Health is an important issue for all who seek to live a comfortable life and there is always something happening in the markets to take notice. Whether it be a new cure for cancer in research, a new orthodontic clinic opening up in town to serve patients with teeth problems or a new scientific finding regarding a primary cause of human depression, the health related news always make the headlines, receiving acclaim, support and occasionally criticism. As health related developments continue to have an impact on human life, it becomes obvious that the market’s observed changes mimic progress in technology, business and legislation, or the lack of it, making access to actual and relevant information a necessity for those seeking to invest or benefit.
Food is a major part of health concerns and fast food addiction, especially in America, has raised significant concerns so far. The National Center for Statistics’ recent study reveals that 37% of all US adults ate fast food at least once a day between the years of 2013 and 2016, equating 84.8 million in number. The main issue of concern is that such food contains high amounts of fat, salt, sugar and calories that are respectively associated with “obesity, high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes and heart disease,” among with other minor complications. According to the same study conducted for the years between 2007 and 2010, the same number was around 11.3%. What is more concerning is that adult addiction/preference of fast food is becoming a nutritional culture, with such adults feeding their children with fast food as well. A related Rudd Center Report reveals that 91% of 871 parents who took an online survey related to fast food consumption answered ‘yes’ when asked if they ever ordered a burger menu or a related product from the four biggest fast food chains in America: McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s or Subway. Such children who have no idea about the related possible health issues with fast food consumption are enjoying their meals, but the issue is prone to create further problems in the near future.
The recent wave of marijuana legalization in the United States has created a cultural buzz but the legal authorities are still not satisfied with future applications of a permissive legislation. As the market is slowly transforming into a manufacture industry, the 2018 Farm Bill gains more relevance and a deeper look into its technicalities reveal that there might be currently unknown complications for hemp growers. Hemp’s use as industrial matter is posing a significant threat to other fields of manufacture such as cotton and plastic, while the THC ratio of accepted hemp plants still need to remain under the previously agreed 0.3% level. Cannabidiol (CBD) and its use in cooking is also a significant problem with numerous companies supplying the market with foods, drinks and lotions that supposedly have healing properties: a direct violation of several pharmaceuticals related laws. In order to bypass the THC regulation, most farmers send in body parts of the plant where the substance is not found in abundance. Their main concern in battling with the law is that the higher THC and CBD levels are the primary qualities of the hemp plant, making the allowed limit on such substances a serious threat to their business.
Alcohol’s role in a variety of different health-related complications is a well-known act and the recent study conducted by The World Health Organization reveals that alcohol consumption is responsible for more than 3,000,000 death annually, equating 5% of all deaths in the world. 7.5% of all male deaths are related to the frequent and excessive consumption of alcohol, with the number rising to 13.5% for people of ages between 20 and 39, while for women, the 2.5% ratio signals a better outlook. The study estimated that there exists 237 million men and 46 million women who abuse alcohol in the world, and more than 200 diseases and injuries are directly related to such abuse. For the best-known diseases that alcohol triggers, liver cirrhosis, several types of cancer as well as cardiovascular diseases can be named. On a mental and behavioral side of things, alcohol is directly related to severe depression and substance addiction. Combined with the social isolation associated with frequent and periodic drinking habits, the cultural habit becomes a questionable issue. With the expected rates of alcoholism for societies such as the US, Mexico and Brazil set to rise in the upcoming decade, advocates of intervention are claiming that the cultural aspect of the issue needs to be targeted first to decrease consumption. In addition, such advocates necessitate economic measures such as increasing taxes and restricting sales to minors, in the name of deterring people from buying alcoholic products.