Saving Our Kids, Healing Our Planet (SOKHOP) is at the forefront of a new movement focused on sustainable living practices and safe and effective methods for preventing and recovering our children from ADHD, Autism, Allergies, Asthma, Obesity, Diabetes etc

Author: Maureen H. McDonnell, RN

I am a registered nurse with a strong interest in helping to reverse the escalating number of children affected by chronic illnesses. After coordinating the Defeat Autism Now! Conferences for 10 years, I joined forces with Jill Urwick to form Saving Our Kids, Healing Our Planet. This website and our conferences focus on the role nutrition and toxins in the environment are playing in Autism, ADHD, childhood cancers, etc. More importantly, our goal is to offer solution-based information that is both practical and affordable.

Maureen H. McDonnell, RN

You might be surprised to find out just how little attention is paid to this concept in our culture. Yet, today, with 1 in 6 children affected by either a neurological, behavioral or developmental disorder (including 1 in 50 with autism) and 53% of our kids affected by one or more chronic illness (such as asthma, ADHD and allergies), it is time to examine this concept more closely.

Having worked with hundreds of children with health and developmental problems, I’ve seen the amount of effort it takes on the part of parents to improve their child’s condition once they’ve developed a disorder. Not all illnesses are preventable of course, but many parents who have worked hard at addressing their child’s physical or behavioral issues have commented “if I only knew then, what I know now, I would have made different choices.”  This article is dedicated to them and their tireless efforts to help their kids achieve their full potential and attain the best possible health outcome. But it is also dedicated to the concept of prevention. Although there are no guarantees in life, if one can optimize their health prior to conceiving, common sense dictates, they will maximize their chances of carrying, birthing and raising a child unencumbered by ill health.

According to natural birth advocate Tasha Murphy: “Approximately 50 percent of pregnancies are unplanned, but for the remainder of babies who are consciously conceived, couples cannot underestimate their ability to influence the health of their future child. Since decades of research has shown us that certain lifestyle choices (including optimal nutrition and avoiding toxic chemicals) directly influence the health of the male and female reproductive system as well as the health of the baby, it is to a couple’s advantage to educate themselves on what those lifestyle factors are, and make the necessary changes. It may be the greatest gift you give your children”.

Most of us are already aware that there are an array of factors at play in the days and weeks immediately following conception that are crucial for the healthy development of the fetus. Poor diet, tobacco use, environmental toxins, STDs, alcohol, drugs etc. all pose a threat to the child’s healthy development. However, what we don’t often consider or discuss (and yet it may be of equal, if not greater significance) is the health status of the mother (and father to a degree) prior to becoming pregnant. Thankfully times are changing and many savvy individuals contemplating parenthood are educating themselves regarding the role the environment and nutrition play in minimizing complications associated with pregnancy, labor and birth. They also realize that in order to tip the scales in favor of having the healthiest child possible, it makes sense for both of them to be in an optimal state of health prior to conceiving.

Some Startling Statistics:
The CDC reports that 31% of pregnancies are complicated by maternal health issues and 12% of all babies are born prematurely (which greatly increases their risk for developing health and or neurological problems later on.) (1) The National Research Council in Washington says: 7% of all couples are now sterile, 50% of all pregnancies end in a stillborn, miscarriage, birth defects or a chronic health problem, and finally, in spite of all our medical advances, 7 out of every 1000 US newborns die, (which gives us a ranking in the world of 34thth for infant mortality rate, tying us with Poland and Slovakia) (2). I don’t know about you, but I find these statistics startling, more than a little scary, and completely unacceptable! The good news lies in the fact that emerging science, combined with common sense provide more tools for our society to change these statistics. [click to continue…]

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