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Saturday, 24 September 2016

The USA is going to the dogs! and it's official.

"When the U.S. sneezes, the rest of the world catches a cold" Who has not heard that quote. You don't need the brains of Einstein to understand what that quote means, when the US economy is going down, the rest of the world is in trouble. In many ways the UK is a much scaled down version of the US. How we got to be at fifth place is way beyond me. Our once envy of the world National Health Service is rapidly declining. Poverty is on the increase, over one million people depend on free food charities. Adults are living at home into their thirties because even a modest flat/apartment is totally unaffordable, and in real terms earnings have been going backwards for years.

As I said earlier "When the U.S. sneezes, the rest of the world catches a cold" The question I am asking myself, is how bad is it going to get? and we still have the prospect of either Clinton or Trump as the next US President.  

As Bloomberg reports, Iceland and Sweden share the top slot with Singapore as world leaders when it comes to health goals set by the United Nations, according to a report published in the Lancet. Using the UN’s sustainable development goals as guideposts, which measure the obvious (poverty, clean water, education) and less obvious (societal inequality, industry innovation), more than 1,870 researchers in 124 countries compiled data on 33 different indicators of progress toward the UN goals related to health.

The massive study emerged from a decadelong collaboration focused on the worldwide distribution of disease.

About a year and a half ago, the researchers involved decided their data might help measure progress on what may be the single most ambitious undertaking humans have ever committed themselves to: survival. In doing so, they came up with some disturbing findings, including that the country with the biggest economy (not to mention, if we’re talking about health, multibillion-dollar health-food and fitness industries) ranks No. 28 overall, between Japan and Estonia.

A reader comments.

"The U.S. is Number 1 in plenty of categories. It's Number 1 in prescription drug ingestion.  The U.S. makes up only 6% of the world's population, but its citizens ingest 80% of the worlds prescription drugs.  The U.S. is also Number 1 in incarcerations.  Again, with only 6% of the world's population, the U.S. has 25% of the world's imprisoned.  And, although I can't prove it statistically, having gone to Walmart, I think it's safe to post that the U.S. is Number 1 in having the greatest percentage of the world's scooter people.  That's why when Walmart remodelled its stores, it made the isles wider.  See you at the Golden Corral, fellow Americans." 

More on this article here.

If the stats quoted for US pharma drugs use, is anywhere near accurate, the mind boggles. 

The full Lancet report can be read here. 

Have a cheerful weekend folks. 



Anonymous said...

Bloody hell.
Mind boggling is the word but pleasing to see the UK at no. 5.


eileeninmd said...

Hello, I am not happy with Clinton or Trump. I just do not know how we ended up with these two. Neither were my choice. I think the press has way too much influence in what happens with our government. As far as prescriptions go, as soon as I read all the side effects I change my mind about taking the medicine. Thanks for sharing this post.

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

That's pretty scary about prescription drugs but not surprising!
I'm somewhat relieved to see that Canada is at least in the top 10, although we could - and shoud - do much better.

Debbie said...

i enjoyed this read and laughed at the opening quote which i have NEVER heard, but how true!!!

as far as our 2 presidential candidates, i am completely embarrassed.....and for the first time since i turned 18, i will probably not vote. that's not the answer but i don't think i can do it!!!

as for drugs/medications, no comment!!!

Lowcarb team member said...

Thanks for the comments folks. You have to stand back and wonder, how a great country like the USA, with over 300 million people, ends up having to chose between these to lying psychopaths. Not that we are not in the same boat in the UK you understand.

Maybe politics has gone so far into the sewer, good honest people keep well away. I must admit I am looking forward to the live debates between these two miscreants.


Launna said...

I am grateful to see that Canada is in the top 10... I love this country I live in...

I am scared for the election in the US, I know neither candidate is great but at least Clinton isn't as insane as Trump... He is an embarrassment ... I rarely weigh in with my opinion as it seems that everyone is extremely volatile about the two choices...

Adam said...

It will be even worse under Trump