Rick Santorum: Live Longer with God

Why has our life expectancy increased so much since the American Revolution?

According to Presidential candidate Rick Santorum: “Because God says they have rights.”

What about the role of sanitation, nutrition, education, medicine?


This is an example of religious faith clashing with reason, with all due respect to those with faith.

From “Human Longevity: The Major Determining Factors” by Joseph A. Knight, M.D.:

Wealth, and an affluent environment, significantly correlate with life expectancy as shown by a marked increase in life expectancy over the past century due to the marked improvement in sanitation, nutrition, education and medicine.

And from American Scientist:

As early as 1840, life expectancy started increasing in Sweden. Soon, the trend appeared in other developed countries, too. In the United States, for example, white females in 1900 lived an average of 48 years; by 2000, they lived an average of 87 years. This 39- year increase in average lifespan really took hold by mid-century, largely due to reduced mortality before puberty, which killed 24 percent of the women born in 1900. Young girls-no longer taken by accidents or infectious diseases- survived to die as old ladies.

In the 1920s, extensive public- health measures, including sanitary sewers and clean drinking water, triggered this decreased mortality. Later, antibiotics and improved medical care increased average life spans even more. As the 20th century rolled by, the elderly grew more healthy and mentally independent than their parents at the same ages. In addition, the average person lived longer than ever. Consequently, the probability of some proportion of them surviving for more than a century increased, as well.

Comments

  1. #1 Vince Whirlwind
    February 20, 2012

    Ironically, life expectancy in the USA has been dropping…..and religious fundamentalism has been rising….maybe God’s trying to tell them something?

  2. #2 dean
    February 21, 2012

    So Americans began to have rights at the time of the Revolution, but it’s taken to this century for life expectancy to reach the mid to late 80s? That’s some rather inefficient god-working there. However, unlike most of the other republican candidates who seem to be saying stupid, and dishonest things, in order to cater to the extreme right, Santorum seems to believe the stuff he says. That is what makes him so scary.

  3. #3 Robin
    March 5, 2012

    In your examples of an alternate reasons for a longer life, you forget that correlation does equate to cause and effect. But I do agree with your right.

    Secondly, if you use these examples then you have to also cite that happiness equates to longer life and for some people believe in God makes them happy. Its secondary to sanitation etc but you should always be careful about knocking someone’s interpretation of their God.

    Just to make the point, 2nd biggest reason for teens to die is suicide. What if they had a God, whatever that God is, maybe they would live longer.

    Robin H.
    http://www.god-gold-glory.org

  4. #4 afrika mangosu
    March 5, 2012

    if you use these examples then you have to also cite that happiness equates to longer life and for some people believe in God makes them happy.

  5. #5 Jeff
    March 5, 2012

    Happiness may well correlate with living longer, but you cannot be happy if you’re suffering from illness, whether acute or chronic.