“When I can say that what I know is not only based on fact and intuition, but also on experience, I know it’s true.” — Suzanna Aaring 2012

Aging Faster but Living Longer – Why?

It’s no secret our health isn’t what it used to be. Obesity, heart and degenerative disease are at an all time historical high…. yet we continue to live longer than our counterparts in previous centuries. Why?

Think about it, oxygen levels in the atmosphere were double what they are today just 200 years ago. The runaway chemical and synthetics industry was not yet born. People’s immune systems didn’t contend with herbicides, pesticides, genetically modified organisms, super flu viruses, and pollutants of astronomical porportions. They didn’t have microwave ovens that accelerate water molecules to billions of rotations per second (the faster the blades go the more cutting power they have) making fast food toxic to health. Nuclear irradiation of food was undreamed of (can you imagine the panic it would have caused). And the deliberate derangement of molecules by clever GMO scientists was unfathomable.

We’re aging faster but living longer. And the only reason longevity is still relatively high, at least to this point, is because we live better. Most of us don’t have to work ourselves to death to make a living, most of us aren’t constantly threatened by a waring tribe, we don’t get extremely cold living or working without central heating, we aren’t sleeping in the dirt or living in hovels without running water… we are enjoying the fruit of labour of those who have.

Longevity is not the product of anything particularily smart about what we’re doing (it’s certainly not due to our addiction to anti-biotics and drugs with endless side effects). No, contemporary longevity is the product of privilege. It may seem like we’re getting something for nothing, but when our inheritance runs out, so will our lack of self responsibility need to. And  I should think we’ll need some precise scientific solutions that fit with the re-established laws of nature, won’t we?