According to Dr. Alan Greene, two-thirds of high school students have either high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes, predisposing them to a lifetime of chronic conditions. And a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control shows an eye-popping 265% increase in the rates of hospitalizations related to food allergic reactions.
According to Dr. Kenneth Bock, genetics don't change that quickly. Environment does. And while we've got 80,000 chemicals in our everyday products here in the US, the EPA has required testing on only 200 existing chemicals and restricted only five of them, despite the fact thousands of them have been banned, removed or restricted from children's products in developed countries around the world.
Is it any wonder that the health of American children is under siege?
Evidence continues to mount over the impact that environmental toxins contained in vaccines, foods and sippy cups are having on our health. On any given day, an American child might be exposed to formaldehyde in a flu vaccine, endocrine-disrupting bisphenol-A in a sippy cup, and insecticidal proteins in high fructose corn syrup, presenting a stunning assault on the developing immune system of a child.
And rather than prevent and protect, as governments around the world have done, we prescribe: insulin pumps, epinephrine injectors and asthma inhalers in record numbers to the American children.
So while Mexico bans endocrine-disrupting chemicals from their plastics due to the harm they've been shown to present to the reproductive system in children, American children are experiencing early onset puberty. And while France bans corn that has been genetically mutated to contain insecticidal proteins designed to create neurological and gastrointestinal damage to the creatures that eat it, 1 in 3 American children now has allergies, asthma, ADHD or autism, and the Corn Refiners Association of America insists that one of corn's derivatives, high fructose corn syrup, banned in other developed countries, is "natural." And while other developed countries offer a delayed vaccination schedule, our children are being injected with compounds whose safey has not yet been tested in combination.
With the environmental assault on the health of our children, is it any wonder that health care related costs now contribute 17% to our nation's GDP?
While our children may be viewed as an earnings stream for epinephrine injectors, insulin pumps and asthma inhalers, perhaps we should also view them as our 'canaries in the coalmine.' They just may be trying to warn us of the environmental dangers in front of all of us.
To learn what you can do to help protect the health of our children, please click here to learn more about the Kids Safe Chemical Act and how you can Do One Thing.
Together, we can restore the health of our children.