The Canary Kids Film Project: How to Stop the Autism Epidemic in Its Tracks
Posted Feb 01 2013 12:00am
By Beth Lambert
I believe that we have the
power to stop the autism epidemic in its tracks. In order to do this, we must increase the
number of people who understand the root causes of the epidemic. We must
increase the number of people who understand that we are all touched by this epidemic. So how do we increase the number of parents
and citizens in this country who understand what is happening to our children? How
do we accelerate their learning?
We live in a media age. It is time for a big media solution. It is time for a ground-breaking, paradigm-shifting
film, made by an award-winning director , that will raise awareness in a meaningful and
powerful way. A film that connects the
dots for people. A film that shows how
all children in this country are a part of the autism epidemic. A film that can be seen in theaters across
I present to you, Canary Kids:
A Film For Our Children. This is a documentary film that is being funded
by us, the parents, the scientists, the writers, the advocates, the people who
“get it,” who want everyone else to “get it” too. But we need your help .
A New Age, A New Solution
In 2012 The Norman Lear
Center at USC Annenberg, a top research and policy institution focusing on the
impact of entertainment and media on society, released a research study that
answered the following question: Do
movies have the ability to change people’s behaviors? By using the documentary film, Food, Inc. as a case study, the answer
they found was a resounding: Yes. They did a controlled study and found that
people watched Food Inc. they were
significantly more likely to:
their friends, family & colleagues to learn more about food safety
imagine the statistics coming out upon the release of Canary Kids:
who watched Canary Kids were more
vaccination and/or question their pediatricians about the safety and efficacy
antibiotics for their children’s ear infections or viral sore throats
try homeopathy before pharmaceutical medications
replace toxic cleaning and personal care products with safe,
write their Congressmen about toxic exposures in their
that is the kind of change that can stop a health epidemic in its tracks.
We Are All In The Same Boat
What is going to make someone come out to see Canary Kids? Canary Kids is not just about autism. For too long, people not directly affected by
autism have looked the other way, because they can’t relate to autism. They don’t know what it is, they don’t see
how it impacts them. They may not come
out to see a film about autism, but they will come out to see a film about
Most people don’t understand
that the asthma epidemic is directly related to the autism epidemic or that the
obesity epidemic is related to the autism epidemic. They don’t yet see that the same
environmental factors (pharmaceuticals, vaccines, toxins, diet, etc.) that
cause symptoms of autism in one child are the very same environmental factors
that cause symptoms of asthma in another.
Canary Kids is a
film about all of us, and how every single child in this country is a part of
the autism epidemic. The goal of the film is to show the many people who are
not (yet) directly affected by autism and who don’t feel the same sense of
urgency that the autism community does, that we are all in the same boat. I
believe that the people who do not have a child or grandchild or close family
member with autism will begin to pay closer attention to the epidemic once they
understand that their “unaffected” children are actually a part of the autism
The key lies in helping them
to see that their mildly affected children are really “almost autism.”
with GERD and projectile vomiting as an infant:
who can’t stand to have her hair brushed, skin touched, or clothes on: almost autism
with low muscle tone, apraxia and runny stools:
with eczema over 70% of his body and an inability to sleep at night: almost
with chronic constipation and behavioral problems: almost autism
We are all (in our own unique
way) a part of an epidemic of chronic illness, and our children . . . they are
our little Canaries.
And that brings us back to the Canary Kids Film
Project, a project sponsored by my nonprofit organization, Epidemic
Answers . The Canary Kids Film Project will take 7
children with a diagnosis of autism, ADHD, asthma, chronic Lyme or some other
amalgamation of chronic (environmentally-derived) symptoms and provide them
with free healing and recovery services for the period of 18 months.
The film will document their
recovery journey while simultaneously providing an exposé on the factors that
contributed to their conditions in the first place. Most importantly, the film will connect the
dots for people so that they understand that we are all a part of the autism epidemic: Asthma, ADHD, allergies,
Lyme, OCD, SPD, LDs, diabetes, obesity, Crohn’s, colitis, rare autoimmune
conditions . . . we are all affected.
We are making this film in
collaboration with award-winning director Mary
Mazzio of 50 Eggs Inc. The film is slated for theatrical release, but
we need funding first. We have already
raised $70,000, but we need $250,000 more to enroll the children in the program
and additional funding for film production.
This has the potential to be a
Please consider supporting
this film project in any way you can. We
believe this film has the power to wake people up. More importantly, we can help 7 beautiful
children get on the road to recovery.
Help Us Help Them.
How can I help?
Donate. To maintain the integrity
of the project and the honesty of the message, we are not taking
investors. We are funding this entirely
through grants and donations. The more
money we raise, the greater impact we will have.
Volunteer and help Epidemic Answers raise money and educate people about the
epidemic of chronic illness in America’s children. To get involved, please contact email@example.com
Beth Lambert is the Executive
Director of Epidemic Answers, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to
educating the public about the epidemic of chronic illness affecting our
children and helping parents find healing solutions. Beth is also the author of A Compromised Generation: The Epidemic of Chronic Illness in America’s
Children (Sentient, 2010) and the mother of three young children.