Last week in USA Today, a special series on children’s health reported:
The rate of chronic disease in kids … has doubled in the past two decades: 26% of children now suffer from a long-term health problem, says a 2010 study of more than 5,000 children ages 2 to 8 in the Journal of the American Medical Association. And more than half of children in that study have had some kind of chronic illness — one that limits their abilities or requires special medication, equipment or services for at least 12 months — sometime in the past six years, the study says.
Did you read that? We are talking about kids between the ages of 2 and 8! Unhealthy lifestyles are to blame for the recent doubling of chronic disease: food lacking in nutritional value and a lack of exercise. What if parents knew they could help to counteract the effects of modern living?
Through my postgraduate training in wellness, I studied four areas in depth: Eating well. Moving well. Thinking well. Maintaining a clear neurological connection between brain and body. When you achieve all four of these things at the same time, for a period of time, you move toward wellness. If one of these four aspects is neglected, you move toward chronic illness.
What do parents report about their kids under chiropractic care? From my client surveys, we see:
- Decreased use of inhaler for asthma
- Improved attention span and behavior
- Faster recovery from colds and flu
Children were born to be healthy, not sick! In this imperfect world, we can reduce the effects of unhealthy lifestyle by maintaining a clear neurological connection between brain and body. What more could a parent want for their child than to see them grow up strong and healthy, with minimal use of medications or emergency room visits?
Make the decision to keep your child healthy by choice, not by chance!