Non-stop parties, five nights in a row. Sex like rabbits never knew. Bonkers, the lot of them. So that kids of 50 have no idea what they’re missing.
It’s not just happening, it’s happening more and more. Currently, Britain has 12,000 people aged 100 and over – 191 of them with driving licences.
And why not? Death rates are coming down. Living expectancy is going up. Our seniors are fitter, more alert, and getting more out of life than ever before.
Some of it is diet. Most of it is exercise. The driving force is attitude. But none of it would be possible without the dramatic rise in hygiene standards since World War Two.
More specifically, we human beings have developed better ways to protect ourselves.
Cars have seat belts and air bags. Ultra-light thermal clothing keeps out the cold. So does double glazing and central heating. Hats and sun-cream hold back harmful UV rays. We all have phones if we need to call for help.
Living fit and healthy past 100 is not just within reach, it’s already a reality.
And all about to go down the tubes.
Because the one protection we have yet to secure for ourselves is against germs.
Oh sure, we’ve got hygiene practices and sterile procedures coming out of our ears.
Joseph Lister wised us up to washing hands back in the Nineteenth Century. Flame sterilisation was even practiced by the Romans.
And of course, we have the miracle of antibiotics. No worries about infection, the Doc has pills to sort it.
You see, there’s a problem – antibiotics over-use.
We’ve been bingeing on antibiotics for nearly 100 years now – so that to your average virus or bacteria, they’re strictly ho-hum. Take the pills and nothing happens.
500mg three times a day? Been there, done that.
Killers and more killers
Result – there’s not just killers like MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) – there’s 270,000 different strains of it – particularly prevalent in hospitals.
Because that’s the most likely place you’ll have open cuts and airways – germ portals into the body. All that life-changing surgery we’ve invented – it could be life-ending overnight.
Because if these antibiotic thingies aren’t actually working any more, our life expectancy can sink back to 50 – or even 25 if your work is physical, prone to lots of cuts and scratches.
Well yes, but then antibiotics aren’t really protection are they? And right now there’s a bunch of super-docs working round the clock to make them kill germs again.
If you think about it, antibiotics are fix-its – intended as cures, restoratives to bring the body back to health, compensation for germ-strikes.
They don’t actually stop you catching a germ in the first place – like a crash helmet stops you getting a head injury.
But there’s lots of stuff that can. Germ-killers that can take out viruses and bacteria before they get anywhere near you. Carbolic soap, bleach, formaldehyde – or oxidisers like ozone and hydrogen peroxide. Ultra violet light is also like a death ray.
So what the heck are we doing, letting germs get to us – when we’ve already got all these weapons we can use against them?
Sticking our heads in the sand is what.
Except for health professionals, we all think of hygiene as a schlep.
Oh yes, we do – we’re a nation of soap dodgers. One in five of us doesn’t wash our hands after using the loo.
Even though, with the right mind-set, it can actually be FUN! (Thanks, Northampton General Hospital!)
Up to hygiene plus
On top of which, in just twenty minutes we can STERILISE any room so there’s NO VIRUSES or BACTERIA – all dead and gone – just by touching a button. An auto-robot mists up the place with hydrogen peroxide and makes it safe again.
Feel better? You should – as long as you up your hygiene habit.
Yes you, time to up your game.
Do you want to live to 100 or what?
Originally posted 2014-11-12 13:09:08.