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    June 2, 2011
    A Nightmare Food Pyramid Journey

    The Food Pyramid: Gone and NOT missed! On June 1, 2011 I logged on to MyPyramid.gov for kids and played their Blast Off Game “An interactive computer game where kids can reach Planet Power by fuelin…

    A Nightmare Food Pyramid Journey
    June 2, 2011
    Alan’s menu from A Nightmare Food Pyramid Journey

    Alan's menu from A Nightmare Food Pyramid Journey and A Nightmare Food Pyramid Journey - Part 2:…

    The Organic Movement Report
    May 25, 2011
    The Organic Movement Report

    The Washington Post released a report today titled, The Organic Movement. The Post looked at current research, and interviewed organic farmers and other organic leaders for their insights. I was asked…

    Tylenol No Longer Deemed a Pain Reliever for Babies and Toddlers
    May 18, 2011
    Tylenol No Longer Deemed a Pain Reliever for Babies & Toddlers

    Tylenol for Babies & Toddlers?!?  The FDA’s Nonprescription Drugs Advisory Committee and Pediatric Advisory Committee have together recommended that “pain relief” be removed from the label…

    Switching to Low Fat Milk May not Reduce Calories or Weight
    May 13, 2011
    Switching to Low Fat Milk May not Reduce Calories or Weight

    A May 2011 study has already changed what I tell parents about nonfat milk. Commonly, parents are counseled to switch their children from whole milk to low fat or nonfat milk by age 2 or 3, in an effo…

    Ear infections are vanishing: four key ideas for parents
    May 11, 2011
    Ear infections are vanishing: four key ideas for parents

    I remember, not long ago, seeing many children with ear infections every day I was in the office – children that were often up screaming the night before. Today it’s not surprising to go an entire…

    Sharing Meals around the Family Table
    May 4, 2011
    Family Meals: Sharing around the family table

    Sitting together around the table to eat together just three times per week reduces the odds that kids will be overweight, reduces the odds of their eating unhealthy foods or eating in an unhealthy wa…

    Learning Junk Food in School: Advertising to Kids
    April 28, 2011
    Learning Junk Food in School: Advertising to Kids

    Some of our children’s food choices are made at home – but as they grow, many are made in childcare or at school. We need our schools and daycare centers to be working with us, not against us in t…

    Historic AAP Call for Chemical Change
    April 25, 2011
    Historic AAP Call for Chemical Change

    Our primary federal law that governs chemicals in the US today is now as out of date and ridiculous as a 1970s polyester leisure suit. Most people assume that if a chemical is in a common product on t…

    Shaping the Future
    April 20, 2011
    Shaping the Future

    When you look at a playground full of nine-year olds, some will be skinny, some will be overweight, and most will be in between. About 25 percent of the differences that you see between kids may go al…

    Mythbusting: Carrots, Nitrates, and Homemade Baby Food
    April 19, 2011
    Mythbusting: Carrots, Nitrates, and Homemade Baby Food

    Foodie Tuesday Parents are often told that it is not safe to feed their babies carrots cooked at home; only give them what comes in a jar. I disagree! The worried warnings go something like this: “I…

    Use Protection: Half of US Meat and Poultry Contaminated
    April 18, 2011
    Use Protection: Half of US Meat and Poultry Contaminated

    EcoMonday Researchers found Staph bacteria in 47 percent of nationwide samples of ground beef, chicken breasts, chicken thighs, pork chops, ground pork, ground turkey, and turkey cutlets. More than ha…

    Optimal Cord Clamping and Stem Cells – When to Cut the Cord?
    March 29, 2011
    Optimal Cord Clamping and Stem Cells – When to Cut the Cord?

    What if there were a simple, free, natural way to give your baby a bit better start on the first day of life: Improving blood counts now Reducing the chance of iron deficiency later Improving oxygen l…

    All-star-Foods
    March 15, 2011
    All-star-Foods

    My all-star list of foods to prevent and repair damage from environmental toxins: (more…)…

    What to Do About Chemicals in Pregnant Women: A green solution.
    March 7, 2011
    What to Do About Chemicals in Pregnant Women: A green solution.

    Here is the fifth take-home lesson from The Environmental Health Perspective article, Environmental Chemicals in Pregnant Women. Lesson 5: A green solution. Leafy green. Yes, we want to reduce exposur…

    What Parents Should Know About the USDA Dietary Guidelines
    February 17, 2011
    What Parents Should Know About the USDA Dietary Guidelines

    By law, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Dietary Guidelines for Americans are reviewed and updated every 5 years to keep our health moving forward. The new 95 page long Dietary Guidelines for A…

    What to Do About Chemicals in Pregnant Women: Toothpaste matters.
    February 8, 2011
    What to Do About Chemicals in Pregnant Women: Toothpaste matters.

    Here is the fourth take-home lesson from The Environmental Health Perspective article, Environmental Chemicals in Pregnant Women. Lesson 4: Your choices do matter. Many industrial chemicals were found…

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    January 31, 2011
    How did we get here? WhiteOut Now!

    Would you feed your baby a spoonful of sugar for her first bite of solid food? Of course you wouldn’t. Today, the first bite of solid food for 98% of babies in the US is processed white rice baby ce…

    What to Do About Chemicals in Pregnant Women: Public policy changes your body
    January 28, 2011
    What to Do About Chemicals in Pregnant Women: Public policy changes your body

    The Environmental Health Perspective article, Environmental Chemicals in Pregnant Women, has been getting a lot of play. I’ve got five take home lessons from the study. Here’s number 3. Lesson 3: …

    What to Do About Chemicals in Pregnant Women: All products are eco-products
    January 27, 2011
    What to Do About Chemicals in Pregnant Women: All products are eco-products

    Yesterday we looked considered the importance of the recent journal article in the Environmental Health Perspective, Environmental Chemicals in Pregnant Women. Today I’d like to explore the second l…