NHF’s Mission is to empower parents to have healthy children free of chronic neurological health disorders
Our Solution Is Implementing The Recommendations In The Healthy Child Guide
The Healthy Child Guide is being promoted and offered to help families have healthy pregnancies and healthy children. As parents, physicians, scientists and researchers our aim is to provide simple, clear, and effective recommendations for families.
The Healthy Child Guide will make the process much easier for prospective parents. The Guide will provide recommendations developed by the NHF Scientific Advisory Board on improving nutritional status, reducing toxic exposures, and maintaining appropriate exercise/fitness programs.
The general public is invited to participate by joining the NHF Community, which is designed to register families and provide key recommendations, and track participation through early childhood.
Moreover, families are also invited to join the Research Registry (HIPAA certified) to be part of a rigorous research study that is being administered by members of the Scientific Advisory Board.
Both the Public Registry and Research Registry will open a valuable window for parents so they can evaluate their own adherence to key recommendations, check on their child’s developmental milestones, and document their children’s health outcomes — with anonymity preserved for all registrants and participants. The specific recommendations found in The Healthy Child Guide are designed to improve the potential of having a neurologically healthy child.
Then check out The Science Behind the Healthy Child Guide. Authored by the NHF Scientific Advisory Board, this white paper presents over 150 research studies on how to maximize the probability of having a healthy child free of chronic neurological health disorders.
The Science Underlying NHF’s Principles and Recommendations
A growing body of scientific research, much of it peer-reviewed, supports the proposition that serious health problems in babies and young children are often linked to poor nutrition and exposure to toxic chemicals. A comprehensive summary of the science that supports NHF’s mission is featured in a particularly lucid scientific article written by Dr. Philip Landrigan in “The Neurobehavioral Effects of Developmental Toxicity”. Moreover, CNN.com (as well as other large news outlets) recently featured a troubling story in February of this year entitled “Putting the next generation of brains in danger”.
The Healthy Child Guide Principles in Real World Experience
The following descriptions of work done by practicing pediatricians and MDs are provided as illustrations of the results that may be anticipated from following the recommendations in The Healthy Child Guide. They are not intended as endorsements of any one group or doctor(s), as many practitioners are beginning to follow these types of recommendations.
Foresight, the Association for the Promotion of Preconceptual Care, is a group in the UK that has focused predominantly on changing the environmental conditions and dietary habits of parents, particularly the mother, prior to the couple conceiving a child in order to reduce the risk of miscarriage. Research from The Foresight Program that was published in the 1980s and 1990s provides evidence that the organization’s methodologies are worthy of further review and analysis.
In the study, researchers at the University of Surrey followed 367 couples, who were deemed “high-risk.” The couples received nutritional counseling and were advised to consume an all-organic diet of fruits and vegetables, unrefined grains, ample meat and poultry, and oily fish (high in Omega 3 fatty acids), as well as vitamin and mineral supplements designed to boost nutritional intake and cleanse the body of various toxins.
In addition, the couples were kept away from environmental toxins and were directed to abstain from cigarettes, alcohol, and any recreational drugs.
By the end of the study, 89 percent of the couples had given birth, and none of the children exhibited evidence of autism or other Chronic Conditions. Moreover, although 150 of the couples previously had experienced a miscarriage or stillbirth, there were no miscarriages or prenatal deaths during the study.
Several physicians across the U.S. are following a similar approach. These practicing MDs address a wide range of factors with birth mothers that are central to having a healthy child with normal brain development (preventing autism or other chronic disorders in children), including:
2. Consumption of a certified organic diet beginning pre-conception (no GMO food, avoid conventional pesticides and herbicides)
3. Utilization of purified water for drinking and cooking purposes (to avoid environmental chemicals toxic to the developing brain)
4. Evaluating and treating health problems prior to conception
5. Avoiding toxins in general through specific instructions
Research is needed to review best practices and the latest scientific research to create a standardized set of recommendations that can be shared with the general public and tested in a major, formal research study – that is the mission of NHF.
Disclaimer: The precise methodology of the Foresight studies and physician examples referenced above differs somewhat from the NHF protocols and recommendations. This information is presented to offer a real world example of the possibilities behind a preconception strategy to empower parents to have healthy children.