Having Happy Children is a new website resource created by Mother and Child Foundation researcher Simon House.
The beginnings of any children you may have one day are already within you, so best to start feeding their beginnings now. Your health now will affect them physically and mentally. Building your nutritional stores and keeping free from toxins, and finding help in stressful times, will be valuable not only to your own health and ability but also to any children you may have.
- Having Happy Children – havinghappychildren.org – directly addresses children, who most need this nutritional and lifestyle information, which is scarcely being relayed by any professions or governments at the moment. We know of no other information source that currently does this.
- The site brings together the statistics of personal and family suffering and financial cost (17% of GDP in the UK) in this context.
- The website also includes information for experts and policy makers, and includes a comprehensive summary of the Professor Michael Crawford’s remarkable work.
Brain development and vital omega-3 DHA (docosahexaenoic acid)
To quote from Having Happy Children:
“The connection between brain health and fish was first made scientifically in 1972 by Professor Michael Crawford (Crawford & Crawford 1972). The prime molecule is omega-3 docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), the most important lipid (fat) in the brain’s structure, and even in the whole body.
”The mother’s shortage at conception of omega-3 DHA risks leaving her baby’s brain with developmental flaws visible in scans at birth. [22,23] This is scarcely surprising, recalling the visibility of early brain-cells at 3 weeks from conception.
“Any such flaws will be experienced later as mental disorder.
“The main factors underlying brain developmental disorders are understood through blood analyses, brain-scans, epidemiology, genetics and epigenetics.
“Mental health’s dependence on fish/ DHA is clear in these cross-nations graphs (Hibbeln 2001).
“The biggest demand for DHA is when the already large fetal brain is growing rapidly, during the 3rd-trimester and soon after birth (Crawford & Sinclair 1972), when the brain’s demands are often too much for the mother’s supply (Cunnane 2014).
“The ‘placental pump’ then favours the fetus, leaving the mother’s brain short of DHA.
This is commonly the cause of a mothers’ perinatal depression, which harms her bonding with her child and wellbeing of both.
As well as leaving the mother with depression, shortage can impact on the offspring’s brain, with subsequent problems in mental health, behaviour and learning.”
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