When our kids are not thriving we often wonder what we could be doing better as parents. I experience this first-hand with my 3 boys. Is their behavior normal, or due to poor nutrition and environmental toxins? Are there genetic influences we can’t compensate for? How is food choice and digestion related to the alarming rise in medical conditions in our children?
The following are on the rise in children:
neurodevelopmental problems affecting behavior and learning
autoimmune and allergic diseases, including both types of diabetes, Type 1 and Type 2
obesity and pre-diabetes
Is this due to better recognition? In some cases, doubt persists. In other cases, such as Type 1 diabetes and childhood cancer, a rising trend requires an environmental explanation.
We like to address problems while kids are younger, to put them on the right track for decades to come, and to prepare them to benefit from a good education and bear healthy children of their own.
We have many opportunities to improve the way kids absorb nutrients from food, and to reduce the medications they are exposed to. I strongly believe parents need the tools I wish I had earlier in my career - as a family physician, despite being trained in top-notch schools (Brown University) I did not have a good understanding of the effects of medications commonly prescribed to children, including my own.
Kids come to the practice with a variety of challenges, including digestive and autoimmune, attention deficit disorder and environmental allergies - I find these to be the most commonly reversible. It’s a thrill to hear that children no longer have stomach aches, or joint pains, or a constant stuffy/runny nose!