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Life Expectancy via Modern Medicine?

Has modern medicine really increased life expectancy 30 years?
Response by Hans Diehl, DrHSc, MPH, FACN, CNS, Founder, Lifestyle Medicine Institute, Loma Linda, California; www.CHIPhealth.com <http://www.chiphealth.com/>

         Many have the notion that advances in medical care and pharmacological interventions have increased our life expectancy by some 28 years. But this simply isn't true.
         When you examine the life expectancy of adults over the last 100 years, you'll find that we have increased the adult life expectancy by only six or seven years. The number we need to focus on is how many years of vitality have been added to the adult life span. The reason we've seen a 28-year increase in the life expectancy at birth over the last century is related to the dramatic decline in the neonatal and infant mortality rates.
         Some 100 years ago, every fifth baby died before reaching the age of one. But once a person had reached 40, 50, or 60 years of age, and he/she no longer had to worry about childhood diseases, their life expectancy was about the same as it is today.
         Once we've accounted for those changes in the neonatal and infant mortality rates over the past 100 years, we see there is a mere six or seven additional years of adult life, in spite of dramatic advances in modern medicine.
         Some 100 years ago, we had virtually no health care system. Physicians were seen as glorified barbers. Modern medicine was in its infancy. Even so, adults lived much longer lives than is suggested by the life expectancy data. When people talk about increased life expectancy, this has everything to do with how we view and understand the data.  

From Mike:
I just have this creepy feeling that life span these days is less if you take into account the vitality levels of our natural hygiene based robust ancestors.  Breathing in a wheel chair does not in of itself make a great vitality stat. Drugs do not give true vitality. They mostly only mask symptoms.  Although progress in athletic skills attained as evidenced in the Olympics APPEAR to support longer lives many Gold Medal athletes die earlier than other non athletes. 

I would also track people with natural hygiene lifestyles and large breathing volume as this to me have the best chances of attaining the longest lives filled with the greatest vitality. This could be a great PhD paper for someone. Pass it around. I'll help out.

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