Public health Chronic disease and general poor health have been drastically increasing globally. It seems like we're experiencing a major health crisis with the vast majority of people in poor health. Doesn't this mean people working in public health are failing? What can be done to turn things around? (Feb 2020)

Michael Harrop

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Jul 6, 2023


Chronic disease and poor health citations.

I wrote up this document for my US legislators that lists the problems, suggested solutions, background information, similar legislation, financial impacts, etc.

It seems that people's who's job it is to increase public health are failing. Fewer people may be dying from infectious disease, but the vast majority of the population is now extremely unhealthy, poorly developed, and poorly functioning.

The data supports it. Your eyes should support it unless you're living in a bubble or your perception has been warped due to unhealthy becoming the new norm.
  • How to get guidelines and practice updated based on the latest research?
  • How are laypeople supposed to bring forward concerns of this nature to be addressed?


Chronic disease and general poor health has been drastically increasing over the past century, yet even in liberal states like California, simple things like soda taxes have been failing to get passed by the legislature due to industry influence.

Failing in California (May 2019). Even though:
Associations representing dentists and doctors support the anti-soda bills introduced this year
In "Landmark" Move, Scientists Say It's Time to Treat Soda Like Cigarettes (Mar 2019).

Chronic disease and general poor health have been drastically increasing. We need way more drastic measures to address this than just a soda tax, yet we can't even pass that.

More relevant info in this thread.

Our health and development determine our level of functioning, mentally and physically. Weston A Price's "Nutrition and Physical Degeneration" is a great book covering this.

An analysis of some 730,000 IQ test results by researchers from the Ragnar Frisch Centre for Economic Research in Norway reveals the Flynn effect hit its peak for people born during the mid-1970s, and has significantly declined ever since [1][2].

A poorly functioning, disease-ridden population is a recipe for disaster. Especially in a democracy. And especially considering what we know about the human microbiome - once we lose our host-native microbiome that's been evolving alongside us for billions of years we may never get it back.

A detailed overview of the problem, including steps to fix it. Here it is in a bill proposal format.