Raising Healthy Kids in a Toxic World

  Raising Happy, Healthy Kids in a Toxic Word      Maureen H. McDonnell, BS, RN I don’t usually pull the “age card” (especially 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 (2 are in the photo) and I have been a pediatric registered nurse for 36 years!   Now, neither of these admissions alone, or in combination, ...

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Flushing out the Toxins

We have all come a long way in our awareness of the role the 87,000 chemicals that have been created in the last hundred years (which are mostly untested and unregulated) play in conditions ranging from Infertility,  Autism,  Cancer to Obesity.   As a result of our understanding of just how detrimental these substances can be to our health, most of us are now using “green” cleaning products, natural deodorants (without ...

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Why Juice?

To Juice or Not to Juice?  To juice or not to juice is definitely “not” the question!  I don’t think there is much of a debate regarding the health benefits of consuming such a rich source of nutrients & cleansing elements, or how these organic, fresh-made drinks boost your energy and improve immune function.  But just in case you are not yet convinced of the advantages, here’s a quick review of ...

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An Adult Topic: Preventing Dementia….

Recently, a neighbor expressed great concern (actually fear) regarding the fact that because her parents developed dementia, she too would follow that same course. I immediately and emphatically responded that we have more control than we think over whether or not we develop a particular illness...even if there is a genetic predisposition for it to occur. Genes are a factor for certain. However, new research tells us that we can often ...

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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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Getting Healthy Before Getting Pregnant

You might be surprised to find out just how little attention is paid to this concept in our culture. Yet, today, with 1 in 6 children affected by either a neurological, behavioral or developmental disorder (including 1 in 50 with autism) and 53% of our kids affected by one or more chronic illness (such as asthma, ADHD and allergies), it is time to examine this concept more closely. Having worked with ...

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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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