Now there is a provocative question. And, of course, none of us really know. Today I learned that "life expectancy of Americans dipped slightly in 2015 compared with a year earlier, according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC's) National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS)." Life expectancy dropped by .1% from 2014 to 2015. Not a huge decrease but it is the first decrease in life expectancy since 1999.
Now there is a provocative question. What will your lifespan be? And, of course, none of us really know for sure what our lifespan will be. Today I learned that “life expectancy of Americans dipped slightly in 2015 compared with a year earlier, according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).” Life expectancy dropped by .1% from 2014 to 2015. Not a huge decrease but it is the first decrease in life expectancy since 1999.
There was no change from 2014 to 2015 in the 10 top causes of death: heart disease, cancer, chronic lower respiratory tract diseases, unintentional injuries, stroke, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, influenza and pneumonia, kidney disease, and suicide. Together they accounted for 74.2% of all deaths in the United States in 2015.
However, from 2014 to 2015, age-adjusted death rates rose for 8 of 10 leading causes of death and decreased for 1. The rate increased 0.9% for heart disease, 2.7% for chronic lower respiratory tract diseases, 6.7% for unintentional injuries, 3.0% for stroke, 15.7% for Alzheimer’s disease, 1.9% for diabetes, 1.5% for kidney disease, and 2.3% for suicide. The rate decreased by 1.7% for cancer. Age-adjusted death rates for influenza and pneumonia did not change significantly. There was no immediate speculation for the reasons.
Man mad chemicals and your health
Truth be told, specific reasons are unclear. We do know that oil wastewater is now used to water fruits and vegetables in the central valley of California. It is a practice that began several years ago but intensified during the recent drought in California. We know that there are long term accumulation of toxic chemicals in our blood and organs. It is also clear that eight, maybe nine of the categories listed above have direct links to environmental toxins and chemicals that are in products that we use daily.
We also know that, since 1985, 20,000 more chemicals have been introduced and added to our foods and products that we use everyday. Less than 500 chemicals have been tested for long term impact on human health. Does that make you feel like you are a human guinea pig? Industry researchers down play the significance of chemical additives. The parts per billion, most of the time, are minute. Yet, when added up over 30, 40, 50 years or more, there is a long term cumulative impact. A study, conducted by the Environmental Working Group (EWG.org) concluded that over 220 industrial toxins were present, in the bloodstream of babies still in the womb. 42 years after DDT was banned as an ingredient in pesticides, detectable levels still show up in the bloodstream of the unborn children. (10 Americans)