Are We Watching The Beginning Of The Alzheimer’s Death Parade?

These are troubling times in America.  The U.S. survives economically by printing or borrowing more money to meet its general budget, which includes Medicare and Social Security.  With that as context, the U.S. spends 18% of its Gross Domestic Product (total economic output) for health care, by far the most of any country in the world.

Government planners anticipate the creation of new jobs by the fact an aging population needs more doctors, nurses and ancillary health personnel.  But any advancement that would make Americans healthier and less reliant upon doctoring would put a crimp in those plans.  Maybe that is why we see so little preventive medicine.

The U.S. ranks 43rd in life expectancy in the world but spends markedly more in treatment of disease rather than healthy lifestyles.  [USA Today Dec 8, 2016] How can the U.S. continue to spend so much on health care with diminishing returns?

So health authorities are clueless to explain what may be a big turning point in American health care.  The Centers for Disease Control just issued a report showing life expectancy declined in 2015 for the first time since 1993.  That brief downturn in life expectancy was supposedly blamed on a flurry of HIV/Aids-related deaths in that year.  But that isn’t what government documents said.

Morbidity & Mortality Reports reported excess deaths in 1993 emanated from an outbreak of the flu in nursing homes late in that year.  That was the same year President Bill Clinton pushed for approval of flu vaccinations in nursing homes.  This reporter linked a program to provide flu shots to institutionalized older Americans with the decline in life expectancy in 1993, not HIV. The flu vaccine killed thousands of elderly Americans and that fact was hidden from the population, a fact I documented in a report published 7 years ago. [News With Views Aug 17, 2009]

For the above reason, Americans need to be circumspect about any interpretations from health authorities as to the cause of a decline in life expectancy since they covered up excess vaccine-related deaths in 1993.

In 2015 there were 86,212 more deaths than the previous year.  [Daily Mail Dec 7, 2016]

But 2015 did not include any major disease epidemics or illness outbreaks like in 1993. Instead, rates for 8 of the 10 leading causes of death rose.  It was a broad-based rise in the death rate says the Centers for Disease Control.

Here is a chart showing the major causes of death in the U.S. for the years 2014-2015.

Mortality U.S. 2014-2015 10 Leading Causes of Death
Deaths 2015 Deaths 2014 Difference

Heart disease

633.842 614.348    +19,494    (+3.2%)

Cancer

595,930 591,699       +4231    (+0.7%)

Accidents

146,571 136.053    +10,518    (+7.7%)

Strokes

140,323 133,103       +7220     (+5.4%)
Alzheimer’s disease 110,561 93,541    +17,020  (+18.2%)

Diabetes

79,535 76,488       +3047    (+4.0%)

Influenza/pneumonia

57,062 55,227       +1835    (+3.3%)

Kidney disease

49,969 48,146       +1823    (+3.8%)

Suicide, self harm

44,193 42,773       +1420    (+3.3%)

All other causes

699,613 687,939    +11674     (+1.7%)

ALL CAUSES

2,712,630 2,626,418    +86,212    (+3.3%)
Source: CDC 2016

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