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How Cubans Live as Long as Americans at a Tenth of the Cost

In the wake of Fidel Castro’s death, The Atlantic is reporting on the health care system he created in Cuba. It’s a system the World Health Organization said other countries should emulate — and it costs a tenth of what Americans spend, even though it requires twice as many primary-care doctors per capita as we have in the U.S., The Atlantic said.

It’s no secret that the cost of health care in the United States is astronomical. It’s a flawed system that has us spending twice as much as any other country, to end up ranking dead last in terms of quality of care among industrialized countries. We also are far sicker than other industrialized nations.

Our maternal and infant mortality rates are a tragic embarrassment too, with 27 other countries faring better than the U.S. in outcomes for mothers and infants. So what’s happening here? Why are we so sick when we spend the most on trying to stay well?

Part of our problem is that as a whole Americans simply are not healthy. We are struggling with obesity, lack of exercise and poor diets. To get started on the road to health, eat a healthy diet focused on fresh, whole organic foods, preferably raw. Incorporate portioned amounts of grass-fed, organic meats and dairy products (preferably from raw milk).

Consume healthy fats and proteins and exercise regularly. Ideally, you want a comprehensive fitness regimen that includes stretching, high intensity interval training, core strengthening exercises and strength training.