Once again Influenza is in the news causing panic. The signs of influenza are consistent with past years: red eyes, red lips, muscle aches and of course high fever. To ease your stress, here are a few tips to help your child weather the flu this year.
Halogenated flame retardants are some of the most dangerous chemicals on the market, yet a peer-reviewed study published in Environmental Science & Technology Journal found that they’re pervasive in products made for babies and toddlers: car seats, breast feeding pillows, changing pads, crib wedges, bassinet mattresses and other items made with polyurethane foam.
You’re pregnant and you’re thinking about the nursery. The mission? To give your baby the safest, most nurturing space possible – a place where he or she can thrive. To create your nurturing nursery, the goal is simple: surround your little one primarily with items made of natural materials, with nontoxic finishes and without harmful chemicals. When all-natural’s not possible, find ways to help minimize toxins – and voila, peace of mind for all! Sounds challenging, eh? Actually, it’s easier than you may think. To help parents-to-be create the healthiest baby’s room possible, here are a few, stress-free and hassle-free tips from 7 Steps to a Safe, Nurturing Nursery, the new eBook I’ve written with natural health expert Robyn Griggs Lawrence. In it you’ll find over 50 healthy nursery tips plus 11 buying guides to help parents-to-be and their babies rest easy and healthfully.
Fire Child, Water Child is a revolutionary guide to parenting a child with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) that does not rely on “quick fix” medication or pathologizing your child’s challenges. In many his years working with children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), mydear friend, Stephen Cowan (who was also our daughter, Alison’s pediatrician), has discovered that that one size does not fit all kids. What helps one child focus his or her attention may not benefit another. Utilizing the wisdom of Chinese medicine, he describes five distinct ways children adapt to their environment – fire, wood, earth, metal, water and presents specific ways to support each of their strengths. There are five distinct ways children focus, presented for the first time in Fire Child, Water Child.
The American Psychiatric Association is planning to release their new edition of the "Diagnostic and Statistical Manual," the bible of mental disorders. In it they have "reclassified" children with Pervasive Developmental Disorder and Aspergers syndrome. These changes will jeopardize services provided for children, impair tracking progress of therapeutic interventions and disrupt research into the causes of the epidemic rise in PDD and autism-related problems that has spread around the world.
Everyone wants their kids to eat healthy, right? We have all seen the new food plate instead of pyramid. We all want them to eat a ton of veggies, fruits and whole grains, and no sugar, artificial stuff or white foods. But how exactly do we achieve that? When I first had my daughter Liv, I truly had no clue. I read SUPER BABY FOODS and was completely overwhelmed. But I was willing to do anything for my babe, so I joined a CSA, started cooking more, experimenting more and here is what I learned:
People ask me all the time when I started getting interested in the environment and organics, health, toxins etc. I really don't know the answer...I remember earth day as a kid & being amazed by how much we waste, how we harm the planet, and I would say little by little I started making difference choices. They can be tiny ones, like carrying a travel mug and buying as local & organic as possible, to biggies like the materials we used in building our home. When I was ready to get pregnant I took it all a bit more seriously as I knew my body would be the home for a babe & wanted to make it as 100% natural & organic as possible.
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