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A Healthy, Happy Childhood: Protecting Your Child From Epidemics On The Rise

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By Mia Bolaris-Forget

In certain respects there is no doubt that most of us had a vastly different childhood than our children or future children. Lets face it the world at large was a totally different place. But, some would suggest that even we, as kids were different. Some note that we were more “childlike” back them with kids today exposed to too much, and being voluntarily forced to “mature” and grow up too soon and too fast. Yet others, suggest that, at the same token, kids seemed to be, at least on a certain level, less clingy and more “well behaved” than we were. And, then there’s the issue of a continually increasing score of kids with all sorts of “epidemics” such as ADD, ADHD, Allergies, Asthma, Obesity, and Autism. Yet, others question if this was always the case, its just that we never labeled it and thus never really knew about it. In fact, I’m certain that some of the people I went to school with would have been definitely diagnosed.

But, regardless of the reasons, experts note and increase in the reported cases of childhood “conditions”, especially autism, and suggest that much of it has to do with toxins and immunizations. However they do add that there is also a genetic predisposition to autism but toxins in the environment can both contribute and cause it. And, they note that children who can’t naturally detoxify their body tend to be more prone to both autism and allergies. Ironically, according to experts, this discussion and prevention rarely comes up in conversation, until that is, something happens. Now the pros want to give parents and their children a fighting chance, helping them make their home and environment healthier and safer.

· Wash hands often. Dirty hands breed disease and transmit toxins

· Remove shoes when entering the home to avoid tracking in dirt and other pollutants.

· Keep and eye out for mold, especially in basement and other areas where children play.

Also, in addition to toxins, some pros point the finer at immunizations for the increase in autism and other childhood epidemics. And, they offer the following guidelines and advice.

· If you’re having reservation about getting your child immunized all at once, talk to your doctor about having vaccinations spread out.

· Consider having live virus vaccines, including mesles-mumps-rubells, or MMR spread out into consecutive monthly office visits.

· Note that immunizations at birth are not necessary unless mom is hepatitis B positive.

· Keep track of your family history for certain autoimmune disorder or heavy allergies and give this information to your child’s primary care physician.

· Do not get your child immunized while he or she is taking antibiotics.

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