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Cost Comparison: Medications vs. Whole Foods

November 10, 2008

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Last year Americans spent over $200 billion dollars on prescription drugs. That’s a lot of money. And it’s only a small percentage of what we spend on healthcare. With an uncertain economy, people are looking to cut back expenses and they’re starting with their medicine cabinet.

It’s great that people are assessing where they spend their money, but if more people are cutting back on prescription drug expenses are they also compromising their health by spending less on other things, like exercise and food?

Many people say they don’t buy high-quality food because it’s more expensive. But cheaper junk foods are not the answer. In fact, they can cause many of the preventable health problems that put us on medications in the first place. Good health starts with good food. It’s really that simple.

Save for your future by investing in whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Even as you start to incorporate high-quality food into your diet, you’ll still want to check with your doctor before you stop taking any meds.

About the author

Joshua Rosenthal is the Founder and Director of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. He has worked in the nutrition field for more than 25 years, teaching at the school alongside health leaders including Andrew Weil, Deepak Chopra and Barry Sears. At Integrative Nutrition students are trained as Health Coaches, receiving the holistic nutrition education necessary for them go out into the world and help others improve their health and happiness.