I was reading Time magazine at lunch today and it had an interesting article on why we worry about such stupid things. We worry about bee stings, dog attacks, airplane crashing, mad cow disease, west nile virus, and the bird flu. These things only account for about 384 deaths out of 2,500,000 deaths in 2003.
What we should be worried about!
1. Heart Disease - 685,089 deaths
2. Cancer - 556,902 deaths
3. Stroke - 157,689 deaths
4. Chronic lower-respiratory disease - 126,382 deaths
5. Diabetes - 74,219 deaths
6. Car Accident - 44,757 deaths
7. HIV/AIDS - 13,658 deaths
8. Alcoholic Live Disease - 12,360 deaths
9. Drug Overdose - 11,212 deaths
10. Motorcycle Accident 3,767 deaths
Other interesting stats are; there are twice as many suicides as there are murders. You have a better chance of dying by falling out of bed or down the stairs then flying on a plane!
One of the more interesting points of the article was grocery shopping. People were VERY cautious about buying Spinach after the e-coli scare but at the same time they had their shopping carts filled with non-hydrogenated palm oil French Fries & salty deep fried potato chips! We put all sorts of filters on our faucets and buy bottled water when we have some of cleanest drinking water in the world.
It was an interesting read.