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i am a family physician who was diagnosed with
early mild cognitive impairment(mci) amnestic type on december 21, 2010
this is a precursor to alzheimers disease
because of this diagnosis i have opted to stop practicing medicine
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Monday, April 11, 2022

we are living less longer


this graph from pbs from last year shows that the life expectancy dropped about a year in 2020
it was mainly attributed to covid deaths

we after all lost close to a  million folks to covid
we are still losing over 500 a day now to covid
most are not vaxxed

those deaths from covid have slowed some 
covid vaccines covid vaccines covid vaccines
natural immunity to those who survived covid
antibody treatments
oral antiviral treatments
better overall hospital care for these covid patients
more available testing
folks wearing n95 masks and being careful

according to this article this year the overall life expectancy dropped again
for the second year in a row
although the rate slowed some

we have lost over two years of life expectancy since the pandemic started
similar countries to the us lost only slightly during this time

covid related disease and illness
health issues prevalent in the us especially obesity 
many if not most of those who died from covid were obese
because of covid folks skipped health care like preventative testing or being seen for symptoms and diseases they normally would go in for like heart attack symptoms and stroke symptoms
they also skipped things like cancer screenings
the obese got more obese during the pandemic
the depressed got more depressed

drugs like fentanyl and other opioid drugs lead to deaths from overdosing
mainly in white males
the population hit hardest by this drug epidemic and overdosing were white men 

white males had another drop in their life expectancy for two years in a row

the life expectancy curve for white males the last two years looks like a turned upside j

will 2022 be the year that this curve make an upturn for our life expectancy

for Hispanics it already has upticked this year but it was worse at the begging of the pandemic

for blacks it dropped initially but has slowed some and is now in a slow uptick
for whites especially males it has continued to drop

whats the solution
vaxxination against covid
address ones health and societys health regards their diet and overall health
seek preventative care
seek healthcare early on
dont smoke
limit alcohol

how we do with this life expectancy thing is really up to each individual and to society

hopefully next years graph will be more like a / instead of an upside j

this dark spot on our health didnt have to be this way

the organicgreen doctor

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