Every now and again I get to feeling anxious about dying. It lasts about a day before I suddenly realize my testosterone is very low! [I’m sharing secrets here, because I love you all. Don’t blab this around!]
Anyway, a booster shot cleared the anxious feeling, as it usually does. But let’s share some of the thoughts about dying… Haha!
Estimates suggest that in a pre-modern, poor world, life expectancy was around 30 years in all regions of the world. It was probably stable around that figure for aeons (and, yes, that’s the correct spelling). Notice this word, also spelled eon, originally meant “life”, “vital force” or “being”, “generation” or “a period of time”, though it tended to be translated as “age” in the sense of “ages”, “forever”, “timeless” or “for eternity”.
Life expectancy has increased rapidly since the Age of Enlightenment. In the early 19th century, life expectancy started to increase in the early industrialized countries while it stayed low in the rest of the world. This led to a very high inequality in how health was distributed across the world. Good health in the rich countries and persistently bad health in those countries that remained poor.
Over the last decades this global inequality has thankfully decreased.
Since 1900 the global average life expectancy has more than doubled and is now above 70 years. But the inequality of life expectancy between rich and poor countries is still very large. In 2021 the country with the lowest life expectancy was the Central African Republic with 53.9 years; at that time in Japan life expectancy was 84.8 years.
However, many countries that not long ago were suffering from bad health are catching up rapidly.
Interestingly, no country in the world today has a lower life expectancy than the countries with the highest life expectancy in 1800. Put another way, the lowest life expectancy today is better than the greatest life expectancy a couple centuries ago.
In the early 19th century, life expectancy at birth was around 40 years. This was primarily due to high infant and child mortality rates, as well as a lack of understanding about basic hygiene and sanitation. However, by the end of the 19th century, life expectancy had risen to around 50 years.
In the 20th century, life expectancy continued to increase at a rapid pace. By the mid-20th century, it had risen to around 70 years, “due to continued advancements in medical technology, such as the development of new drugs and surgical procedures…”
They always say that, like a mantra, but I doubt very much that any medical intervention has pushed out the boundaries of aging. If someone falls sick enough to need doctoring, he or she is not a long-living type. Antibiotics and vaccinations have done nothing to increase life expectancy.
In other words, living longer is due to better food, better lifestyle and social conditions, and to public health initiatives, such as access to clean water, sanitation, and adequate nutrition. NOT better doctoring.
[See graph, which is just one among many, showing the dramatic decline in death due to whooping cough (pertussis). You’ll see right away that dramatic improvements in the death rate had been going on for 80 years or more and vaccines and antibiotics did not influence the trend at all. Not even a little bit!! So much for claims that modern medicine wiped out pertussis!]
Modern medicine has not and will not really change the world.
Notwithstanding, today, life expectancy at birth is around 80 years in many developed countries, and it continues to increase in many parts of the world.
It’s important to understand that life expectancy AT BIRTH doesn’t apply to you and me. We’ve battled it through to 50, 60, 70 and beyond. Our average “life expectancy” is way higher; possibly in the 90s by now.
And the other thing to remember, of course, is that the average life expectancy in any country is only an average. It’s worth noting that, despite the overall increase in life expectancy, there are still significant disparities in different populations within countries. Factors such as poverty, access to healthcare, and social determinants of health can greatly impact life expectancy.
For example, doctors have been openly discussing for decades the fact the Black African Americans have much worse health than the rest of the population.
But now the Woke idiots have determined that it’s racist to discuss this situation! These people are idiots because they put their feelings above the truth. How is denying that there is a problem going to help racial equality?
Well, apparently race is not a biological trait says MedPageToday! What!?
Pharmacology Lecture 1, Learning Objective #3: “ACE inhibitor-induced angioedema is more common in blacks and smokers.” The pre-clinical pharmacology course had hardly started and already we were being taught that there is a distinct association between race and disease.
This type of learning objective is hardly unique; such lessons remain prevalent throughout American medical school curricula. They persist despite the American Medical Association’s (AMA) recommendation that medical schools refrain from teaching race as an inherent biological trait. Yet, schools continue to teach that race can be pathologized, with race-based disease associations frequently extending to common ailments including hypertension, cancer, and heart disease.
[https://www.medpagetoday.com/opinion/second-opinions/102116?xid=nl_secondopinion_2023-01-15&eun=g883510d0r] Public may not be able to access this page.
So a tall muscular Zulu-type is no different AT ALL from a squat mongoloid Inuit and will get exactly the same diseases in the same frequency? That’s beyond stupid. We all have memories that kids in the next street, never mind the next country—were snotty-nosed, ill-fed and different, in both health, temperament, and athleticism. Differences are EVERYWHERE.
This is the illustration used in the MedPageToday article
I have long proclaimed passionately that the SINGLE-NUMBER-ONE folly of orthodox medicine is the insistence on the belief that everyone is average. NO-ONE IS AVERAGE. Not one single person on earth is average. So right there, modern medicine is just a lie.
Instead of pretending there is no difference, I welcome the fact that some (non-Woke) doctors have noticed there is a difference in health between affluent white Americans and poor, or poorish, Black Americans. Only in that way will the gap eventually be closed.
Anyway, let me close with my most fierce admonition; I can never repeat it too often: IF YOU WANT TO STAY HEALTHY AND LIVE LONG, KEEP AWAY FROM DOCTORS AND HOSPITALS. They’ll likely kill you if you don’t.
They barely understand disease. They do not understand health in any sense. And they do not understand The Lady That Loves Us All—MOTHER NATURE!
Prof. Keith Scott-Mumby
The Official Alternative Doctor
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