When Everything Is Wrong

Added November 24, 2015, Under: Children's Health, Environment, Parents

refugees (dollar paid)

I am sharing some words from my friend Peggy Gannon as a guest post for this health blog..   "What's wrong?" In a word, everything. I posted a poem somewhere that moved me deeply; I saw it first as an excerpt but later found its entirety. I'll repeat it at the end of this little essay... For the past week, all I’ve seen have been fear, anger, hatred, bigotry, xenophobia, ignorance, close-mindedness and an unwillingness to be open to new information. I can't stand this ...


It Is Time To Change This Way Of Cooking?

Added November 16, 2015, Under: Children's Health, Diseases, Health, Nutrition

Cubes of rendered lard on wooden spatula

Are you using vegetable oils to heat up when using a frying pan? Do you consider these vegetable oils to be the safer option? Vegetable oils have a long history but the history of animal fats is considerably longer… Some 100 years ago, the then soap company Proctor & Gamble bought into a German scientist’s idea to use waste plant material to formulate a product to resemble lard and cook like lard but that was nothing like lard. With clever and massive marketing, ...


Sing The Song You Were Born To Sing

Added October 21, 2015, Under: Children's Health, Environment, Health


Do you enjoying singing?  It can be in the bath or the shower, accompanying the radio when you are driving or even singing and dancing around the house to music.  You can also join a local choir - they continue to grow in popularity. Just one word of warning - be wary of singing out loud in public places when you have headphones on!  The family connection Not his career, but a huge and much loved hobby, my brother has been rocking down ...


Our Children Need To Be Outdoors More, For Their Eye Health

Added September 19, 2015, Under: Children's Health, Environment, Exercise

Close up Male Young Kid Peeking Over a Rustic Wooden Fence While Holding the Edge and Staring at the Camera

Just recently I wrote about the importance of children exercising and being outdoors as much as possible. Now researchers have found that if children can play outdoors for at least an extra 40 minutes a day, this provides additional protection for their eyes and can even prevent them from becoming short sighted. Known as myopia, being short sighted means that you can only see things clearly when you are up close to them. So another reason for less screen time and much ...


Is It Time To Set Your Feet Free?

Added September 15, 2015, Under: Children's Health, Environment, Exercise, Health

Beautiful woman legs with pedicure on bamboo mat

Going barefoot outdoors is something I like to do as often as the terrain and the weather allows and I have written about the custom of grounding or earthing before. There is also the habit of taking off your shoes when you enter your own or someone else’s home - usually for reasons of hygiene and cleanliness. What I have found My favorite place to go barefoot is on the beach and paddling in the ocean but that is not always possible especially ...


Do Young Children Today Have Enough Exercise?

Added August 31, 2015, Under: Children's Health, Environment, Exercise, Nutrition, Weight Loss


In the past children would spend hours outside playing with their friends - whatever the weather. They were also encouraged to participate in organized school sport, although not all children wanted to. The long summers without school meant children had the freedom to spend all day exploring. But in many cases, modern technology and a growing fear of keeping children safe has changed all that. Today, official figures indicate that (a) in the UK one in every four children in the ...


Pregnancy & That Golden Hour After Birth

Added August 8, 2015, Under: Babies, Children's Health, New Moms, Pregnancy

Tiny Newborn Baby's feet on female Heart Shaped hands closeup

We are used to hearing about the importance of that golden hour after being seriously injured in an car accident (or any other type of accident for that matter) when you should be treated promptly by competent paramedics on the scene before being taken to hospital. But now we are learning about a similar golden hour after the birth of a baby In the rush to clean, weigh and measure and generally check the health of a newborn, the baby may be ...


Two Homemade Remedies For Eczema & Psoriasis

Added June 24, 2015, Under: Children's Health, How To, Skin Conditions

European Robin bird taking a bath

Eczema can be such an itching, irritating and incredibly uncomfortable condition. Children can really suffer when you have to try to prevent them from scratching at their eczema rash.  With psoriasis, identifying and avoiding your triggers, keeping your immune system healthy by reducing stress, avoiding illness and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, are paramount in keeping this skin condition under control. Eczema Too much heat and sweat can make the skin even more irritated and itchy. When the body sweats, valuable water and moisture ...


Some Thoughts On Forced Vaccinations

Added June 5, 2015, Under: Children's Health, Diseases, Doctors, Health, Vaccines

Close-up shot of pediatrician giving a three month baby girl  intramuscular injection in arm

For many months now, and especially following the much publicized “Disneyland measles outbreak”, there have been endless articles and discussions on the pros and cons of vaccines. It has got to the point where the backlash against those who want the choice of whether or not they inject their children with vaccines has become really vicious. There have been calls for mandatory vaccination without the option of an exemption (medical, religious or otherwise) and some USA states have already started ...


Talcum Powder Can Be Hazardous But There Are Natural Alternatives

Added May 21, 2015, Under: Babies, Children's Health, Diseases, Environment, New Moms

Crying Baby talcum powder container.

Talcum powder is a rather old fashioned substance that was very popular in the past to absorb moisture and reduce friction on the skin - the scented version for women and the baby version for young children. The talc in talcum powder comes from the crushing, drying and milling of mined talc rocks and contains minerals such as magnesium and silicon. I know it is hard to imagine now but, in the past, talcum powder used to include asbestos (we now ...

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