Disease shortage affects millions
A new study at the Centres for Disease Expansion revealed that only 70 percent of the population has an illness or medical disorder of some kind.
Team leader Dr. Pran Feesberg said investigators were "shocked" by the results.
"It means that nearly a third of North Americans have no trace of disease - nothing they can take drugs for, no condition they can complain about to friends - just a bleak, empty life, devoid of infirmity."
Prominent doctors hailed the results as a wakeup call for the the medical and pharmaceutical industries.
"We have come a long way in expanding our definition of illness to encompass everyone," said Dr Carl Hooner, author of Embracing Your Sick Self. "But what this study makes clear is that we still have much further to go."
Feesberg acknowledged that doctors have made great strides in providing universal access to medical conditions.
"We have worked hard to create new diseases, like fibromyalgia, restless leg syndrome, and attention deficit disorder," said Feesberg. "And we have also tried to soften the definitions, so that once rare and severe disorders like autism can be expanded to a wider market of people who would once have been considered merely quirky, and not sick at all."
But Feesberg says the real problem is the way diseases are divided among patients.
"Very often, the patient who is overweight and rides a scooter, with a peanut allergy and asthma, is also grabbing diseases like mild Asperger syndrome and Epstein Barr virus. And that means other patients are left with nothing at all."