In actual fact, historical and scientific data has shown that humans in developed nations today with access to modern science live on average longer than any group in history, and much longer on average than people the further you go back in history to compare it with.
If modern medicine is merely repairing the damage of modern science then why was life expectancy so short in medieval and ancient times with no modern science to cause the damage that modern medicine is supposedly cleaning up?
Why did so many people die of diseases that a course of antibiotics will deal with today? Why did so many people die from infected wounds and injuries that are trivial to survive these days with basic medical attention? Life expectancy in medieval Europe, without any modern science or medicine, was as low as 30 - 40 years old! That means that a person had a 50% change of living to 30-40 years old. Why? Because childbirth was so dangerous to mothers and babies without modern medicine. Because so many children died from childhood diseases without access to antibiotics. Because otherwise minor injuries were life threatening because they lead to infections, gangrene, etc. Because if you were a diabetic you had no access to insulin injections and thus were doomed to not even live to adulthood. And in days gone by, in some times and cultures, people drank like fish, smoked like chimneys, etc. because they didn't have access to modern studies that have shown the dangers of these activities.
The problem with your idea is that it is completely at odds with the facts.
Edited by Archimedes, 19 June 2012 - 07:02 PM.