By Anne Dachel
It was recently announced that Dr. David Tayloe is taking over as the active president of the American Academy of Pediatrics. (HERE)
In an article by Phyllis Moore there was a lot of talk about what Tayloe will be doing in the coming year. Readers were told that most of his work will include "speaking engagements, administrative duties and, after the election, lobbying legislators and Congress."
Tayloe said that he intends to focus on 5 main areas this coming year -- "Medicaid payments, vaccine financing issues, fair payment of pediatricians, retail-based health clinics and funding medical students' education."
While Tayloe didn't actually name any health concerns he has regarding America's children, he did say, 'We have absolutely got to convince the government to educate the public that vaccines are good. Vaccines do not cause autism and we're not afraid of the truth -- if something's wrong with a vaccine, we would pull it. It's ridiculous to argue with a bunch of Hollywood actors about this.'
'We're not afraid of the truth'?
This comes from someone who's been in the midst of the autism-vaccine debate yet has adamantly refused to acknowledge that autism is now an epidemic of unprecedented proportions. He's continued the mantra of "vaccines are safe...vaccines save lives," despite the growing number of parents everywhere who attribute their child's autism to the vaccinations they received. The comments of former NIH head, Dr. Bernadine Healy, on both NBC and CBS about the lack of good studies have been ignored by the new AAP head.
I can't imagine an organization more out of touch with reality. In case Tayloe hasn't been following the news lately, there's a lot for the president of the AAP to be concerned about.
Science Daily just reported on the alarming increase in the use of drugs to control diabetes among our children. (HERE) telling us, "America's tweens and teens more than doubled their use of type 2 diabetes medications between 2002 and 2005, with girls between 10 and 14 years of age showing a 166 percent increase."
The increase in diabetes is directly related to rise in obesity among kids. Emily R. Cox, Ph.D., RPh, senior director of research at Express Scripts told readers that if not addressed, 'many of these children will carry these chronic conditions into adulthood.'
The article by Anna Boyd, Drug Prescriptions For US Children Rising At Alarming Rates, (HERE) based on one from the latest edition of the AAP journal, Pediatrics, certainly sounds scary. Here Emily Cox was quoted again, this time saying, 'We've got a lot of sick children. What we've been seeing in adults, we're also now seeing in kids.'
"About 176,500 children and adolescents younger than 20 have diabetes, and 2 million teenagers have blood glucose levels higher than normal, a condition called pre-diabetes, according to the latest statistics of the American Diabetes Association."
USA Today reported on the latest health findings too. (HERE)
In Number of kids on medication jumps alarmingly, reporter Liz Szabo wrote, "Doctors also saw big increases in prescriptions for high cholesterol, asthma and attention deficit and hyperactivity. There was smaller growth for drugs for depression and high blood pressure."
The reason all these increases are making the news is because of information about prescription records. Boyd wrote, "The findings were based on insurance claims for 3.2 million children aged 5 to 19. According to them, use of drugs for type-2 diabetes doubled in children, while cholesterol-lowering medications rose by 15 percent between 2002 and 2005. More exactly, six out of 10,000 children are suffering from diabetes, a condition closely linked to obesity. That suggests that at least 23,000 privately insured children in the US are now taking diabetes medications, the researchers said. And the bad news doesn't end here, as the obesity rate is on the rise both in adults and children. According to recent statistics, about 17 percent are obese and the future does not look promising."
It's incredible that the new AAP president seems unaware of all this. The business of writing prescriptions for kids might be booming, but this is a looming disaster. Tayloe claims the AAP is not afraid of the truth. Really? The truth is we're well on our way to becoming a nation of the chronically ill and disabled.
If the outdated rate of one in 150 for autism (based on studies of eight year olds back in 2000 and 2002) isn't a crisis for Tayloe, at least the alarming number of kids with additional health problems should be. Pediatrics also said (HERE), "Prescriptions for asthma increased 46.5 percent, while those for attention deficit disorder and hyperactivity leapt 40 percent and were three times more prevalent among boys than girls. Cholesterol treatments rose 15 percent."
In Food Allergies Rising Dramatically for American Kids, (HERE), the latest from the CDC reveals, "More American children than ever are developing allergies to some of the most common items in the nation's food supply. According to their latest report, the number of children with food allergies has jumped by 18% in the last ten years. And they fear this is more than likely an underestimation of the real situation."
How much worse can our kids' health get?
Golly, you'd think the premier medical organization for children would be sounding an alarm over so many sick children. We have the most medicated, vaccinated kids in the world and some of the sickest.
The AAP moves slowly however. The autism rate started to explode at least fifteen years ago and at the annual meeting of the AAP in Oct. 2007, they came up with a plan to address the epidemic that they attribute to "better diagnosing." The AAP told their pediatricians that they should be looking for the signs of autism at well-baby checks. They even went so far as to list the five symptoms to look for.
I guess we can expect that Tayloe and the AAP will remind doctors to do more testing for diabetes and food allergies as a way to combat these new health problems.
Anne Dachel is Media Editor of Age of Autism.