Heidi Stevenson | GaiaHealth.com
Many of us have known, simply because of observation, that children are no longer healthy. Now, a scientific study documents what we’re seeing. The average child is now sick, chronically ill. It doesn’t bode well for the future of the United States, and is almost certainly true of other developed nations.
The nature of illness now isn’t the sort of thing that once brought temporary discontinuation of play for a minor childhood disease. Now, the illnesses plaguing children are ones that will likely dog them for the rest of their lives, making their lives both poorer and shorter. This is the gift that modern medicine has brought us—and this is the issue on which it needs to be judged.
The big question is why hasn’t this been headline news? Wouldn’t people want to know? But the fact is that the study isn’t new. It was published in 2010. Everything about it is clearly intended to hide the truth.
The study’s title, “A National and State Profile of Leading Health Problems and Health Care Quality for US Children: Key Insurance Disparities and Across-State Variations” gives the impression that the issue is primarily insurance variances.