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Dumb and Dumber Has Become American Norm

Not long ago, I wrote about how

most Americans are dumber than dirt when it comes to health.

Now I've come across some startling statistics that may point to the reason for this epidemic of dumb-and-dumber-itis:

Ø 1/3 of high school graduates never read another book for the rest of their lives

80 percent of American families did not buy or read a book last year

70 percent of U.S. adults have not been in a bookstore in the last five years

Meanwhile, people in the United States spend an average of four hours in front of the TV each day and three hours listening to the radio -- both sources that contain little or no real information that can truly benefit your life.


NewPairodimes June 2, 2007

Dr. Mercola's Comment:

Obviously, most of you reading this are not in this category and do actively read, so you're not part of the problem. However, as we work toward creating a paradigm shift in people's consciousness about health and well-being, we clearly have our work cut out for us.

With almost no one searching for, reading, and critically analyzing information, it's no wonder that only 11 percent of Americans know the daily amount of calories they should be eating -- especially when you consider the vast amounts of disinformation being thrown at all of us by advertisers every day, as well as the pseudo-science being spread by the many bought-and-paid for organizations which are nothing more than fronts for corporations.

Drug companies, as only one of many examples, spend literally billions of dollars each year on direct-to-consumer TV advertising (the U.S. being one of only two countries in the world where this is legal) because they know that it works.

When most people see a drug being advertised on TV, they have no other sources of information to let them know that they are being sold an ineffective and dangerous product. Given that situation, it's no surprise that 2/3 of doctor visits resulted in a drug being prescribed, and spending for prescription drugs is the fastest-growing category of health care expenditures.

Yes we have a long row to hoe in educating our friends and relatives about the truth so at least they can make informed choices and not continue to be brainwashed by the drug cartels.

If we are to thrive as a society, encourage your kids to read, read often, and discuss what's been read to encourage free and independent thought.

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