Emphasis Needed on
Prevention to Defeat Chronic Disease
of years from now, mankind may look back at todays modern
medicine and think: How could they have been so primitive
in ideology and so wrong? What lack of humanitarianism in government
allowed the medical industries to kill people with economically
driven false beliefs and ideas? Why didnt government stop
them? Who were the people in charge of protecting those citizens?
Every year, hundreds of thousands of people continue to die needlessly
due to conflicts of interest, tainted research, greed for big bucks,
pretentious doctors and scientists, lying, cheating, invasion by
the morally bankrupt marketing automatons of the drug industry,
derelict politicians and federal regulators - all seasoned with
huge doses of self-importance and foul odor.
Today's society believes that health can be found in a pill. It's
a sad reality isn't it? But we invest billions of dollars into drugs
and research, and the decline in health is epidemically on the rise
every year, with the return on this investment being profoundly
poor. More and more people do not have the energy they need to get
through the day while millions of others are suffering with painful
crippling diseases because they have violated basic health principles.
Negative health and lifestyle choices are massive contributors to
the proliferation of chronic disease due mostly to a general lack
of knowledge. There is a desperate need for people to start making
wiser and more responsible health and lifestyle decisions for themselves
and their families. If lawmakers were to hold the public accountable for their own health,
and use preventive education as a weapon against the war on chronic
disease, they would inevitably propel
human health way beyond its current limitations.
illness makes up approximately 80 percent of the burden of illness
and accounts for eight of the nine leading categories of death.
Cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes are examples of preventable
yet leading causes of death in Canada and the U.S.
Obesity is one of the largest contributors to preventable illness and convincing
evidence links it to six out of the nine leading categories of death.
More than half of people (including children) in Canada and the
U.S. are overweight or obese and have a least two risk factors for
The limitation of current approaches to combat obesity may, in part,
contribute to the problem. For example, school-based and community-based
programs might not be particularly efficacious. Most dietary interventions
focus on reduction of fat intake, even though dietary fat might
not be an important cause of obesity. Very few studies have ever
addressed the effect of dietary composition on bodyweight, physical
activity, and behavioural modification techniques combined.
With respect to exercise and physical activity, many studies have used conventional programmed
exercise prescriptions, although increasing lifestyle activity or
reducing sedentary behaviours might be better for long-term weight
curriculums in schools designed to create exercise environments
that only mesh with sport or competition have isolated several groups
of children who are uncomfortable, uncoordinated or lack the athletic
ability to enjoy these events. For many of these children, this
reality becomes a conditioned reinforcer instilling a behavior which
dissuades many of them from pursuing physical activity programs
in their teens and then in adulthood.
Moreover, a plethora of school-based programs still emphasize non-locomotor
and manipulative skills for physical education which are very poor
indicators in maintaining human health. Motor skills such as speed,
strength and power which are integrated with cardiovascular abilities
have consistently shown to improve long-term health, yet an extremely
large percentage of curriculums fail to properly address or incorporate
these skills. Kids are just not getting the education and tools
they need to sustain healthy, active lifestyles well into their
education demands increased funding for research into new dietary,
physical activity, behavioural, socioeconomic, environmental and
medical approaches for the prevention of chronic disease. Children
who grow into teenagers and then adults require more accountability
for their own well-being through health conscious decisions which
are motivated by proper practical and theoretical applications.
Substantial political and financial contributions are also imperative
to invest in prevention more effectively to regulate revisions and
mandate policies which affect the governing bodies of health and
education. Any procrastination or failure to resolve these matters
in the next decade will only lead to the further deterioration of
human health and healthcare systems. Proper leadership and effective
communication regarding these preventive meausures may still reverse
this trend and consequently promote a healthier aging population.
For in-depth information on the prevention of chronic disease, please review
It examines the
interrelationship between diet, nutrition, physical activity and