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Archive Category: Children’s Health

Sunscreen Absorbs Into Bloodstream–Safety Concerns?

May 10th, 2019

This could actually be a very long post, but I know most of us are too busy to read long blogs. So, I’ll cut to the points (check out this article, too):

  1. Excessive sun exposure causes skin cancer.
  2. Safety studies have never been completed on sunscreens.
  3. New research shows that active ingredients DO reach our blood stream within hours AND persist in the body at least 3 days after application.
  4. We don’t know if these chemicals are safe or not.
  5. Our babies and children get a much higher “dose” per application than adults (due to their higher surface to volume ratio).
  6. Zinc and titanium dioxide are the only sunscreens that have been determined to be “safe and effective”.

My recommendation? Cover up with “sun-safe” clothing. Here is a link to why and how it works. And do get about 15 minutes of sun exposure daily to support your vitamin D levels!

 

Pesticide Exposure and Increased Risk of Autism?

March 26th, 2019

Studies are revealing a potential increase in the risk of autism to children born of mothers exposed to pesticides. Yes, this includes Round-Up. I’m attaching the article for you to read. I could wax poetic on the dangers of pesticides and herbicides, including the “inactive ingredients” that are also toxic (they are labelled “inactive” because they do not have the pesticide or herbicide effect, but are toxic none-the-less!). Choose organic as much as your budget permits–ewg.org can help with decision-making in your purchases. Do not use pesticides and herbicides in your yards–your home is the one place you have control over how the environment is treated. Love your weeds (OK, I am still working on this one–but I do love my dandelions, it’s just those “seed-popper” weeds that make me nuts! . . . OK, I’m on a tangent now . . .). My hope–for your health and that of your family and loved ones.

Measles Outbreak, Flu Season, or Just a Cold

January 29th, 2019

If you live in the Portland/Vancouver area, you are likely aware of the current outbreak of measles. So far, most of the cases are in unvaccinated individuals. While most children will recover fully, there can be significant complications for others. Click here for more information on measles. I am not addressing the controversy regarding to vaccinate or not to vaccinate, but want to address the issue of what to do when you are sick.

If you are sick–fever, coughing, malaise, etc.–your best course of action is to stay home, rest, and recover! This goes against very real and powerful cultural pressures to “keep going”, “be strong”, “power through”, etc. The advent of all the medications to help dry up that runny nose and suppress that cough and reduce that fever have contributed to our perception of the ability to continue our daily schedules “as usual” when we are ill. This not only is a disservice to our own bodies, but to others whom we then expose. One of my favorite examples is from the book by Alvin Tresselt and illustrated by Roger Duvoisin, “White Snow, Bright Snow” published in 1947. The policeman caught a chill, his wife applied a mustard plaster, and he went to bed. I’ve attached a couple of the illustrations–but read the book, it is fun!

My hope is that we each can contribute to changing this cultural pressure–from pushing ourselves and children when we should be resting and healing to a culture that values our limitations and allows time for recovery. Yes, I know being sick is inconvenient and that recovery may be even more so.

And in this season of measles which is very contagious, please stay home if you have a fever, cough, runny nose. These will start even before the telltale rash. Just think, if everyone in Clark County could stay home for 2 weeks, we could end this outbreak! (OK, I know that is not practical 😉 ). Of course, call your health care provider if you are concerned about progression of your or your child’s illness!!

To your health!!

White Snow, Bright Snow

Herbicides in Your Children’s Cereal??

August 16th, 2018

Glyphosates (a main ingredient in Round-Up) has been identified as carcinogenic in California and are present in cereals and grains. I was going to try and summarize EWG’s article, but they have done such a great job I’m just attaching the link–please check it out. The good news is that organic cereals had much lower levels.

Sugar Smacks–Like We Need Another Reason to Avoid It

July 13th, 2018

Hopefully, no one believes that Sugar Smacks cereal is a healthy way to start the day. But now it is also associated with a multi-state Salmonella outbreak. If you have any of this cereal in your cupboard, please dispose of it. Instead, focus on a healthy breakfast of fruit, vegetables, and egg or healthfully-raised meat or fish. My breakfast today (wish I had taken a photo!): quail eggs sauteed with red cabbage and broccoli. To Your Health!!

Natural Pest Control

May 14th, 2018

While trying to avoid use of dangerous pesticides, I turn to natural pest control. I’m including a link to EWG’s site–love the homemade insecticidal soap! Remember that pesticides are not only dangerous to the environment but to you, too. Here’s to a healthy home and garden!!

“Organic” Jargon? This may help . . .

May 1st, 2018

Are you having trouble with the labeling of our foods? Organic, Grass-fed, Pasture-raised, etc. Lions and tigers and bears, oh, my! Here is an article that may shed some light on the nuances of labeling. EWG.org also has helpful pages–check them out as well. To your health!!

Fish Oil and Probiotics During Pregnancy–for Baby’s Health

April 23rd, 2018

Research has noted a 33% reduction in risk of allergies with fish oil and a 20% reduction in risk of eczema with probiotics. Check out the details in this article! Good over-the-counter brands include Nordic Naturals and Carlson.

Changing Baby Poop

March 13th, 2018

The pH of baby poop has been changing since the 1920’s with “acceleration” of this change in the 1980’s. I suspect that increased carbohydrate and packaged/processed foods by nursing mothers is at least contributory, but more research is needed. That being said, a whole (real) food diet consisting primarily of vegetables (especially leafy greens), plus fruit, healthfully raised meats, and healthy fats is optimal over packaged and processed foods, period. Check out this article.

A Colic Treatment That Works!

January 23rd, 2018

I’ve had great success with homeopathic Chamomilla for colicky conditions in infants, but I’m excited about having another option. Research in Poland, Italy, Canada and Australia is showing that Lactobacillus reuteri helps, too. For the comfort of your child and your peace of mind, check out this article.

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