Saturday, September 25, 2004

Rubber Room Antics in London Ontario

London’s 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

In 2001, the last year for which records are available, 528 women and 515 men died in London from some form of circulatory disease, making it the city’s top killer.

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 someone’s 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, that’s not as important as focusing on the issues that lead to their death", she says. "We all die of something. But it’s more important to know what led to someone’s death. That’s 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 report’s executive summary was a story about a young boy named Jason who ended up in the hospital.

Ms. Sanderson says the story shows how important it is to follow the so-called, upstream issues that led to the need for medical attention.

The story goes as follows:

Why is Jason in the hospital? Because he has a bad infection in his leg.

But why does he have an infection? Because he has a cut on his leg and it got infected.

But why does he have a cut on his leg? Because he was playing in the junk yard next to his apartment and there was some sharp, jagged steel there he fell on.

But why was he playing in a junk yard? Because his neighbourhood is run down. A lot of kids play there and there is no one to supervise them.

But why does he live in that neighbourhood? Because his parents can’t afford a nicer place to live.

But why can’t his parents afford a nicer place to live? Because his dad is unemployed and his mom is sick.

But why is his dad unemployed? Because he doesn’t have much education and he can’t find a job.

The story, Ms. Sanderson says, is important because it makes people think about what caused Jason’s infection to happen and could lead to solutions that would have prevented the injury from ever happening.

... 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 wouldn’t have been in the junk yard, he wouldn’t 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 it’s 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 don’t have to look like a track star to be physically active," she says. "But being active, eating well. Rather than focusing on what we shouldn’t 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."

In recent years, Ms. Sanderson says obesity " both in children and adults " has been a big focus by both the media and society in general. And that problem, she adds, started when a focus on physical activity in the schools first started to erode away.

"There was a push 20 years ago for better reading and writing skills, and that was very important, but other things started getting left behind. To find more time for reading and writing, time was taken away from phys ed.," Ms. Sanderson says. "So now we have to put the focus back to more of a balance between schooling and physical activity. Saying we have to get kids, get people of all ages off the couch is insightful, but we have to make it easier. That involves changing the ways people think, the choices they make."

........ 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.

"You have to change the environment, change the cultural influences. Now we have a bylaw in London about not smoking in public places and you see fewer people smoking," Ms. Sanderson says. "If kids, for example, see other people being more physically active, they will be more inclined to follow that example. London has been good at starting that change. The enormous support for organized sport, the programs that are available as incentives to get active. That’s changing the way people think. It will take time, but a healthier lifestyle is a change that takes time."

..... 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.

For example, 50 years ago, people were looking for ways to sit down and take a break from their job while today more and more people are looking for ways to get up and not sit at a computer screen all day. Also, she points out that a mere 10 years ago, nobody would think about buying bottled water while it’s practically a common practice by many people today.

"Those are examples of how people can shift their thinking over time, how cultural shifts can happen," Ms. Sanderson says. "If we can continue to promote physical activity to the point where that kind of change happens, great things 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.

"From a public health perspective, we find a strong sense of community belonging is important. If you live in a community with support, with programs, we find people feel better about themselves. We all feel healthier. We know feeling isolated can impact on physical health, on mental health. (But if we feel we are in a strong community which provides support to not just ourselves, but to others as well,) if we feel like we are making a difference in our community - that goes a long way to improving overall health."

..... Clearly, these people were brought up watching the guardian of public interest, Barney the Dinosaur.

© 2004 The Londoner


Nathaniel said...

Holy moley.. I'm still trying to get my head around this article.. good fisking job, Lisa.

Utterly bizarre stuff there. I wonder if the author of the original articles understands that "why" questions are purely philosophical. There are a million "answers" for any "why" question. The best one is just whatever suits at the time.

Crazy nutbars. It's amazing I've lived to the ripe old age of 40, as I have. Never sat in a baby car seat, never wore a bike helmet, have had a few broken limbs from playing here and there and everywhere, "played" with guns (or rather, was taught to use them properly), showed up at knife fights with nothing but my fists.. maybe the better question the author should be askind is, "Why is Ian Scott still alive?"

Keep up the good work!

Geoff said...

"...more people are looking for ways to get up and not sit at a computer screen all day."

Well, I work in IT. I know I would be a lot healthier if I didn't have to spend 6 months of the year in front of a computer screen working to feed the Canadian tax monster.