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The Top 10 Causes of Death in America

In today’s world, there is only so much you can do to have the best health possible; but ultimately, you are the only one responsible for your health. Most of us are so busy that we forget that taking care of ourselves, is necessary to function, and live the best life that you can to serve others. Every day you have a chance to let go of the past and start over. It’s never too late to get help or make a change in your life. Now is the time to get informed, take action, and hang around people who inspire you to become better. If you look at the top ten causes of death in America, you’ll realize that most of them come down to your daily habits. 

The Top 10 Causes of Death in America

1. Heart Disease

Caused by an unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, obesity, too much alcohol, and tobacco use.

Person has high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and is usually a smoker.

Leads to a heart attack.

Signs and Symptoms for a Heart Attack:


Chest pain or discomfort nausea

Feeling light headed or unusually tired

 Pain or discomfort in the jaw, neck, or back.

Pain or discomfort in the arm or shoulder.

Shortness of Breath


Chest Pain or Discomfort

Pain or Discomfort in the arm or shoulder

Shortness of breath

2. Cancer

Leading Cause of Death World Wide

1. Lung

2. Liver

3. Colo-rectal

4. Stomach

5. Breast

Can be caused by:

Tobacco use, heavy alcohol use, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, obesity, and radiation.

Toxins in food, water, and air.

Poor Immune System

3. Accidents (Unintentional Injuries)

Accidents are the leading cause of death in children.

Poisoning (drug overdose)- is on the rise from 2015 to 2016

opioids (40% are from prescribed drugs)

Car accidents- 37,757

Firearms- 36,252

Alcohol- 33,171

Injuries due to falls is the leading cause of non-fatal injuries in children.

4. Chronic lower respiratory diseases-

Ex: asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases, bronchitis, emphysema…etc.

Avoid smoking, tobacco, air pollutants, dust, and fumes.

Avoid cleaning chemicals, candles, air sprays…etc.

5. Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases)

Lack of blood or oxygen in the brain.

Ischemic stroke- blood clots, or other particles that block the blood vessels to the brain

Ex. Plaque- fatty deposits

Hemorrhagic Stroke- blood vessel bursts in the brain, internal bleeding.

Can be caused by trauma.

Strokes can be caused by unhealthy diets, physical inactivity, obesity, heavy alcohol consumption, and tobacco use.

Risks for stroke:

High Blood Pressure

High Cholesterol

Heart Disease


Sickle Cell Disease

6.  Alzheimer’s disease

NOT a normal part of aging

Memory loss

Symptoms after 60, start a decade before problems first appear.

Risk Factors:

diabetes, high blood pressure, smoking, cigarettes.

No known cure

7. Diabetes

Type I- (insulin dependent, juvenile)-pancreas is producing very little or not enough insulin.

Can take months to years to diagnose.

Genes, autoimmune reaction, not triggered by diet and lifestyle.

Insulin injector is required.

Watch for hypoglycemia- shakiness, nervousness or anxiety, sweating, irritability or impatience, hunger, blurred vision, weakness or fatigue, anger, stubbornness, or sadness.

  •  Type II Insulin Resistant-

Excessive glucose in blood stream

Pancreas pumps insulin into the blood stream

Overtime, cells stop responding to insulin

Glucose keeps rising, and you have high levels of insulin and glucose in the blood stream

Liver acts as back up glucose burner when insulin is low

Liver and Muscles store glucose- stored as fat if too much insulin in blood stream

The person gains weight as a result

Signs and Symptoms

Frequent urination at night


Excessive Hunger

Blurry Vision

Numbness or tingling


Very Dry Skin

Slow Wound Healing

             1 in 3 adults are pre-diabetic in the U.S., 90% don’t know they have it

            Blood Work for Diabetes

A1C Test- average blood sugar level over the past 2 or 3 months.

Fasting Blood Sugar Test- measures blood after fasting overnight.

Glucose Tolerance Test- fast, get tested, drink a sugar drink, get tested every hour for 3 hours.

Random Blood sugar test- get tested anytime, no fasting.

8. Influenza and Pneumonia

CDC Reported 142 deaths this season

The CDC recommends getting vaccinated, I don’t.

The flu virus mutates every year so by the time the vaccine comes out it’s non-effective. 

Do research on aluminum, mercury, formaldehyde, fluoride…etc.

Can be caused by high stress, sugar, poor diet, slow metabolism, inactivity, weakened immune system.

9. Kidney Disease

Kidneys are damaged, cannot filter blood like they should.

Can lead to:

Heart Disease and Stroke


Prone to infections

Low calcium levels

Loss of appetite


Kidney failure


Lose Weight

Quit Smoking

Lower your blood pressure

Eat less salt

Eat more fruits and vegetables

10. Intentional Self-harm (Suicide)


Family History

Mental Disorders


History of Child Maltreatment

Feelings of Hopelessness



Physical Illness

Unwillingness to seek help

America has the latest technology, latest research, and medicine; yet we have some of the sickest people in the world. 

Here are 7 Things You Can Do to Take Back Your Health

1. Change your diet to more fruits and vegetables, less meat, less dairy, less fast food, and less processed foods. 

2. Drink plenty of water (8 glasses a day) instead of drinking soda, and consuming too much alcohol.

3. Stop smoking/ using tobacco.

4. Make sure your getting at least 30 mins of exercise every single day. Stand up and move around every 30 minutes if you have a desk job, or if your studying for school.

5. Make sure your nervous system is functioning with chiropractic care. 

6. Stop staying up late watching television, playing video games, procrastinating, and make sure you get your 8 hours of sleep!

7. Pray/Meditate daily to keep your mind less stressed and focus on your goals.

Respectfully yours,

Giovonni Quiroz, D.C.

Source: CDC/ National Center for Health Statistics

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