Iíve heard this
comment so many times. We live longer now than we did
in the past.
I had a friend
tell me that she saw her medical doctor because of her
menopausal symptoms. The doctor told her that the
problem was that we live longer now. The doctor went
on to say that in the past, the average life span was
50 something and thus women didnít live long enough
to experience the problems she was now having. That
sounded like a plausible reason explaining why
medicine had no real fix for this except to try the
replace the estrogen with pharmaceuticals.
The basic flaw in
this theory, however, is that it is untrue that
everyone over 50 would probably die and thus not have
to deal with this or other health problems.
The idea that we
live longer always brings to mind a photo of 6 Union
Soldiers who traveled to Gettysburg, PA for the 75th
Anniversary of the 1863 Battle. They were 6 that met
in Chicago, Illinois railroad terminal on on their way
to the reunion. Their ages 91-94.
How many more
veterans went? There were 8000 to 11,000 living in
1938 and 2500 veterans went to the reunion. That means that
even the drummer boys were in their 80s.The average age of those who
attended the 75th Anniversary was 94 years.
That is 40 years over the "average"
So this makes the
statement that "people live longer now"
life expectancy" of age of "50
something" came from the fact that many people
died young due to infections, plagues and accidents
and in the above mentioned group they died during the
Civil War (620,000 Americanís died during the War
Between the States which brings the average way down).
"average age" changed a lot due to the fact
these deadly diseases were eradiated by improved
public hygiene with adequate supply of clean water and
the safe disposal of sewage. Added to that were
an understanding of and remedies for infections and a
lowered accident rate due to safety rules and
procedures. It was not because everyone died in their
50s. A lot of people died young and the "average
age" thus went down to "50 something".
During the time
that these Civil War soldiers lived, they had clean
air, food untainted with preservatives and additives
and which was mostly unprocessed. This was before the
pharmaceutical companies went into action in 1880 and
the accepted standard of medicine became drugs and
surgery only. During the Civil War and up until 1920,
medical schools taught homeopathy and herbal medicine.
the number of people who now "live longer"
actually die a slow progressive death. People live
with degenerative diseases and are told that itís
just natural "aging".
diseases Ė heart attacks, arteriosclerosis, cancer,
stroke, arthritis, hypertension, ulcers, and all the
rest Ė have replaced infectious diseases as the
major enemies of life and destroyers of its
Robert O.Becker, MD. And Gary Selden
I think itís
time to re-think the Ė "we live longer
now". And start going back to good nutrition and
the basics of human health and "live longer"
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