What’s Making Our Children Sick + What We Can Do About It – Perro + Adams (July 2018)

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“What’s Making Our Children Sick – and What We Can Do About It” is the presentation given by Michelle Perro, MD and Vincanne Adams, PhD at the July 19, 2018 meeting of the Silicon Valley Health Institute.

Michelle Perro, MD is a veteran pediatrician with over thirty-five
years of experience in acute and integrative medicine. More than
ten years ago, Dr. Perro transformed her clinical practice to include
pesticide and health advocacy. She has both directed and worked as
attending physician from New York’s Metropolitan Hospital to UCSF
Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland. Dr. Perro has managed her
own business, Down to Earth Pediatrics. She is currently lecturing
and consulting as well as working with Gordon Medical Associates,
an integrative health center in Northern California. Her new book,
which she coauthored with Dr. Vincanne Adams, is “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 Publishing, 2018).”
Vincanne Adams, PhD is a professor and vice-chair of Medical Anthropology, in the
Department of Anthropology, History, and Social Medicine at the University of California,
San Francisco. Dr. Adams has previously published six books on the social dynamics
of health, scientific knowledge and politics, including most recently, “Markets of Sorrow,
Labors of Faith: New Orleans in the Wake of Katrina (2013), and Metrics: What Counts
in Global Health (2016).” She is currently editor for Medical Anthropology Quarterly, the
flagship journal for the Society for Medical Anthropology of the American Anthropological

The crux of the practice of holistic care is that it is individualized and requires taking a
significant amount of time sorting out each patient’s history and working out a unique
treatment plan. Dr. Perro became concerned regarding the chronic conditions she found in
her pediatric patients and the health of the multitude of children that she could not see. It is
important for patients to have access to the type of practitioner that looks at toxic food and
environmental poisons as potential culprits in the decline of kids’ health. This contributed to
the motivation to write their book. After a serendipitous encounter with Dr. Vincanne Adams,
an extraordinary medical anthropologist and author, they brought insights from clinical
medicine and anthropology together to create their book, What’s Making our Children Sick?

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