Fifty years ago, parents had a good understanding of their responsibilities. They were our lifeline and provided us with food, clothing, shelter, education, and, of course, love. Like parents throughout history, they did whatever was in their power to keep us safe and protect us from harm. But in today's society, what does it really mean, to "keep our children safe, protect them from harm"? In today’s society, the responsibility of raising -- and protecting -- our children has become a lot more complicated.In 1998, when my husband and I opened the gates to the Imus Ranch for Kids with Cancer, we witnessed on a daily basis the many challenges kids face trying to cope with their disease. As the years went by, we began to notice the increased number of children battling not only cancer but also other serious illnesses like asthma, severe allergies, ADHD, bipolar disorder, depression and autism spectrum disorders.
Why are so many childhood diseases on the rise?
The simple answer is because toxic chemicals are everywhere and not enough attention is being given to prevention. While we are enjoying many conveniences, time saving products and services that make life easier than ever before, these changes in our lifestyle, diet, and environment have taken a dramatic -- and tragic -- toll on our children's health. It was my experiences with the sick children at the ranch and the birth of my own son, Wyatt, that made me more determined than ever to help educate others about dangerous environmental exposures and the preventable diseases they cause. I cannot begin to count how many times I have heard a parent of a sick child tell me "If I only knew then, what I know now." Clearly the important warnings about how toxic environmental exposures compromise the health of children are not reaching enough parents.
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