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What is the one thing that we have lost over the past 60 years?

The Roseto Effect

In the 1960s a US town called Roseto was an anomaly in America. No one under 55 had died of a heart attack or showed any signs of heart disease. The local death rate for men over 65 was half the national average.

A team of researchers, led by Dr. Stewart Wolf, investigated factors such as diet, location, family history and exercise habits. However there did not appear to be any correlation with any of these factors.

The town was made up of Italian immigrants who smoked unfiltered cigars and ate rich Italian food.  It was normal to find three generations of families under one roof. 80% of men in the town were members of at least one community group. They played cards around the kitchen table and just talked with each other. They were nourished by each other.

By 1971, these extended family set ups were breaking down. The first person under the age of 55 died of a heart attack. By the 1980s, the rate of fatal heart attacks in Roseto was the same as the rest of America.