Children’s Health – The Growing Child

Immune System

When we consider what differentiates a child from an adult, growth, resilience and low exposure to germs come to mind.

Growth

This means that a child’s nutritional requirement is 80% of that of an adult from the age of two years and onwards.

Resilience

This means that their bones are softer and so can survive a fall easier than an adult. Also, their immune system is relatively more capable than an adult’s to fight off disease – given the same nutritional status. This ability is due to their highly-developed thymus gland – a key feature in the child’s lymphatic system. This gland – along with the tonsils and spleen – is the young body’s chief source of disease-fighting white blood cells.

Low exposure to germs.

This means that they are susceptible to contracting a given disease to which an adult may have been exposed in most cases.

Nutritional status.

Children may be at a disadvantage in this area, depending on their parents’ skill and attention to detail. This is because their high-calorie needs – due to the growth factor – often means that parents are tempted to “fill them up” with “empty calories”. This could lead to an over-abundance of sugary and fatty foods containing too little protein (nutrients), vitamins and minerals (known as micronutrients).

Childhood Diseases.

The epidemic diseases such as chicken pox and measles can affect children differently, depending on their nutritional status. That is because their thymus gland and tonsils require key nutrients to generate white blood cells – nutrients traditionally found in fresh whole foods and the water supply. These nutrients include vitamins, minerals, essential fatty and amino acids as well as anti-oxidants of various types found in hundreds of food plants.

That means to you that – given a healthy thymus/tonsil/spleen axis, your pre-schooler may laugh off a new virus that he encounters which may well affect you fairly severely.

Pus

Part of the immune response is for killer white blood cells (WBCs) to attack germs. In the process, they kill themselves, then group together to form pus. So, pus is good.

White Blood Cells

We mentioned that the activity of the thymus/tonsil/spleen axis depends on adequate nutritional status. Well, so does the activity of the WBCs. Emanuel Cheraskin, in his lecture Down Under in the eighties, stated that – using live blood analysis – you could detect the activity of a WBC. He claimed that a “sick” WBC could only kill a third of a germ very slowly and a healthy WBC could kill 13 germs very quickly.

We already know that the rate of manufacture of WBCs in normal health can vary by as much as ten times. That means that – whether for a child or adult – your overall WBC activity can vary by as much as 400 times in a “normally healthy” child or adult.

400 times is not 40% or even 400 % but 40,000%.

What influences White Blood Cell activity?

  • Stress
  • Sun-exposure
  • Alcohol
  • Cigarettes
  • Fatty, sugary food.
  • Physical exhaustion
  • Mental exhaustion
  • Emotional exhaustion
  • Nutritional status, or sufficient reserves of:
  • Vitamins, especially vitamin A and Vitamin C
  • Zinc and other minerals such as chromium, selenium, molybdenum, calcium and magnesium
  • Sufficient fatty acids such as EPA, DHA, linoleic and g-linolenic acid.
  • Glycoproteins and specific sugars such as arabinose

Nutritional intake

Altogether, there are about 50 such essential nutrients needed in the diet on a daily basis to ensure the optimum health of your child and most of them are needed to either make or activate a white blood cell from food AND WATER.

Why do I keep saying water? After all, isn’t that just stuff that fish do funny things in?

Well, there’s a bit more to it than that.

Water

Water is not only essential to all life, but it is also needed in relatively large quantities daily by your child. In fact, should a child develop vomiting or diarrhoea, she can dehydrate in a matter of hours and actually die if this is allowed to go unchecked for over a day.

But it doesn’t stop there. Water is traditionally a great source of nutritious minerals. Consider Europe, with its average of 5 feet (about 1.5 metres) of micronutrient-rich topsoil. Rainwater works its way down through the soil, glaciers melt through the limestone caves and the spring-waters join to make a mineral-rich river system. And that’s what they drink.

Contrast that to Australia’s water supply, where we have an average of a few centimetres depth of soil largely leached of its micronutrients over the eons of time.

Add the fact that our dam systems have been enlarged to cater for growing cities and we are drinking mineral-depleted water, leaving young bodies starving of vital nutrition which water used to give them.

In fact, pre-Warragamba, Sydney’s water has declined in its mineral content by roughly 300% and its organic toxins have increased by about fifteen times (1,500%).  This organic material provides a beautiful growth medium for annoying organisms (such as cryptosporidium and giardia) which give our immune systems a constant challenge.

Just to top it off nicely, we have the added cocktail of added chemicals (such as chlorine) and pesticides.

Pollution

Pesticides from water, air, fabric, cleaning materials, household pesticides and food additives pose further challenges to young bodies. In fact, American researcher, Dr John Lees, has pointed out that the toxic nature of these “petrochemical” pollutants has a serious cumulative effect on humans and animals. They are thought to be the cause of the global decline of animal species and human fertility. (Water-dwelling animals such as frogs are the most susceptible and have been virtually wiped out of existence in the wild. Birds are the next to go, feeding off farm crops and copping gobfuls of pesticide).

Animals higher up the food chain are eating steadily accumulating amounts of pesticide – animals like us.

Is it affecting our children? D’r Lees said in the early nineties that – if the trend continued – the last fertile male child in the U.S.A. could well have been born by the year 2,000. Time will tell.

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