Focus on Childrens Health

Children's health in America is not so great these days. Children are "generally healthy" but there are some key pieces missing. More and more research is showing that most of the synthetic chemicals that we all routinely use in our homes, and foods are dangerous to children’s health and growth.

A growing body of scientific evidence strongly suggests that children are much more susceptible to these chemicals than we imagined. Since the 1940’s, there have been around 60,000 chemicals introduced into our everyday lives.

What concerns me is that less than 10% of them have been tested for their effect on children's health.

In this section of my site I would like to provide you with information, problems, some solutions, and instill a desire in the you, to do further research and take action on your own.

Here is a great short video put together by an 11 year old, and what he thinks about a kid's world today.

Childrens Health and Pollutants

“Children eat, drink, and breathe more for their body weights than adults do, so they take in larger proportional; doses of whatever is out there,” explains University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine psychiatrist Herbert Needleman, who pioneered studies linking lowered intelligence with early childhood exposure to lead.

Childrens faster metabolisms increase their absorption of contaminants

“Children absorb a greater proportion of many substances from the intestinal tract or lung. For example, children take up approximately 50% of the lead that they swallow, while adults absorb about one-tenth,” according to pediatrician Dr. Philip Landrigan, Chairman of Community and Preventive Medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, and a former senior advisor to EPA on Children’s health and the Environment.

Children live closer to the ground, where the highest concentrations of most air pollutants settle.

Children play in the dirt and on carpets where they are exposed to contaminants that attach to dust particles.

In a 1998 study to investigate a possible association between childrens health, cancer risks and pesticides in house dust, the National Cancer Institute found residues of 31 chemicals in carpet dust samples from 15 Washington, DC area homes.

The NCI found seven organochlorine pesticides, including DDT, Methoxychior, heptachlor, and chlordane, three highly toxic carbamates, five types of PCBs and other potentially toxic chemicals.

This is unacceptable for the average parent, and, I include myself.

Children put most things in their mouths. Anything is fair game!

Well,...yeah, they do! I remember our son having a "looie", his word for wheel, stuck in his nose! It was a chore to get it out! He, of course, thought it was cool!

In 1998, in another study on childrens health, scientists at Rutgers University discovered that pesticides sprayed in a home evaporate from floors and carpet and then re-condense on plastic and foam objects such as pillows and plush toys.

By observing how frequently a group of pre-schoolers put clean toys in their mouths, the researchers calculated that contaminated toys are likely to give young children much higher doses of poison than adults would get in the same environment. I think that's pretty obvious, don't you?

Babies are more vulnerable to contaminants

Because your baby’s immune system is not fully developed, their body cannot fight off the toxic effects of chemicals as an older child or an adult can.

Babies don’t excrete toxins, or store them away in fat in the same ways that adults do, which makes the poisons more available to affect their rapidly growing bodies, and brains.

In an adult, a “blood-brain barrier” protects the brain from many of the potentially harmful chemicals circulating through the body. But, in a baby, that barrier is not fully developed until they are six months old, and, even then, the amount that is toxic for them, compared to what is toxic for an adult, or, even a teenager, is dramatic.

Dioxins, PCBs and fatty tissue.

Many deadly contaminants such as dioxins and PCBs have an affinity for (are attracted to) fatty tissue.

During pregnancy, as women mobilize their amassed stores of body fat to provide nourishment for their growing baby, the contaminants in the fat are also passed to their growing baby.

Most moms don't know this, but nursing mothers transfer a good portion of their lifetime accumulation of chemicals to their babies.

Children in the womb are at greater risk

Because cellular structures change so rapidly during embryonic and fetal growth, a toxic exposure at the wrong moment can permanently alter further development, and drastically change childrens health. According to Dr. Landrigan, the central nervous system is especially vulnerable.

To function properly, the developing brain must lay down an intricate web of interconnecting neurons. even small doses of neurotoxins, similar to those found in some common household cleaning products, during critical periods of brain development can alter those crucial neural pathways: one mistake early on, and the brain may be forever changed in subtle, or in more serious ways.

Government and university scientists are currently investigating the possibility of a connection between fetal exposures to toxins and developmental disabilities such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

To me, it is very clear: Toxins absolutely will affect your baby's development.

So, What About your Home? Is It Safe?

Most people don’t even consider that their home can cause health problems for their family, or affect their childrens health. But it can. Do some research online on the products you are using in your home for cleaning now, and also take a look at what you are using for laundry, dish washing, shampoos and other personal care products. I think you will be shocked at what you find.

The majority of the products used in the average American home are toxic, including some of the new "green" products produced by the same companies that have been producing the toxic products for generations.

How does that make you feel? If you are anything like my wife and I, we were "ticked off", and felt betrayed by the companies we had been supporting, by using their products.

These everyday home products, that we put in the same shopping basket as our children....and our food, help to create asthma and other health problems, not just for childrens health, but for adults as well.

I find it interesting that women who are "stay at home moms", and spend the majority of their time at home, taking care of their families, are 55% more likely to get some form of cancer when compared to women who work outside the home!

The main difference is what's in the home---chemicals.

Take a seemingly safe product like the fabric softener “Bounce”™. It’s very normal to want soft clothes and blankets for your children, and especially your baby. The problem is that products like Bounce™ are mainly cheap chemicals. These chemicals are heat and moisture activated, so when a child’s warm moist breathe goes into the clothing or blankets while they are sleeping, he or she is exposed to re-activated chemicals, which they breath in.

I don’t mean to alarm or upset you, but it is not a pretty picture: Toxic chemical exposure to underdeveloped immune systems in children is serious. There are any number of books and studies available about this, so that would be your best bet; do your research. Knowledge is power.

I was really "upset" when I found out the types of products that we all just accept as being safe for our children. I even found out that Johnsons & Johnsons Baby Shampoo™ has formaldehyde (embalming fluid) in it! We used this on both of our children!

You can also drop us a line, and we can connect you, on our site, to alternative, safer, and affordable cleaning and laundry products that will protect your family's health, and actually save you money every month.

What Can You Do?

For starters: use safer products in your home. Contact us for more information.

As parents, we are responsible for a safe home environment, and our children's health and well being. Also, as a Parent you can have a direct influence on what kinds of products are used in the school where your children are required to go every day.

You do have a say in that, since the school system is also required to provide a safe learning environment for your children, and protect your childrens health, and not cause childrens health issues.

If you place credible information in front of the administration, that shows them the unsafe nature of the cleaning products they are using, they must acknowledge it and make changes. Especially if you go as a group of parents, or have a petition.

Don’t Assume Anything!

Next to nutrition, cleaning products can have a significant negative effect on childrens health. We can’t assume that just because a product is on the store shelf that it is safe.

The bottom line with the majority of the products you see is making money. One way to make more is to cut the quality of the ingredients. This is exactly what happens with your everyday products.

The concern is not for your health and wellness, or your childrens health, it is for making more money.

What About Children's Nutrition?

I will be brief in this section, and encourage you to go to other sections of our site to find out more.

Nutritionally, children have even more of a challenge.

Something that is important to remember is that as adults, we are totally in charge of our children's health: how and what they eat. They cannot make the right decisions for their health, they are too young and inexperienced.

If we don’t know what’s good for us, how will we ever know what’s good for our children?

It’s our responsibility, as a parent, to know what is best for physical, mental and psychological growth.

It really doesn't take that much time to browse through some of our other interesting areas on our site, to get a better idea of what you can do to help your child's health. I think you will like what you find!

In Conclusion

Children’s health is really not all that complicated, but it is very fragile.

It's all about nutrition, and it is simple to learn how to provide a safe healthy environment for your child, a quality nutritionally rich diet, and a future that will be filled with promise and success.

Please look at other sections of my site for more information on childrens health, and your health, nutrition, vitamins, drugs and their side effects, natural alternatives, resources, etc. Our site is in a constant state of construction, so come back often for more information and subscribe to our newsletter.

And PLEASE, do contact us if you have any questions. If we don't know the answer, we will find it for you. Your life, and your child's life are important to us.

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