The Root Cause of Children's Health Conditions
by Janice Carlin, PhD, CHHP, CHNP, CNHP
Copyright © 2023 Janice Carlin All Rights Reserved.
In 2000 the rates for autism diagnosis in the U.S. were 1 in 150. These have steadily increased to today, where 1 in 36 children are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. 
People want to know - Why are autism rates exponentially increasing in children?
Let’s start with a basic misunderstanding of how our bodies work. Allopathic medicine leads us to believe that the body is divided into separate systems that work independently from each other. And that the mind is separate from all of these systems.
This is not true.
Our bodies and minds are connected as a complex system that allows us to live our lives in this physical world.
The misinformed beliefs we hold about how our bodies work prevent us from knowing that we have the power to take action to actually help ourselves, not only in preventative ways but also to recover our health.
If we continue to use the allopathic approach of diagnosing and treating symptoms, we miss the point of why so many children (and adults) in the world today are significantly struggling with their health. And we miss the opportunity to see what it will take to reverse the increase in diagnoses of chronic health conditions around the world: to realize that the root cause is not actually different between them.
What is the root cause then? What is the one, single element that connects the 1 in 6 children in the U.S. who have been diagnosed with a mental, behavioral, or developmental disorder, with the 15,000 children diagnosed with cancer, and the 6.1 million children with asthma? 
The answer is one simple word that has many complex layers: Toxicity.
Our bodies are designed to function correctly. However, our world is not currently a place that allows for this to happen.
There is no question that exposure to environmental chemicals plays a huge role in the prevalence of childhood health conditions, including autism and ADHD. Scientific studies have already proved this. 
Think about some of what children experience in their lives in a multi-leveled way:
There are 400 million tons of man-made chemicals produced worldwide  and children are exposed to them constantly through their food, water, body products, cleaning products, and the air they breathe.
Over 1 billion children worldwide live in poverty and lack access to basic needs like enough food, clean water, safe shelter, education, and health services. 
Heavy metal exposures affect children before they are even born in ways you may not realize: Mother’s amalgam (silver fillings), antiperspirant use, consumption of fish, cosmetics, and vaccines are a few of them.
Children are exposed to radiation, dirty electricity, and EMFs through Wifi, cell phones, computers, video games, etc.
Emotional and physical abuse and neglect at home and bullying at school cause trauma to the body and psyche.
You will not see or be aware of all of the toxins that have filled your children’s bodies and minds and continue to impact them every day, but the kids can feel them. They feel them through the pain and struggles doctors diagnose as mental and physical diseases and health conditions.
And children’s bodies are hit with so many of them before they have finished developing to be strong enough to detoxify, cognitively process, and emotionally cope with them.
Beginning the recovery process requires all of us to take a deep look at how we live our lives and start making some changes. The more people who do this, the fewer toxins will exist in our world.
Children are clearly showing us through their pain and struggles on any level that something major needs to change for them to be able to thrive on this planet. All we need to do is listen to them – listen to their symptoms and take actions, not to cover them up, but to resolve them.
The time is now. The numbers will only continue to increase if appropriate action is not taken.
Parents, you can do this. Step into the driver’s seat and help your children. Do not believe the limiting beliefs others throw at you that nothing can be done besides medicating symptoms.
If you need help, reach out. Our Functional Wellness and Nutrition Program for Autism and ADHD will empower and support you and your children!
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