Is this some obscure third-world country? Nope. It's Louisiana and Mississippi, the two lowest-ranking U.S. states in the latest annual health report released by the non-profit American Public Health Association.
The report compared the health of U.S. states, declaring Vermont to be the healthiest.
And yet, even then, the healthiest state in the United States is filled with obese, junk-food eating, over-medicated people. The truth is that even the healthiest U.S. state isn't very healthy, and the U.S. population as a whole suffers from more degenerative disease than any other nation in the world.
It's not just from a lack of health insurance, either. Health insurance only covers conventional medical procedures, and those do nothing to prevent disease in the first place. There is virtually no drug, no surgery and no advice from conventional medicine that truly prevents or reverses any disease at all.
What the U.S. really suffers from is Disease Profiteering, or the exploitation of disease by Big Business. It makes so much money to keep people diseased, there's virtually no effort to try to prevent disease in America.
When was the last time a company told you to eat LESS junk food? Or your doctor told you to eat superfoods? Or your television ran a public service announcement reminding you that sodas and refined sugars cause obesity?
When was the last time the Susan G. Komen cancer group told women to take vitamin D in order to prevent cancer? Or how about the American Heart Association telling Americans to stop eating processed meat and start drinking raw vegetable juice?
It doesn't happen. And you know why? Because disease is big business. Disease keeps the money flowing into the cancer non-profits, the disease non-profits (AHA, ADA, ACS, etc.), medical clinics and Big Pharma's bank accounts. Disease is actually a huge driving factor behind the U.S. economy, with easily one of out every five dollars of economic activity in the nation now being spent on disease.
We have become a nation that is economically dependent on disease, and there has been virtually no politician willing to stand up against it other than Rep. Ron Paul with his Health Freedom Protection Act (that will probably never be passed, of course). Notably, Sen. Charles Grassley has done excellent work revealing the crimes of Big Pharma and the widespread bribery of doctors, but that's a rarity in the Senate.
America is the most diseased nation in the world because Big Business wants it that way!
Listing health rankings by state is a distraction: ALL states are filled with masses of unhealthy people who are being financially exploited by the cancer industry, the psychiatric industry, the junk food industry and the drug industry. And what we really need in this nation is not simply a few watered-down changes in who pays for disease but rather a revolution in health that would outlaw disease profiteering, end patents on medicines, dismantle the Big Pharma / FDA corruption racket and re-educate the entire medical profession on things they should have been taught in medical school (like nutrition).
We need to stop thinking we're going to get rich off of disease and understand that it is HEALTH, not disease, that creates lasting economic abundance.
But I don't think that day is coming for America. I think America will not survive its own self destruction. We are looking at a convergence of a global fiscal crisis and a devastating health crisis. Perhaps a nation could survive one, but not both. From the ashes of America, however, smaller nation-states may emerge, granting us the opportunity to create a new health care system from scratch that encompasses both "health" and "care."
I've said this publicly before, but it's worth repeating: Any nation that does not invest in the health of its people has no future.