Chronic inflammatory conditions and neurodevelopmental disorders are on the rise – but with a few simple dietary changes, you can help your baby avoid them
12 months ago, I became a mother: Our daughter Cara was born here in Amsterdam, in our home. Like all mothers, I obsessed about doing everything in my power to ensure I would have a healthy, happy baby. Fortunately, that is what Cara has turned out to be!
In the Western world, the incidence of chronic inflammatory diseases like allergies, asthma, and eczema is skyrocketing. Whereas only a fraction of the population was afflicted a few decades ago, now between 10-20% of all children in developed nations become lifelong sufferers. But I had more reason to worry: Because my husband had had eczema, allergies, and asthma since birth, Cara’s chances of developing a chronic condition were increased to at least 60%. In addition, autism – many parents’ worst nightmare - now affects 1 out of 110 boys and 1 out of 330 girls in the Netherlands. Increasingly, the latest research points to autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders being inflammatory conditions as well.Read More