Autism, allergies, asthma, ADD & cancer in children today

Robyin O'Brien, Founder of the Allergy Kids Foundation, explains some possible causes of the rise in American children with autism, ADHD, asthma, and cancer today
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Autism, allergies, asthma, ADD & cancer in children today

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What are the statistics of the increases in illnesses we are seeing in our families? Well, to begin, our children now have the title of Generation Rx, because of the prevalence of all of these conditions and diseases and all of the medications that are now required to treat them. Today, one in three American children has autism, allergies, ADHD, or asthma. According to the CDC, one in three American kids is expected to be insulin dependent by the time they reach adulthood. That number goes to one in two kids when you're dealing with minority children. And now cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in the American children that are under the age of 15. This is completely unacceptable, and yet, at the same time, we have introduced dramatic changes in our food supply. And again, correlation is not causation, but we need to be doing everything that we can to exercise precaution in order to prevent these diseases in the health of our kids. Because while they are only 30% of the population, they are 100% of our future. According to the President's cancer panel 41% of Americans are now expected to get cancer in our lifetimes. That's one in two men, and one in three women. And with it being the leading cause of death by disease, why we are not talking about it instead of obesity, I do not know.

Robyin O'Brien, Founder of the Allergy Kids Foundation, explains some possible causes of the rise in American children with autism, ADHD, asthma, and cancer today

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Robyn O'Brien

Author, The Unhealthy Truth

Robyn O'Brien is recognized by Teri Hatcher, Kourtney Kardashian, Kristen Bell and moms around the world.  She has been called “food’s Erin Brockovich” by The New York Times and has been named by SHAPE Magazine as a “Women To Shape the World”, by Forbes Woman as one of “20 Inspiring Women to Follow on Twitter,” and by The Discovery Channel as one of its 15 Top Visionaries. She is a former food industry analyst, author, mother of four and the founder of AllergyKids Foundation. Robyn graduated as the top woman in her class from business school before working as a financial analyst that covered the food industry. She is regarded as an expert on children’s health policy.  She has appeared on CNN, The Dr Oz show, Today Show, Good Morning America, CNBC's Kudlow Report, Fox News and the Ricki Lake Show and has appeared in several documentary films, including Food Patriots, Unacceptable Levels, Genetic Roulette.  

Robyn’s work has been recognized by individuals such as Yoko Ono, Robert Kennedy Jr., Ted Turner and Prince Charles. She is the founder of the visionary organization allergykidsfoundation.org which is focused on restoring the integrity of the food supply and the health of children, the author of The Unhealthy Truth (Random House 2010) and her work is seen in Food, Inc. filmmaker Robert Kenner’s 2012 video, Labels Matter, and in Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution.

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