Heart Disease, Diabetes, Parkinson’s Disease, Dementia, ADHD, Depression…the rise in these diseases over the past 100 years is alarming.
What can we do?
Do we throw up our arms because we are products of a polluted, chemical filled world?
We rely on the medical profession to be responsible for our health. Is this fair? Does this make us better?
The No.1 cause of death globally for the last 15 years is cardiovascular diseases, more than all forms of cancer. In the US 17.7 million people died from cardiovascular diseases in 2015 – someone has a heart attack every 34 seconds!
The global prevalence of diabetes rose from 108 million in 1980 to 422 million in 2014 with a 4.7% rise in the 18 year old age group from 1980 to 2014. Death from diabetes is 2.7% of all deaths = about 1.5 million. [Statistics found, there were no differences between type 1 or type 2 diabetes however type 2 diabetes was said to be the most common. Research suggests that 1 out of 3 adults has prediabetes and of this group, 9 out of 10 do not know they have it!]
The first diagnosis of Parkinson was in 1909 and today we have 10 million people worldwide living with Parkinson, four percent under the age of 50. If we look at the UK statistics, there will be an increase of 28% by 2020.
The number of people living with dementia worldwide is currently estimated at 4.6 million. This number will double by 2030 and more than triple by 2050.
A counter argument is that people are living much longer due to modern medicine bringing infectious diseases under control. The result is that we are more likely to get an autoimmune disease we may naturally have had anyway. Then what about the rise (in past 20 years) in problems with our children. Research has shown a change in diet may reverse the destruction of autoimmune disease in our bodies. A famous example is of Dr Terry Whals, an MS sufferer who did not leave a stone unturned and thankfully is well and lecturing again today.
Our children: 6.4 million children in the United States received an Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) diagnosis in 2011. That represents an astonishing 42 percent rise from a decade earlier. Children are being diagnosed at an earlier age, with half receiving a diagnosis at age 6 or below: 17.1 percent at age 6, 14.6 percent at age 5, and 16 percent at age 4 or younger.
The most recent figures are:
1 in 5 children have mental health problems
43% increase in ADHD
37% increase in teen depression
200% increase in suicide rate in kids 10-14 years old
350 million people suffer from depression worldwide. One out of every twenty-five school-age children was prescribed antidepressants in 2011 in the US.
These figures are heart breaking!
A change in lifestyle for all of us is needed. Our food should be grown without chemicals and prepared in kitchens, not laboratories. Nobody knowingly would put bad petrol in their car, so be careful of what you put into your body. Learn to know what foods nourish, and what foods are only about taste, void of nutrition. Read labels, refuse the harmful chemicals.
The silent tragedy affecting today’s children – Victoria Prooday, Occupational Therapist. https://yourot.com/parenting-club/2017/5/24/what-are-we-doing-to-our-children