|TALL PEOPLE, SHORT DOORWAYS (standard:Editorials, 1231 words)|
|Author: GXD||Added: Jul 05 2009||Views/Reads: 1875/785||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|Are you tall enough to hit your head on a low doorway now and then?? Head injuries are among the most costly health care issues. Let's put a few million carpenters to work raising every doorway in the nation, so people 7 feet tall won't have to always du|
TALL PEOPLE, SHORT DOORWAYS (A proposal to cut health care costs and provide employment) Considering the fact that the height of people has increased substantially since 1950, the number of head injuries suffered by tall people who strike lintels has been increasing dramatically. Health care costs for handling serious head injuries of this type are now escalating. In order to forestall further increases in head injuries due to low doorways, I would like to propose an initiative making it mandatory for every doorway in public or private buildings to be raised to a minimum of 84 inches from the present architectural standard of 78 inches. To ensure a prompt and enthusiastic response for financing this endeavor on a global scale, I would like to propose a new tax levy: $1 per year for every employed person whose height exceeds 72 inches, plus 50 cents a year for each additional inch, up to 96 inches in height ($13/yr.) This is for their own special benefit in lieu of health insurance, and creates a fund to assist with medical expenses. No taxation is needed for shorter people. Insurance underwriters would support such a movement, since it can greatly reduce hospitalization liability for tall people. In addition, funding raised from this tax levy will go specifically to small contractors for housing rehabilitation. Management of funding should be at the local level, not at the Federal level, since there are dramatic differences in local economies. One particular advantage of this initiative is stabilization of employment in the construction sector of the economy for several years to come. Standards and specifications for retrofitting 84-inch doorways must be drafted, and procedures codified in order to ensure most effective utilization of funding. Materials conservation and re-use should be a prime consideration, and provisions should be made for this. Property owners who gratuitously improve their properties by raising doorway lintels to 84 inches or higher will become eligible for reimbursement under this plan. An advantage to the property owner who acts promptly is one further assurance of safety for tall occupants. Your interest is invited. Please review the above proposal for an initiative and relay this message to people you know who may have an interest -- particularly people who are taller than six feet (72 in.). To support the value of the arguments above, please consider the ubiquity of automotive seat belts and bicycle helmets, which were virtually unknown 50 years ago. The subject is a reality that has not been addressed. An alternative is to modify food characteristics toward more natural (organic) foods, so that humans will eventually return toward more balanced proportions in the future. That will take a long time. The initiative proposed is simpler. Seattle, May 29, 2009 - Gerald X. Diamond - Copyright 2000, All rights reserved Ref. 1. In Search of Lost Time Published: December 5, 2004 The only health concern to tall men is Head Trauma which is most often caused by low hanging lights or doorways. Other than that our bodies are built to our height. We have longer lungs and bigger hearts. and then some other longer bigger things too ;) People with mild traumatic brain injuries often demonstrate variable and reduced ability for attention, processing information, word-finding or multitasking. Typically, they interpret their experience of slowed processing and attention deficits as ''memory'' problems Halfway into the testing, the doctor told me that there was no evidence of a dementing, neurodegenerative or progressive disorder. But the tests I flubbed nevertheless showed impairments that were disturbing and not considered ''average'' in midlife. He explained that there might be a reason for these deficits. Click here to read the rest of this story (68 more lines)
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