Kids Bag Lunches Lack Nutritional Punch

Worried about what your kids might be eating in school? Concerned about the nutritional value of school cafeteria food? As it turns out, you might not be doing any better by packing your kids lunches. Survey research out of the UK’s University of Leeds, published in the online journal BMJ Open, says that less than… Continue reading Kids Bag Lunches Lack Nutritional Punch

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Cannabis Use May Cause Structural Changes In The Heart

Are you a regular user of cannabis? Whether it’s for claimed medical benefits (which won’t be argued here) or recreational use, marijuana, or cannabis, is rapidly becoming mainstreamed. Here in the States, the rush to legalize, commercialize and, of course, tax marijuana use is nothing short of mad. One might argue that with a federal… Continue reading Cannabis Use May Cause Structural Changes In The Heart

Get Your Kid A Dog And Reduce Their Schizophrenia Risk As Adults

Sometime during the Last Glacial Maximum, or period when ice sheets covered most of North America, Europe and Asia, man got a great idea. He realized that it was cold, really dry and that food was getting harder to come by. He was competing with other animals for that food and he was freezing his… Continue reading Get Your Kid A Dog And Reduce Their Schizophrenia Risk As Adults

Poverty and an Unhealthy Gut

Social justice, in particular the “war on poverty,” may have a brand new front: the human gut. More specifically, human gut microbiome. Suzanne Ishaq and her colleagues at the University of Oregon have just published an essay arguing this in the journal PLOS Biology. In their essay, they point out that poverty creates increased risk… Continue reading Poverty and an Unhealthy Gut

Opportunity in Challenge

Personal revelation warning!.For the past few months, my wife and I have faced a series of personal, health and financial challenges. At times, those challenges have fueled fear and anxiety over the future. During the last month or so, we’ve slowly realized that our life together also has a strong opportunity attached to it. Something… Continue reading Opportunity in Challenge

It’s The Microbes That Will Get You

They say it’s the little things in life that really matter. It turns out they might be right. It also seems that it may be the little things that kill us in the end. Our particular species of fun-loving bipeds has survived all manner of threat and danger over the millenia. Floods, fires, famine and… Continue reading It’s The Microbes That Will Get You

Want to Get More Vegetables Into Your Kids? Offer More Variety!

If you’re a parent struggling to get your kids to eat vegetables, there’s hope! There is at least one way to get your kids to accept and even eat more vegetables. The good news? It doesn’t involve threats, punishment or banishment to the “naughty corner.” In fact, researchers in Australia may have hit on a… Continue reading Want to Get More Vegetables Into Your Kids? Offer More Variety!

Is Starting School Early Linked to ADHD?

Is it possible that the month and year in which a child is born is an indicator of the likelihood they’ll be diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD?) Is early age admission to school a factor in the likelihood of diagnosis with ADHD? Is it possible that some, perhaps many, ADHD diagnoses are the… Continue reading Is Starting School Early Linked to ADHD?

Alcohol, Caffeine, Nicotine and Your Lousy Sleep

It’s estimated that between 50 and 70 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders. That’s a problem in more ways than just nodding off at work or in school. Sleep deficits and deprivation are connected to a myriad of health problems, both minor serious. The serious problems include high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and even… Continue reading Alcohol, Caffeine, Nicotine and Your Lousy Sleep

Behavior Problems in Toddlers Linked to Parental Prenatal Stress

Emotional and behavioral problems in 2 year olds may be connected to the emotional difficulties experienced by expectant parents, according to new research. The study suggests that stress and conflict may be a serious contributor to the creation of “difficult” toddlers. The research team, made up of researchers from the Universities of Cambridge, New York,… Continue reading Behavior Problems in Toddlers Linked to Parental Prenatal Stress