THREE GREAT FALLACIES

1) “Life expectancy has double since 1900.” Life expectancy is genetic. Genetic changes take millennia, epochs, eras. It is impossible to have genetic changes that control life expectancy to alter dramatically in a matter of decades. What has changes is that in the years before 1900, one in 2 children died before the age of one. Now take a man who lives to 80 and one man who dies at birth. That makes an average life expectancy of 40 (approx) years. The second thing that changed is the ridding of infectious diseases.

Definition

Infectious diseases are disorders caused by organisms — such as bacteria, viruses, fungi or parasites. Many organisms live in and on our bodies. They’re normally harmless or even helpful, but under certain conditions, some organisms may cause disease.
Some infectious diseases can be passed from person to person. Some are transmitted by bites from insects or animals. And others are acquired by ingesting contaminated food or water or being exposed to organisms in the environment.
List of infectious diseases that were deadly in Paleolithic times that are now cured with antibiotics:

Infectious Diseases

Influenza
HIV/AIDS
Tuberculosis
Malaria
Measles
Rabies
Ebola virus disease
Cholera
Dengue fever
Smallpox
Meningitis
Lyme disease
Chickenpox
Viral hemorrhagic fever
Salmonellosis
Common cold

Taken together, those two realities factored in , indicate a life expectancy of 74 years for those born around 1900. Therefore, life expectancy since 1900 has increased by 4 years (due to better diet, food preservation, again, not due to genetics) not 40 years.

2) “Two drinks of alcohol a day are good for your health.” Moderate alcohol use does not enhance health. As far as the body is concerned, alcohol s a poison. Alcohol damages the brain, liver, pancreas, duodenum, and central nervous system. This is why alcohol is so very addictive – because it triggers the release of endorphins in many areas of the body at once. Alcohol causes metabolic damage to every cell in the body and depresses the immune system.

People are healthy in spite of alcohol, not because of it. Studies that indicate moderate drinking reduces certain risks of heart attack, cardiovascular disease, etc., are flawed. The fact is that people who drink in moderation do other things in moderation. They eat in moderation, exercise, used reasoned judgment, act prudently, go to doctors more often, have greater disposable income, consume less processed foods, etc. There is no way to factor out those components independently of other considerations. Yet recent studies draw conclusions in spite of those factors.

Alcohol affects each person differently. But the negative effects of alcohol may be seen in a person drinking only two drinks per day. Yes, it takes years for the consequences of excessive drinking to become dominant, but alcohol may shorten life span by ten to fifteen years or more, to say nothing about the reduction in quality of life when other productive activities are reduced.

Recently, several studies of the link alcohol and breast cancer have been published, generating discussion in the press about whether a woman who drinks is increasing her risk. The new studies have indeed pointed to a link, though until recently it was unclear exactly how this may be. Then, last year, a study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute showed that when pre-menopausal women drank about one ounce of pure alcohol daily (the amount in two average drinks), they had higher levels of estrogen in their blood and urine than when they did not drink. The women were on the same diet throughout the study. This finding suggested an explanation (increased production of estrogen) for the possible link between alcohol and breast cancer. Another highly publicized study, conducted in Spain of 762 women with breast cancer, showed that even moderate alcohol intake was associated with a 50% increase in risk for breast cancer-a figure hard for women to ignore.

Even in small amounts, alcohol will destroy folic acid, B6, and B12. That makes the body more susceptible to homocysteine, which is a greater predictor of heart disease than cholesterol levels. Further, people who drink have been shown to have 40% worse learning ability than those who abstain. The reason: alcohol suppresses the REM cycle of sleep and you need REM sleep to integrate what you learn during the day.

3) “A Low cal diet extends life expectancy.” The healthiest people in human history were the Paleolithic People. They ate 3,000 calories a day. If a restricted calorie diet would have led to increased life expectancy, then surely, over millions of years of evolution, nature would have chosen for that.   The men were 6’2″ and the women 5’1o”  Their brains were thirty percent larger than ours  They had no autoimmune diseases,  no dietary cancer, no heart disease.

Eating the worst foods – over-cooked, no liquid content to make digestion easier, dry food devoid of nutrients that help digestion, hybridized, fat – take more body resources to digest. It takes a great deal of blood and oxygen to digest food. The worst foods take the longest to digest and use they most body resources (blood and oxygen)) then drink liquid meals (veggies or protein shakes. Liquefied food is easier for the body to digest and take fewer resources.

I find it amazing that people come up with ways to alter what nature took millions of years to perfect. Egomaniacs, narrow thinking, pseudo-sophisticated, wanna-be intellectuals are going to, of their own thinking and experimenting, over turn millions of years of evolution. Eat better, not less.

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