Who wants to live forever? ~ Freddie Mercury (and Queen)
The United States of America has done wonderful things since the end of WWII. Capitalism is responsible for part of the success and it’s also partially responsible for the silent war. We’re beginning to see the effects of the silent war every week.
The greatest generations, those who fought WWII benefitted the most from the rise in technology. In the early 70s, there was a movement called “ZPG”. It stood for Zero Population Growth. Someone smarter than I looked at the growth rate of the U.S. in the late 1960s and early 1970s and predicted that at our then current rate of reproduction, it would not be long before the American lifestyle would become unsustainable.
Many people who would have died from artery disease
In 1972 Americans were advised to limit their families to 1.5 children. This was a plan that would provide for a balanced growth rate. Those born in the 30s and 40s were in their golden years when America was in the early stages of technological health inventions. Many people who would have died from artery disease are living longer due to statin drugs which actually clean the inner lining of your arteries. (Its side effects notwithstanding).
Then chemists started playing with our food. Why? As our population grew, we could not tolerate the waste that was taken for granted in the 40s. Cows that use to get sick would be disposed of. Now in some countries, cows are fed anti-biotics (as well as steroids) to keep cattle production up to meet demands. Ironically, in the 60s ground beef was 69 cents a pound. Today that same pound will cost you roughly $6.00 dollars a pound. Sure you can find it watered down with more fat for $5.00 a pound but do you really want to consume something that is 20% saturated fat?
Just as our life expectancy was growing, a new silent warrior invaded us that consisted of “Partially hydrogenated soy bean oils and High Fructose Corn Syrup”. Yes the same drive to keep up with our population’s demands is killing us silently in the form of pancreatic cancer, lower digestive tract cancer and Mesothelioma and other lung cancers.
People didn’t die from these forms of death in the 19th century. Sadly, the people that will die from chemical induced cancers are those who are forced to live on fast food. Former governor Mike Huckabee has a saying: “If it wasn’t a food 50 years ago; don’t eat it. The problem is, even the foods we grew 50 years ago are grown faster and are having their genes modified. (GMOs).
Just look at Barry Bonds before and after Steroids. The same thing is state of the art technology in the food industry. We won’t discuss poultry. I’m not a PITA nut, but anyone with 2 eyes and a heart can see that what we do to chickens is by far the most inhumane.
Don’t Eat Fish.
I see too many otherwise healthy people dying in their 60s. 20 years ago, that would have been unheard of. We had made it to a point where Americans expected to live far into their 80s. Life was a moral decision in the 90s. Who would want to live into their 80s or 90s? The Rev. Billy Graham has been saying for 10 years he’s ready for God to take him home. In the graphic, notice how the growth rate leveled off in 1980.
The Average life expectancy of an American stands at 79 years. (If you trust the current administration) Many of those in grave yards are registered democrats voting with absentee ballots. In 1960 it was 70. We still trail Japan. I guess we gained 8 years.
I guess the only question is: “Are they worth it”?