Are humans less healthy today than we were in the past?
Professor Tim Noakes looks to scientific evidence for answers to this timely question.
Words: Tim Noakes
There is a common belief that, because of great strides in medical care, we humans are healthier today than we’ve ever been at any time in our history. But the scientific evidence tells a different story. The nation with the most expensive healthcare system in the world – the USA – ranks only 46th on the global life- expectancy charts and has experienced a falling life expectancy since 2014.
MathMoms (in white) with the MathMentor and director at Valhalla Primary. From left to right. Standing: Susanne Blou, Chevonne Groenemeyer (both completed ECD Courses at Northlink College at the end of 2020), Marlene Batt (found permanent employment), Maria Amram and Laurance Mtambo. Seated: Denise Sauls (MomMentor), Bertha Losper (MathMentor and Director) and Nene Omena.