Is This The New Childhood In America?

Recently at a speaking engagement I misspoke, and an attendee pointed out my mistake.  Instead of saying, “This may be the first generation of children to not outlive their parents,” I said, ““This is the first generation of children to not outlive their parents.”

I was not exact in the statement of that fact and I apologized. However, after further reflection, perhaps it wasn’t a mistake after all, but rather more of a “Freudian Slip”?

Freudian Slip: n (Psychology) any action, such as a slip of the tongue, that may reveal an unconscious thought.

Just look around at our kids and the state of their health today, you can’t deny they’re sick…

1 in 3 is overweight
1 in 6 has learning disabilities
1 in 9 has asthma
1 in 10 has ADHD
1 in 12 has food allergies
1 in 20 has seizures
1 in 88 has autism
50% have chronic illness

Frankly, this is a generation of children that I’m having a hard time relating to.  I don’t remember my elementary friends bouncing off walls…or drugged and lethargic.  I don’t remember them missing weeks of school.  I don’t remember having vaccinations and shots at school.  I don’t remember kids leaving school because of fevers.  I don’t remember kids visiting the office 3 times a day for their daily medications.  Our school nurse didn’t and couldn’t administer pain relievers (not even aspirin).  I was never in the nurse’s office, but I heard the typical treatment protocol was a glass of water and a few minutes of rest sitting in a chair or lying on a cot.

What is different today?  Are there more germs?  No.  Are the winters longer?  No.  Is it colder outside? No.  Although, I’ve heard these silly statements suggested as possible theories.

Following are some questions that may give you some insight on today’s “lifestyle” as compared to 20 years ago…

  • How was your birth with your children?  Think of the birth experiences 20 years ago vs. now.  Did you know there has been a dramatic increase in the percentage of inductions, C-sections, forceps and vacuum extractions?
  • Did you breastfeed?
  • As a mother, was your diet (when pregnant and/or breastfeeding) largely white and fluffy foods (breads, pastas, crackers, chips, cookies, sweets)?
  • Have your children been checked for nervous system interference by a family chiropractor?
  • Did you vaccinate?  If so, when did you start?  Did you notice any behavior changes after the inoculations?
  • Have your kids been given antibiotics or medications?
  • What was their first food?
  • What do they eat for breakfast?
  • How much water do they consume?
  • What other drinks do they consume?
  • Do they sleep 10-12 hours/night?
  • Do they get one hour of exercise/day?
  • How stressed are they (rate 0-10)?
  • Do you have family meals and are they home-cooked?
  • Do you love and take care of yourself?  Your children learn from you.

Parents, grandparents, teachers, principals, everyone…are we looking around?  Something clearly isn’t working here.  Is this the new “normal” in our country, and if so, why would we allow this to be acceptable?

Personally I’m concerned and refuse to stand by and allow the declining health of our children become the standard.  I will not accept it for my own children or for my patients, and I will do everything I can to change this reality for our community and our world.

Dr. Tiffany

P.S.  My friend and colleague Dr. Fabrizio Mancini hosts a weekly show on Hay House Radio. It’s called “Self-Healing with Dr. Fab” and it was inspired by the book, “The Power of Self-Healing”, which I reviewed last year on this blog. We’re especially excited for this week’s show, “Raising Healthy Children in a Sick World- What Every Parent Must Know”. It will air at 10:00am (CST) this tomorrow, Thursday, March 14, 2013. If you can’t catch it live, you can visit the website to listen to the archived show (it’s free for 1 week). You’ll find the link for live listening and the archived show list here.

Dr. Fab has been a mentor and inspiration to me; we share the same no-nonsense, natural approach to health and healing. I have no doubt you’ll learn a great deal from this episode and his future shows. As a matter of fact, Dr. Fab’s debut show from last week is still available for free listening on the Hay House Radio Archive. In last week’s show he shared how as a pre-med student he became interested in chiropractic and natural healing. It’s a powerful story!