There’s definitely a shift going on in the world of football. Ratings are down by nearly twenty percent for some games, and one of the reasons for this is due to the perceived dangers of the game. Last year’s critically-acclaimed film, Concussion, highlighted how football players are more susceptible to brain-related injuries. We have seen this in many players of the past who are currently battling symptoms of brain trauma and concussions as well as some players who succumbed to those symptoms.
And it’s not just the fact that not as many people are watching the game. Youth football enrollment is down as parents fear the ramifications of tackle football on developing brains. This makes sense, but one would expect that there would be fewer concussions and other brain injuries in youth football if fewer kids are playing. Unfortunately, the opposite is true. In fact, the number of emergency department visits by children and teens that are experiencing symptoms of a sports-related concussion or some other traumatic brain injury is actually up by sixty percent.
Claire Dwoskin, Founder of the Children’s Medical Safety Research Institute (CMSRI), wrote about this confusing statistic and what researchers believe is leading to the increase in sports-related concussions in children and teens. She refers to the work of Wendy Morley and MIT senior research scientist Stephanie Seneff. They believe that the issue could be diminished resiliency due to the rising toxic environment children deal with on a daily basis. They coined the term, diminished brain resilience (DBR) syndrome, to describe this epidemic.
Children get reduced sunlight, eat produce with dangerous pesticides and other chemicals, have poor gut health from eating too many processed foods, and are exposed to heavy metals from common household products like antiperspirant deodorant and even vaccines. Aluminum exposure is particularly dangerous because it goes into their bones and brains, resulting in brain inflammation, making it more difficult to counter the effects of a concussion.
In addition to reducing children’s chemical exposure that is present in sports drinks, sunscreens, and some deodorants, the researchers suggest that parents research vaccines and vaccine ingredients before visiting the pediatrician to discuss his or her vaccine schedule and potential effects of the types of vaccines given to the child. Being an informed parent is the best protection for raising a healthy child.