The Greatest Country on Earth!? Not really.

Americans rank at or near the bottom in most health categories according to the January 2013 report by the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council

American Health. 
Americans have shorter life expectancy and higher rates of injury and disease than citizens of other industrialized countries. A 2011 report showed that the US ranked 50th in life expectancy. In most health issues (infant mortality, teenage pregnancies, sexually transmitted diseases, heart disease, chronic lung disease, disability, obesity, diabetes, drug-related deaths, homicides, injuries, and HIV/AIDS), the US is either at the bottom or near the bottom of the list of industrialized nations. 
Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council, January 2013

A healthy Lifestyle is the best medicine.  Eating right, exercising, getting proper rest, drinking plenty of water, having a positive attitude and keeping your body in tip top shape by seeing a practitioner that focuses on the proper structure and alignment of the body such as a chiropractor are your best bet to ensure a longer healthier life.  Doing what the typical American does is a recipe for disaster as this research unveils.

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Jeff Thompson February 26, 2013 at 04:22 PM
Glib. The US accounts for infant mortality differently than other countries which impacts that rate, but also our life expectancy numbers. We also have much broader categories for disability as well - for example we include mental health. While the author is correct in some ways, when affluent people around the world need medical treatment, they often fly to the US for it. Granted, we are certainly not #1, due to the cultural factors mentioned.
bulldogger February 28, 2013 at 02:00 PM
The Greatest Country on Earth!? Not really. Andy, I beg to disagree with you. We may not be #1 in each and every category of whatever you think is important, but let me ask you......."where else would you rather live"? and why aren't you already there? As for me, I love my country and I would never make a statement like the title you put on your blog.
Dr. Andy Vantreese March 06, 2013 at 11:24 PM
Bulldogger, Of course I love my country. Which is precisely why I believe people would want to know this information. The title was not a statement. It was simply meant to arouse interest and captivate an audience that would want to know where America ranks compared to other industrialized nations when it comes to health. It is no reflection of my opinion of this country. I was simply reporting the statistics as reported by the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council, January 2013. My apologies if you took offense to the title of my post.


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