Death Count

Not to be morbid or anything, but did you realize how many people will die as you are reading this post? Check out this death rate page. Try leaving it running while you surf the web, and keep in mind that each of those lives deserves respect.

Homework exercise: at 106 deaths per minute, how long does it take to equal the 3000 or so deaths in the world trade center disaster?

Once you’ve digested that, look at the graph on right right side of this Center for Disease Control page showing actual causes of death in the United States for the year 2000. What percentage would you say is preventable?