Chronic Illness on the Rise in Children…..Why?
Did you see the article in the LA Times today on how chronic illnesses are on the rise in children? If not, it’s at http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-sci-child-health17-2010feb17,0,456579.story.
When I taught childbirth classes and worked in labor and delivery back in the 80’s, my coworkers thought I was a little nuts because my ongoing slogan to all the parents was “don’t abdicate responsibility for the health of your kids to your pediatrician”. They have their place …broken legs, appendicitis….but when did they become the sole authorities on childrens’ health? Of course there are some wonderful pediatricians: Liz Mumper, Sid Baker, Larry Rosen, Nancy O’Hara etc, but they’ve broken from the pack. What distinguishes them from the average doc is the fact that they actually listen, respect and honor what parents tell them. We are the authorities on our children and through doing our own homework, feeding out kids optimal diets, learning about herbs and natural healing for colds, ear infections, stomach viruses, we can minimize the use of antibiotics, drugs used for the ever growing psychiatric illnesses being diagnosed in children and invasive procedures that have damaged this generation of children. I feel it from many parents, they are taking back their power. We just have to wake the rest of the world up!
Maureen H. McDonnell, RN
Saving Our Kids, Healing Our Planet www.SOKHOP.com