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Leading Geneticist: Human Intelligence is Slowly Declining

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The part where we're becoming emotionally unstable really strikes a nerve, due to recent events...do you think there's any validity to this?

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Would you be surprised to hear that the human race is slowly becoming dumber, and dumber? Despite our advancements over the last tens or even hundreds of years, some ‘experts’ believe that humans are losing cognitive capabilities and becoming more emotionally unstable. One Stanford University researcher and geneticist, Dr. Gerald Crabtree, believes that our intellectual decline as a race has much to do with adverse genetic mutations. But human intelligence is suffering for other reasons as well.

According to Crabtree, our cognitive and emotional capabilities are fueled and determined by the combined effort of thousands of genes. If a mutation occurred in any of of these genes, which is quite likely, then intelligence or emotional stability can be negatively impacted.

“I would wager that if an average citizen from Athens of 1000 BC were to appear suddenly among us, he or she would be among the brightest and most intellectually alive of our colleagues and companions, with a good memory, a broad range of ideas, and a clear-sighted view of important issues. Furthermore, I would guess that he or she would be among the most emotionally stable of our friends and colleagues,” the geneticist began his article in the scientific journal Trends in Genetics.

Further, the geneticist explains that people with specific adverse genetic mutations are more likely than ever to survive and live amongst the ‘strong.’ Darwin’s theory of ‘survival of the fittest’ is less applicable in today’s society, therefore those with better genes will not necessarily dominate in society as they would have in the past.

While this hypothesis does have some merit: are genes really the primary reason for the overall cognitive decline of the human race? If humans really are lacking in intelligence more than before, it’s important to recognize other possible causes. Let’s take a look at how our food system plays a role in all of this.

It’s sad, but true; our food system today is contributing to lower human intelligence across the board.

The Water Supply, Fluoride is Lowering Your IQ

Researchers from Harvard have found that a substance rampant in the nation’s water supply, fluoride,  is lowering IQ and dumbing down the population. The researchers, who had their findings published in the prominent journal Environmental Health Perspectivesa federal government medical journal stemming from the U.S National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, concluded that ”our results support the possibility of adverse effects of fluoride exposures on children’s neurodevelopment”.

“In this study we found a significant dose-response relation between fluoride level in serum and children’s IQ…This is the 24th study that has found this association”.

One attorney, Paul Beeber, NYSCOF President, weighs in on the research by saying:

“It’s senseless to keep subjecting our children to this ongoing fluoridation experiment to satisfy the political agenda of special-interest groups. Even if fluoridation reduced cavities, is tooth health more important than brain health? It’s time to put politics aside and stop artificial fluoridation everywhere”.

Pesticides are Diminishing Human Intelligence

One study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that pesticides, which are rampant among the food supply, are creating lasting changes in overall brain structure — changes that have been linked to lower intelligence levels and decreased cognitive function. Specifically, the researchers found that a pesticide known as chlorpyrifos (CPF) has been linked to ”significant abnormalities”. Further, the negative impact was found to occur even at low levels of exposure.

Lead researcher Virginia Rauh, a professor at the Mailman School of Public Health, summarized the findings:

“Toxic exposure during this critical period can have far-reaching effects on brain development and behavioral functioning.”

Processed Foods, High Fructose Corn Syrup Making People ‘Stupid’

Following 14,000 children, British researchers uncovered the connection between processed foods and reduced IQ. After recording the children’s’ diets and analyzing questionnaires submitting by the parents, the researchers found that if children were consuming a processed diet at age 3, IQ decline could begin over the next five years. The study found that by age 8, the children had suffered the IQ decline. On the contrary, children who ate a nutrient-rich diet including fruit and vegetables were found to increase their IQ over the 3 year period. The foods considered nutrient-rich by the researchers were most likely conventional fruits and vegetables.

Interestingly, one particular ingredient ubiquitous in processed foods and sugary beverages across the globe -high fructose corn syrup – has been tied to reduced IQ. The UCLA researchers coming to these findings found that HFCS may be damaging the brain functions of consumers worldwide, sabotaging learning and memory. In fact, the official release goes as far to say that high-fructose corn syrupcan make you ‘stupid’.

Gene mutations may have something to do with the ongoing decline in human intelligence, but let’s stop to think for a moment what we’re doing to ourselves to make this decline even more prominent.

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by on Feb. 19, 2013 at 7:07 AM
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Clairwil
by Ruby Member on Feb. 19, 2013 at 12:31 PM
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Quoting Woodbabe:

Following 14,000 children, British researchers uncovered the connection between processed foods and reduced IQ. After recording the children’s’ diets and analyzing questionnaires submitting by the parents, the researchers found that if children were consuming a processed diet at age 3, IQ decline could begin over the next five years. The study found that by age 8, the children had suffered the IQ decline. On the contrary, children who ate a nutrient-rich diet including fruit and vegetables were found to increase their IQ over the 3 year period. The foods considered nutrient-rich by the researchers were most likely conventional fruits and vegetables.

If you have a look at that research, it isn't saying that it is the processed foods themselves that are harming IQ.

It is the lack of the healthy foods that people are not eating (fruit and veg).

We should probably also admit that the sort of mother who feeds her children Kentucky Fried Chicken or McDonald's Burgers for 60% of their dinners is likely to be spending less creativity and energy on providing her children with a stimulating environment, than a mother who doesn't.

Clairwil
by Ruby Member on Feb. 19, 2013 at 12:34 PM
Quoting Woodbabe:

Further, the geneticist explains that people with specific adverse genetic mutations are more likely than ever to survive and live amongst the ‘strong.’ Darwin’s theory of ‘survival of the fittest’ is less applicable in today’s society, therefore those with better genes will not necessarily dominate in society as they would have in the past.

Not as much as you might think.

How many people here have brothers or sisters who are childless, or who only have one child?

It is a lot more common nowdays for people to not have kids, than it used to be in the past, and that's a huge 'survival of the fittest' filter.


TranquilMind
by Platinum Member on Feb. 19, 2013 at 12:58 PM

I'm certain that all of this is true. 

Big business is trying to kill us, or at least dumb us down so we are more manageable.   Follow the money. 

Momniscient
by Ruby Member on Feb. 19, 2013 at 1:10 PM


Quoting Clairwil:

Quoting Woodbabe:

Following 14,000 children, British researchers uncovered the connection between processed foods and reduced IQ. After recording the children’s’ diets and analyzing questionnaires submitting by the parents, the researchers found that if children were consuming a processed diet at age 3, IQ decline could begin over the next five years. The study found that by age 8, the children had suffered the IQ decline. On the contrary, children who ate a nutrient-rich diet including fruit and vegetables were found to increase their IQ over the 3 year period. The foods considered nutrient-rich by the researchers were most likely conventional fruits and vegetables.

If you have a look at that research, it isn't saying that it is the processed foods themselves that are harming IQ.

It is the lack of the healthy foods that people are not eating (fruit and veg).

We should probably also admit that the sort of mother who feeds her children Kentucky Fried Chicken or McDonald's Burgers for 60% of their dinners is likely to be spending less creativity and energy on providing her children with a stimulating environment, than a mother who doesn't.

THANK YOU. You elaborated on what I meant but I said that there is a huge social component to this.


lga1965
by on Feb. 19, 2013 at 1:11 PM

 That's not too surprising. Dumber and more unstable. Yup.

Billiejeens
by Gold Member on Feb. 19, 2013 at 1:17 PM

 

Y U P

Quoting lga1965:

 That's not too surprising. Dumber and more unstable. Yup.


 

Friday
by HRH of MJ on Feb. 19, 2013 at 1:29 PM


Quoting Radarma:

 I think it is the last 20-30 years of psychology that is partly to blame.

The notion that we should never feel sadness, despair, angst; when in fact, these are critically important emotions to experience as they are what drives our resiliency and ability TO cope with adversity, especially when it comes from within.

Heck, on the way to school this am I saw a bumper sticker that read: "no bad days". So this post is poignant right now...I thought the whole way back home about "what's up with that nonsense?" lol

Do we really think, as humans, we can eradicate a bad day? There is value in bad days.

Super cool post here.

Have you seen the movie Serenity? From the Firefly series? They did just that, tried to get rid of bad days and ended up creating monsters.

 


Thank God......it's Friday!!!

Clairwil
by Ruby Member on Feb. 19, 2013 at 2:01 PM
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Quoting TranquilMind:

I'm certain that all of this is true. 

Big business is trying to kill us, or at least dumb us down so we are more manageable.   Follow the money. 

Businesses have a hard enough job looking beyond the next quarter's figures.

How many businesses could justify the time lag between investing in dumbing down children, and reaping profit when those children are adults from their being dumber?

What businesses would benefit DISPROPORTIONATELY, compared to their competitors in the same sector, from having dumber consumers?

How would business benefit from having a smaller pool of competent candidates to recruit from?

And, since the mechanisms proposed above work on a national scale, rather than globally, how would a business benefit from being in a country that has lost its competitive edge compared to other countries?

PinkButterfly66
by Gold Member on Feb. 19, 2013 at 2:02 PM
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Fluoride is evil.  

OneDay.
by on Feb. 19, 2013 at 2:07 PM

If there are so many studies about fluoride, why are they pushing for it to be in the water? My kids drs tell me to let them swallow tooth paste to get more fluoride! I'm like What the heck? Their dentist tells me to buy them the fluoride added water bottles, to get more.
I'm far from a conspiracy theorist, but sometimes with this food stuff that they KNOW is harming us, yet they push it harder, it almost seems like "they" (whoever they are) are trying to make us stupid, take away our ability to think for ourselves. It's kind scary sometimes. 

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