Londons top 10 killers
You can influence how, when you die, health officials say
And the earth is round too! Wow - I learn so much from the Londoner!! Thanks for filling my blue box each week. And I am sure I will thank you even more when the city imposes a weight restriction = more cost to me - on blue box pickup.
By SEAN MEYER The Londoner
And this wouldn't have anything to do with the fact that everyone drives everywhere?
Another 844 Londoners died that year from some form of cancer, making it the number two killer. Respiratory diseases claimed 251 victims, for number three.
Of course the smoking bylaw will improve this statistic
Death is inevitable, but you have some control over how and when you die, health officials note. Lifestyle is important but so, too, is education and even geography.
Thanks for your profound comments - cut the shit and get to the point
Ruth Sanderson is an epidemiologist with the Middlesex-London Health Unit. She says the cause of someones death is not in many cases the most significant issue.
Okay, well, as far as I see it, if you're dead then you are dead. That is the most significant issue.
"When it comes to the cause of death, what gets coded on the death certificate, thats not as important as focusing on the issues that lead to their death", she says. "We all die of something. But its more important to know what led to someones death. Thats often what needs to be looked at rather than what ends up on the death certificate".
The punch line is coming.......
In 1999, Canada prepared a report on the overall health of Canadians. In the reports executive summary was a story about a young boy named Jason who ended up in the hospital.
... and the solution? Look after us almighty Government! Protect us from ourselves! Absolve us of responsibility! Pretty Please!!! We will give you more of our hard earned dollars!
"You have to look at why he ended up in the hospital. If there had been a better park, with supervision, he wouldnt have been in the junk yard, he wouldnt have gotten cut," she says. "There needs to be attention at all levels of society, of government. And the one issue is physical activity. Living a healthy lifestyle is a choice that can lead to healthier people, fewer trips to the hospital and reduced costs for health care."
Once again, we need big brother to make sure nothing bad happens. In this society, one accident leads to safety measures for all!
And Ms. Sanderson says its not just a healthier lifestyle that Londoners, and all Canadians need to focus on, but a more positive one as well.
OKAY! Let's get positive! I'm positive I want to stay away from you. Maybe we could join The Church of Scientology But onward to the Spartans!
"If we can all get more active at whatever level that may be, and get away from being so weight-focused, that would be a good start. You dont have to look like a track star to be physically active," she says. "But being active, eating well. Rather than focusing on what we shouldnt be eating, the focus should be more on what we should be eating. We need to focus on living life as well as we can for as long as we can."
........ never mind education. As long as the vassals are in shape. It may be necessary to draft them one day. And when they are sent to the gulag, we want them to work productively and efficiently with minimum government standard rations.
Smoking is one area she says a slow process of changing the way people think has made a big difference.
..... Fewer people are seen smoking because tyrants like you prohibit the number of places people can smoke. On the other hand, the evil smokers are perhaps seen more often - and I will include myself in that equation -as they are forced out onto the street where everyone throw stones at them. Let the witch hunt continue!
While cultural shifts take time, Ms. Sanderson points to a pair of examples as to how changes in lifestyle can happen.
In preparation for the Labour Camps, physical activity and 'proper' nutrition become mandatory.
A more physically active lifestyle will go a long way to keeping Londoners healthy, she says. However, she adds a healthy community makes a big difference as well.
..... Clearly, these people were brought up watching the guardian of public interest, Barney the Dinosaur.
© 2004 The Londoner
Saturday, September 25, 2004
Posted by Lisa Turner on Saturday, September 25, 2004