This is pretty neat…
But, we’ve got a way to go before Captain Picard can just command, “Tea, Earl Grey, hot”.
With summer winding down, it’s worth taking a look at where millions of Americans have spent time recently via this Marketwatch story about the nation’s top 10 national parks.
I guess we really like national parks… We now live 90 minutes away from #1 Yellowstone, within a day’s drive of #4 Glacier National Park, and just four hours from #6 Grand Teton National Park, after having lived a few years about an hour away from #2 Yosemite.
We’ve never been to #10 Denali National Park or #8 Olympic National Park, though we had trips planned to Olympic a couple of times, but just never made it. Alaska is on my “bucket list” and I’m sure we’ll see Olympic someday.
It’s no surprise that we rank at the top of the list in health care spending and have some of the worst health statistics. According to this Marketwatch story, we spend about twice as much as most other developed nations and have the lowest life expectancy.
A big part of the reason why is another example of conventional wisdom often being wrong. In this item from last week, another doctor comes forward to tell the world that much of what the medical industry has been advocating about diet in recent decades is:
no longer scientifically or morally defensible. The discovery a few years ago that inflammation in the artery wall is the real cause of heart disease is slowly leading to a paradigm shift in how heart disease and other chronic ailments will be treated.
The long-established dietary recommendations have created epidemics of obesity and diabetes, the consequences of which dwarf any historical plague in terms of mortality, human suffering and dire economic consequences.
Despite the fact that 25% of the population takes expensive statin medications and despite the fact we have reduced the fat content of our diets, more Americans will die this year of heart disease than ever before.
The injury and inflammation in our blood vessels is caused by the low fat diet recommended for years by mainstream medicine.
Here’s a not-too-surprising report about life expectancy for Americans once you reach the age of 65 and the quality of those average remaining years across the fifty states. Again, not-too-surprisingly, things are pretty bad in the south.
As you’d expect, there’s a pretty high correlation between the map above and this one on obesity from The Center For Disease Control and it’s a pretty safe bet that if a map for health care costs across the country existed, that one would look similar.