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What’s Making Our Children Sick?

How Industrial Food Is Causing an Epidemic of Chronic Illness, and What Parents (and Doctors) Can Do About It

Exploring the links between GM foods, glyphosate, and gut health

With chronic disorders among American children reaching epidemic levels, hundreds of thousands of parents are desperately seeking solutions to their children’s declining health, often with little medical guidance from the experts. What’s Making Our Children Sick? convincingly explains how agrochemical industrial production and genetic modification of foods is a culprit in this epidemic. Is it the only culprit? No. Most chronic health disorders have multiple causes and require careful disentanglement and complex treatments. But what if toxicants in our foods are a major culprit, one that, if corrected, could lead to tangible results and increased health? Using patient accounts of their clinical experiences and new medical insights about pathogenesis of chronic pediatric disorders—taking us into gut dysfunction and the microbiome, as well as the politics of food science—this book connects the dots to explain our kids’ ailing health.

What’s Making Our Children Sick? explores the frightening links between our efforts to create higher-yield, cost-efficient foods and an explosion of childhood morbidity, but it also offers hope and a path to effecting change. The predicament we now face is simple. Agroindustrial “innovation” in a previous era hoped to prevent the ecosystem disaster of DDT predicted in Rachel Carson’s seminal book in 1962, Silent Spring. However, this industrial agriculture movement has created a worse disaster: a toxic environment and, consequently, a toxic food supply. Pesticide use is at an all-time high, despite the fact that biotechnologies aimed to reduce the need for them in the first place. Today these chemicals find their way into our livestock and food crop industries and ultimately onto our plates. Many of these pesticides are the modern day equivalent of DDT. However, scant research exists on the chemical soup of poisons that our children consume on a daily basis. As our food supply environment reels under the pressures of industrialization via agrochemicals, our kids have become the walking evidence of this failed experiment. What’s Making Our Children Sick? exposes our current predicament and offers insight on the medical responses that are available, both to heal our kids and to reverse the compromised health of our food supply.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Michelle Perro

Dr. Michelle Perro, MD, is a veteran pediatrician with over thirty-five years of experience in acute and integrative medicine. More than ten years ago, Dr. Perro transformed her clinical practice to include pesticide- and health advocacy. She was previously director of the Pediatric Emergency Department at New York’s Metropolitan Hospital and has managed her own business, Down to Earth Pediatrics, an urgent care clinic for children.

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Vincanne Adams

Dr. Vincanne Adams, PhD, is a professor of medical anthropology at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Adams has previously published six books and is editor-in-chief for Medical Anthropology Quarterly, the flagship journal of the American Anthropological Association.

AUTHOR VIDEOS

Healing with Organic: Dr. Michelle Perro

Canadian Organic Growers - Dr. Michelle Perro

Dr. Michelle Perro Talks Leaky Gut, NCGS, Toxicity & Children

In her 30 years work as a paediatrician in the USA, Californian paediatrician Dr Michelle Perro has observed a dramatic decline in children's health. From ear infections, to allergies, behavioural disorders and intolerances - Dr Perro believes we need a new toolkit to deal with children’s illness.

What’s Making Our Children Sick?

Pages:272 pages
Book Art:Black-and-white illustrations throughout
Size: 6 x 9 inch
Publisher:Chelsea Green Publishing
Paperback: 9781603587570
Pub. Date November 29, 2017

Available In/Retail Price

Paperback, 272 pages, $24.95