6th August 2012 21:18
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Re: HUNZAS - a people who live to age 145!
I never once said that academic perspectives were superior. Or that there is something inferior with the Hunza way of life. The professor that I got my information from worked as an NGO translator in the Himalayas. She was anything but conventionally academic and one of the most humane, genuine, kind people that I have ever met. Just because I learned something from a university does not mean it isn't the truth either. It certainly has more credence for me personally, and goes through more rigors than an online e-book with no references or even mention of the author acting as a primary source. Don't get me wrong, I agree with you, K., regarding legitimacy and about not everything you learn in school being true, especially once you throw in a good dose of subjectivity -- but still, I have a problem really buying into this original post.
That said, poverty is poverty. Malnutrition is malnutrition. Mortality rates are mortality rates. I am not going to get day-dreamy and sentimental about how wonderful the Hunza lifestyle is. I am sure it is awesome day to day. But the region has a lot of poverty issues.
Prenatal care does not always imply high-tech. It also means simple things like having a mid wife that can recognize importance of hemmoragic warning signs to take preventative steps to save a mother's life.
As far as academia goes, especially in the social sciences, especially in this day and age, there is tremendous consideration given to avoid superiority complexes and to view the world through an empathic, non-judgement, culturally-competent lens and worldview. Judgements are quickly weeded out. Academia is very different now!
I don't want to blindly accept that people are living like 100 years over the life expectancy for their region of the world just because of apricots and food scarcity. Would I believe longer life? Yes! Would I believe less cancer? Yes! Would I believe less heart disease, no diabetes, etc.? Heck yes! But what about malnutrition? Or the genetic issues associated with small isolated gene pools? Obviously people that have died from malaria and malnutrition will not be there to smile at you and give you apricots. I really appreciate that you have at least been there, which I have not, but I just can't idealize the Hunza like this. They are human beings and they by default of their humanity, have problems too. Really, the only person that could say what is what would be someone who is Hunza, not you or me.
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6th August 2012 21:24
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