Pretty much every year, the media scares the majority of us with news of the latest virus that is making individuals sick or worse. Viral infections that have hit the world in recent years include H1N1, West Nile Virus, Norwalk Virus, SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) and Ebola, amongst others. Here are 6 areas of our lives to focus on if we want to protect our families and make them virus resistant and the healthiest possible: Continue reading
In this blog series on Food Allergies, you learned to discern the difference between food sensitivities and allergies as well as some of the symptoms or conditions caused by adverse reactions to foods (part 1), and how to detect the culprit foods and which foods present the most common challenges in babies (part 2). In this last post of the series, you will learn what to do to minimize and eliminate food sensitivities and allergies. All of this information is covered in more detail in my first book “The Resourceful Mother’s Secrets to Healthy Kids.”
All adverse reactions to foods cause inflammation in the body. Food sensitivities and allergies cause the gut lining to be inflamed, which subsequently makes it hard for vitamins and minerals to be properly absorbed. Inflammation is behind all illness. I want to briefly discuss the link between inflammation and illness, by using gluten as an example. A recently written book, “Grain Brain” by David Perlmutter, MD does an excellent job of explaining that gluten is behind almost every inflammatory condition, especially those involving the brain. “Wheat Belly” by Dr. William Davis discusses how gluten causes obesity, one of the conditions caused by inflammation. Many well-known authors have shown the link between gluten and arthritis, M.S., Lupus and other diseases! Continue reading
What is the difference between food allergies and food sensitivities and why is it crucial to find out if your child is affected?
When your child is not sleeping soundly, behaving well, concentrating in school, or is experiencing colic, constipation, eczema, recurrent ear infections or asthma, your child’s body is signalling to you that aspects of his or her environment are not agreeing with him or her; they may have a food sensitivity or allergy. The earlier you can uncover the culprit food or foods, the better. Our bodies will keep communicating with us whether we listen or not. An ignored reaction to a food becomes a “symptom” and an ignored symptom becomes more ignored symptoms and more ignored symptoms turn into conditions and then, often, in adulthood, conditions turn into disease. Continue reading
Like essential fatty acids and magnesium, zinc is one of the top deficiencies in today’s children. Zinc is probably involved in more body functions than any other mineral. This post outlines 10 functions of zinc, 25 signs of deficiency and what to do if you think you or your child are deficient.
Zinc is crucial for:
- Thinking (Have you heard the expression “No zinc, no think”?)
- The proper functioning of more than 100 enzymes
- Normal growth and development
- Body tissue health
- The prevention of cavities
- Proper sexual development and function
- The immune system
- The detoxification of chemicals and metabolic irritants
- Carbohydrate metabolism
- The body’s healing process i.e. wound healing
As parents, many of us tend to panic when our child has a fever, worrying that our child might not recover or might end up suffering from a seizure. Many of us give our child Tylenol or Advil without realizing that fevers have an important purpose and suppressing them with these medications can actually cause more harm than good. How does the body benefit from having a fever?
There comes a time in every person’s life when we need to make a decision – a decision to stand up for who we are; a decision to stand up and say what we believe in; a decision to expose secrets about ourselves that we have kept hidden; a decision to speak our truth. That time has come for me.
Many of you know that my thyroid has not worked properly for over a decade. It’s not a horrible situation and I take the lowest possible dose of natural thyroid but as long as I have had that imbalance, I have known that I have needed to speak my truth – there is always an emotional connection to our physical challenges. Please visit these prior blog posts on the subject; The Emotional Connection to Physical Illness and Emotional Causes of Physical Ailments.
Magnesium is second largest mineral deficiency in adults and children alike, after Essential Fatty Acids. It is estimated that 80 percent of the population is deficient in magnesium. In one of my prior posts, I told you that my hair analysis results showed that I had some vitamin and mineral deficiencies. My largest deficiency was Magnesium and second was Calcium. A week ago, I found an ionic version of Cal/Mag – ionic minerals are the most easily and well absorbed of all forms of minerals. The results of taking this supplement have been profound. Continue reading
Here are some of the causes of stress, the impact of stress on the body, how to know if your child is stressed and a few unique ideas for combating stress. Only you, the parent, can help your child combat their stress.
Some of the Causes of Stress
Children certainly feel stress and anxiety. Many children are actually more sensitive to things being out of balance than are adults. Over-scheduling, working parents, social media and peer pressure, combined with a general lack of exercise are only some of the causes of this stress. High consumption of white sugar, white flour products and other refined foods also stress the body. If your child is eating foods to which they are sensitive, this also increases the stress levels in their body.
Recently, I began teaching from a new textbook for the Pediatric Nutrition course at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. The book, “The Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby and Child Care” does an excellent job of emphasizing the importance of nutrition prior to conceiving and once a baby is conceived. It correctly states that “No other society is as careless about preparation for pregnancy and birth as our own.” Here is a summary of the importance of the 3 top nutrients in pregnancy; I think you will find this to be rather shocking information.
Hair mineral analysis is one of the best kept secrets to attaining better health and it has been performed by laboratories for decades. Some laboratories are more accurate than others and certain technicians are more adept at interpreting the results than others. The majority of health challenges are associated with mineral imbalances or toxic metal excesses; hair mineral analysis is a way to learn of our underlying health challenges. I have recently learned of a lab that Dr. Zoltan Rona uses to help his clients. Dr. Rona wrote the Foreword for my first book. He is a medical doctor that implements natural solutions with incredible success; I have great respect for his knowledge and work, and recently for the lab with which he has partnered, called CanAlt Health Laboratories.
As hair grows, it forms a permanent record of the body’s nutritional deficiencies or excesses. Hair mineral analysis is a screening test to measure the levels of up to 60 essential minerals and heavy metals. With correct testing and interpretation, one can construct a complete metabolic profile of the human body. High levels of toxic metals, for example, can inhibit the body’s ability to process and assimilate specific nutritional elements that are essential to good health.