Which World Were You Born Into?

The following excerpt was sent to me by a colleague. Unfortunately, it’s quite depressing, but only so because of how much it stings. You see, our modern world of Weimerica is actually harmful, not only for your soul (there’s not doubt about that), but also your body. Just look around you the next time you’re in a Cracker Barrel or Walmart. We weren’t meant to live this way.

“Somewhere on a beautiful Greek island, a baby boy is born at home naturally. He is breast-fed for two years. Growing up, he doesn’t have many of the modern conveniences of American culture. Fast food, fruit juice, and soda are highly unusual fare for him. His meals consist mainly of vegetables from his family’s garden, local fish and meat, homemade yogurt, nuts and seeds, and plenty of olive oil. He spends his childhood days learning in a small school and helping his parents on their farm, where they grow greens, herbs for making tea, and grapes for wine. The air is clean and there is no pollution. When he gets sick, his parents give him a spoonful of locally produced honey, for antibiotics are not always available. He will never be diagnosed with autism, asthma, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. He stays fit and lean since it is common practice to be active. Families don’t sit on couches at night; they often socialize with neighbors and dance to music. This boy will probably never be faced with a serious brain disorder such as depression or Alzheimer’s disease. In fact, he will likely live to a ripe old age, as his island, Ikaria, is home to the highest percentage of ninety-year-olds on the planet–nearly one out of three people make it to their tenth decade in robust physical and mental health. They also boast 20 percent fewer cases of cancer, half the rate of heart disease, and almost no dementia.

Now let’s go to any city in the U.S., where a baby girl is born. She enters the world via an elective C-section and is exclusively formula fed. She endures multiple infections as a child–from chronic ear infections to throat and sinus infections–for which antibiotics are prescribed; she is prescribed antibiotics even for the common cold. Although she has access to the best nutrition in the world, her diet is overrun by processed foods, refined sugars, and unhealthy vegetable fats. By the time she’s six years old, she is overweight and diagnosed as pre-diabetic. She matures into a savvy user of electronics and spends the majority of her youth at a rigorous school. But now she takes anti-anxiety medication, suffers from behavioural problems, and increasingly struggles with her academics because of her inability to focus. As an adult, she’ll be at high risk for grave brain-related conditions, including mood and anxiety disorders, migraines, and autoimmune disorders such as multiple sclerosis. And when she’s older, she could fake Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s disease. In the U.S., the leading killers are related to chronic illnesses, such as dementia, rarely seen on that Greek Island. What’s going on here?”

— Dr David Perlmutter, Brain Maker, Chapter 1: Welcome Aboard

A scourge to communists, scallywags, hipsters and feminists, Silas Reynolds calls anywhere south of the Potomac his home. He has a penchant for muscle cars, firearms and 80’s action movies.