As Americans we want to believe that we are a healthy society. After all we have access to some of the best doctors, latest prescription medicines, and most advanced hospital facilities in the world. But despite all these advantages we are still one of the sickest according to a recent study which found that 51 percent of working Americans between the ages of 18 and 65 have at least one chronic disease, or are in generally poor health.

Sound shocking doesn’t it! But if you were to take an inventory of your friends and family how many of them have at least one chronic illness, or are in poor health. Examples of chronic illnesses would be (arthritis, osteoarthritis, high blood pressure, heart disease, cancer, gall bladder disease, blood sugar issues, diabetes, gout, breathing disorders such asthma or emphysema, or atherosclerosis). I think the answer for most would be well over half.

For the those over 65 the numbers are even worse with virtually all suffering from one or more chronic degenerative diseases.

Another interesting fact is that a recent study found that our brains are shrinking as well. That is good news for me in trying to explain to you why this article may have a couple of typos. A small brain does have some advantages I guess. Now let’s get back to business.

Perhaps we are focusing in the wrong area

Billions of dollars in research along with countless human capital has been spent to cure diseases are ailments such as cancer and the common cold. But would you believe that a British research team during a quite large research study has found that the spice curry prevents the common cold. They also found that when curry was taken when cold symptoms were raging it not only reduced the symptoms but dramatically reduces the length of infection. So in other words after years of pharmaceutical missteps it appears mother nature has had the solution all along.

As far as cancer goes no one has stumbled upon a natural cure though cayenne pepper, the herbs Huang Qi, Indian ginseng, and milk thistle, along with herbal remedies for liver detoxification all have been mentioned as possibilities.

Another example of a natural substance for promoting preventative medicine and wellness are the omega 3 fatty acids found in fish and fish oil supplements. For years medical science wondered why certain populations of people had a very low incidence of heart and artery disease. Now we are starting to realize their diets contained moderate, but consistent, amounts of omega 3 fatty acids. Research has also determined that omega 3 fatty acids work to reduce inflammation in many areas of the body including our cells, brains and our joints.

A fourth examples would be chondroitin and glucosamine for rebuilding cartilage and preventing cartilage related diseases. These two are perhaps the best example of all of naturally occurring substances that prevent dangerous life alternative condition such as osteoporosis which are still treated with drugs to mask the symptoms, or others which attempt to rebuild bone but may ultimately cause bone death and bone deterioration.

In conclusion, what we should realize is that the path we are taking really isn’t working very well. As a society we can do much better but this may require a change in perception for doctors, researchers, and the general population thinking more in terms of preventative medicine rather than continue down the same old path of reactive prescription medication and treatment.