Sunday, August 12, 2007

Living Longer

I hear it all the time - we're living longer.

Guess what?

"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."

Yep, we rank 42 in the world!!

Sadly, the richest country in the world does not provide enough resources and attention to the health of its citizenry.

Let's see, cigarette smoking is down at very good rates from 10 years ago, yet we still do not live as long as we should?

Could we be poisoning ourselves with gas fumes?

What about other forms of air pollution? Asthma is on the rise, but cigarette smoking is not, so, I would have to assume that something else is the culprit.

Obesity, yes that's truly a problem in the US. We can take responsibility for that one ourselves, even though the FDA does not do its job properly.

How about insurance? Nope, I won't buy that one. I had health insurance and still couldn't afford the testing and the meds required to keep me at optimal health.

Basically, we need universal health care that won't cause us to lose doctors and other specialists because of their greed.

It's time for our politicians to start making a difference in America. Healthcare is at the top of the list.

I have two friends with lumps in their breasts. Twenty years ago, those lumps would have been removed. Not now. Even with good insurance, the insurance companies will not pay to have them removed unless they prove to be scary enough. You almost have to be certain that the lumps are malignant to have them removed. What if your Mother died of breast cancer? Not to worry, we still wait and see according to our excellent insurance (bottom dollar) based healthcare. Meanwhile, these women have to play the waiting game...

Let's watch it for a few months and see if they grow or change.

What does that do to a woman's psyche? Imagine the worry, stress, and anxiety she deals with. That's ok though, they have high blood pressure meds, and antidepressants and nerve pills to help them get through this waiting game.


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