By Sandra G. Malhotra, Ph.D.
 
The Numbers:

The population of the United States is about 300 million.

About 8 million adults have PTSD during a given year (https://www.ptsd.va.gov/public/PTSD-overview/basics/how-common-is-ptsd.asp)

 

Over 20 veterans suffering with Post-Traumatic Stress commit suicide each day

 

In 2015, an estimated 16.1 million adults aged 18 or older in the United States had at least one major depressive episode in the past year. This number represented 6.7% of all U.S. adults. (https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/statistics/prevalence/major depression-among-adults.shtml)

 

83 people committed suicide in Larimer County in 2016 – that’s over 1 per week. The average age was 46 and only 23 of the 83 were undergoing active mental health treatment. (http://www.larimer.org/coroner/2016-Annual-Report.pdf?v=20170306)

 

About one out of every 68 children in the United States currently has autism. (https://www.nichd.nih.gov/health/topics/autism/conditioninfo/Pages/at-risk.aspx)

An estimated 5.4 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease. By mid-century, the number of people living with Alzheimer’s disease in the United States is projected to grow to 13.8 million, fueled in large part by the aging baby boom generation (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27570871)

 

This is not a pretty picture, is it? Too many children fall somewhere on the autism spectrum; too many adults are suffering with PTSD, depression or suicidal ideation; and too many seniors are senile. Whaaaaat in the actual F is going on here? This is NOT NORMAL and not acceptable.

 

There are pharmaceutical medications on the market to treat many of these conditions. But if chemical interventions were an effective solution on their own, then wouldn’t these numbers be less dire? It would seem that the easy (and highly profitable) solution of prescribing a pill for every ill is not working. Might food and lifestyle have something to do with it?

 

Our goal is not to give medical advice, but to shed light on integrative solutions to mental health issues so that anyone dealing with them can make an informed decision about treatment. Read on for insightful articles about mental health and attend our June event for nourishing food and a panel discussion on this important topic.

It is possible to heal and be whole.

Retraction: In the March/April article “Eating Organically” by Joannee Debruhl, there was an error in thedescription of GMO corn. Glyphosate is not incorporated into the DNA of GMO corn. A bacterium that was resistant to Roundup was found at a Roundup plant and that bacterium was used to create the Round Up Ready corn. A specific DNA sequence from genes in the bacterium were inserted into the genome of the corn seeds.

 

Sandra
Sandra G. Malhotra is the Owner, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Regenerate Magazine. She is just a little bit passionate about health and wellness being our birthright.