Man Without Qualities

Wednesday, August 20, 2003

Modus Morons

USA Today breathlessly reports:

Two sweeping studies ... focusing on different populations totaling about half a million people, indicate that about 90% of people with severe heart disease have one or more of four classic risk factors: smoking, diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure.

That means the vast majority of the 650,000 new heart attacks each year could be prevented or delayed for decades by quitting smoking, reducing cholesterol and controlling hypertension and diabetes.

Gee, who knew it was that simple? And the principle can be applied all over! For example, I remember reading that almost all automobile accidents occur withing 100 miles of the addresses where the cars involved are registered. So - following the logic of this article - we can eliminate almost all car accidents by passing a law requiring everyone to register their cars at an address at least 100 miles from where the owners lives and drives it.

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