One of the Greatest Gifts You Can Give Your Child (& yourself)

Get Healthy BEFORE You Get Pregnant...  by Maureen McDonnell, RN   We all know there are many factors at play in the days and weeks following conception that are crucial for the survival and healthy development of a fetus such as diet, stress, infection, tobacco use, environmental toxins, alcohol, drugs etc. But what we don’t often consider (and yet it may be of equal, if not greater significance) is the health status ...

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Children’s Health…An Inconvenient Truth….what moms can do NOW!

An Inconvenient Truth regarding Children’s Health….What Moms Can Do Now! Maureen McDonnell, RN Remember when you first saw Al Gore’s movie “An Inconvenient Truth” that depicted the dire state of our environment due to global warming?  It wasn’t easy to watch. But we had to face up to the fact that as a result of the industrialization of our world, carbon emissions, and the creation of 87,000 new chemicals over the past ...

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Outsmarting the New Obstacles to Your Health

  I knew the moment I heard my first lecture in nursing school (highlighting the details of what happens when the body becomes riddled with disease), that I would spend my career focused on preventing illness.  My calling it seemed was to learn all I could about ways to keep the body healthy, strong and disease-free.   Subsequently, over the ensuing 30 plus years, I dove into many aspects of health: exploring ...

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Super Foods for a long, healthy life!

I know the names Acai (pronounced ahh Sigh Eee), Cacao (pronounced Ca Cow) and Goji sound like exotic, foreign substances, but the truth is these are nutrient-dense “superfoods” that are rapidly gaining in popularity. And my prediction is, as more of us focus on ways to live longer, healthier lives, these strange sounding powders and berries will soon become household words. The term “superfood” was coined in 2004 by Dr. Steven Pratt ...

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Raising Healthy Kids in a Toxic World

I don’t usually pull the “age card” in our youth oriented society, but I’m going to just put it out there and tell you that I am a grandmother of 7 kids and I have been a pediatric registered nurse for 36 years!   Now, neither of these admissions alone, or in combination, makes me a wise old sage who has all the answers.  However, the fact that I was working ...

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What Do Cigarettes, Sugar and Vaccines Have in Common?

In 1958 the Center for Disease Control (undoubtedly influenced by Big Tobacco) announced:                              “Smoking does not cause lung cancer” In the 1970’s, the Sugar Industry began its well-funded PR campaign to shift public opinion away from the health destroying effects of sugar.  Documents have recently been unearthed from the archives at Colorado University’s library (1) revealing the strategy the industry took to make this happen.  By financially supporting (pre-determined outcome) studies, ...

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The Fats of Life

Since I proclaim to be an advocate of eating a healthy diet to prevent and treat many chronic illnesses, you might ask “why would I devote an entire article to fat?” Well, before you dismiss the topic or label me a nutritional heretic, hear me out: I’m not talking about packing on the pounds or eating the wrong kinds of fats. I’m referring to my new found reverence for the ...

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Busting 4 Myths About Raising Healthy Children

Bust These 4 Myths! Cow’s Milk is Mandatory:  Of course children need calcium and other essential nutrients for proper growth and development. However, consuming milk from another animal is not necessarily the best way to get these. Additionally, we are the only species who seeks nourishment from another animal’s milk.   Although the American Dairy Council has done a great job convincing us that milk is necessary for health (via their well-funded ...

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