X-Message-Number: 13607
Date: Thu, 20 Apr 2000 14:29:44 -0700 (PDT)
From: Doug Skrecky <>
Subject: risks and life insurance

In Message #13600 mgdarwin <> wrote:

>I bring this up to point out that genes are NOT everything, and that
foolish people who *do known* they are doing self-damaging things like
smoke or drink excessively will often say things like: "Both my parents
smoked 3 packs a day since they were kids and they are still alive and well
at age 75." This used to be my colleague Jerry Leaf's standard line to me:
Jerry is now pushing up bubbles in LN2 in Phoenix, AZ, having had an MI at
age 50 which resulted in sudden cardiac death (no standby and transport and
lots of ischemia).
  Mike does it again with a great turn of phrase. I'd like to add that
not all risky behaviours are what you'd expect. Possibly the most risky
dietary sin, with an expected decrease in life expectancy rivaling that 
of smoking is not eating nuts: peanuts and tree nuts. This is a surprising
finding, but is now well supported in recent medical literature.
  Another sin derived from Japanese data, is not consuming at least 10
glasses of green tea per day.

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