Yesterday, MyWay posted an articled entitled US Slipping in Life Expectancy Rankings. Apparently we’re not living as long as people in, say, people in the EU.

Americans are living longer than ever, but not as long as people in 41 other countries. …

A baby born in the United States in 2004 will live an average of 77.9 years. That life expectancy ranks 42nd, down from 11th two decades earlier, according to international numbers provided by the Census Bureau and domestic numbers from the National Center for Health Statistics.

Okay. That doesn’t explain the number of recent baby-boomer blog articles I’ve read that started with, "My 90-year-old aunt" (leaving me with pictures of 60-something boomers taking care of the sweet elderly auntie). But whatever. What caught my eye was this:

For decades, the United States has been slipping in international rankings of life expectancy, as other countries improve health care, nutrition and lifestyles.

And then it went on and on about health care, the improved health care in other countries, and … heath care, health care, health care. I don’t know about you, but I see three parameters in the above sentence, including nutrition and lifestyles, yet all the article could address was health care. Gosh, health care is what you do after you’re not doing so well. What about before?

What about our nutrition? Shouldn’t the food we eat not just fill our stomachs but actually nourish our bodies? What about most of the food we’re able to get — conventional food which may be plowed through and through with weird additives and things that interfere with your digestion? What about cooking (pasteurizing) the enzymes right out of your milk? What about nuking your food so that what you’ve got left is no longer food, but a warm pile of semi-tasteless matter?

And let’s not start on junk food. Food gotten from who knows where and prepared who knows how. Heck, if you really must have French fries, why not get some organic potatoes and deep fry them in a clean, non-rancid organic oil that has actual nutritional value?

Why not handle all this before your biggest need in life is health care? Yes, I know that we get older, but there’s age and then there’s age. I’d had to see us, some time in the future, facing a life that isn’t all it could be due to lack of proper nourishing of the body.

If all these other countries — 41 ahead of us! — can improve their nutrition and lifestyles, why can’t we?

Bottom line: don’t give us poor nutrition and then sell us on health care.

It’s just not right.

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2 Comments for "U.S. Life Expectancy Dips Below Europe"

  1. Stella


    I am a published author and free lance writer, with two more books almost ready to publish. They will include this very subject and many others.

    Blame it all on Food manufacturers who probably “lobby” (a word that everyone knows really means nepotism, favoritism and plain old bribery) the FDA to allow their carcinogens to be in our food.

    Kids have been eating lunch meat forever and when moms are busy, they just give them a sandwich. 99.9% of processed meats contain sodum nitrite and sodium nitrate.

    For dozens of years, Colgate, Aquafresh, Crest, etc. have contained either Sodium Lauryl Sulfate or Sodium Laureth Sulfate. I recently found out they ae carcinogens so I called the FDA and the Manufacturers. They responded there was no danger as long as the people did not “swallow” ANY smal amount of toothpaste. Then I said, tell that to the 65% of the population that ony has a high school degree and makes their 5 year olds and younger, brush their teeth with the same adult toothpaste. Tell the parents that they should NOT let their kids use that.

    Campbells, Progresso and every other canned food, soup and vegetables manufacturer put outrageous amounts of salt in food.

    Around the depression of 1929, people bought things every day, fresh, they grew their own vegetables, mostly ate without preservatives or excessive salt.

    Small wonder that after years of indulging in processed meats we don’t have an even higher amount of heart related deaths and more and more cancer deaths.

    Yet, who governs or audits or polices what the FDA does? NOBODY! I ontacted the CDC and they agreed with me but they said they could do NOTHING! So, again, who polices the FDA so that they do not approve things that should be banned?

    Titles of my next books: “If I were President”(TM) and “Ants cannot hear Thunder”(TM).

    I have a company in the US and another in Austria. I am moving to Austria or Switzerland. In Austria the life expectancy is longer because of the rules governing Food vendors are stricter. Food processors, food manufacturers are strictly supervised, so people live longer. People eat more fresh vegetables and the water is cleaner without ANY chemicals, coming straight from the Alps.

    Further, anywhere in Europe whenever you go to a Restaurant, if you ask for a glass of water, the ONLLY answer you get is “with or without?” Meaning they give you mineral water and they want to know whether you want it with or without gas. Here, they TAKE AWAY the minerals we need everyday and give us money cleaned with Chlorine or other chemicals instead of giving us natural water with natural minerals, for Pete’s sake!


  2. Diane Vigil

    Yep, I know what you mean, Stella. Here in the U.S., it takes quite a lot to make sure you’re eating clean, whole foods without pesticides, chemicals, etc. It also means trying to track down restaurants that serve the same, should you wish to go out for the occasional meal. And, of course, the FDA does not protect us in the way it would seem its charter (rules) dictate. Nor the USDA, with its weird “levels” for organic food.

    Austria sounds great. Let me know when you’ve published your book(s).

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