Why So Much Anxiety and Depression in Young People?

Now, I don’t want to give the impression that I’m totally against vaccines or that I think that every problem is caused by vaccines. Of course there are other causes of illnesses.

For instance, this article by the Children’s Health Defense Team over-emphasizes the vaccines as likely causes of the apparent epidemic of mental health problems on college campuses, such as depression and anxiety. It seems that college students or college-aged young people have a much higher incidence of depression and anxiety than 30 or 50 years ago.

I can see why “cumulative vaccine load” could be a contributor, given the adjuvants such as aluminum in the vaccines, and the fact that kids are receiving many more vaccines than we did when I was in school. I am now in my mid-50s.

In another article from April, Arjun Walia of Collective Evolution quotes from a 2015 study: “Evidence that aluminum-coated particles phagocytozed in the injected muscle and its draining lymph notes can disseminate within phagocytes throughout the body and slowly accumulate in the brain further suggests that alum safety should be evaluated in the long term.”

And Walia further writes: “Aluminum is an experimentally demonstrated neurotoxin and the most commonly used vaccine adjuvant. Here’s a great clip of doctor Christopher Shaw from the University of British Columbia explaining how injected aluminum does not exit the body. He, alongside Sneha K.S. Sheth andYongling Li, published a study in 2017 looking at animal models. They found that almost ‘100 percent of the intramuscularly injected aluminum (as in vaccine adjuvants) is absorbed into the systemic circulation and travels to different sites in the body such as the brain, joints and spleen where it accumulates and is retained for years post-vaccination’.”

But the Children’s Health Defense Team article linked above shouldn’t just point to vaccines where college students’ depression and anxiety are concerned. There are other causes and contributors to young people’s depression and anxiety.

According to Medicalxpress.com, a pro-inflammatory diet of fast foods, processed meat and cakes can contribute to depression. And I’ll bet other cognitive and mood issues such as anxiety as well.

Medicalxpress.com cites a study by Manchester Metropolitan’s Bioscience Research Centre that found that a “diet containing foods which are known to promote inflammation – such as those high in cholesterol, saturated fats and carbohydrates – makes you around 40% more likely to develop depression.”

Processed foods and snacks and fast foods tend to contain a lot of artificial chemicals which, in my opinion, can be compared to the synthetic chemicals we find in prescription pharmaceutical drugs. And those chemicals wreak havoc with the brain’s neurotransmitters, which can then affect mood, cognitive abilities and behaviors.

A 2007 study showed an increase in ADHD or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children given drinks containing food dyes, according to WebMD. A 2010 study confirmed those findings. “Of children with suspected sensitivities, 65% to 89% reacted when challenged with at least 100 mg of AFC (artificial food colors),” according to this page.

And I’m sure you can find many web pages now devoted to discussing the effects of all the different kinds of preservatives we find in the processed foods.

As I mentioned in my post on the possible contributors to my ulcerative colitis, I ate junk food and cakes and pastries while I was growing up, such as Sara Lee cakes, Yodels, Ring-Dings, Ho-Ho’s, Devil Dogs, chocolate chip cookies, etc. Those weren’t the only contributors to my ulcerative colitis. But besides the colitis, I also had big anxiety-related issues, which it wouldn’t surprise me if those bad foods contributed to that as well.

So regarding the cakes and pastries I ate while growing up, take Yodels, for example. Besides the dreaded “high fructose corn syrup” which is only 3rd on the list of ingredients, Yodels contains TBHQ which was shown to increase tumors in rats (I’m glad I’m not a rat.) and also linked to ADHD, according to this Healthline article. Yodels also contains sodium aluminum phosphate, which could be a problem, but apparently not verified by studies.

My conclusion is, the past several generations of people, at least since the 1970s, have been consuming a processed-foods diet, with a lot of synthetic chemical preservatives and elements such as aluminum, as well as vaccines and prescription drugs.

And there are other factors as well which contribute to young people’s depression and anxiety. Many of the young now are sheltered and coddled throughout their growing up years, and suddenly after high school the pressures of achievement and self-providing are much more than previous generations. Unfortunately many of toady’s parents are not raising the young people to become independent adults and the young people just aren’t prepared emotionally and practically when they actually get into the real world after high school or college. No wonder many of them have so much anxiety and depression.

1 thought on “Why So Much Anxiety and Depression in Young People?

  1. Kate

    If you are in your fifties it is likely that there wasn’t as much screening for diseases like depression and anxiety. I’m sure many self medicated in other ways.
    Aluminum is almost all antiperspirants, something most use daily. If aluminum is really that dangerous, why doesn’t anybody talk about that.
    I’ve done all the vaccines for my kids. No measles in this household.

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