From the Experts Archive

Family Dinners—A Life Saver for Your Family

by Mark Hyman, MD, via The Huffington Post,

The slow insidious displacement of home cooked and communally shared family meals by the industrial food system has fattened our nation and weakened our family ties. In 1900, 2 percent of meals were eaten outside the home. In 2010, 50 percent were eaten away from home and one in five breakfasts is from McDonald’s. Most family meals happen about three times a week, last less than 20 minutes and are spent watching television or texting while each family member eats a different microwaved “food.” More meals are eaten in the minivan than the kitchen.

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Food Labels: Do You Know What’s in Your Food?

by Kristin Kirkpatrick, MS., RD, LD, via The Huffington Post,

Think back to what you had for dinner last night. Try to remember everything on your plate—the protein, the carbohydrates and the fat. Now ask yourself—where did it all come from? If you had a vegetable, do you know if it came from a farm near your house or perhaps did it travel hundreds, even thousands of miles to make it into your grocery store? If you had chicken, do you know if it grazed outdoors or was locked up? If your food came from a box, did you read the label first and if so, did you understand all the ingredients? The fact is most of us either don’t know or don’t want to know where our food comes from. To many of us, food is something that can be found in a box, thrown in the microwave and consumed in front of the TV.

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A Breakthrough Discovery on the Causes of Autism

by Dr. Mark Hyman, via The Huffington Post,

Imagine being the parent of a young child who is not acting normally and being told by your doctor that your child has autism, that there is no known cause, and there is no known treatment except, perhaps, some behavioral therapy. That is exactly what Jackson’s parents were told as their 22-month-old son regressed into the non-verbal psychic prison of social withdrawal, disconnection, and repetitive behaviors typical of autism.

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Organically Raised: A Hip and Healthy Guide for Parents

Organically Raised: A Hip and Healthy Guide for Parents

The cookbook Organically Raised: Conscious Cooking for Babies and Toddlers is a great solution for the growing number of parents today concerned about what to feed their children—especially young children, who can be even more susceptible to food allergies. The book’s author, Anni Daulter, is a former social worker and social consciousness professor, a mother, a professional cook, and the founder of Bohemian Baby Food—at the time of its founding, the only organic, fresh baby food available on the market.

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Doctor Prescribes Nutrition for Kids’ Health

According to Carolyn Dean, MD, ND, life-threatening diseases such as diabetes once consigned to adults are becoming alarmingly common in childhood. Asthma, allergies, endocrine irregularities, behavioral problems and a host of other maladies in children have reached epidemic proportions. Nonetheless, Dr. Dean argues, prevention and reversal are possible with sound nutrition and common sense.

Austin, Texas (Vocus/PRWEB) December 01, 2010—Dr. Dean’s new booklet, Kids’ Health—A Doctor’s Guide for Parents, published by Better Nutrition magazine, offers clear-cut guidelines for achieving, maintaining or restoring children’s health.

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Genetically Modified Organisms and Your Children

Genetically Modified Organisms and Your Children

Although genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have been with us since the early 1990s, it is only fairly recently that mainstream consumers have begun hearing about them. There is a very good reason for this: the companies that develop them, along with various government agencies, insist that there are no differences between genetically modified crops and their non-GMO counterparts. The public is told there is no danger to health or contamination of non-GMO products. These same entities also contend that genetic engineering is highly beneficial, will help feed the world, will save natural resources such as water, and will result in less use of pesticides.

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Carolyn Dean, MD: Kids’ Health Matters

By Carolyn Dean, MD, ND,

Dr. Carolyn Dean is both a medical doctor and a naturopathic doctor. She has been in the forefront of the natural medicine revolution for over 30 years. Dr. Dean is the author/coauthor of 20 health books (print and e-Books). Her latest book is called Kids’ Health—a doctor’s guide for parents. Dr. Dean has a free newsletter as well as a valuable online wellness program called Future Health Now! at www.drcarolyndean.com. She is also available to assist individuals with all types of illness at any stage or degree of severity through her Telephone Wellness Consulting practice.

Kids are our most precious resource. Yet they have become a dumping ground for more than 80,000 toxic chemicals—heavy metals, food preservatives and antibiotics. There is an alarming rise in childhood asthma, allergies, immune system disorders, ADHD, obesity and diabetes. The result is that the current generation of kids may not live longer than their parents.[1]

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Ashley Koff, RD: Key Principles for Optimal Health

By Ashley Koff, RD

Ashley Koff is a registered dietitian (R.D.) who strives to make better nutrition a way of life for all. Her passionate style is effective, resulting in Koff being named by Citysearch as LA’s “Best Nutritionist” three years running and a national media favorite. Koff appears monthly on Good Morning America Health and as the lead expert for Huffington Post Living’s “Total Energy Makeover”, she was selected as Hollywood’s Dietitian, and is also an AOL wellness expert.

Today I read a lot of articles about all of the threats to children’s health, the exponential increases in levels of disease, allergies, intolerances, etc., and they paint a very bleak picture. Parents send me e-mails or shoot their hands in the air at lectures, all voicing their concerns about this food or that, this nutrient or that, this environmental toxin or that one, the threats of cyber predators or school safety, and so on. It all seems so scary; yet I don’t do “Debbie Downer” very well. So, I wanted to write this to say it’s okay Mom and Dad (or Mom and Dad to be, or Mom and Mom, or Dad and Dad, or Grandma, or . . . you get the point)—it’s so okay, at least when it comes to nutrition and environmental toxins. We actually know the issues, we have the solutions, we can make it easy to be healthier, and we even have the tools to heal when health crises arise. So take a deep breath and read on; this should be music to your ears.

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