The NEWSS Can Help Us Be Energetically Thrifty

You know what they say: “The road to Hell is paved with good intentions.” That's what's happening with health care in the United States, and throughout through the world of “Western socialism” today. The good intentions which may have spawned such government interventions as the recent American health law (“Obamacare”) seeks to reduce the overall cost to society of medical care. But, like most liberal or big-government initiatives, Obamacare is actually dramatically increasing health care costs while radically reducing the quality and availability of care.

Without a doubt, health care costs are astronomical; but recent research has shown that costs are going up, not down, in the aftermath of the push-through of the Obamacare law.

Take a look at what obesity costs us. According to a September report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, American states spend a LOT on taking care of obese folks: estimates range from a low in Wyoming of $ 203 million / year to California's high of more than $ 15 billion (with a ” bill “). Again, intentions are good: from the first lady to the democrat-dominated federal government, efforts are afoot to curb obesity and its costs. But those efforts, in practical terms, just are not working.

And health care costs are expected to continue rising. Experts at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services say health care spending will grow six percent per year through at least the year 2020, with the largest areas of cost growth beting in doctor visits, clinical services, and prescription drugs. You may understand these predictions when you consider that the government, and not the free enterprise of the private sector, will now by paying doctors and picking up the tab for clinics and medicines. Under Obamacare, if it's allowed to be fully empowered, the free-market incentives towards efficiency and profit will be gone, and costs will (as the president puts it with reference to energy prices) “necessarily skyrocket.”

Unintended consequences. Outcomes which are opposed to those initiatives were meant to achieve. The road to “Hell.”

Of course, the government-restrained private medical system in America, while it was the world's best, was not without its flaws. Possibly because insurers were constrained and left without the above-mentioned free-market motivations, the medical insurance racket has been out of control for years. According to October's edition of the journal “Archives of Internal Medicine,” researchers at Mount Sinai School of Medicine discovered that an extra $ 6.7 billion (with a “bill”) went to unnecessary tests and unneeded prescriptions … in a single year.

What can you do? Take personal responsibility for your own physical vitality. Start with the five key daily health habits I call “The NEWSS” – Nutrition (begin by cutting out the junk food), Exercise (get 3-6 good workouts a week), Water (drink two liters every day), Sleep (get eight hours every night), and supplements (take at least one good daily multi-nutrient to give your body what it can not get from today's convenience-oriented lifestyle).

They also say “An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure,” and “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Protect yourself from the good intentions of a big, all-controlling government … get the NEWSS, and be part of a healthier society that's less dependent on government medicine.

by Michael D. Hume, MS