Welcome back to this week’s edition of the Wellness Report. Today we are going to discuss a topic of a human nature (RIP Michael Jackson) When it comes to human species, things may not be so well after all.
Although it applies to you city slickers, it can apply to people in the suburbs too. Recently, Gerald Crabtree, who leads up the genetics lab at Stanford University wrote a two-part segment in Trends in Genetics. His segment basically stated that humans have been in decline as far back as when cities were created and agriculture developed.
His rationale is that back in the day when we were hunter-gatherer types, we had to utilize critical thinking and acting skills just to survive. In today’s age of convenience, those skills have become dulled through lack of use. In fact, in some environments, such as Wall Street as an example, mistakes may be rewarded with bonuses.
As you can imagine, Mr. Crabtree has receive lots of attacks for his theory. His opponents site the technological and scientific advances that have been made. Those arguments may have some merit.
On the other hand, people who are classified as ADHD today may have been greater at survival during the hunter-gatherer stages. Back then, you had to be alert, always analyzing one’s surroundings. Some research suggests that this is indeed the case.
A study was done by researchers at Northwestern University where they examined two tribes from Kenya. They found that those men in the tribes who could be classified as ADHD were better nourished then those who weren’t.
If you think about that for a second, some of the most successful entrepreneur’s and business people show ADHD like symptoms. They always seem to be plotting their next move and get bored easily. 50 cent is someone who immediately comes to mind.
So, what’s the bottom line.? Make sure you regularly get some fresh air and continually challenge yourself to become better and more skilled. Also, make sure you take the time to read. If you live by these habits you can overcome the ‘dumbing down’ that is taking place today.