Are We Really Living Longer? [aging, longevity, life expectancy]
Physical Health is defined as:
a state of physical well-being that is free of disease, disorders, malfunctions, pain or weakness
a physical state of being in which all of the parts and organs are sound and functioning normally, and in proper condition
the condition of the body and its various parts and functions are normal and efficient so as to prolong life
The Medical Industry Claims
The medical industry claims that people are living longer today due to improved medical science, hygiene (cleanliness), sanitation, pure water, vaccines, etc. than they were before. However evidence proves that is not true!
Medical Industry Claims are False!
An astute member sent the Weston A. Price Foundation some interesting statistics about U.S. centenarians [people who are 100 years of age or older] compared to total population—see Caustic Commentary,
select Spring 2007 and scroll down to Are We Really Living Longer?
"From a video segment recently aired on Nova [2007 population 306 million], we learn that as of 2007 only one in 10,000 Americans will live to age 100 [0.33% of the total population].
US census data indicates that in 1990, there were an estimated 37,306 centenarians out of 248,709,873 . . . [or 1.5% of the total population]. According to numbers compiled at the University of Virginia, in 1830 there were 2,600 centenarians out of 12,866,020 people, or . . .[or 2.02% of the total population]."
Summary by Year
2007: 0.33% of total population were 100 years of age or more
1990: 1.50% of total population were 100 years of age or more
1830: 2.02% of total population were 100 years of age or more
Ethiopians and Persians, Fifth Century B.C.
There is also a wonderful story of the longevity of Ethiopians, Fifth Century B.C. in the Life Without Bread book by Christian Allan, Ph.D. and Wolfgang Lutz, M.D., page 10:
"Observations recorded throughout modern history reflect the benefits of
low-carbohydrate nutrition. Herodotus [an ancient Greek historian] tells of the
meeting between a Persian delegation and the King of Ethiopia in the fifth
century B.C., and of the curiosity of the Ethiopian king concerning Cambyses,
the Persian king:
Finally [the Ethiopian king] came to the wine and, having learnt the process of
its manufacture, drank some and found it delicious; then, for a last question,
he asked what the Persian king ate and what was the greatest age that Persians
Getting in reply an account of the nature and cultivation of wheat, and hearing
that the Persian king ate bread, and that people in Persia did not commonly live
beyond eighty, he said he was not surprised that anyone who ate dung should die
so soon, adding that the Persians would doubtlessly die younger still, if they
did not keep themselves going with that drink—and here he pointed to the
wine—the one thing in which he admitted the superiority of the Persians.
The Persians, in their turn, asked the Ethiopian king how long the Ethiopians
lived and what they ate, and were told that most of them lived to be 120, and
some even more, and that they ate boiled meat and drank milk."
Here's another excellent article that also refutes claims that people are living longer today—see The Life Expectancies, by J.I. Rodale.
So much for assurances that people today live longer than ever before!