I just read an article – and sometimes it is SATISFYING to be able to say, “I TOLD you so!”
Elsewhere in these ramblings, I claimed the stats for Life Expectancy were BOGUS. That in MY experience, people were NOT living significantly longer than in times past.
Having, some years ago, trawled through a TON of parish death records, during an attempt to construct my family tree – before ESCAPING cold, wet, miserable, overpriced Britain – I uncovered an interesting FACT.
In days of yore, people lived pretty much to the age they live NOW.
HOWEVER, while wading through these death certificates, time and time AGAIN, I came across death certificates for poor little kids under TWELVE.
Now, having spent MY first six years in a cold, damp slum, in Ipswich – during which time I caught pneumonia and NEARLY DIED – I began to realize the TRUTH.
Which was that in olden times, people had MORE kids, knowing that they would probably LOSE a couple to the MANY health problems that our modern age – with its central heating, double-glazing, cavity wall insulation, roof insulation and man-made-fibre clothes and bed-covers – has said GOODBYE to.
And of course, this FAR higher infant mortality rate completely SCREWED the figures.
For example: if a village had 100 people, 99 of whom earned €1 per day – while just ONE earned €100 – the average wage for the village would be €2 (alright – €1.99). But that would be WRONG. Almost ALL of those villagers would be earning around HALF of that figure – said figure having been boosted by that one big earner. And thus it is, with life expectancy.
In my previous monograph (which can be found below – or to save you scrolling, just click on:- https://corneliusatloppers.wordpress.com/2009/03/03/cornelius-on-life-expectancy/ ) I quoted Mark Twain’s – “There are lies, damned lies and statistics” – and said that figures OUGHT to be available, which LEFT OUT infant deaths.
And the article I just read included the SAME QUOTE – and TOTALLY concurred with what I said in my previous piece.
The article can be found at:- http://www.healthpromoting.com/Articles/articles/expect.htm
And after reading it, you will say, “He TOLD me so…!”
But the REALLY scary thing is that the British government have recently published NEW figures that claim we will all live even LONGER – in order to justify their plans to RAISE the age at which people can retire on government pension.
DO NOT BELIEVE them! If you are British and over twelve, despite better health-care, improved diet, etc., – you can STILL expect to clock out at 79 if you are a bloke – and 82 if you are not.
Unless stem-cell, genetic, and/or cloning research FINALLY comes up with that “cure” for ageing. But that is another issue – which I have covered elsewhere in these columns.
For now, just accept the REAL stats – and do not be bamboozled by LIARS.
On a different site, I completed an online questionnaire which gives you your life expectancy, if you tick details about your lifestyle (diet, exercise, etc.)
And according to that – I DIED TWO YEARS AGO!