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Living Longer and Sicker? Or Just Ignoring Infections and Inflammation?


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Initial post: Jan 8, 2013, 7:03:26 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 8, 2013, 7:42:56 AM PST
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/254037.php
(2010) PEOPLE ARE LIVING LONGER AND SICKER
"43% of deaths worldwide occurred at age 70+ in 2010, compared to 33% in 1990. Although a small proportion of people are dying early, many more today are living with chronic diseases, pain and disability."

And no one - at any age - wants to lie semi-conscious and in pain in a hospital bed for months or years.

However, in our rush to genetic medicine and the latest in exotic prescription drugs, some of the simplest underlying causes - that can age and sicken people, especially the elderly - are being overlooked:

http://newsgroups.derkeiler.com/Archive/Misc/misc.health.alternative/2008-05/msg00643.html
(2008) DISEASES CAUSED BY UNDETECTED BACTERIAL INFECTIONS

http://www.bottomlinepublications.com/content/article/health-a-healing/overlooked-and-undetected-infectionsfrom-fungus
(2009) OVERLOOKED AND UNDETECTED INFECTIONS - FROM FUNGUS

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1994795/
(2007) CANCER AND INFLAMMATION

Posted on Jan 12, 2013, 9:20:03 AM PST
http://washington.cbslocal.com/2013/01/10/report-americans-die-younger-contract-more-stds-than-any-other-high-income-country-worldwide/

REPORT: AMERICANS DIE YOUNGER, CONTRACT MORE STDs THAN ANY OTHER HIGH-INCOME COUNTRY WORLDWIDE

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 12, 2013, 10:50:43 AM PST
witchie+ says:
Those statistics about Americans not living as long are true. They probably have to do with the problems in our health care system where people do not have access to health care if they are low income/poor. If you separate out middle and upper class peoples' life span you will discover that we live much longer than the poor. Also, having worked with the poor, they tend to be physically smaller--lack of heath care? poor diet? I don't have an answer, but we do have problems in our country.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 12, 2013, 12:48:52 PM PST
OldAmazonian says:
Maybe some of the frankenstuffs like the hydrogenated oils nearly ubiquitous in fast and processed foods are having a bad effect.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 12, 2013, 1:05:44 PM PST
TinkHerToy says:
Yes, and the high fructose corn syrup...and a kakazillion kinds of sodium...and long, long lists of unpronounceable chemicals...people worry about bio-engineered foods when they should take a long, hard look at what they are ingesting right now. Too many do not see the link between their health and the foods they eat.

You are what you Eat. Literally.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 12, 2013, 5:22:38 PM PST
witchie+ says:
Yes, and poor and uneducated tend to eat foods high in hydrogenated fat and high fructose corn syrup setting them up for type II diabetes which takes years off your life.

Posted on Jan 14, 2013, 9:41:13 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 14, 2013, 9:43:39 AM PST
Thank you all for the intelligent and thoughtful posts.

I think another cause of dying too young in the U.S., besides poor eating and poverty, are chronic low-grade viruses that can go on untreated for months. Their symptoms are minor, like a sore throat and runny nose that hang on, but these people are also shedding infectious cells to others. And a compromised immune system - or one trying to fight a chronic low-grade virus - is ripe for a devastating case of whatever flu or bacterial/fungal infection is around.

http://ehealthforum.com/health/sore-throat-and-low-grade-fever-t197083.html#axzz2HyMeXu8c
SORE THROAT AND LOW-GRADE FEVER

http://www.localhealth.com/article/low-grade-fever/causes
WHAT CAUSES LOW-GRADE FEVER?

http://www.earthclinic.com/CURES/virus.html
FOLK MEDICINE: BEST REMEDIES TO KILL A LONG LASTING VIRUS

Posted on Jan 17, 2013, 4:00:41 PM PST
http://health.yahoo.net/experts/dayinhealth/inflammation-root-cause-all-disease

IS INFLAMMATION THE ROOT CAUSE OF ALL CHRONIC DISEASES?
"Chronic, low-grade systemic inflammation - fueled by such disorders as excessive belly fat, poor diet, lack of exercise, smoking, and gum disease - may explain why lifestyle-linked diseases have reached epidemic levels in Western countries, while remaining rare in the developing world."

Posted on Jan 19, 2013, 1:41:10 AM PST
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Posted on Jan 19, 2013, 1:59:31 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 19, 2013, 2:05:44 PM PST
"Eat more bananas." Indeed!

I was watching some Food Channel shows recently on how American fast food franchises are having success by blending their fare with local favorites. South America fast food has a lot more fresh fruit and vegetables that American fast food.

Then I watched a show about American hamburgers, with a "specialty" of adding macaroni and cheese to the top of a burger. The differences between what South America eats and what Americans consume is staggering!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 20, 2013, 8:57:09 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 20, 2013, 9:01:14 AM PST
witchie+ says:
Actually, there is a genetic predisposition to inflammatory disease. About 25% of the population have the problem--I am one. I have done all of the right things as far as diet is concerned as well as lifestyle, but I still have a major problem. The treatments for these are slow and generally untested. The book below focuses on mold, but there are other things that people react to that have the genetic problem, including, but not limited to, spyrochetes from lyme disease:

The Mold Survival Guide: For Your Home and for Your Health

Posted on Jan 21, 2013, 9:22:50 AM PST
Thanks, Kathleen, for bringing up the fact that allergies can also cause inflammation.

http://www.livestrong.com/article/258170-allergies-and-body-inflammation/
ALLERGIES AND BODY INFLAMMATION

http://www.squidoo.com/foods-that-promote-chronic-inflammation
FOODS THAT PROMOTE CHRONIC INFLAMMATION
Dairy products and red meat top the list.

Posted on Jan 21, 2013, 9:37:26 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 21, 2013, 9:38:15 AM PST
http://seattletimes.com/html/health/2020162132_apusfoodallergiesdisabilities.html

FOOD ALLERGIES BECOME A BIGGER LEGAL ISSUE
"Federal disabilities law may be able to help.... The Justice Department said in a recent settlement with a Massachusetts college that severe food allergies can be considered a disability under the law. That gives those who suffer from such allergies a new avenue in seeking menus that fit their diet."

"But some say it goes too far. Since the decision leaves schools, restaurants and other places that serve food more exposed to legal challenges if they fail to honor requests for accommodations by people with food allergies."

Posted on Jan 21, 2013, 9:41:36 AM PST
"Americans are living to be older, healthier, and more financially prosperous, according to some newly released age stats by the federal government."

"The study took information from Americans over 65 years old, claiming that today's 65-year-olds can expect to live a bit more than 20 more years. In comparison to the 14 years more in 1980, that's pretty big. One of the biggest contributors to this is that death from heart disease and stroke have dropped by almost 50 percent."

"...The physical abilities of American elders is something worth acknowledging, too. Twenty years ago, almost half of Americans over 65 had difficulty walking, dressing, bathing, and performing other basic chores. Today, that has dropped to 41 percent. Considering that only 11 percent of those studied claim to get the recommended amounts of exercise, that number has the potential to drop even more. On another incredible note, only 4 percent of Americans over 65 are in nursing homes, a number that hasn't changed much over the last few decades."

http://www.the9billion.com/2012/08/29/longevity-elderly-americans-are-living-longer-healthier-lives/

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 21, 2013, 10:02:12 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 21, 2013, 10:02:48 AM PST
witchie+ says:
Actually, the inflammation causes the allergies when you have these genetic proclivities to inflammation. Then you even develop allergies because of the the inflammation. People with these genetic problems with mold and spyrochetes are going to overreact to a cold, flu, etc. Then the allergies come.
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