Family Fitness: Benefits Beyond the Body

May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month.  This is a great time to look and see if you and your family are living up to the recommendations to exercise for one hour each day.  I know, everybody is very busy these days. It takes time to drive our kids to all of those sporting …

Generation OVERWEIGHT!!

The Overweight Generation   The first National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month was proclaimed in September 2010 and endorsed again by President Obama this year.  Public Health experts describe the childhood obesity epidemic as one of the greatest health and economic challenges of the 21st century.  Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has called for personal responsibility. Public health …

Can Perfume Cause Birth Defects?

There has been talk among some scientists over the years that phthalates may be linked to reduced sperm, DNA damage, and hormonal changes. You may ask, “What are Phthalates?” Phthalates are chemicals added to shower curtains, rubber ducks and toys, air fresheners, cosmetics, perfumes, and the list goes on and on. They help cosmetics and …

BPA and Heart Disease

BPA or Bisphenol A is found in many plastic products labeled #7 on the bottom of the bottle or plastic container. I was also suprised to find that BPA is used for lining metal food and beverage containers. By now most moms have read about toxic baby bottles. Many of us have switched to BPA …

Natural Remedies for Eczema

My daughter started her life with itchy red patches of inflamed skin. When I took her to the pediatrician, she gave me a prescription for a topical steroid cream even stronger than the one you can buy over the counter. I was not ready to use a pharmaceutical that had never been tested on human infants. The …

Heart Disease Awareness

February is the month of sweethearts and love. We eat candy, give valentines and think of red roses. But have you thought about loving your own heart this month? I first thought about heart disease 24 years ago. My dad was being admitted to the hospital for triple bypass surgery. He was 46 years old. …

Honey for Suppressing Coughs

A study featured in the Archives of Pediatric Adolescent Medicine(2007;161:1140-6) found that honey may be an effective cough suppressant. A single dose of buckwheat honey was given at night time to children 2 to 18 years of age. According to the principal investigator,Ian Paul,the following doses are considered appropriate: NO honey for children under the …

Delicious and Healthy Apricot Bars

The start of fall has me getting back on the school schedule. One of my duties is to find healthy snacks to pack in the lunch box or to offer for a quick breakfast when we are running just a little bit late in the morning. I read the other day about the healing benefits …