Friday, August 04, 2006

Healthwise, we've got it pretty good

Let's take a moment and reflect on how much healthier we as a nation are compared to Americans a century-and-a-half ago. It was pretty grim back then.

People of [Civil War veteran] Valentin Keller’s era, like those before and after them, expected to develop chronic diseases by their 40’s or 50’s. Keller’s descendants had lung problems, they had heart problems, they had liver problems. They died in their 50’s or 60’s.

Looking at this strapping family today, you'd never guess that many of their great-great-grandparents lived lives cut short by painful illness and disease. As our elders are fond of reminding us, life back then was no picnic.

—Mellow Monk

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