> > The most alarming part to me about the frontline special was the part
> > about decreases in IQ. I think that we have already seen some decreases in
> > IQ.
> I won't argue that IQ is decreasing but attributing it solely to the use of
> pesticides is certainly a weak proposition. I'm not saying there isn't a
> remote possibility here, but don't you think that TV, lack of respect for
> teachers, and just plain down doom and gloom that some are portraying (even
> some sanetters) isn't having an affect on a persons desire to think for
> themselves and be all that they can be?
My father was a Naturopathic physician and we were tyring to eat right
and go organic as much as possible in the 1950's when it was a good way
to be considered a nut. We didn't (and still don't) avoid non-organic
food entirely (though it's easier to eat organic now than then), but we
do make it a point to avoid processed food as much as possible. Has it
affected our IQ? I can only point to my 16 year old son Chris who is
just completing his junior year in high school with a perfect 4.0 gpa.
Last November one of his teachers told him of a National Ocean Science
Bowl, and though the school has no oceanography classes, he decided to
enter. He got three other boys and collected all the information he
could from libraries, internet, etc. and they studied on their lunch
hours. February 28 they beat 9 other teams to win the regional and a
trip to Wash. D.C. where they placed 3rd in the nation, being beaten
only by teams with very extensive oceanography curricula and who had
coaches tht were experienced in that type of bowl. (see
I do think the food had a part in this, but lower IQ is also a function
of parents who simply don't work with their kids as much as they used to
- I see that with the kids my wife has at the inner-city type grade
school where she teaches. She gets some smart kids who have so many
emotional problems they just don't care about school/
This is more than enough. Draw your own conclusions.
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