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Be Thankful - You Will Live a Longer, Happier Life!

by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D.

Thanksgiving is over, and as we come to the end of the turkey and dressing, and your visiting family packs up (to your regret and relief), it may occur to you that it is odd that we only devote one day a year to giving thanks. Think about how out of proportion this is to the total number of days of celebrating patriotism (4th of July), or remembering the fallen (Memorial Day), or celebrating the rights of the working class (Labor Day), or wearing masks of dead people (Halloween), or celebrating events in our spiritual traditions (Christmas and Easter).

I find it interesting that many of those days circle around the idea of birth and death, but little around…

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An Epidemic of Brain Damage: The Rising Incidence of Autism
 
by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D.
 
We have a medical condition spreading in our society that, in the space of 30 years, has gone from hurting one in 3,000 kids to hurting one in 88.   This is astounding on two counts - the sheer speed and reach of the condition, and the silence surrounding it. 
  
Before the 1980's the rate of autism in the United States was somewhere around one in 310,000.[1] By  the 1990's, the reported to be about one in 34 kids per 294 [2] - more than10,000 [3] - 10 times more.  This growth was alarming to educators and scientists as reports of more damaged kids emerged. This concern led to a more comprehensive re…

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I Can't See the Future for the Smoke

by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D.

Long ago, I was a young graduate student in Future Studies, I was nervously walking down the hallway of a fancy conference center in Washington D.C. I had just given my very first presentation at The American Academy For The Advancement of Science. It was on "Why People Do Not Listen To Warnings". I was almost limp with relief. Successful or not, it was over.

Through a small window in a closed auditorium door I glimpsed a slide being shown on the large screen. It was immediately recognizable as two sets of lungs - but one was pink and healthy, the other looked like it has been charred on a grill. Without thinking, I went in, and changed my life. 

The medical doctor s…

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Autism Rates Show Need for Study, Support

by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D.

We have a medical condition spreading in our society that in the space of 20 years has gone from hurting 1 in 3,000 kids to hurting 1 in 88. This is astounding on two counts — the sheer speed and reach, and the silence.

Before the 1980s the rate of autism in the United States was somewhere around 3 in 10,000. By the 1990s, it was reported to be about 34 kids per 10,000 — 10 times more. Growth was alarming educators and scientists as reports of more and more diagnoses trickled in. A more comprehensive reporting system put in place in 2000 found the rate had risen to one in 150 kids.

Public attention was called to the possibility that mercury in vaccinations might be the ca…

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Using Simple Technology to Help Sick Kids and Lower Taxpayer Costs

by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D.

About one in nine America school children have asthma. A decade ago, that number used to be one in 10. In 2008 children with Asthma missed 4 days of school due to the disease, for a total of around 13 million school days. i One in 400 school aged children have been diagnosed as having diabetes - and 6 times more have been statistically proven to either be undiagnosed or pre-diabetic. ii These numbers are higher in poorer school districts.

We already know that these conditions are fertilized by environmental toxins and poor diet, but much work still remains to be done to fully identify the enemy to children's health and longevity. The cost in…

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