Originally published December 18 2008
The Failing U.S. Economy is Not a Financial Problem, It's a Health Problem
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, NaturalNews Editor
(NaturalNews) The shutdown of the American economy has begun. Today Chrysler announced it would shutter 100% of its factories for one month as it seeks bailout money from the Federal Reserve. The Fed, meanwhile, slashes its interest rates to zero, even while promising to print unlimited trillions of new dollars in order to "save" the U.S. economy.
Meanwhile, the state of California has announced it would halt all infrastructure projects (http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/18/us/18calif...), meaning that the construction and maintenance of bridges, roads and schools will be abandoned until new money can be found.
On the same day, the U.S. dollar plummeted to a 13-year low against the Yen. Investors around the world are realizing the dollar is doomed, and they're increasingly betting against it. (http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsa...)
Earlier this week, an important international meeting of heads of state was held in Latin America. The most notable fact about this meeting is that the USA was not invited.
The power and influence of the United States of America is rapidly plummeting, and the closing down of Chrysler's factories is a major warning sign that the U.S. economy, which has long operated on financial vapor, has begun an unprecedented reconfiguration that could mean the end of the dollar as a world currency and the final gutting of America's long-doomed manufacturing industry.
Why the health of the People determines the fate of the economyIn other countries, workers are willing to work for less money, executives are aggressive and well educated, and companies aren't burdened with out-of-control health care costs that have been enforced by the Big Pharma / FDA conspiracy that seeks to keep Americans diseased and medicated.
The upshot is that, in many ways, America can no longer compete on the world stage, and it is now suffering the predictable effects of an economy built on mass consumer poisoning and the continuation of disease.
I've been warning NaturalNews readers about this for years, insisting that the disease economy would spell the economic doom of the nation. I am the original author of the story "The Town of Allopath" (http://www.naturalnews.com/008674.html), which describes the economic destruction of a town that tries to base its economy on disease. Dr. Joe Mercola used the story to create an animation that is now quite famous on the 'net.
I'm also the creator of the Business is Booming cartoon (http://www.naturalnews.com/021218.html), which paints the same picture of economic destruction from a different point of view.
What does health have to do with Chrysler and the U.S. economy? Everything! When a nation bases its medical system on disease and profits rather than health and abundance, that nation has no economic future.
The demise of Chrysler and GM, for example, is due in large part to health issues. It's not just that health care costs are bankrupting the companies, it's also that diseased, medicated workers have poor productivity, a high number of missed work days, poor cognitive function, slow recovery time after injury and are in every way lower-quality workers. A healthy employee is a productive and happier employee. An unhealthy employee is an expensive, non-productive burden on any company.
If you have two labor pools from two different nations, and one nation lives on a traditional diet with few medications while another nation lives on junk food and psychiatric drugs, which labor pool do you think will produce better-quality workers?
You don't even need to answer that question: The free market has answered it for you. Chrysler is bankrupt. Toyota is not. U.S. workers have become increasingly intellectually impaired over the last few decades while workers from nations like China and India have become remarkably well educated and capable. You simply cannot compete in the world if your nation is running on junk foods and medication!
How to save the U.S. economyIf we hope to have even a slight chance of saving the U.S. economy, we are going to have to abandon the business of disease and start creating a healthy population.
Specifically, we must end Big Pharma's patents on medicine, end all drug advertising, radically reform the FDA, legalize natural cancer treatments, end the censorship of nutritional supplements and arrest all the pharma executives, oncologists and cancer-industry pushers who are right now engaged in a form of legalized murder (chemotherapy).
You also need to strip power from corporations as a whole, ending their reign over politics, the media, science journals, med schools and legislation. Corporations need to be stripped of the powers that were only meant to be guaranteed to the People (such as freedom of speech). Corporations should have no free speech. Only individuals should be guaranteed this right. And with that, we could ban all corporate advertising of sodas, junk food, fast food, and anything that was unhealthy.
Grocery stores would need to be completely reorganized: Unhealthy foods go on the bottom shelves. Only the healthiest, most wholesome foods could be displayed on end caps and eye-level shelves. That way, shoppers still have the option of buying garbage foods, but it's not pushed on them like it is today.
We have to completely abandon the business of disease by taking the profit out of it. No more patents for Big Pharma to exploit. No more making money off keeping people diseased. No more payments to doctors and hospitals for running a battery of expensive diagnostic tests while ignoring the basic responsibility to teach patients how to eat right.
At the same time, we need an outright ban on all toxic food ingredients and contaminants (melamine, aspartame, MSG, sodium nitrite, petrochemical colors, trans fats, etc.) as well as a ban on dangerous chemicals in personal care products (fragrance products, skin care, cosmetics, shampoo, soap, etc.). These steps alone would slash cancer rates by perhaps one-third, saving tens of billions of dollars for the U.S. economy (and lives, too).
All companies that make poison should be shut down. Goodbye, DuPont. Goodbye, Monsanto. Goodbye, Merck. Your poisons are no longer welcomed in a health-conscious society.
And then we need a new, national campaign to teach the People about real health. All that empty ad space created by banning Big Pharma's advertising would be replaced by natural health-oriented public service ads that teach people how to eat right, how to get more Vitamin D, how to read food labels, what ingredients to avoid, how to shop smarter and eat healthier.
Since many people won't voluntarily invest in their own health, Government should issue each person a monthly health voucher that could be traded in for health-related products or services: A gym membership, some multivitamins, preventive chiropractic care or anything else they chose. This would be paid by the taxpayers, of course, but it's one of those things an advanced society should always provide (like a "free" education).
In less than one year, the death rate from cancer, heart disease, diabetes and other health conditions would plummet. In three years, the cognitive function of U.S. workers would be measurably higher. In five years, we might be able to effectively compete again on the international stage, and we would see companies expand their operations in the U.S. In ten years, with health care costs plummeting 90 percent, we could take all that money currently being wasted on "disease care" and use it to pay back the national debt. In less than one generation, we'd be a healthy, debt-free nation, with happy, productive workers and real hope for the future.
That's what we could create if any leaders in this country had any real backbone. You have to sacrifice the disease industry if you want to save this nation. You have to shut down Big Pharma and the overwhelming power of corporations if you want to return this nation to the People. You have to be willing to end those things that are destroying America if you want to find a way to save America.
And modern medicine is, without question, destroying America. It's destroying America's cost competitiveness, America's health and America's future. Our "profit at all costs" medical system, if it is not ended, will spell the financial destruction of this nation.
This is not conjecture. It's financial fact.
Consider this startling statistic: Did you know that reducing the cancer death rate by just 1% would be worth almost $500 billion to the U.S. economy in the long run? (Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
If you reduce the cancer rate by just 10%, then, it's worth $5 trillion dollars to the economy.
We have the knowledge right now to slash cancer rates by 90%. Vitamin D alone can prevent nearly 80% of all cancers. By adding other anti-cancer nutrients to the mix, we can easily prevent 90% of all cancers. That's worth $45 trillion to the U.S. economy in terms of regained productivity.
Do the math and you'll realize that investing in health is the solution to our nation's economic crisis. A healthy population can earn its way out of debt and back into prosperity. A diseased population, however, has no such opportunity.
If you want to save this nation, you have to start by saving the health of its People. This is a fundamental law of nation building: The People's health must be the foundation upon which all national productivity and wealth is built. Without health, no nation has any real future.
Will America make the right choice?Not on your life. America has become a nation of complacent, corrupt and incompetent decision makers. It is a nation running on legalized crime (Big Pharma) and the mass poisoning of the people (food companies, soda companies, drug companies, chemical companies, etc.). It is a nation that values short-term profits over long-term prosperity. It has sold out its money supply (to the Fed), its health (to Big Pharma), its honesty (to the highest corporate bidder) and its entire system of government (to the corporations).
As such, America as we know it will soon collapse. Its economy is headed towards ruin, its currency is increasingly worthless, its people are medicated beyond all reason and its politicians are almost universally crooks. What Blagojevich was arrested for in Illinois is taking place every single day in the halls of Congress in Washington. Selling out the People for personal gain is a way of life in Washington D.C.
There is no leader in power who can make the tough decisions to turn America around. And anyone thinking Obama can do this is in for a rude surprise. Obama's health plan is largely based on defending the status quo while requiring employers to continue paying for a diseased population. Nothing in Obama's health plan even pretends to make tough decisions like overthrowing the FDA or ending the monopolistic patent protection on Big Pharma's medicines.
America will ultimately be destroyed by its own greed and arrogance, following the inescapable cycle of nations as they move from abundance to complacency, then to apathy, then to dependence and bondage. (See below.)
The cycle of nations and the fall of DemocracyI leave you with the words of Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor who wrote in 1787 (yes, 1787!) these timely words that are far more coherent and honest than any words that have come out of the mouth of any U.S. politician in recent memory (except perhaps for Ron Paul, who echoes this theme):
"A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government.
A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury.
From that moment on, the majority always vote for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship.
The average age of the world's greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years.
During those 200 years, those nations always progressed through the following sequence:
1. from bondage to spiritual faith;
2. from spiritual faith to great courage;
3. from courage to liberty;
4. from liberty to abundance;
5. from abundance to complacency;
6. from complacency to apathy;
7. from apathy to dependence;
8. from dependence back into bondage."
Today, America is in stage 8: Dependence into bondage. The private sectors of America cannot exist on their own anymore, and they must turn to the government (the Fed, the Treasury, etc.) to be bailed out. Cities, states, companies and entire industry are now deep into dependence. (The U.S. government, for example, now owns 50% of the private homes in the country due to its nationalization of Fannie May and Freddie Mac).
Bondage is the next step in this predictable cycle, and it is a desperate stage in which the demoralized American people may dwell for a decade or more.
Are you ready for 2009 yet? I'll be publishing a checklist of what you need to take care of before the future unfolds. Do not be caught unprepared in a nation headed towards collapse.
Watch for an upcoming article in which I recommend a new source for gold and silver: Golden Lion Mint (www.GoldenLionMint.com), where you can currently get precious metals at a much lower price than buying official U.S.-minted coins (which are now inflated due to supply / demand pressures). I have no financial interest in Golden Lion Mint.
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Whatever you do, take action now to protect your savings, your home and your health from what's coming. The approaching years are bound to be tumultuous.
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