Half of Americans Are Sick

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Emory University researchers examined public health records and found that more than half of Americans have at least one chronic disease, mental illness or problem with drugs or alcohol.  This includes such things as asthma, cirrhosis, diabetes, heart disease, hepatitis, high blood pressure, HIV/AIDS, lung cancer, pancreatitis and stroke.  The results break down as:

  • Nearly 40 percent had at least one chronic medical condition
  • About 18 percent had been diagnosed with a mental illness
  • About 9 percent abused drugs or alcohol

That is a lot of sick people.  Every other person you see today has a chronic illness of some sort.  How many of these are self inflicted, however?  The inconvenient truth about healthcare is that without personal responsibility there is no way ANY type of healthcare system will be affordable.  This website may bitch about the bureaucratic nonsense and the idiots in charge but that not mean we should ignore the fact that people NEED to take care of themselves so others don’t have to.

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  2 comments for “Half of Americans Are Sick

  1. Pat
    November 7, 2016 at 10:18 pm

    The dark reality of medicine is that it increasingly serves not to heal illness, but to potentiate and excuse weakness and self-harm. Physicians accepting blame – being forced to in order to make a living – for their patients’ behaviors perverts everything we were supposed to be about.

  2. George Voigtlander
    November 7, 2016 at 11:17 am

    Mike Royko (columnist for Chicago Daily Times) wrote the best comment about this problem. I should have saved, framed and displayed in my waiting room. This was before the cynically named Affordable Care Act. It is even more true now. He pointed a finger at the lazy, self indulgent Americans demanding free healthcare with the convenience of a fast food drive through. He wrote this as he was dying. Pretty prophetic for 30 years ago!
    Will try to find a link to this.

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