A Reason for "Freakin' Out Man"
"The disappearance of a sense of responsibility is the most far-reaching consequence of submission to authority."
Researcher's at the University of Texas and Washington State University have been playing around with the idea that exposure to certain chemicals in previous generations can have a direct impact on how current generations react to stress.
The researchers exposed gestating female rats to vinclozolin, a fruit and vegetable fungicide that is commonly used and has been found to disrupt hormones in animals while having an effect on future generations. The researchers then tested the rat's third generation offspring for behavioral abnormalities and found they were more anxious, more sensitive to stress, and had greater activity in stress-related parts of the brain than offspring whose heritage had not been exposed to the vinclozolin.
"There is no doubt that we have been seeing real increases in mental disorders like autism and bipolar disorder," said David Crews, who focused on the neuroscience, behavior, and stress during the experiment. "It's more than just a change in diagnostics. The question is why? Is it because we are living in a more frantic world, or because we are living in a more frantic world and are responding to that in a different way because we have been exposed? I favor the latter."
The study also shed some light on weight gain, which is no surprise as most everything points to weight gain in our society.
The Next Step
This is all very fascinating to me. I don't think many can argue that, when comparing the capacity for stress in earlier generations versus current generations, the more "fresh" aspects of our society tend to lack the hardy constitution of their ancestors. Personally, I would have looked at the fact that most generations previous to the baby boomer age had been embroiled in global wars, revolutionizing industry, or fighting for independence, lending to a much different view on life and its stresses. But, it's nice to know there is a direction in which to point a finger.
I guess the next question is: Beyond knowing a simple why, how will this discovery help us?
I mean, we can't erase what is genetically encoded and we have already realized that ingesting chemicals is bad mmmckaayyy. What's the next step?
Let me know what you think below...