If you've walked into a school cafeteria recently, you might have seen this sign, or a similar one, posted on the wall: "This is a nut-free zone." And you might wonder if the spike in allergies is an epidemic.
In the book, "A Compromised Generation: The Epidemic of Chronic Illness in America's Children," author Beth Lambert says it is. She suggests that ostensibly benign elements of American culture are creating a generation of children who are chronically ill, disabled or dysfunctional. Children, the book says, are routinely diagnosed with allergies, asthma and ADHD, among other conditions. According to Lambert, environmental factors combined with lifestyle and pharmaceutical over-prescribing are at root of the epidemic. She offers advice on how this tide can be reversed.
As a former healthcare consultant and teacher, Beth Lambert has seen what she writes about. Currently, she is executive director of PEACE: Parents Ending America's Childhood Epidemic, a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about the epidemic of chronic illness affecting youth.
She will be speaking about "A Compromised Generation: The Epidemic of Chronic Illness in America's Children," at the Darien Library, Thursday, October 28 at 7 p.m. as part of the library's Health and Wellness Series. A question and answer period follows her talk and includes co-author Victoria Kobliner, MS, RD, a registered dietician with extensive experience using diet to help children with autism and related disorders.
A book signing will follow the presentation, and books will be available for purchase. Refreshments will be served. Go to the Darien Library website for more information.
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