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I will continue to practice what I want to see happen in my life. I will be patient and know that all is coming.

   
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Cyber Monday: The Best Gift For Your Little Ones, Technology Caution

More and more scientific research points to the many harms our modern use of technology has on our health and the health of brains, especially little growing brains. Parents and guardians can give the a very important gift this holiday season (and every day, really) of presence. We hear it so often, “moments like these are fleeting, so cherish every second,” but are we doing our children just when we allow a screen to pacify crazy tantrums or fill valuable brain growing time during the day by putting show after show on? Let’s agree to scale it back a bit, or even better, bring it back to basics and shut down the electronics (just while the sun is up). Just a day at a time, and see how it goes. You (and your children) will begin to rely less and less on the “screens” to entertain you and begin to organically create, use that frontal lobe and keep our logic, reasoning and social skills sharp.

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Natural Eczema Relief

There is nothing worse than living with eczema, a chronic allergic condition of the skin where redness, itching, flakiness, irritability, cracking due to dryness and pain surfaces. Also known as atopic dermatitis, eczema can be genetic. Many professionals agree that skin problems are a direct correlation to stomach and intestinal issues. It is easy to band-aid the redness and itchiness with over the counter or prescription hydrocortizone and steroid creams, but research has proved this is temporary. In fact, long term use of such anti-itching cremes can lead to more frequent flare ups and does not solve the problem at the root source. Though it is the longer route to feeling better, natural eczema relief does exist! My son is 5 months old and is exclusively breastfed. He seems to be extremely sensitive to all allergens (dairy, meat, fish, eggs, soy, corn, gluten, wheat and other non-gluten grains) as well as nuts). I have had to cut out all of these allergens in my daily diet and learned to embrace the vegan and vegetarian way of eating. Makes for a very hungry and creative mommy!

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Too Much Acetaminophen: Considerations, Warnings, Natural Alternatives

It is not just health care professionals (ranging from pharmacists, doctors, dentists, pediatricians, physical therapists and surgeons) who are prescribing over the counter pain and fever reliever acetaminophen like they are the free pretzels at the local bar. It has become such common practice to “take something” for the __________ (fill in the blank) that even the FDA has stepped in and recommended that health care professionals recommend no more than 325 mg per dose be taken at any given time, (not just what is consumed in the last 24 hour period), and that Vicodin and Percocet be reformulated without the acetaminophen. Dr. Moms and Dads are (more than ever) self-diagnosing and prescribing their families and selves with the regular use of this dangerous medicine. The following facts are considerations for people who rely on acetaminophen to take away aches, pain, fever and other uncomfortable symptoms of discomfort. Sometimes, it’s just good to know.  

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Why Halloween Candy is So “Tricky” and Healthy Treat Alternatives

Yes, Halloween is here and it is the start of the official holiday season. This holiday season beginning will also lead to the inevitable “flu season.” I always wondered if the two were related. I hear many parents argue that Halloween comes only once a year and it is a time to let the children indulge and have all the candy they can possibly collect and carry in a single night, only to eat them for the next few weeks until the next big holiday, and then the next. So what really is so wrong with our celebrating the ghosts, goblins, witches, pumpkins and adorable costumes? There is no better way to demonstrate how positively correlated these two categories (sugar/candy/processed foods and diabetes/weight gain/chronic diseases) have in common, and how it is not just on Halloween that we lightly indulge. We consume such foods on a daily basis and have eaten ourselves sick. Now that’s scary.

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So Many Reasons to Start Splishing, Splashing & Swimming

One of the best aerobic exercises that is easy on the skeletal system, relaxes sore muscles and stiff joints while strengthening the entire body’s circulatory and muscular system is swimming. With the modern technology of well insulated wet suits, heated saline pools and other hydro wonders, unless you live in the arctic, swimming is a very possible year round activity for the young and senior. After more than 15 years of running long distance and tracking miles on the treadmill and pavement, I began looking for other exciting ways to stretch out the body, be challenged and find something that is refreshing, fun and easier on my knees and back. I found yoga, which I practice almost daily, but for a change in scenery, and especially during the hot summer months, swimming became my new found obsession.

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12 Top Foods For Pregnant Moms and Growing Peanuts

There are so many lists of foods that are on the “do not eat” list for pregnant women. I like to make expecting mothers’ lives a little easier and provide foods that are best for mom and baby in the belly consumption. Of course, a wide variety of whole and fresh foods is ideal, but below is a list of top foods to help growing baby develop best as well as keeping mommy healthy, energetic and well.

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Vacations: Hotels, Amusement Parks and Healthy Breakfasts

After a week-long stay-cation in a local San Diego hotel with my close and extended families, I was reminded yet again, why educating yourself (and anyone else that cares about health and wellness) is so important. We all chose to stay in a well rated hotel that, like almost all of the 3 to 5 star places, offer a complimentary breakfast and occasional snack and light dinner. Babies, toddlers and young children flooded the lobby slash cafeteria, filling their bowls with multi-colored fruit loops, fluffy Belgium waffles drowning in syrup with whip cream and powdered sugar, and a tall glass of chocolate milk. Their parents pilled heaps of bacon, sausage, biscuits with gravy, and scrambled eggs with cheese, accompanied with juice and coffee on the side. All families glued their eyes to their own technological gadget or television monitor during the entire meal. I realize that vacations are meant for families to relax and eat foods that serve as “treats” and throw in the towel to calorie counting and there is no such thing as too much T.V. The sad part is, however, there is scary reason why the majority of people in the United States are overweight and more than half are obese. It’s not because of seldom “vacations with free breakfasts.” It is because most people are not aware, educating themselves, and are not actively executing a healthier way to nourish and feed themselves and their families the right types and amount of foods. It is because the level of physical body movement is almost non-existent for a large amount of people, and it is because of the strategic marketing, agricultural and political agendas placed upon the people by big powers such as oil, pharmaceutical, governmental, agricultural and insurance companies that have helped people of the United States pay top dollars for healthcare, only to become sicker and more obese than ever before.

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Why Bi-Lingual is the Modern Power Brain

I have always been a huge fan of languages; not because Chinese is my first language and my middle schools and high schools offered a few other popular foreign languages with Latin roots, but because I had a small obsession with connecting with people from all over the world who would come to vacation in Florida (where my parents submerged the family in the hospitality industry). I didn’t realize it then, and not even when one of my best friends was learning Arabic in college, and I taught myself how to read what looked like worms on the page. Science has always been a huge supporter of languages for the human intellect and multi-language households are not only trending strongly throughout the U.S., it is looking that way in most of the world.

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Your Napping and Sleeping Children: 6 Habits and Practices for Parents

A recent study published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health suggests that consistency of young children’s bedtime is associated with positive performance on a variety of intellectual tests (CNN Health, 2013). While routine and consistent habits foster a safe and steady rhythm for growing children, additional habits could possibly provide parents with some calmer, happier and more agreeable children during the “witching hour” that leads to final  bed time.

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Too Much of a Good Thing? Not So Good Afterall.

We have all heard and probably repeated the middle of the road saying, “Moderation is key” to ourselves and others when it comes to eating bad, eating well, engaging in risky behavior or even using habits that seem healthy. But can diving into cyclical habits of the far extreme (or just too much for one’s body to handle) always yield a positive reaction, when what we are doing seems at first good for us and healthy?

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