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Webmaster | 24. November 2008 @ 13:00

It is the belief of most parents that children are eating a relatively healthy diet, but if not, they throw up their hands and give up. Children are then plied with multivitamins. Though this is not a bad thing to do, many children think they are candy especially now that they come in gummi candy, gumballs, and cute animal and cartoon characters.

This is extremely serious because if they are with a kids reach, they could be taking more than you know about. If there is the remotest chance your child has ingested too many, immediately call Poison Control and get them to the emergency room.

If your child overdoses with multivitamins with iron your child could become seriously ill or die. All manner of medications must absolutely be kept out of the reach children. If you think your child needs them generic multivitamins are fine but for the most part, children get a lot of their vitamins in their diets.

If your child is either allergic to dairy products or won’t eat them, calcium will need to come from other sources. A consultation with your child’s pediatrician is important. One vitamin daily is all a child needs even if his diet has been questionable for that week.

The absorption of other vitamins could be blocked if there is too much of any one vitamin. For example, too much calcium can prevent the absorption of other vitamins such as iron. Healthy food choices are not a child’s priority you can expect to be giving your child vitamins well into their teens.

Before buying vitamins you should know that opinions about vitamins with iron for children vary greatly. One belief is that you should, in fact, be giving vitamins with iron. Another philosophy is that never should a child be given vitamins with iron in them.

In infancy my own child showed signs of iron deficiency as an infant. Always check with your child’s doctor; my child’s doctor put him on iron fortified vitamins and he is healthy now. A disease called Hemochromatosis is caused by too much iron in the blood.

The iron becomes unusable by the body and it is not washed out of the body easily. It is almost always a fatal disease and can cause serious health issues. Calcium helps build strong bones and muscles and is a very important part of your child’s diet.

Calcium is a mineral. Kids who eat ice cream, yogurt, and cheese or who drink milk usually get enough calcium from their diets. Some do not like dairy products, still others are allergic to them. Children can be assisted in getting what they need by consuming calcium fortified juices, cereals and vitamins.

Drinking fluoride treated tap water and bottled water and/or using fluoridated toothpaste is enough for most children. Your child should not be given fluoride supplements without checking with your pediatrician. Your child’s teeth could be permanently stained if they get too much fluoride.

This defeats entirely, the purpose of the treatment of water and the use of toothpaste meant to protect your child’s teeth. Infant multivitamins in liquid form is available and usually administered with an eye dropper.

The drops contain vitamins A, C, and D and may have added iron. Also they may have other vitamins and minerals such as thiamin, niacin, riboflavin and vitamin B-12. Chewable children’s vitamins are available in the forms of cartoon characters and/or animals. Now vitamins are available in gummi candy and gumballs.

Try buying gum ball vitamins or cartoon characters if your child is difficult about taking vitamins. Your child should always be supervised while he’s taking his vitamins. My son never gets to take his vitamins on his own, I give them to him.

He may or may not take it or he could take too many. Children’s vitamins could be a very good thing but too much of a good thing could be fatal. They should not be left in the reach of children. Eating what is right is not your child’s top priority so giving him vitamins may offset some of that.

Adjustments to child’s diet should always be discussed with your child’s pediatrician, it’s better to err on the side of caution. It’s fine to have fun shapes but your child could think they are candy and they should be kept out of reach of children or locked in a cabinet.

About The Author: Martin Smith is a successful freelance writer providing advice for consumers on purchasing a variety of products which includes Vitamin C and Herbal Supplements, and more!

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Webmaster | 24. September 2008 @ 13:00

Is the snack food industry really our children’s secret adversary or are we just happy with the easy life. 9 times out of 10, what do we bribe our children with when they misbehave? What do we sometimes carry around with us to keep them quiet in public places? What do we promise them for good behaviour? Drugs, or as they are better known, sugary salty fatty snacks.

This may come as a shocking description of things like chocolate, crisps, milkshakes, fizzy drinks etc, but my aim isn’t to shock, rather inform people of what these things really are. Cigarette packets have clear warnings about their effects, as should most of the junk food and snacks that are consumed in this country at obscene rates a year. Not everyone can be versed in the intricacies of nutritional therapy, but is it asking too much to exercise caution and read the labels on the products we buy to feed ourselves and our children? The Concise Oxford Dictionary’s definition of Junk is “discarded articles, rubbish, anything regarded as little value, a slang term for narcotic drugs” a fitting description of the highly addictive, poisonous substances they are, why should we feed our children and ourselves these things.

Now lets see the effects of just 10 of the hundreds of additives that are in ourselves and our children’s snack foods, so you are better informed the next time you go to increase the profit margins of companies whose only concern is money and power, and never consider the sometimes irreversible damage they are doing to ourselves and our children. If it’s a suspected carcinogenic, it means there are definitely studies out there which confirm these suspicions and if it’s banned in baby food, it doesn’t make it safe for you.

Aspartame – This sugar substitute is 200 times sweeter than sugar, banned in babies food, it enhances the stimulatory effect of flavourings such as Monosodium Glutamate, adversely effects nervous system and is a suspected carcinogenic (cancer causing agent).

Xylitol - A sugar substitute (bulk sweetener) found in some chewing gums. It is toxic to the brain, liver, and urinary passages in high doses and can cause diarrhoea.

Monosodium Glutamate – This is an all purpose seasoning used to enhance the flavours of food – it is a well known neurotoxin (toxin affecting the brain) found in crisps, seasonings and many take away foods.

E100 Curcumin – A food colouring for creamy yellow colouring - Used in sweets, fish fingers and yoghurts and linked to possible gene damage.

E110 Sunset Yellow – A yellow food colouring - Used in jams, cakes, ice-creams and yoghurts to name a few and is a suspected carcinogen that can induce an allergy to sunlight, which would be detrimental to melanin dominant individuals who need sunlight.

E133 Brilliant Blue – A blue food colouring - Used in fruit and apple & black Current Drinks, can cause allergic reactions

E154 Kipper Brown – A brown food colouring - Used in sweets and sausages, now a branded carcinogen which has been banned in several countries. (Remember, shops stock food from many foreign countries)

E466 Carboxymethyl cellulose sodium salt – Used in orange and lemon drinks, ice cream and dessert toppings to name a few. Another suspected carcinogen which can cause stomach bloating and gas.

Extract of Quillaia – Used in fizzy drinking to help them froth up and can cause intestinal damage.

E422 Glycerol – Used as a sweetener in many sweets and chewing gum, can cause many side effects including nausea, headache, thirst and bowel disturbances.

What does all this mean for ourselves and our children? It means that from a young age, our mentality, fertility, hormone levels, concentration levels, behaviour, emotions, major organs of elimination, brain activity, ability to learn and ability to live holistically are all shot to pieces by mutated, irradiated, heavily denatured foods and snack food products, all in the name of self gratification and money.

If you think these drug foods don’t affect you think again, all of the following can be attributed to their consumption: irritability, depression, dental problems, dehydration, mucus, frequent colds, hyperactivity, Chrones disease, cravings, diabetes, high blood pressures, kidney and liver problems, constipation, diarrhoea, skin eruptions, foul smelling faeces and urine, thrush, tiredness and even harsh foot and body odour to name a few. Don’t our children deserve better than this? Are we going to be responsible for their heath problems later in life? Shouldn’t we try and give them the best chance possible to be healthy and holistic in this polluted world?

Our sickness is big business, so we can’t expect to get much help on our quest for health. Chemical producers sell their chemicals to food companies who produce junk food. Food companies sell their products to consumers and in the process, advertising, marketing and packaging companies all get rich. Even dentist benefit from half the population having decayed teeth, plaque build up and gum disease. This is not conspiracy theory or an exaggeration of our situation; these companies have absolutely no regard for your health.

For the most part, chemicals approved for use in our foods by the Food & Drug Administration have never really had their effects tested on humans, some countries even ban some of them. Scientist know the detrimental effects of the pesticides, fertilisers, preservatives and additives which are in our food, but once the foods have been irradiated (exposed to large amounts of radiation to kill germs and bacteria) and refined, they produce new mutant chemicals which all combine together and they have no real idea of the effects of these new substances.

Holistically, we now probably don’t know what certain foods taste like in their natural state. A banana milkshake, for example, used to consist of milk, bananas and sugar blended together. Now there are over 10 different ingredients in them, most of which are chemical additives. I wouldn’t advise drinking dairy milk and sugar ordinarily, but the original recipe is miles better than the artificial soup they have now. It is important that our children appreciate the natural tastes of fruits and vegetables, not just seasoning. The younger the child, the easier it is to feed them holistically, because for the most part they don’t know the difference between mashed carrots, brown rice and broccoli with or without seasoning, get them used to that, don’t get them hooked on addictive foods and an early age. Even older children can be persuaded. Be the example and show them the benefits. It really works, you can improve their diets, take it step by step, slowly replace foods if it makes it easier, find out which ones they like and let your children help you.

Try some of these simple alternatives, to make steps towards better health, especially for our children:

Before you feed them, are they just thirsty? Get your children drink plain water – hunger pangs can sometimes result from dehydration. So instead of them eating sweets or junk which will further rob their bodies of water and nutrients, let them drink water. Water will also increase their concentration and help their digestive system.

At their main meals, try to balance proteins with carbohydrates, not enough proteins may make them crave carbohydrates. Include a fibre as often as possible, as it is filling to them so they want need to snack as much.

Instead of fizzy or cordials - Honey water – 1 tbsp of honey to a glass of warm water, stir until dissolved then cool. Add lemon, ginger or stevia (herb) if required).

Ice Tea – Use 4 of your favourite herbal tea bags and a handful of raisins and stew in 1 litre of boiling water for 20 minutes then leave to cool. Add lemon or honey if required.

Instead of regular crisps : gluten free crisps, nuts & seeds (sources of minerals) and rice, oat and corn cakes (good sources of fibre). All can be eaten with humus.

Replace sweets with fresh fruit, if you buy dried, soak them first and only eat a few, they are also quite high in sugar.

Banana Milkshake – Blend 200mls of rice, oat or almond milk, 1 ripe banana, 1 tablespoon of honey, a bit of nutmeg and a few drops of vanilla essence, for 90 seconds. Lovely.

About The Author: Leah Salmon of Davidel has practiced and studied nutritional therapy and herbal medicine for over 8 years. She writes articles for various magazines and ezines and also teaches on natural healthcare for the family. for more information on natural healthcare visit

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Webmaster | 20. December 2006 @ 16:17

Every parent wants the best for his or her kid, wishing only the best, good health, bright future and prosperous life to the child.

But one morning it just hit you, your child is turning 3 years old next month but still remains unresponsive to you. Your child is not as interactive as other kids would usually be. 'Could my child be autistic?'

Any parent would be alarmed.

Autism may sound familiar to you. It is however important to first establish that this is not an infection or a contagious disease. This is actually a condition where the brain of the child has developed differently, resulting to certain ramifications that affected the system of the child and manifesting in the lack of interpersonal skills of the child.

This condition occurs to 1 child in every 700 in the population. It was found also that this is most likely to occur among the boys. The signs manifest at an early stage in a child's life. It is necessary that you be cautious of your child's behavior and responses.

How does one detect autism?

The signs of autism may be observed as early as 18 months to 3 years age of the kid.

If your child is experiencing difficulty in the following aspects, it would be helpful to consult a doctor or an expert:

* Looking at others - Can he or she not look at you straight to the eye when you try to communicate?

* Playing with other kids - Does he or she avoid other kids or automatically shies away?

* Imagining - Can he or she not handle make-believe games?

* Communicating - Are there words that he or she cannot say or will have to be said over and over before he or she can grasp it?

* Repetition - Are there mannerisms or motor movements that he or she keeps repeating for no apparent reason or purpose?

* Changes - Is he or she inflexible to changes? Does he or she get alarmed when you change a certain routine, like waking up while it is still dark?

Some babies can actually manifest signs of autism

* Babies that do not look in the eye can be displaying signs of autism, especially if they would rather stare at moving mechanical objects or parts of it.

* Too calm babies should also be observed. Are they able to lie for hours without crying?

* When babies do not play or do not interact with other babies.

How does one address this condition of autism?

The cause of autism is still unknown. That is why parents should not blame themselves if they feel that they had been negligent in taking care of their kids during infancy, or if a mother thinks she might not have properly taken care of herself during pregnancy.

Just as the definite cause is still unknown, there is no definite treatment to get rid of autism.

Even if the parent may not be able to free his or her child from the condition, the best option to the parents of an autistic child is to address the problem. It is best to consult an expert on this field. Know the various peculiarities of the kid. The family may have to stick to a definite lifestyle to adjust to the needs of the child. This would require extra patience also. Send the child to a special education school. If the autism of the child is relatively mild, be sure that you inform ahead the teacher or the principal of the condition.

You have a special child. The kid is special, because his or her abilities are different from the ordinary kid her age. Provide special treatment and care needed. Give your attention. Stay by his or her side.

More than anything else; simply make the child feel your loving care.

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Masni Rizal Mansor is co-publisher of He provide tips and review on aspergers syndrome and symptom of aspergers syndrome in child.

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