American Academy of Pediatrics Owes Children More Than an Apology
The American Academy Of Pediatrics proclaims that it has a mission “to attain optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents and young adults. Sadly, yet again, the AAP has miserably failed to heed this mission. A clinical report published in the AAP’s online journal Pediatrics, Organic Foods: Health and Environmental Advantages and Disadvantages, argues that there just isn’t enough scientific evidence, over the long-term, to substantiate claims that organic foods are healthier for our babies and children.
The clinical report authored by, Joel Forman, MD, Janet Silverstein, MD COMMITTEE ON NUTRITION and COUNCIL ON ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH, outlandishly asserts:
“… current evidence does not support any meaningful nutritional benefits or deficits from eating organic compared with conventionally grown foods, and there are no well-powered human studies that directly demonstrate health benefits or disease protection as a result of consuming an organic diet.”
“Organic produce contains fewer
pesticide residues than does conventional
produce, and consuming
a diet of organic produce reduces
human exposure to pesticides. It
remains unclear whether such a reduction
in exposure is clinically relevant”
“There is no evidence of clinically
relevant differences in organic
and conventional milk.”
“There is no evidence that conventional
milk contains significantly
increased amounts of bovine GH.
Any bovine GH that might remain
in conventional milk is not biologically
active in humans because of
structural differences and susceptibility
to digestion in the stomach.”
Encourage patients and their families
to eat an optimally health-promoting
diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole
grains, and low-fat or fat-free milk
and dairy products. (Apparently, the alarming rise in allergies to dairy and grains is being ignored by the AAP as they continue to advocate the questionable health benefits of the USDA Food Pyramid.)
Honestly, one has to wonder who exactly is financing some members of the AAP to make such outrageous claims. Have they pledged their allegiances to the likes of Monsanto and Archer-Daniels-Midland Co over the oath that they have made to protect our babies and children. As the state of California gears up to vote on the mandatory GMO food labeling Law, Proposition 37, the timing of the publication and surrounding press spin is suspicious. Is this meant to purposefully confuse parents?
Has the AAP ceased to engage in serious intellectual study and honest attempts at discovery to solve the plagues of today which assault our children? Do they not wonder beyond a cursory thought why allergies, respiratory disease, childhood cancers and autism spectrum disorders continue to climb upward? Or why puberty continues a downward trend for both boys and girls?
When the AAP makes such irresponsible statements it endangers the professional reputation of those respected pediatricians that DO retain an ethical dedication to promoting the well-being of children. It is a failure of their mission statement which warns:
“The maintenance of public trust and the AAP’s integrity, ethical standards, credibility, and identify are
of paramount importance in accomplishing that mission and will be protected with the utmost
The ridiculous stance of the AAP fails to take into account documented sound science. There are ample studies that demonstrate the harm of conventionally grown produce, grains, non-organic dairy and non-organic meat products. The danger lies not only in pesticide and herbicide usage but also in the increase of genetically modified foods, antibiotics and hormones. The dangers are real.
Financially difficulties continue to afflict pain and pressure to many families across the United States. Securing nutritious food to feed their children is a central budgetary concern. Unfortunately, most organic food do cost more at the grocery store than conventionally grown food. However, parents need to consider the long-term economic impact of caring for a child that has become sickened, by the ravages of compromised food and water supply poisoned by pesticides, GMO’s, hormones and other unnatural chemical concoctions. Instead of advising parents to save money by cutting out cable TV, skipping the Starbucks, planting a garden, cooking from scratch and transferring those savings to organic food purchases the following is stated by lead author “Janet Silverstein, MD, FAAP, a member of the AAP Committee on Nutrition:
“Many families have a limited food budget, and we do not want families to choose to consume smaller amounts of more expensive organic foods and thus reduce their overall intake of healthy foods like produce.”
Parents instead should be told that by any means necessary they should do their best to secure organic food.
A recent Italian court case found a group of seismologists guilty of manslaughter after the 2009 earthquake caused the death of 300 towns people and widespread destruction. The verdict was based not on the inability of the seismologist to accurately predict the earthquake, but on their wanton downplaying of the risks of a potential earthquake. Days before the quake struck the scientists had downplayed the seismic risks. The courts rightfully pointed out that scientists have a civic duty, if not a moral one, to share the full scope of their knowledge with the public. Failure to do so,the court essentially ruled—- to withhold life-saving information, is criminal and murderous.
If the AAP continues to forsake our children with bad science and questionable advice they should be held to same legal standard as the Italian seismologists. Late and eventual apologies won’t be able to erase the misery of a lifetime of illness or the heartbreak of early departures.
If this tirade of incompetence continues the cells should be made and the keys thrown away. Successful societies revere their children and dispose of their criminals.
For some compelling evidence arguing for the necessity and superiority of organic foods please consult the following:
Grab your organic-non-GMO popcorn and watch the documentary film Genetic Roulette, by Jeffrey M Smith. The film is free to view until 10-31 -12 and provides compelling evidence about the dangerous rise of genetically modified foods and the resultant rise in disease within our population, most notably within our children.
Another excellent source of sound scientific information, frequently updated, on the benefit of organic food comes from the Cornucopia foundation
The Cornucopia Institute supports”the ecological principles and economic wisdom underlying sustainable and organic agriculture”. Learn more, here
Read Organic Manifesto by Maria Rodale. The book is a compelling read that matches conventional destructive farming practices with the rise of disease in our children. An offshoot website of the book, Demand Organic, also provides a straight forward approach to basic questions about organic food. Check out their Q & A page titled “All About Organic”.