Leading Geneticist: Human Intelligence is Slowly Declining

Natural Society
by Mike Barrett

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 there is more to it than that.

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.
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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 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 Perspectives, a 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 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 syrup can make you ‘stupid’.

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

Related:   This is your brain on sugar: UCLA study shows high-fructose diet sabotages learning, memory

US students struggle with vocabulary

Press TV

Findings from a new federal study suggest that U.S. schoolchildren may not improve their reading skills until they have a better grasp of basic vocabulary.

The study, out Thursday from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics, looks at the vocabulary skills of students nationwide and finds that they closely track students’ reading comprehension levels. For fourth-graders, for instance, the top 25% of readers turned in an average 255-point vocabulary score on a 500-point scale; meanwhile, the weakest 25% of readers scored only 177 points.

The findings represent the first time that the federal government has analyzed vocabulary in isolation, and the results show that students have a long way to go: The average fourth-grader scored 218 points in 2011, essentially unchanged from 2009. The average eighth-grader scored 265, also unchanged from 2009. Twelfth-graders’ results for 2009 averaged 296 points, but the test wasn’t repeated in 2011.

The results come from the biennial National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), commonly called The Nation’s Report Card.

Francie Alexander of the children’s publishing house Scholastic said the results show that developing a rich vocabulary “can become a huge task for students,” one that schools must take on “beginning in the earliest grades and continuing through high school.” Alexander is also a former member of the National Assessment Governing Board, which oversees NAEP testing

TV – A Weapon of Mass Persuasion ~ The Truth About Television

FromtheTrenchesWorldReport

Those who manipulate the unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. This is a logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized. Vast numbers of human beings must cooperate in this manner if they are to live together as a smoothly functioning society. In almost every act of our lives whether in the sphere of politics or business in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires that control the public mind. – Edward Bernays 1929

Weapon of Mass Persuasion Television Predictive Programming : A great reason to get rid of you TV. We are being manipulated by main stream news by their lies and reporting biases and omissions. So many people believe what they see on main stream news as fact. Man made global warming hoax, Treyvon Martin case by showing a picture of an 18 year old with a picture when he was 9, not reporting of the passing of the NDAA, the 9/11 fable, KONY 2012. I haven’t had TV for about 6 years now.

A sad ending for the children’s bedtime story: Declining attention spans mean they could become a thing of the past

Daily Mail
by LAURA CLARK
Bedtime stories are dying out as children’s attention spans shrink, a survey found today.
A declining ability to concentrate is threatening children’s enjoyment of reading, according to a poll of teachers and parents.

One in four parents of young children admit they never read a bedtime story or only do so once every six months.

Parents report that their children are more interested in screen-based activities such as watching TV, playing computer games and surfing the web.

Teachers say that growing claims on children’s attention are undermining their ability to concentrate for long periods.

Ninety-one per cent of teachers polled said children’s attention spans were shorter than ever before in the classroom.

Almost all teachers said parents needed to do more to encourage reading at home.
The findings, based on a poll of 410 English teachers and 2,000 parents of children aged between two and 11, will fuel concerns that children are losing their love of reading.

Research earlier this year found that a generation of children who have grown up with video games and the internet believe reading is not ‘cool’ and would be embarrassed to be seen with a book by a friend.

The latest findings claim that children are spending three times as much time in front of screens, including the TV, games console and internet, as they do reading.

Only half of parents said they read to their children every day.  Some 17 per cent said they never read bedtime stories and eight per cent said they do every six months or less.

More than four in 10 – 42 per cent – said they only read bedtime stories once a week or less.
The survey also showed that a fifth of parents waited until their child was at least two years old before reading their first book to them.

The findings were released by publishing and education giant Pearson, which is running a national ‘Enjoy Reading’ campaign aimed at inspiring an early and life-long love of reading in children.

Rod Bristow, president of Pearson, said: ‘Study after study has shown that reading for pleasure is a key indicator of future success for children, but demands on children’s attention and the difficulty of inspiring reluctant readers mean many are missing out.’

Research by the National Literacy Trust earlier this year found that that only 33.5 per cent of youngsters reading was ‘cool’ – and only 14 per cent of boys aged 14 to 16.

Some 17 per cent admitted they would be ‘embarrassed if my friends saw me read’.

Children were found to be reading fewer books, comics, magazines and even websites than seven years ago, prompting the charity to warn of a ‘worrying shift’ in reading habits.

But the study said it was ‘essential’ for children to make time to read because children who read outside lessons do better in exams.

Young people who read outside class on a daily basis were 13 times more likely to read above the expected level for their age.

Harvard Study Finds Fluoride Lowers IQ – Published in Federal Gov’t Journal

Market Watch

PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — Harvard University researchers’ review of fluoride/brain studies concludes “our results support the possibility of adverse effects of fluoride exposures on children’s neurodevelopment.” It was published online July 20 in Environmental Health Perspectives, a US National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences’ journal (1), reports the NYS Coalition Opposed to Fluoridation, Inc. (NYSCOF)

“The children in high fluoride areas had significantly lower IQ than those who lived in low fluoride areas,” write Choi et al.

Further, the EPA says fluoride is a chemical “with substantial evidence of developmental neurotoxicity.”

Fluoride (fluosilicic acid) is added to US water supplies at approximately 1 part per million attempting to reduce tooth decay.

Water was the only fluoride source in the studies reviewed and was based on high water fluoride levels. However, they point out research by Ding (2011) suggested that low water fluoride levels had significant negative associations with children’s intelligence.

Choi et al. write, “Although fluoride may cause neurotoxicity in animal models and acute fluoride poisoning causes neurotoxicity in adults, very little is known of its effects on children’s neurodevelopment. They recommend more brain/fluoride research on children and at individual-level doses.

“It’s senseless to keep subjecting our children to this ongoing fluoridation experiment to satisfy the political agenda of special-interest groups,” says attorney Paul Beeber, NYSCOF President. “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,” says Beeber.

After reviewing fluoride toxicological data, the NRC reported in 2006, “It’s apparent that fluorides have the ability to interfere with the functions of the brain.”

Choi’s team writes, “Fluoride readily crosses the placenta. Fluoride exposure to the developing brain, which is much more susceptible to injury caused by toxicants than is the mature brain, may possibly lead to damage of a permanent nature.”

Fluoride accumulates in the body. Even low doses are harmful to babies, the thyroid, kidney patients and heavy water-drinkers. There are even doubts about fluoridation’s effectiveness. New York City Legislation is pending to stop fluoridation. Many communities have already stopped.

Infant formula when mixed with fluoridated water delivers 100-200 times more fluoride than breastmilk.

Prenatal pesticide exposure tied to lower IQ in children

Science Blog, Apr. 20, 2011

Berkeley — In a new study suggesting pesticides may be associated with the health and development of children, researchers at the University of California, Berkeley’s School of Public Health have found that prenatal exposure to organophosphate pesticides — widely used on food crops — is related to lower intelligence scores at age 7.

The researchers found that every tenfold increase in measures of organophosphates detected during a mother’s pregnancy corresponded to a 5.5 point drop in overall IQ scores in the 7-year-olds.

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