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Questions We Need to be Asking and Solutions We Need to Discover

Does your family discuss distractive addictive influencers and compulsive behaviors that contribute to unintentional injuries and violence, such as?

  • Poor choices regarding friends and associates
  • Violent movies and video games
  • Not wearing a helmet and protective gear when engaging in activities
  • Tobacco / chewing / vaping use
  • Alcohol and other drug abuse
  • Sexual behaviors that contribute to unintended pregnancy and STDs, including HIV infection
  • Unhealthy dietary choices
  • Physical inactivity, including obesity and breathing concerns
  • Excessive use of electronic devices, screen time, and mind-numbing activities
  • Daily use of over-the-counter and Rx medications for pain relief, digestive issues, allergies, etc. (escalating even given to toddlers)

Self-awareness questions to identify behaviors that lead to positive or negative consequences:

  • What percentage of time does your youth invest in nurturing and exercising all aspects of a healthy voltage lifestyle; spiritual, emotional, intellectual, social, environmental, financial, and physical?
  • What percentage of time is your youth spending on electronic devices (screen time)—see statistics about brain function.
  • Does your youth have quality breathing and restorative sleep patterns?
  • What is your youth's chosen beverage?
  • How well hydrated are they?
  • Are junk foods their primary nutrition?
  • How many meals are eaten together as a family?
  • How many meals are home-cooked nutritional and not processed or fast food?
  • How many family discussions provide opportunities for deductive reasoning, evaluation of opinions, and creative problem-solving?
  • Have you explored and discovered alternatives for pain relief and other discomforts that have required daily medications?
  • How much time do your youth spend outside with team-related activities?
  • How much time does your youth invest in their educational and other productive activities?
  • Does your youth know how to balance their time and money?
  • Does your youth manage their emotions appropriately?
  • Does your youth spend a lot of time alone and express negative emotional outbursts or express feelings of being misunderstood or all alone?
  • What types of characteristics do you see in peers' and friends' influences?
  • How much time does your youth spend on developing personal talents and hobbies?
  • Are you actively encouraging your youth by example and coaching how to mature through dependent to independent to interdependent relationships?

Has your family considered and discussed the consequences of poor choices that become costly to all aspects of life? When adults experience chronic ill health how does that affect a kid or youth?

  • The following statistics may provide even more motivation for seeking choices that promote a balanced lifestyle and wellness over any illnesses.
  • According to a recent study by Johns Hopkins, more than 250,000 people in the United States die every year because of medical mistakes, making it the third leading cause of death after heart disease and cancer.
  • Other studies report much higher figures, claiming the number of deaths from medical error to be as high as 440,000. (staying well reduces this statistic dramatically)
  • Taking responsibility, seeking the freedom of choice for our own and the health of our loved ones, ought to be our priority. Investing in wellness seems to be a given and one that we seriously consider.

What are the national and personal costs for chronic debilitating conditions and disease compared to the investment in wellness?

  • According to the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP), 90% of the nation’s 3.5 Trillion in annual health care expenditures are for people with chronic and mental health conditions.
  • It is our intention to help members address and even avoid these challenging scenarios.

What are some cumulative costs related to the following conditions reported by the CDC?

Heart Disease and Stroke--More than 859,000 Americans die of heart disease or stroke every year—that’s one-third of all deaths. These diseases take an economic toll, as well, costing our health care system $199 billion per year and causing $131 billion in lost productivity on the job.

Cancer--Each year in the United States, more than 1.6 million people are diagnosed with cancer, and almost 600,000 die from it, making it the second leading cause of death. The cost of cancer care continues to rise and is expected to reach almost $174 billion by 2020.

Diabetes--More than 34.2 million Americans have diabetes, and another 88 million adults in the United States have a condition called prediabetes, which puts them at risk for type 2 diabetes. Diabetes can cause serious complications, including heart disease, kidney failure, and blindness. In 2017, the total estimated cost of diagnosed diabetes was $327 billion in medical costs and lost productivity.

Obesity--Obesity affects almost 1 in 5 children and 1 in 3 adults, putting people at risk for chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and some cancers. Over a quarter of all Americans, 17 to 24 years are too heavy to join the military. Obesity costs the US health care system $147 billion a year.

Arthritis--Arthritis affects 54.4 million adults in the United States, which is about 1 in 4 adults. It is a leading cause of work disability in the United States, one of the most common chronic conditions, and a common cause of chronic pain. The total cost attributable to arthritis and related conditions was about $304 billion in 2013. Of this amount, nearly $140 billion was for medical costs and $164 billion was for indirect costs associated with lost earnings.

Alzheimer's Disease--Alzheimer’s disease, a type of dementia, is considered an irreversible, progressive brain disease that affects about 5.7 million Americans. It is the sixth leading cause of death among all adults and the fifth leading cause for those aged 65 or older. In 2010, the costs of treating Alzheimer’s disease were estimated to fall between $159 billion and $215 billion. By 2040, these costs are projected to jump to between $379 billion and $500 billion annually.

Epilepsy--In the United States, about 3 million adults and 470,000 children and teens younger than 18 have active epilepsy. Adults with epilepsy report worse mental health, more cognitive impairment, and barriers in social participation compared to adults without epilepsy. Average direct health care costs for a person with epilepsy range from $10,200 to $47,900 per year (in 2013 dollars).

Tooth Decay--Cavities (also called tooth decay) are one of the most common chronic diseases in the United States. One in five children aged 6 to 11 years and one in four adults have untreated cavities. Untreated cavities can cause pain and infections that may lead to problems eating, speaking, and learning. On average, 34 million school hours are lost each year because of unplanned (emergency) dental care, and over $45 billion is lost in productivity due to dental disease. This does not factor in the costs related to malocclusions and other oral health and dental issues that create disfunction and breathing challenges.

Lack of Physical Activity--Not getting enough physical activity comes with high health and financial costs. It can lead to heart disease, type 2 diabetes, some cancers, and obesity. In addition, lack of physical activity costs the nation $117 billion annually for related health care.

Excessive Alcohol Use--Excessive alcohol use is responsible for 88,000 deaths in the United States each year, including 1 in 10 deaths among working-age adults. In 2010, excessive alcohol use cost the US economy $249 billion, or $2.05 a drink, and $2 of every $5 of these costs were paid by the public. Binge drinking is responsible for over half the deaths and three-quarters of the costs due to excessive alcohol use.

What are some personal out-of-pocket expenses that individuals pay annually for chronic disease?

For example, many cancer patients struggle with out-of-pocket cancer care expenses, with one drug costing nearly $12,000 annually and FDA-approved drugs priced over $100,000 a year.

Cancer treatment costs were reported highest among preventable cancers such as lung cancer, colorectal cancer, breast cancer, and mesothelioma. Specifically, the lifetime cost of lung cancer was an estimated $282,000 while mesothelioma was a reported $150,000.

One drug costs patients nearly $12,000 a year, while 11 of the 12 FDA-approved cancer drugs were priced above $100,000 annually. And in 2015, cancer cost Americans aged 16 to 84 a total of $94 billion in lost earnings. Furthermore, nearly 20 percent of cancer patients and their families estimated they spent more than $20,000 each year in total out-of-pocket costs, the Mesothelioma Center reported.

What is the cost of chronic pain?

The percent of doctor visits involving drug therapy is 73.9%. Chronic pain is a condition that affects approximately 100 million adults in the United States annually. Nonmalignant chronic pain is a public health concern. Among primary care appointments, 22% focus on pain management. The Institute of Medicine estimated direct care expenditure and loss of productivity for the pain to be $560-$635 billion annually.

The total costs of prescribed pain medication are $17.8 billion annually in the United States. The largest 3 categories for pain therapy costs were $1.9 billion for analgesics/nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), $3.6 billion for opioids, and $12.3 billion for adjuvants. Adjuvant therapy accounted for 69% of the total pain medication costs.  Who ultimately pays for all these costs and how do we get this situation under control to save more lives and help people become pain free and productive?

How do some over the counter pain medications affect babies brain development such as acetaminophen?

  • Pain reliever acetaminophen is linked to a higher risk of autism. and ADHD.
  • Researchers in Spain uncovered data that suggests a potential link between prenatal exposure to the common pain-relieving drug acetaminophen and increased risk for higher instances of autism and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, according to the results of a study published May 28, 2021.
  • The study published in the European Journal of Epidemiology, based its findings on an analysis of 73,881 mother-child pairs in Europe.
  • Children who were prenatally exposed to paracetamol, also known as acetaminophen, were found to be 19% more likely to have developed Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC) and 21% more likely to have developed ADHD than children who were not exposed.

"These results replicate previous work and support providing clear information to pregnant women and their partners about potential long-term risks of acetaminophen use,"  An estimated 46% to 56% of pregnant women take acetaminophen at some point during their pregnancy, according to the institute.

"Considering all evidence on acetaminophen use and neurodevelopment, we agree with previous recommendations indicating that while acetaminophen should not be suppressed in pregnant women or children, it should be used only when necessary," the researchers added.