A Far Worse Health Problem Than the Coronavirus

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The current coronavirus crisis and the panic that is taking place the world over seems to be of greater concern than a much deadlier disease. People are crazed with the fear of catching the virus and dying, even though most people who are healthy can recover and do not die. I find it interesting the people are wearing masks, staying indoors, canceling trips, and avoiding the virus at all costs, yet there seems to be a tone-deafness regarding the illness that causes 35 million death-related incidents per year.

Of the ten leading unnatural deaths, heart disease and cancer are at the top. But those diagnoses are simply a cover-up. Why? A review of significant research shows the primary cause of heart disease (17.9 million deaths per year) is due to toxic substances found mostly in alcohol, drugs, tobacco, and unhealthy foods containing high contents of sugar and unhealthy fats, and lack of physical activity. The same data available for causes of cancer, about 9.5 million deaths annually. But let’s not stop there, the other leading causes of death: lung disease (4m), stroke (5.5m), diabetes II (1.6m), kidney disease (1.2m) and suicide (almost 1m) and addiction-related accidents (100+K) — mostly caused by drugs and foods that are not only unhealthy but taking the lives of humans at the total rate of 35 million per year!

In ten years, that’s 350 million deaths that have resulted from addictive behavior. With only 7.5 billion people on the planet, those aren’t great odds.

You might be wondering what addiction has to do with this high death rate. Heart disease that occurs from toxic substances and bad foods does not happen from a few bad choices. Most heart disease is a result of consistently abusing the heart with the toxins that cause heart disease. A person must repeatedly ingest the same things over and over again to the point of heart damage — and continues to do so even after treatment — is committing a death sentence. The same is true of cancer and all of the other leading causes of death. And yet medicine never teaches people that if they keep doing the same thing despite negative consequences (addiction), they are killing themselves and are far more likely to do so than from a virus.

We need to wake up from the massive denial that there’s no connection between the major causes of death and addiction. We’ve been lulled into the illusion of a comfort zone found in the very things that are killing us — alcohol, cigarettes, food, pills… We need to treat our bodies as sacred vessels and learn how to love ourselves. Rather than panicking over a few germs or a virus, how about facing the reality that addiction is a far greater threat to life and has a much higher likelihood of harm. Once we learn how to love ourselves, we won’t want to poison ourselves anymore, and our healthy bodies are far less likely to be killed by a virus. Love is the answer — the best medicine of all.

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About the Author — Dr. Donna Marks believes that the current models for diagnosis, treatment, and addiction have failed. Her mission is to help save at least 10 million lives by 2030, through education and prevention. She has been an author, consultant, educator, public speaker, licensed psychotherapist, and addictions counselor in private practice in Palm Beach, Florida, for more than thirty years. www.drdonnamarks.com

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Dr. Donna Marks is a licensed psychotherapist and an addictions counselor. She is certified in Gestalt Therapy, Psychoanalysis, Hypnosis, and Sex Therapy.

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