children's health

  1. Inside new autism statistics

    Inside new autism statistics

    The numbers are so big they hardly seem real: A 30 percent increase in autism in just the past two years.

    That means 1 in 68 8-year-olds -- or roughly 1 child in every two or three third-grade classrooms -- now have this life-changing condition, according to the startling new autism statistics from the CDC.

    Mainstream medicine is trying to pretend that these numbers are due to “increasing awareness," “earlier diagnosis" and a “changing definition" of autism.

    But you and I know that's bunk.

    I'm convinced the real reason for this surge in autism statistics is all the toxins we're routinely exposed to.

    They're damaging enough to adults, but they can be especially devastating to the still-developing brain of a child, especially when they're exposed in the womb.

    Children born in homes with vinyl floors, for example, have double the risk of autism -- and it's almost certainly because of the chemical phthalates used in that flooring. BPA -- the chemical found in plastics, canned goods, store receipts and more -- has also been linked to autism. (Read more here.)

    Common contaminants found in U.S. drinking water can also damage the brain and cause autism.

    But one of the biggest causes of autism is metals exposure. Many toxic metals can cross the blood-brain barrier and do lasting and even permanent damage.

    And I'm not afraid to say it: One all-too-common source of metals exposure is vaccines.

    I don't care if you're pro vaccination or not, that's a decision I'll leave up to you and your family. But I will say that it's absolutely irrational that kids are routinely given so many vaccines all at once, and that many of these shots still contain mercury, aluminum and other metals despite the fact that they can be produced without them.

    If you have or are expecting a child, grandchild or even great grandchild in your life, take steps to remove as many of these chemicals from your home and your diet as you can, and work closely with a holistic medical doctor who can give you the full story on vaccines.

    And if you have a kid who already has the condition, work with that same doctor -- because natural detoxification programs combined with strict dietary changes can make all the difference in the world.

  2. Secondhand smoke can damage arteries in children

    Another reason to quit smoking

    Do it for the kids.

    If you won't quit smoking for yourself, do it for your children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren -- the ones around you now, and the ones who may be yet to come. Smoking and secondhand smoke may be more dangerous than you think.

    Smoking won't just shorten your life and deprive these children of precious time with a beloved relative.

    It can also have a direct and damaging effect on their health, too.

    It's the notorious secondhand smoke, and I'm sure you've already heard plenty about the risks to everyone around you, from family members in your home to strangers at the bus stop.

    Now, new research confirms that this secondhand smoke is especially damaging to children.

    And the more they're exposed, the higher the risks.

    Children in homes where both parents smoke have thicker arteries. By the time they reach adulthood, their carotid intima-media thickness is 0.015 millimeters thicker than that of kids in homes where parents don't smoke.

    This may not sound like a very big number. It's less than the width of a human hair.

    But it's real damage -- equivalent to 3.3 extra years of aging -- and it's the type of damage that can increase the risk of heart attack and stroke years later.

    Even worse, it's permanent damage.

    The effect was only seen in kids who live in homes where both parents smoke. But don't be fooled; even if only one person smokes in your home -- even if there's a child in your life that doesn't live with you but visits -- secondhand smoke can do real and lasting harm.

    There are more than 250 damaging compounds in each puff, including 50 known carcinogens.

    In addition, kids who grow up with smokers are more likely to smoke later and more likely to have other bad habits. They're also more likely to be obese, according to the study in the European Heart Journal.

    So if you smoke or have a loved one who smokes, don't delay. Quit.

    And if you need some help kicking the habit, I recommend proven natural drug-free therapies such as acupuncture and hypnosis.

  3. Packaged food increases disease risk in children

    Common chemicals used in food packaging can increase the risk of obesity and diabetes in children, according to new research.

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