ENVIRONMENT MATTERS TO KIDS’ HEALTH
In June, 2020 our Senior Scientist, Dr. Randall Reiserer presented a Poster on the CHIRP™ Study at the Institute of Functional Medicine’s Annual International Conference. Following is a synopsis of Dr. Reiserer’s presentation.
Preliminary analysis of CHIRP Data points to findings that may have profound implications for our kids’ health and development. Here is what we have found so far:
1. Total load matters. The more stressors a child has been exposed to (at left/y-axis) the worse the health outcomes (bottom/x-axis). This confirms our “total load” hypothesis.
2. All stages of the life cycle matter. Exposures at all stages of a child’s life matter — prenatal, neonatal, childhood, adolescence and yes, even pre-conception.
3. Toxins and stressors work synergistically and cumulatively. While an individual toxin/stressor on its own may not make a child acutely sick, when combined with other toxins/stressors it can increase the impact. The cumulative effect of chronic and constant exposure to small amounts of toxins or stressors can be insidious and slowly overwhelm a child’s body. This is when you may begin to see symptoms emerge.