Troubling signs about the future of healthcare in this country show the urgent need to embrace regenerative health solutions.
A new analysis found that US life expectancy has dropped for the second year in a row, by about six months in 2021, after falling by two years in 2020. This has driven overall US life expectancy to its lowest point in 25 years. This should spur a moment of reflection among policymakers and public health experts.
The pandemic is clearly the spark that ignited this powder keg, but we need to look beyond this surface level explanation. For starters, the government’s response to the pandemic cost hundreds of thousands of lives. In the early days, government health authorities ignored, censored, and attacked any treatment for COVID-19; all the focus was on self-isolating, masking, hand washing, and waiting for a vaccine to be developed. Front-line doctors successfully developed a protocol to treat COVID using repurposed drugs; the key was to treat early, and not to wait for the disease to progress to a stage where ventilation was needed. The government did nothing. Some estimate that 85 percent of COVID deaths could have been prevented had early treatment with repurposed drugs combined with supplements been widely adopted.
Perhaps the government was preoccupied with its massive censorship campaign against those who dared inform the public about the benefits of supplements like vitamin D, zinc, and quercetin for the prevention and treatment of COVID-19. In the absence of alternative treatments, why not tell the public about immune-supporting supplements that are cheap and safe? Answer: Because they don’t make money for drug companies.
Finally, we need to ask the question about why we’re so susceptible to the virus in the first place, and the inevitable answer is that we are a profoundly sick nation. Half the population has at least one chronic condition, and almost a third have multiple chronic illness. There are many causes of the chronic disease epidemic:
- The way we grow our food means it is less nutritious than it once was, making us deficient in key nutrients and priming us to develop chronic diseases;
- Federal agencies like the EPA allow all sorts of toxic chemicals onto the market. We’re exposed to these toxins in the air, in our water, in consumer products, and in our food. The accumulation of these exposures is making us sick.
- Rather than treating the root cause of illness by addressing diet and lifestyle, mainstream medicine relies on pharmaceutical drugs which are expensive and often dangerous.
Importantly, all these trends, including the drop in life expectancy, disproportionately impact communities of color. This is unacceptable.
The status quo is clearly not working; in an age of incredible scientific advancement, our health is regressing. It’s time to embrace regenerative health for humans and the planet.