Monday, January 17, 2011

So Far From God...

It's widely known in Mexico that the closer you get to the United States, the greater your chances of being horribly murdered, most likely by an American gun. But we were surprised to learn that the closer a Mexican woman lives to the US, the greater her chances are of developing breast cancer. Must be all that toxic rhetoric we've been hearing about.


Meanwhile, in Texas at least, the closer you live to Mexico, the greater your chances of living a much-longer-than-average life. Surely this is because the US has the Best Healthcare System in the World(TM)!

And although they may not have health insurance, many South Texans cross the border into Mexico to see doctors and get prescriptions filled for a small fraction of the cost in the United States. (In a recent study of border residents, roughly half of the sample population reported crossing the border for health care — though this number is dropping because of drug violence in Mexico.)

“The presence of Mexican care is a good thing for those who have no health insurance in this area,” said Dejun Su, director of the South Texas Border Health Disparities Center at the University of Texas-Pan American. “It’s an advantage people living in poverty in big metropolitan areas in the U.S. don’t have.”

You're welcome, America.

10 comments:

Cheryl Arredondo said...

So far from God and yet so close to penicillin over the counter. Love your blog!

Jesse Ventura said...

La foto agradable del día. I would get in that ring rápidamente.

Anonymous said...

...and the closer a Mexican lives to the US, the longer the life expectancy.

LIFE EXPECTANCY IN MEXICO BY STATE

So then, living close to the US increases a Mexican's lifespan, verdad?

Anonymous said...

http://bit.ly/gpqfeP

the statue in Mexico City's main street just walked away, didn't say good bye.

Anonymous said...

Check the NYT article of two days ago, Mexicans are the longest living people in TX near the border. They visit Mexican doctors.


On the Border, Long Lives - :

http://nyti.ms/g7fc1C

Anonymous said...

How come the Mexicans living in Texas by the Mexican border live 2-3 years longer than the Mexicans living in Mexico by the US border?

Greater minds may wonder.

Burro Hall said...

No, they mightn't. America projects her hazards outward. It's like asking why the people inside the Death Star live longer than the people down on Alderaan.

Anonymous said...

Life expectancy in Tamaulipas = 75.0 years. Tamaulipas is chock full of Mexicans.

Life expectancy in Texas = 77.6 years.

So crossing south into Mexico from Texas shortens your life expectancy by 2.6 years. Is this some Jedi mind trick?

Anonymous said...

http://www.onewheeldrive.net/2011/01/16/noren%E2%80%99s-%E2%80%9Cbeyond-the-border-riding-solo-in-mexico%E2%80%9D-released/


http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/01/17/lincolns-mexican-visitor/?src=tptw

Anonymous said...

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/01/17/lincolns-mexican-visitor/?src=tptw