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Living longer – and better

Posted by Colin Rose on April 7, 2009

While there are sensational, anecdotal reports of the marvels of high-tech medicine, the main, if not the only, reasons for the increase in life expectancy in the last 100 years in North America are improved living conditions and vaccination against childhood infectious diseases, none of which have anything to do with doctors and hospitals. Dramatic reductions in life expectancy have been seen recently in Russian after the break up of the Soviet Union due to poor quality diet and alcohol and in some African countries due to AIDS; doctors and hospitals made no difference. There is good reason not to be optimistic about the future. We are in the middle of a pandemic of obesity and its most serious consequence, Type 2 diabetes, which is already reducing life expectancy in some areas in the USA and threatens to obliterate the improvement in life expectancy over the last 50 years. No amount of hospitals, drugs or operations will prevent the looming catastophe.


Living longer – and better
S H A R O N K I R K E Y C A N W E S T N E W S S E R V I C E
The Gazette
07 Apr 2009

On a cool night last Labour Day weekend, Hector Mackenzie suffered a stroke that, had it happened 15 years ago, would have left him severely brain damaged or, more likely, dead. Mackenzie was helping his daughter Anna move into a house for her second…read more…

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