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Healthy People are Expensive.

CannibalRabbit’s inner-Accountant was intrigued today after reading this AP report in Wired News: 

Preventing obesity and smoking can save lives, but it doesn’t save money, researchers reported Monday. It costs more to care for healthy people who live years longer, according to a Dutch study that counters the common perception that preventing obesity would save governments millions of dollars.  Wired News – AP News.

The report went on to note that thin, healthy people have a habit of hanging around with conditions, like Alzheimer’s, which typically require treatment and care over a long period of time.  This “bookkeeping exercise” seems to contradict the common feeling among governments and health authorities that healthy people are cheaper to have in the system.  The economist who led the study notes that governments should want a healthy population for the right reasons, quality or life, and not to save money.

World War 1: Experiences of an English Soldier

It’s been a while since the last post, sorry.  This is a blog that I keep on bumping into, and need to spend the time to sit down and read it properly.

This blog is made up of transcripts of Harry Lamin’s letters from the first World War. The letters will be posted exactly 90 years after they were written. To find out Harry’s fate, follow the blog!  WW1: Experiences of an English Soldier

This has to be one of the very few original ideas floating around on the internet.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank Bill Lamin for sharing this.