I just read that Dick Clark died of a heart attack at 82. He was amazing man, and changed culture to say the least, which is why, even after the eve of his death, while the emotion is still high and at the risk of sounding like I’m capitalizing on his death to promote a nutrient rich healthy eating style, which couldn’t be farther from the reality that this is WHY I promote a nutrient rich healthy eating style; it is not only important to celebrate his life, but also to recognize that he was taken way to soon for unnecessary reasons.
Some people are thinking that he lived a long time, saying “82” was a long life, and that this was inevitable, especially since we watched his health deteriorate over time, on TV. But his death was not inevitable at 82, nor was the almost 20 years of dramatic health decline from diabetes, caused by a nutrient poor, calorie rich unhealthy diet.
Dying at 82, is nearly 20-25 years short of a healthy life expectancy for humans based on longevity studies of long lived populations and science that we have in hand today!
I will miss Dick Clark and New Year’s Eve will never be the same without him, even with the well-received Ryan Seacrest. But mostly, I feel sad that he died at 82, after suffering from type 2 diabetes, for 20 years, some strokes and a heart attack.
If you have been following my blog posts and social media statuses, or if you have reviewed my website, nutrientrich.com, you will learn that all three of these illnesses are the types of lifestyle-induced diseases that can be prevented through a nutrient-rich healthy eating style and that the natural life span (healthy life expectancy for Americans is from 95-105. Ref: Healthy at 100, Jon Robbins. Food Revolution.
Dick Clark’s death is a perfect example of a person who suffered needlessly from lifestyle-induced illnesses, until his death. The onus on SUFFERED! People who eat a nutrient rich diet, as part of a resilient lifestyle based on sound fundamentals, can live long and healthy lives—into their 100’s– relatively illness free, and certainly free of diseases we know are caused by what we eat.
Rest in Peace Dick Clark, and thank you for all that you shared with us and taught us and all the joy you brought us.