What Happened?

What happened? Why did the health of Americans deteriorate so terribly in the span of the last several decades? Major diseases now strike people at ever younger ages. Type 2 diabetes used to be a disease of people middle aged and older. Now it is not unusual to find it in people as young as their late teens. A Centers for Disease Control (CDC) report on diabetes from 1980 through 2014 showed that it rose from two to two and a half times its 1980 incidence for all age groups (18 to 79 years old) by 2014.1 In 1940, women under age 50 almost never got breast cancer. The breast cancer rate in younger women has tripled since World War II.2 Very few people had allergies then. Those who did usually had simple problems like hayfever from pollen or an allergy to cats. Now one billion people world-wide suffer from allergies, many of them life-threatening.3 Weight problems have skyrocketed since the 1980s when a third of Americans were overweight and only 15% obese. Now two thirds of people are overweight and over one third are obese.4

Among the factors that caused and contribute to declining health are (1) changes in our diet due to changing tastes and modern methods of food production based on profit rather than health, (2) changes in occupations and diversions that lead to less exercise, (3) less sun exposure which contributes to low levels of vitamin D, (4) many chemicals entering our environment and food without testing for safety, (5) intensive hybridization of wheat from the 1940s to 1980s resulting in wheat that has a much higher yield but is foreign to our bodies, and (6) the introduction of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) into our foods often with no labeling to indicate that they are present.

In the 1930s, Dr. Weston Price studied isolated cultures that were still living as their ancestors had for centuries. He learned why they were much healthier than people in 20th century. We need to get back to the basic principles that he discovered to improve our health.


[1] Incidence of Diagnosed Diabetes per 1,000 Population Aged 18-79 Years, by Age, United States, 1980-2014. https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/statistics/incidence/fig3.htm
[2] Servan-Schreiber, David, MD, PhD. AntiCancer: A New Way of Life. (New York: Penguin Group, Inc., 2009), 62.
[3] Galland, Leo, MD. The Allergy Solution. (Carlsbad, CA, Hay House, Inc., 2016), 19.
[3] Kash, Peter Morgan, and Jay Lombard, DO. Freedom from Disease. (New York, NY, St. Martin's Press, 2008), xiv.