Dr. Gabor Mate explains ” the destruction of American Childhood” and how it is contributing to ADD ADHD symptoms. Transcription… AMY GOODMAN: In a little bit, I want to ask you about how taking all this medication- being so heavily medicated, especially for young person- affects their development. But I want to go to the [...]
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With last week’s article I began to touch on the subject of how our perceptions of food changed over the past few decades. I did this by pointing out how food was viewed in the past. When asked to describe food as a category past generations would very likely have used the following words: Scarce, [...]
In our look, over the past few weeks, at the problem of ADD/ADHD misdiagnosis we came across some possible causes that seemed very straightforward and logical when you stop to think about them. I suppose most intelligent people would be able to come up with the hypothesis that giftedness or lack of sleep could cause [...]
During the past week a user of the ‘3 Steps ADD’ premium website made the following comment: “…many people who do not have that are diagnosed with it. True ADD’ers go through hell.” This statement neatly summarizes the two sides of the ADHD debate. It is very true that some people go to hell and [...]
It is very interesting to observe how profoundly a culture can change in the matter of a few short decades. One of the areas where this has certainly happened over the past 20 years is the public perception of smoking: As late as the 1980s smoking was still seen as a trendy, if somewhat risky, [...]
Over the past few weeks we looked at some of the subtle, and not so subtle, changes that occurred in human nutrition over the past few decades. The purpose of this series is not to suggest that previous generations consisted of ‘food saints’ who always ate perfectly balanced meals. It is rather to show how we fundamentally changed our relationship with food, often with disastrous results. It is my belief that these shifts had a disproportionate impact on those struggling with the effects of ADD/ADHD. The reason for this belief is the extraordinary sensitivity of the ‘ADD/ADHD Brain’ to factors that hinder, even in minor ways, optimum brain function.
The shifts that we looked at over the past few weeks were:
* Natural to Artificial
* Scarce to Superabundant
With this week’s article we will begin to discuss a shift that is perhaps a bit more difficult to pin down than the two mentioned above but that are no less significant. I am referring to the historical perception that food almost always equalled hard work.
Most people, especially those responsible for getting meals to the table, would perhaps unreservedly welcome the fact that this is not always the case anymore. The fact that we do not have to spend days and months cultivating our own food, followed with hours behind the stove to prepare it, has undeniable benefits. Time previously spent in food preparation can now be used for leisure or work in other areas. I am, of course, not advocating a return to the time when the main meal of the day took, on average, four hours to prepare. I am merely asking you to consider what we as a society lost due to the fact that it is now possible to put the words ‘easy’ and ‘fast’ before so much of what we eat. Consider the following:
The cost of ease of access: Modern methods of cultivation and distribution means that we have left the link between cultivation (or hunting!) and consumption far behind. While there was nothing romantic about tilling the fields, previous generations were in no doubt about where their food came from. These days our food can just as easily come from the other side of the world as from a farm in your county (with the former perhaps more likely). Most of us do not spend any time thinking about this fact, aside perhaps from the occasional amused glance at a food label spelling out the name of some obscure third world country. Our forebears couldn’t help thinking about the origins of their food – especially since they had to gather, hunt or cultivate it themselves. Our foods often have much more ‘interesting’ stories but we can afford not to worry too much about where it came from. Or can we? Foods shipped from the other side of the world are a) often grown with the help of pesticides that are banned in North America and b) Preserved with chemicals that could have a marked negative effect on optimum brain function.