early puberty

Obesity + environmental estrogens + childhood stress = early puberty

Fact: Twenty-First Century Girls are reaching puberty at dramatically earlier ages than their mothers and grandmothers. Today, girls are commonly showing signs of puberty – budding breasts and pubic hair — before the age of 7. Those ages have been steadily decreasing for decades and they dramatically decreased even more in the 13 years between … Read moreObesity + environmental estrogens + childhood stress = early puberty

Antibiotics

Antibiotics: Not a Viable Cold and Flu Remedy

When your child has a cold or the flu, you may be tempted take her to the doctor and get a prescription for antibiotics. Heck, we frequently do the same for ourselves. It’s a choice that science now shows us can have far-reaching and dire consequences. When penicillin was discovered in 1928 and sulfa drugs … Read moreAntibiotics: Not a Viable Cold and Flu Remedy

better sleep

Three ways to get a better night’s sleep

We all need sleep, deep restful sleep, for 7 to 9 hours a night. Teens need at least an hour more. Yet the National Sleep Foundation says that 63% of Americans get 6 hours and 55 minutes of sleep a night or less, but most say they need at least half an hour more. Shockingly, … Read moreThree ways to get a better night’s sleep

iodine and children

Iodine and Children

From What Doctors Fail to Tell you About Iodine and Your Thyroid by Robert Thompson, M.D. Iodine deficiency is the leading cause of preventable mental retardation worldwide. What if a pregnant woman consumed a handful of pills that costs a few cents and protected her baby against mental deficiency and a crippling disease called cretinism? That’s … Read moreIodine and Children

hand sanitizer

Ditch the hand sanitizer!

Yes, I was once one of those compulsive women who sanitized everything to the max. You know the type: bleach on the counters, bottles of hand sanitizer in the car, sluicing down grandchildren multiple times daily. I guess I was germophobic! And I couldn’t have been more wrong. In fact, what I was doing with … Read moreDitch the hand sanitizer!

sugar is killing us

Sugar Is Killing Us — and Our Kids, Too

Most of us think sugar adds sweetness to life, but nothing could be farther from the truth. Sugar is an artificial food that is not only addictive, it causes diabetes and weight gain. Ask anyone who “needs” that boost of a Coke at 4 p.m. or who can’t get through a day without a donut … Read moreSugar Is Killing Us — and Our Kids, Too

teens need more sleep

Teens need more sleep

Last weekend, I had the great fortune to accompany three teenaged girls on a horrific bus ride from our town in Western North Carolina to Raleigh, about five hours drive to the east. I won’t go into all the details, but the painful journey began with meeting them and their mothers at 2:45 a.m. That … Read moreTeens need more sleep

cesarean section

Don’t Have a Cesarean If You Can Help It!

I recently saw a cute cartoon showing a very pregnant woman conversing with her doctor, comparing calendars and attempting to select the most convenient date for the birth of the woman’s baby. “The 17th is too busy for me, how about the 18th?” the mother inquires. I’ve always believed that babies come when babies are … Read moreDon’t Have a Cesarean If You Can Help It!