franco b wrote:Why do other countries have healthier populations at far less cost?
One reason might be that doctors in the USA are mainly taught to treat only symptoms, and not root causes. Got a symptom, take a pill. Big Pharma is in the drivers seat. There is little to no preventative medicine practice in the USA. Only medicine after the fact of existent symptoms. The average amount of time a doctor spends with a patient in the USA is about 4 minutes, generally culminating with a prescription for a drug. They are money making machines, not health promoters. They would need to spend hours with you to learn what is behind your illnesses and set you on the path to health, but that would require that they actually cared about your health and not maximizing their bottom line profits.
Eliminate the root cause, and you eliminate the symptom. But then you won't need pills.
Diet plays a big part. Many of the things we consume routinely here are banned elsewhere. GMO's, pesticides, Round-Up ready seeds, brominated flour, chemical preservatives, artificial sweeteners, etc...
Processed foods with tons of chemical additives play a big part in this also. But in general we eat very poorly here. White flour, sugars galore, bleached rice, antibiotic ladened meats, growth hormone ladened meats, etc...
In general we don't get much exercise either. Much of our poor health is the combined product of exposure to environmental factors, workplace exposure to chemicals, diet, and living habits.
Also consider that doctors in the USA who offer alternatives to the main stream of approved and established treatments often face anywhere from losing their license to practice, to criminal prosecution. Medical practice is a cartel. The government is its enforcer.