Skip to comments.WHAT KILLS US: The Leading Causes Of Death From 1900-2010
Posted on 06/24/2012 6:33:54 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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).
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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.
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.
The differential in cancer is astounding. Of course, dying from one of the other diseases first probably precluded death from cancer in 1900.
Considering medical knowledge in 1900, I would bet that the cause of a great number of deaths were mis-diagnosed.
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.
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...."
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?
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.
Perhaps we need more Diptheria. Perhaps those who are suicidal are upset about that.
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.
Oh yeah, it’s all the fault of the big bad US, we are the omnipotent bad guy who controls the world/sarc
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.
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.
Where’s the progress/cure? ....Why do you want to put all those people out of business?
I think that dying is Nature’s way of telling us to slow down.
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.
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