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7 J. Offender Counseling, Services & Rehab. 1 (1982-1983)

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                      EDITORIAL






         On the Limits of Knowledge
         and the Limitations of Policy




  Medical scientists are pretty much in agreement over the meaning
of their research findings on longevity. The big killers, subject to
medical intervention, have been identified and the knowledge for
curbing their toll is in use or attainable in a few years. The big
killers, not subject to medical intervention, like war, torture,
avoidable accidents and disasters, are still running amok and the
political thirst for innocent blood seems unquenchable. Medical
scientists are also pretty much in agreement over the fact that any
significant breakthrough in the prolongation of human life will have
to come from major changes in nutrition. This means major changes
in the policies and politics of nutrition. In the United States where
the average adult, it is estimated, is at least ten to fifteen pounds
overweight, added years of life are possible mainly by eating less. In
the poor nations of the world, with high rates of infant mortality,
mass starvation and relatively short life spans, added years of life
are possible only by eating more. The movement of food, however,
from protein rich to protein poor nations is more significantly cor-
related with military policies than with a concern for longevity. In
the past twenty years any longevity gains'among the poorer peoples
of the world through increased food consumption were wiped out by
violent death in war.
   In some countries like Switzerland, Sweden, the Netherlands and
France greatly improved nutrition polices over the last generation
combined with widespread and energetic public health education ef-
    Journal of Offender Counseling, Services & Rehabililation, 'Vol, 7(i), Fall 1982
            ©  1983 by The Haworth Press, Inc. All rights reserved.  I

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