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Too Many Prescription Drugs, Too Few Positive Outcomes

Hundred dollar bill with prescription pills It’s time to face a few sad facts. Americans consume more medication, by far, than any other country in the world, which is a big reason why we spend more on healthcare per citizen than any country in the world.

However, we’re not the healthiest country in the world. Our healthcare system doesn’t produce the best outcomes. According to World Health Organization data from 2015, the U.S. ranks 31st in the world in life expectancy at 79.3 years, more than four years behind Japan (83.7) and Switzerland (83.4).

Following 1+1 = 2 logic, one can reasonably deduce that more medication doesn’t lead to better health. It’s not even debatable. But scientific data goes a step further and offers a much more shocking reality. Continue reading

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