When will we finally connect the dots? The trans-generational effects of modern diets, lifestyles and environments (include current vaccination schedules in this last category) are clear for anyone with half a brain to see. They’re all around is in the epidemic of chronic degenerative conditions, but also in the plethora of metabolic, immune, digestive and neurological disturbances that are affecting our children. A recent edition of The Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry tells us that 6.4 million US children aged between four and seventeen have been diagnosed with ADHD (attention-deficit, hyperactivity disorder). What’s even more concerning is the fact that more than 70 percent of those children are taking Ritalin - a powerful stimulant whose long-term effects on mental and emotional function are really unknown.
I will accept that a lot of these diagnoses are probably little more than busy, preoccupied parents wanting a label on a particularly exuberant or boisterous child, one who might need nothing more than plenty of time running free in fresh air and sunshine rather than being cooped up in a classroom or in front of a computer screen. But even if half of those diagnoses are for real, the prognoses for those to successfully complete education and career training and then to enjoy gainful employment and relationships, not to mention true health and wellbeing are far from ideal.