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Saturday, August 2, 2014

The Price of Life: Eating and Isolating Ourselves to Death.

Wired Magazine has published an infographic displaying the National Institutes of Health's budgetary allocations for work to prevent the top causes of death. 

The second sentence of the introductory content asks: why do we spend more than $13,000 for each person who dies of diabetes but only about $3,000 for each heart disease victim? 

Sadly, the most dramatic diseases - heart attacks and cancer - are the ones we pay the most attention to. Yet we pay less attention to the highly prevalent, pervasive and destructive yet manageable diseases: diabetes and mental illness.  Diseases that shouldn't be killing us. Yet they are, every day. Diseases that we can prevent and minimize, as shown here: 

But prevention and minimization is thwarted by a web of poverty, food policies and social stigma that prevent us from solving these destructive patterns. We are eating ourselves to death, and dying from our separation and isolation from one another. 

We in the United States consider ourselves a 'developed' nation. We have a lot to be proud of, but we have a lot more work to do. Without that work, we will continue to allow a human catastrophe.   

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