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  • 28
    Mar
    Health
    Written By Tela Kayne
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    Watch this if you want to understand the rise in food allergies and cancer in the United States. Please, please, please watch this - only takes 18 minutes and will change the way you think about food! Robyn shares her personal story and how it inspired her current path as a "Real Food" evangelist. Grounded in a successful Wall Street career that was more interested in food as good business than good-for-you, this mother of four was shaken awake by the dangerous allergic reaction of one of her children to a "typical" breakfast. Her mission to unearth the cause revealed more about the food industry than she could stomach, and impelled her to share her findings with others. Informative and

  • 10
    Mar
    Environment, Health
    Written By Tela Kayne
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    Who's banning Bisphenol A (BPA)? Europe? Canada? United Arab Emirates? China? US? Answer: Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. NO!!! These other countries have banned the use of hormone disruptors such as BPA because of their unproven safety and the myriad of studies that show potential harm. The United States however, still refuses to regulate toxic substances such as BPA. Sarah Janssen, a scientist from the Natural Resources Defense Council writes: Instead of protecting vulnerable populations, corporate interests have continued to trump public health and common sense in the U.S.  BPA is a chemical known to mimic estrogen and which has been linked to increased risk of cancer, altered brain development, early puberty and other metabolic changes. It really shouldn’t be in our food supply. It's

  • 02
    Mar
    Education
    Written By Tela Kayne
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    My very favorite children's author, Theodor Seuss Geisl would have been 107 today if he were still alive (he passed away in 1991). I particularly love his story "The Lorax". It was before it's time, a metaphor for environmental responsibility. The story speaks for the trees in defense against human impact and at one time was actually banned from some schools and libraries due to it's anti-forestry industry content. I am also partial to "Green Eggs and Ham" which was the first Dr. Seuss book I ever read. I loved it so much that my mom would make me green eggs and green ham for St. Patrick's Day every year!  And, I was such a fan of his books growing

  • 16
    Feb
    Other Stuff
    Written By Tela Kayne
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    We've written about interactive websites for kids and now with the explosion of tablet computers and smartphones, it's time for a list of our favorite apps and games for kids. Jack and the Beanstalk Children's Interactive Storybook [$.99]: This is an interactive storybook keeps the attention of both my 6 and 3 year old. It tells the story of Jack and the Beanstalk but also offers interactive features such as hidden games and treasures. It's a pretty big file at 105MB but worth the download! Intro to Math by Montessorium [$4.99]: My 3 1/2 year old daughter loves this educational app for both the iphone & the ipad. She's learning the fundamentals of mathematics in a fun and engaging way.

  • 01
    Feb
    Other Stuff
    Written By Tela Kayne
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    The USDA and HHS announce new dietary guidelines to help Americans make healthier food choices and confront the obesity epidemic. More than one-third of children and more than two-thirds of adults in the United States are overweight or obese.  As a result of these statistics, the new recommendations focus on eating less and exercising more, as well as to: Avoid oversized portions. Make half your plate fruits and vegetables. Switch to fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk. Compare sodium in foods like soup, bread, and frozen meals – and choose the foods with lower numbers. Drink water instead of sugary drinks. It's definitely a step in the right direction, but I feel more can be done to help control food quality at a

  • 26
    Jan
    Health
    Written By jenstate
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    It seems like more and more children are dealing with asthma these days, and there are a myriad of drugs to choose from to help your child breath easier. There are also expensive air purifiers, natural flooring options to eliminate dust-filled carpet, and other pricey ways to help ease your child's asthma symptoms. But prescription drugs sometimes come with nasty side effects, and other expensive options just don't fit every budget. A little prevention can go a long way, so let's explore other ways to help your asthmatic child breath easier naturally and frugally. 1. Get rid of chemicals and fragrances! Clean means being fragrance-free, not smelling like perfume, pine trees or anything else for that matter. As an asthmatic,

  • 25
    Jan
    Other Stuff
    Written By Tela Kayne
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    Dr. Mercola has a great article, "New Study Shows Antibiotics Have Little Impact on Child Ear Infections" that discusses the overuse of antibiotics for ear infections in children and more importantly, alternative remedies to use for ear infections. I have suffered from several ear infections over the past few years, and I can attest to the fact that they hurt! I like to think I have a pretty high tolerance for pain and can only imagine what it must be like for a child. Each time I felt an ear infection coming on, I tried to wait it out and take my vitamins to boost my immune system. However, despite my efforts, I still developed severe inflammation and fluid buildup