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We all run across the exceptions and for a time being many of us will live life as an exception.

It was pointed out to me by an acquaintance; “Look at that elderly couple, they are eating hamburgers and fries and they are at least in their 80’s.”  We often encounter the story regarding the 3 pack a day smoker that lives into his 90’s.

My response is always the same; 1 out of 3 of us will have no issues with health.  The flip side, 2 out of 3 of us will die from a chronic disease; heart disease, cancer or diabetes. 

Nearly 1 in 2 Americans (133 million) has a chronic condition. “Chronic Conditions: Making the Case for Ongoing Care”. 

By 2020, about 157 million Americans will be afflicted by chronic illnesses, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

90% of seniors have at least one chronic disease and 77% have two or more chronic diseases.  The Growing Burden of Chronic Disease in Americans

You always see that elderly couple eating burgers and fries because you never see the other couple, the couple that did not make it into their 80’s.

Our lives are defined by the daily precautions we take to avoid death.  We look twice when we cross a road, we wear our seat belts, we avoid bad parts of town, we don’t swim after big meals and never ever swim in the ocean at dusk.

However, the odds of dying by the actual disasters we spend so much time avoiding,  is statistically insignificant.  The odds of dying from flesh-eating bacteria is zero, but we are all aware of the possibility and sure as hell not going down any zip lines in Georgia anytime soon.

As a society we are fascinated by increasing the odds to our favor.  To gain an edge and increase the probability of success.

One year odds of:

Dying by shark attack: 11.5 million to 1

Dying in a plane crash: 11 million to 1

Struck by lightning: 6.2 million to 1

Walking across the street: 48,500 to 1

Drowning: 88,000 to 1

Murder: 16,500 to 1

I suspect if we allocated the same amount of time a day to eating healthy as we do to avoiding statistically improbable accidents we would see immediate health benefits.

Start equating your daily food decisions to the same type of instinctive behavior you use to fasten your seat belt.  Making the right choices regarding Nutrition is very similar to not being hit by lightning.  During a lightning storm you would not run over and hug the nearest flag pole; you would find shelter.

Logic dictates that eating a diet full of fats and processed foods is the equivalent of hugging a flag pole during a lightning storm.  You are not swaying the odds in your favour.

The point is:

A vast majority of chronic disease can be prevented and reversed by simply changing your nutritional input.  We have scientific, peer-reviewed evidence that supports a Plant Based diet increases your odds of dying from old age, not from a painful, disabling disease.

The House always wins because the House has a statistical advantage.  From time to time, an exception, will beat the House… but it is the exception. 

Statistics are meaningless when you regard yourself as an exception.  Unfortunately for many of us, it is not until you are a statistic that you realize this.

Suggested Reading: Prevent & Reverse Heart Disease, by Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn.  www.HeartAttackProof.com