Our children are sicker than those of prior generations. One in two has a chronic illness. What can we do to turn the tide? Beth Lambert has concrete ideas about how to reduce our children’s toxic burden. Beth is the executive director of Epidemic Answers, a group committed to empowering and educating families to help children heal. Beth has an audacious goal of getting hard data on the health status of children across the country, and then documenting the journey of families who undertake changes to reduce the stressors on their children’s bodies.
Today, Beth gives us the background on her own journey: how her own children’s health concerns alarmed her and propelled her to start examining the root causes of chronic issues like eczema, allergies, digestive issues, and sensory and processing disorders. She was able to turn things around for her own children and now is on a mission to help children, nation-wide, and world-wide. We learn about the tools she used to help her children rediscover health and balance. And we are invited to join hands with her by participating in the study she is conducting to document hope for the next generation.
Highlights from the conversation include:
- How Beth was puzzled by eczema, skin rashes, sensory issues in her children
- Why she started looking at nutrition and improving her children’s gut health
- How she was alarmed by how sick the children were all around her
- How she was influenced by families who had reversed their children’s health problems
- The idea of her “Documenting Hope” movie: to show people reversing health concerns
- Recruiting participants for the Documenting Hope CHIRP study – Child Health Inventory for Resilience and Prevention – for any family w/ a child or children between ages 1-15
- What’s needed to evaluate stressors: a snapshot of how kids are living in the modern world, in terms of what they are eating, their environment, time playing outside, their symptoms, etc.
- The importance of having families fill out the survey (though it is long)
- The benefits of filling it out: a report that identifies stressors on their children’s health
- How Beth and her team guard the privacy of those who fill out the survey
- The most prevalent conditions Beth has seen in data so far: allergic population, dysregulated immune system, eczema, sensory issues, obesity, diabetes, ADHD, asthma, & autism spectrum disorder
- How the trajectory of the autism disorder is outpacing the attention we’re giving it
- Why it’s important to look at the big picture when it comes to our children’s health
- Why we should do positive things to counterbalance the stressors we’re exposed to
- The philosophy that Beth used with her children: “If you do something bad for your body, you need to do something good.”
Her book: A compromised generation