Regular readers of this blog know that many chronic diseases are increasing in prevalence over time. What you may not know is that included in this list is acne. That ought to strike you as unusual. Why would acne, a common skin condition particularly among adolescents, be increasing in prevalence over time.
Acne among Hunter-Gatherers
No. It’s not Genetics. It’s the Diet and Environment.
So what is causing the rise in the prevalence of acne over time? The answers are not fully clear but diet probably plays a strong role. The higher intake of refined grains and sugar (in contrast to hunter gatherers) are likely contributing factors. Milk intake, particularly skim milk, may be a contributing factor. Other factors are less certain but may include: higher stress (in comparison with hunter gatherer societies), more processed food, and less time spent outdoors.
It’s not just Acne.
BOTTOM LINE: THERE IS A BETTER WAY!
- As John Maynard Keynes said a century ago, people of our time ought to be largely independent of our employers for our income – unfortunately, due to “mindless consumerism”, we are not.
- Mindless consumerism is the underlying reason leading to the rise of chronic disease for 3 major reasons:
- It ties us to dependence on our employers and modern day employment is a health hazard for most (in part due to the sedentary nature of most jobs).
- It has led to environmental changes toxic to our wellbeing:
- (a). We evolved in and are best suited to natural environments and instead we live in increasingly artificial environments.
- (b). Overconsumption has lead us to engineer out the need for meaningful use of our legs for ambulation.
- Finally, it transforms workers to work with blinders on – instead of working for the product or service and receiving money as a side effect, workers focus on making money and the product or service is instead the side effect. The results (with respect to health) is that “food” is no longer food but changed to maximize pleasure and extract profit in spite of the toxicity to our health.
- Based on the science of wellbeing one can derive the philosophy that once basic needs are met, “The best things in life are free” therefore —>
- Most people can live far below their means without sacrificing happiness AND by investing the rest, they can become financially independent of their employers enabling them to be —>
- Happier. Healthier. Wealthier. More engaged. Simply better.