Friday, November 25, 2005

Is (Are?) Politics Carcinogenic?

This post from the Phantom Observer has solidified a thought pattern that has been forming for some months, now:

Has anyone done a study (formal or informal) on the number of federal politicians who contract cancer in some form? Seems like every time I turn around, I hear about another MP who is sick with cancer. Different home regions, different parties -- the only thing they have in common is the House of Commons.

Something in the water? Something in the walls (does anyone know if the asbestos that used to be there has been replaced)? Maybe it's the stress of the job?

Darryl Stinson and David Chatters are both retiring. Chuck Cadman died last summer. There are/have been others -- I just don't have all the statistics at my fingertips.


It would be interesting to see if the numbers are higher for politicians than for other white-collar professions.

Where am I going with this?

Dunno. Just wondering...

5 Comments:

Blogger Psychols said...

They suffer emotional problems too. Remember Svend, Germant? A clue perhaps?

I too have no idea where I am going with this post but felt like listening to myself type.

Saturday, November 26, 2005 2:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Lisa said...

Interesting thought, we've had quite of few politicians die of cancer here too. So it can't be asbestos, but it could very well be the stress... meh, I'm not cut out for politics anyway.

Saturday, November 26, 2005 7:37:00 AM  
Blogger DazzlinDino said...

Exhaust fumes from the Challanger jets....

Saturday, November 26, 2005 9:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Jeff said...

Interesting observation. Deserves a closer look....

Saturday, November 26, 2005 3:45:00 PM  
Blogger Chimera said...

Stress could definitely be a factor in the general malaise of the western world's population -- too much to do in not enough time for reasons unknown, but ya gotta do it or you're unemployed. Or socially undesireable. Or accused of not pulling your weight. Or whatever.

Stress will lower your resistance to disease and infection.

But I really am wondering if someone has studied the incidences of cancer among politicians. It seems to me to be awfully high numbers...

Sunday, November 27, 2005 9:23:00 PM  

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