Originally Posted by HunterAlpha1;852189[B
]lifespans were actually much higher than that back then, 40-50 for women, 60-80 for men. people rarely got common colds, because [/B]1. fewer people around to spread it and 2. stronger immune systems. canning was discovered in 1810 and was wildly popular, so food could be preserved for some time. much fewer people got food poisoning than today, again because of stronger immune systems. vegetables and other seasonal foods could be preserved. the franklin stove was invented in the 1700s, so people could keep their homes warm. disease only claimed sizable portions of the population when they became epidemics, or in areas where people were living in filth.
all in all, things were much better back then.
Statistics lie and liars figure !
Rumors - let alone facts - of contagious disease were responsible for a lot of "panics" in the 19th century ! Add to that the practice of certain individuals to spread small pox and typus to the indians.......
FWIW any perusal of cemetaries shows just how many infants/children died ! Add to that toll "childbed deaths" of fecund females ! IOW, if you were male and lived past age 16 you had a fifty/fifty chance of reaching age 50. If our were lucky you could exist past age seventy ! >MW