I read with interest (is there another way to read?) an article by Rafi Letzter in the Business Insider, 9 Things to Avoid if you Want to Live a Long Life. He listed eating sugar, skipping sleep, eating red meat, spending time in in bright sunlight pale and unprotected, not exercising, smoking cigarettes, drinking alcohol, getting stressed out, and overeating. Of course, whenever people write these lists, they omit major things. As a community service, with tongue in cheek, I want to add to the list:
- Avoid living in Chicago. By 2016, Chicago had recorded more homicides and shooting victims than New York City and Los Angeles combined. If you live there, move.
- Avoid not wearing your seat belt. In 2009 alone, crashes killed over 33,000 people and more than half of those weren’t wearing seat belts.
- Avoid getting old. Per the CDC, 5% of the population will die before they reach 40 and 50% will die before they reach 75. Of those over 75, 100% will die. Therefore, it makes good sense to stop getting older, probably at 39. Who knew?
- Avoid overdosing on drugs, legal or illegal, accidental or on purpose. Deaths from overdoses is the leading cause of unintentional death for Americans. Last year, 47,055 died from drug overdoses, 1.5 times greater than the number killed in car crashes.
- Avoid waving a gun or knife at police (or a cell phone, or anything for that matter. Just drop it and follow directions.)
- Avoid accidents of all kinds. Per the CDC, accidents (motor vehicle, unintentional drug overdoses, falls and other injuries) are the fourth leading cause of death in the US.
- Avoid hunting with Dick Chaney. He has a habit to shooting his hunting partners.
- Avoid suicide. Per the World Health Organization, 34,000 people commit suicide each year, twice as many caused by homicide.
- Avoid joining a radical extremist militant group. Seems everyone want to kill members of radical groups.
- Avoid the hospital and nursing home. 63% of Americans die in hospitals, and another 17% die in institutional settings such as long-term care facilities (that’s 80%). Research estimates up to 440,000 Americans die annually from preventable hospital errors, making this the third leading cause of death in the US.
I hope this helps you to live longer. Perhaps you have others to add. Let’s hear them.
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