Canvassing for Opinion - aka "Blairs Brain on Cannabis"

IMHO prohibition sentiment requires inherent addiction to status quo, an incapacity to visualise beyond the here and now and a desperate desire to know others might feel the same... Reform is not revolutionary, rather it is evolutionary. Having survived banging your head against a brick wall the evolutionist relishes having stopped. / Blair

Thursday, May 12, 2005

POVERTY AFFECTS HEALTH MORE THAN SMOKING, STUDY SUGGESTS

REGINA---Poverty erodes a person's health more than smoking, drinking or lack of exercise, a Statistics Canada study suggests

  • As in previous studies, the government research also suggests that moderate drinking could protect against illness. Norm O'Rourke, a gerontology professor at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, objected to the finding. He called it "crude."

This is my take too.. the wine 'alcohol' studies are correlation not causation. It could be the 'flavinoids' etc.. in the wine itself for example. But here is the truth of the matter.... [IMHO]

An equitable society is a healthy and educated society. Equity is everything, less than healthy poverty is a function of an inequitable policy base and poor decision making. Good health costs everyone less.Equitable access to health is a netbenefit investment. The payback for community investment in health is fiscally neutral.

The war on drugs is an example of classic failure of such principles...exemplified by the abject failure of basic economic ethos and a public accounting; - the 'never been done' cost benefit analysis? What healthy benefits in this multi-billion dollar aberation are we foregoing? (suggested read: Narcodollars for Dummies, Catherine Austen Fitts on the power of drugs to control communities and to finance and build the train tracks of control.)

Hello? Who controls the NZ war on drugs? - the Minister(s) of Health. Jim, Damian and Annette - all bearers of weapons of meth destruction and false promise.

More Kiwi's die every year from preventable misadminstration disease than Saddam gassed Kurds, suggesting ' time for a healthy regime change....'.

CZAR Jim flogged another 6 million dollars today.... out of EACH AND EVERYONE of our pockets to further his misadministration of health goals. It can only be but bloody irony that CZAR Jim is the Minister of small business and regional development. The glove Fitts.

CBC News Online wrote:
POVERTY AFFECTS HEALTH MORE THAN SMOKING, STUDY SUGGESTS
WebPosted Mon May 9 18:57:31 2005

REGINA---Poverty erodes a person's health more than smoking, drinking or lack of exercise, a Statistics Canada study suggests. Education and income were more important for middle-aged health than acting healthy, said the study, released on Monday. "Among middle-aged adults aged 45 to 64, socio-economic characteristics such as the education level and household income were more important determinants of healthy aging than healthy behaviours," it said. The eight-year study of middle-aged adults found that only after the age of 65 does healthy living impact health more than financial well-being. Some older people are simply too poor to live a healthy life, said Wally Coates, a board member of a Saskatchewan seniors group. "A lot of them are eating cheaper foods," Coates said. "They're not necessarily getting a balanced diet with fruits and vegetables. Because that all adds up to more money, eh? It's just not a lot of money, if you have to live in the neighbourhood of 12,000 a year." The Statscan researchers warned, however, that it's too early to determine the consequences of unhealthy living for the middle-aged segment of the study, which is continuing. And it suggested that people benefit in the long term by healthy living. As in previous studies, the government research also suggests that moderate drinking could protect against illness. Norm O'Rourke, a gerontology professor at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, objected to the finding. He called it "crude." "Moderate alcohol consumption is very strongly tied to socio-economic status," O'Rourke said. "If you're sitting down each night for a dinner with a glass of wine, the likelihood is that you don't have Wendy's take-a-way." He said the study didn't pay nearly enough attention to the crucial role of attitude, noting a person's outlook on life is very important as they get older. Copyright (C) 2005 CBC. All rights reserved.

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