# 1 - WHY FOLLOW "SCD"? > GRIM STATISTICS


Our country is in a health crisis . . .

·        Our children are unhealthier than ever in history.

·        Two of the top five most widely prescribed prescription drugs in this country are for digestive disorders. The other three drugs in the top five are prescribed for heart disease-related conditions and arthritis.

·        Colorectal cancer, one of the most severe digestive or gastro-enterological diseases, is the second leading cause of cancer deaths.

·        More than 60 million Americans experience heartburn at least once a month, and about 25 million are daily sufferers, leading to gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD), which, if left untreated, can lead to more serious conditions.

·        As many as 37 million episodes of diarrhea occur annually among America’s 16.5 million children under five. This problem leads to three million physician visits each year and 163,000 hospital visits; it also accounts for 13 percent of all hospital stays for children in this age group.

·        Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) alone affects almost 20 percent of the adult population in America.

http://www.westonaprice.org/moderndiseases/restore_digestivehealth.html

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The United States (and rest of the world) is experiencing a

HEALTH CRISIS.

Consider these statistics:

  • 50 percent of Americans will have some form of cancer in their lifetime.

  • One in six Americans is either pre-diabetic or diabetic.

  • Sixty-six percent of Americans are overweight.

  • Over ten million Americans are taking anti-depressants.

  • 50 percent of people over 85 will have Alzheimer's Disease.

  • Someone dies of heart disease every 34 seconds.

  • One in six Americans suffers from an Anxiety Disorder.

Don't expect your conventional doctor to save you with a drug prescription either. Think about this: The number of people who die each year due to drugs and surgery is equal to six jumbo jets crashing every day. If that were the case, would you ever fly again? Yet thousands of people visit their doctor daily, hoping to be cured with a drug.

(Please note that at times drugs are necessary and helpful, however, in our experience, most disease can be effectively treated without drugs or surgery.)

Disease And Premature Death Can Be Prevented By Going Back To Nature ...

Natural medicine and lifestyle counseling can prevent disease. More and more people are realizing this. Last year there were 37 million more visits to alternative medicine practitioners than conventional medical doctors.

People now realize the only way to truly obtain optimal health is to treat the cause of their illness by making changes with their lifestyle which includes addressing nutritional and emotional issues.

www.mercola.com