Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Giving up our rights over this?

I'm getting really aggravated at the fact that so many of our essential rights, liberties, and freedoms are being trampled upon in the name of our so-called "war on terror", which is apparently the greatest single threat to our lives today.

The politicians and their puppet press have done a fantastic job of whipping us all into a state of breathless fear, causing us to cower like a bunch of rabbits, remaining placid while everything that our society and culture holds dear is stripped away. Not to mention the fact that our economy on a fast track to being forever devastated by the endlessly escalating costs of war.

So the "terrarists" killed 3,300 people on September 11, 2001. And destroyed a couple of buildings. Big deal. Lets put terrorism in perspective with other causes of US deaths put an end to this crap.

  • 30,000 - suicide
  • 29,000 - incidents involving firearms
  • 26,347 - car accidents
  • 55,000 - toxic agents
  • 75,000 - microbial agents
  • 85,000 - alcohol
  • 365,000 - poor diet and obesity
  • 435,000 - tobacco

    (2000): "The leading causes of death in 2000 were tobacco (435,000 deaths; 18.1% of total US deaths), poor diet and physical inactivity (400,000 deaths; 16.6%), and alcohol consumption (85,000 deaths; 3.5%). Other actual causes of death were microbial agents (75,000), toxic agents (55,000), motor vehicle crashes (43,000), incidents involving firearms (29,000), sexual behaviors (20,000), and illicit use of drugs (17,000)." (Note: According to a correction published by the Journal on Jan. 19, 2005, "On page 1240, in Table 2, '400,000 (16.6)' deaths for 'poor diet and physical inactivity' in 2000 should be '365,000 (15.2).' A dagger symbol should be added to 'alcohol consumption' in the body of the table and a dagger footnote should be added with 'in 1990 data, deaths from alcohol-related crashes are included in alcohol consumption deaths, but not in motor vehicle deaths. In 2000 data, 16,653 deaths from alcohol-related crashes are included in both alcohol consumption and motor vehicle death categories." Source: Journal of the American Medical Association, Jan. 19, 2005, Vol. 293, No. 3, p. 298.)

    Now I understand that going after obesity is probably too big of a task for our current administration, so I humbly suggest a killer that in 1996 was twice as deadly to americans than the "terrarists".

    (1996): "Each year, use of NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs) accounts for an estimated 7,600 deaths and 76,000 hospitalizations in the United States." (NSAIDs include aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, diclofenac, ketoprofen, and tiaprofenic acid.)

    Source: Robyn Tamblyn, PhD; Laeora Berkson, MD, MHPE, FRCPC; W. Dale Jauphinee, MD, FRCPC; David Gayton, MD, PhD, FRCPC; Roland Grad, MD, MSc; Allen Huang, MD, FRCPC; Lisa Isaac, PhD; Peter McLeod, MD, FRCPC; and Linda Snell, MD, MHPE, FRCPC, "Unnecessary Prescribing of NSAIDs and the Management of NSAID-Related Gastropathy in Medical Practice," Annals of Internal Medicine (Washington, DC: American College of Physicians, 1997), September 15, 1997, 127:429-438, from the web at http://www.acponline.org/journals/annals/15sep97/nsaid.htm, last accessed Feb. 14, 2001, citing Fries, JF, "Assessing and understanding patient risk," Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology Supplement, 1992;92:21-4.

    And yes, as a matter of fact, I did rip the nubers off from drugwarfacts.org.

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