Monthly Archives: June 2011

Food Allergy and Sensitivities—A Growing Problem

A recent study to be published in the journal Pediatrics found that the prevalence of food allergy in children is higher than previously thought.1 It turns out that 8 percent of children—that’s about 1 in every 13 children—are affected by food allergy. Food allergies and sensitivities are far-reaching problems contributing to many autoimmune conditions like type 1 diabetes, arthritis and…

Five Ways to Reduce Children’s Toxin Exposure

Renew You Challenge Let’s start this week off right! Weekly challenge (I mean, opportunity!) to help set you off on the right foot and in the right direction for bringing health to your week. You could even add it to your calendar. Join us! The Canadian Partnership for Children’s Health and Environment is an affiliation of organizations with a common…

Reusable Grocery Bags Are High In Lead!

  Some disturbing news came to my attention recently. You know those reusable bags that are replacing plastic and paper bags; those bags that help reduce waste in our landfills? Well, a recent investigation in the Tampa Bay area (my hometown) has found that many of these bags contain dangerous levels of lead! The investigation was lead by the local…

Alzheimer’s Disease Link to Cholesterol and Inflammation

  Did you know there is a link between Alzheimer’s disease and cholesterol levels? This has been known for sometime, actually. Middle-aged adults with high total cholesterol levels—even moderately high—are more likely to develop Alzheimer’s. And, very high HDL (good) cholesterol levels in older adults puts them at reduced risk of Alzheimer’s. Two new studies takes this link even further.…

Omega-3 and Your Mouth

Omega-3 fatty acids are wonder nutrients that offer many benefits to the body, from head to toe. Now, even the mouth is included in the long list of body areas that function better after intake of omega-3s. A recent study found that a moderate, daily intake of the omega-3s DHA and EPA (found in marine sources, usually fish oil) was…

You Snooze, You Lose

I mention sleep from time to time because it is so important to your well-being.  Studies are finding that inadequate sleep can trigger a slew of health conditions.  These days, people are cramming more and more things to do into their days, but there are only so many hours in a day.  So what gets cut?  You guessed it—sleep! A…

Toxic Flame Retardants in Most Baby Products

Renew You Challenge Let’s start this week off right! Weekly challenge (I mean, opportunity!) to help set you off on the right foot and in the right direction for bringing health to your week. You could even add it to your calendar.  Join us!  Flame retardants are just about everywhere. They are especially concentrated in the home due to their…

Plastics Leach Toxins

  Plastic products are made with an array of toxic chemicals—different chemicals depending on the final function of the plastic. Sure, plastics are convenient, there is no doubt. But I have to say, we’ve gone overboard with our dependence on plastic products. A recent study has found that one-third of plastic products tested released toxic substances. The test they did…

Anxiety—It’s Not All in Your Head

  The gut-brain connection is fascinating. It involves an intimate communication between the gut and the brain, and it goes in both directions—from the brain to the gut, and from the gut to the brain. I mean, isn’t it cool that what happens in your gut can affect your brain? Yet another study looking at the gut-brain connection has found…