Causes of Death


People who don’t study history are bound to repeat it.  If a TEOTWAWKI situation occurs, the health system will fail. Modern medicines and sanitation may not be readily available.  If we don’t learn from the past and prepare, we will end up dying of the same causes of death our ancestors did a hundred years ago.
Do you know what diseases were prevalent in your 100 years ago?  Most of us plan our medical kits and training around injuries and wounds, however, disease may turn out to be the biggest cause of death.  Due to modern sanitation methods, immunization and antibiotics we have not had to face many of the diseases our ancestors did.  A little quick research revealed the following.

  • Measles killed substantial numbers of children under 15 throughout the U.S. in the 19th century
  • 100 years ago, 50% of adults in North America were toothless.
  • Dengue fever occurred in Hawaii, south Texas and Florida
  • 100 years ago the leading causes of death were 1. Pneumonia and influenza 2. Tuberculosis 3. Diarrhea 4. Heart disease 5. Stroke
  • In the 19th century outbreaks of cholera, dysentery, TB, typhoid fever, influenza, yellow fever, and malaria occurred throughout the US.
  • In 1914, the US Public Health Service went to Congress to secure funds to control malaria in the United States. These efforts were heightened in 1933 with the creation of the U.S. Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) where an organized malaria control program was established. At the time, malaria affected 30 percent of the population in the region where the TVA was incorporated. Malaria was present over almost the entire US and most of Canada during the 19th

Do you know the symptoms of these diseases and what the treatments are?  Do you have the medications that you need?  Many of these diseases can be avoided by knowing how to treat your water, safe handling of food and eliminating other hazards in your environment.  Notice that in 1900 the first three causes of death were all from infectious diseases.

Go to the Doctor and the Dentist and get in the best possible shape before something happens.  Study sanitation; learn about how to control mosquitoes.  Take these diseases into consideration, if you are planning a bugout location.  Learn from the mistakes of the past.



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3 thoughts on “Causes of Death”

  1. A side benefit of researching your family origins is learning about conditions which influenced family mortality, that carry lessons for today. For instance, my ancestors emigrated to America from Ireland during and after the Great Famine of 1845. Many Scots-Irish came to America in that time and served in Civil War regiments and settled in Baltimore, Wilmington, Philadelphia, New York and Boston. Mine were among those characterised as “shanty Irish” who came in steerage, as opposed to “lace curtain Irish” who came with some money and could afford a cabin.

    The BBC production “The Hanging Gale” sheds light on the feudal tenant-landlord system which existed in Ireland. Indentures who came to America direct from debtor’s prison fared little better than their African-American counterparts who came as slaves to work in Mid-Atlantic tidewater plantations from Maryland to Georgia.

    Senator James Webb’s excellent book, “Born Fighting” is highly recommended as a American synopsis of the history. But nothing substitutes for finding the gravestones of your ancestors on the old sod.

  2. gonewiththewind

    Vaccinations have saved billions of lives since the mid 50’s. Nothing in human history has had the impact that vaccines have had. Second to vaccinations would be the accumulation of medical knowledge in the 20th century. Knowledge about treating and preventing illness and especially the importance of treating sewerage and water supplies has saved hundreds of millions of lives. Antibiotics probably ties (statistically) for number 2 in importance.

    1. Actually a number of years ago I listened to a bunch of MD”s discuss the issue and they were unanimus in that clean drinking water and washing/soap were the two most important things in public health. Not getting sick was far more important than treatment.

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