In 2020, diseases of the heart claimed 690,000 lives and heart-related comorbidities (e.g. high blood pressure) are the top risk factors for severe COVID-19. Where’s the outrage for junk food made artificially cheap thanks to government subsidies of commodity crops via The Farm Bill? Where’s the outrage about the heart-disease causing and obesity-creating fish sticks, donuts, and hot pockets being offered to children in our public school system?
Last year, cancer claimed 598,000 lives, yet there are perfluoroalkyl products and other chemical carcinogens in our bedding, clothing, water and food packaging. Where’s the outrage?
The media and politicians claim even one life lost from the virus is too much. Why are we ignoring the 1,280,000 lives that were cut short due to largely preventable causes?
Why are we not making risk-benefit calculations with regard to our containment measures? (e.g., are we worsening diseases like heart disease and cancer by locking people in their homes, closing parks, cancelling sports and reducing physical activity?)
I think you know the answer to these important questions, but for some reason the media has created an environment that precludes us from even having these conversations. If you ask or question anything, it’s tacitly implied that you’re a science-denying “Right Winger” that wants everyone’s grandmother to die.
If we’re going to claim to follow the science and save as many lives as possible, I would think that reducing the prevalence of cardiovascular disease would be top of mind—especially considering the fact that it’s among the top risk factors for severe COVID.
So far, I’ve not yet heard any public health official, policy maker or major news network offer tips or solutions aimed at preventing heart disease or questioning how our safety policies maybe exacerbating this leading cause mortality.
It's time we ‘build back better' by making healthy living a priority.