A Compromised Generation: The Epidemic of Chronic Illness in America's Children

A Compromised Generation: The Epidemic of Chronic Illness in America's Children




Seemingly benign elements of American culture are making millions of children chronically ill, disabled, or dysfunctional. They are being diagnosed with illnesses such as autism, asthma, allergies, diabetes, and ADHD at a breathtaking rate. Research shows that decades of pharmaceutical over-usage, toxic or nutritionally anemic diets, exposure to environmental toxins, certain American habits and lifestyles, and excessive or improperly administered vaccines are at the root of these illnesses. This book provides details on how to reverse these epidemics and prevent more children from becoming ill, supplying evidence that we can help children recover from chronic illnesses, including autism, by altering their environmental influences and by stepping outside the traditional western medical paradigm.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781591810964
Publisher: Sentient Publications
Publication date: 09/16/2010
Pages: 358
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Beth Lambert is a former healthcare consultant and teacher. She attended Oxford University and graduated with honors from Williams College. She holds an M.A. in American Studies, with a concentration in American Healthcare, from Fairfield University. Beth worked for a number of healthcare consulting firms in New York City including The Wilkerson Group, IBM Healthcare Consulting, and Easton Associates. She was also involved in market research and business development for an e-health company. She has worked with physicians, scientific and medical researchers, and corporate executives to assess products, business strategies, and emerging trends in pharmaceuticals, biotech, diagnostics, medical devices and healthcare delivery. She taught and coached at secondary schools in Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York City. As an educator, she worked closely with students who struggled with learning disabilities. She has traveled extensively throughout the United States, networking and collaborating with other educators through the National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks of American History and Culture Program. Beth is the Executive Director of PEACE: Parents Ending America's Childhood Epidemic, a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public about the epidemic of chronic illness affecting our youth, and helping parents connect with other parents and appropriate healthcare providers. In 2009, she launched ANSWERS for an Epidemic (www.epidemicanswers.org), an educational website with a healthcare provider directory for parents looking for practitioners that specialize in recovering children from chronic illnesses. Beth is the mother of three, and is passionate about preventing chronic illnesses in children.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements xi

Foreword xiii

Introduction 1

Healthy Kids, Sick Kids 2

Note from the Author 12

1 Sick Kids 13

The Alarming Statistics 13

The Economic Impact of Chronic Disease in Children 25

Is the Epidemic of Chronic Childhood Illness Real? 27

What Is Making Our Children Sick? 32

2 The Etiology of Chronic Illness in American Children 41

The Etiology of Chronic Childhood Illness 47

Root Causes: The Perfect Storm 49

The Pathway to Disease: From Physiological Dysfunction to Symptom Presentation 65

3 Why Our Children? Why Now? 113

America's Problem 113

The Environmental Factors Responsible for Chronic Illness in America's Children 118

4 Factor 1 - Medication Overusage 125

Pharmaceutical Nation 125

Antibiotics 126

NSAIDs (Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs) 131

Other Pharmaceutical Agents 134

The Pharmaceutical Industry Rises 136

5 Factor 2 - Environmental Toxins/Pollution 141

Canaries in a Silent Spring-The Impact of Environmental Toxins 141

A Different Kind of Pollution: Electropollution 150

6 Factor 3 - Diet and Nutrition 155

You Are What You Eat: Diet Matters 155

How Americans Eat Today 160

How Diet Contributes to Gut Dysbiosis and Immune Dysregulation 165

Toxins in Our Food 166

Soybeans and Other Genetically Modified Organisms 169

7 Factor 4 - Habits and Lifestyles 173

American Habits and Lifestyles 173

Birth and Infant Feeding 177

The Role of Stress 183

8 Factor 5 - Immunizations and the Immunocompromised 189

A Brief Overview of the Great Vaccine Debate 191

More than Just Mercury: Evidence Indicating that Vaccinations May Play a Role in Chronic Childhood Illnesses 208

Does the American Childhood Immunization Program Cause Chronic Illness? 215

The Connection Between Vaccination, Gut Dysbiosis, and Immune Dysregulation 219

Détente: Moving Away from Conspiracies and Toward Solutions 231

9 Healing the Children 239

The Recovered 240

10 What We Can Do to Reverse This Trend 259

A New Focus for Children's Health 259

How to Protect Our Children 261

Prepregnancy and Pregnancy Planning 262

How to Help Children with Chronic Illnesses Now 288

Conclusion 295

Notes 309

Index 345

About the Author 359

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