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Archive for the ‘ Raising Healthy Children ’ Category

17 Apr

Doping/Dopey Scientists

Last week the British science journal Nature reported the results of an online reader poll that sought to measure the number of scientists who used “cognitive enhancing drug” and readers’ attitude to the drugs themselves. The poll, which was supposed to be part of an April Fools’ feature, revealed some unexpected results. Twenty percent of […]

13 Apr

Urban Gardening

Those of us who live in larger cities value the diverse culture, the big-time arts and sports, the good job market, the easy travel access, and the many other lifestyle options city living provides. Among those aspects you don’t hear as often: the gardening. The fact is, you don’t have to live in Green Acres […]

25 Mar

Seedlings and the “Need” for Nature

Now and then we stumble upon research and ideas that, while they’re not at the heart of MDA focus, nonetheless grab our attention and get us thinking. (Variety is the spice of life, no?) We talk a lot about the carryover between our paleo ancestors and contemporary selves: the physiological patterns relevant to nutrition, fasting, […]

22 Mar

Gym Class Chronicles

High school gym class. It’s the stuff of comic nostalgia and adolescent nightmares. (Anybody watch The Wonder Years?) The gym teacher personalities, the locker room air, the laps, the team picking, the annoying whistle. Maybe you were one of the jocks, automatic buddy of the instructor, who got away with doing very little because it […]

11 Mar

Questions About Soy Formula

Several weeks ago Mark offered the piece Scrutinizing Soy that mentioned he was unequivocally against soy formula. At the time he suggested the topic was a whole post in itself. Of course, we couldn’t just leave the topic hanging, now could we? Let’s first get this point on the table: we support the opinion of […]

6 Mar

Reader Response: Fast Food Indulgence, Dirty Marketing Tricks and Personal Responsibility

In response to last month’s post about Carl Jr.’s fat fetish, conversation got going about occasional fast food indulgence (the temptations, the how-to’s, etc.) as well as whether we were placing too much blame on corporate marketing and not enough on individual immoderation. Reader Rachel offered this perspective: I gotta say I don’t see anything […]

13 Feb

Good Night and Good Health

One more point to show that “nature” doesn’t run the show when it comes to the health of our seedlings (or any of us, for that matter)… Last week Mark offered commentary on an analysis of twins and childhood obesity published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, which had been picked up by MSNBC. […]

11 Jan

Friday Food for Thought: Sounding The Alarm On Children and Food Allergies

We like to keep informed on all the latest health and fitness updates, and that includes not just the “hard news” out there – research studies, government policy reports, industry (i.e. Big Pharma, Big Agra, etc.) “developments.” It also means following (and often reveling in) other contrary voices out there who are doing the good […]

7 Jan

Dear Mark: Pregnancy Diet Tips for Inquiring Minds

It’s been a good long while since I opened up the proverbial mail bag. Maybe it’s resolutions for the New Year or the extra time off everyone’s had the last week or so, but my inbox has been working overtime with your questions and comments. They’ve run the gamut—questions about everything from herbal supplements to […]

7 Jan

Labor Laws: Exercise Tips for Pregnant Women

When it comes to pregnancy, Heidi Klum is the anti-Christ. Not only has she delivered three children in as many years, but her body has rebounded—to Victoria’s Secret’s expectations no less—each and every time. Her secret? A comprehensive fitness routine during pregnancy (and freaky German supermodel genes.) But even if you don’t plan on strutting […]

21 Dec

2 News Notes: Babies and Shoes Scopes

Let’s end the week on a cheery note. After all, it’s Christmas, and we can’t always be carb-hating scrooges, now can we? Well, actually, we can, but we loved these happy, unexpected health stories that came across our desk: Babies Recognize Good Samaritans A new and very thoroughly-conducted study finds that infants inherently understand who […]

21 Dec

Friday Link Love

Mary over at Cranky Fitness was having feelings of seasonal depression. Migraineur rants about Brian Wansink’s appointment as head of the USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion. Ruth at Eating Fabulous points out that if you want your kid to eat their veggies you have to start them young. FitSugar considers the proposal to […]

17 Dec

Chemicals That Harm Baby Boys

I’ve long been suspicious of the side effects of certain chemicals present in plastics that are billed as safe. Even mainstream sources have been questioning the safety of particular toxic chemicals found in petroleum-based products, namely phthalates. Experts initially dismissed the phthalate debate as nothing more than needless, unsubstantiated worry. Subsequent studies gave the concerns […]

7 Dec

Guest Post: The Cafeteria Swap – How to Make Your Kid’s Lunch ‘Untradeable’

Vanessa Van Petten writes a blog for parents and teens. She is also the teen author of the parenting book “You’re Grounded!” “I’ll give you two Ritz cracker bites for one of your donut holes?” “Anyone want my Peach cup?…anyone?…I’ll give it away for free?…Please someone just take it so my mom doesn’t yell at […]

26 Nov

Dental Decay Before Birth?

Though Americans have access to some of the finest dental care on the planet, American babies are showing increasing rates of dental decay. There are a number of causes. First, the tremendous popularity of bottled water has played a part in higher cavity rates (bottled water is typically not fluoridated). Ironically, tap water is healthier […]

19 Nov

The Best Meal to Feed to Your Child…

We stumbled onto this refined carbohydrate disaster as we were searching for healthy food services.  Like the kiddie menus serving up fried meats and refined starches across the nation, this offering does not bode well for the health of the seedlings! This plate of yellow’s only bragging point is “real” cheese…rounded out with greasy bread, […]

8 Nov

Candy Coated WHAT?

The Fuming Fuji does not know what to do, but it rhymes with dexplode. What is this product of unspeakable sugarness? Fuji is baffled. This is a very difficult thing, to baffle a genius.

5 Oct

9 Natural Cold and Flu Remedies (plus one)

A couple of you have emailed me about natural cold and flu treatments since we published the post earlier this week about cold medications possibly being harmful for children. Convenient timing: WebMD has a handy list that caught my eye. There are some smart tips which I’ll touch on briefly here. I’d also like for […]

5 Oct

Hit the Links!

There are some excellent posts we just can’t stop talking about this week. Don’t miss these great reads, everyone. And if you’ve seen something worth yakking about, post a link in the comments! Are you a flexitarian? The Outback Steakhouse guy should love this. Semi-vegetarians get a cool new name. (And if you haven’t scoped […]

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