This weekend a family friend who has been suffering from depression attempted suicide.
A few years ago my uncle committed suicide because of severe depression.
I started thinking about the incidence of depression among my friends and family. What I discovered when I started looking at the numbers was very disturbing.
My brothers and sisters are part of one of the more conservative youth group in our community. There is no alcohol and no tobacco used by people in the group, and they uphold very high moral standards. Yet, this youth group has a very high incidence of clinical depression. Sixteen out of thirty girls have been diagnosed with depression and seven out of twenty five boys. This is a rate of 53% for the girls, 28% for the boys, and 42% for the total group.
While the divergence between the boys and girls is interesting, and there may be several explanations for it, (Boys want to be macho, and are afraid to acknowledge it? Girls have much more sensitive hormonal systems?) the overall group rate is shocking. And somewhat depressing, pun fully intended.
Why this extremely high prevalence of clinical depression among young people from age 17 to 23? This is crazy. And sadly, these numbers are indicative of people at large.
In 1978, a clinical psychiatrist, John Watson, who had 30 years of clinical experience in treating mental illnesses wrote a book titled “nutrition and your mind”. The summary conclusion of the book is simply: “All mental illness is a result of nutritional imbalance. All mental illness can be both treated and prevented with proper nutritional balance.
More recently, a book titled “Nutrient Power” has reported on the latest brain science, and echoes the conclusion John Watson wrote about 26 years ago.
Today, we are exposed to much more environmental stress than we have been in the past, particularly EM pollution from cell phones, microwaves, Wi-Fi and microwave towers are known to cause a great deal of brain stress.
But according to some cutting edge research, EM pollution only impacts cells with incomplete or imbalanced nutrition.
It all comes back to nutrition.
When we look at it from this perspective, we realize this is an agricultural problem. This is not a medical problem. It is an agricultural problem. What is known as health care today is actually a disease care system. Farmers are the ultimate doctors, and agriculture is the ultimate health care system.
Agriculture as a health care system is broken. The solution to problems is perceived to be pharmaceuticals rather than addressing the root nutritional causes of disease and insect challenges.
When we change agriculture to a different model, we can address these issues at the heart of the problem, and help agriculture become a true health care system. When we help farms grow crops with a functional immunity, they can transfer that immunity to the people who eat that food.
This will help our families. It will change our communities. And it will make the world a better place for everyone.
This is our mission.