At Healthy Child Healthy World we often say that although children are only 24% of the population, they are 100% of the future.
According to the CDC, today’s children are the first generation expected to live shorter lives than their parents.
In the last 20 years, more than 80,000 chemicals have been registered for use in the US, but none have been tested for children’s safety. Children are now born with 200+ chemicals in their body.
In this same time frame, there has been a 400% increase in food allergies and ADHD, a 300% increase in asthma, and 1,800% increase in autism. Pediatric cancer is now the #1 killer of children, despite an increase in survival rate.
This is no coincidence. Increasingly science is linking the presence and prevalence of chemicals in our environment and food to the increase of these diseases and conditions.
The Healthy Child Healthy World panel will address common chemicals and environmental toxins found in our food system, everyday products, and our homes. The panel will discuss how to look for these chemicals, how to avoid them, and will offer easy tips on how to make changes in our lives to minimize exposure for our families and ourselves.
Robyn O’Brien–A former food industry analyst, author, and mother of four, Robyn O’Brien triggered an allergic reaction in the food world when she asked a simple question: “Are we allergic to our food or what’s been done to it?” She brings compassion, insight and detailed analysis to her research into the impact that recent changes to our food supply are having on the health of families. Robyn has been called “food’s Erin Brockovich” by the New York Times, “an inspiring woman to follow on Twitter” by Forbes Woman and”visionary” by the Discover Channel. Robyn is the founder of the AllergyKids Foundation, and author of the critically acclaimed book, “The Unhealthy Truth: How Our Food Is Making Us Sick and What We Can Do About It”. Robyn’s work is recognized and supported by individuals such as Dr. Oz, Ted Turner, Bonnie Raitt and Prince Charles and has been seen in the national media, as part of Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution and in short films and documentaries around the world. Robyn will be a keynote speaker at the ShiftCon 2014 Conference and will be sharing her expertise on the dangers of America’s food supply and her experience with protecting herself and her family. You can learn more about Robyn and her amazing work at www.robynobrien.com, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter.
Andrea Donsky– Andrea Donsky is an Author, Registered Holistic Nutritionist (R.H.N.), Editor-in-Chief, and Founder of NaturallySavvy.com. She is an expert label reader and has made it her mission to help others make healthier choices by teaching them how to properly read labels. She is a sought after grocery store tour guide, and appears regularly as a healthy living expert on TV and radio cross North America. Andrea hosts her own live radio show on RadioMD every Wednesday from noon-1pm ET which is syndicated through iTunes, iHeart Radio Talk, Stitcher, and NPR. She is the co-author of the popular books, Unjunk Your Junk Food: Healthy Alternatives to Conventional Snacks and the Label Lessons series. Andrea is proud to be the kind of mom who feeds her kids fish oil, chia seeds and seaweed. You can follow Andrea at NaturallySavvy.com, Twitter Or Facebook.
Tamara Rubin – Tamara Rubin is an internationally recognized, award winning* lead-poisoning prevention advocate and documentary ﬁlmmaker. She took on the cause of childhood lead-poisoning when her own sons were poisoned by the work of a painting contractor in 2005.Since then Tamara has created a strong web and media presence for the cause of lead-poisoning prevention, in an effort to bring this message to the world: lead poisoning was not “solved” with the 1978 ban on lead in residential paint. She is committed to educating every parent about this wholly preventable environmental illness that causes permanent brain damage in young children yet still today conservatively costs the United States more than $50.9 Billion annually!Through her advocacy work, Tamara has personally helped thousands of families create safer homes and environments for their children. You can follow Tamara at LeadSafeAmerica.org, Twitter or Facebook.
Penelope Jagessar Chaffer— Penelope is a multi award winning documentary filmmaker, writer, artist and children’s environmental health advocate and global environmentalist. Starting her career at the BBC in London, she is the first black, female director to be nominated for a British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) award, earning over 10 awards over the course of her career. A documentary auteur, her films display a singularly unique perspective on the world we live in with The Observer newspaper calling her work “a joy to watch.” Penelope is the creator of Toxic Baby, the documentary that looks at how chemicals in our environment affect the health and development of babies and children, which is being developed as the first ever interactive documentary app. She has been named one of the top 100 Green Online Influencers and is Healthy Child, Healthy World’s “Mom On A Mission 2010.” Penelope’s TED talk with Professor Tyrone Hayes “The Toxic Baby” based on her film has been viewed over 300,000 times. She is also an author for Toxipedia, writes her own blog and guests on others about living a less toxic life and writes for publications around the world. She is the mother of two and lives in New York City.