The U.S. spends twice as much per-capita on healthcare as most other wealthy nations, yet trails every one when it comes to the death rate from preventable diseases, according to the nonpartisan health-research foundation The Commonwealth Fund.
One reason: Most healthcare dollars are spent on drugs and therapies that treat health problems after they develop and not on prevention strategies that could ward off them off in the first place. What’s more, many Americans have unhealthy lifestyle habits that contribute to heart disease, cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and other conditions.
But Dr. Evelyn Higgins tells Newsmax Health there is a better way. As a doctor, author, and syndicated radio show host, she has built a career preaching the gospel of wellness and prevention. She argues that health is more than simply the absence of disease and 70-80 percent of ailments are lifestyle-based — from eating the wrong foods (including seven you should never consume) and not exercising enough.