Children and Environmental Toxins

Adults are not the only ones affected by Mycotoxins, chemicals, and other environmental contaminants. From my research and interviews with medical professionals, mold remediators and affected families I can tell you that children especially young children are just as vulnerable as adults to illnesses caused by environmental toxins.

One of the doctors who covers this topic exceptionally well is Ruth Etzel, MD. She is Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. From 2009 to 2012 she was Senior Officer for Environmental Health Research at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. In 2007 she received the Children’s Environmental Health Champion Award from the U.S. EPA for outstanding leadership in protecting children from environmental health risks.

She is the founding editor of Pediatric Environmental Health. It’s a really fantastic book that has served thousands of doctors around the world and trained them efficiently to know how to recognize, diagnose, treat and prevent sicknesses in children caused by environmental toxins. This is a must-read for all pediatricians, pediatric specialists, holistic practitioners, and parents.

Too often I read, see or hear about children who have been misdiagnosed for years on end. Chronic allergies, digestive issues, sinus infections, ear infections, and wheezing can go on throughout childhood without properly addressing the root cause. The root cause can be as simple as a family living in a contaminated environment, around a farming area or consuming contaminated food.

Mycotoxins emitted from certain types of mold can be found in water-damaged homes and on foods like corn, sugar, soy, peanuts, and grains; they can cause an array of health issues and seriously weaken the immune system. According to the World Safety Organization, “The human body once exposed to a mycotoxin runs a triple risk to its toxic effects. The triple risk factors are direct toxic effect of the mycotoxin, acquisition of mutated RNAi from the mycotoxin’s parent fungus, and creation of an internal biofilm, which will harbor a toxic soup of disease.”

Chemicals from pesticides have been linked to endocrine system disruptions, ADHD in addition to MCS, CFS, and cancer. Let’s work together to get the word out on environmental toxins and our health.
Our kids deserve it and so do we!

You can take action by sharing Dr. Ruth Etzel’s book with your family practitioner and with other parents.

Other important resources are:
A Compromised Generation: The Epidemic of Chronic Illness in America’s Children  Book by Beth Lambert
Is This Your Child? Book by Dr. Doris Rapp
Healthy Child Healthy World Website

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