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Economic Multipliers (131)

Do you know what these are?
They help CREATE wealth in systems.
I hope that some history about health will be an economic multiplier for young people and individuals who give food and drinks to kids.

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Although I never fully appreciated Shakespeare’s works when they were part of my curriculum in high school, I had some unplanned ‘down time’ this past month and took some time to listen to Shakespeare:  The World as a Stage by Bill Bryson.

History can be hard to verify and everything you hear or read is not always true:  The author even pointed this out since his research is based on the research of many others.

What struck me was that if all is true, Queen Elizabeth of the 1500-1600’s died with black teeth.

She was able to have this opportunity because she was wealthy and could afford lots of sugary foods and drinks.

In this age of limited dental knowledge, lesser endowed people sometimes purposely blackened their teeth so they could look wealthier.

If their own teeth weren’t rotting and they were able to avoid the many life shortening diseases, many of those individuals may have been healthier than Queen Elizabeth (of those years) as long as the substances used to blacken their teeth weren’t toxic.

Circumstances that surround a person’s life … like the statistics related to community health and disease found in this piece of work … can be quite fascinating.

A brief commentary on diet literally has the fortunes of the ages flipped upside down:  While the richest of the rich were consuming a lot of ‘sweets,’ the poorest of the poor were ‘condemned’ to eating a lot of vegetables … hopefully with good or better teeth.

Since Queen Elizabeth (I) had landed estates and estates in those years valued farming, food producing gardens and woods filled with game, it’s highly likely that she also was eating a lot of vegetables, fruits and nuts along with meat, dairy products and grains.  She lived far longer than most of her contemporaries of those years.