Alarming New Studies: 50% of U.S. Children Have Chronic Disease/Disorders, 21% Developmentally Disabled


by Augie

What can each of us do to change this?

American children are suffering more and more disorders—and are growing into even sicker adults—the worst of most major countries. Two studies were released this week underscore this alarming reality.

In a study published in Academic Pediatrics, an estimated 43% of US children (32 million) currently have at least 1 of 20 chronic health conditions assessed, increasing to 54.1% when overweight, obesity, or being at risk for developmental delays are included. The estimate is derived from 2007 data—4 years old. This tells us matters are much worse now–perhaps 50% are now chronically ill not counting obesity.

Another study in the June 2011 issue of Pediatrics says developmental disability is on the rise in the U.S. Between 1997 and 2008, the number of school-age children diagnosed with autism, ADHD, or another developmental disability rose by about 17 percent, a new study showed. It also said roughly 15 percent of kids – nearly 10 million – have such a disability. The numbers were based on information collected from parents, who were asked whether their kids had been diagnosed with a variety of developmental disabilities, including cerebral palsy, seizures, stuttering or stammering, hearing loss, blindness, and learning disorders, as well as autism and ADHD. Note that these numbers are three years old. Applying the same rate of increase, today’s numbers would amount to 21% by simple arithmetic. Boys were twice as likely to have a developmental disability. It also found except for autism, developmental disabilities were more common among children from low-income families.

A third study I found was published by the Archives of Psychiatry in March and it found that the U.S. has the highest in the world lifetime rate of bipolar disorder at 4.4%, and India the lowest, with 0.1%, as reported by CNN. In other words, the U.S. has 44 times more bipolars (manic-depressives) than India. Bipolar disorder is characterized by cycles of depression and mania, a euphoric, high-energy state that can result in heightened levels of creativity or output as well as erratic or risky behavior. People with bipolar disorder are at high risk of substance abuse and suicide, and treatment includes psychiatric care and medication.

These rates will continue to increase, in my view, since nothing is really changing in terms of the amount of unhealthy, industrially processed foods families and children eat, the poor USDA dietary guidelines being promoted as healthy, the very high rate of vaccinations and their damages inflicted, a continuiing flow of pharmaceuticals, and of course, other environmental and lifestyle factors. So in five years we may be looking at 60-70% of American children being chronically ill and even more obesity and infertility.

Even if the rates were 100%, the public health authorities and their partners in health care and food/agriculture industry will accept no blame or liability for their policies that have help destroy so many families. They will be to busy planning for lucrative programs for their medicine and long-term care rather than real prevention.

All should take heed of telling others of the importance of taking control of their own health by getting more educated on nutrition and natural prevention and healing options.

What can each of us do to change this? One way right now is to spread the message by using the share buttons and SOUND THE ALARM.


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16 responses to “Alarming New Studies: 50% of U.S. Children Have Chronic Disease/Disorders, 21% Developmentally Disabled

  1. If you’re thinking about raising a family, get yourself on the gaps diet if you have health issues and then eat as recommended in Nourishing Traditions for a few years prior to conception. If possible, birth at home, grow your food at home …and/or buy your food right off the farm, avoid doctors and skip all well baby visits, and school ‘m at home. Throw out your microwaves, get out Granny’s iron skillet and cook some REAL food in it, get your little ones out in the sun barefoot and read MrAugie’s posts. 🙂

    • That’s what I’m doing! I’ve always loved walking barefoot in the grass, especially after spending 3-4 months out at sea. I stopped using a microwave because being in the military, there were concerns about being detected MILES away if we had our microwave on during certain operations…. and we were standing 18-36 inches away! We are growing our own food, staying in touch with others who grow/raise what we can’t or won’t… Overall, life is getting better! Going to this simple life is more work, but amazingly, less money.

  2. Yes Roxanne. Get on cod liver oil and find some clean, safe raw milk and make your own sauerkraut. Food is your best medicine. The general recommendation from what we have been told is eat this way for a year before conception and continue. See

  3. Sing it, Augie! I’ve been writing similar material lately over at Living Well Moms, such as “Is What We Eat and Drink Making us Sicker and Fatter?”

    I sure hope the weather starts cooperating so I can get a decent harvest from the garden this year.

    • Years ago, prepackaged foods were supposed to help cut down time in the kitchen for overworked Moms and caregivers; now these packaged foods tout how ‘nutritional’ they are.

  4. Nice article indeed. I have a fluoride series here as well as a Vaccine Nation Series. I saw that video just the other day.

  5. You don’t suppose part of the problem is that China is exporting their pollution as additives to our food, do you? And our food producers seem to be catching on to the trend, themselves starting with disposing of toxic waste (fluoride) in our toothpaste and water.

    • The fluroide in toothpaste is pharma grade– the toxic waste fluoride products are added to the drinking water–so your body can act as filter and storage tank for the fluoride.

  6. It comes down to parenting. Parents should take their job seriously – raising the next generation is the most important job there is. That means getting married before you have kids, and staying married for life. That means eating a well balanced, home cooked, home raised if you can diet, especially when you are pregnant. That means taking care of your emotional, spiritual, and physical health and that of your child(rens). That means working just enough to support your family in a modest lifestyle, so that you and your kids aren’t stressed. That means using basic common sense about diet, exercise, and overall health. That means home schooling is the best lifestyle because in public school the government is telling you what to do, and in private school the bullies are picking on your kids and the upper class wannabe rat race has already begun for your kids. That means step back and enjoy your family and do what is right for them, not just thinking only about yourself. If you can’t do this, then get yourself fixed and don’t have kids – get a dog instead. I can say this as I am raising my own kids, plus 5 special needs kids born to others who screwed up my poor adopted kids because of their diet, drugs, and selfishness. Grow up people! Then, life will be good for you and your kids!

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  8. Hi Augie – What an article! I’m sharing this link to your article from our local WAPF Chicago Chapter website on our blog. Thanks!

  9. The purpose behind these studies and the funding was to determine health care gaps to provide treatment, care and education planning info–not about cause and prevention.

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  11. Part (but not all) of the problem with developmental disabilities does not lie with the kids. Our current school system is increasingly less forgiving of the natural variations in students. When you start trying to shoe horn a wildly varied population into the same growth pattern, of course there will be problems. Maybe if we stopped and considered if the problem is with the child or with what they are being ask to do and how they are being asked to conform, we might see different numbers.

  12. Stop storing foods in plastic. Get rid of HFCS and additives to “enhance” the food. I buy local as much as I can, meat being the most important, and try to limit all else to fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables and very, very little limited processed foods (organic canned tomatoes in winter, etc). We all need to say NO to what is killing us !

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