More Dangerous than Mattel Toys

September 9, 2007 at 4:57 pm | Posted in Links I Like, NewsTarget, Nutrition Info | 3 Comments

With all the hype lately about the toy recalls, NewsTarget has put out an article about 20 things that are more dangerous for children than the lead in those toys. Very interesting!!!

Highlights –
Mercury Fillings
Vaccines
Hot Dogs
Antibacterial Soap
Processed Milk
Fast Food
Soda
Synthetic Vitamins
Shampoo and Bath Products

I encourage you to check out the article and see why he says it is so dangerous. Definitely something to think about.

Any of them surprise you? If so, which ones?

Watch the Salad you Choose

September 5, 2007 at 9:56 pm | Posted in Links I Like, Nutrition Info | 2 Comments

I just discovered this article on Yahoo Health “When is a Salad Not a Healthy Choice?

It’s amazing that some salads at restaurants have more calories and fat than a McDonald’s Big Mac! YIKES! For example –

# Macaroni Grill’s Chicken Caesar Salad® — 920 calories and 69 grams of fat
# Panera’s Bistro Steak Salad® — 630 calories and 58 grams of fat
# Applebee’s Grilled Steak Caesar Salad® — 1,190 calories and 75 grams of fat

Whole Foods Podcast

August 9, 2007 at 3:43 pm | Posted in Links I Like | Leave a comment

My friend, Rob, pointed out to me today that Whole Foods has podcasts!

I just listened to the Back to School podcast, as my daughter will be going to Pre-K this year.

So, great idea. I also liked it because I can listen to it as I browse around other stuff on-line. Check it out. You don’t have to download it, you can just listen straight from there.

Everybody Poops

July 12, 2007 at 1:21 am | Posted in Links I Like, Nutrition Info | 4 Comments

Or do they? 🙂

I came across two blogs the past couple of days that have discussed either an issue with poop or a need for more fiber. It reminded me of our own poop issues in our house through the years. You see, years ago I struggled with IBS. It was HORRIBLE!!! Let me just say…sometimes I would be hours in the bathroom buckled over in pain! I was even on medication to try and help it. Then, my daughter had issues with constipation as a baby and toddler. I mean the girl would go 4 to 5 days sometimes without a poop. And let me tell you…that makes for one cranky toddler!

So, what has helped us?

Well, definitely adding more fiber! And getting rid of all forms of the white, processed flour junk. And we also did a blood food allergy test. The actual test we did is called an IgG test. We discovered we were allergic to dairy and eggs (and my daughter was also allergic to soy). But, even if you are not allergic to dairy, I would recommend eliminating it because dairy is very constipating.

My first post on here was about Dr. OZ on Oprah. I love his very candid explanations about health and our bodies! Here is another article from him that I especially love – “Everybody Poops!”

Highlights include:
“You want to hear what the stool, the poop, sounds like when it hits the water. If it sounds like a bombardier, you know, ‘plop, plop, plop,’ that’s not right because it means you’re constipated. It means the food is too hard by the time it comes out. It should hit the water like a diver from Acapulco hits the water [swoosh].”

“What part of your body is most similar to your brain? The surprising answer is your small bowel, where most digestion occurs. If your bowel’s not happy, those same chemicals influence your brain.” (Goes along with the same principle I shared here about the Enteric Nervous System)

“We are the best health educated society in the history of mankind but we don’t take information and use it to motivate us to change our behavior.”

SO…how’s your poop?! Ha Ha…couldn’t resist! But, that is rhetorical, so please don’t answer that!

Links I Like

June 25, 2007 at 11:46 pm | Posted in Links I Like | Leave a comment

Recently, my friend Rob asked me for some web page links about a health topic we were discussing. It got me thinking…maybe the rest of you all would like to see what I save as my favorites in regards to health topics.

So, I will start with what I shared to Rob on the Enteric Nervous System. Otherwise known as Your Second Brain in your gut, or the whole brain-gut connection. I starting learning about this when Natalie was having some gut issues and behvior issues. My Dr. told me that there are as many neurotransmitters in your gut as there are in your brain. And those neurotransmitters are responsible for your serotonin levels and norepinephrine and all that. So, if your gut is out of whack, it makes sense that it would effect your emotions. And once we started helping Natalie’s gut to heal and eliminated her food allergies…it definitley helped her behavior!

Here are some links that talk more about it. Enjoy!

http://altmedangel.com/gutbrain.htm
http://www.selfgrowth.com/articles/Wexler3.html
http://www.psyking.net/id36.htm

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