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California Launches Investigation Following Stunning Admission by Aetna Medical Director

CNN reports that the state of California is investigating Aetna. This follows an alarming concession their director made under oath; he never referenced patient records when deciding whether to approve or deny health care. 

The nation’s third largest insurer has some explaining to do. If not medical records, then what criteria is Aetna using to decide whether to approve or deny coverage? And what are patients paying for if insurers cannot even be bothered to complete the most cursory research?

Americans spend more than 17 percent of our gross domestic product (GDP) on health care and twice as much on health care per capita than any other country in the world. Total health care expenditures are greater than the next 10 biggest spenders combined: Japan, Germany, France, China, the U.K., Italy, Canada, Brazil, Spain and Australia.

While the U.S. makes up only 5 percent of the world's population, Americans consume over 50 percent of all the world's pharmaceutical drugs. Despite all of this spending and pill-popping, the U.S. ranks dead last in terms of quality of care among industrialized countries, and Americans are far sicker and live shorter lives than people in other nations. Clearly, we have taken a wrong turn to the wrong road somewhere.

Hundreds of thousands are killed by medical care itself, while others are walking around with far less than stellar health due to conventional treatments. Rates of chronic diseases are through the roof, and we're facing epidemics of obesity, heart disease, diabetes, depression and too many others to list. As a whole, Americans are not healthy — they're tired, depressed, stressed out and often in pain.

The more you take responsibility for your own health — in the form of nurturing your body to prevent disease — the less you need to rely on the "disease care" that passes for health care in the United States. In the majority of cases, you'll likely find that you can prevent or resolve common health conditions by following a few basic tenets. The first is to eat only nourishing whole foods and to avoid processed junk. Make sure you consume plenty of healthy fat and pure water. It is also crucial that you manage your stress, exercise regularly, enjoy ample sun exposure and get plenty of restorative sleep. 
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