Magazine article Insight on the News

CDC: The Good Life Is Bad for You. (Waste & Abuse)

Magazine article Insight on the News

CDC: The Good Life Is Bad for You. (Waste & Abuse)

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Researchers at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta would seem to have their hands full these days, given their inability as yet to identify the source of anthrax spores being disseminated through the U.S. mail or solve the mystery of how two women were stricken with the disease seemingly out of the clear blue. Yet the CDC evidently still has enough time on its hands to sound the alarm about yet another health threat it says is stalking an unwary public.

Smallpox? No. West Nile Virus? Sorry. Bubonic plague? Ebola? Dengue fever? Wrong on all counts, Watson. Actually, one recent report from CDC identified so-called urban sprawl as a health risk to Americans -- a conclusion naturally jumped on by every environmentalist and special-interest group that would like to confine humankind to people reservations so the rest of the world's creatures can frolic unmolested.

To hear CDC tell it, seeking the good life in suburbia holds some serious risks that include longer commutes, more car fides (not to mention less walking) and even an increased risk of being killed in floods allegedly caused by poor zoning laws. …

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