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NATURAL HOME MADE MOUTHWASH

Commercial mouthwash is usually made with a sharp minty flavor to make our breath smell fresh and pleasant. However, mint only masks the smell and actually feeds odor-causing bacteria with more sugar. Also, most commercial brands of mouthwash mainly consist of synthetic colors, flavors, and chemicals that are not so good for you.

Better than masking your breath smell, you can make your own mouthwash at home using natural ingredients that will clean your mouth from the bottom up. This mouthwash is made from ingredients that you likely have at home, so give it a shot (so to speak) and get to know the homemade goodness you’ve been missing!

Recipe for one small bottle of mouthwash

  • Juice of 2 freshly-squeezed lemons
  • ½ tbsp. ground cinnamon
  • ½-1 tsp. baking soda (more whitening properties)
  • 1-½ tsp. honey
  • 1 cup warm water (to melt the honey)
  • A clean bottle or jar with a lid

Honey has a number of antibacterial properties that kill off all the bad bacteria in your mouth instead of feeding them with sugar.

Also, adding honey makes the wash taste better. Use organic or raw honey for the best results.

Cinnamon: A miracle spice in every way, cinnamon gets rid of odors by killing off the odor-causing bacteria in one blast. The International Association for Dental Research found that people who chewed cinnamon gum had a 50 percent decrease in oral bacteria versus people who chewed mint gum.

Lemon: The last ingredient of this mouthwash is a given – lemon is strong, refreshing and cleansing, so it will wash all the hidden food and bacteria from your mouth. It also has whitening properties. Just make sure not to add too much lemon because it can erode your enamel if not used properly.

Directions

1. Mix together all of the ingredients and give it a shake.

2. Swish or gargle 1-2 tablespoons of the mouthwash for a minute after brushing your teeth or whenever you want to freshen your breath.

3. Don’t use the mouthwash more than once to twice a day (the lemon is very acidic).


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A list for products for your first baby

For the expecting parent:

· A soft, foam changing pad that keeps baby secure

· A one-month supply of diapers

· A bunch of gentle, water-based diaper wipes

· A video baby monitor

· Cotton Baby burp cloths

· A diaper disposal system that controls odor

· A brush that can clean every nook and cranny of their baby bottle

· A teething toy that, when put in the fridge, also helps cool their gums

· A breathable, water-resistant, crib-sized foam mattress

· A swaying swing that’ll soothe the baby

· A pacifier free of harmful chemicals

· A bath tub

· A thermometer that can take temperatures by ear or forehead

· A Baby nail clipper

· A nursing pillow for comfort and support

· A rocking chair

· A breast pump

· A stroller

· A convenient diaper bag

· A set of fifty outlet protectors to help them baby proof the house

· A set of sensory rattle toys that can hang on baby’s stroller or crib

· Few baby bottles


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LATEST NEWS: A SIMPLE PILL TO BEAT STRESS

Taking just 20 minutes out of your day to stroll or sit near nature will significantly lower your stress hormone levels, a new study from University of Michigan, suggests. The data revealed that just a 20 minute nature experience was enough to significantly reduce cortisol levels. And if you take in a little more nature experience – 20 to 30 minutes sitting or walking – cortisol levels dropped at their greatest rate, the researchers said.


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Natural Remedy to Vertigo

If you regularly suffer from chronic vertigo or dizziness, then you will know that treating this condition is far from easy.

vertigo and dizziness come about as a result of a complex inner-ear issue where a build-up of particles start shifting upon movement, which makes the person feel an intense spinning sensation.

Here is a natural remedy to vertigo that you can practice at your home.

Dr. Carol Foster’s special method to stop vertigo as soon as the patient starts experiencing its first signs.

1. Get down on your knees so that you’re sitting on the backs of your heels.

2. Tilt your head back with your eyes looking skyward – don’t worry if your dizziness increases momentarily.

3. While staying on your knees, put your hands on the floor in front of you and let your head hang loose, with your chin slightly tucked in.

4. Turn your head to your left or right elbow (depending on what ear you wish to treat).


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THE TRUTH BEHIND PALM OIL

Palm oil is everywhere, It is an edible vegetable oil derived from the fruit of palm oil trees, that are grown in the tropics. As the World Wildlife Federation notes, 85 per cent of the global supply of palm oil comes from Indonesia and Malaysia.

Being cheap, palm oil is a very popular cooking oil, particularly in Asian and African countries. Additionally, in the west, Palm oil is found in Instant noodles, Pizza dough, Bread, Margarine, Cookies, Chocolate, Ice cream, Shampoo and Lipstick. Additionally it is also sold under a variety of other names: Elaeis guineensis, Etyl palmitate, Glyceryl, Hydrogenated palm glycerides, Octyl palmitate, Palm fruit oil, Palm kernel, Palm kernel oil, Palm stearine, Palmate, Palmitate, Palmitic acid, Palmitoyl oxostearamide, Palmitoyl tetrapeptide-3, Palmityl alcohol, Palmolein, Sodium kernelate, Sodium laureth sulfate, Sodium lauryl lactylate/sulphate, Sodium lauryl sulfate, Sodium palm kernelate, Stearate, Stearic acid, Vegetable fat, Vegetable oil.

Palm oil is cheap. It gives products a longer shelf-life, can also sustain high temperatures, and is both odorless and colorless, so it won’t change the product it’s incorporated into. And it is efficient to produce.

The DARK SIDE OF PALM OIL:

  • Palm oil is partially responsible for the rapid deforestation in areas in Indonesia and Malaysia.
  • Palm oil is often cited as the primary cause of the mass die-off of orangutans, who’ve shrunk from a population of 350,000 in 1990 to an estimated 50,000 (and with little chance of survival).
  • Recently, issues of child labor have also arisen with a number of palm oil producers relying on children as young as eight as part of their workforce.

YOUR ACTIONS

  • Look for a product with a green “RSPO” sticker or a “Green Palm” label (this shows that a producer is making the transition to a more sustainable production process).


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LATEST NEWS: NEW DANGERS OF VAPING

E-cigarettes may be more dangerous than we’ve appreciated, especially for hearts and lungs. There’s also a growing body of research suggesting that vaping can lead to smoking.

The nicotine in e-cigarettes may stress the cardiovascular system. It can increase the adrenaline circulating in our bodies, and activate the sympathetic nervous system (our “fight or flight” response), raising blood pressure, speeding up the heart rate, and causing the arteries — the vessels that carry blood — to narrow. Several recent observational studies have found a link between regular vaping and an increased risk of heart attacks, strokes, and coronary artery disease.

E-cigarette vapor may irritate the lungs. Smoke wears down the cells lining the lungs, damaging them, and making them more penetrable to the irritating, and cancer-causing, chemicals in cigarettes. The risk of wheezing was higher in current vapers who were also ex-smokers than in ex-smokers who did not vape. In preliminary human studies, researchers also found associations between regular vaping and COPD.

Takeaway: Talk to your kids about vaping.


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Battling Anxiety in our kids

Here are some ways to help your children manage their stress levels that will make their lives, and your lives, much easier.

1. Listen To Your Child

When your child expresses a feeling or wish, no matter how outlandish or non-relatable, make sure that you address it. Ignoring your child or belittling what they have to say will make them feel nervous or stressed. Open your ears to your child’s comments and feelings, and even try to get them to express the way they are feeling or what they have to say in different ways. This will trigger your child’s desire to express and give them a feeling of peace as they know that they have someone to talk to, someone who will really listen.

2. Help Them Listen to Their Bodies

Stress is not only apparent in our mental states, it is also clearly expressed in how our bodies function. Some of the most common signs of stress in children are constant stomach aches (which should be checked by a doctor to make sure they aren’t ulcers), repeated headaches, and even extreme eating patterns of over- or under- eating. If your child experiences these symptoms of stress, explain to them that the body reacts to heightened stress and that they should be aware of their bodies. This means regularly seeing a doctor when needed, and making sure they eat healthy, energizing foods full of vitamins that will keep them alert and healthy. In general it is best to cut out junk food entirely.

3. Don’t Over-schedule

Much of the time, we will do anything in our power to keep our children busy so that they don’t sink into boredom. Yet as a result, many parents over-schedule activities and events for their kids, when in fact all the child may really need is a bit of downtime. According to many child psychologists, having too much on their plate is actually one of the major stressors for children. Kids really do need downtime to rejuvenate their brains and bodies and to stay focused and ready for whatever’s next. It’s best to try and get your kids to spend their downtime away from the television or computer, because this is just stimulation for their brains. Try reading a book with them or play a family game – these kinds of activities will help them feel relaxed and at ease.

4. Playtime is Important

Just as over-scheduling can be dangerous for a child’s stress levels, so can forced play. Forcing them to play will make them feel stressed or even make them feel like an annoyance. With smaller children, it is easier to remain disengaged from their playtime and finish what you need to get done. However, as they grow, it is important that the parent becomes more involved in the child’s playtime as they need that extra encouragement. Try going for a bike ride with your child after work, or finding a sport that you both enjoy and can pursue together. Also, there shouldn’t be a lesson at the end of playtime, so that they do not get stressed out by the competition.

5. Get Your Rest

While this is probably not news, a good night’s sleep is essential for keeping children relaxed and ready to take on the day. It may be that your child is not getting enough sleep because they are overburdened with too many sport activities or birthday parties, so it is important to put your foot down and demand that they get their rest, even between fun activities. Unlike us adults, it is recommended that children get about 8-9 hours of sleep each night, so even if they aren’t ready, try and get them to bed before 9 pm. It’s also a good idea not to allow a television or other electronics in the child’s room, as this will stimulate their minds and keep them up at night. Encourage them to read a book (or read to them) until they fall asleep.

6. Keep a Hold On Your Stress

This tip may be obvious to some, but your stress levels play an important role in your child’s anxiety levels. If you are feeling stressed and begin to express it, your child may soon start to feel anxious and confused. If you thought that kids don’t pay attention to their parents, then you are wrong. If you are an impatient parent that tends to be stressed out, it is important to try and collect yourself when you are in front of your child. Raising your tone or acting too stressed will discourage your kid from discussing their problems and sharing things with you, which could have a serious detriment on your relationship.

7. Wake Up to an Uncluttered Household

Mornings are generally the most stressful time in every household, as parents need to get their kids ready (most of the time) as well as get ready themselves, prepping for the day ahead. If the house is cluttered, that may also make you and your children feel stressed in the morning. A famous phrase – an uncluttered house leads to an uncluttered mind – is right on point here. Same goes for your children, even if they seem to relish the clutter. So try and schedule cleaning duties for evening times.

8. Mistakes Happen

One of the hardest lessons for kids to learn is that they, like every other human being, make mistakes. The thought or idea of making a mistake can haunt some children and stress them out. It is important to remind them that no one is perfect and that not everyone knows how to do everything perfectly right. Make an effort to teach your children about good decisions and give them the confidence that they are on the right path. If you are over-critical with your children, they may begin to develop anxious behavior, which can backfire later on. So relax and don’t fret over spilled milk.

9. Patience Really Is a Virtue

Although you’ve heard it a million times, when it comes to raising children, patience really is a virtue. It may hurt you or even stress you out, to see your child anxious and unsettled, but that is exactly what your child does not need to see. Don’t try to fix every problem, but instead, try to help your child become a solid problem-solver.


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Love your Chicken?

This is how your Chicken comes to you

  1. Your chicken is unnatural – Perhaps GMO.

  1. This is how they are bred – inhumane. There’s almost no such thing as a farm. Farms are replaced by factories, in which animals are jammed in spaces as big as themselves and abused.

If you want to understand your food, watch the documentary titled “Food Inc.”


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Latest News: 2019 MEASLES CASE SURPASS 2018 in 3 months

The CDC has confirmed 387 cases across 15 states from Jan. 1 through March 28, compared with 372 cases in all of last year. There are now six outbreaks, defined as three or more cases, across four states: New York, Washington, New Jersey and California, according to the CDC. Measles is highly contagious, infecting up to 90 percent of unvaccinated people who are exposed to it. Measles can be especially dangerous for young children, the CDC says. It can lead to pneumonia, brain swelling and even death. The CDC recommends children get their first dose of MMR vaccine at between 12 and 15 months old and a second dose when they’re between 4 and 6 years old.

The MMR vaccine, which protects against measles, mumps and rubella, is the best way to protect against measles. Two doses, the recommended amount, provides 97 percent protection against measles. Yet some parents refuse to vaccinate their children, citing religious reasons or false information that vaccines cause autism.

Most recently, a study of more than 650,000 children from 1999 to 2010 found no link between autism and the MMR vaccine.


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Dealing with stubborn kids

1. Listen, don’t argue

Communication is a two-way street – if you want your child to listen to you, you need to listen to them first.

A determined child usually has strong positions and can be argumentative – if they feel that their voice isn’t being heard, their tone can become defiant and disrespectful.

Most of the time when your child insists on doing something that you asked them not to, or the opposite – listening and talking about what is bothering them can relieve the tension and help you persuade them to act the way you want them to.

So how do you teach a stubborn five-year-old to listen to you?

Let them lead the way, give them space to express themselves in a calm and practical way, and don’t try to go "head to head" with them.

2. Communicate with them, don’t force them

When children are forced to do something against their will, they tend, by their very nature, to rebel and do everything in their power to disobey. To overcome this, you need to communicate with your children and not force things on them.

For example, if your child insists on watching TV even after bedtime, don’t try to force them to stop watching. Instead, sit down with them and show them that you’re interested in what they’re watching. The more interest, concern, and open communication you show, the more willing they will be to come to you. In the end, when children communicate well with their parents they will most likely be interested in cooperating.

3. Give them options

Although they always seem small and relatively new in the world, it is worth knowing that children develop their own attitudes and opinions very quickly, and as we’re sure you can already tell, they don’t really like being told what to do. Therefore, when you want your stubborn child to do something, it is important that you give them choices and not just explicit instructions.

If, for example, they refuse to go to bed, instead of commanding them and trying to leave them with no choice, offer them something that will give them a choice in the matter, such as: "What story do you want me to read to you before you go to sleep?" – It is likely that in just a few moments you’ll see them tucked away in bed waiting to hear that story they picked.

However, you should know that giving a child too many options is also not good. If, for example, you ask them to choose one outfit out of their whole closet, this is a choice that may leave them confused and make it difficult for them to decide. You can avoid this problem if you limit their choice to just 2-3 options.

4. Stay calm

While arguing with a stubborn child can be very irritating and exasperating, scolding, shouting, and raising your voice to overcome their disobedience may make the situation even worse. Once you raise your tone, your child may see it as an invitation to a verbal war, and it can all just escalate into a useless shouting match. Since you are the adult in the picture, it is your responsibility to navigate the conversation to practical places and to find solutions, instead of losing your temper. To do this, before or after the conversation, do whatever you can to stay calm; Do breathing exercises, exercise or listen to soothing music at home, so your child can listen and calm down with you.

5. Respect them

If you want your children to respect you and your decisions, you have to respect them back; Your child will not accept your authority if you impose it on them. Here are some examples of how you can give and receive respect in your relationship:

  • Look for cooperation, not following instructions.
  • Set rules and boundaries for all your children, and don’t be negligent about enforcing them just because it’s convenient for you.
  • Identify with your child and never reject their feelings or ideas, nor underestimate them.
  • Let your child do what they can themselves, and fight the urge to do everything for them; Also, make sure to tell them that you trust them.
  • Lead by example – this is the mantra you should repeat to yourself and act on.

6. Negotiate

While negotiation is a concept that sounds like something you would conduct only in business or politics, it is also sometimes necessary when dealing with stubborn children. Children tend to behave negatively when they don’t get what they want, so when you want your child to listen to you, you need to understand what is stopping them from doing so.

Start by asking them questions such as: "What’s bothering you?", "Is something bothering you?", "Do you want something?" – all this tells them that you respect their feelings and desires and want to take them into consideration.

From here you can move forward to talk and negotiate with them. Of course, that doesn’t mean you have to give in to all their demands, but you should be considerate and practical.

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LATEST NEWS: A NUTTY REPORT

Eating more than 10 grams of nuts a day may improve thinking, reasoning and memory, and keep age-related mental disorders at bay. This has been found in a study by the researchers from the University of South Australia which was conducted on 4,822 Chinese adults aged over 55 years. Ming Li, lead researcher said that by eating more than 10 grams (or two teaspoons) of nuts per day, older people could improve their cognitive function by up to 60 per cent- compared to those not eating nuts — effectively warding off what would normally be experienced as a natural two-year cognition decline.

TAKEAWAY: EAT MORE NUTS. They are rich in nutrients and protein.


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Beauty beyond looks

‘Tis the time of selfies and profile/display pictures!

Congratulations, you have a girl!

Oh wow, she likes just like her mom, look at her eyes, long lashes, and her long fingers, she might be an artist.

Beauty lies in the eye of the beholder, it was said. I disagree. Beauty lies inside a person, hence, it lies in knowing the person.

I had an article published in a popular city magazine recently. I received compliments from friends and family all around the world, but what we they praising? My picture, how I looked or how the light on my hair made it look so lovely. Practically, no one read my article and commented on that.

Men feel that complimenting women on their looks is all that they need.

No sir, not real women. We work on our inner strengths more than our make up everyday.

Women with intelligence know to redirect themselves and others, they stand up for what they feel is right and will fight till the end for their values. They have no time to go window shopping or watching YouTube videos on makeup skills.

Parents:

Start empowering your kids with focus on their inner strength and beauty.

Praise them for their efforts, hardworking attitude, getting things done. Do not praise their looks.

Teach them that outside beauty is temporary and also, not within our control. But, inner beauty is permanent and definitely up to us to create.

A 5 year old child once told me, " we all have a small God within us and when we do good things to others, it gets bigger and spreads". Whether one believes in God or not, let’s make the goodness inside us shine, so it spreads it’s light outside and makes us look divine.


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LATEST NEWS: SODAS AND JUICES AND DEATH

A study published Monday in the American Heart Association journal Circulation found an association between people who consume sugary drinks and an increased risk of death. The observational study found adults who consumed more than two sweetened drinks a day had their risk of death increase by 21 percent over adults who drank less than one sweetened drink a month. For women, their risk increased by 25 percent, while the risk for men was up 12 percent.


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KID’S DENTAL HEALTH

This week includes World Oral Health Day, and here is some info on the importance of caring for our mouths

  • Young children don’t need to see a dentist

FALSE . More than half of children under the age of four don’t see a dentist. Children should begin seeing their dentist as soon as their first teeth start coming through.

  • Always brush your teeth before breakfast

TRUE. Foods containing citric acid, like oranges and grapefruits, weaken tooth enamel. Brushing too soon after eating and early in the morning will brush away plaque bacteria that has developed during the night which could be fed by sugar or acid in food, causing further softening of the enamel.

  • Mouth ulcers are harmless

NOT ALWAYS . While ulcers are usually more ¬uncomfortable than dangerous, the sores which appear on the cheeks, lips and tongue should always clear up within a week or two.

But if a mouth ulcer lasts longer than three weeks you should get it checked by a dentist or doctor urgently as it may be a symptom of something more serious like cancer.

  • Gum disease can cause Alzheimer’s

UNLIKELY. Some studies have found higher levels of a bacteria linked to gum disease but not for Alzheimer’s, yet.

  • Milk teeth don’t matter – they fall out anyway

FALSE . The milk teeth act as a guide for our adult teeth to grow through in the right place. If you lose your milk teeth early due to factors such as tooth decay, the adult teeth coming through can go ‘rogue’ and start emerging in the wrong places in the palate.

  • Brushing without toothpaste is best

MAYBE. A study by the American Dental Association discovered that “dry brushing” – not using toothpaste – is more effective at removing plaque than brushing with toothpaste.

  • Bad breath is caused by gum disease

NOT ALWAYS. While bad breath is often an indicator that you might be suffering from gum disease, it could also be a warning sign of other serious health issues.

Halitosis can be a symptom of acid reflux, a bowel obstruction, digestive issues or even diabetes.

  • Regular flossing can prevent heart disease

TRUE. According to research funded by the British Heart Foundation, people with gum disease are at risk of developing coronary heart disease. When you have gum disease, up to 100 million bacteria can live on a single tooth. It also causes gaps to form next to teeth, allowing bacteria to enter the bloodstream. Researchers have found dental bacteria in the heart, where it can attach to arteries and valves, as well as causing inflammation. You can prevent problems by brushing your teeth for two minutes twice a day, flossing daily, and looking out for signs of gum disease, such as bleeding gums.

  • Mints are the secret to fresh breath

FALSE. Leaving sugar in the mouth for extended periods of time can lead to an accumulation of sticky plaque on the teeth and encourage the growth of bacteria.


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SIMPLE VEGETARIAN SUBSTITUTES

Switching to a vegetarian diet has been shown to be very healthy for the body and good for the environment.

Attached a few simple solutions to switch from your carnivorous diet.

1) Replace meat with tofu, tempeh or mushrooms

Tofu has just as much protein and iron as most meat, making it an ideal substitute. It’s hardly everyone’s favorite food, but its versatility means that it can be prepared in a variety of different ways, and it’s also available in a range of different flavors and textures. It can even be used as taco meat.

If tofu just isn’t going to work for you, mushrooms are another great substitute to consider. They’re rich in protein, vitamin C, and iron. They can be marinated and grilled for the perfect burger, and Portobello mushrooms can be stuffed for a quick and easy meal.

You could also try tempeh, which is made from whole soybeans and is firmer than tofu. It’s rich in protein and fiber, and you’ll find it at your local grocery store.

2. Replace regular milk with soy milk or almond milk or similar

There are tons of alternatives to regular milk out there these days, such as soy milk, rice milk, oat milk, hemp milk, almond milk and coconut milk. You should try a few of them to discover which type you like best for the next time you order a vegan coffee at Starbucks!

3. Replace cheese with nuts

Although vegan cheese is actually a thing, nuts can easily be pureed into a creamy sauce. Cashew nuts are particularly good for being used in this way, making a cashew nut sauce is perfect for substituting into your favorite dishes, such as fettuccine Alfredo, nachos or even fondue. You can also consider tofu for replicating ricotta or cottage cheese on dishes such as pasta and pizza. If you don’t believe me, try the cashew-quinoa burger at the Spiral Diner.

4. Replace bacon with Tempeh or veggies

Bacon lovers will find giving it up to be an almost impossible task, but tempeh actually tastes almost identical to it. It can be cut thinly and fried like bacon, but some vegetables, such as eggplants or mushrooms, can actually be fried and baked to crisp perfection.


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LATEST NEWS: ONE MORE ON MEASLES

As many as 261 people, mostly children under the age of five, have lost their lives due to measles in the Philippines since the start of 2019, according to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. This is 547 per cent increase as compared to 2018.

Takeaway: Don’t become a statistics. Vaccinate.


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LATEST NEWS: MUMPS ON THE RISE

Sixteen cases of mumps have been reported by Temple University, according to Christopher Vito, associate director of public relations at Temple. He said 10 of those are confirmed, six are probable and one additional case is under investigation. Mumps is a vaccine-preventable disease that is caused by a virus. It is spread through saliva or mucus by coughing, sneezing or talking, sharing eating utensils or cups, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It can also spread when an infected person touches items or surfaces that are then touched by someone else who picks up the virus.

Symptoms can appear 12 to 25 days after a person is infected and can include fever, headache, muscle aches, being tired and loss of appetite. The hallmark, though, is swollen glands under the ears that are tender. But not everyone has symptoms, especially if they are experiencing a mild case of the illness. The best way to prevent mumps is with a vaccine. According to the CDC, the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine is 88% effective when two doses are given. There were more than 2,000 cases of mumps in the US in 2018. During January of this year, 58 cases were reported, according to preliminary data from the CDC.

Takeaway: Take your MMR


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TIPS TO GET YOUR CHILD OFF THEIR DA*N ELECTRONICS

How to Teach Your Child Responsible Phone Usage!

Smartphones & tablets are addictive for adults, and doubly so for children.

There are several ways of setting boundaries and educating your child about smartphone usage that can help mitigate phone abuse, as well as protect them when they’re using it.

1. Control the Charger

Keep the charger on your person and choose when it is appropriate for your child to charge their phone. It is perfectly fine if their phones run out of juice when they’re at home. Just make sure they have enough power when they’re at school or at a friend’s house so that you can contact them or locate them if need be.

If the phone is nearly spent, you can plug it in for a couple of minutes over breakfast (as a plus, your kid won’t be playing around with it at the table).

2. Control the Location where the phone can be

Sleep deprivation is becoming an increasingly alarming issue associated with smartphone use among preteens and adolescents. How do smartphones affect sleep? Simple:

Most children keep the phone at hand when in bed, as they use it as an alarm clock. The easy access to the phone can prove too hard a temptation to overcome, and many children spend their bedtime sending and reading instant messages. Using the phone is mentally stimulating, which might cause restless sleep.

Have your children place their phones in the living room before bedtime, and if they need an alarm clock, well, buy them an actual alarm clock (old-fashioned though it may be).

3. Install a Parental Control App

Remotely controlling your child’s phone use may not earn you any favors with them, but it is often a necessary step.

There are quite a few great parental control apps in the app stores which allow you to remotely lock your child’s phone, limit which apps they can use or download, track your child’s location, limit phone usage, control internet access and grant you access to your child’s messaging history. Set firm ground rules ahead of time. Additionally, make sure they understand that you will have all of this access and don’t “surprise” them with the power you hold over their phones.

4. Educate Your Children to be Smart with Their Phones

Though you may want to have the option to set a clear boundary for your kids and to be able to enforce your will, it is always better if they understand your reasons for concern and internalize them. This way, they feel empowered when they’re being careful, and don’t resent you for meddling with their phone use. Teach them about the perils of being online, tell them they can (and should) always turn to you if something happens, and use demonstrations to emphasize your points. A good demonstration that has made the rounds a couple of times are parents and teachers showing children just how easy it is to circulate information online and how many people will be able to view it. A great and engaging way to educate children about web safety is having them take a digital citizenship course. There are many free courses aimed at children of elementary-school ages, such as Privacy Playground, NetSmartzKids, and Common Sense Digital Passport.

5. Know What to Look Out For

Make sure you understand the dangers yourself before you presume to educate your kids. If you’re having your child take a digital citizenship course, consider doing one yourself.

Do research on web safety, cyberbullying, and the various ways people can prey on your children through their phones (be it extortion, tracking their location, etc.). Be involved in your child’s phone use and be on the lookout for telltale signs of trouble.


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LATEST NEWS: MEASLES KILLS

Measles cases are on the rise globally, including in wealthy nations such as the United States and Germany, where some parents shun life-saving vaccines due to false theories suggesting links between childhood immunizations and autism. In Madagascar, one of the world’s poorest countries, parents are desperate to vaccinate their children, many trudging for miles to get to clinics for shots. But there are not enough vaccines. Over 1,000 people, mostly children, have died from measles in Madagascar since October.

During 2000 to 2017, the WHO estimates that widespread use of measles vaccinations prevented 21.1 million deaths – making the shots one of what the United Nations’ health agency calls the “best buys in public health.” Yet misinformation is knocking confidence in the safety of vaccinations and has jeopardized progress against measles – allowing the disease to gain a hold again in places where it was considered almost beaten. Europe last year saw its highest level of measles cases in a decade, and in January, the WHO named “vaccine hesitancy” – the reluctance or refusal to vaccinate – as one of the top ten global health threats for 2019.

Takeaway: Think!


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LATEST NEWS: ALCOHOL/SUICIDE DEATHS INCREASE

The national rate for deaths from alcohol, drugs and suicide rose from 43.9 to 46.6 deaths per 100,000 people in 2017, a 6 percent increase, per CDC. In most states, deaths from alcohol, drugs and suicides increased in 2017. In five – Massachusetts, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Utah and Wyoming – those deaths fell.

Deaths from synthetic opioids, including the narcotic pain reliever fentanyl, rose 45 percent. Such deaths have increased tenfold in the past five years. Suicide by suffocation increased 42 percent from 2008 to 2017. Suicide by firearm increased 22 percent in that time. Trauma and adverse childhood experiences such as incarcerated parents or exposure to domestic violence increase the risk of drug and alcohol abuse and suicide.

TAKEAWAY

  • Monitor your kids
  • Limit access to the means of suicide, such as the safe storage of medications and firearms, and responsible opioid prescribing practices.


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Not all Natural stuff are safe

We tend to think that natural remedies are safe. Yet few of us actually do enough research to know that just because something is natural, doesn’t mean that it is safe for us to use. Take a look at these seven well-known home remedies that may make you worse, not better.

1. Kava

This herb is grown on the South Pacific islands and is often recommended for anxiety – in fact, it has been found to have a calming effect similar to Valium. But, Kava may also cause liver failure in otherwise healthy people and may also cause allergic reactions.

2. Castor oil

Many women in their final stages of pregnancy cannot quite wait to have their baby, and many such women take castor oil believing it will jump start labor. But, aside from its awful taste, castor oil, is a remedy for constipation. Nevertheless, it’s not recommended. A healthier alternative would be to take prunes and prune juice.

3. Charcoal

Activated charcoal is generally derived from coconut shells and is thought to trap and remove dangerous toxins from the body. It is recommended to treat bloating and constipation. But swallowing charcoal for detoxification purposes is strongly discouraged. It is dangerous because it can cause life-threatening intestinal obstructions and severe dehydration. Eating well and drinking plenty of water can have a similar, but safer effect on the body.

4. Vitamins

A healthy diet should consist of all the vitamins and minerals that we need. Sometimes, a vitamin pill can fill the gap and ensure optimum health. The danger comes when people ignore the recommended doses and take too much of a particular vitamin. Too much vitamin D, for instance, can cause liver and heart problems, while too much B6 can cause nerve toxicity, and a vitamin A overdose can cause death in extreme cases.

5. Blowing or licking a wound

Mothers are known for spitting on a tissue and using it to clean their children’s faces, or worse, a wound. Blowing on or introducing saliva to a cut is dangerous as both our breath and saliva have tons of bacteria and can contaminate the wound and lead to an infection.

6. Syrup of Ipecac

This syrup is made from the roots of a South American plant and is kept as a counter treatment for accidental poisoning as it induces vomiting. But this form of treatment is incredibly dangerous as many poisons do further damage when they make their way out of the body, thus damaging the esophagus and causing breathing problems. The only appropriate reaction to a child swallowing something poisonous is to call Poison Control immediately, seeking medical treatment.

7. Breast milk

Breast milk is the best possible natural food for babies but its use as a healing agent lacks scientific studies. Many moms claim that their milk clears up skin conditions. Yet it is unwise to apply another person’s breast milk to an injury or infection. It can transmit infectious diseases, including HIV. If not stored properly, breast milk can be contaminated and can actually introduce bacteria into an already infected area.

Source: Internet research