Life is one big warning label. We are surrounded by warnings meant to extend our lives or, at a minimum, keep us out of trouble. Some warnings we heed and others we ignore. A “beware of dog” sign is easy enough to understand and most people take it seriously.
Meanwhile, with as many warnings that exist about cigarette smoking, there are still people who are so addicted to nicotine that these warnings fall on deaf ears. I actually noticed recently the new warning on cigarettes that was rolled out in the UK. Along the shelves lined with Chesterfields, there are multiple, very readable, large signs that say: “SMOKING KILLS.”
And yet, people still smoke.
I wonder if those same people would walk up to Chernobyl and ignore the radioactive material warning signs. They may as well, since the damage they are doing by smoking is actually worse than breathing the air around the abandoned Ukraine nuclear power plant. Would they buy radioactive fuel at their local pharmacist? Probably not. Yet they continue smoking. People ignore the warning.
There are warning labels on alcohol. In the U.S.: GOVERNMENT WARNING: (1) According to the Surgeon General, women should not drink alcoholic beverages during pregnancy because of the risk of birth defects; (2) Consumption of alcoholic beverages impairs your ability to drive a car or operate machinery, and may cause health problems.
Most pregnant women are smart enough to not drink or smoke while pregnant but, obviously, some are not. These warning labels are meant to deter individuals from overindulging but could be, in my opinion, more informative about the adverse health effects and long-term risks of alcohol consumption. Alcohol-related deaths in the U.S. are nearly 80,000 per year. People ignore the warning.
Excessive alcohol consumption is the third leading cause of preventable death in the United States after tobacco use and poor eating and exercise habits.
With all these warning labels, it would appear as though the government actually cares about our health. They want us to be safe and healthy. Then why are there no warning labels on meat, dairy, and eggs?
Meat causes cancer and heart disease. Casein, in milk, causes cancer. Eggs (specifically the yolks) cause heart disease. The cholesterol found in egg yolks accelerate atherosclerosis – otherwise known as coronary artery disease, where cholesterol builds up in the arteries – at almost two-thirds of the rate of smoking. All of these combined cause diabetes, high cholesterol levels, and obesity — yet the consumer is not warned. Slabs of meat, entire animals, can be purchased for consumption with no warning about the health risks associated with consuming it.
Nothing about how eating these foods is killing us all. People ignore the warning.
You’ve been warned.