The TOTAL COST of being SICK from conventional food vs. the “higher” price of organic food that yields much better health and immunity
04/09/2024 // S.D. Wells // Views

Got irritable bowels? You may want to know that science proves that populations consuming higher levels of pesticides also experience a higher rate of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), according to an in-depth study published in Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology.

Yes, over 18,000 cases of IBS were studied to obtain these results. How many Americans consume conventional foods loaded with pesticides, then spend a fortune visiting doctors and hospitals, running diagnostic test after diagnostic test to try to figure out the health labyrinth? That's just the tip of the iceberg folks. Keep reading.

IBS, in fact, affects over 45 million Americans, mostly female. Despite the medical industrial complex suffering from "unknown etiology" syndrome, mountains of clinical evidence demonstrate environmental contaminants, like pesticides, as the culprit, as they negatively affect gut microbes, causing imbalance and chronic inflammation directly associated with IBS.

The ultimate short-and-long-term costs of a "conventional" American food regimen

From health insurance costs to co-pays, and from deductibles to OTC medications, Americans spend much, much more than they think on their "conventional" lifestyle. Let's run some (well-sourced) numbers so everyone can see the light of day here.

We hear it over and over again, as most Americans claim that organic foods are just "too expensive," so they "opt in" for the conventional, gut-rotting, immune-system-incapacitating, inflammation-driving nightmares of conventional foods. Here's an inside look at the costs they incur.

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First off, the average national monthly health insurance cost for just one person on an ACA plan (Affordable Care Act) in 2024, without premium tax credits, is more than $475. Then, the average deductible for an individual with employer-provided coverage is over $1,760. We're just getting started with the sick-care costs.

Now add on the average co-payment for primary care visits at $26, and for specialty care appointments at $44, and the average number of doctor visits per person in America is four times per year (that's about $140 per year for co-payments per person). That's according to KFF's (Kaiser Family Foundation) 2023 Employee Health Benefits Survey, in case you need to check those digits at the door.

Next, don't forget about those over-the-counter (OTC) medications. U.S. households spend over $440 per year on OTC products. Wait, there's more. The Centers for Disease Continuance (CDC) reports that productivity losses linked to absenteeism (mostly sick and injured folks) cost employers over $225 BILLION annually in the United States. That's $1,685 per employee.

Time to do some arithmetic: $475 + $1760 + $140 + $440 + $1685 = $4,500.

Now let's review and compare. It's about 22 percent more expensive to buy organic than non-organic, but most of that difference comes from buying meat. If you were to remove meat from the equation, it would only be about 13 percent more expensive to choose organic foods. That means if you spend $100 on organic food, you could have bought another $22 worth of food had you only bought conventional food. Add that up weekly and that's about $1,000 per year.

Now compare that $1,000 to the total cost per household, per year, that suffers many of the chronic and recurring illnesses from consuming pesticide-laden, fluoride-laced, hormone-loaded, antibiotic-contaminated, adulterated conventional food, and guess what? Those non-organic zombies are spending on average around $3,500 more to live their so-called "cheaper" conventional life. Go figure. Then there's the misery of being sick.

Many reasons why you should "shop organic" instead of conventional

Organic crops help cut way down on the amount of toxic bug killer and weed killer in our bodies (and the environment) because the USDA organic label ensures inspection for synthetic chemical pesticides and herbicides. Plus, the humane treatment of livestock means no synthetic antibiotics, no added growth hormones and no GMO (toxic) feed. That also means animal by-products like eggs and cheese won't contain these contaminants that cause IBS, immune system dysfunction and dementia.

Here's some irony to the whole "organic costs too much" excuse. In early 2011, some students at Colby College surveyed 21 organic food item prices and their non-organic counterparts at 5 different grocery stores. They found some conventional prices were actually higher, close to balancing the difference.

Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired? Tune your internet dial to for tips on how to use natural remedies for preventative medicine and for healing, instead of succumbing to Big Pharma and Big Food products that cause, spread and exacerbate disease and disorder.

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