Parenting has Changed
The landscape of health has changed, and it is changing the landscape of food. According to The Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2012 report; Today, the rates of diabetes is skyrocketing; 1 in 4 children has a chronic condition, 1 in 13 children has a food allergy, 1 in 10 has asthma and 1 in 68 has autism, with cancer now the leading cause of death by disease in American children. The rates of these conditions are escalating, and parents have begun to read labels. 
Bottom line: Childhood environmental caused illnesses have become an epidemic in America.
Food Allergies: The Hidden Truth About Peanuts
by Robyn O'Brian
Children with food allergy are two to four times more likely to have other related conditions such as asthma and other allergies, compared with children without food allergies.
In part, this is why this generation of children has earned the title of “Generation Rx.” They can’t go anywhere without an asthma inhaler or EpiPen, a life saving injection of epinephrine should an allergic reaction occur. In 2012, EpiPen sales were on track to bring in $640 million this year, a 76 percent increase over last year.
“In the absence of the truth, all of us stand helpless to defend ourselves, our families and our health, which is the greatest gift we have. Robyn O’Brien’s courageous pursuit is an example of how we can all do our parts to protect the health of our families.” —Erin Brockovich
We don’t have figures about the number of food allergies in 1980 because they did not pose a problem. We only started keeping track in 1997 according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention .  That means this potentially deadly disease affects 1 in every 13 children (under 18 years of age) in the U.S. That’s roughly two in every classroom.
The National Association of Nurses now says; 19% of school age children have a food allergy.  Lastly, the 2008 CDC report states there has been a 265% increase in the rate of hospitalizations related to food allergic reactions. A severe allergic reaction can kill a child within minutes. 
President Obama last November (2013) signed a law providing an incentive to states to boost the stockpile of epinephrine - or Epi pens at school.
Since when did a PB&J and a carton of milk become so dangerous?
In 1980 3.6% children were diagnosed with Asthma says the CDC. From 1980 to 2002: 300% increase in the rates of asthma, with at least a 56% increase in the number of asthma-related deaths. That information comes courtesy of U.S. Food and Drug Administration Deputy Commissioner Lester M. Crawford, J., D.V.M., Ph.D., speaking before the Consumer Federation of America on April 22, 2002. It is over ten years old.
The American Lung Association clearly lists Asthma and other repertory illness triggered by VOCs. – Toxins
Where do VOCs come from? Many products we have in our homes release or “off-gas” VOCs. Some examples of sources of VOCs are: VOC LINK
Breast Cancer Fund Website: When it comes to beauty products, the effects of the ingredients they contain can be more than just skin deep. The cosmetics industry uses thousands of synthetic chemicals in its products, in everything from lipstick and lotion to shampoo and shaving cream.
Many of these substances are also used in industrial manufacturing processes to clean industrial equipment, stabilize pesticides and grease gears. And we can all agree that an ingredient that effectively scours a garage floor may not be the best choice for a facial cleanser.
Diets For Controlling Your Asthma Symptoms
Shaklee Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Children’s Health
Omega-3 fatty acids, also known as polyunsaturated fatty acids, are essential to human health but cannot be made by the body. For this reason, they must be obtained from the foods we eat.
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Omega-3 fatty acids, also known as polyunsaturated fatty acids, are essential to human health but cannot be made by the body. For this reason, they must be obtained from the foods we eat. Good sources of omega-3s include fatty fish and certain plant foods, including olive oil, flaxseed, and walnuts. There are three major types of omega-3 fatty acids consumed in foods and used by the body: alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). The body converts ALA to EPA and DHA, which are the two omega-3 fatty acids used most readily by humans.
However, because this conversion is fairly inefficient (less than 5%), dietary consumption of both DHA and EPA is highly recommended-especially in young children in order for them to meet their significant need for these important omega-3 fatty acids. Research continues to validate the important role these omega-3 fatty acids play in normal growth as well as in the early development of a child’s brain and eyes. Early Brain and Visual Development DHA and EPA are best known for their beneficial role in protecting adults’ cardiovascular health and in lessening inflammatory conditions. However, emerging science suggests that DHA in particular plays an important role in early brain and visual development in growing infants and children. In fact, DHA is the most abundant omega-3 long-chain fatty acid in the brain and, during the last trimester of pregnancy and continuing throughout the first few years of life, it is rapidly incorporated into nervous tissue of the retina and brain. 1
.Supplementation of infant formula with DHA has been shown to aid growth, development, and vision in premature infants, and prenatal and infant deficiencies of DHA have been shown to lead to brain abnormalities.1 Cognitive and Behavioral Function Beyond early development and throughout life, DHA is believed to continue to influence brain function by playing an important role in brain-cell membrane structure, brain-cell receptor activity, and the production of neurotransmitters and other brain chemicals.2 This has lead to considerable interest in the potential role DHA may have on cognitive development and behavioral function during childhood. A number of research studies have examined the relationship between the levels of omega-3 fatty acids in the body and a variety of childhood disorders, including autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is one of the most common childhood disorders and it affects 5%–10% of school-age children, or 4.4 million youths ages 4–17. Symptoms include difficulty staying focused and paying attention, difficulty controlling behavior, and a general inability to sit still or tendency to be hyperactive.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimate that 2.5 million of these children receive some type of medication to treat this disorder and, to make matters worse, this condition can continue throughout life, with as many as 70% of children diagnosed with ADHD suffering from the disorder into adolescence and adulthood.3 Studies suggest that children with ADHD may have low levels of certain essential fatty acids (including DHA) in their bodies. In a clinical study of nearly 100 boys, those with lower levels of omega-3 fatty acids demonstrated more learning and behavioral problems—such as temper tantrums and sleep disturbances—than boys with normal omega-3 fatty acid levels.4 In animal studies, low levels of omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to lower the concentration of certain brain chemicals—such as dopamine and serotonin—related to attention and motivation.5 Randomized clinical trials assessing the effects of omega-3 supplementation on symptoms of ADHD have been published. Some studies indicate supplementing a child’s diet with a combination of long-chain fatty acids including
DHA and EPA may be beneficial for reducing symptoms of inattention and hyperactivity when compared with a placebo6,7, while other studies have found no benefit.
Cleaning supplies and household chemicals
Cleaning is essential to protecting our health in our homes, schools and workplaces. However, household and cleaning products -- including soaps, polishes and grooming supplies -- often include harmful chemicals. Even products advertised as “green” or “natural” may contain ingredients that can cause health problems. Some cleaning supplies can be flammable or corrosive. There are ways to limit your exposure to those risks.
How can cleaning supplies, household products affect health?
Many cleaning supplies or household products can irritate the eyes or the throat or cause headaches or other health problems. Some products release dangerous chemicals, including volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Other harmful ingredients include ammonia and bleach. Even natural fragrances such as citrus can react to produce dangerous pollutants indoors.
VOCs and other chemicals released when using cleaning supplies contribute to chronic respiratory problems, allergic reactions and headaches, 4 Studies are underway to assess how these chemicals affect people who have asthma and other respiratory illnesses. 4However, past studies link exposure to chemicals from cleaning supplies to occupational asthma and other respiratory illnesses. 2, 3
Products containing VOCs and other toxic substances can include:
Never mix bleach or any bleach-containing product with any cleaner containing ammonia.
The gases created from this combination can lead to chronic breathing problems and even death. 2 Read all labels and follow instructions when using cleaning products. It could save your life.
Recent research has found that even natural fragrances in cleaning products, particularly in air fresheners, may react with high levels of ozone from indoor sources, like some air cleaning devices, or from outdoor air to form formaldehyde and dangerous fine particles indoors. 5, 6 Ozone is a harmful, but invisible, gas that worsens asthma and other lung diseases. Particles are also common air pollutants that can worsen asthma and other lung diseases and risk heart attacks and stroke. Both ozone and particles can be life-threatening. Formaldehyde is a known human carcinogen.
How can you prevent harm from cleaning and household products?
Read all labels on cleaning supplies and household products before you buy them. Choose products that do not contain or have reduced amounts of VOCs, fragrances, irritants and flammable ingredients. Manufacturers are not obligated by U.S. law to list all ingredients in consumer products. 4 Products that are labeled “green” do not necessarily mean they are safer. Avoid using air fresheners.
As a safer cleaning alternative, warm water and soap often will do the trick, especially at home. Baking soda is good for scrubbing. A mix of vinegar and water can clean glass.
When using cleaning or household products, keep the area well ventilated. Open windows and doors. Never use cleaning products in a small, enclosed space.
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