The post is entitled Pollution & Dementia and quotes an article suggesting an increased death rate from Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and other brain diseases has a direct correlation to pollution levels. The title identifies the topics of that article, but also its tone.
I had a coworker who bought into every new Luddite panic which came along. She also had her young daughters watch Jaws the day before their first trip to Chicago's Lake Michigan beaches; maybe she thought it best that one be scared of dangers beyond one's control. So anyway, she came into work one day all het up about how much the death rate from cancer had increased in the past hundred years. It was probably polychlorinated biphenols. They were big that year.
The first thing I offered in response was that I had heard that on the frontier, 150 years ago, being thrown from a half-broken wild horse was a fairly common cause of death. She missed my point and bought up automobile accidents as an equivalent. I started to list other things which used to kill people. Cholera. Smallpox. He took sick and just up and died (which may well have been cancer). Still didn't get thru to her. We have to do something! Diabetes was below my radar back then, but even if I'd known that until 1921 a diagnosis of diabetes meant a year to live she wouldn't have made the connection that more cancer deaths didn't simply mean more evil horrible causes of cancer that we have to sacrifice to get rid of.Posted by triticale at August 17, 2004 12:17 AM