Dan Clemmensen wrote:
> Mitchell, Jerry (3337) wrote:
>> P.S. I would think that aging and aging illnesses would get the most
>> attention at this point. Nice transumanist line of thought in here I
> Nope. I think the big five contributors (in decreasing order of
> cost-effectiveness of intervention) are:
> Eating habits
> I'll check the CDC web site and send an update if I guessed wrong.
> Note that with the possible exception of driving, the risky behaviors
> are considered voluntary, so we have the classic civil liberties
> problems here: education is the nominal correct answer.
Check out table 1 in the following:
I'll keep looking.
This is not one-to-one with the risk factors I listed, and I forgot
A big one: cancer. Smoking, Alcohol, and (to a much lesser extent)
eating and other lifestyle habits contribute to cancer as well as the
big heart disease category. AIDS is bigger than I remembered, but still
quite small as a percentage.
Conclusion: If you want the biggest return for your tax dollar, spend
it on educating the public about these risks, or simply flatly outlaw
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