Thom's blog - Wednesday December 29th, 2010

Thom's blog - Wednesday December 29th, 2010

You need to know this. More than one quarter of all children and teenagers in the country are on some sort of prescription medication. This staggering new finding comes out of research done by Medco Health Solutions – the largest pharmacy-benefit manager in the country. Kids are increasingly prescribed medications for a number of conditions - from asthma to attention deficit disorder – to diabetes, sleep disorders, and even hypertension. Even more troubling, many of these medications are lab tested for adults but not kids – so their long-term effects in children aren’t fully known yet. This giant, nationwide experiment of using untested drugs on one in four of our children for years at a time points to a potentially deadly problem that's the direct result of our privatized, for-profit health care system that only makes more money with more diagnoses and more prescriptions. Of course there are also other issues. Obesity and its possible relationship to high-fructose corn syrup, for example, a chemical substance that until the 1970s had never before been in our food supply in the history of humanity, and coincides with the beginning of our childhood obesity epidemic. Not to mention increasing pollution and drug residues - including hormones like estrogen - in our drinking waters. However you look at it, the United States is becoming a sickly nation. And never in the history of the world has there been a great nation with an unhealthy population. This should be a huge wake-up call to us all.

Who Should an Economy Serve?

The top one percent own half of all the world's assets. In stark contrast, the bottom fifty percent of the world owns less than one percent. According to the 2014 Global Wealth Report from Credit Suisse, global inequality has surged since the 2008 financial collapse. The report explains that while global wealth has more than doubled since the year 2000, the vast majority of overall growth has gone to those who were already wealthy.

From The Thom Hartmann Reader:
"Through compelling personal stories, Hartmann presents a dramatic and deeply disturbing picture of humans as a profoundly troubled species. Hope lies in his inspiring vision of our enormous unrealized potential and his description of the path to its realization."
David Korten, author of Agenda for a New Economy, The Great Turning, and When Corporations Rule the World
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"Never one to shy away from the truth, Thom Hartmann’s collected works are inspiring, wise, and compelling. His work lights the way to a better America."
Van Jones, cofounder of RebuildTheDream.com and author of The Green Collar Economy
From Screwed:
"I think many of us recognize that for all but the wealthiest, life in America is getting increasingly hard. Screwed explores why, showing how this is no accidental process, but rather the product of conscious political choices, choices we can change with enough courage and commitment. Like all of Thom’s great work, it helps show us the way forward."
Paul Loeb, author of Soul of a Citizen and The Impossible Will Take a Little While