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Archive Category: Children’s Health

Too Much Milk

October 31st, 2016

Yes, there is such a thing as too much milk ¬†for our children and for adults. In fact, many children have increased risk of eczema and ear infections due to dairy consumption. While dairy is a good source of calcium and vitamin D, I recommend trying yogurt or kefir, if dairy is tolerated. And keep those dark leafy greens included in meals. Sardines are another good source of both calcium and vitamin D. Nutrient variety is important! ūüôā

Chemical Exposure Staggering

October 25th, 2016

Chemical exposure in the United States is increasing our health care costs AND reducing our IQ’s. This article further discusses PBDE’s (polybrominated diphenyl ethers–flame retardants). PBDE’s are in just about everything and are known endocrine-disruptors. One mechanism is that the bromide molecule blocks iodine from our receptors. This in turn block thyroid function leading to hypothyroid symptoms and potential thyroid cancer. Bromide can also accumulate in breast tissue and is likely associated with breast cancer as well. Iodine deficiency is also associated with insulin resistance and weight gain. While it would be almost impossible to avoid PBDE’s while living in the US, but you may want to have your iodine and bromide levels checked. If you are iodine deficient, supplementation could help “flush out” bromide. Caution must be exercised with iodine supplementation or suppression of thyroid function can occur.

So, this note kinda went down a rabbit-hole. First, the high cost of chemical exposure in the US. Then the adverse impact of these chemicals on our health and IQ. Then the link of bromide with thyroid, breast, blood sugar and weight gain problems. Then testing for iodine and bromide to determine supplementation needs. Whew! I do encourage you to make an appointment to have testing and potentially reduce the risk of these dangerous chemicals.

BTW–Did you know that there are endocrine disruptors in your nail polish, too?

Natural Cleaners??

October 21st, 2016

Even so-called “natural cleaners” may contain dangerous chemicals. A big part of the problem is that companies are not required to label cleaning products¬†ingredients. And sources of dangerous chemicals can be ¬†hidden in different terms such as “fragrance”.¬†¬†Your best bet? Make your own! There are many simple and effective options. For example, this article recommends adding baking soda to liquid soap for a bathroom scrub. Here is another link to some great ideas! You can even use just baking soda to clean toilets, etc. And guess what works best on windows and mirrors? water and a flour-sack cotton cloth. Use caution with essential oils as well. Many companies use solvents to extract the essential oil and then dangerous residues can be¬†present in the final product. And PLEASE avoid triclosan which is in many anti-bacterial soaps and toothpastes! The FDA has even put a ban on triclosan but it isn’t in effect until September 2017. To your health!!

Natural Cleaning Options

Natural Cleaning Options

Some Simple Ways to Help Improve Focus (ADHD?)

October 21st, 2016

I agree with these ways to improve focus–healthy protein (preferably in your diet), essential fatty acids (cod liver oil is my favorite), and lots of leafy greens. I also recommend testing for food intolerances which can be huge triggers. And avoiding sugar is a must–yes, that includes artificial sweeteners as well. Sometimes honey or maple syrup is tolerated for a sweet treat. Exercise is also shown to help improve brainn health. There are also specific supplements that can help depending upon individual needs. Please call!

Peace–For Your Health

October 11th, 2016

In the hustle and bustle of our lives, I hope you can enjoy some peace today. Our health requires it. Take deep breaths, enjoy the sunshine, go for a walk, and plan on quiet time.

Peace in Autumn

Peace in Autumn

Meditation vs. Detention Works

October 6th, 2016

This school has replaced detention with meditation and is noting very positive results. Check out this article!

How The Impact of Sugar Has Been Down-Played

September 14th, 2016

Sugar is associated with cancer, diabetes, heart disease, inflammation, and more. One of my favorite recollections was in medical school when I was scanning the nutrition shelves. I flipped open an OLD¬†nutrition book (from late 1800’s)–the author was emphatically warning of the health consequences of “artificial sweeteners”. I rechecked the publication date, scratched my head, and read on, wondering what “artificial sweetener” this could be. It was CANE SUGAR!!¬†Please read the attached article and watch the Fed-Up movie.

FDA Bans Ingredients in Anti-bacterial Soaps

September 13th, 2016

Finally!! The FDA has ruled that antibacterial soaps are no more effective than good ol’ soap and water and has banned “19 active ingredients — including the most common, triclosan and triclocarban — ¬†in¬†liquid soaps, bar soaps and other items.” Read more here.

Progress Toward Raising Healthy Children!

July 1st, 2016

I am excited that a step is being made toward a healthier environment for our children. While this task force gets started, however, please avoid exposure to plastics, pesticides, herbicides, etc. Check out this article.

Sleep Recommendations for our Kids

June 30th, 2016

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine has recently released recommendations for how much sleep our children should be getting based upon their ages. Check out the attached article!

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