Kids in the UK – Suggested reading

Kids in the UK – A Picture of Health? drew on the following sources:

Recently, Beyond GM had the opportunity to co-host Dr Michelle Perro and Dr Vincanne Adams for the UK launch of their book What’s Making Our Children Sick? How Industrial Food Is Causing an Epidemic of Chronic Illness, and What Parents (and their Doctors) Can Do About It (Chelsea Green, 2018).

The data on rising levels of ill health amongst US children makes stark reading and it would be comforting to think that this problem of industrial food is not something we have to worry about in the UK. Our leaflet Kids in the UK – A Picture of Health? provides a UK perspective showing that we have no room to be complacent.

It draws on the following sources:

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. (Chelsea Green 2018). Available from Amazon.

Royal Collage of Paediatrics and Child Health, The State of Child Health Report 2017, RCPCH 2017;

BSAIC, Allergy in Children,

Crohn’s & Colitis UK, IBD in Children – A Parent’s Guide, 2018,

Food Standards Agency, Allergy Basics and Stats, FSA, 2016;

National Institute for Health and Care Excellent, Gastro-oesophageal reflflux disease in children and young people: diagnosis and management, NICE 2015;

Post Note, Childhood Allergies, Houses of Parliament, Parliamentary Office of Science & Technology, 2014;

Diabetes UK, Diabetes Facts and Stats, Version 3, March 2014;

Centre for Educational Neuroscience, Is ADHD on the rise in UK schools?;

Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, Headaches, GOSH 2014;

Montiero CA et al, Household availability of ultra-processed foods and obesity in nineteen European countries, Public Health Nutrition, 2018; 21(1): 18-26;

Fiolet T et al, Consumption of ultra-processed foods and cancer risk: results from NutriNet-Santé prospective cohort, BMJ, 2018; 360: k322;

Steele, EM et al, Ultra-processed foods and added sugars in the US diet: evidence from a nationally representative cross-sectional study, BMJ Open 2016; 6:e009892;

Stapleton HM et al, Identification of Flame Retardants in Polyurethane Foam Collected from Baby Products, Environmental Science & Technology, 2011; 45(12): 5323–5331;

Royal College of Physicians, Every breath we take: the lifelong impact of air pollution, February 2016;

Volk HJE et al, Traffic-Related Air Pollution, Particulate Matter, and Autism, JAMA Psychiatry, 2013; 70(1): 71-77;

PAN-UK, Food For Thought, September 2017;

Soil Association, Increased pesticide use and our health, press release November 2017; See also Rawstorne T, Alarming chemical cocktail sprayed on your fruit and veg. Daily Mail, 2017,

Grandjean P and Landrigan PJ, Neurobehavioural effects of developmental toxicity, Lancet Neurology, 2014, 13(3): 330–338;

Kimura-Kuroda  J et al, Nicotine-Like Effects of the Neonicotinoid Insecticides Acetamiprid and Imidacloprid on Cerebellar Neurons from Neonatal Rats. PLOS One, 2012;

Council on Environmental Health, Pesticide Exposure in Children, November 2012;

Li H et al, Short-Term Exposure to Haze Air Pollution Induces Acute Airway Inflammation and Lung Function Reduction in Healthy Adult Subjects, Journal of Environmental & Analytical Toxicology, 2018, 8:555;

Shehata AA et al, The effect of glyphosate on potential pathogens and beneficial members of poultry microbiota in vitro, Current Microbiology. 2013;66(4): 350-8;

Beyond GM, Eat GMOs, Get Fat, 2015;

Mesnage R et al, Transcriptome profile analysis reflects rat liver and kidney damage following chronic ultra-low dose Roundup exposure, Environmental Health, 2015; 14: 70;

Jayasumana C et al, Glyphosate, Hard Water and Nephrotoxic Metals: Are They the Culprits Behind the Epidemic of Chronic Kidney Disease of Unknown Etiology in Sri Lanka?, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 2014, 11(2), 2125-2147;

Gm Watch, The Pilegarden Findings, 2012;

Antoniou M et al,Roundup and birth defects: Is the public being kept in the dark? Earth Open Source 2014;

Kurenbach B et al,, Sublethal Exposure to Commercial Formulations of the Herbicides Dicamba, 2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic Acid, and Glyphosate Cause Changes in Antibiotic Susceptibility in Escherichia coli and Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium,  mBio, 2015;6(2); e00009-15;

Cassault-Meyer E et al, An acute exposure to glyphosate-based herbicide alters aromatase levels in testis and sperm nuclear quality, Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology, 2014; 38(1): 131-140;

Gasnier C et al, Glyphosate-based herbicides are toxic and endocrine disruptors in human cell lines, Toxicology, 2009; 262(3): 184-91;

Moms Across America, Glyphosate Testing Report: Findings in American Mothers Breast Milk, Urine and Water, 2-14;

Kruger M et al, Detection of Glyphosate Residues in Animals and Humans, Journal of Environmental and Analytical Toxicology,
2014, 4:2;

Friends of the Earth Europe, Determination of Glyphosate residues in human urine samples from 18 European countries, 2013;

US Right to Know, FDA Finds Monsanto’s Weed Killer In U.S. Honey, September 2016,

Thomas P, Peace, love and (glyphosate in your) ice cream, Beyond GM 2017,

The Links Between Diet and Behaviour – The influence of nutrition on mental health, Report of an inquiry held by the Associate Parliamentary Food and Health Forum, January 2008;

Claus PS et al, The gut microbiota: a major player in the toxicity of environmental pollutants?, Biofilms and Microbiomes, 2016; 2: 16003; 

Young VB, The role of the microbiome in human health and disease: an introduction for clinicians, BMJ Clinical Research, 2017; 356: j831;

Lu C et al  Organic Diets Significantly Lower Children’s Dietary Exposure to Organophosphorus Pesticides, Environmental Health Perspectives 2006; 114(2);

O’Brien R, The Organic Effect: What Happens When You Switch to Organic Food, Cornucopia Institute, 2015,

O’Keefe SJD  et al, Fat, fibre and cancer risk in African Americans and rural Africans, Nature Communications, 2015;  6(6342);