What about the Epidemic Diseases in Children?!

The picture at the bottom haunts me. I post it because it reminds me how smart a 2 year old is and how very REAL this problem of epidemic diseases are infecting our children. On this day, my little foster son tells me…”Mommy, I do not want to go inside and do this again” as I take his picture.

Epidemic Diseases in Children

I put down the camera and cry out right there in front of every onlooker. And my very private self does not care what anybody thinks, because I don’t want to go in there again either. It is our third visit to go for a chemotherapy treatment. If we run away will I get in trouble? I ask God inside my heart. Can I escape this?

Very few seem to be asking the right questions today. For those born as of the year 2000, 1 in 5 children have cancer and 1 in 3  have diabetes. Source: Center for Disease Control and prevention 2003, and Center for Disease Control Report 2011

No one says it better than Joel Salatin’s book entitled, “Folks, This Ain’t Normal“. Yet, it seems that all the talk is about finding the cure, the next best drug, the next best fundraiser. Well, as grand as the thoughts are intended,

“I disagree!” this is the wrong question

The diseases are certainly NOT getting better, in fact the odds are a little worse. I do NOT want the next cure!! I want to go back where the disease doesn’t exist so prevalently.  Let me explain.

The Right question: “What are we doing different today than we did 100 years ago–when heart disease and cancer were rare diseases?”

Let’s go back to where the odds were less to contract these horrible epidemic diseases.  These diseases were formerly reserved for older people who had lived a long life and it was “catching up with them”. Let’s go back to eating whole foods, not refined sugars and breads. Let’s eat foods that are not genetically modified.

The food continues to change and the diets are changing. We eat fast, processed food. We eat almost 20 times more sugar than 100 years ago!

Unfortunately our children are affected the greatest and face incredible odds against their precious health. And yet, it seems that in the panic of dealing with this crisis, each parent is given the same option in the United States of America as our family was given. If cancer, then we must follow the “widely accepted protocol” of chemotherapy and radiation, and if you have diabetes prick yourself, just take some pills, inject insulin and reduce your fat intake. It’s non-sensical, from a purely physiological standpoint. How is putting toxins into the body going to make it better? If one issue is made better but results in a side effect that is bad; is that successful? Please read these great options for fighting disease!

There is a better way.  A choice that just might have the same ending, yet provides a genuinely less toxic,  more humane and somehow a more successful life…no matter how short or long one’s life is!  This, of course, is personal because of our loss.

Your Challenge is to Eat Healthier. [Read this] Not by what the “latest, greatest” trend says, but healthy based on the physiological function of the body.   Remember it takes time to change…

Don’t expect it overnight.

And every single baby-step to a more pure, less processed food, non-modified diet, is a GIANT step towards a better life for all (especially the children).

Blessings as you Foster Nutrition for you and your loved ones!

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Mandy is the force behind the advocacy portal Real Food Recovery. Since losing a 4 yr old to cancer while fostering to adopt, Mandy founded a nonprofit organization recovering children at-risk using real food, real discussion, and encouragement. As a Wife, Mom of birth, foster, and adopted children, author, Nutritional Therapist, & NRT, Mandy shares simple food tips while volunteering in a local Orphanage to create a model for change. Connect with Mandy through Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
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  1. […] must change these habits because our children are really sick. Read this. Source: Center for Disease Control and prevention 2003, and Center for Disease Control Report […]

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