Actually, I don't see humans as a bit more than "life", so my opinion still stands. We agree to disagree.
Oh, and cancer kills you. Last I checked that hampers reproduction.
And no, I'm not here to do anything but out those who either a) simply jump on the bandwagon, or jump to conclusions. Obviously your critical thought puts you beyond those conditions.
fair enough, we can disagree rationally, thank god the act thereof has no bearing on relevance of life.
moving on ..
so what your saying is that anything that prematurely causes death ( therefore hindering your ability to procreate ) is a disease. the deadly car accident disease and the drug overdose disease ( ok addiction may very well be ).
weather the process is internal or external is irrevelant at this point.
if this is what you are saying, then i will concur that logically you have to conclude homosexuality is a disease as well. and seeing as we are all diseased, we better start reproducing more !!! ( i will try this angle at the bar with the ladies, will get back to you on it ).
As for the politics of definitions and the bodies that regulate, you really can't cherry pick that argument. every institition, weather non-profit care giving, to public/private research, education systems; the people that print the textbooks that feed us definitions of the word disease, are all politically motivated in one way or another. with enough time you can dispute any official/institutional opinion on the basis of political bias. mind you some a lot easier than others.
the deaf child is interesting.. even though the connection maybe weak, i remember richard dawkins talking about how there are no christian or mouslim children, there are only children of christian and mouslim parents. sufferage at the hands of parents is something intrinsic to 'life' maybe ?
its more a question of morality/ethics, rather than definitions, although you can definitely mash em up for a while if you are so inclined.