“All I Want To Be Is Happy When I Grow Up”

“All I want to be is happy when I grow up.” Boom… Imagine if that was your goal, or your child’s goal for life.

My only resolution this year is to live life more simply… And, on the road to that place comes a rejuvenating reminder from thirteen year old, Logan LaPlante. His TEDx talk has gone viral, but if you haven’t seen it yet, take a break from whatever it is you’re doing and watch. You’ll want to share it with someone immediately and it will no doubt inspire you too to take a more simple approach to your days.

Here’s to life less complicated.

Are You Being Duped Or Just Not Thinking For Yourself?

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How often do you overhear a conversation in public you’d love to jump in? For me, it always seems to be in the grocery store. Just the other day I overheard a young kid explaining the benefits of probiotics to his girlfriend- it was awesome to hear his vast knowledge on the topic. As I was waiting in line, I overheard a conversation I couldn’t possibly resist becoming a part of. A young man, who had just self-disclosed to the person ahead of him in line,told the customer that pesticides were probably not as bad as people think they are and there’s very little data to prove they’re harmful. It was so completely false, that I immediately began talking as soon as he stopped,”excuse me- you think pesticides aren’t harmful to you or you just don’t care if they are? Who exactly told you they were good for you? Who told you they weren’t bad for you? Have you researched countless hours to know that they aren’t harmful? You’re a physician and you operate under the un-informed guise that what you’re purporting is true? I’d call you a liar right now, but it sounds like you actually have no idea what you’re talking about.”

It’s really not like me to talk to people like this. In the past it was like me to talk to everyone that I overheard saying something ludicrous. But, let’s face it, we get a little older and we just “don’t go there” every time. The fact that this man strung together that he was 1. a physician, that 2. pesticides weren’t that bad for health and 3. that there’s very little data that exists to prove they’re harmful sent me over the edge. I looked at the consumer and said, “hey, didn’t mean to drop a bomb on your conversation, but I’m also a professional health care provider and I have an ethical, professional standard to uphold- to protect, advocate, liberate, heal and help deliver the truth to people at-large.” The 30-something year old customer smiled at me, thanked me and said to the physician- “dude, don’t be douchey, go learn what the hell you’re telling people if you’re going to call yourself a doctor.” It was a pretty intense five minutes in the grocery store line!

There is nothing worse than a person who is in a position to be a thought leader to cheat people out of a fair chance at understanding the way something really is.

Check out the photos below- this is the way it really is…

P H O T O  O N E- this person is covered from head to toe in protective gear. Notice how his nose and throat are covered and he’s wearing protective goggles? Do you know why? He’s spraying a chemical intended to kill live insects and their larvae. What makes you think that what he’s spraying won’t kill you and your eggs or your ability to fertilize eggs?

Pesticides Spraying

P H O T O  T W O- this is a diagram of the anatomical sites where pesticides have been shown to most readily enter the human body. In medical speak, we call it tissue affinity or tissue permeability. Notice the lit up area of the genitals? Did you know that Dole and Chiquita Banana employ banana farmers who have gone sterile due to their everyday, occupational use of pesticides?

Pesticide Danger Anatomy

P H O T O  T H R E E- know what an endocrine disruptor is? It’s the primary and partial cause of 99.9 % of the health concerns that I treat people for in private practice. Endocrine disruptors aka environmental toxins that we absorb because we possess tissue permeability, are one of the leading causes of today’s modern diseases, including cancer, auto-immune diseases thyroid disease, infertility… All pesticides are known endocrine disruptors. If you think there’s a dispute about whether they cause cancer or not, then lay the debate to rest now- they DO cause cancer. Remember, fetus, babies and small children are sponges- they absorb everything and their cells rapidly divide- would you want pesticides that have been absorbed through permeable tissues to cause your child’s cells to divide atypically? I doubt it. The Environmental Working Group lists pesticides as known carcinogens and helps you learn how to avoid them.

Stop Endocrine Disruptors

Are you still not convinced you’re being duped? Think it’s no big deal that compounds delivered to eradicate a life form have no affect on your personal viability? Think that guy above spraying would be wearing all that gear if pesticides weren’t harmful? If after reading this you think it’s okay to eat foods with pesticides, well, then you’ve essentially handed over your freedom to choose for yourself. You’ve said, “hey, instead of growing me life-giving, nutrient dense food, I’d like food that will cause me diseases, which will lead to me incurring tons of medical bills as I get older, which can rob my children of having a fair chance at thriving free from chemicals…”

Think I’m being extreme? Good, I am. I hope you’re inspired to go organic and tell other people how they can too!

Pesticides In Your Water Source

 

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Hey Modern Parents- Join Me At Pure Mamas

Please join me over at Pure Mamas where I’ve just become an official contributor. I’ll be there answering health and wellness questions from readers about food therapy, nutriceuticals, ethical food choices and the socio-cultural relationships we have with food. If you’re a modern parent and you have healthy eating in mind for your kids, this is the mecca of food blogs for tots and parents. Packed with loads of amazing recipes, family bonding and modern living, Juli Novotny, the lovely curator of Pure Mamas (and creator of the delicious Kookie Karma) shows you how she’s keeping it real-food in the kitchen with her two little boys.

Have a question? Ask away here!

It Must Be True, I Heard It On The Nightly News

Where do you get your news from? The local nightly news? The national news? The Today Show? Maybe Bill Maher?

Whatever you answered, now ask yourself why you choose the news sources you do. Have they got the latest and greatest? And, if you answered yes to that question, I’ve got one for you-how do you know? What makes you know your news source is the latest and greatest? How do you evaluate the quality of your news? Do you always believe what you hear first-hand without doing your own investigation?

The Not So Timely Nightly News

Tonight on the local nightly news, the headlining report was, “is the flu shot as effective as we think it is? Maybe not.” Gee thanks, you’ve only been telling the masses for years now they’re bad people if they don’t get their flu shot, what’s the story now?

If you recall the swine flu scare and hugely exaggerated media hype, reporters and advocates told a grim story, “if you don’t get the flu shot, you’re risking your life.” Skeptics and research reviewers warned that the swine flu vaccine wasn’t necessarily the best idea. Little long-term research had been conducted in wide-spread populations and it was speculated that there could be problems with adjuvants contained within as well as laboratory production standards.

So what’s the most effective way to prevent the flu? While the CDC still backs the flu shot, a healthy, proactive, vaccine-free lifestyle might be your best bet… Clearly, the research is incomplete.

Using Gardisil As An Example of How To Evaluate Research

You may’ve seen my recent tweet warning that the new propaganda for HPV vaccines for the American young male population is about as ridiculous as it is for young women. Some will say, “prove it, prove your claim that we shouldn’t vaccinate our teenagers.” The “necessary” proof lies in better, more well-designed, long-term research procedures and studies. With documented reports of deaths and serious side affects, you have to ask yourself, “does the actual treatment outweigh the risk?” Lead Merck researcher, Dr. Harper says, “probably not.”

Let’s look to the research and suggested use for Gardisil. The CDC currently suggests girls (and now boys) age 11 receive the vaccine. Current research shows the vaccine is only “effective” for a duration of five years. Let’s add-11+5=16. Are your 11 and 12 year old kids sexually active? Maybe that’s a parenting issue, not a health issue? Skeptics question, with all of the known side affects and the fact that it only lasts five years, is exposing your young, still developing child to this treatment worth the risk?

“The risks of serious adverse events including death reported after Gardasil use in (the JAMA article by CDC’s Dr. Barbara Slade) were 3.4/100,000 doses distributed. The rate of serious adverse events on par with the death rate of cervical cancer. Gardasil has been associated with at least as many serious adverse events as there are deaths from cervical cancer developing each year. Indeed, the risks of vaccination are underreported in Slade’s article, as they are based on a denominator of doses distributed from Merck’s warehouse. Up to a third of those doses may be in refrigerators waiting to be dispensed as the autumn onslaught of vaccine messages is sent home to parents the first day of school. Should the denominator in Dr. Slade’s work be adjusted to account for this, and then divided by three for the number of women who would receive all three doses, the incidence rate of serious adverse events increases up to five fold. How does a parent value that information,” said Harper.

-CBS News Investigates, Sharyl Attkisson

When you ask medical professionals off the record if they’d expose their kids or family members to chemotherapy, a great deal will tell you, “not a chance”-the same strong comments are milling about the Gardisil vaccination. Another lead Merck researcher had his daughter vaccinated resulting in such serious side affects that she developed un-explained conditions that took her out of school, sports and caused dependency on strong immuno-suppressing pharmaceutical agents.

Whether you’re a non-medical professional or a health care provider, if you’re a parent, it’s your number one job to protect your children. When parents come in asking, “what should we do?” I offer them the research. All sides of it.

As health care providers, we can’t make decisions for you, but we can work as tenaciously as possible to offer the most conclusive, comprehensive information and research available on whatever topic we’re exploring. If you’re a patient, press your providers to disclose their research sources. If their research relies on pharmaceutical manufacturers and scientists working for the drug company in question, you’re getting a biased source. While these sources may be and are often reliable, they aren’t always, so find out how your provider objectively evaluates the latest techniques and research before committing to a treatment that could affect all aspects of your health and well-being.

Before you or your health care providers make a decision that will affect your or your children’s health, spend time referring to legit research sources because the nightly news just doesn’t cut it.

What’s Ahead?

There will be some people who respond without any traceable affects now or later with some suffering the affects similar to the kids I mentioned above. Immune systems respond differently. The more we begin to understand how how genetic makeup is affected by socio-cultural dimensions, environmental exposure and demographics, the better we’ll be able to prescribe treatments to the masses.

Want To See What People & Researchers Are Saying About Vaccine Safety & Efficacy?

Your vaccine questions answered by Dr. Heather Zwickey, microbiologist and immunologist.

The Lancet: Infectious Diseases: Efficacy and effectiveness of influenza vaccines: a systematic review and meta-analysis.

Lead Merck researcher for Gardisil speaks about the real risks the vaccine poses.

Non-expert, medical doctor’s socio-cultural and medical evaluations of vaccines and genetics.

She says the flu vaccine doesn’t work. Read why and see if you agree.

Flu shot not as effective as researchers previously reported and real people’s responses to findings.

CDC on flu vaccines.

Judicial Watch reports on Gardisil.

Trust.org: Reuter’s humanitarian global website.

This article is solely intended to inform and protect public health, offering compounding research and socio-cultural awareness of current health trends. If you’ve made it this far and think it’s a completely biased dig against vaccines, I invite you for a second read. These references do not necessarily reflect my personal political views and exist to offer readers a place to get started researching on their own.

Ask Christine: Holiday Traveling Sans Stress!

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You Asked:

“I’m about to travel for the holidays with my 2 younger children minus my husband this year! I’ve got games packed for the kids, but want to be prepared for any unexpected surprises associated with flying, as well as a way to manage the stress of traveling! Also, I have no trouble sleeping on the plane, but sometimes I experience jet-lag. Could you suggest a way to fly with ease?” ~Janice

Answer:

As a frequent traveler I’m always strapped and ready for the unexpected! Aside from the       usual toiletries, I keep a little in-flight survival attache in my carry-on that includes a             remedy for everything! Keep the following on hand; and you’ll be sure to fly with ease!

Bach Flower Essence: Rescue Remedy Spray

This handy little spray is fast acting and will reduce stress in minutes. Ideal for kids and adults alike. Can be used pre-flight while at the airport, helping you board the plane with ease.

No-Jet-Lag: Homeopathic Tablets

Have trouble re-setting the circadian clock? No-Jet-Lag pills dissolve under the tongue and can be used both preventively and for an acute experience with jet-lag.

Nux Vomica 30c Homeopathic Pellets and Alka-Seltzer Gold

Whether it’s from bad airplane food or a rocky ride, in-flight nausea can be stifled with these two remedies on the spot. Drop 2 alka-seltzer gold tabs in 6 ounces of water and down. Follow up by dumping 5 pellets of nuxvomica beneath your tongue and let dissolve. Follow-up with another dose of nux in about an hour.

Clean Well: Hand-Sanitizer

Clean Well’s thyme and essential oil blended hand-sanitizer is not only alcohol-free, but will leave your hands moisturized and germ free. I like to spray a dash in the air after I’ve been on the plane for a few hours and the air needs a fresh lift!

Mile high lap dogs?

Want to fly with Fido? Most airlines allow small dogs to sit on your lap if your pooch is deemed medically necessary. Emotional support dogs are becoming increasingly popular among frequent travelers as airlines expand their in-flight accommodations. If you tend to associate anxiety with flying, but want to skip the pharmaceuticals, ask your health care provider to support your needs with a letter of medical necessity indicating your pooch is the key to keeping you calm while flying the friendly skies. Most airlines request a written statement upon your provider’s letterhead indicating you are indeed under their care for a relevant health concern. Flight attendants will inquire, so be ready to produce the piece of paper in flight.

Contact me for a custom-made kit

Leave a comment and share with others how you travel with ease!

What’s For Breakfast?

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Photo courtesy of Stu Spevak

Great support and interest in the article today on WellWire, Food Allergies and Kids 101! The most popular question and comment:

“What can we feed our kids that are allergic to wheat for breakfast?”

“My kid won’t eat health food store items because the packaging is foreign to them.”

It may sound like down right deception, but it’s time to put a few decoys in place. Keep empty food packages your child is visually familiar with.  Now go for a little shopping trip, picking up a variety of new, non-allergy forming choices for your kid.  Upon returning, complete your stealth mission by transferring new foods to the just used packaging.  If your kid is under 3 or 4, they may never realize you’ve swapped their favorite sugary animal crisp cereal for yummy puffed rice animal crisp.  Tip: if your tot is accustomed to a super sugary breakfast, add a little stevia and cinnamon to match the flavor their highly sophisticated taste buds remember.  A child’s brain will recognize the meshed flavors similarly as it would sugar.

Wheat free food has come a long, long way!  With all the Whole Foods, Trader Joes, and health food co-ops out there, you’re sure to find the tastiest of creations that no longer resemble the wheat free of old. Here’s a slew of yummy wheat free breakfast selections for your family to enjoy upon rising:

  • Van’s wheat and gluten-free waffles or pancakes with blueberries or warm granny smith apple
  • Nature’s Path granola and hot cereals
  • Trader Joe’s Rice and Tapioca Flour pancake and waffle mix
  • Goat yogurt with mixed berries
  • Van’s wheat and gluten-free waffles a la french toast (quick 5 minute recipe below)
  • Earth’s Best warm rice cereal with organic blueberries
  • Corn tortilla filled with scrambled eggs, sweet potatoes, and tomatoes
  • Chinese rice and red bean buns
  • Brown rice with dates, almonds, cinnamon, and honey
  • Acai bowl (acai, granola, mango, blueberry, and agave nectar)

Check out this handy Trader Joe’s Gluten/Wheat Free list to guide you down the aisles as you shop

Van’s wheat and gluten-free waffles a la french toast

1 or 2 waffles

1 organic egg per waffle

1/4 cup soy, rice, almond, hemp, or oat milk

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp natural vanilla extract

2 tablespoons of pure organic maple syrup

1 tablespoon organic earth balance, organic butter, or organic spray

Whisk together eggs, milk of choice, vanilla, and cinnamon. Coat your pan with earth balance, butter, or spray, and turn on medium-to high heat.  Saturate already toasted waffles in the mixture and brown until slightly crisped. Top with a splash of syrup and enjoy!

Message In A Bottle

Message in a bottle

Collective Consciousness

Everyone is tweeting, talking, and writing about the environmental perils of plastic water bottles. Zuvo water notes that almost 50 million gallons of oil are used each year to produce water bottles resulting in over 1.5 million tons of plastic waste. Hopefully these photos will effectively illustrate the staggering environmental affects of plastic waste. I promise to leave you with a little cheer at the end…

Oceanic plastic island waste

Washed up

Plastic soup


Plastic row

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