Mar 09 2016

Have You Checked Your Child For Hearing Loss?

From A World Health Organization news release....... Nearly 32 million children across the world live with disabling hearing loss. A new WHO report, "Childhood hearing loss: act now, here’s how", suggests that 60% of this can be prevented. It also highlights that if hearing loss is detected early enough, and if children receive the care they need, they can reach their full potential. “A child who struggles to hear may also struggle to learn to speak, underachieve at school and end up socially isolated,” says Dr Etienne Krug, Director of the WHO Department for Management of Noncommunicable Diseases, Disability, Violence and Injury Prevention. “But this doesn’t have to happen. We have a range of tools to help prevent, detect and treat childhood hearing loss.” Most childhood hearing loss can be prevented There are many causes of childhood hearing loss. It is estimated that 40% is attributable to genetic causes; 31% to infections such as measles, mumps, rubella and meningitis; and 17% to complications at birth, including prematurity, low birth weight and neonatal jaundice. In addition, an estimated 4% results from expectant mothers and newborns unknowingly using medicines that are harmful to hearing. To prevent childhood hearing loss, immunizing children against diseases and regulating certain medicines and noise levels are vital. Mitigating the impact of hearing loss Early identification of those children with hearing loss helps to trigger the needed interventions, such as the provision of hearing devices and ...

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Apr 03 2014

Isn’t It About Time to Switch To A Plant Based Diet ? What Are You Waiting For?

A report from NIH News In Health Vegetarians miss out on lots of foods. No grilled burgers or franks at picnics. No holiday turkey or fries cooked in animal fat. Strict vegetarians may even forego honey made by bees. But vegetarians also tend to miss out on major health problems that plague many Americans. They generally live longer than the rest of us, and they’re more likely to bypass heart-related and other ailments. The fact is, eating a more plant-based diet can boost your health, whether you’re a vegetarian or not. What is it about the vegetarian lifestyle that can protect your health? And are there risks to being vegetarian? NIH-funded researchers are looking for answers. They’re exploring the many ways that diet and other factors affect our health. Vegetarian meals focus on fruits and vegetables, dried beans, whole grains, seeds and nuts. By some estimates, about 2% of the U.S. adult population follows this type of diet. People have many reasons for becoming vegetarians. Some want to eat more healthy foods. Others have religious or economic reasons or are concerned about animal welfare. “Vegetarian diets are also more sustainable and environmentally sound than diets that rely heavily on meat, poultry and fish,” says NIH nutritionist Dr. Susan Krebs-Smith, who monitors trends in cancer risk factors. Most people think of vegetarian diets as simply eating plant foods and not eating meat, poultry and fish. “But ...

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Oct 15 2011

News News News-What’s In the News?

So Do I Take Vitamins or Not? If you have been reading the newspaper or listening to the TV (or radio/internet) reports over the past few weeks, you undoubtedly are aware of the controversy surrounding vitamins. Most recent reports have come up with negative findings indicating that most vitamin supplements do not prevent disease and in fact some are associated with a higher risk of causing the disease itself. With the exception of folic acid for prevention of neural tube defects, omega-3 fatty acids benefit in heart disease and B12 supplementation for dementia, the bet is off for basically everything else. The pendulum has definitely swung in the negative direction for the supplement industry. So what do you do? According to most health experts, eating a diet that includes all of the natural vitamins is the best way to keep your body healthy. This translates into making fruits and veggies over half of your daily diet, eating low saturated fat proteins,  low fat dairy, whole grains, plenty of fiber and keeping your diet low in added salt and sugar. Eating the fruit or vegetable gives you many more health benefits (and much less sugar) than drinking the juice or taking a pill. Advertising Directly To Children: Healthy and Nutritious Makes an Impact In the advertising world, statistics abound. Most advertising firms know very well what will sell to kids: cartoon characters with a ...

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Feb 17 2011

How To Raise The IQ Of Your Child: Graehm Gray

Well, my fans, it has finally happened. Yes, you read it here. I will give you the facts and you will know that the stories about Roswell are true. Now you are wondering what Roswell and nutrition have to do with each other, right? Read on my nutrition and fitness students. Aren’t you all just a bit curious to find out if we really were visited by aliens back in the summer of 1947? I sure am. I‘ve always thought that we had some close encounters but were never told. It was kept secret, by those “men in black.”Come on-think about it-the pyramids, Nazca lines, computers? Do you really think Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and Mick Jagger are Earthlings?  And over the years, as our technology (i.e. rocket science, computers, medical advances, etc.) has been constantly improving, I always thought that we are getting some of these tidbits ever so slowly by understanding the alien technology. Oh well, one day, we will find out. Anyway, back to today’s blog- we now know how to raise a child’s intelligence quotient-and conversely how to lower it as well. Alien technology? Not really. Researcher Kate Northstone, Ph. D., and her team from the Department of Social Medicine at the University of Bristol, discovered that feeding children age 3 foods that are processed, high in fat and sugar will result in “small” reductions in their ...

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Jan 14 2011

Best Diet in the Universe:Secrets Revealed – Graehm Gray

Wow, by the response from my last blog, you guys and gals are ready! It seems that many of us are ready to get the weight off.  I am proud of all of you honest folks-yes, we let it out-we are honest-we gained weight and we are not happy campers. And now, you took the first five steps: 1. You got rid of all of the junk food in your kitchen-had to be done 2. You have weighed yourself-good or bad-had to be done 3. You set a weight loss goal that is realistic-had to be done 4. You made an exercise schedule and finally you went for (or have scheduled) a checkup with your medical provider-had to be done. Great job! Had to be done! Must be done! You are well on your way to success. Now you are all wondering, what’s next? What other secrets can you tell me? Tell me Graehm, please, please!   So let’s talk food! That’s right “da food!” What type, how much and when can I eat it? Isn’t that what we all ask several times a day? In my family, we ask it before we even finish our first meal of the day. We need to know! And we need to know now! We all think about food incessantly. It makes us feel good knowing what ...

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Mar 01 2010

Childhood Obesity: Prevention With Nutrition and Exercise Guidelines

By John E. Lewis, Ph.D. Today, children face more challenges than ever in trying to achieve and maintain their health. The prevalence of the internet and video games negatively affects kids' desire to play outside and participate in physical activities, and the preponderance of fast food restaurants and processed foods at our grocery stores, along with their appealing advertising campaigns, results in an over-reliance of poor dietary choices that are too high in calories and too low in nutrition. Childhood obesity is dramatically rising and is now the most significant health crisis affecting children today. Physical inactivity and poor nutrition are the principle causes of obesity, according to the US Departments of Health and Human Services (HHS) and Agriculture (USDA). In addition, children are now dealing with rates of Type II Diabetes and cardiovascular disease previously only seen in adults. So what can we do to help our children? In addition to proper rest and sleep, stress reduction, avoidance of toxins, such as second-hand cigarette smoke, and drinking plenty of water, health begins and ends with proper nutrition and exercise. Eating properly should consist of a reliance on a plant-based, whole food diet. Eating plants in their most natural state, looking as much like when they came out of the ground or off the tree, should be the goal. Eating a plant-based, whole food diet will give us the vitamins, minerals, carotenoids, flavonoids, and the thousands of other ...

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Sep 08 2009

Meryl Brandwein RD/LDN: Nutrients in Our Food-Do You Know What You’re Eating, and Why?

Walk into any bookstore and you will find hundreds of diet books lining the shelves. Surf the web and your likely to find thousands of diet tips, various questionable nutritional recommendations, as well as a myriad of individuals, some professionals some not so professional, all of whom profess that their plan offers the solution to your nutritional prayers. It is no wonder that we are confused. It seems as though we have nothing left to eat anymore. Our goal at The Nerdel Company is to set the record straight and declare that all of the macronutrients: Proteins, Carbohydrates and Fats play a vital role in our diets. The focus here is to learn how to strike that balance between all three. Let's start with the basics. Proteins are known as the building blocks of life. A protein is formed from many smaller amino acids. These amino acids are what make up our muscle tissue, organs, immune system and hormones to name a few. There are a total of 20 amino acids. Eight of them are essential. This means that we must obtain them from our diets. The rest of the amino acids can be made from, or synthesized by the body from those eight essential amino acids. All animal proteins contain the necessary amino acids our bodies need to produce all of the other amino acids. These are known as complete proteins. ...

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