Here is an amazing report on the cost-benefit analysis of food/nutrition programs as it relates to disease treatment costs. The findings are obvious, but an astounding and average of 10-1 ratio (up to a 17-1 ratio). That means (if I'm interpreting this correctly) that for every $1 you spend on preventative measures that you are saving $10 in treatment of diet/lifestyle related illnesses. That is HUGE!
So if you think that healthy food and preventative measures are expensive, try higher insurance premiums, loss of work time, family and social burdens, medications, surgery, hospital time, more medications, nurse/doctor visits and care, transportation costs, loss of quality of life, emotional tolls, more medications...
One of the biggest excuses (yes, its just an excuse) I hear from folks interested in protecting their health through preventative measures is that "its just to expensive to buy all that stuff and treatments...". So I beg you to consider the total COST of your choices and not just the initial PRICE of healthier food and preventative treatments and the time spent learning how to take care of yourself and relationships...its well worth the investment, for its the only wealth you really have!
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