Is the modern food/chemical system making us dumber?

Is the human race, with all its impressive technological advances, actually declining in intelligence? Many scientists believe so. Dr. Gerald Crabtree, Stanford University researcher and geneticist, thinks the general intellectual decline has to do with adverse genetic mutations that have caused our cognitive and emotional cababilities to weaken.

Crabtree believes that if the average citizen from the Athens of 1000 BC suddenly appeared among us, he would be the brightest and most intellectually alive of all our colleagues and companions, as well as the most stable. Crabtree’s premise was published in the scientific journal Trends in Genetics.

But even in the far more recent past, consider the fortitude and stability of many of our own ancestors and the other pioneers of the world. And then there’s the thoughtful analysis, focus and far-seeing vision of our country’s founders, who were able, in a few pages,to construct a complete set of laws  governing a huge and far-flung country.

It’s true it wasn’t perfect and there were problems. But today we have pages of laws by the thousands and the  problems multiply with the pages. The more words, the lower the intellect.

Perhaps genetic mutations  have something to do with the generally accepted  declining intelligence, but if they do, what has caused the seemingly recent onrush of mutations? Bees, which have thrived forever are suddenly being decimated. Did  ‘mutations’ hit them all at once? Children and adults are develping brain abnormalities at an alarming rate.

Pesticides, which are rampant in our food supply, are linked to numerous brain problems such as Alzheimers, autism, ADHD and other abnormalities. Virginia Rauh, a professor at Mailman School of Public Health, is particularly concerned about children exposed to pesticides in food, yard and home. “Toxic exposure during this critical period can have far-reaching effects on brain development and behavioral functioning,” she said.

British researchers, following 14,000 children, found that if the children were consuming a diet of soft drinks and processed foods from the age of 3, there was a significant IQ decline by the age of 8. On the other hand, children consuming a healthy, nutrient-dense diet experienced an increase in IQ.

High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS), the cheap sugar substitute that has become ubiquitous in soft drinks and most processed foods, including frozen TV meals, has been linked to brain and many other problems. Researchers at UCLA, quoted in,  flatly stated that HFCS is damaging brain functions of consumers around the world.

So, there you have it. We still have a choice. Eat convenient junk (Standard American Diet), or choose healthy whole food for you and your children.






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