Monday, January 14, 2008

Where it starts all over again

Oy. I am sore. My body is both cursing me and thanking me. It hurts like hell, but it's about damn time.

Today is cooking and baking day. I have dinner going in the crock pot, and I just started 2 loaves of bread - one plain for sandwiches, and one cinnamon raisin for their breakfasts. I should probably make 4 loaves, as it doesn't take any more time, but I only have 2 loaf pans, so there you go. We'll probably though both loaves in about 2 days. Three kids, what can you do?

I also need to make some cookies for the kids. I have not been buying any store bought treats, and there's only so much fruit they'll eat before their asking for something a little more, well, treat-like! 

I am getting thoroughly disgusted with the crap that gets put into foods. I am even more amazed at people that see no problem with it. Obesity rates have risen. Incidences of autism have risen tenfold in the last 20 years. Diagnosis of ADHD has risen by 400% in the last 25 years. And yet, most people still feel it has nothing to do with the environment. 

"Bock suggests that children predisposed to these medical conditions are more likely to manifest them after cumulative exposure to pollutants such as heavy metals, chemicals, pesticides, flame retardants, and chemicals from plastic additives  to name a few. “All those kinds of things together are increasing the toxic load on children,” he says.

The simplest thing parents can do for their child is decrease their exposure to toxins, Bock says, whether it means eating pesticide-free food or avoiding heavy metals and harmful pollutants found in myriad products such as toys, computers, and clothing. “This is a recent phenomenon over the last 20 years,” says Brock. “We are living in a chemical soup, and it’s the kids that are the most susceptible.”

The link between environment and child illness is especially evident in conditions such as allergies and asthma. The tie to bipolar disorder and ADHD has been more complex to identify. Most experts in the field of pediatric mental disorders attribute the increase in diagnosis to a better understanding of mental illness, saying it could be that environment plays a small role."

-Dr Kenneth Bock, author of Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma, Allergies, as interviewed by Jean Weiss for MSNBC

So y'all, you need to think about what you feed your kids. It's life or death.

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