Geriatric medicine will have us believe that more people are living healthier into old age with fewer disabilities than ever before. Like most claims from modern medicine, this one is also false. Life expectancy at birth rose by 4.7 years for men and 3.5 years for women from 1950 to 2000. This has come at an enormous cost in the quality of life of our elders, who are suffering with more pain and greater disability than ever before in the last fifteen years of life. People globally are living longer, but chronic debilitating conditions are becoming more prevalent, according to a massive new global report.
The Global Burden of Disease Study 2010 involved 486 authors in 50 countries who aimed to offer a comprehensive update on diseases and injuries since the last such report in 1990.
The study was led by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington. It also describes causes of death and disability across age groups and sexes for 187 countries around the world, including 291 diseases and injuries and 67 risk factors.
What’s interesting about the study is that the leading risk factor accounting for the disease burden in most developed nations is diet. Despite this fact, our modern food industry filled with processed and junk foods, continues to litter the aisles of grocery retailers.
Moreover, we have a bombardment of artificial flavors, colors, preservatives, emulsifiers and sweeteners that have saturated the food supply for more than four decades, increasing toxicity levels of cardiovascular, digestive, endocrine, reproductive, and immune systems.
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