As both an integrative doctor and a father, it goes without saying that I have a deeply vested interest in the health of this nation’s children—and most especially, in combating the many modern threats that have emerged to endanger this young and vulnerable population.
Whether it’s the devastating and ever-controversial autism epidemic, or the growing crisis of obesity and type 2 diabetes among our youth, the challenges confronting the health of our children have skyrocketed in recent decades. The good news, however, is that we are not powerless against them—and in many cases, as parents, we are the best hope our children have for a long, healthy, and vibrant future.
That’s why I have prepared this report for you: to expose six of the most pressing health concerns undermining childhood health, and to offer you real-life solutions in the effort to ensure that your children have the tools they need to thrive both physically and psychologically throughout their most tender, formative years.
Happy, healthy children grow to become happy, healthy adults—and it’s never too early for a parent to be building these critical foundations. That’s why I’d like to begin by addressing one of the biggest challenges to childhood health—one that arises before your child is even born.