In a letter he wrote in 1789, Benjamin Franklin said, ”Our new Constitution is now established, and has an appearance that promises permanency; but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” The last few words about death and taxes are as true today as they were when Franklin wrote them. Of course, the taxes are higher and the causes of death have drastically changed.
In our modern times, adults are more likely to expire from heart disease, cancer, and diabetes than we are to perish from consumption (Tuberculosis) or a fever, as was the case in Franklin’s time. Of course, the other big change is the source of the disease. Up until the last century, with the discovery of anti-biotics and better sanitation, humans largely died from exogenous bacteria. That’s certainly not the case today in first world countries like the US. Today, our largest causes of death are primarily self inflicted.
Every year about 2.75 million Americans die. Of these, about 25% (just over 600,000) die from Heart Disease and another 25% die from Cancer. Further down the list, causing fewer deaths are Lung Disease, Stroke, Alzheimer’s, and Diabetes. And, while these causes of death result in fewer funerals, they are still among the top 10.
While these diseases all have different names and different non-profit organizations seeking our contributions, these diseases actually have more in common than they do in differences. It is now thought that all of these diseases come from lifestyle. Another thing they have in common is that the lifestyle changes that lean towards prevention as well as recovery, are the same.
One of these lifestyle changes, may include the use of Cannabidiol (CBD Isolate) to treat a variety of symptoms. In a study published on the National Institutes of Health website, researchers concluded:
“Collectively, these results coupled with the excellent safety and tolerability profile of CBD in humans, strongly suggest that it may have great therapeutic potential in the treatment of diabetic complications, and perhaps other cardiovascular disorders, by attenuating oxidative/nitrative stress, inflammation, cell death and fibrosis.”
As we develop a better understanding of plant based medicine, such as the use of CBD Isolate, the causes of death list might once again include “Old Age”. As for me, I’d prefer my obituary to include something like, “Not having had any terminal diseases, he died peacefully in his sleep.”
Circling back to Franklin’s truth about death and taxes, two things should be abundantly clear. We cannot avoid either. But, what we die from, well that’s something that our lifestyle is likely to determine.
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