The Startling Statistics

The startling statistics are that millions of American children live with diagnosed chronic illnesses. According to a research paper published in Academic Pediatrics in 2011, at least 54% of American children have a diagnosed chronic condition. Below are the prevalence statistics of some of the most common illnesses affecting our children:

Millions of American children struggle with what were once termed “psychiatric” disorders: mood disorders, neurobehavioral disorders, developmental delays and learning disabilities:

For every child diagnosed with a chronic illness, there are many more undiagnosed children. There are millions of children with undiagnosed chronic illness.

Many American children are not diagnosed with a particular disease or disorder, but they still show signs of being chronically ill. Here are just a few signs that a child might be chronically ill:

The most stunning part of this epidemic is that all these seemingly disparate illnesses and disorders may all have the same underlying causes.

What is happening to our children?

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