Take a look around you. Have you noticed anything odd lately? How are your friends and family doing?
Before you answer, think a moment about trends and patterns. I’ve talked about many here on this site, such as the Housing Bubble, Childhood Obesity and the dangers of kids watching TV before it was fashionable.
Over the last few years, though, I’ve been sensing another of these trends, an insidious one that is more difficult to discern. I have little evidence – and little time to prove it – but I think it’s there.
I bet I’m not the only one to sense something is horribly wrong in America. Just ask on the health of Aunt Mary or cousin Steve. Or maybe it’s a friend’s first child or a blogger you know. They can tell you something’s wrong. They can tell you that about weird health problems that are crippling the people you love.
These are not diseases of the past I’m talking about: measles, mumps, flu or bedbugs, though they are still horrible. And I’m not talking about heart disease, cancer or diabetes, though these conditions are also rather new in human history.
No, the diseases I’m talking about are on our periphery yet growing more common every day: Fibromyalgia, Multiple Sclerosis, Autism, Parkinson Disease and ADHD. There are many more, some with names, others waiting to be discovered.
If you sat down with a piece of paper, could you come up with the names of five people who have some odd illness? If you include cancer, obesity, stroke, diabetes and heart disease, could you fill up the entire sheet a paper?
What if all these conditions were related? What could be causing them all?
The declining environment? Pesticides or household cleaners? Prescription drugs dumped into our water? Processed food? Modern society?
Maybe TV and cell phones are to blame. Maybe it’s extreme stress. Whatever the causes, these unexplained illnesses endanger our lives and the lives of our children. I find such a future horrific.
We as a society and a culture need to find out what the hell is going on and do something about it before the damage becomes too great – to us, our kids and life on this planet. Keep in mind this isn’t a simple problem solved by simple solutions. It requires a massive, concerted effort to uncover the truth before we can even begin to formulate meaningful solutions.
But we don’t need research to know something is wrong. Just look at that list you wrote. Why are there so many names on it?