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Posted: April 30, 2015
If your child is suffering from behavioral outburst, chronic infections, reflux, chronic colds, or skin issues such as eczema, you likely need to examine his or her diet. The first person I think of in any of these situations is Kelly Dorfman, author of Cure Your Child with Food: The Hidden Connection Between Nutrition and...Read More »Read More
Posted: April 22, 2015
I worked with Dr. Sanja Tamburic, a naturopathic physician, to develop a 21-day cleanse for myself and I thought it would apply or inspire many others. Who should cleanse? This is a relatively gentle cleanse and I like that it isn’t a fad-style cleanse (with a fancy name and a requirement to do something weird...Read More »Read More
Posted: April 22, 2015
Margaret Floyd Barry is the author of the Eat Naked books and a nutritional consultant. She explains that there are two parts to detoxifying: cleaning house at a cellular level and drainage to make sure the toxins have an easy exit. This second part is essential and often forgotten in a person’s enthusiasm to get...Read More »Read More
Posted: January 13, 2015
Women who breastfed their babies talk about it as one of most wonderful, intimate things they have ever experienced. This may be because years of harmonious snuggling stand between them and those early weeks of figuring out how to do something considered so natural that it should be simple. But I have seen more tears...Read More »Read More
Posted: December 6, 2014
Formaldehyde Formaldehyde is a smelly, colourless, flammable gas classified as a Group 1 carcinogen by the IARC. It is known to cause cancer in humans and animals. It can irritate the eyes, nose, and throat, and trigger asthma. Formaldehyde emissions generally decrease over time (i.e. off-gas), but it can take seven years just to reach...Read More »Read More
Posted: November 10, 2014
One of the most important aspects of eating healthy or what makes food “real” is avoiding dangerous food additives. The 7 most dangerous food additives in my research are: artificial sweeteners, artificial food colouring, carrageenan, MSG, Trans fat, sodium nitrate/nitrite, and fructose. Food Additives to Always Avoid Aspartame (Nutra-Sweet, Equal) and Saccharin These are used...Read More »Read More
Posted: November 4, 2014
We are what we eat. What I ate when I was a young kid was what the government gave us–and that included such goodies as peanut butter with hydrogenated oils, milk that no one wanted to buy (now that’s the stuff with artificial growth hormones added), and this bouncy, bright-orange “cheese product.” Now, what I–and...Read More »Read More
Posted: October 21, 2014
The not so sweet side of sugar Sugar has become big news. “Death by Sugar” ran in MacLeans in May, and the producer, Laurie David, has a new documentary on the obesity epidemic called Fed Up, and people are beginning to listen to the likes of Dr. Robert H. Lustig, MD, a professor of Pediatrics...Read More »Read More
Posted: July 28, 2014
Is your water bottle killing you?  First, came the news about the toxic baby bottles and, then, Nalgene and Camelbak and all of my once favorite sports bottle companies phased out their polycarbonate lines (all the while denying their products have anything wrong with them).  Then, everyone came out with BPA-free plastics. And, while researching...Read More »Read More
Posted: July 17, 2014
BACKGROUND ON THE ISSUE Much of what is at stake with feeding baby goes back to the discussion on toxic plastics.  Quite a fervor was caused when the group Environment California released a recent report entitled, “Toxic Baby Bottles” which showed that bisphenol-A (BPA) was leaching from baby bottles. And not just some baby bottles,...Read More »Read More
Posted: February 14, 2014
Tips and resources for healthier and more environmentally responsible birth control, sex toys, and lubricants. There are number of things that can be done to green-up sex itself. From using products such as condoms and lubricants that are healthy on the body, not made of estrogen-releasing plastics, and are gentle on the environment to avoiding birth control that routinely exposes your body and our waterways to persistent doses of estrogen. »Read More
Posted: May 10, 2012
Traveling in the Third World with Kids: Creating a Natural Medicine Travel Kit »Read More
Posted: July 13, 2011
It’s enough to drive parents crazy: “Slather your kids in sunscreen!” we are told. Yet, we are learning that the majority of popular sunscreens might NOT provide protection from the worst of the skin cancers and might actually increase our children’s chances of getting some cancers.   »Read More
Posted: April 21, 2011
Even Consumer Reports tells us that meat and dairy is among the most important foods to eat organic. In both the U.S. and Canada meat that is NOT organic can be irradiated (purposely nuked), and will be from an animal almost certainly fed artificial growth hormones, routine (even daily) antibiotics, and genetically modified (as well as pesticide-sprayed) grains. In the U.S. »Read More
Posted: April 21, 2011
Drinking bottled water is an expensive habit. It can cost a family upwards of a 1,000 a year. And for what? About 40% of bottled water starts out as tap water. Bottled water isn’t required to meet as stringent standards as tap water and, according to the EPA, “bottled water is not necessarily safer than your tap water.” As well, bottled water can leach chemicals into the water from the plastic. Only 10 to 20% of the bottles ever get recycled and it requires significant petroleum to make the plastic, bottle the water, and ship the bottles to a store near you. »Read More