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THE BEST WAY TO FILL YOUR PLATE

Fruits – Focus on whole fruits:

  • Eat seasonally! Checking what fruits are in season in your area can help save money.
  • Craving something sweet? Try dried fruits like cranberries, mango, apricots, cherries, or raisins.
  • To meet your fruit goal—keep fresh fruit rinsed and where you can see it. Reach for a piece when you need a snack.

Vegetables – Vary your veggies:

  • Vary your veggies by adding a new vegetable to a different meal each day.
  • Add color to salads with baby carrots, shredded red cabbage, or green beans. Include seasonal veggies for variety throughout the year.
  • Vegetables go well with a dip or dressing. Try a low-fat dip or hummus with raw broccoli, red and yellow peppers, sugar snap peas, celery, cherry tomatoes or cauliflower.

Grains – Make half your grains whole grains:

  • Popcorn is a whole grain! Pop a bag of low-fat or fat-free popcorn for a healthier snack.
  • Whole grain pasta is great in baked dishes or pasta salad. If you choose refined grain pasta, make sure it’s enriched by checking the ingredient list.
  • Ready-to-eat, wholegrain cereal is a tasty breakfast option or can be enjoyed as a whole grain snack.

Protein Foods – Vary your protein routine:

  • Make dinner once and serve it twice. Roast a larger cut of lean meat. Make a second meal using the ‘planned-over’ meat.
  • For car trips, pack a mixture of unsalted nuts, seeds and dried fruit for a crunchy, protein-packed snack.
  • Keep seafood on hand. Seafood, such as canned salmon, tuna, or crab and frozen fish is quick and easy to prepare.

Dairy – Move to low-fat or fat-free milk or yogurt:

  • Make a smoothie by blending fat-free milk or yogurt with fresh or frozen fruit. Try bananas, peaches, or mixed berries.
  • For breakfast try low-fat or fat-free yogurt. Mix in cereal or fruit for extra flavor, texture and nutrients.
  • Adding 8 oz. of low-fat or fat-free milk to your meal is one of the easiest ways to get dairy.

Limits – Drink and eat less sodium, saturated fats and added sugars:

  • Many processed foods contain high amounts of sodium. Choose fresh vegetables, meats, poultry, and seafood when possible.
  • Using spices or herbs, such as dill, chili powder, paprika, or cumin, and lemon or lime juice, can add flavor without adding salt.
  • Keep it lean and flavorful. Try grilling, broiling, roasting, or baking—they don’t add extra fat.
  • Simple substitutions can help you stay within your saturated fat limit. Try using nonfat yogurt when you make tuna or chicken salad.
  • Split the sweet treats and share with a family member or friend.
  • Cut calories by drinking water or unsweetened beverages. Soda, energy drinks, and sports drinks are a major source of added sugars.
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ONE NEW NATURAL TECHNIQUE TO REMOVE PESTICIDES FROM YOUR FOOD

A recent study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found one better alternative: baking soda. A solution of sodium bicarbonate and water can remove even more pesticides than water alone, provided you have more than a minute to spare. In the experiments, Gala apples that were allowed to soak in baking soda for eight minutes had significantly reduced pesticide residue on the surface, and at 12-15 minutes there were virtually no pesticides left. This is because sodium bicarbonate can help degrade the two types of pesticides used in this study, thiabendazole and phosmet. Even after the long soak time, though, there were some pesticides that the baking soda couldn’t get to. Thiabendazole and phosmet, like many other substances, seep into the skin and flesh of the produce they’re applied to.

If you’re hoping to avoid pesticides altogether, you’ll have to look beyond the organic aisle. Produce grown under organic conditions can still have pesticides, it’s just a different—and supposedly less toxic—set of them. But they’re still chemicals that can seep into your fruit through the skin or even leech into the flesh itself via the plant’s water supply, both of which prevent you from washing them away.

Takeaway: Try a Baking Soda wash.


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LATEST NEWS: MEAT CONSUMPTION ACCELERATES DEATH

Research used data from 53,553 female nurses, ages 30 to 55, from the famous cohort study, the Nurses’ Health Study (NHS), as well as from 27,916 male health professionals, aged 40 to 75, from the Health Professionals Follow-up Study (HPFS). All were free of cardiovascular disease and cancer at the beginning of the study.

They measured increases or decreases of red meat intake over the course of eight years, and then tracked health and death data for eight years after that. What they found will likely surprise just about nobody.

Findings:

  • Increasing total red meat intake (both processed and unprocessed) by 3.5 servings a week or more over an eight year period was associated with a 10 percent higher risk of death in the next eight years.
  • Increasing processed red meat intake, such as bacon, hot dogs, sausages and salami, by 3.5 servings a week or more was associated with a 13 percent higher risk of death.

Takeaway:

  • Reduce meat consumption. Better yet, switch gradually to a more vegetarian diet.

Source: The study, Association of changes in red meat consumption with total and cause specific mortality among US women and men: two prospective cohort studies, was published in The BMJ.


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POSITIVE PARENTING

Understand what to expect

· From birth to about age 2: Children need a lot of support, holding and loving interactions. If the caregiver is absent, the child may fear that she or he will not return. At this stage, children build attachments with caregivers. They will learn to trust that adults will be there for them when they need them. During these years, children learn through their senses and their physical activity.

· From age 2 to about 6: Children learn language, some reading and many social skills. They also begin to struggle for more independence from caregivers. If such efforts are understood and encouraged, children begin to take more initiative. During these years, children learn by exploring, pounding, touching, mixing, turning objects over and throwing them, and asking many questions.

· From age 6 to about 12: Children begin to act with increasing self-control. During these years, they begin to lay the groundwork for becoming productive members of society. They process the information they receive and can make complex decisions. They are able to follow rules and accept responsibility. They also develop a self-image based on their experiences and feedback they receive from significant adults. If this feedback is positive, children grow to become confident and successful teens. If it is frequently negative, a child can grow to feel inadequate and inferior.

Parenting

  1. Learning about your child: Your child is a unique individual. To interact with your child effectively, take time to learn about the special qualities of your child.
  2. Find the root of misbehavior

True misbehavior occurs when a child chooses to behave inappropriately. Before you take action, ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Is my child really doing something wrong? Is there a real problem, or are you just tired and out of patience?
  1. If there is no real problem, release your stress away from the child.
  2. If there is a problem, go to the next question.
  1. Think for a moment. Is your child actually capable of doing what you expect?
  1. If you are not being realistic, re-evaluate your expectations.
  1. 3. Did your child know at the time that she or he was doing something wrong?
  1. If your child did not realize she was doing something wrong, help her understand what you expect, why, and how she can do that. Offer to help.
  2. If your child knew what she was doing was wrong, and she intentionally disregarded a reasonable expectations, your child misbehaved.

3. Prevention

Make it easier for your child to do the right thing than the wrong thing.

  • Arrange your day to meet child’s needs and your own needs
  • Arrange your house to help child behave

4) Modeling

  • Think about how you wish your children would behave and then model that behavior.
  • Children will copy manner, tone of voice, language and actions whether they are appropriate or not.

5) Rewards

Rewards are not bribes. A reward should fit the behavior and be given after behavior and often without the child knowing that it is coming.

  • Catch them being good
  • Say something nice – “I like the way you did that.”
  • Spend extra time with your child
  • Give a hug or smile
  • Praise in front of others


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I AM AFRAID OF VACCINATING MY CHILD…..

Many a parents have asked me about my views on vaccines. They are concerned about the safety of the child and the contaminants in vaccines.

Let me first assure you: Vaccines that your child will get in our office are VERY safe.

Vaccines contain live viruses, killed viruses, purified viral proteins, inactivated bacterial toxins, or bacterial polysaccharides. In addition to these immunogens, vaccines often contain other substances. For example, vaccines may contain preservatives that prevent bacterial or fungal contamination (eg, thimerosal); adjuvants that enhance antigen-specific immune responses (eg, aluminum salts); or additives that stabilize live, attenuated viruses (eg, gelatin, human serum albumin).

Having said that, I will reassure – They are VERY Safe. I am so sure of their efficacy that both my kids (who are teens now) are fully vaccinated.

Why do I believe it?
a) They have been tested in 2-3 Billion children worldwide. They have been tested in manufacturer-independent labs. I have reviewed independent literature.
b) The additional substances in vaccines are in micrograms (one-millionth of a gram). To put this in perspective, the food that we feed our children DAILY has 1000 to million-times more dangerous substances, than in vaccines. Especially the meat and hamburgers that our kids eat is laced with pesticides, preservatives, colors and additives that are 1000 times more in concentration, than what are in the one-time vaccines.

If you want to discuss more, join us. I will explain the risk-and-benefits of each vaccine.

If you are scientifically bent, read https://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/pediatrics/112/6/1394.full.pdf


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SOME NATURAL REMEDY TIPS

Here are a few go-to at-home therapies that are effective, easy and best of all, completely natural.

1. Keep nail fungus at bay

It can take months for even prescriptions of nail fungus creams and medications to work. In the meantime, you can stop the fungus from spreading by applying apple cider vinegar or some tea tree oil.

2. Deter ticks without DEET

Cedar oil will be your best option in this case as it pretty much makes ticks’ lives a living hell! Simply spray it on your summer clothing or dilute it with water and witch hazel for an effective spray-on repellant.

3. Calm your anxiety before bedtime

If you suffer from anxiety, chances are you have a hard time going to bed. To reclaim your sleep, drink a cup of banana tea before bedtime. This has high levels of both magnesium and potassium in the peel.

4. Get rid of lice the natural way

There’s nothing worse than getting a phone call from the school nurse saying that your little one has lice. While it may be tempting to get something over-the-counter we recommend that you first try vinegar. It gets rid of lice without harsh chemicals.

5. Soothe a burn

If you’ve got a minor first-degree burn it is safe to say that you have plenty of store-bought options to choose from. It is said that rubbing a raw onion on the affected area works well if not better than expensive creams and sprays.

6. Prevent swimmer’s ear

Don’t let painful water blockages in your ears stop you from having fun in the swimming pool. Before you jump in apply several rubbing alcohol-white vinegar drops right into each ear. It’s an effective preventative measure.

7. Give yourself a fighting chance against itchy poison ivy

Poison ivy can spoil any camping trip in seconds. While it’s best to avoid it altogether, the next best thing you can do is wash with plenty of dish soap within the first two hours of exposure.

8. Add some spice to your DIY cold remedy

It is well known that a honey and lemon hot water mixture works well to soothe coughs. But adding a bit of Tabasco will really help with a cold.


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WHAT SHOULD YOU BUY ORGANIC

Americans are routinely exposed to dangerous chemicals that have long been banned in countries such as the UK, Germany and France. Of the 40,000 chemicals used in consumer products in the US, according to the EPA, only one percent have been tested for human safety.

When consumers spend their dollars on organic food we’re voting. We are voting for

  • Less cancer causing pesticides in food,
  • Less reproductive concerns
  • More protection and the welfare of animals raised for poultry, pork and beef products
  • avoid overuse of antibiotics.
  • less environmental impacts and
  • less detrimental effect to soil and water quality.

Buy these Organic.

Apple

Apples consistently rank near the top of the annual dirty dozen list. More than 45 different pesticides have been detected on apples, because fungus and insect threats prompt farmers to spray various chemicals on their orchards. Not surprisingly, pesticide residue is also found in apple juice and apple sauce, making all apple products smart foods to buy organic.

Grapes

Another perennial entrant on the dirty dozen list, grapes can have more than 50 pesticides. Raisins, not surprisingly, also have high pesticide residue tests.

Berries

Annual testing by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and US Department of Agriculture (USDA) finds that non-organic strawberries regularly carry residues of many types of pesticides, including synthetic bug-killing chemicals and weedkillers. One sample of strawberries examined by USDA scientists contained residues of 22 different pesticides. An analysis by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) found that strawberries were the fresh produce item most likely to be contaminated with pesticide residue. Blackberries are also due special attention because of illegally high pesticide residue levels, according to the FDA.

Other fresh fruits

Conventionally produced cherries, apples and applesauce also show a high prevalence of pesticides, government data shows.

Kale and spinach

Though kale is widely considered a popular health food,theUSDA has reported finding residues of 17 different pesticides in some kale samples. Non-organic spinach has also been found to carry residues of an insecticide called permethrin, which is linked to neurological effects in children. The USDA found the insecticide in 76% of spinach samples along with residues of different fungicides designed to kill mold and mildew. Cucumbers might be laced with as many as 86 different pesticides that remain on the vegetable’s skin when it’s time for salad-making. Peeling the skin off may reduce your chances of ingesting some of them. Put on par with kale on the annual dirty dozen list, collard greens tests have revealed more than 45 pesticides. Alternatives include Brussels sprouts, dandelion greens, and cabbage.

Celery

Another perennial food on the dirty dozen list is celery. USDA tests have found more than 60 different pesticides on celery.

Bell Pepper & Potatoes

Another food that usually makes the dirty dozen list because it tends to have high pesticide residue is the sweet bell pepper, in all of its colorful varieties. Nearly 50 different pesticides have been detected on sweet bell peppers. America’s favorite vegetable is the potato. Unfortunately, more than 30 pesticides have been detected on potatoes in USDA testing. Sweet potatoes offer a delicious alternative with less chance of pesticide residue.

Chicken

Non-organic chickens are often raised in tightly confined spaces with hundreds of other birds, causing health problems. The animals are often heavily dosed with antibiotics both because of illness and for growth promotion. The widespread use of antibiotics in poultry production has been tied to antibiotic resistance health problems in humans.

Milk

Some conventional dairy operators give their cows a growth hormone called recombinant bovine somatotropin (rBST) or recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH) to increase milk production. The hormone has been found to cause health problems in cows, including udder infections. The illnesses in turn trigger more use of antibiotics, increasing the risk of antibiotic resistance.

Oatmeal

Many non-organic oat farmers spray their crops with the herbicide glyphosate shortly before harvest in order to dry out the plants. The practice, called desiccation, has been shown to leave residues of glyphosate (a carcinogen) in finished oatmeal products. One FDA scientist found glyphosate residues in several types of infant oat cereal.

Bread

Preservatives and other additives have been found to be almost four times higher in conventional bread than in organic bread. The food additive potassium bromate is one additive often used in conventional bread to improve the rise of bread dough and to make it whiter, but it is banned in Europe and IARC classifies it a possible human carcinogen. Glyphosate is also used as a desiccant on some non-organic wheat, and residues of the weedkiller have been found in bread products.

Tofu

Conventional tofu typically comes from genetically modified soybeans sprayed directly with glyphosate weedkiller. Conventional soybean farmers are also increasingly using new varieties of GMO soybean seeds that are sprayed with other types of herbicides as well, leaving a weedkiller cocktail in finished foods.

Hamburgers

Cattle fattened on feed lots instead of grass pastureslive in crowded conditions and exist on a diet typically containing genetically modified corn that has been treated with pesticides. The animals are often dosed with antibiotics to treat or prevent diseases common in conventional confinement operations, contributing to antibiotic resistance. Meat from organically raised, grass-fed cattle also generally has higher levels of healthy omega-3 fatty acids.

Eggs

Eggs from organically raised hens benefits those who eat them as well as those who lay them. Organic eggs come from chickens raised on a diet free from most pesticides and not confined to tight cages. Some egg producers do not adhere tightly to organic standards, however, so buyers should do their best to research their egg producer of choice.

Source: EWA, Guardian, Others