Our Expanding Waistlines and Diminishing Brains

Our Expanding Waistlines and Diminishing Brains

I was looking at some old family photographs from the 1960s and 1970s the other day and I was struck by how almost no one in the pictures was overweight, much less obese. Currently, in the United States, more than two-thirds of people are either overweight or obese.1 During the 1960s, the average American woman weighed 140 pounds. Now, the average female in the U.S. weighs more than 166 pounds. Back in the 1960s, the average American man weighed 166 pounds. Now, the average male in the U.S. weighs more than 195 pounds.2

The estimated health care costs to the U.S. economy of illnesses related to obesity is $190.2 billion annually. That’s about 21 percent of medical spending in America each year.3 In 2008, these costs were estimated at $147 billion annually.4 Sadly, obesity-related health care costs are expected to continue rising. The day when half of all medical spending in the U.S. will be to treat illnesses and diseases caused by people’s growing girth may not be far off.

Perhaps the saddest part of this story is that being overweight or obese and, not coincidentally, sick is considered normal in today’s culture. It’s only when you spend a little time in front of the television watching episodes of shows about life in the 60s such as Mad Men that you realize how different things used to be. (Yeah, okay, the cigarette smoking definitely seems to have been worse.) We were lean back then, almost gaunt looking. The average American from the 60s could probably stand behind the average American today and avoid being spotted.

Much the same has happened over the same time-frame with the growth in chronic neurological problems such as autism, attention deficit disorder (ADD), and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) among our children and dementia and Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease among adults. Something has gone seriously wrong with our brain and immune function, and so many of our so-called medical and scientific “experts” are shyly staring at each other shrugging their shoulders… clueless.

According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS):

Neurological disorders strike an estimated 50 million Americans each year, exacting an incalculable personal toll and an annual economic cost of hundreds of billions of dollars in medical expenses and lost productivity.5 

Fifty million Americans are struck with neurological disorders every year? The U.S. population currently stands at just over 325.1 million.6 Uh, and we’re worried about Zika?

We have a national crisis on our hands, and thus logic would dictate that we’d be furiously looking to leave no stone unturned in our efforts to discover what the heck is going on. We know why our waistlines have expanded during the past half century. It’s no secret that we need to eat and drink better, less. We need to get up and exercise, move. Unlike the damage to our brains, the damage to our waistlines is no great mystery.

We should be more open to entertaining potentially unpleasant possibilities as to the causes of so much neurological harm. Yes. Including vaccines. We should not simply accept that all the current levels of autism, ADD, ADHD, dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and other neurological disorders are the new normal in our society. Losing weight is a cinch compared to recovering our normal abilities to think and speak.

And it’s not as if things cannot get any worse. Just as we’re becoming more overweight and obese, the trends in our neurological problems are continuing upward. Perhaps the trend that most worries me is the projected growth in autism among our children. According to Stephanie Seneff, PhD of MIT, by 2025, one out of every two children in the U.S. will be diagnosed with autism.7 8 9

Within 10 years, half of the children in this country will be autistic. That is the next new normal that awaits us shortly… unless we awaken soon.


1 Sifferlin A. More Than Two Thirds of Americans Are Overweight or Obese. TIME June 22, 2015.
2 Mercola J. Average US Woman Now Weighs as Much as 1960s Man. Mercola.com July 8, 2015.
3 National League of Cities. Economic Costs of Obesity. HealthyCommunitiesHealthyFuture.org.
4 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Adult Obesity Facts. CDC.gov.
5 National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. NINDS Overview. NINDS.NIH.gov.
6 Worldometers. U.S. Population (Live). Worldometers.info.
7 Scutti S. Autism Rates To Increase By 2025? Glyphosate Herbicide May Be Responsible For Future Half Of Children With Autism. Medical Daily Jan. 15, 2015.
8 Alliance for Natural Health USA. Half of All Children Will Be Autistic by 2025, Warns Senior Research Scientist at MIT. ANH-USA.org Dec. 23, 2014.
9 Sarich C. MIT Scientist: Glyphosate To Cause Autism In 50% Of Children By 2025. Natural Society Apr. 15, 2015.

Note: This commentary provides referenced information and perspective on a topic related to vaccine science, policy, law or ethics being discussed in public forums and by U.S. lawmakers.  The websites of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) provide information and perspective of federal agencies responsible for vaccine research, development, regulation and policymaking.


22 Responses to "Our Expanding Waistlines and Diminishing Brains"

  1. Charlene   December 13, 2016 at 10:17 pm

    My greatest fears are that we will not be able to turn the light switch on for millions of Americans who choose to remain blind of these very real issues. I have an unvaccinated 6yrs old son who is the picture of Robust Health and I worry for him who his peers will be and what medical issues will surround the future generations of this country.

    • Jennifer   December 15, 2016 at 1:06 pm

      If you don’t mind me asking, How have you been able to NOT have your child vaccinated? I get threats from everyone in the MD office and the MD isn’t as pushy but you can tell if I push back one more vaccine he will have to get more assertive. I am a new mom and new to all this awful vaccine stuff so any direction you can point me towards regarding laws, regulations, and more about how these vaccines are effecting our youth/society is greatly appreciated.

      • Tess   December 16, 2016 at 12:03 pm

        Jennifer, I would make it a point to seek out a pediatrician who will not push vaccines on your child. Most pediatricians will be penalized by insurance companies if they do not meet a percentage quota of patient vaccinations. Insurance companies (such as BCBS) provide ‘bonuses’ to pediatricians for meeting their quotas (also called ‘Incentive Programs’). Here is an example right from a BCBS document:

        Childhood Immunization (combo 10)
        Must have received all doses for each vaccine by 23 months of age
        • 4 DTaP (Diptheria Tetanus And Pertussis)
        • 3 IPV (Polio)
        • 1 MMR (Measles Mumps Rubella)
        • 3 HiB (Haemophilus Influenza Type B)
        • 3 Hepatitis B (Hep B)
        • 1 Hepatitis A (Hep A)
        • 1 Varicella (Chickenpox)
        • 4 PCV (Pneumococcal)
        • 2 OR 3 RV (Rotavirus)
        • 2 Influenza (Flu)
        ($50 “per measure”)
        Adolescent Immunizations
        Must have received all doses for each vaccine before 13th birthday
        • 1 Meningococcal
        • 1 Tdap (Tetanus Diptheria Toxoids And Pertussis); or
        • 1 Td (Tetanus And Diptheria Toxoid)
        ($25 “per measure”)
        Must have received all doses of vaccine before 13th birthday
        ($25 “per measure”)
        Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
        • Initial follow-up visit within 30 days after new prescription
        for ADHD medication
        • Continuation follow-up visits of two or more within nine
        months after the initial follow-up visit

        This explains the hostile treatment a parent who questions vaccines will be subjected to. The total cost in bonuses to pediatric offices is often upwards of $40 THOUSAND dollars annually, so clearly their incentive to vaccinate is profit driven. And, that all ‘well’ baby visits just so happend to correspond with ‘recommended’ vaccinations is more than a little suspect.

        However, what concerned me as much as the vaccination incentives, is the ADD / ADHD incentive to diagnosis and medicate children with ADD / ADHD! What does this indicate? It seems self-evident that the pharnaceutical companies have hacked the insurance companies – and both are now in control of our profit-driven ‘health care’ system.

        That being said, some caring advice: (1) If you are being bullied to inject your child with the toxic sludge they call ‘vaccinations’, find another doctor’s office that will respect your decision and isn’t dependent upon insurance company payouts; and, (2) NEVER sign the form they throw at you when you refuse to vaccinate that says you acknowledge you are risking your child’s health by refusing to vaccinate because you risk being exposed to DCF/DSS/CPS investigation for ‘negligence’, and your child can be legally kidnapped and forcibly vaccinated. It has happened, so be vigilant – and do not trust the medical ‘establishment’. They are paid by insurance companies who are in bed with the pharmaceutical companies.

        • Doug   December 29, 2016 at 1:34 pm

          Jennifer, it’s about finding the right doc.
          Where we go they will ask “are we doing vaccines today”, we just say “not today”, end of story. Another doc we go to does not even ask at all. My son is 4, he had no vaccine, I’m 43, I had a few half doses as a kid. I have a buddy who gets all vaccines he can and gives me crap about not vaccinating but I don’t care what he thinks. NO is a simple but powerful word.

  2. MARY FISHER   December 13, 2016 at 10:49 pm

    There is tons of sugar in processed food, along with GMOs not to mention pesticides.We even have Round Up in Cheerios and all those vaccines being forced on people.No wonder people are sick with cancers and obese and neurological damage.How could they be other wise ?

    • Tom   December 21, 2016 at 3:33 pm

      I am glad to learn that tons of sugar are the culprit. I am going out and buying tons of corn syrup, a subsidized GMO product that cannot possibly cause me anything but great health. Thanks for the tip.

  3. Marene Mayer   December 13, 2016 at 11:05 pm

    There is No Doubt in my mind that Vaccines are a Contributor to all Brain, etc. disorders in Children. However, there is a whole nether factor many people don’t consider or understand….and that is the effects of EMF’S from Wireless computers, Wifi, Cell Phone Towers, etc. affecting all Nervous systems. Three New Gyms have cropped up in my local area – these are Not going to help the people that are overweight on the whole – as the majority of people over weight – are below the Poverty Level. There is not easy answer to educating these people – it just takes a lot of work and time.

  4. CATRYNA WHITE   December 14, 2016 at 6:59 am

    I couldn’t agree with you more. I was born in the latter part of the 40’s, growing up in the 50’s and 60’s. Literally no one was overweight back then. In the rare occurrence, we regarded as freaks. How things have changed with almost everyone including children now becoming overweight. I have watched this steady increase for a number of decades and can only chalk it up to eating more and poorly, lack of exercise and increase in Pharmaceutical meds. I also noticed many years ago how the younger generations don’t have the stamina that the older generations have and it is a complaint that I increasingly hear from them; with the exclamation toward me; “How can you have so much more energy than us, at your age?” Could be that I have always eaten quality food, don’t take Pharma meds, haven’t been vaccinated since the early 60’s and continue to work outside rain or shine.

    • Deanna Johnston Clark   December 21, 2016 at 2:21 pm

      I understand…I’m going on 70 and stay busy with dogs and grandchildren and looking after my disabled husband. Though almost blind, he works part time. We just don’t want to sit around.
      I am sure everyone needs to be needed…just doing repetitive exercise is boring.

    • gabrielle Hall   January 18, 2017 at 1:34 pm

      everyone should be aware How dangerous and “cause and effect” our allowing MSG in our food supply has brought forth obesity. In those poor lab rats of yore the scientific method to produce obesity in lab animals was to apply MSG to the feed. It ws the way endocrinologists could then study the phenomena of obesity and damage to the hypothalamus and other parts of the brain, mind and body with this food additive/taste enhancer. Please, please know the absolute consequences of this dangerous food chemical in western diet’s food supply; study the orgins of it in food trade and hold yourself and your children back from this uglifying/disease promoting addictive “taste enhancer.” No-one– have found–does the explaining better than Dr. Russell
      Blaylock, M.D.

  5. Trudy Kane   December 14, 2016 at 7:30 am

    The epidemic of obesity and neurological problems go hand in hand (as do many other health related issues)because they are caused by the same root deficiency – a lack of diversity in our gut microbiome. This is what makes some people susceptible to vaccine damage. They can’t handle any more toxicity than their dysbiosis of the gut is already causing.
    Obesity and other diseases have also recently been connected to gut dysbiosis.

  6. RICHARD L. BRANDON, MD   December 14, 2016 at 9:27 am

    Great book just published: “The Environmental & Genetic Causes For Autism” by James Lyons-Weiler, pHD– A must read, especially for those that think the CDC & Congress are truly concerned with our health.

  7. Kathy Berkowitz   December 14, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    Recently I, too, was looking at some photos of Woodstock (the big open field rock concert that is emblematic of the “Sixties” ), and what struck me was the thousands of reed thin young people. They’re so skinny I thought. I didn’t think average weight, I thought skinny. I guess I’m so accustomed to seeing crowds of overweight people that I’m shocked to see young thin people in their twenties–they no longer exist as the norm in the U.S.

  8. Al Hesse   December 14, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    Yes it truly appears that our immune system and neurological systems are not what they used to be. New research is revealing changes in our gut bacteria. Some researchers have studies that the lack of “good bacteria in our gut maybe allowing “bad bacteria” in our gut to produce neurotoxins which may be attacking neurons in our children’s brains causing an increase in Autism. With the over use of antibiotics which was not occurring in 1960 , as well as our obsession with Antimicrobial soaps and sanitizers we may be causing the upset in our bodies defenses and this is why the increase in these conditions not necessarily Vaccines. We need to allow our bacteria friends to live in our bodies instead of killing them off with antibiotics especially in our young children. If you compare less affluent farm raised children’s biome with our affluent suburban children’s biome you see a lot less bacterial diversity in the suburban children and also the farm raised or less affluent children do not exhibit the increases in Autism and nuerological diseases. The children of the sixties made mud pies and played on the floor ate worms and dirt and todays children have a sterilized mat and toys wiped with antibacterial wipes .

    • Alina   December 15, 2016 at 10:50 am

      Sorry, given the sheer number of known neurotoxins in vaccines, we cannot rule them out and they may, in fact, be the driving factor in the increase in neurological issues. Antibiotics are routinely included in vaccines for injection too, as are surfactants that allow for better permeability through the blood brain barrier. Looking at vaccine ingredients, it is difficult to conclude anything other than they are a direct neurological assault on the population.

      After all, a fat dumb population that is chronically sick is both easier to control and super easy to extract profits from. Profit is the driving factor of our entire health care system.

      • Tess   December 16, 2016 at 11:11 am

        Agreed. Another factor about vaccines that does not gain as much attention as the heavy metals is the DNA from animals and aborted human fetuses. I cannot be convinced that injecting the DNA from cows, pigs, chickens, monkeys, dogs, and aborted human fetuses will not have consequences to our own DNA makeup. This is mad science folks, and we are allowing (if not demanding) that our children become the sacrificial lambs in this global experiment.

      • Cynthia   December 20, 2016 at 1:32 am

        Alina, you said it perfectly! Thank you.

    • Deanna Johnston Clark   January 1, 2017 at 11:27 am

      Yes…I’ve known farm kids and city kids with houses full of dogs and cats…never sick.

  9. Anita   December 15, 2016 at 11:15 am

    I am one of those who has always struggled with my weight. I had years of an undiagnosed autoimmune thyroid disorder. It is partly the vaccines, partly the use of antibiotics while outlawing foods with probiotics in them; Or not prescribing probiotics along with antibiotics.

    And the quality of our food is way down from what it was. When I moved away from the farm, I kept complaining to my husband nothing had any flavor anymore. He had been peppering his food heavily for that reason.

    I remember all my classmates were thin. I must be doing it right, because my kids were too. And they ate more than I did. Education is the only thing.

  10. Vicki   December 19, 2016 at 3:33 pm

    We asked our chiropractor for suggestions for an open minded MD. While he is out-of-network for our insurance we feel paying the extra cost is worth it. Besides our child is 11 1/2 years old and rarely is sick. He is also very active and very thin.

  11. Deanna Johnston Clark   December 21, 2016 at 2:12 pm

    Let me add the effect of stress in weight gain. Often people lose weight when they get more sleep and get a windfall of money or are relieved of a burden in their lives…say a child with an addiction cleans up and gets a job or a violent person gets out of their life.
    It isn’t just a matter of moving around and eating less. The drive to a gym may be so stressful with traffic the effort is counterproductive!!
    Also, much overweight is part of dehydration…a chronic condition in modern life. Our bodies stock up on water all day in the stress of American life.
    All those things…especially the current lifestyle of waking up at 3 am worried about money…contribute.
    Have faith, laugh more, smile, and don’t waste money on anything. Smiling realigns the whole gastric system and makes you smile even more!!

  12. ma bear   December 26, 2016 at 8:57 am

    I’ve never been asked to sign a form
    But I have seen things in my kids’ medical files about not vaccinated so to parental refusal.
    My oldest I have stopped doing well child checks. We go to the chiropractor. When he got lymes we went to the ER. But honestly I have had a doc admit to me all those well child checks are for (after the first few.. like first week weight check & stuff like that) are pretty much just for vaccinating.
    They will do a crappy eye check-just go to the eye doctor.


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