PREMATURE DEATH, AVOIDING IT

By Dr. Lawrence Wilson

© February 2013, L.D. Wilson Consultants, Inc.

 

All information in this article is for educational purposes only.  It is not for the diagnosis, treatment, prescription or cure of any disease or health condition.

 

This is from an article by a Dr. McGuff.  If you steer clear of the following risks, you can protect yourself from some of the more common ways people die in modern society.

 

1.  Buy a big car

Accidents, including motor vehicle accidents, are the fifth leading cause of death in the United States. You probably canÕt stop driving É but you can protect yourself better by buying a bigger car. In a collision, generally the bigger the car youÕre in, the safer youÕll be. Also important is choosing a car that is loaded with airbags.

2.  Keep away from ATVs

All-terrain vehicles (ATVs) are a popular hobby for many, but theyÕre also responsible for hundreds of deaths, and over 100,000 emergency room visits, every year.1 Dr. McGuff has seen too many people who have died or become paralyzed (including children) after using these vehicles, so his advice is to just stay off.

3.  Do not ride a bicycle or jog on a road.

If you love jogging or cycling, do it indoors or on a designated walking/biking path. If you do so on the road, youÕre risking your life to distracted drivers who often donÕt see or slow down for pedestrians and cyclists. In 2010, for instance, 618 cyclists were killed and an additional 52,000 were injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes.

4.  Only pilot a plane if youÕre a professional

If youÕve devoted your life to becoming a professional pilot, good for you. If not, stay out of the sky. Part-time amateur pilots simply have not put in the extensive time needed to hone their piloting skills, and as a result are at a much higher risk of crashing and getting killed.

5.  Run from angry or aggressive people

If you see a group of men walking toward you on the street, and they appear intoxicated, angry or aggressive, cross to the other side.  Any time you are faced with a confrontation with an aggressive person, your best bet is to show them Òheel dustÓ – in other words, run away, donÕt fight.

6.  Be careful with gas grills

If your gas grill wonÕt start, walk away.  Otherwise, the gas build-up can lead to major flames when it finally does ignite, and this can translate to third-degree burns, or worse, for you. Not to mention, gas grills are involved in nearly 7,000 home fires a year.3

7.  Always enter unknown water feet first

Thinking of diving into a pool, lake, ocean or any other body of water? DonÕt. At least, not until youÕve jumped in feet first, first, so you can determine how deep the water is. Diving in head first into a too-shallow body of water can break your neck, paralyze you, or kill you, so just donÕt do it.

An estimated 800 spinal cord injuries occur each year from people diving into a body of water, and 90 percent of these happen in water depths less than six feet.4 Generally, a minimum water depth of at least nine feet is recommended for head-first dives.

8.  Stay off ladders

Your intentions are good – you want to hang holiday lights or fix a shingle on your roof.  But climbing onto a ladder to do so can quickly turn deadly.  If you can, hire a professional to do any painting or other repairs that require you to climb a ladder, so you can avoid becoming one of the more than 164,000 people who end up in emergency rooms each year due to ladder-related injuries.

9.  Do not build a home

Thinking of building your dream home to live out your retirement years in bliss?  Find one that already exists and just move in instead.  An inordinate number of people suffer from heart attacks caused by the stress from – you guessed it – dealing with contractors and other issues while building their retirement home.

10.  Do not get into a car with strangers

If anyone tells you to get into a car at the point of a weapon, your response should be, ÒHell no!Ó  Once you get into a car against your will, you will most certainly die, likely after suffering immensely.  Do whatever you need to do to NOT get in the car – run, yell, scream, fight back, anything to keep from getting into that car.

11.  Get out of bad relationships

About 15 percent of the population has psychotic, anti-social personality disorders.  When you are in a relationship with one of these people, you will feel emotionally fatigued and upset, recurrently.  If you notice these signs, ditch the relationship, and that may include a family member, friend, employer, etc.

Relationship problems, like most emotional struggles, represent a major drain on your health and well-being, so be ruthless in cutting any unhealthy relationships from your life.

12.  Do not play the lottery

While it sounds strange, unearned wealth can destroy you.  If you donÕt believe this, do an Internet search for stories of lottery winners, and youÕll see the wrath that often follows É

13.  Sit down in the shower

                  Many accidents occur in the shower.  It is very easy to slip, lose your balance and fall in the shower.  These accidents are often severe of even fatal, and easily avoided by sitting when you shower.

14. Be kind

Being kind is one of the most important strategies for your health and for society. This makes sense, as people tend to attract the energy that they give off, so if you are kind youÕre likely to be surrounded by kindness in return. 

 

 

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