From the Washington Post:

Every year, premature death — that is, death attributable to causes other than old age — deprives people of a combined 1.7 billion years of life they could have enjoyed. 1.7 billion years. Think of everything those people could have done — the children they could have had, the jobs they could have done, the people they could have loved, the things they could have created that now won’t be.

40 percent of those 1.7 billion years could have been saved by basic medication, clean water, or neonatal care. “3,000 young kids are dying from diarrhea that a few zinc tablets would have stopped,” Wired’s Lee Simmons notes. “Cost: 38 cents per life.”

Click for ginormous graphic.

Source: Washington Post

Category: Data Analysis, Digital Media, Markets

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5 Responses to “This is how we die now…”

  1. nanka says:

    Interesting…long life or good life which do you prefer? In our striving to expand humanity are we throwing the natural harmony of the earth out of whack?

    • cbatchelor says:

      Good questions. Long life or good life? I’ll take good. Life is, indeed, precious, but even in life their is a point of diminishing returns.
      As for throwing the natural harmony of the earth out of whack to expand humanity.. I think, overall, the answer is no. Something we are doing should not be done. But, here are changes that need to be made, and Mother Nature and humankind will, as always, have to change, evolve, adapt. One problem is, of course, figuring out who is going to say what is simply different and what is “out of whack.”

  2. pretty Chart, though, seems to missing some obvious ‘Causes’…

    “…Out of the 783,936 annual deaths from conventional medicine mistakes, approximately 106,000 of those are the result of prescription drug use [1]. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, two-hundred and ninety people in the United States are killed by prescription drugs every day [4].

    Even if prescription drugs do not literally kill a patient though, they slowly kill their mind and body. This alters their ability to innately feel deeply and compassionately, the patient can be stripped piece by piece of his inner awareness and inner consciousness, the very essence of their being.

    Death by Rx can be sentenced in the form of many, often times subtle masks. Since it happens slowly, the clouding of the patient’s once clear brain goes unnoticed as the fog sets in so densely that he is no longer able to decipher if this new state of consciousness is “normal” or if it is better or less than it should be; rather, it just is. The body system is inevitably forced to adjust to the foreign chemicals the patient pops in his mouth every morning, activating the conditioning of acceptance of his new found state of awareness as if it is as it has always been. As if this shift in consciousness ceased to ever occur. Little by little he fades, until the place where his mind now resides is one far away…”

    “…Now, a study in the American Journal of Medical Quality suggests that the situation may be worse than anticipated. Not only is that not a strong litigation deterrent (my view), but this study says that hospitals are actually making a killing by making patients sick. Researchers found that an ICU patient who develops an avoidable central line-associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI) costs nearly three times more to care for than a similar infection-free patient. Here is the most amazing fact: hospitals earn nearly nine times more for treating infected patients.

    It is insurance companies who end up getting hit with the bill as well as patients, of course. This is not to mention those patients who become gravely ill or die from this preventable illness…”

    let’s see, was “Wired” worried about losing the Ad Rev. from __________ ?

    • rd says:

      The graphic shown on Barry’s page is worldwide. Prescription drugs would barely show up because most of the world has no access to prescription drugs.

      Tracking back through the sources to the graphs comparing developed versus developing countries is very interesting to see the totally different ways that people die in those two spheres.

  3. lisnyk says:

    sorry, nanka, but the “natural harmony of the earth” is only natural if it hits someone other than you/your relatives or friends