I've finally arrived at a point where I can control my annoyance with ridiculous info-graphics no longer.
If every dim-witted comment attached to this gem is to be believed, there's been some sort of national conspiracy afoot to douse us in cancer causing chemicals and heart-attack inducing fast-food since 1900. It's all very hush hush, but the proof is in the graphic.
Really? Really, REALLY? Has no one considered that in the last 100+ years we've become a touch more adept at treating things like gastrointestinal infections and the fargin' flu? That maybe "suicide" wasn't all that popular a thing to write on a death certificate back then, considering the theological implications of such an act, and a lot of those "accidents" involved pesky chairs that just wouldn't stay under the noose? That maybe in 1902 when great-grand pappy keeled over on the back 40 the town doc didn't bother with a complete necropsy? That maybe "senility" was the state mental hospital's go-to diagnosis for anyone over the age of 50 who didn't die of something obvious, like... say... a hole somewhere there oughtn't be one?
"Found the man who thought he was General Custer dead on the floor of his room this morning doctor."
"Wasn't stabbed by the nutter in 214, was he?"
"Ah, chalk up another one to senility. Thank you, nurse. Be a doll and see his room's ready for the next one, will you?"
Let's not put all the blame on 20th century ignorance though. How often do you think a cancer patient benefits from a full autopsy in determining their exact cause of death? How long do you think they dig around in a 500lb corpse before scribbling "probable cause of death - cardiovascular disease" on that certificate?
No matter what angle you peer at it from, drawing broad conspiracy-mired conclusions based solely on cause of death statistics over a hundred year span is fucking daft. Just stop it.