered curable and all are preventable. The risk factors for developing chronic respiratory conditions:
- Smoking cigarettes
- Exposure to air pollution (including occupational contaminants and dust)
- Frequent childhood respiratory infection
Three million people worldwide, that is about 6% of the global population, die from chronic respiratory conditions. More than 200 million people suffer with asthma. Not only do these serious health conditions potentially lead to unnecessary death, but they also affect the quality of life for the sufferer. Choose a healthy lifestyle and breathe easier. Protect children from exposure to infectious respiratory illness and strengthen their resistance with a healthy lifestyle.
Although more definitive research is needed in this area, studies by Johns Hopkins estimates that nearly 250,000 patients in the United States die as a result of medical error. That would put medical error as number three on the list of causes of unnecessary death. What are the most common medical errors with such deadly results?
- Complications during surgery
- Dosage mix-ups of prescription medication
- Delivery of wrong medication to a patient
Since a patient puts their trust in the medical professional managing their care, how can the patient become empowered to avoid situations that could cause an unnecessary death by medical error? The key would be to prevent the need for surgery or prescription medications in the first place. That means living a healthy lifestyle by making choices that create the greatest chance of not developing a condition requiring medical intervention. It also means choosing alternative forms of medical treatment first, such as chiropractic and natural medicine.
Chiropractic & Natural Medicine
Practitioners of natural medicine are passionate about disease prevention through a healthy lifestyle, dedicated to treating health problems by strengthening the body’s natural ability to heal itself. After visiting a practitioner of natural medicine, the patient walks away with a prescription for a better diet, a healthy exercise program and a treatment schedule that is not invasive and counter-intuitive to the design of the human body. Before opting for prescription medications or invasive surgery, learn how to fulfill your health potential and have a better quality of life naturally.