Since when did it get so hard to be a mom?

Since when did it get so hard to be a mom? Ten years ago, we didn’t worry about sending a peanut butter and jelly sandwich into school with our children; we didn’t medicate our eight year olds to get them through the school day; and the movie, Rain Man, was all we knew of autism. Today it is estimated that 50 per cent of Hispanic and African-American children will develop diabetes, that 1 in 90 boys has autism, and that 1 in 4 children has asthma. Pediatrics just reported that from 2002-2005, there was a 103 percent increase in diabetes medication for children, a 47 per cent increase in asthma medication, a 41 per cent increase in ADHD medication and a 15 per cent increase in high cholesterol medicine.

How did our children get so sick?

As a proud, American mother of four children, I was stunned to learn that chemicals that have been added to the U.S. food supply over the last ten years that have either been banned or labeled in countries like Australia, Europe, the UK, Japan….even Russia because of the health risks they present. I was stunned to learn that no human studies have ever been conducted on the long term safety of these chemical additives, so our children have literally been engaged in a live human trial for the last ten years without our informed consent!

  • Did you know that food additives and dyes have been linked to asthma and ADHD?
  • Did you know that insecticides have been engineered into our food supply? Yikes!
  • Did you know that there is a synthetic growth hormone was introduced into milk in 1994? Yuck!
  • Did you know that Kraft doesn’t include Yellow #5 in the mac ‘n cheese boxes they sell overseas?
  • Did you know that allergies are one of the first indicators that a child’s immune system is compromised? Some might even say that children with allergies are our “canaries in the coalmine”, warning us of how dangerous our food supply has become.

If we stop to listen to these little “canaries”, we can learn a lot! And we can go a long way in protecting the health of our little ones!

I will be writing for Dr. Greene’s site all this week, so do come back often, but if you need a little more inspiration or a bit of background information on what’s going on with our food, log onto to, search our Resources page, learn a little (or a lot!) about simple steps that you can take to protect the health of your family. And feel free to ask me a question. We’ve built out a great team of experts, including pediatricians, scientists, neurologists and researchers from around the world to help you take care of your family! So check out and then circle back to and let’s get to work, as there is so much that you can do to take control of what may seem like an out of control situation!

Published on: November 24, 2008
About the Author
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As the founder of AllergyKids, Robyn has appeared on Good Morning America, CBS Evening News with Katie Couric and CNN highlighting the role that chemicals in our food supply are having on our health. Robyn is the author of The Unhealthy Truth: How Our Food Is Making Us Sick and What We Can Do About it (Random House, May 2009).

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