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WHAT KILLS US: The Leading Causes Of Death From 1900-2010
Business Insider ^ | 06/23/2012 | Henry Blodget

Posted on 06/24/2012 6:33:54 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Death rates 1900 and 2010

The New England Journal Of Medicine

The New England Journal of Medicine takes a look at the leading causes of death in the U.S. from 1900 to 2010.

The change is interesting, as is our ever-increasing longevity--something that scientists think may now reverse as a result of the global obesity epidemic.

We've laid the findings out for you in a series of charts (and you can head over to the NEJM's excellent interactive graphic if you want to fiddle).

(Excerpt) Read more at businessinsider.com ...


TOPICS: Health/Medicine; History; Society
KEYWORDS: causeofdeath; death; disease

1 posted on 06/24/2012 6:34:05 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
We've made great progress in areas like infant mortality, and infectious disease.

Certainly we have made progress in heart disease and cancer, but not nearly as much. For all the money we have spent on cancer, I have to say that I think the return on that investment has been disappointing.

2 posted on 06/24/2012 6:38:59 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: SeekAndFind
... as a result of the global obesity epidemic
Global? I thought the rest of the world was going hungry while we "selfish/arrogant" Americans stuffed our faces?
3 posted on 06/24/2012 6:40:07 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: SeekAndFind

About seven years ago, number three son of my parents had a heart attack and, for two minutes or so, was dead. He was 38, in spectacular shape (for a guy who’s 5’5”, a 54” chest, always ate properly, worked out, no smoking/drinking). He’s since recovered, and if possible, lives a better life than he once did. At work ever since, when coworkers might complain of some small genuine or imagined slight in conversation, he would start off by asking, “You know what kills me?” And invariably his audience would say, “what?” My brother would finish: “heart attacks,” smile, and walk away. ;)

I know this hasn’t much to do with your good post, but it reminded me of his doing this. Life is short, and precious.


4 posted on 06/24/2012 6:41:40 AM PDT by sayuncledave (et Verbum caro factum est (And the Word was made flesh))
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To: SeekAndFind

The differential in cancer is astounding. Of course, dying from one of the other diseases first probably precluded death from cancer in 1900.


5 posted on 06/24/2012 6:43:24 AM PDT by fwdude ( You cannot compromise with that which you must defeat.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Considering medical knowledge in 1900, I would bet that the cause of a great number of deaths were mis-diagnosed.


6 posted on 06/24/2012 6:43:31 AM PDT by meyer (It's 1860 all over again - the taxpayer is the new "N" word)
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To: ClearCase_guy
For all the money we have spent on cancer, I have to say that I think the return on that investment has been disappointing.
I couldn't agree more, and it's not just cancer.
The Jerry Lewis Telethon for Muscular Dystrophy has raised about a $2.5 BILLION dollars in the last 40 years.
Where's the progress/cure?
7 posted on 06/24/2012 6:45:13 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: oh8eleven

They did not start getting fat until we started importing our fast food businesses into their countries. And started giving them welfare, so they would NO longer have to hunt or gather food.

And those side effect riddled drugs could be the cause of a lot of the illnesses that are now leading cause of death. Always research a new drug BEFORE you fill the RX. Saves you a lot of side effects to deal with, and you won’t think you have a new disease.


8 posted on 06/24/2012 6:46:15 AM PDT by GailA (IF U don't/won't keep your promises to the Military, U won't keep them to the public)
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To: sayuncledave
At work ever since, when coworkers might complain of some small genuine or imagined slight in conversation, he would start off by asking, “You know what kills me?” And invariably his audience would say, “what?” My brother would finish: “heart attacks,” smile, and walk away. ;)

My favorite thing to do is, when I'm cracking jokes, if someone happens to say, "You kill me!", I always look at them strangely, cock my head at an odd angle, and say, "No...not YET...."

9 posted on 06/24/2012 6:48:58 AM PDT by Lazamataz (People who resort to Godwin's Law are just like Hitler.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Could the fact that cancer is now more prevalent be because of our longer life spans? Could it be simply that we live long enough to get it?


10 posted on 06/24/2012 6:49:09 AM PDT by preacher (Communism has only killed 100 million people: Let's give it another chance!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Government was the biggest killer in the 20th Century: Hitler, Stalin, Mao, et. al.

Islam is working hard to become number one in the 21st.


11 posted on 06/24/2012 6:51:29 AM PDT by Neever
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To: SeekAndFind
I note that suicides have risen dramatically.

Perhaps we need more Diptheria. Perhaps those who are suicidal are upset about that.

12 posted on 06/24/2012 6:52:24 AM PDT by Lazamataz (People who resort to Godwin's Law are just like Hitler.)
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To: oh8eleven

Try getting a motorized wheel chair out of them...my cousin’s son had MD, needed one, all they offered was what he had standard wheel chair. He did live well past what was expected, but did it bed ridden and unable to speak.

Then take a look at Susan G Komen....your donation was suppose to go for breast cancer research..she funnels it off to Planned Parenthood.

Red Cross we know their track record from returning WW2 Soldiers and from what they did with the donations when 9/11 happened.

Only place I know of that has made great inroads on fighting cancer is St. Judes. 80% or more cure rate. And it is FREE to the families of the stricken children, from all over the world.


13 posted on 06/24/2012 6:52:56 AM PDT by GailA (IF U don't/won't keep your promises to the Military, U won't keep them to the public)
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To: GailA

Oh yeah, it’s all the fault of the big bad US, we are the omnipotent bad guy who controls the world/sarc


14 posted on 06/24/2012 6:57:09 AM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: SeekAndFind

A couple of years ago I read a study that said among the Top 3 killers was drug overdose. Not heroin etc but people (mostly older) being over prescribed.


15 posted on 06/24/2012 6:59:00 AM PDT by albie
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To: sayuncledave
A direct correlation has been found between people with very large chest sizes and heart attacks.

Some researchers believe that the large chest sizes are caused by internal pressures forcing the chest walls outward and those same forces affect the heart by squeezing it and obstructing blood flow.

I have always had a fairly large chest size of 48” back while I was in the army and I was diagnosed back then with severe cardiac arrhythmia's. Those arrhythmia's are so severe that I do have a service connected disability because of them.

They have also lead to be being declared totally disabled and eligible for Social Security disability.

Among those cardiac problems is a Right Bundle Branch problem which varies from day to day. Some days it is present and some days it is not. It has been diagnosed as bot incomplete and complete.

I do play all brass musical instruments and I was in army bands during my service time. One discipline we had to practice was breath control which was to develop the ability to take fewer but deeper breathes.

I have noticed that when I breathe very deeply, it does affect the blood flow and I can actually hear the difference including missed beats.

I suspect that the expansion of the lungs within the confines of the chest may be compressing the heart as well as the arteries thereby restricting the blood flow.

16 posted on 06/24/2012 6:59:19 AM PDT by dglang
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To: oh8eleven

Where’s the progress/cure? ....Why do you want to put all those people out of business?


17 posted on 06/24/2012 7:02:03 AM PDT by Safetgiver
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To: SeekAndFind

I think that dying is Nature’s way of telling us to slow down.


18 posted on 06/24/2012 7:02:17 AM PDT by SkyDancer ("Ambition Without Talent Is Sad - Talent Without Ambition Is Worse")
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To: SeekAndFind
US ranks 50th in life expectancy compared to other countries.
19 posted on 06/24/2012 7:04:50 AM PDT by opentalk
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To: preacher
Could the fact that cancer is now more prevalent be because of our longer life spans? Could it be simply that we live long enough to get it?

I once read that if nothing else kills you, cancer will. Eventually our body's mechanisms that kill off the renegade cancer cells breaks down, but most of us die of something else before that happens.

Noting an increase in cancer deaths in children without noting the decrease in deaths from other causes, Rachel Carson started the process that led to the banning of DDT - causing untold numbers of deaths in developing countries from Malaria.

20 posted on 06/24/2012 7:05:11 AM PDT by KosmicKitty (WARNING: Hormonally crazed woman ahead!!)
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bkmk


21 posted on 06/24/2012 7:11:55 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (I LIKE ART! Click my name. See my web page.)
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To: meyer

***Considering medical knowledge in 1900, I would bet that the cause of a great number of deaths were mis-diagnosed.***

Several in my family died of ...”Acute Indigestion.”

When I started having heart pains they thought it was Indigestion. It was a blocked artery (Widow maker they called it)and I dodged a heart attack with a stent.

I bet my kin also died of heart attacks.


22 posted on 06/24/2012 7:15:43 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (I LIKE ART! Click my name. See my web page.)
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To: preacher

Yep. Aging is a major factor in causing cancer. As we get older our immune system weakens.


23 posted on 06/24/2012 7:19:23 AM PDT by monocle
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To: SeekAndFind

For those of you interested in the cancer differential, hold your nose and watch the PBS documentary “The Truth About Cancer.” Its available online.

It was made, in part, to counter the Komen/Livestrong fueled mentality that if you fight hard enough and don’t give up you can beat the odds. The bottom line is that if cancer is metastatic when found it’s going to kill 9 out of 10 within 5 years.

An oncologist also makes the point that Lance Armstrong got lucky - as lucky as you can be with cancer anyway - in that testicular cancer is one of the only types of cancer that responds very well to chemo even after its spread to distant organs.


24 posted on 06/24/2012 7:42:14 AM PDT by gzzimlich
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To: SeekAndFind

If nothing else kills you, your heart will eventually give out. So, shouldn’t the goal be for heart disease to overtake all other causes of death?
The majority of elderly people who die of “natural” causes never get an autopsy. Is it just convenient for their physician to sign off on whatever they were treated for? My uncle died last year. He was diabetic, had arteriosclerosis and had just started dialysis. His doctor put down cause of death “renal failure”. Which was it really? Diabetes ruined his kidneys but his heart just gave out in his sleep.


25 posted on 06/24/2012 7:48:17 AM PDT by running_dog_lackey
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To: GailA
my cousin’s son had MD, needed one, all they offered was what he had standard wheel chair.
The only organization I donate to is the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society.
My FIL had lymphoma 15 years ago and over the 5 years of his treatment, he had trouble paying some of the medical bills.
He went to Leukemia/Lymphoma Society and they picked up the tab for about 90% of what he couldn't pay.
26 posted on 06/24/2012 7:52:53 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Safetgiver
Why do you want to put all those people out of business?
And they say there's no such thing as a STUPID question. Idiot.
27 posted on 06/24/2012 7:55:34 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: gzzimlich

After my thyroid was removed due to cancer, my endocrinologist told me that many endos were considering that thyroids may not necessarily have to be removed. He explained that autopsies of many people who have passed on for other reasons also had thyroid cancer that went unnoticed.

However, Judge Reinquist died from thyroid cancer. When I learned of the “abnormal” cells in mine, there was no way in hell I’d of considering not having it removed. Ironically, half of it has to be removed and tested before confirming the cancer, and if there, the likelihood of the other half having it is high, which mine did.


28 posted on 06/24/2012 8:11:05 AM PDT by Ladysmith (The evil that's happening in this country is the cancer of socialism...It kills the human spirit.)
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To: SeekAndFind

WHAT KILLS US: The Leading Causes Of Death From 1607-1895

Being kicked by a horse-

source: San Francisco Geneological society, Volume on Colonial New England death statistics.


29 posted on 06/24/2012 9:21:12 AM PDT by bunkerhill7 (kicked by a horse, then by cars?? Who knew?)
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To: SeekAndFind

How many of the 2010 numbers categorized as Suicide, Nephropathies, Diabetes, and to a far larger extent Cerebrovascular disease, Noninfectious airways disease, Heart disease and even Cancer, that are directly related to alcoholism in its tertiary stage?


30 posted on 06/24/2012 9:32:32 AM PDT by Prospero
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To: SeekAndFind

How many of the 2010 numbers categorized as Suicide, Nephropathies, Diabetes, and to a far larger extent Cerebrovascular disease, Noninfectious airways disease, Heart disease and even Cancer, that are directly related to alcoholism in its tertiary stage?


31 posted on 06/24/2012 9:32:49 AM PDT by Prospero
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To: SeekAndFind

I don’t see abortion on the list.

Sadly, one the most dangerous places to be in America is in the womb.


32 posted on 06/24/2012 9:40:48 AM PDT by EternalVigilance (TomHoefling.com)
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To: SeekAndFind

I don’t see war or genocide on those lists. Ideology is a cause of death too.


33 posted on 06/24/2012 9:50:42 AM PDT by mc5cents
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To: albie
A couple of years ago I read a study that said among the Top 3 killers was drug overdose. Not heroin etc but people (mostly older) being over prescribed.

Many old people are committing suicide this way after their spouse dies. You hear all those stories about how the spouse dies of a broken heart a few days after their husband/wife dies??? Makes a good story and sounds romantic and heart warming but what many are doing is offing themselves.

34 posted on 06/24/2012 10:01:22 AM PDT by trailhkr1 (All you need to know about Zimmerman, innocent = riots, manslaughter = riots, guilty = riots)
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To: oh8eleven
Global? I thought the rest of the world was going hungry while we "selfish/arrogant" Americans stuffed our faces?

Developed countries are becoming more obese and even countries like China as they become more prosperous are now starting to have a problem.

35 posted on 06/24/2012 10:04:48 AM PDT by trailhkr1 (All you need to know about Zimmerman, innocent = riots, manslaughter = riots, guilty = riots)
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To: SeekAndFind

There may now be a simple and highly effective way to prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Just brush your teeth with powdered baking soda once or twice a week!

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2769347/posts

I showed this to a dentist friend who had spent his early career vetting medical research and he was very impressed. He noted that baking soda is a specific against the common types of oral spirochetes that may be to blame, killing them in just five seconds.

He added that dentists have long suspected a connection between chronic gum inflammation and Alzheimer’s; and on reflection he noted that the current upswing in the total number of Alzheimer’s patients began not too long after the public started using commercial toothpaste instead of baking soda.

He also noted that the “old formula” was baking soda mixed with table salt. Doctors have long known that warm, salty water (or saliva, I suppose in this case), is one of the most effective *general* treatments for oral problems, as well as the sinuses, Eustachian tubes and throat, including infections, both bacterial and viral.


36 posted on 06/24/2012 10:04:53 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: sayuncledave
. . . had a heart attack . . . He was 38 . . . always ate properly, worked out, no smoking/drinking.

Thank you. Now I know what to avoid.

37 posted on 06/24/2012 10:10:40 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (What did the president know and when did he stop knowing it?)
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To: trailhkr1
Many old people are committing suicide this way after their spouse dies.

I love my wife but the idea that I can't live without her doesn't compute.

I have seen couples who fail to develop relationships outside of their spouses. Perhaps is is these folks who off themselves when the spouse croaks?

38 posted on 06/24/2012 10:15:16 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (What did the president know and when did he stop knowing it?)
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To: meyer

Yes, I agree. They still had us full of several vestigial unnecessary organs back then. They didn’t know the appendix is the gi tract’s restart button if you have a big good bacteria die-off, for example. Didn’t really know what the pancreas did either.


39 posted on 06/24/2012 10:22:52 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

The irritant in today’s toothpastes for many people is SLS, sodium laurel sulfate. It’s a foaming agent. It is used in other industrial uses such as degreasing machine components. It is known to be an irritant for many people.


40 posted on 06/24/2012 10:25:11 AM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I can neither confirm or deny that; even if I could, I couldn't - it's classified.)
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To: meyer

Exactly, seems like there was no diabetes in 1900


41 posted on 06/24/2012 11:35:34 AM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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To: hattend

Diabetes is an ancient disease, identifiable since the 1st Century A.D. One of its more famous accounts was from the 17th Century, when a rather arrogant English Knight summoned a rather arrogant doctor, greeting him while being half dressed on a settee, then curtly said:

” ‘So, Quack! I am a dead man, for I piss sweet!”

“Do ye?”, replied the Doctor, “Then prithee piss upon your toes, for they stink damnably!” And, turning on his heels, departed.


42 posted on 06/24/2012 12:28:02 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: Jeff Chandler

Dan(my brother) is still in amazing shape. As a kid, we called him Stretch Armstrong, after the toy, because that’s pretty much how he’s shaped. A natural wrestler, also. In his case, our family genetics were, shall we say, not in favor of good heart condition, even his lifestyle was and is. What saved him was that his employers had equipment at work, in case anyone should have a heart attack, and that there were trained people who used it.


43 posted on 06/24/2012 1:31:31 PM PDT by sayuncledave (et Verbum caro factum est (And the Word was made flesh))
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To: preacher

“Could the fact that cancer is now more prevalent be because of our longer life spans? Could it be simply that we live long enough to get it?”

Could obesity be the same situation? We are avoiding a lot more causes of death, living longer, so have the opportunity to get fatter.


44 posted on 06/24/2012 4:04:55 PM PDT by Persevero (Homeschooling for Excellence since 1992)
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To: SeekAndFind

I didn’t see the whole article. Why is trauma excluded?


45 posted on 06/24/2012 4:52:26 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: oh8eleven

For us it’s St. Judes or Salvation Army where we know what we donate will be put to the use they state they will be using it for. The Union Mission in Memphis is another good place, they have a 85% success rate with addicts.

You have to check out any org you donate to these days. If most of the money goes to ads, mailings and salaries, then they are NOT helping those they say they are.


46 posted on 06/25/2012 6:01:42 AM PDT by GailA (IF U don't/won't keep your promises to the Military, U won't keep them to the public)
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To: yldstrk

I said nothing about the government being a provider. Just that the MD association does not perform as it states it does. It is what they raise the huge amounts of money for after all.


47 posted on 06/25/2012 6:03:53 AM PDT by GailA (IF U don't/won't keep your promises to the Military, U won't keep them to the public)
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To: GailA

I was reacting to posting about exporting Mickey D’s to foreign countries thus making the foreigners fat, like they didn’t stuff themselves to become fat.


48 posted on 06/25/2012 6:59:31 AM PDT by yldstrk ( My heroes have always been cowboys)
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