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Do you work to prevent disease
or do you treat it when it happens?
I caught an interesting program the other night where the argument was being made that if we worked harder (individuals, doctors, health agencies) and focused on preventive measures we wouldn't have to spend so much money on medicine and hospital visits.
Preventive medicine is a common practice in Germany and China, that I know for a fact (I'm sure many other countries have the same view point). Interestingly enough these same countries have a far lower percentage of heart disease, cancers, overweight individuals, etc.
However, preventive medicine isn't the only thing these countries have in common, they also tend to walk /bike almost everywhere, follow a more homeopathic view point then the USA and eat food that is by enlarge chemical/precervative free as opposed to us.