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8 Ways Petroleum Jelly Shows Its Amazing Versatility

Posted on 3rd Aug 2020 12:00:00 in Announcements & News, Children's Health

Petroleum jelly has been around a long time, both in terms of its very existence (more than 150 years) and, presumably, sitting inconspicuously in your medicine cabinet or bathroom cupboard, standing by for when a need arises that only petroleum jelly can fulfill. It’s not a sexy product and you definitely should not eat it, but it does have practical uses, many of them health-related, that make it worth its weight in gold.

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7 A’s to Help You Ace Your Health

Posted on 22nd Jul 2020 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being, Vitamins & Minerals, Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Children's Health

Since recently launching this series of blog posts in which we provide alphabetized lists of nutritional supplements and other products aimed at benefiting your health, we have touched on the B’s and C’s. Our intent was not to go strictly in alphabetical order, but being that we started with B and then went to C, we decided it made sense to circle back and bring some A’s into the picture before we get further down the road.

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Zinc Goes to Front of the Line for Health

Posted on 17th Jul 2020 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being, Immune System, Vitamins & Minerals, Children's Health

Zinc goes to the back of the line when things are alphabetized, but when it comes to your health, zinc belongs at the front of the class. It is a trace mineral that can be found in cells throughout your body, and it is second only to iron in terms of its abundance in your body.

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8 Home Remedies for Treating Pink Eye

Posted on 2nd Jul 2020 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being, Immune System, Vision & Eye Health, Children's Health

Pink eye is not to be confused with merely bloodshot eyes, which are what you get when rubbing your itchy eyes during allergy season. Pink eye is known in medical terms as conjunctivitis, a condition characterized by the swelling of the conjunctiva – the mucous membrane that covers the eye’s front and lines the inside of the eyelids. Symptoms can include red eye, watering of the eyes, and the conjunctiva’s swelling – and in at least one type of red eye can also be accompanied by a pus or mucus discharge.

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8 B’s to Help You Be as Healthy as Can Be

Posted on 8th Jun 2020 12:00:00 in Children's Health, Vitamins & Minerals, Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

It’s never easy devising a health plan tailored to your particular needs and which accounts for all the variables involved in being, or making, yourself as healthy as you can be. There are loads of health-related information out there to sort through. That’s even before you consult with your physician for assistance in creating a health plan that meets your individual needs and is ‘do-able’ within your budget and time constraints.

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Herbs and Supplements With Antibiotic Properties

Posted on 1st Jun 2020 12:00:00 in Children's Health, Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

Antibiotics are a great benefit to our health, and a meaningful invention of modern medicine that has made a meaningful impact on human health. Unfortunately, antibiotics have come to be overused and in some sense made obsolete as bacteria have learned to adapt and overcome them.

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6 Natural Remedies for Killing Parasites

Posted on 23rd Apr 2020 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being, Children's Health

Parasitic infections are no fun, and while they are primarily known for being commonplace in developing countries in Asia and Africa, they still occur to a lesser extent in industrialized countries such as the United States. They are more likely to occur in rural or developing areas, in individuals returning from international travel, and in those people with weakened immune systems.

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How ACP Supports the Respiratory System

Posted on 12th May 2020 12:00:00 in Children's Health, Vitamins & Minerals, Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

There’s nothing like a clear airway, a breath of fresh air, and a healthy set of lungs, because anything less potentially constitutes a severe health problem and ultimately the end of life. Your respiratory system is a matter of life and death without a lot of gray area in between. Think of it this way: if you go four minutes or more without oxygen, such as when you are underwater without an artificial breathing apparatus, your brain cells start dying, leading to brain damage and, eventually death.

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6 Home Remedies to Relieve Migraines

Posted on 21st Jul 2020 12:00:00 in Children's Health, Vitamins & Minerals, Wellness & Well-being

Migraine headaches are one of the most common, persistent ailments found in people, considering that about 12 percent of Americans suffer from these nasty ailments typically much more severe than “typical” headaches. Their occurrence is considered a distinct neurological disease. A migraine typically occurs as a throbbing headache centered in one side of the head, but it can sometimes occur in both sides of the head simultaneously.

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How Homeopathy Can Work For You, By You

Posted on 4th Aug 2020 12:00:00 in Children's Health, Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

Sometime in the past you have probably heard the ancient proverb, “Physician, heal thyself,” which some sources claim was spoken by the ancient “Father of Medicine” Hippocrates, although it is found attributed to Jesus Christ in Luke 4:23 of the Bible. Well, sparing ourselves a deep dive into researching the true meaning of the phrase in its original context, you might be happy to know that you don’t have to be a physician to heal yourself – if you are to believe the tenets of the homeopathic practice of medicine.

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10 Vitamins and Supplements for Cold and Flu Season

Posted on 1st Aug 2020 12:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Children's Health, Vitamins & Minerals, Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

The 2019-20 cold and flu season has already been one of the more intense ones in recent history in terms of duration and numbers of cases. As April has arrived, it appeared that the spread of cold and flu was still was affecting many Americans, most notably various strains of influenza.

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6 Sensible Ways to Thwart or Treat a Sore Throat

Posted on 25th Jun 2020 12:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being, Children's Health

It’s uncomfortable and sometimes painful, and it’s usually a sign that you’re sick, or starting to get sick. At the very least, it’s just plain inconvenient – it’s a sore throat. Coming down with a sore throat in and of itself isn’t a big deal. It’s common to a variety of mild infections or seasonal illnesses. However, it can also be a sign of a more serious or long-lasting illness.

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Oils and Foods that Help Control Body Inflammation

Posted on 19th Mar 2020 12:00:00 in Children's Health, Wellness & Well-being

In recent years, it has become popular for public health advocates and consumers alike to take precautions against inflammation. But what exactly is inflammation? According to webmd.com, inflammation is when your body’s white blood cells work to protect the body from infection in the form of viruses and bacteria. So it turns out that inflammation is actually supposed to be a good thing!

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Home Remedies Aimed at Children’s Health

Posted on 25th Jun 2020 05:00:00 in Children's Health, Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

There’s nothing quite like a sick kid on the home front to turn a day topsy-turvy for parents, especially if it’s a weekday and both Mom and Dad have jobs. Juggling family life and work is tough enough as it is. Keeping up with kids’ health and dealing with all the little nagging things that go with it is a 24/7/365 proposition, and it’s one that seems to hit overdrive during the winter months.

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9 Simple Tips for Preventing or Relieving Strep Throat

Posted on 16th Mar 2020 05:00:00 in Children's Health, Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

The name itself, strep throat, sounds ominous and it suggests pain and suffering, which pretty much sums it up. It’s a bacterial infection that renders your throat sore and scratchy, and at times it can seem like there’s no end in sight. That’s because strep throat can last days or weeks. Alleviating the symptoms and making strep throat disappear within a reasonable amount of time usually requires antibiotic medications, available only through a doctor’s prescription.

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8 Home Remedies to Relieve the Agony of Hives

Posted on 24th Jan 2020 12:00:00 in Children's Health, Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

If you’ve ever suffered from a case of poison ivy, or know someone who has, you should have a pretty good idea of what’s involved for anybody who gets hit with hives. When it happens, an onslaught of hives typically causes your face and neck to break out in reddish or skin-colored welts. It eventually spreads to other parts of your body, with the unsightly hives leaving you alarmingly annoyed from the amount of itching.

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How to Treat Infections in Lieu of Antibiotic Drugs

Posted on 8th Mar 2020 08:00:00 in Children's Health, Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

Doctors have been prescribing antibiotics for patients dating back to the first half of the 20th century; the goal to help hasten a complete recovery for those afflicted with potentially fatal diseases and other serious illnesses. Antibiotics were once hailed as wonder drugs, and they are still regarded that way by anyone who has ever bounced back from a miserably persistent cough or a stubborn skin infection that won’t go away on their own.

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8 Reasons to Like Bees and Love Their Honey

Posted on 3rd Mar 2020 12:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Children's Health, Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

Bees can be a real pest when it comes to invading your backyard barbecue, but they sure do their good deed in providing the goods for people to enhance their health – and they are downright sweet about it. Bee-produced honey has been used for centuries as both a food and a medicine, and it serves its purpose quite well in both regards.

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What Is Homeopathy, and How Does It Work?

Posted on 12th Feb 2020 08:00:00 in Wellness & Well-being, Immune System, Children's Health

For someone not familiar with homeopathy, one way to describe it is that it is an alternative form of medical treatment that adheres to the proverbial “hair of the dog that bit you.” That’s the old expression for one possible way of dealing with a hangover, such as what millions of people will likely experience on January 1 following New Year’s Eve celebrations typified by the imbibing of excessive amounts of alcoholic libations.

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How to Keep Your Hormones in Balance

Posted on 8th Apr 2020 06:00:00 in Children's Health, Vitamins & Minerals, Wellness & Well-being

In order to keep your hormones healthy and in balance, it helps to know what they are and what purposes they serve in keeping your body at or near peak efficiency. You’ve probably heard the expression along the lines of “hormones being out of whack” to explain a person’s behavior at any given time, and the truth is that hormones out of balance can put a person in some sort of flux or funk. It can happen to men as well as women, and there is nothing funny about it even if some folks joke about it.

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How to Detect and Deal with an Iron Deficiency

Posted on 29th Jan 2020 08:00:00 in Children's Health, Vitamins & Minerals, Wellness & Well-being

As one of your body’s essential nutrients/minerals, iron plays a key role in carrying oxygen throughout your body so as to keep you properly energized and able to perform the dozens of not hundreds of tasks you perform daily. An iron deficiency can be signaled by a variety of symptoms that can afflict you, any of which can be mistaken for something else unless you have it examined and diagnosed by your physician. In America at least, there really is no excuse for being shirt of iron, even though many people somehow aren’t getting enough of it.

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9 Home Remedies for Treating Ear Infections

Posted on 13th Jan 2020 07:00:00 in Children's Health, Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

The impending arrival of the heart of winter usually brings with it a heightened risk of colds and influenza. For many the change in seasons can also result in a higher incidence of clogged ears and – worse yet – ear infections that can mean one really annoying, even painful condition: earaches.

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11 Nutritional Solutions for Fending Off Anxiety

Posted on 31st Dec 2019 12:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Children's Health, Wellness & Well-being

If you’ve ever had a problem with anxiety, whether for a short term or of a more chronic nature, it might be some consolation to know that you are not alone. Anxiety is also often cited as a common accompaniment to the holidays, between preparing big meals, picking out and buying the ‘perfect’ gifts, and hosting a mob of houseguests in and around Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s. Even thinking about it can stir some anxious thoughts.

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8 Promising Home-Based Solutions for Watery Eyes

Posted on 27th Dec 2019 12:00:00 in Children's Health, Vision & Eye Health, Wellness & Well-being

We depend on the tears flowing from our tear ducts to keep our eyes properly lubricated and to assist us in cleansing away dust and foreign articles before they can get into our eyes. Our tears also work with our immune system in guarding against infections. But like anything good, too much of a good thing in terms of tear production can leave us with a condition of excess tears known as “watery eyes,” also known in medical terms as “epiphora.”

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Oil Pulling Is Not a Big Drag

Posted on 26th Dec 2019 10:00:00 in Children's Health, Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

Proper oral hygiene usually entails the traditional practices of brushing and flossing, with the idea being to brush after each meal (or at least twice a day) and flossing once a day, typically at night before bedtime. The goal is to clean your teeth and gums of food bits and other toxins and bacteria that can lead to cavities and gum diseases like gingivitis.

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8 Best Practices for Dental Hygiene

Posted on 17th Dec 2019 09:00:00 in Children's Health, Wellness & Well-being

October was National Dental Hygiene Month, but if you’ve been in the habit of having your teeth checked and cleaned twice a year (as recommended), you should know by now that dental hygiene is an every-month proposition. Keeping your teeth healthy involves a lifetime of care, and it involves more than just brushing your teeth once a day (if even that).

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What Can I Do to Fight Off Fall Allergies?

Posted on 6th Sep 2019 12:00:00 in Children's Health, Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

Dealing with seasonal allergies once a year for several weeks at a time can put a big damper for a good chunk of your life with the usual symptoms of rhinitis, such as itchy, watery eyes; sneezing; and runny nose. Spring is the season most often associated with seasonal allergies, but double trouble comes in the form of fall allergies as well. And experts have pointed to 2019 as a good bet to be a particularly bad year for fall allergies.

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What Can I Take or Do for Psoriasis?

Posted on 7th Aug 2019 12:00:00 in Children's Health, Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

Anyone who has ever had psoriasis knows that it is a skin condition much more serious than just a few white flakes fluttering to the ground. Nor is it something that can be easily cured with just a couple visits to the dermatologist and stocking the shower with a new brand of soap and shampoo more skin-friendly.

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What Can I Take to Bolster My Immune System?

Posted on 5th Aug 2019 12:00:00 in Children's Health, Vitamins & Minerals, Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

You can thank your lucky stars that your body came complete with an immune system. Without an immune system, think of the havoc that would be wreaked in your life fighting off microorganisms that can inflict infectious diseases. That’s not to count the likes of flu viruses and cold bugs frequently pestering you, knocking on your door trying to get in, even when you can’t see or feel them. Without an immune system, we would be left defenseless against any invading germ imaginable.

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How Can I Naturally Lower My High Blood Pressure?

Posted on 29th Jul 2019 12:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Children's Health, Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Wellness & Well-being

High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, has a third name, a nickname, familiar to anyone who has the disease or has heard of it – it’s also known as the “silent killer.” That’s because high blood pressure, left untreated and unmonitored, can put a person at heightened risk of a heart, stroke, or even death – even when he or she can’t feel anything wrong with their body. High blood pressure can run silent, and it can kill.

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How Do I Treat My Child Who Has Juvenile Diabetes?

Posted on 17th Jul 2019 12:00:00 in Children's Health, Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Vision & Eye Health, Wellness & Well-being

What we generally know and refer to as juvenile diabetes is actually Type 1 diabetes, a chronic condition that for diabetics typically shows up in childhood. It involves the pancreas’s inability to produce insulin, or at least sufficient insulin for your body. And that’s a problem because insulin is a hormone needed by your body to allow sugar, or glucose, to enter your cells so as to produce energy.

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What Are Antioxidants and How Do They Benefit Me?

Posted on 12th Jul 2019 12:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Children's Health, Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

Whether you know it or not, and whether you like it or not, your body is always at war, even if you don’t feel it. At any given time and in a variety of places, there is a skirmish going on here, a battle there. Above all else, sometimes agents within your body are engaged in full-blown war – such as “good” bacteria vs. “bad” bacteria, or, for the sake of this conversation, antioxidants vs. free radicals.

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What Can I Do to Prevent or Treat Diarrhea?

Posted on 10th Jul 2019 12:00:00 in Children's Health, Wellness & Well-being

Dealing with the sudden arrival of a nasty case of diarrhea is never fun. It’s almost always unexpected, and it is usually a shock to you as well as to your digestive system. The first thing you are wondering when it happens is what caused it, and what can I do about it? The onslaught of diarrhea demands instant relief from symptoms that include loose/watery stools, abdominal cramps and/or pain, dehydration, fever, bloating and nausea.

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What Is Pyruvate, and What Is It Used For?

Posted on 5th Jul 2019 12:00:00 in Weight Management, Children's Health, Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Wellness & Well-being

If you’re looking for a supplement that provides a one-two-three punch that can help you lose weight, enhance your energy for improved athletic performance (if that is your game), and adds an anti-aging dimension, look no further than pyruvate. Maybe you’ve never heard of it before; well, now you have. So keep reading.

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What Can I Do to Treat Constipation?

Posted on 28th Jun 2019 12:00:00 in Children's Health, Wellness & Well-being

Constipation is a condition that many of you are, unfortunately, familiar with. Maybe it helps to know that you have plenty of company. It is reported that about 20 percent of Americans have been affected by constipation, with women more likely to become constipated, a condition typically accompanied by abdominal bloating and discomfort, even pain, when passing stools.

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8 Benefits You Can Get from Vitamin B-12

Posted on 24th Jun 2019 12:00:00 in Children's Health, Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Vitamins & Minerals, Vision & Eye Health, Wellness & Well-being

Your body craves (and loves) vitamin B12, also known as cobalamin. That’s because it can deliver health benefits in a variety of ways all across the spectrum. It can help if you need a boost in red blood cells, or if you are concerned about your bone health and eventual osteoporosis, or if you need a kick to restore your emotional bounce and get you out of a nagging rainy-day funk.

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What Natural Remedies Can Treat/Prevent Dental Issues?

Posted on 21st Jun 2019 12:00:00 in Children's Health, Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Wellness & Well-being

Dental problems are like baseball umpires – you don’t think about them until they start causing you a problem, whether it be a toothache or that pitch you swore was outside but gets called strike three. Problems can range from a relatively simple (even if excruciating) toothache to the need for a root canal that hits you as hard in the wallet as it does in discomfort.

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What Remedies and Measures Can Alleviate Snoring?

Posted on 19th Jun 2019 12:00:00 in Children's Health, Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Wellness & Well-being

Snoring is not good for anyone. It’s not good for anyone who sleeps in the same room or in close proximity to someone who snores, and nothing good comes of it for the person who does snore. Snorers are often the butt of jokes, but it’s no laughing matter for anyone within earshot who is losing sleep or having their own sleep affected because they are the ones registering on the Richter scale even if they are not aware of it while they are doing it.

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What Is Bee Propolis, and How Can It Benefit Me?

Posted on 12th Jun 2019 12:00:00 in Children's Health, Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

We detest bees at backyard barbecues or for buzzing around the flower garden, but we love them for the honey they produce. That’s not all they are good for, either. There are several bee-manufactured compounds drawing rave notices in the world of nutritional supplements; one of those is a waxy substance known as “bee propolis.” It is a potent health balm sometimes referred to as “bee glue,” which has been used in folk medicine for thousands of years.

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Added Dietary Sugar: Health Risks (Part I)

Posted on 13th May 2019 12:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Weight Management, Children's Health, Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Wellness & Well-being

Sometimes being told what you should be eating in place of what you want to be eating is news you don’t want to hear, and this might be one of those occasions. For those who have a serious sweet tooth and think little of adding sugar to a food item such at any meal, the bad news is this – sugar might be Public Enemy No. 1 – more so even than fat – when it comes to a healthy diet and a healthy you.

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Signs, Symptoms, and Solutions for a Vitamin K Deficiency

Posted on 8th May 2019 12:00:00 in Children's Health, Vitamins & Minerals, Wellness & Well-being

Vitamin K doesn’t get a lot of attention in the high-profile world of vitamins and minerals, but it plays a crucial role in our health, and parents of newborns are especially cognizant of this. The most important thing vitamin K does is to produce the proteins that assist the blood in clotting, thus reducing the chances of excessive bleeding both internally and externally.

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Lactose Intolerance: What Is It and What Are the Symptoms?

Posted on 5th Mar 2019 00:09:45 in Wellness & Well-being, Children's Health, Food & Nutrition

Many of us have been told, maybe even programmed, from an early age to embrace milk and other dairy products as great sources of health to, as one old-fashioned ad once said, give us energy to burn. Of course, what’s not to like about milk and its close cousin ice cream, the latter of which to this day is still valued as a tasty treat and popular dessert item?

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It's Not Too Late to Catch or Prevent the Flu

Posted on 10th Jan 2019 04:00:00 in Children's Health, Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

January is here, meaning it’s way too late to be giving Christmas gifts even belatedly or ringing in the New Year, but dealing with the flu? Welcome to the height of the flu season, which kicked off in October but is still out there looking for new victims. The trick is to do what you can to avoid any flu virus that might have your name on it. As they say, let’s be careful out there.

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Fish Oil | Reap the Benefits for Your Health

Posted on 17th Dec 2018 06:00:00 in Children's Health, Heart & Cardiovascular Health, Vitamins & Minerals, Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

The first thing you need to know about fish oil is that it is one of the most frequently consumed dietary supplements, and it contains an abundance of omega-3 fatty acids, which can boost your health in many ways. All you must do is give fish oil a chance, whether it be eating some of the many types of fish that contain fish oil (such as lake trout, sardines, salmon, oysters, various types of tuna, swordfish, anchovies, and herring, among others) or adding it as a daily supplement to your diet. Then watch it go to work inside your body.

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How to Make Halloween as Healthy as Can Be

Posted on 29th Oct 2018 10:00:00 in Food & Nutrition, Children's Health, Wellness & Well-being

Whether you call it Halloween, Harvest Fest, Trunk or Treat, or whatever, October 31 – this coming Wednesday – is one of those times of the year where kids (and, yes, plenty of adults, too) can load up on all the candy and other sweets they want without being subjected to the usual guilt trip.

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Learn How to Take the Fall (Allergies)

Posted on 17th Aug 2018 12:00:00 in Children's Health, Wellness & Well-being

You made it through spring and survived spring’s seasonal allergies, and now you have (supposedly) enjoyed a nice summer that is winding down. It’s mid-August, with many kids heading back to school (or already there in some states), temperatures at night starting to cool somewhat, and much of America ready for fall, foliage, and football – which means good times are ahead and we can breathe in the crisp, autumn air without a worry in the world.

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'V' is for Valerian: Health, Nutrition & Supplements A to Z

Posted on 2nd Aug 2018 12:00:00 in Children's Health, Wellness & Well-being

Valerian, a dietary supplement that is sold retail by Wonder Labs as Valerin, is an herb known mostly for its properties as a mild sedative and sleep aid used by many people dealing with nervous tension and insomnia issues.

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Keeping Hydrated More Important Than You May Think

Posted on 6th Aug 2018 12:00:00 in Children's Health, Wellness & Well-being

Summer is in full bloom, meaning it’s about as hot as it’s going to get this year, and many of us are outdoors a lot, perspiring more than usual. Some of us are more active now than in any other season. Even if we are not, we are probably outside more than we are otherwise accustomed to, and water is leaving our bodies quicker than normal. So, what does all this mean? For one thing, it means we need to stay especially alert when it comes to staying hydrated. As in keeping our bodies properly fed in terms of H2O.

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Should You Give Your Children Vitamins?

Posted on 26th Jul 2018 12:24:07 in Children's Health

When was the last time you picked a food item off the shelf at the grocery store and tried to read the Ingredients List? Really read the Ingredients List? As if you were trying to fully digest the information so you could explain it to someone else?

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Arthritis Not Just for 'Old People' - 300,000 US Adolescents Affected

Posted on 30th Jul 2018 12:08:36 in Children's Health

Arthritis isn’t just for “old people.” This July, in honor of Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month, we’re getting the word out about the 300,000 adolescents in the United States that have been diagnosed with juvenile arthritis (also known as JA or “pediatric rheumatic disease”).

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July is Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month

Posted on 18th Jul 2018 12:00:00 in Children's Health, Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

Arthritis is commonly regarded, rightfully, as an aging-adult’s disease, but the news becomes more sobering and even shocking with the realization that kids, too, also get arthritis. Per curearthritis.org, nearly 300,000 children 18 and under in America are afflicted with some form of arthritis. With July being Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month, what better time to hammer home the message that many children have painful, even stiff joints, which is why they and their parents, once there is a diagnosis, seek effective treatments and medications.

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How to Keep from Getting/Spreading the Flu

Posted on 18th Oct 2017 10:00:00 in Children's Health, Immune System, Wellness & Well-being

From year to year, we’re never sure how bad that year’s strain of flu will be or even if the latest version of a vaccine will be sufficiently effective. One thing we can count on, though: some form of influenza will hit our shores, and it will be largely up to us to protect ourselves from getting the flu. It is also our duty to take measures to keep it from spreading to others if we are unlucky enough for the flu to catch us (vs. our catching it).

 

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Brain Supplements for Back-to-School Support

Posted on 11th Sep 2017 10:00:00 in Children's Health, Wellness & Well-being

In a perfect world, parents get their school kids out of bed at the right time, make sure they are practicing the right hygiene, and feed them the right kind of breakfast to make/keep them healthy, alert, ready, and in the right frame of mind for the rigors of another school day. In an imperfect world, though, where most of us reside, additional help is needed. To the rescue come nutritional supplements, many of which can boost a student’s alertness, focus, and/or retention, among other mental faculties.

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Cod Liver Oil: A Teaspoon a Day Does Wonders

Posted on 17th Jul 2017 11:00:00 in Children's Health, Wellness & Well-being

Many of us grew up seeing depictions of young children being force fed teaspoons brimming with cod liver oil, the kids’ faces squinched up as they dreaded the taste. Just hearing the name – “cod liver oil” – often elicited classic yukky faces among kids. Which seems ironic, considering the many health benefits that have been attributed to cod liver oil over the years. Maybe it doesn’t taste great, but this stuff really works.

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Strep Throat vs. Sore Throat: One Likely Needs Antibiotics

Posted on 9th Nov 2016 16:00:00 in Children's Health, Wellness & Well-being

If getting a sore throat feels like a true annoyance, it could be worse – the next step up the ladder of illnesses is strep throat, which, unfortunately, is usually as bad as it sounds. More common in children than it is in adults, strep throat has all the markings of a sore throat – such as pain, itchiness or irritation of the throat leading to difficulty in swallowing, but strep throat ratchets it up a few notches.

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Causes of Colic a Health-Care Conundrum

Posted on 5th Sep 2015 06:00:00 in Children's Health

If you ever get the sneaking suspicion that a particular doctor has a God complex, there's a sure-fire way of bringing him or her back to earth. Take a colicky baby to said doctor and ask the physician to confirm, first, whether or not the infant has colic (no ifs, ands or buts); and, second, the kicker: ask for a definitive diagnosis of cause for said colic and then offer a sure-fire way to bring the incessant high-pitched crying to a halt.

Note: a physical cause for colic gets pinpointed in fewer than 10 percent of cases, according to New Yorker magazine. In the world of health care, that's what is known as eating humble pie. Curing colic makes solving a Rubik's cube, by comparison, look like, well, child's play.

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Immunizations a Shot in the Arm for School Health

Posted on 17th Aug 2015 12:00:00 in Children's Health

Getting a shot in the arm is not for the squeamish, but it is a given at almost every school in America. Students are required to receive certain prescribed vaccinations, as much for their own good as for the good of other students around them.

Guidelines for school immunizations are not made at the federal level, per se, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Instead, it is up to each state to determine which vaccines will be administered at which grade level, although individual exceptions are granted such that the needs of the many don't always outweigh the needs of the few, or the one.

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August Football Practice Begs Hydration, Caution

Posted on 7th Aug 2015 12:00:00 in Children's Health

Back in the good ol' days of high school football, say, around 2005, coaches hustled their players onto the practice field for August two-a-days and then ran them ragged in the hot sun and stifling humidity. It was all a part of "toughening up" the kiddoes for the big season ahead. If you could survive several weeks of several hours a day of rock-'em-sock-'em football with the heat index cranked up to 100 or higher, the "thinking" went, then you could survive anything.

Well, not anything. According to a 2005 white paper published by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), between 1995 and 2001 twenty-one young football players reportedly died from heat stroke in the United States. Ten years later, the numbers are no better. In August 2014 the Washington Post reported that the total number of such football deaths since 1995 had grown to 52 – to include 31 more dying from 2002-2014. Of those 52, forty-one were competing at the high school level.

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The Benefits of Breastfeeding are Bountiful

Posted on 5th Aug 2015 14:00:00 in Children's Health

Mothers of newborns have a choice when it comes to feeding their babies, and the benefits of breastfeeding vs. formula out of a bottle are numerous. In fact, the pluses of breastfeeding are almost overwhelming as we explore the subject as part of World Breast Feeding Week, which was started by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action.

According to webmd.com, as well as other health care authorities, breast milk provides the proper nutrition for infants, with a nearly ideal mix of vitamins, protein and fat, all of which your baby needs for proper growth. Not only is breast milk more digestible than formula, which typically comes from cow's milk, it also comes readymade with various antibodies. These help the child fend off viruses and bacteria while reducing the chances of asthma or allergies in later years.

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Cracking the ADHD Code Remains Somewhat Elusive

Posted on 17th Jun 2015 00:00:00 in Children's Health

For decades it has been a disorder, primarily among children, with a name best known by its acronym. It is something that has long bedeviled parents and teachers, and health care professionals and professional counselors, and we might just as well toss church childcare and daycare leaders onto the pile while we're at it.

We are referring of course to what was once known as ADD, which about 20 years ago was officially updated and expanded to ADHD, the better-known abbreviated form of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Dr. Andrew Weil, the renowned natural health expert, defines it as "the diagnostic term for a group of related conditions that affect a person's ability to sit still, focus, pay attention, finish a task and control impulses."

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Blandness as a Breakfast of Champions

Posted on 27th May 2015 16:00:51 in Food & Nutrition, Children's Health

Ask the kids what kind of cereal they want from the grocery store, and their answers will include almost every concoction of sugar-coated morsels imaginable.

The last thing you want to do when shopping is make the wrong choice(s), although there is one right choice that is a healthier alternative, even if the young ’uns won’t see it that way at first. Think about reaching across the cereal aisle and buying one of those big canisters of oatmeal, the kind where you can pour bowl after bowl each morning without fretting over the amount of sugar and corn syrup being pumped into their growing bodies.

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Promoting Children's Dental Health

Posted on 11th Feb 2015 12:12:17 in Children's Health

Positive habits that support mouth and gum health start at an early age. Children learn how and when to brush and floss from parents and caregivers, so starting off on the right foot at an early age is important for a lifetime of dental health.

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