Healthcare—our right to it, its soaring costs, and its coverage—is one of the political debates of our time. As it turns out, almost 50 years ago, a similar debate was taking place. In the 1967 article from Let's Live Magazine, "What does it cost to be sick?" George R. Bruce advocated for the power of nutrition in keeping people well.
"Certainly it costs a lot to be sick and it probably will cost more in the future. Perhaps a patient should think in terms of how much does it cost to be well. It's hard to put a price tag on that." The costs referred to were approximately $5 for a doctors bill, and medical services for a single visit that could reach up to $12 (approximately $78 today). Americans in the 1960s "threw away 30% of their income on medical costs."
Perhaps the most powerful statement in the entire article came near its conclusion. It's a sentiment we're beginning to hear more frequently as the food revolution expands and more people are turning to nutrition to maintain health and wellness. Unfortunately, in 50 years, we can't say a lot has changed. The debate still rages on.
"If the funds collected ostensibly to eliminate sickness through medication and surgery were spent to teach people that real health can be maintained through natural methods, we would have the highest degree of national health ever known on earth."
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