“Mercury contamination in kids”

If women are pregnant, want to be pregnant or are nursing eating more than one or two servings a week of canned tuna, especially albacore tuna could be harmful to their health according to the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Tuna fish and other seafoods are packed with great nutrients such as omega-3’s, the B vitamins and lean protein. But lurking unseen is a toxic contaminant mercury that can affect brain development and the nervous system in young children. The number of children born witth mercury contamination is on the rise.

Buy your fish from the first list below not the last.

Lowest in mercury – You can enjoy two 6-oz servings per week

Anchovies, 
Butterfish, 
Calamari (squid), 
Caviar (farmed)
, King crab, 
Pollock, 
Catfish
, Whitefish, 
Perch (ocean), 
Scallops
, Flounder, 
Haddock, 
Hake
, Herring, 
Lobster (spiny/rock), 
Shad, 
Sole
, Crawfish/crayfish
, Salmon, 
Shrimp, 
Clams,
Tilapia
, Oysters, 
Sardines, 
Sturgeon (farmed), 
Trout (freshwater)

Below are a few of the cities that have  had trouble with toxic mercury levels in tuna:
Santa Cruz, CA,  San Diego, CA,  Destin, FL,  Long Island, N Y
Des Moines-Ames Corridor, Iowa   San Francisco Bay Area, CA
Mercury in Seafood: No Fair Warning.
Los Angeles, CA, San Diego, CA, Chicago, Il

Resources

For more information contactGotMercury.org

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“Recalled kids meds =ER trips”

CDC researchers  found that recalled cough and cold over the counter medications accounted for too many of the ER visits for small children.
The good news
The numbers of ER nonfatal trips of young children between 0 and 4 years of age dropped by more than half, from 2,790 visits to 1,248 nationwide in the past 14 months.
The bad news
If parents had thrown away these old cough and cold childrens’ syrups when they were recalled in 2007 these children would not have gotten sick.
Some uninformed parents are still giving their infants and toddlers these medicines, and young children are still finding ways to get a hold of these old medicines themselves.
Please throw these old medicines away.

Resources

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“Thanks for children safely home for the holidays”

During the holidays, many families have a tradition where everyone takes turns saying what they are grateful for. At the Polly Klaas® Foundation and Complementary Medicine Association, we are very grateful that you have joined us in our mission to keep children safe.

Keeping your family safe becomes part of your family bonding experience, an essential part of the fabric of your lives.

With your own children, you teach safety lessons throughout each day—at the grocery store, as you pick them up from school, and while they’re at sports and school events. While in casual conversations, you quietly let them know what you do to keep them safe.

You also watch out for other children. You could be stepping outside to be present and watch the neighborhood kids come home from school. Or, you could be shopping at a large store and show a lost child how to find a store employee who can page their parents over the loudspeaker. You can also distribute posters of missing children, showing your own kids how to help others.

We are fortunate this year to see an example of the power that family bonding can provide a child who finds himself or herself in unexpected and extreme danger.

We have enormous gratitude for being able to witness Elizabeth Smart’s strength and courage. Her 2002 kidnapping at knifepoint from her family home made international news, as did her recovery from captivity 9 months later. After all these years her captor has finally been put on trial.

The news stories showed us a remarkably poised young woman, who spared no detail in telling the court about her ordeal.

Perhaps the most vivid lesson for us was her 2008 statement about the importance of her family to her survival and resilience. “I always knew that no matter what, I’d still be part of my family. They could change my name, change the way I look, starve me to death. But they couldn’t change that I am Ed and Lois Smart’s daughter. That was a very powerful thing to me.”

Elizabeth Smart provides us with a living example of someone who has met unexpected brutal tragedy, lived through it, and recovered.  She shows us that we can be resilient. We can reach deep, and be as courageous as we need to be.

Elizabeth also shows us the power of the bond between parent and child, and how that bond can provide the strength and confidence to endure even the most unimaginable dangers.

For a free child safety kit click here.

“Stretching = success work n school”

Where ever you work take a success

break every hour to stretch your back.

When you sit too long the soft tissues and tendons in the back muscles get stressed, The muscles will either tighten up or get to weak and the spine will sublex or move out of alignment.

Moving regularly is the RX your body needs.

Doing a back stretching routine that will help to loosen the tendons in your back and relieve back pain that occurs when you’ve been in the same position for too long.

Step 1

Sit on the end of your chair, with your knees bent to a soft 90-degree angle. Extend one of your legs out in front of your and point the toe forward. You should feel a pull in your lower back as it is stretched. Hold the position for 30 seconds, and return to starting position. Repeat with the other leg.

Step 2

Sit up straight with your back flat against the back of a straight back chair. Make certain the chair has no wheels..

Put your back and spine comfortably against the back of the chair.

Slowly raise one knee to your chest and inhale deeply from your abdominal area. At the same time, hold the leg gently close to your chest feel the stretch through your back.

Hold for 30 seconds or what ever time is comfortable, and release, repeating with the other leg. Begin slowly and gently,

Step 3

Gently release your leg, relax and exhaleas you return the foot to the floor.

Sit up straight and feel the spine lengthen as you return back to your original position. Relax and breathe.

Repeat

Breathe in slowly and hold the knee close to the chest  for 4- 8 seconds (or as long as comfortable). Then release and slowly return the foot to the floor while you quietly and gently exhale.
Repeat the stretch, but begin slowly and do 2 to 4 to start. Quality is more valuable to your back then quantity.
This advise is not meant to diagnose or prescribe. Complementary Medicine Association (CMA) or the people involved are only suggesting ways you might help yourself. See your doctor immediately if pain is severe, persistent or reoccurring.

“Quick tips to relief simple headache pain”

Using these acupressure points presented to you by Dr. Mark Brinson of Brinson Therapeutics, You can help yourself to better health. He specializes in pain, injury and human performance.

Remember. if pain persists or returns frequently see your health practitioner.

This advise is not meant to diagnose or prescribe. CMA or the people involved are only suggesting ways you might help yourself. See your doctor immediately if pain is severe, persistent or reoccurring.

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“Go Mediterranean avoid plus girth”

Adherence to the healthy Mediterranean dietary patterns are key factors for avoiding the natural long-term yearly weight gain occurring during adulthood and with advancing age.
These are the findings of a research study after following 10,000 Spanish university graduates for six years. The average age of the students were 38 years The study found the average participant gained half a pound (0.24 kilograms) per year.
Those that strictly followed the Mediterranean plan were 10 percent less likely to become overweight or obese by the end of the study, and had 24 percent lower odds of packing on more than 11 pounds (5 kilograms) over the study’s first four years.

The Mediterranean dietary pattern focuses on fresh fruit and vegetables, olive oil, non processed grains, lean meat and fish. More weight might have been lost if non-virgin olive oil was used.  This foods combination approach causes less inflammation in the body.

Iris Shai of Ben Gurion University, in Israel, observed that people who follow the Mediterranean diet are likely to be more satiated by the high fiber content of a typical meal and tend to consume fewer “empty calories.”

Resources

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“Start a CookShop in your city pass on the heart of success to families everywhere”

Truly this is a grassroots effort and a perfect example of People Helping People.
The CookShop a government sponsored program is the core nutrition education program of the Food Bank For New York City. It gives low-income children, adults and teens the knowledge and tools to adopt and enjoy a healthy diet on a limited budget. With hands-on workshops it reaches more than 28,000 New Yorkers across all five boroughs,

CookShop teaches cooking skills and nutrition information and fosters enthusiasm for fresh, affordable fruits, vegetables and other whole foods.

The goals of the CookShop are:

  • provides people with basic survival tools and solid nutritional support each person
  • gives each teen and adult a chance to help themselves and their families
  • helps decrease childhood hunger,
  • helps decrease obesity, and diet-related disease in neighborhoods where household income is low, access to healthy foods is limited, and rates of obesity and diet-related disease are high.

CookShop, gives the trainers the education, ongoing technical support, complete curriculum materials and all of the food, supplies and equipment needed for cooking lessons and class activities.

It uses hands-on exploration and cooking activities to helps create interesting activities that can be shared with their children,  while all enjoy  eating healthy foods,

CookShop Classroom is used in approximately 1,300 public elementary and after-school classes.”

Resources

Excerpts courtesy of  http://bit.ly/9VBr2R

Video courtesy of  YOUTUBE AND COOKSHOP

“No Cow’s milk for infants and young kids”

Cow’s milk is not recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics for children under 1 year old.

Infants fed whole milk from cows get insufficient amts of

  • vitamin E
  • iron
  • essential fatty acids.

Infants fed whole milk from cows get too much

  • too much protein
  • sodium,
  • potassium.

These levels may be too high for the infant’s system to handle. Also, whole cow’s milk protein and fat are more difficult for an infant to digest and absorb.

For the best infant nutrition, pick the right milk source the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that infants be fed breast milk or iron-fortified formula during the first 12 months of life. Between ages 4 – 6 months, certain solid foods may be added (not fruits).

Breast milk or iron-fortified formula, along with age-appropriate solid foods and avoid  juices during the first year of life, provides more balanced nutrition.

Iron-fortified infant formula or breast milk should be used until a child is 1 year old. No  Dairy Intake for Babies and Toddlers.

Resource


Excerpts
courtesy of  http://bit.ly/bYwLaW

“Help children get the nutrition they need”

  • Tell U.S. Congress

The Child Nutrition Act can only be reauthorized once every five years.

This is a re-authorization year — and with 1 in 4 children struggling with hunger and 1 in 3 children obese or overweight,

the Child Nutrition Re-authorization could not come at a more critical time.

At least 128 national organizations concerned with the health and welfare of children are joining together to call on Congress to pass a strong child nutrition bill (S. 3307/H.R. 5504). This legislation would strengthen programs like school meals, WIC (supplemental nutrition program for women, infants and children), and summer and after-school feeding programs.

If a Child Nutrition Bill is not passed millions of children will miss out on improved access to the nutritious food they need to learn and grow.

Tell Congress that America’s children can’t wait — pass stronger nutrition legislation now.

Click here to help.

“Link trans fats and inflammatory diseases”

The escalation of chronic inflammatory diseases like heart, diabetes, weight gain, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel, many digestive and countless immune conditions like allergy, colds and flu is parallel to the growth in popularity of trans fats in the modern American diet.

Prior to 1910, dietary fats consisted primarily of butterfat, beef tallow, and lard.  In the early 1900s,  soybean oil came into use as a by product of the soybean industry. At the same time, there was not enough butterfat available for consumers. The method of hydrogenating fat and turning a liquid fat into a solid one had been discovered, and now the ingredients (soybeans) and the “need” (shortage of butter) were there. The fat industry found that hydrogenated fats was born.
Hydrogenated fat such as Crisco and Spry, sold in England, began to replace lard in the baking of bread, pies, cookies, and cakes in 1920. Production of hydrogenated fats (trans fats or saturated fats)  increased steadily until the 1960s, as processed vegetable fats replaced animal fats in the US and other western countries.

In 1988s research began to sound the alarm that trans fats could be a cause of the large increase in coronary artery disease and other inflammatory diseases. In 1994, it was estimated that trans fats caused 20,000 deaths annually in the US from heart disease. Women are more effected by saturated fats than men, but no one is immune. Leading a life sitting 6 hours plus a day will dramatically raise your chances of thickening  your belly and your arteries.

By January 2007, consumer and medical pressure and the USFDA forced Crisco to reformulate their product. of an outright ban on the sale of their product, Crisco was reformulated to meet the United States Food and Drug Administration definition of “zero grams trans fats per
Today chronic, low-grade inflammation almost always lurks beneath the surface of chronic diseases like diabetes, heart inflammation, excess weight, and many immune disorders. Low-grade inflammation has also been linked to an increased risk of cancer and Alzheimer?s disease. If you have any of the above conditions or unexplained weight gain or big emotional swings, your doctor/health practitioner can measure it with the high-sensitivity C-reactive protein or CRP test to find out if this inflammatory factor is very high. Changing what you eat and increase your exercise level can help.

Next article: Eating to decrease inflammation -good fats. -M.Wolken, PhD. Exec. Dir. CMA

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