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What's wrong with our brains? Part 2

Posted: April 18, 2023
By: Dr. Drew Rubin

Last year, it was noted that 1 in 44 children were labeled as having Autism by the CDC. But not anymore!  Just a few weeks ago, the Autism rate changed to 1 in 36, which is really interesting when you consider that when I was a kid in the 1960s and 70s, the Autism rate was one in 10,000!  1 in 36 equals 4% of those born as males in the US have autism. 

According to the CDC, the percent of kids with anxiety has risen to 9.4%, and almost 5% of our kids have depression. One in six children, according to the CDC, between ages two and eight have a mental behavioral or developmental disorder. In 2016, it has been recommended that all teens should be screened for depression. And in 2022, they recommended that all kids eight and over should be screened for anxiety. 

So I focus on kids but let's not just talk about kids for a moment. 55% increase in Alzheimer's 50% increase in Parkinson's the last 15 years. So when I ask, “what's wrong with our brains,” it isn't just what's happening to our kids brains…it’s what’s going on with everyone’s brains? The World Health Organization recently said there is “ample evidence that pinpoints neurological disorders as one of the greatest threats to public health.”

Yes, all brain based issues have skyrocketed. But what's wrong with our brains? The answer in one word: neurotoxicity. We have create a neurotoxic world.  But here’s the key question:  what's right with our brains?  We can try to alleviate some of the neurotoxic stress…you can't change what's out there, but you can change how the body is responding to it. And you can change neurotoxicity through kids getting adjusted, you can change through helping them with nutrition, you can get these kids to move instead of sitting on their iPhones all day long playing.  We can't stop all that neurotoxic stress. But we can help alleviate that and strengthen the other side. I think we can start moving into a new generation where their brains even with the neurotoxic stuff are more resilient. And that's what it's all about.

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