Dr. Weeks’ Comment: Why is your child less healthy than you were at her or his age? Read on. This is on YOU to correct the health of your child. We at the Children Health Defense can help – let’s work together. Sign up for the free ebook to educate yourself.
Executive Summary … (from the next organization which I urge you to support with action or donations.)
➧ American children have never been sicker. Over half (54%) are suffering from one or more chronic illnesses, with the late 1980s and early 1990s viewed as the gateway period that launched the decline.
➧ Many chronic illnesses have doubled since that time. The “4-A” disorders— autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, asthma and allergies—have experienced meteoric growth, affecting children’s quality of life and contributing to premature mortality. The spike in autism prevalence has been particularly dramatic, with prevalence as high as 3% (one in 34 children) in some regions. Pediatric autoimmune conditions also are on the rise.
➧ U.S. children are far more likely to die before their first birthday than infants in other wealthy countries and life expectancy is falling, driven largely by rising death rates in adolescents and younger adults. Suicide is the second leading cause of death in teens, half of whom are reported to have at least one mental, emotional or behavioral disorder.
➧ The proportion of public school children using special education services is skyrocketing, with estimates ranging from 13% to 25% of school populations.
➧ Health authorities are incapable of explaining the reason for these dramatic shifts. Mounting evidence indicates that environmental toxins are the principal culprits.
➧ Children are exposed to many neuro- and immunotoxins that interact synergistically to damage their health. These toxins include heavy metals; pesticides and herbicides such as glyphosate; fluoride; bisphenol A; air pollutants; per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances; phthalates; flame retardants; acetaminophen; food additives; and aspartame.
➧ Tellingly, children’s health began worsening at precisely the same time that the U.S. started expanding the types and total number of vaccines required for school attendance.
➧ Studies have linked vaccines and toxic vaccine ingredients to a wide range of adverse health outcomes, including neurodevelopmental disorders, allergies, seizures and many others. Time trend analyses show strong correlations between autism and total number of vaccines by 18 months as well as exposure to aluminum vaccine adjuvants.
➧ Vaccines administered during pregnancy can induce an inflammatory response in the mother that can cross the placenta and potentially harm the fetal brain.
➧ The social and economic fallout from these health challenges is hitting home hard—with adverse impacts on intelligence, fertility, household and government finances, employment, productivity, military recruitment and more. The disproportionately high level of neurodevelopmental disability in males versus females is also reshaping society.
➧ Mystifyingly, there is almost no outcry in medical, public health or government circles to find answers and solutions. There is no crisis that more urgently requires attention than the heavy burden of chronic illnesses affecting over half of our nation’s children.
Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. has launched Children’s Health Defense to address this crisis.