It’s rare that any “news” reported by corporate media catches my attention, but today I came across some that did. A thought-provoking story in the Seattle Times presented the unsettling findings of a recent study on U.S. life expectancy by the University of Washington and Harvard. From the article by Tom Paulson:
For the first time since the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic, the life expectancy for a significant proportion of the United States is on the decline largely because of an increase in chronic diseases related to obesity, smoking, and high blood pressure.
I’ve said before how disturbing it is that our country holds 3% of the world’s population yet represents the highest concentration of obese and dis-eased people anywhere. We tend to make diet choices that rob our power and our health – we eat too much animal fat, wheat, and sugar; drink too much caffeine and alcohol, and smoke too many cigarettes. Enabling these poor choices is a huge and frighteningly powerful pharmaceutical industry that pats us on the shoulder while reassuring us that the resulting maladies can be cured with their latest prescription cocktail (the one that heals one part of us by poisoning another).
Why are the findings of this study a surprise?
Health, beauty, vitality, and a passion for living are ours by birthright. With very few exceptions, it is only by conscious choice that we deny them.