Here in my small town, in a backward country, People still are dying like flies from hypertension. There is not a single day, when I do no hear of one of two people dying from hypertension. There is no single family without a few members heavily on drugs treating hypertension.
It is now a pandemic. Killing more than any other disease!
It’s killing 30 years olds as 60 years olds. Apparently, hypertension is now the first cause of mortality here.
Africa is not even an industrialized continent nor a modern economy, and a huge size of the population is suffering from modern diseases called NCDs (non-communicable disease. NCDs include Parkinson’s disease, autoimmune diseases, strokes, most heart diseases, most cancers, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s disease, cataracts, ulcers, hypertension, …).
Gosh! … What would happen if we would industrialize? Running a modern economy?
I was all wrong. Africans don’t need any foreigners to exterminate them. They are happily exterminating themselves.
Being modern or civilized means for most rejecting local food and eating food from Europe, America, China and drinking foreign beverage.
The new affordability of sugar, has our people becoming diabetic in mass.
Advertising for alcohol has turned more than half of our men into alcoholics and liver and kidney diseases are now common.
In the city of Kara in Togo, liver failure has become the third cause of mortality.
Skin diseases are rising because all the things Our women are using to burn their skin, or spread on their head.
The poor in the villages have now refused to eat vegetables, eating mainly oil sauce with canned tomato, and making rice and spaghetti their main staple in replacement of our usual diversity of food.
Farmer are pouring without any control gallons of herbicides and insecticides on the crops making most poisonous for the body.
Like Nassim Thaleb put it ‘modernity is a preventable chronic disease’.
Most don’t know that and we are sleeping walking into modern diseases without modern societies.
Please, talk to your family. We don’t have to die so stupidly.