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Is Organic food for your child worth the extra $$$?

In these financially strapping times, many parents are looking closely at their budgets and wondering where to make cuts without doing harm to their family. This begs the question "is it really worth spending the extra money on organic food, or can we get by on the cheap stuff?" A tough question for some parents, since there is not a lot of published information on the benefits of organic food over commercially farmed food. Even more discouraging, are some of the studies published lately that seem to contradict what we thought were the health benefits of diets high in fresh fruits and vegetables. While some "organic" foods have been shown to be healthier and safer than their non-organic counterparts, there are plenty of researchers in the field (AKA cynics) who view the "organic" trend as simply a lifestyle choice rather than a movement towards better health. There was even a report published in the UK last year indicating no difference in the health benefits of organic vs. conventionally grown foods, so why, then, spend the extra money on organic foods? Read the rest of this entry »

Should my child take Probiotics? What exactly are they, anyway?

Probiotiocs are "good" bacteria that normally colonize the digestive tract. Lack of these bacteria can lead to digestive disruption and symptoms such as chronic diarrhea and/or constipation. The "good" bacteria also happen to play a large role in our overall health, since the digestive tract contains over 40% of our body's immune system. Read the rest of this entry »

H1N1 Shot or Not?

H1N1 Shot or Not? If your child has not been vaccinated for whatever reason, and you are concerned about preventing the H1N1 infection (assuming your child has not already battled this flu), you will be pleased to know that there are things you can do to boost your child's immune system. Read the rest of this entry »
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