Introduction: An Insufferable Situation
of desperate people fleeing civil wars and anarchy in Syria,
Afghanistan, Iraq and other Middle Eastern as well as African countries
have risked their lives for a chance at a better life in Europe,
particularly Germany and other prosperous European nations.
It's easy to get excited at some of the headlines in daily newspapers, especially those heralding the latest research findings. Maybe this happens in part because of a need to sell newspapers, or maybe the people in the newsrooms who write headlines don't have time to read the full studies. In any event, I have noticed a serious disconnect between the promise and the reality in a lot of announcements about the latest research findings on health matters.
Americans have so many advantages, you would think we would be first in all major morbidity and mortality indices used to assess health status, but we are not first in any category -- we are not even in the top ten in most categories.
Robert Green Ingersoll said of Improved Man that “he will not endeavor by prayers and supplication, by fastings and genuflections, to change the mind of the ‘Infinite or alter the course of nature; neither will he employ others to do those things in his place.”