It appears that prevention is the key to avoiding illness. You've heard it over and over. Get a flu shot. However this year there are some many new emerging virulent strains. For instance, there are several different influenza strains. The flu shot does not cover all of them...and is not highly effective according to many researchers.
This year alone, nearly 600,000 Americans will lose their lives to cancer. Could a primary reason be as simple as what people are not eating regularly? Here is an excellent anticancer shopping list to use as a guideline.
It's hard to compete with 20 billion years of evolutionary selection, but the current medical management of the birth of the fetus and the placenta attempts to do just that, albeit rather unsuccessfully. For eons, all animals including humans passed on genes and habits that ensured delivering a live healthy newborn without bleeding excessively or dying of postpartum hemorrhage at birth.