I have decided to write about the true causes of behavioral problems. The more I read into this subject the more I am convinced the causes are fairly obvious but certainly not recognized by many. Nutrition.
When you begin to examine what is really happening to children’s (and adults) health in this country you begin to take a new view of the problem.
I am looking at autism and the other childhood disease today from a health standpoint and as a modern-day health crisis. Just like the tons of other “new” disease we have like diabetes, MS, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue. There are so many chronic health conditions today and most doctors don’t know how to actually cure them. We control them with drugs but we don’t prevent or cure them. Why? Even though most American’s have become accustomed to thinking that prescription drugs are how you stay healthy, putting drugs into your body is not a method of creating health. It is nothing more than damage control. The house is on fire and you are walling yourself off in the basement hoping it doesn’t burn to the ground.
It is not normal for humans to need so much medication and have so many symptoms of ill-health. Something is wrong.
We are victims of poor quality foods, pollutions, vaccinations, medications and more that all disrupt how the body is supposed to work. As I say “junk in, junk out” and that holds true. If you put watered down gas in your car, it isn’t likely to run for very long. If you don’t eat any breakfast but you fill up on coffee, you will burn out long before 2pm. And yet this is how we live in America. We run on empty.
Our food supply is so processed its devoid of nutrients and it’s chemically made in a lab. I am not sure how we became brainwashed not to question the safety of eating something that can stay on a store shelf in a plastic wrapper for a year and had a list of ingredients we can’t pronounce but we did.
Much of our food supply is infiltrated with genetically modified organisms, hydrogenated fats and pesticides. Even most infant formula is made with GMO grain. It’s all hidden under carefully worded food advertising. Our bodies cannot run on nothing but yet we expect it too.
If you look at the rates of medicated children in the U.S you can see a serious problem. Why are so many kids on medications? What could possible be going on that they all are deficient in psychotropic drugs? Certainly their behavioral issues and lack of focus are real but why? Consequently the highest rates are reported by children on Medicaid according to the CDC. I don’t think its a coincidences that these children are the poorest in the nation and thus not eating the healthiest diets.
A child in the 1940’s had a home cooked breakfast before school. What do children eat today? A pop tart which is nothing more than hydrogenated fat and sugar. Others may eat a bowl sugar-coated GMO grains called “cereal” with hormone/antibiotic laced milk poured on it. And this is not because their parents don’t care, it’s because they are not aware of what is in the food.
School lunch today is a mess of meat fillers, MSG, more hydrogenated fat and sugar, chips, cookies and artificially colored frozen ice with corn syrup on it. Forcing our kids to take a milk at lunch is not a replacement for real food, fruit and vegetables. But this is the focus of the lunch program this year after Michelle Obama decided we have a national childhood obesity problem. Milk is a protein that’s cheap for schools but disastrous for most children. Are we really supposed to drink the milk of another mammal? If you say so but first lets pasteurize the life out of it and then bolster it with sugar and chocolate flavoring. You want academic scores to go up? Get children off sugar, dairy and hydrogenated foods. Where is the real meat and salad?
Just compare the typical public school lunch for American children to the lunch served in Finland and you can see a stark difference in nutrition.
We are fueling our children (and ourselves) on empty fuel and growing brains can’t function that way.
There is very little focus on nutrition in this country and more focus on “fast”, “easy” and “cheap”. But growing children is a serious business. It requires thought, planning and good raw materials. aka: good quality food.
What children need is grass-fed meat, free range eggs, nut milks and butters, seeds, fresh vegetable and fruit and lots of essential fatty acids. How many children eat like this?
Few. But this could be your ticket to a Ritalin free childhood and a healthy adulthood. If we teach our children how to eat properly the next generation will not have a Ritalin epidemic or juvenile diabetes.
We need to wake up as parents and start demanding real food for our families. Don’t buy the junk and food manufacturers will be forced to sell better products.
So next time your child is squirming in his seat and acting irrational, think about what they ate earlier that day.
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