Assuming you are one of the survivors and have made it to the biblical three score and ten years, approximately 81 of your cohort will still be living. 11 would have died of cancer, 5 from heart disease and 4 from other problems including 1 from suicide, 0.5 from traffic, 0.2 from medical misadventure and 1.3 from other causes. If you lived through the Second World War, 1.2 deaths from war could be included in this summary. (Note; making assumptions over a 50 year period is fraught with difficulties. The figures used are my best guess and are accurate enough to bring out the points I wish to make.)
All one hundred will have been under some form of medical care. Those who were treated for infection or trauma will be lucky; they will in almost all instances be repaired. Those who present with chronic auto immune diseases will have had their symptoms treated; some died, some had their early demise postponed and a few cured.
While the figures are broad and inexact, they do highlight where our fears should lie; they should not be with the immediate and highly visible deaths, but with the insidious illnesses that initiate long before the disease is manifest and death occurs. The 16 who have gone from cancer and heart disease have, along with their family and friends, suffered terribly; the cost of treating them before they went and the costs associated with their early demise are high; a much greater proportion of the remaining 81 are still destined to die from cancer and vascular disease provoking the same suffering and costs.
There is indisputable scientific proof that the development of cancer and vascular disease, as well as the scourge of diabetes, is primarily due to eating animal proteins and fats.
We and our governments must start working towards reducing and even eliminating these scourges from our diet.
A good start would be to have warnings placed on all packets of meat and milk products stating - “Warning – animal proteins and fats can kill”.