Food Allergies vs Food Sensitivities Part 1 of 3

asthma and food allergiesWhat 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

Zinc – 10 Functions, 25 Signs of Deficiency & Increasing Your Stores

zinc deficiencyLike 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

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15 Factors that Affect Fertility

factors affecting fertilityInfertility is the inability of sexually active couples to conceive a baby after one year of unprotected sex.  Approximately 14% of couples are infertile and the percentage is climbing.  In a nutshell, our world is more toxic than ever before.  Nutrition affects all aspects of health, including fertility.  Please read on to learn about 15 factors that affect fertility; 5 that can negatively impact it, 5 factors that can increase it and 5 vitamins or minerals that can improve it!

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What is Causing Today’s Children to be Malnourished?

Sick Child With HeadacheOn Sat July 13th, The Observer announced that British child death rates are ‘a major crisis,’ stating that five children are dying a day due to lack of pediatric skills and a shortage of pediatric consultants.  It also stated that the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that there are 6,198 preventable deaths a year among children up to 14 across 14 European countries, which could be avoided if they tackled children’s health.  Generations ago, children did not need access to pediatric consultants, did they?  So what has changed?  What is causing today’s children to be malnourished? And unfortunately, malnutrition is rampant.

When the majority of the world has more access to healthy food than ever before, why are today’s children suffering so much and even dying?  The majority of adults do not understand the importance of feeding themselves and their children healthy food.   Generations ago, we did not need to understand the importance of healthy eating.  Our fruits and vegetables were made in nutrient rich soil, which contained more vitamins and minerals than even our organic fruits and vegetables do today.  We didn’t have drugs that deplete our bodies of good bacteria needed to prevent all symptoms, conditions and disease.  Chemicals did not exist in our food, water or air.  Flours, sugars and cow’s milk were not refined or pasteurized, depleting them of necessary nutrients and digestive enzymes.   Electro-magnetic radiation did not exist because there were no computers, televisions or cell phones.  Even alcohol and cigarettes were more pure as they didn’t have added chemicals (For more information on the toxicity of today’s world, please see my prior post: Why are the children of today so sick?).

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4 Tips and 4 Food Ideas for Picky Eaters

iStock_000005862776XSmallOn July 4th, a Fussy Foodie seminar was held at Nature’s Emporium by Andrew Muto (chef extraordinaire) and Nanny Robino (who used to star on The Mom’s Show and now works for Slice Television).  I will endeavour to summarize the numerous, excellent ideas that were shared at the seminar.  Here are 4 important tips for picky eaters:

1.  When parents make an issue out of food, food becomes an issue for their child.  If a child knows that their parent wants them to eat a certain food or more of a food, more times than not, that child will refuse to cooperate; this is simply one area of their lives where they have control – let’s face it, there aren’t many.  Therefore, it is paramount that parents say nothing when their children refuse a food or refuse more food.

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Autism – A New Understanding

4423840_sWith this month being Autism month and with all the work I do with children with Autism, I felt it was fitting to write about these truly amazing human beings and give you perhaps a new understanding of the challenges these children face.

A woman brought her son into my office and within minutes, he started moving his hand, making waves in the air above his head.  His mother saw this and said, “You see that is not normal.  That is one of the reasons I had him assessed!”  I asked the mother if I could talk to her four year old son.  She gave me permission and I asked the boy if he was seeing numbers above his head.  He said “Yes.”  I asked if all the numbers went together.  He said “Yes, big numbers, all fitting together.”  I said to his mother “You see, children with autism don’t fit into our norm but that is only because they are way beyond us.”  His mother was completely taken aback.   The intelligence of children with autism is immeasurable; our usual tests cannot measure it.  And unfortunately, our regular school systems often bore these children.

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Drugs for ADHD – Side Effects and Repercussions

bigstock-Student-daydreaming-16442717ADD/ADHD is North America’s leading childhood psychiatric disorder. When the following behaviour is pervasive and continues for at least 6 months, children are usually diagnosed with ADD/ADHD:

  • Restless
  • Fidgets and squirms
  • Lack of attention to detail
  • Failure to follow through on instructions and failure to complete homework
  • Interrupts or intrudes on others
  • Blurts out answers
  • Loses or forgets important things
  • Talks excessively
  • Doesn’t seem to listen when spoken to directly

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Chlorine and Health Risks – Little Known Facts About Chlorine

5454937_sChlorination of drinking water has all but eliminated waterborne diseases such as typhoid fever, cholera and dysentery in many parts of the world.  Proper chlorination kills the majority of bacteria, viruses and parasites responsible for these illnesses.  Unfortunately, there are several disinfection by-products (DBPs) from the chlorination of drinking water and other little known facts that are creating severe health risks.

I decided to write about these health risks at this time, because recently the Town of Newmarket wrote a letter to residents telling them that they would be increasing the amount of chlorine that they would be adding to the water supply; this also affects the water in neighbouring towns, such as Aurora.

Chlorine depletes the human body of good bacteria and therefore contributes to many symptoms and conditions such as constipation, skin disorders such as eczema, colds and infections, as well as bellicose behaviour in children.  But there are far more serious consequences.  Consumption of water with THMs (trihalomethanes, which are formed during chlorination) has possible links to central nervous system damage, miscarriages, stillbirths and various cancers.

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