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Interactive Atlas Of The Leading Causes Of Premature Death

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While some may think trading these manipulated capital markets has become a leading cause of premature death over the past year, that is not the case. At least not yet. Instead, the leading causes of early death are shown on the chart below compiled by Wired. It maps "the global cost of early mortality - some 1.7 billion years of potential human life forefited annually - sorted by cause of death."

Not surprisingly, Wired notes that heart disease and stroke cause more than a quarter of all deaths. But since they hit mainly older people, the cost in years of life lost is relatively small. Curiously, one of the biggest net contributors to premature loss of life is Malaria, which is one of the biggest killers of children across the developing world. Also surprising: while not large (yet) in absolute terms, natural disasters are by far the fastest-growing contributor to the death toll.

The good news: the big yellow block representing infectious diseases and birth problems, is showing a rapid decline. Which means that "we're making progress; deaths from disorders that could be avoided with basic medications, clean water and neo-natal care, are on the decline."

Some additional perspectives are provided from the below two interactive maps by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, analyzing Disability Adjusted Life-Years (DALY) impact from various noted causes. A quick primer:

The disability-adjusted life year (DALY) is a measure of overall disease burden, expressed as the number of years lost due to ill-health, disability or early death.


Originally developed by Harvard University for the World Bank in 1990, the World Health Organization subsequently adopted the method in 1996 as part of the Ad hoc Committee on Health Research "Investing in Health Research & Development" report. The DALY is becoming increasingly common in the field of public health and health impact assessment (HIA). It "extends the concept of potential years of life lost due to premature include equivalent years of 'healthy' life lost by virtue of being in states of poor health or disability." In so doing, mortality and morbidity are combined into a single, common metric.

An interactive treemap of all causes:


A different perspective, this time broken down by risk factors. The far and ahead leader: "dietary risks", which makes sense for a nation which every day roll sever further into record obesity land.


The best news: clicking too fast on the SPY heatmap in order to benefit from Bernanke's "Wealth Effect" is still not a leading cause of premature death.


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Sun, 12/08/2013 - 20:37 | 4227805 Zero Point
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How tough is it to boil water?


Sun, 12/08/2013 - 20:41 | 4227822 Boris Alatovkrap
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Depend on fuel... coal, electricity, fission...

Sun, 12/08/2013 - 20:43 | 4227830 Zero Point
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Damn. If you can't gather a few twigs, you really ARE up shit creek.

Sun, 12/08/2013 - 20:51 | 4227858 ronaldawg
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We obviously need more war.

Sun, 12/08/2013 - 21:04 | 4227898 The Alarmist
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Nah, we just need more field latrines so people quit shitting in the creeks.

Sun, 12/08/2013 - 21:16 | 4227923 Anusocracy
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Being poor decreases lifespan by seven years.

Thank you elites, thank you government.

Sun, 12/08/2013 - 21:19 | 4227932 tickhound
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To hell with them fellas. Buzzards gotta eat... same as worms.

The Machine

Sun, 12/08/2013 - 21:50 | 4228008 knukles
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Gotta love the elegance:  Cirrhosis of the liver noted in an article on ZH the by line of which is from Fight Club, itself an allegory of the man facing his ego as exemplified in the 12 Steps....
Oh, the humanity of it all; it's just too sweet!

Sun, 12/08/2013 - 22:57 | 4228198 markmotive
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Leading cause of death in the future will be lack of food.

- End of cheap transportation

- Erosion of top soil

- Climate change

Beware of the coming food stamp riots

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 00:39 | 4228392 Anusocracy
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Leading cause of death in the future will be T-2000 Terminators.

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 05:10 | 4228693 akak
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I always suspected that "pains in the neck" could be fatal --- there it is right in that chart!

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 06:34 | 4228723 Ignatius
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Smoking is 3rd, can you believe it?

C'mon smokers, we can do this...

We're #1, we're #1, we're....

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 14:36 | 4229809 Miffed Microbio...
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Funny thing. Today I diagnosed Nocardia in a patient's lung biopsy. I thought this was going to be good news( i originally thought he had TB)when I looked up his information. He had just died at age 38 from stage 4 adenocarcinoma lung cancer. He had never smoked a day in his life. I'm seeing this more and more. I used to think smoking was a scourge that should be eliminated to end all lung cancers. I am changing my mind and am sorry I was so smug in my beliefs.


Mon, 12/09/2013 - 05:25 | 4228695 Headbanger
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At that point the leading cause of death will become LEAD poisoning.  Of the high velocity kind.

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 03:04 | 4228601 All Risk No Reward
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The #4 premature cause of death is FDA approved drugs per the FDA website.

*100,000 DEATHS yearly ADRs 4th leading cause of death ahead of pulmonary disease, diabetes, AIDS, pneumonia, accidents and automobile deaths

Another 2,000,000 are maimed, sometimes permanently, every year.

Ooops, forgot that one, didn't ya fake establishment media!

Anyone who thinks the media is controlled by the Money Power Agenda is ignorant of one of the most important aspects of modern society.

Sun, 12/08/2013 - 22:52 | 4228180 FredFlintstone
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Mr. Josey Wales, great quote.

Sun, 12/08/2013 - 22:36 | 4228134 A Nanny Moose
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how many people die because of medical mistakes? Infections, drug interactions, the drug war, etc.?

Sun, 12/08/2013 - 23:24 | 4228258 Buckaroo Banzai
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Iatrogenesis is the second or third leading cause of premature death. Can't remember which. Maybe even the leading cause, can't be bothered to google it.

The fact that this graphic completely omits it destroys its credibility.

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 00:49 | 4228413 A Nanny Moose
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Mon, 12/09/2013 - 01:29 | 4228476 boogerbently
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Whoa !!

"Iatrogenesis or iatrogenic effect, (/a??ætro??d??n?k/; "originating from a physician") is preventable harm resulting from medical treatment or advice to patients. Professionals who may sometimes cause harm to patients are: physicianspharmacistsnursesdentists psychiatristspsychologists, and therapists. Iatrogenesis can also result from complementary and alternative medicinetreatments.

In the United States an estimated 225,000 deaths per year have iatrogenic causes, with only heart disease and cancer causing more deaths."


My initial impression was "More news media ignorance or lies", then I wondered if "Wiki" may be misinformed???

It's sad and frustrating to have no where to go for the truth.

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 02:34 | 4228577 Dr. Sandi
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To find truth, go within. If it's not there, go without.

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 11:18 | 4229075 zerozulu
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"Iatrogenesis is the second or third leading cause of premature death" sounds right, but ACA will be the first in comming days.

Sun, 12/08/2013 - 21:35 | 4227974 Zero Point
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Spot on Alarmist.

How fucking hard is it to dig a hole?

I'd still be boiling water though, after seeing the shit NATURE puts in creeks.

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 00:41 | 4228398 Seer
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And then there's still the issue of animals continuing to shit in the creeks...

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 06:27 | 4228721 muleskinner
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Pelicans can turn a clean water small lake into one huge shithole.

Cormorants are even worse.

Don't drink tap water.

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 08:32 | 4228807 Pope Clement
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Kangen water bitchez

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 03:20 | 4228629 Zero Point
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Seems it's fifty fifty on what I thought was a pretty simple observation.

I've camped in some of the most arid regions in Australia, including open desert.

Haven't failed to light a fire yet.

I'm guessing the rice eating Africans, whose kids are dropping from disentery like flies, aren't eating their rice uncooked.

Not a big stretch to filter your muddy scum water through a peice of cloth, boil it, then let it stand overnight, tipping off the good water for drinking the next day, I would have thought.

Pretty fucking simple guys, it ain't rocket surgery.

Red triangle that bitchez.

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 12:55 | 4229393 Kobe Beef
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You probably have an IQ higher than 70. Apples to Oranges.

Sun, 12/08/2013 - 20:46 | 4227836 kaiserhoff
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Natural disasters are the fastest growing category?

Naw.  Has to be disputes over drug turf.

Sun, 12/08/2013 - 20:42 | 4227825 Pool Shark
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You can thank the movie: "Silent Spring"

We're more concerned with thin egg shells than millions of children dying of malaria each year.

DDT could easily have wiped out malaria in sub-Saharan Africa by now...


Sun, 12/08/2013 - 20:46 | 4227835 Zero Point
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Yeah, that horseshit about DDT is one of the greatest crimes in history.

Bill Gates would love it.

Sun, 12/08/2013 - 21:32 | 4227969 Trucker Glock
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What is this "horseshit" you speak of?

Sun, 12/08/2013 - 21:46 | 4228000 Zero Point
Sun, 12/08/2013 - 21:57 | 4228030 NoDebt
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DDT was one of the best, cheapest pesticides ever created.  It was used to control things like Malaria, Head Lice and other nasty critters.  After WWII it pretty much completely eradicated Malaria from Italy in about 3 years.  From almost half a million cases to NONE in 3 years.  Yeah, it's THAT good.

They were worried about that fact that it accumulates in the environment (doesn't break down easily- which is one of the reasons it actually works so well- it sticks around, not requiring regular re-applications) as well as being a possible carcinogen (what isn't in high enough dosage?)

Cheap, effective, easy to manufacture, doesn't even smell bad.  Unless you eat it, it won't do you any harm.  So, naturally, it was declared unsafe and banned by the EPA (mid-70s, if I recall correctly).  

Sun, 12/08/2013 - 23:20 | 4228249 kchrisc
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I saw a quote a few years ago that said, paraphrasing, "Funny how things suddenly become bad and banned when the patent is about to expire and a new one is waiting in the wings."

The speaker was quoting how Freon's patent was expiring and all of a sudden was bad, bad, bad.


"Is it time for the guillotines yet?"

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 00:36 | 4228385 malek
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 it was declared unsafe and banned by the EPA

Conveniently after the US had successfully eliminated Malaria themselves mainly by using DDT

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 11:23 | 4229092 zerozulu
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I remember using DDT but after 3 or 4 years of use flys were immune and were not dying any more.

Sun, 12/08/2013 - 21:32 | 4227972 Miffed Microbio...
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Antibiotics were to eliminate all pathogenic disease. Scientists were convinced of this. Now we have more pathogens than ever that are resistant to ALL antibiotics in every class.

You are naive to think DDT would have eliminated Malaria. Nature would have come back with a vengeance and there would be highly resistant Anopheles mosquitos right now. Virulence of malaria skyrocketed after modernization of Africa. There are multitudes of reasons for this. Previous to this, malaria was endemic with a population that had natural immunity. Sickle Cell trait in Africans aided the population to live with malaria. Malaria has an extraordinarily complex life cycle. Because of the insect vector involved it is difficult to eliminate unlike Small Pox. A mosquito must bite an infected individual to receive both male and female gametocytes to continue the cycle. Then, when the sexual cycle is complete in the mosquito, it must bite a person to release the sporozoites (asexual stage).

It seems to me there must be better ways to disrupt this cycle than poisoning the environment with pesticides. Finding ways to stimulate the immune system against malaria would be good. It can hide from the immune system in the liver (cryptozoites).


Sun, 12/08/2013 - 22:01 | 4228042 NoDebt
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Yeah, you drain swamps and wetlands to eliminate their habitat.  You can imagine the rousing cheer the environmental types give to that idea.

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 00:41 | 4228394 Seer
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So, this is how it works, provide demonization of others to make one's point look like it's credible...

And if the water table is near the surface YEAR-ROUND, where the fuck are you going to drain to?

I'm thinking that a lot of you are city boys...

And as ALWAYS the case, playing god has consequences.  Man has little grasp of the connectedness of things.  Mother Nature (and entropy) will offset all that man does.

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 02:36 | 4228582 Dr. Sandi
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Whenever I play God, God always wins.

I think he cheats.

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 03:22 | 4228631 yofish
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Think they are city boys? Lordy.

Sun, 12/08/2013 - 22:40 | 4228146 A Nanny Moose
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Seems like they could have studied SC Anemia a bit more, for a possible cure.

That which does not kill you...

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 00:38 | 4228388 malek
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You are naive to ignore the fact that DDT did eliminate Malaria in many regions.

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 00:54 | 4228410 akak
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Yes, temporarily, and only in the short term --- which is the only timeframe that most people nowadays seem to be able to consider or comprehend.  In the long term, of course, such tactics are only a single battle in a permanent and essentially unwinnable war.

There is not, and never has been, ANY pesticide, fungicide, herbicide or antibiotic which can or will wipe out 100% of its intended victims (not without being so devastatingly toxic as to also kill the intended beneficiaries, i.e. humanity, as well).  Some ALWAYS survive and/or adapt, spreading their resistent genes into the future population.

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 17:19 | 4230476 malek
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see my arrogance statement below

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 01:25 | 4228471 Miffed Microbio...
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You are absolutely correct malek. This did happen. Fast forward a few years. The blow back was horrendous. MASSIVE increases in malarial infections. Way more than historical rates. Scientists were aghast. One theory that was put forth was the cessation of DDT. The other theory was the population had lost its innate immunity to malaria. Babies were breast feeding from mothers ( or being fed formula promulgated by Nestle) that were not imparting globulins against malaria because they were no longer sensitized to malaria. Mechanization may also have played a role. Tractors replaced livestock for farming. Anophales Mosquitos will bite anything for a blood meal but the more you eliminate animals the greater predilection for people. Think about it. For thousands of years Africans had live with malaria and the human population on the continent wasn't wiped out. Now the west decides to help and they have a worse disaster. Plasmodium has become resistant to antimalarials. And now we want to start DDT again and develop more antimalarials drugs? What did Einstein say was the definition of stupidity?

You must realize every area is a unique population that developes immunity from its natural pathogens. Here in San Diego and in other parts of Cali we have a mold called Coccidioides immitis. Approximately 80% of people who live here have been exposed to it and are immune to it. They might not have even realized they were infected, chalking it up as a bad cold.Often we have elderly people come here to retire. They have never been exposed to this fungus and being older their immune systems may not be hardy. It is not uncommon to have them die with fulminant infections that spread to the brain. Especially if theyre Asian ( very racist fungus) who are 20x likely to have a serious infection because they absolutely have no innate immunity.

It truly pisses me off to see haughty Westerners replete with all the answers, arrogantly pressing them on othersand causing more harm in the long term.


Mon, 12/09/2013 - 17:18 | 4230470 malek
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Point me to links on blow back in these areas:

You cannot only point to possible or real harm in the very long term while completely ignoring the definite harm by doing nothing in the short term.

I am now waiting for someone to postulate we should completely stop using antibiotics today because
a) we might need them much more in some unknown distant future
b) the possibility and even likelihood that at some point in the future immunity will show up in the targeted species.

What this effictively displays is the arrogance of the people who don't see/have any immediate problems from doing so, while ignoring the problems of many others.

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 17:23 | 4230497 akak
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I'm sorry to have to say this, Malek, but your comments in this thread simply reek to me of the typical and ever-increasing, blinkered, short-term, counterproductive thinking so prevalent in American and Western society nowadays.  "Do what works (or what seems to work, or what feels right) NOW, and to Hell with the down-the-road consequences".

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 21:10 | 4231226 malek
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That is your choice of thinking.

I however feel I take the freedom to think for myself, not just gobble up pieces by silent-springers or more recent do-gooders.

And absolutely no-effing-one has the right to declare 1 million avoidable deaths to be acceptable because of some *possible* harm by overuse of DDT, and not even trying to go a golden middle way such as lowering use as much as possible, at the very least after nobody has found anything halfway as effective, single or combined use, against Malaria after 30+ years of research!

I remember reading an long article in the NYT of my brother-in-law almost 6 years ago, on fighting Malaria. It laid out in much detail how R&D had tried all kinds of new ways to stop Malaria or its effects - all with very little success. And it ended with "we need to keep on researching." It was actually a very good article, but such purposeful blindness in connecting the dots - unfuckingbelievable. Well I knew then that I would never subscribe the NYT.
Since then 6 million more people have died of Malaria (and noone even talks about how many got badly sick, often with consequences for the rest of their lives) and to what I know the research has been resultfree once again.

You know Akak, the real strength of people comes into display when admitting errors. Or not.
And accusing me of proposing short-term thinking, I ask you directly: then why don't we need to stop use of antibiotics as well, in your opinion?

Tue, 12/10/2013 - 01:48 | 4231629 Miffed Microbio...
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Malek, as someone who has run susceptibility tests on a multitude of organisms for almost 30 years let me tell you I have seen a marked difference in MICs. When I started as a microbiologist, a strep pneumo in CSF would often have an MIC of .008. Literally a whiff of penicillin would kill the sucker. My job was very simple. Now, Drs would think twice treating a pneumo menengitis with penicillin waiting for me to perform the sensi. Chances would be good it would be completely resistant. We commonly use at least 4 drugs to test against it and it is more resistance all the time. Why has that happened? Believe me it's not just serendipitous.Bacteria are under selective pressure to form resistance. I.e. they are bombarded with antibiotics to induce it.

There was a study in Iceland where the mic for streptococcus pneumoniae was reduced in 3 years to a low mic once again because they quit using penicillin. Yes, this process can be reversed! Think of it as a supreme body builder at the peak of his training. He must continuously train with weights to maintain his physique. The minute he plops on the couch and eats twinkies the muscles degrade. This is true for bacteria. They expend incredible energies to become resistant. They share plasmids with one another often with different species to share resistance. If the selective pressures are eliminated they will naturally lose resistance because, energetically, it makes sense.

Diseases with an insect vector are extraordinarily difficult to irradiate. Especially malaria where vaccination is not useful. I hardly think the answer is simply dumping tons of pesticides in waterways as the solution. Resistance WILL occur. I have seen it in bacteria. The over use of Roundup has produced Super Weeds. So then what do you do? Make a more potent pesticide? This is an endless cycle of hell. When you declare war on nature, she will fight back. I think for myself and am not a " do gooder". I am not happy people are dying,I truly want to do something that would have some benefit. I do not see how DDT is the answer. I think it ultimately will be prevention of infection with limited use of treatment. This must be balanced with the ability of the country to financially afford. Attempting erratication is an extreme Public Heath undertaking. Erraticating yellow fever in this country was incredible. I'm not sure if it reemerged today it could be done. I am not being heartless. I just want a pragmatic solution that gets measurable results.


Tue, 12/10/2013 - 18:11 | 4233958 malek
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I agree to what you write in the first 2 paragraphs.

But then you stop thinking for yourself. And you read into my post just what you want to (even if it's not there), and avoid my hard questions.

Diseases with an insect vector are extraordinarily difficult to irradiate.
Yes, and I assume you mean annihilate. But they managed to annihilate Malaria in the 50s in the US. How did they do it?

Especially malaria where vaccination is not useful.
Good to see you can look some facts in the eye - Malaria vaccination so far turned out as a dead end.

I hardly think the answer is simply dumping tons of pesticides in waterways as the solution.
Where exactly did I propose that? I suggest limited spraying, which starts with spraying inside or otherwise rain-protected walls and ceilings with DDT. It stays there and is long-term effective against mosquitoes landing on them. Initially, uses against focal points of mosquito breeding might be necessary too, but attentive management should be able to drastically lower the frequency of such applications.
The problem is NOT the occurring but too little use of DDT, but the complete ban of use.

Resistance WILL occur. I have seen it in bacteria. The over use of Roundup has produced Super Weeds. So then what do you do? Make a more potent pesticide?
If the process can be reversed as you write, then how about we at least do limited DDT use for 10 years and thereafter ban it again for 10 years. Or something along those lines. And no matter what also see next response.

This is an endless cycle of hell. When you declare war on nature, she will fight back. I think for myself and am not a " do gooder". I am not happy people are dying,I truly want to do something that would have some benefit.
But you let other people form your opinion without thinking for yourself - essentially that 1 million deaths of not even old and weak people every year... well "it can't be helped" (if you know where that famous quote shows up repeatedly.)
That is the well known fallacy to define everything as it is today or was in the last 10 years as "normal." You need to start thinking for yourself outside that box!

I do not see how DDT is the answer. I think it ultimately will be prevention of infection with limited use of treatment. This must be balanced with the ability of the country to financially afford.
So how else do you prevent infections. How is a ban "balanced."

Attempting eradication is an extreme Public Heath undertaking. Eradicating yellow fever in this country was incredible. I'm not sure if it reemerged today it could be done. I am not being heartless. I just want a pragmatic solution that gets measurable results.
In my eyes you are clearly not pragmatic, no matter how often you tell yourself so.

You should also think a little deeper about the psychological effects that raised fear on DDT, and are still ingrained today although most folks are not aware of it.
a) DDT could be detected in breast milk in the 60s.
That was mostly an achievement of the improving measurement technology. Because we now know something we didn't before, doesn't automatically make it more dangerous.

b) DDT is very stable, and therefore has a very long life time.
Well on the positive side it cannot harm you by its decomposition products. Unless it is proven to accumulate in some parts of the body and harms more that way, that fact by itself doesn't matter.

c) DDT thins the egg shells of nesting birds.
Almost impossible to prove with today's knowledge, for sure a longshot theory in the 60s. But the public was fooled into believing they needed a proof of non-harm, something which by definition can never be given. In my opinion this was a turning point where public opinion forming reversed from Enlightenment back to mainly superstition, to say it very bluntly.

d) DDT is poisonous / cancerous
Sound research on that has actually never been carried out. I think it is safe to say it is only poisonous in extreme concentrations on humans.

Thu, 12/12/2013 - 01:26 | 4238829 Miffed Microbio...
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I'm sorry for no responding to you in a timely manner and I hope you see this. I meant eradicate rather than irradiate. I miss type and my iPad corrects things without my close attention. I should proof read better.

If malaria was annihilated why did it reoccur? And with such ferocity? Record deaths from malaria occured AFTER the use of DDT. At least in absolute numbers. Actually I am not sure if this was seen in per capita rates, the articles I read cited gross numbers. Resistance in malaria is well documented today. Quinine which was the first drug developed to combat P. falciparum the most deadly variety of the parasite. The British used this in tonic water historically. Quinine was replaced with Chloroquine because primarily of such nasty side effects but both drugs have seen such resistance, their utility is somewhat limited. Note resistance occured when wide placed application of an antibiotic is implemented. This is the same for a pesticide.

You seem to believe that a limited application of DDT would be the solution. Perhaps theoretically this could work. Genetically engineered corn was touted on this premise. That there would be ultimately LESS application of Roundup. This has not been the case. Record tonnage of this pesticide is still being used for the simple reason it is cheap and a farmer will not risk his crop on any theory. I have friends that are wheat farmers. Any weed will lower their price/ bushel. They spray vastly more than required. I think you are naive to think there will be a limited use of DDT. I am simply being pragmatic on what I see in real life. I am not an emotional treehugger as you purport.

DDT is genotoxic and an endocrine disruptor. DDT can induce enzymes to produce other genotoxic intermediates.The DDT metabolite DDE acts as an antiandrogen. This should be a concern to men. Because of the stability of DDT it bioaccumulates making its actions over time more dangerous to the human population. You seem to think this doesn't matter which is incredulous to me. A substance that has neurotoxicity effects and bioaccumulates is of no concern? Perhaps you should use it as a chaser when you go out for cocktails. Your ignorance is amazing.

DDT was claimed to have eradicated malaria in this country. I was working as a microbiologist in 1988 when the worst malaria outbreak occured in this country in San Diego. 30 migrant workers came down with it camping in the Carlsbad lagoon. I drew a few of them as they were writhing in fevers. Quick action by Public Health stopped this cold. DDT did not eradicate malaria. It can reoccur any time and without monitoring it could reemerge. The solution came down to isolating the patients and the outbreak ceased. third world countries do not have the capability to act swiftly in this manner. Outbreaks will occur, resistance will be wide spread and virulence will increase. This isn't just negative thinking. I have witnessed this happen again and again in my career. We are sitting on a powder keg ourselves in terms of the proliferation of superbugs. Yes, this has the potential to kill millions of people. No amount of magic DDT or antibiotics will stop it. I am only telling you what I see day to day in my job. I am not having bizarre emotional vapors over some book written in the sixties. I thought I had covered my views rationally and impartially.


Thu, 12/12/2013 - 23:05 | 4242146 malek
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Sure, I was checking from time to time.

Well it seems we are on completely different pages.
30 folks coming down with it is in no way a major outbreak. I would presume nowadays infections here mostly originate from returning tourists.
How many people do you think came down with it in the southern US states before the 50s when it got 99.999...% eradicated by DDT?

And the farmers: yeah, I heard they also use it a lot of antibiotics in husbandry. What is your pragmatic thinking on overall antibiotics use influenced by this.

So, no matter how many more words you use: you have decided to copy other's opinions (so practically let others decide for you) and effectively give a sh*t about one million avoidable deaths every year in faraway countries. All talk beyond that is just window dressing.

Sat, 12/14/2013 - 01:59 | 4245971 Miffed Microbio...
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You did not address any of my points and seem to say I have been influenced by other's opinions. Obviously you haven't been tainted by others in any way and have formed your thoughts by some form of Divine Intervention.

A 30 person outbreak is a MASSIVE outbreak when it occurs so quickly. Because of isolation and the fact there is not normally a population of people who normally live in squalor in river beds this outbreak was contained. This is not true in many parts of the world where malaria is present. Malaria is primarily a condition of poverty. Because of the insect vector involved there are places in the life cycle that can be disrupted. Malaria could easily become a problem again in this country. DDT has not sterilized the USA of all mosquitos and the genus that carries malaria is still present. One infected individual is needed to start the cycle again and it could escalate logarithmically.

I don't get this " give a shit about others in faraway counties" label. So because i differ in the practical use of DDT I am labeled as " uncaring"? So you want to use DDT because you have determined by yourself, uninfluenced by others, that it is the only way to halt malaria and this,by definition, makes you a good caring person and I just want people to die. I have pointed out potential toxicity problems in long term use, the great likelyhood of DDT resistance and Plasmodium antibiotic resistance and you ignore all that to brand me as uncaring. This must be the " window dressing" of which you speak. So, in reality, you don't want to have a rational discussion at all. May be some day you can become world dictator and caring people as yourself can amuse yourself solving the world of infectious diseases with DDT and antibiotics. Obviously the uncaring people have just spent their time tilting at windmills.


Wed, 12/18/2013 - 20:46 | 4259238 malek
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On the contrary, you are not adressing any of the points occurring much earlier in history, some listed by me.

You cannot claim to cover the big picture if you keep staring at current situations and its minute details but never talk about how we got here.
I call that "luxury philosophy:" ignoring everything how we got what we now have and take it for granted (a kind of statist thinking), then deducting only from there which usually turns reality on its head.

So how did we get to the point where you call 30 infected persons a major outbreak, and not 300'000 (wild guess) average infected people at any given time in southeast US states?

What else can you offer that halfway replaces DDT efficiency of decimating Malaria in those faraway countries?
There exist no perfect solutions, everything comes with a tradeoff no matter how much the free-sandwich army tells us otherwise.
How many people would get killed by your toxicity? How many lives saved before resistance becomes a problem (compare to antibiotics since they were discovered)?

No matter how much you try to disctract from that fact, you are effectively proposing to DO NOTHING (unless you can come up with a halfway comparable approach to decimate Malaria infections without DDT.)

Tue, 12/10/2013 - 02:06 | 4231651 Miffed Microbio...
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Please explain to me what I am supposed to do when I often report out PAN RESISTANCE? Do I recommend to a Dr to try prayer? Magic, fucking pixy dust? THIS IS COMMON NOW! What the fuck do you think there is to do? This is not arrogance. This is reality. Antibiotics are becoming useless. Do you really think this is by some bizarre accident? I can't fucking believe you could be so short sighted to think dumping a few metric tons of DDT will solve this problem. Well fuck, it's certainly better than doing nothing. I guess dropping a nuclear bomb would be doing something too. You are the arrogant do gooder who doesn't consider the consequence of actions that can have disastrous effects.


Mon, 12/09/2013 - 03:39 | 4228642 Ratscam
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Five drops of Sodium Chlorite NaClO2 mixed with 15 drops of lemon juice and some water kills malaria. worked for me, research Jim Humble.

Sun, 12/08/2013 - 21:34 | 4227975 Toxicosis
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Really?!  Organisms such as mosquitoes do and have developed resistance to DDT, which has been thus noted since the early 70's.  Go have a look yourself.  Google Scholar and DDT resistance searched will give you thousands of journal articles on this very topic. 

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 00:47 | 4228406 malek
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Malaria is killing about 1 million people each year, mostly children.

For decades now you can read every few years again about new approaches to interrupt the Plasmodium cycle and they have gotten exactly nowhere so far, but at least 30 million people have died since the ban on DDT initiated by the US starting in 1972, who could have been saved by limited, reasonable use of DDT.


Mon, 12/09/2013 - 01:56 | 4228516 boogerbently
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How many of you "child lovers" are pro choice?

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 05:39 | 4228702 Adahy
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Goodness knows that 30 million more people wouldn't cause any additional problems in an already overpopulated area.
Nature has her ways.  It may be brutal, but that's the reality of it.  If man keeps messing with it, the damage will likely be much worse.  Best to let selection produce a stronger population.

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 07:28 | 4228752 Zero Point
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I'm all for that. Unfortuantely, humanity has not been allowed access to our full arsenal of tools by the elite, so your "selection" is FAR from natural.

When Schauberger and Tesla technologies are being used globally, I might agree with you more fully. Until then, arguments like yours are a tool of the NWO.

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 00:44 | 4228404 Seer
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Miffed Microbiologist firmly trounces your ignorance below.

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 00:53 | 4228409 malek
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Miffed Microbiologist firmly displayed his ignorance of historical facts before 1962 (corrected)

Sun, 12/08/2013 - 20:58 | 4227879 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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This little story sums up the problem. The article is about Libertarians and what they stand for but the story about PlayPump is the perfect example of statism at work.

... PlayPump: Somebody Ought to Do Something!   Before returning to Tocqueville, let us take an important detour.   In 2005, NPR reporter Amy Costello described a new technology: the “PlayPump,” which looks like a child’s merry-go-round but which also pumps water from the ground. When the children play, some water is brought to the surface, meaning that women who had had to walk several kilometers for water could now get water from a tap. It seemed like a terrific solution; ten minutes walking around the pump saved 30 minutes to an hour walking—each way—to get water from the river.   But when Costello followed up, five years later, things hadn’t turned out very well. In her words,    I uncovered an array of problems with the way the technology had been implemented on the ground and I was dismayed to discover that the promise of the PlayPump had fallen woefully short.   During my reporting trip for the follow-up story, I traveled to Mozambique, where I met women who had been without their own supply of clean drinking water for months, because their PlayPump had broken down and had never been repaired or replaced. As I sat in the sand with those women, hearing their stories of anger and frustration, I felt partly responsible for their plight. After all, it was my initial glowing report that had helped to catapult the technology on to an international stage where it received millions of dollars in additional financing.   As a result of this experience, I have come to realize that we need to ask hard questions about seemingly good ideas. We should look closely and more critically at celebrated social entrepreneurs and the programs they spawn across the globe. I want to follow up on promising technologies and see what happened to them five, ten years down the road. I imagine we’ll discover that many ideas that appear simple and “good” on the surface, are actually not simple at all and are likely fraught with moral and ethical complexities.   It turns out that returning aid workers asked why no one had fixed the pump. The people of the town said that they were waiting for the government to do it. They were angry because they were sick and weak, because no one would help them. Far from lifting them up, the “aid” had only left them more dependent on others, less able to care for themselves.   If a society, any society, comes to believe that citizens have no power to fix things, and that we have to wait on the government, we all become sick, weak, and angry. Those people in Mozambique could have worked together and fixed that pump. But they have been taught since birth, since their grandparents’ birth, to think of themselves as children in a “family” headed by the State.


And that is why they don't boil the fucking water and why the American populace is by and large fat fragile meatball heads that can't get anything done anymore.


Sun, 12/08/2013 - 21:08 | 4227908 The Alarmist
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Sun, 12/08/2013 - 21:24 | 4227947 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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Since I forgot link to the full article for anyone who wants to read the rest about what Libertarians really stand for as opposed to what everyone else says they do.

Sun, 12/08/2013 - 22:14 | 4228079 Zero Point
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Seriously good article DCH, thanks for that!

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 03:45 | 4228648 yofish
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Jesus, another limp libertarian stab at explaining away their insufferable hedonism. Come play in their magical sand box world that has three components: I, me, and mine. There Are absolutely free to shit in it anywhere, anytime they want. But wait! Magically, these sensible ones will self-regulate because it is the only right and intelligent thing to do. 

Sun, 12/08/2013 - 22:24 | 4228103 FeralSerf
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This is a fundamental tenet of Abrahamic religion, i.e. that "The Lord" will take care of you and it's "God's will".

"The Lord is my shepherd. I shall not want. He maketh me . . ."

The religion's purpose is enslavement of the people to the benefit of an elite class.

"Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful." -Lucius Annaeus Seneca

"Man will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest." -- Denis Diderot

Sun, 12/08/2013 - 23:32 | 4228271 Buckaroo Banzai
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Your ignorance of both the content and meaning of Scripture is staggering.

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 03:30 | 4228636 yofish
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Prove it. 

Sun, 12/08/2013 - 23:39 | 4228296 Zadok
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Silliness taken out of context giving the impression opposite of reality.

Gal 5:13 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.
Gal 5:14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

Soooo, we can say Jesus was Libertarian?

Granted, most 'clergy' I've met are worthless manipulators that don't have a clue what God said or who He is. Just worthless confidence men. There are some however who don't fall into that catagory.

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 01:49 | 4228509 StychoKiller
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"Trust in Allah, but tie up your camel!"

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 02:02 | 4228528 boogerbently
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I think the Mormon one is:

Lean on God, rely on yourself.

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 11:31 | 4229114 zerozulu
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and mine is, God will help you but will not do your homework.

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 11:50 | 4229163 percyklein
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I thought it was "but keep your camel at the ready." Maybe that's  much the samed thing, though.

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 01:53 | 4228513 flyingcaveman
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FerelSerf is onto something.  The bible is pretty clear on who should and shouldn't own gold.  Read for yourself,  wearing gold for yourself=bad ,giving it to the king so he can make a crown=good.

Sun, 12/08/2013 - 22:51 | 4228175 A Nanny Moose
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Sun, 12/08/2013 - 23:47 | 4228309 toady
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And that is why they don't boil the fucking water and why the American populace is by and large fat fragile meatball heads that can't get anything done anymore .

Why throw the 'American populace' line in on the end of a story about Africa?

My experience has been that Americans will dig shitters and boil water when necessary.

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 01:07 | 4228429 Seer
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I imagine we’ll discover that many ideas that appear simple and “good” on the surface, are actually not simple at all and are likely fraught with moral and ethical complexities.

And this is the case with LOTS of things.

With water sometimes it's poor training that's to blame.  There needs to be a clear hand-off.  And, done right, any project would have required people to pay for the technology/service so that money would be available for maintenance and repairs.

And sometimes wells go bad: IRB (Iron Reducing Bacteria [there's also Sulfer Reducing Bacteria]) can really fuck things up- I know, I've got a fair amount of research into it, which has given me a LOT of knowledge of water issues.  Read all about it:

Think about it.  How many here hire people to fix things for them?  And even the "professionals" can do work and NOT get something right.  Now put this in the context where the problem site is WAY out in some out-of-the-way place AND the people are extremely poor.

"And that is why they don't boil the fucking water and why the American populace is by and large fat fragile meatball heads that can't get anything done anymore."

As noted above (thanks Boris), it takes ENERGY to boil water.  And it also takes a good vessel in which to boil water.

People need to stop thinking that the rest of the world is like them.  I'd recommend actually traveling to reality, but the problem with this is that I see it as a waste of precious energy (and kind of hypocritical).

As for the "American populace," I'm figuring you're refering to the ones in the northern hemisphere, it's all about PROGRAMMING.  People "can't get anything done anymore" because they're NOT SUPPOSED TO- they're supposed to only operate in their own little spot on the assembly line, and if the issue doesn't lie there then it's up to someone else.

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 03:28 | 4228634 John_Coltrane
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"As noted above (thanks Boris), it takes ENERGY to boil water. And it also takes a good vessel in which to boil water."

With some Al-foil and scrap lumber or plastic (and a collection vessel or tank) its simple to construct a solar still to purify water.   And in sunny Africa it will work without energy input and not need "repairs" for years.  Thinking and problem solving is what is in short supply, not energy.  And solar driven ovens for cooking are also quite simple if things like clay are available. 

The Scientific method- its not just for scientists anymore.

Sun, 12/08/2013 - 23:46 | 4228308 robertsgt40
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Don't look for things to get better as long as Agenda 21 is in play

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 01:11 | 4228435 Seer
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What the fuck does that mean?

It's easier to blame others than to actually THINK.

If we were to "solve" all deaths what do you figure things would be like?

It's a finite planet.  The fault lies in our inability to understand this simple concept.

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 02:05 | 4228534 boogerbently
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You don't actually believe it would be beneficial to "solve" all deaths, do you?

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 12:49 | 4229363 Zymurguy
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Leading causes of premature death???

How about 42 Million abortions globally each year?

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 13:18 | 4229484 Zymurguy
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An estimated 17.3 million people died from CVDs in 2008 (cardio vascular disease)

Sun, 12/08/2013 - 20:40 | 4227815 e.blair
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Can't be right.  Medical malpractice nowhere to be found.

Sun, 12/08/2013 - 22:20 | 4228094 Shad_ow
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Not always malpractice but medical mistakes do account for many.

Sun, 12/08/2013 - 22:53 | 4228188 A Nanny Moose
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I have a neighbor who catheterizes himself because he got tired of the parting gifts left to him, by the local hospital staff, and it's shoddy practices.

Sun, 12/08/2013 - 23:32 | 4228275 Buckaroo Banzai
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The technical term is iatrogenesis, it is one of the leading causes of death. Funny how it doesn't get mentioned much by the medical community.

Sun, 12/08/2013 - 20:41 | 4227816 Boris Alatovkrap
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Where on map is improper handle of "live" copper?

Sun, 12/08/2013 - 20:48 | 4227834 Jumbotron
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Or catching flying lead?


Sun, 12/08/2013 - 21:56 | 4228025 knukles
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Or eat by jealous tiger husband when find you bestial nubiliations with his kitten?

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 02:27 | 4228111 Boris Alatovkrap
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... or ice fish while inebriating.

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 01:13 | 4228440 Seer
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You really do sounds like a Russian! :-)

One has to have experienced metal scavaging to understand this.  Piles of ash found at crime scenes.  No problems with repeat offenders...

Sun, 12/08/2013 - 20:47 | 4227842 eddiebe
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I don't see stupidity on the map.

Sun, 12/08/2013 - 20:49 | 4227851 Zero Point
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Gotta go to Darwin Awards for that.

Sun, 12/08/2013 - 22:32 | 4228126 Boris Alatovkrap
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If good intention or racist appeasing political correctness, Nobel Peace is top award of stupidity.

Sun, 12/08/2013 - 20:47 | 4227845 Money Squid
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premature death is meeting death before you are ready.

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 01:16 | 4228443 Seer
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Wouldn't it then be suicide?  That is, if one were "ready" then one would know exactly when one was going to die.

"pre-mature" death would be... infant mortality?


Sun, 12/08/2013 - 20:49 | 4227847 loveyajimbo
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I thought prescription drugs was a biggie... and they need to pull their heads out of their assholes and start using DDT again... appalling loss of life via malaria... unnecessary...

Sun, 12/08/2013 - 20:57 | 4227872 MrVincent
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"We are what we eat" has never been so true.

Sun, 12/08/2013 - 21:06 | 4227903 Martin Silenus
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"Soylent Green is people!"

Sun, 12/08/2013 - 21:06 | 4227900 logicalman
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You are only at risk of dying if you are alive.


Mon, 12/09/2013 - 01:17 | 4228449 Seer
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That's why we're heading toward the Zombie Apocalypse.  Risk issue solved!

Sun, 12/08/2013 - 21:05 | 4227901 Fake_nation
Sun, 12/08/2013 - 21:41 | 4227935 JustObserving
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Perhaps, it is GMO foods so popular in the USA (88 percent of corn (maize) and 94 percent of soy grown in the United States are genetically modified):

“The claims that ‘There is no difference between GMO corn and NON Gmo corn’ are false,” says Honeycutt, who adds she was “floored” after reading the study.

According to the analysis, GMO corn tested by Profit Pro contains a number of elements absent from traditional corn, including chlorides, formaldehyde and glyphosate. While those elements don’t appear naturally in corn, they were present in GMO samples to the tune of 60 ppm, 200pm and 13 ppm, respectively.

Honecutt says that the United States Environmental Protection Agency (FDA) mandates that the level of glyphosate in American drinking water not exceed 0.7 ppm and adds that organ damage in some animals has been linked to glyphosate exposure exceeding 0.1 ppm.

“Glyphosate is a strong organic phosphate chelator that immobilizes positively charged minerals such as manganese, cobalt, iron, zinc [and] copper,” Dr. Don Huber attested during a separate GMO study recently released, adding that those elements “are essential for normal physiological functions in soils, plants and animals.”

“Glyphosate draws out the vital nutrients of living things and GMO corn is covered with it,” adds Honeycutt, who notes that the nutritional benefits rampant in natural corn are almost entirely removed from lab-made seeds: in the samples used during the study, non-GMO corn is alleged to have 437-times the amount of calcium in genetically modified versions, and 56- and 7-times the level of magnesium and manganese, respectively.

These studies come on the heels of a recent decision on Capitol Hill to approve an annual agriculture appropriations bill, even though a provision within the act contained a rider that frees GMO corporations such as the multi-billion-dollar Monsanto Company from liability

Sun, 12/08/2013 - 22:34 | 4228131 Boris Alatovkrap
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English is bad for teeth.

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 05:04 | 4228689 akak
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And Russian is even worse for liver!

Sun, 12/08/2013 - 21:09 | 4227913 Seasmoke
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Drones ......Should be somewhere between diarrhea and drowning. 

Sun, 12/08/2013 - 21:19 | 4227933 greatbeard
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All in all, a pretty cool graphic display of the possibilities.

Sun, 12/08/2013 - 21:32 | 4227970 Tijuana Donkey Show
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You still chasing old clam? ;)

Sun, 12/08/2013 - 21:43 | 4227992 greatbeard
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No.  It is much preferable in my frame of mind to pay for a greenhouse and remain solitary.  It was a passing thought, don't hold it against me forever.





Sun, 12/08/2013 - 21:25 | 4227946 0b1knob
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What's the risk of being killed in a false flag terrorist incident?   I was just thinking that the upcoming Mandela funeral spectacle which will be on ALL TV channels simultaneously would be a GREAT place for a terrorist false flag incident.   Of course if that were going to happen then the Jews would not show up just like they didn't show up on 9/11.

Oh wait...

Yeah sure, they can't afford it.   Be prepared....

Sun, 12/08/2013 - 23:33 | 4227982 JustObserving
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Netanyahu missing Mandela memorial - that's no surprise at all.

Mandela was a big supporter of Palestinian rights:

The UN took a strong stand against apartheid; and over the years, an international consensus was built, which helped to bring an end to this iniquitous system. But we know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians.”

On America:

If there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America. They don’t care for human beings,” Mandela said.

Sun, 12/08/2013 - 21:29 | 4227960 skbull44
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Imagine how overpopulated we'd be if these were eliminated...

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 01:27 | 4228473 Seer
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But, of course, it would only last so long, until nature cooked up something to reset the balance.  And here is where the DDT proponents don't get it.  All we're ever doing is delaying the inevitable.  We only have ourselves and bacteria/viri for herd reduction.

Sun, 12/08/2013 - 21:35 | 4227977 virgilcaine
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"everybody's got to die sometime"  Sgt Barnes..Platoon.

Sun, 12/08/2013 - 21:46 | 4227998 kill switch
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Sunday night music,,,,,let's ESCAPE   Dan Hicks and his hot licks SID PAGE ON VIOLIN

Sun, 12/08/2013 - 21:53 | 4228017 A Lunatic
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These charts are blatant propaganda! Global Warming kills more people worldwide that any other cause; the only exception being guns, which kill more innocents than global warming, abortion, and malaria combined.

-The Ministry of Truth-

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 01:40 | 4228499 Seer
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Those who like to go short like to think this way.

It's "climate change."  And, like the cancer that you have now (most have cancer, it's there, it's only a matter of whether it's given traction or not), just because you don't see/know about it now doesn't mean that one day you won't.

"Whether we and our politicians know it or not, Nature is party to all our deals and decisions, and she has more votes, a longer memory, and a sterner sense of justice than we do." - Wendell Berry

Nature WILL serve up another glacial period.  Who knows, maybe this is how life gets carried forward:

Sun, 12/08/2013 - 21:55 | 4228023 Whoa Dammit
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ObamaCare requires the 3rd leading risk factor group, smokers, to pay a huge premiumum over and above the already increased cost of insurance. However, the number one risk factor group of morbidly obese Twinkie & heese Doodle eaters gets a pass.

Sun, 12/08/2013 - 21:58 | 4228034 knukles
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Maybe because most (true, BTW) of Twinkkies and the like is bought on EBT cards

Sun, 12/08/2013 - 21:56 | 4228029 Offthebeach
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Dead sheeple are unproductive, save harvesting body organs, hair, etc. It's important that initial production expense of sheeple (childbirth , basic tax serf pratical eduction and such ) that the sheep be as long lived producer to maximise return on investment until it is no longer a net positive whereupon it is obamacared. Also, new world plantation borrowing is based upon headcount.  If sheeple headcounts decrease, lenders get nervous about the ability of the remaining sheeple to carry further increased intrest rollover burdens.( see Japan Plantation, L.L.c )



Mon, 12/09/2013 - 01:48 | 4228508 Seer
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The very same shit that's going on with Obamacare was already going on.  Insurance companies were already saying who lived and who died.  With Obamacare the only change is that everyone is forced to be complicit (fund these actions).

There are far more bodies and body parts available than the ruling elite require, in which case I highly doubt that Obamacare was conceived for this purpose: no, I believe it's like it's always been- Obamacare is just another industry grab at stalled markets.

Sun, 12/08/2013 - 22:05 | 4228057 Being Free
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"Causes of Untimely Death"

Makes one wonder what would be a "timely" death?

Sun, 12/08/2013 - 22:13 | 4228072 A Lunatic
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Death by Drone......

Sun, 12/08/2013 - 22:19 | 4228092 jballz
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You'll know when you're married.
Sun, 12/08/2013 - 22:18 | 4228090 jballz
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I don't know who put this together but they forgot to include terrorism. That was a major oversight. It is the largest cause of death, that is why we spend hundreds of billions a year and arm the police like a military force and occupy so many other countries and target people for assassination and make it so difficult to get on a plane or cross a border checkpoint or make a financial transaction or send a private email.

You should really do better checking facts before posting a story with such an enormous error.

Sun, 12/08/2013 - 22:31 | 4228128 22winmag
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I call bullshit! ADRs aka adverse drug reactions kill more than any other form of "injury" at least in the U.S.


Fuck you FDA and fuck you pharmaceutical companies.

Sun, 12/08/2013 - 23:50 | 4228314 are we there yet
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How about such a graphic about number of years of contented happiness versus cause.

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 00:14 | 4228357 TradingTroll
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ZH, sorry this is bullshit. CANCER is the leading cause of PREMATURE death


Cancer rates have skyrocketed.


ZH, what is going on with your standards?

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 04:16 | 4228661 Dungeness
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Legal, correct treatment by doctors is 3rd highest cause of death according to this video. Interesting information and perspective.

Perhaps Obamacare is solution for looming soc sec and Medicare financial crises. Kill them off before retirement age and make money off of doing it to save the system.

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 06:09 | 4228711 bunnyswanson
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Patient care will be determined by a panel of several people, some of whom are MDs, most not.  These people conclude the outcome of your medical crisis.  It would not surprise me if this was going to the NSA and the ones left to succumb to their ailments are the "against us" or the undesirables.

Here is interview worth taking the time to listen to.


Very startling to realize even getting antibiotics may require a decision.  This is getting serious.  Danger Will Robinson Danger 

The physician sounds extremely concerned, very troubled.

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 08:01 | 4228782 Evil Franklin
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Ah, heck.  I was hoping firearms would be at the head of the list.  How is the U.N. ever going to stem the tide of illegal firearms.  LOL

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 09:26 | 4228859 Q-Q-Q
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Leading Causes Of Premature Death - the 1% 
Mon, 12/09/2013 - 10:15 | 4228940 I need Another Beer
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Let'em croak

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 10:53 | 4229031 Sean7k
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IMO, the number one cause of premature death is simple: man's unwillingness to live within his environmental design. Nature has given us all the tools necessary to live a long satisfying life.

Number one killer: government

Number two killer: fiat currency

Number three killer: modern medicine and drugs

Number four killer: religion

All premature deaths are derived from these factors. They are the precipators of war, pestilence, poverty and disease. Whether through law, arrogance, greed or tyranny.

Man cannot fix nature, because man is smaller than nature and thus, ignorant of its' complexity. Man can only subvert and destroy parts of nature and in his ignorance condemn us all to premature death.

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 11:00 | 4229044 percyklein
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Just have to tell you that this is perhaps the single most informative and terrific thing I've ever seen on Zero Hedge. Thanks for finding it and putting it up!

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 14:11 | 4229686 VyseLegendaire
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This chart left out the most important one in developed nations: iatrogenesis. 

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