I think it probably has something to do with our modern life.........too many carbs, too many preservatives, too many chemicals, too much eating, too much drinking, too much, too much, too much.
I, too, am becoming very disenchanted with the medical community, and how it only treats with bandaids, and doesn't begin to think holisically.
What I found absolutely amazing when I went to a GI doc a few years back, was that he wasn't interested at all in what I ate. He just wanted to immediately put me on a PPI for GERD and other drugs for IBS. I get too many side-effects with the IBS drugs, so I just suffered. Then, several years later, I read that taking calcium can help people with IBS-diarrhea. I tried it, and it helped me so much. Why didn't a GI doc even tell me about something like calicum, that would be so simple to use?
I'll get off my soap box in a minute.......but this country lives horribly as far as health is concerned. It's because it's the people who want to make money off of us that are in charge of things. Our children will be lucky to get into their 20's without having type II diabetes, osteoporosis, GERD, just to name a few.
My children were raised to eat alot of veggies, fruit, fish, and other good things. They were not allowed to drink coke all the time, or eat candy. But I met very few other kids in their school who ate like that. For them it was chips, cokes, candy, french fries, etc. It's unbelieveable that this can happen in the richest country in the world.