Wait, wait, wait. So let me get this straight. In 2005, over 652,000 people in the U.S. died of heart disease and it is estimated that over 60 million Americans have some form of heart disease —the majority of which are preventable. In 2007, over 160,000 Americans died of lung cancer, and cigarette smoking—the leading cause of cancer—accounts for about 85% of all lung cancer cases.
So with all the swine flu, sorry—H1N1 flu craziness, I have to wonder what really constitutes an epidemic in the world today. I’m not saying that I don’t comprehend the severity of a swine-to-human jumping flu strain—but I don’t quite understand how it wins vs. all of the other mass killers out there.
Just a thought for the weekend. Happy Friday. Sometimes I feel like I live in Jon Stewart’s brain.