Industrial Food & Chronic Illness in Children

Summary: Industrial food contributes to chronic illness in children. Find out how.
Air Date: 1/3/18
Duration: 27:56
Host: Dr. Mike Fenster
Guest Bio: Vincanne Adams, PhD & Michelle Perro, MD
Perro and AdamsMichelle Perro, MD, is a veteran pediatrician with over thirty-five years of experience in acute and integrative medicine. More than ten years ago, Dr. Perro transformed her clinical practice to include pesticide and health advocacy. She has both directed and worked as attending physician from New York’s Metropolitan Hospital to UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland. Dr. Perro has managed her own business, Down to Earth Pediatrics, a holistic urgent care clinic for children. For the past four years, she has been an integrative physician at the Institute for Health and Healing, part of Sutter Pacific Medical Center. 

Vincanne Adams, PhD, is a professor and vice-chair of Medical Anthropology, in the Department of Anthropology, History, and Social Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Adams has previously published six books on the social dynamics of health, scientific knowledge and politics, including most recently, Markets of Sorrow, Labors of Faith: New Orleans in the Wake of Katrina (2013), and Metrics: What Counts in Global Health (2016). She is currently editor for Medical Anthropology Quarterly, the flagship journal for the Society for Medical Anthropology of the American Anthropological Association. 

  • Book Title: What’s Making Our Children Sick?: How Industrial Food Is Causing an Epidemic of Chronic Illness, and What Parents (and Doctors) Can Do About It
Industrial Food & Chronic Illness in Children
A lot of chronic disease begins in childhood. An unhealthy gut microbiome contributes to susceptibility for chronic disease.

What are we feeding our kids?

Genetically modified foods and pesticides can alter cells and disrupt the gut. A non-industrial, organic-based diet can heal the gut.

Regulatory agencies typically rely on manufacturers themselves to provide most of the data supporting safety of genetic modification. Not all foods are tested on people before they are taken to market.

Genetic modification isn’t absolutely bad. Innovations can come from genetic modification.

Listen as Dr. Vincanne Adams and Dr. Michelle Perro join Dr. Mike Fenster to discuss genetic modification and pesticide use impacting food in detail.

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