Recently it was reported that early deaths among white people is rising.  [Source: “Rising morbidity and mortality in midlife among white non-Hispanic Americans in the 21st century” contributed by Anne Case and Angus Deaton. September 17, 2015. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the U.S.A. http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2015/10/29/1518393112.full.pdf] 

Listed as the causes:

  • poisoning–meaning overdose of opioids, i.e., pain killers;
  • obesity;
  • suicide;
  • alcohol abuse;
  • chronic liver diseases
  • and cirrhosis.

Those with less education had a higher incidence of mortality from these causes. The increasing number of cases in which it is reported that mental health is deteriorating, undeniable medical tests which prove an increasing number of people are suffering from deteriorating liver conditions, and the actual deaths recorded from the above-listed causes, scream at us that AMERICA  is  in  DISTRESS  and  CRYING  FOR  HELP.

In addition to these causes, there exists something called a trigger, a tipping point that psychologically “pushes” people “over the edge” and into destructive behavior.  This PNAS study identified the following likely triggers:

  • the deterioration in economic productivity of the nation starting back in 1970;
  • the widening financial inequality between the so-called haves and the have-nots;
  • slow or inadequate growth in earnings;
  • defined-contribution pension plans in America, [defined-contribution pension plans have a DANGEROUS and SEVERE effect on your stash of cash for your retirement],  compared to definedbenefit pensions which are still the norm in Europe;
  • and an increase in musculoskeletal and mental disabilities.

Note: the rise in disability claims may help explain the dramatic rise in the need for opioid prescriptions, which, of course, lead to medical dependency and addiction. Forced withdrawal can result in a chain of desperate actions, everything from using non-prescription, hard-core drugs like heroine or, for those with mental instability, suicide.

The increase in people going on disability strengthens the argument that America is in pain and is crying for help.