Friday, August 28, 2009

BackPack Safety

OK. Maybe you have more important things to worry about. It is not like carrying a heavy backpack with a lot of school books can cause serious illnesses.

Carrying a heavy backpack can be a source of 'chronic, low-level trauma,'and can cause chronic shoulder, neck and back pain in your children.
Do you have concerns that carrying heavy backpack to school is causing health problems for your kids?

Check out the tips on BackPack Safety.

To Your Health,


-- Choose a backpack with wide, padded shoulder straps and a padded back.
-- Pack light. Organize the backpack to use all of its compartments. Pack heavier items closest to the center of the back. The backpack should never weigh more than 10 to 20 percent of your child's body weight.
-- Always use both shoulder straps. Slinging a backpack over one shoulder can strain muscles.
-- Consider a rolling backpack. This type of backpack may be a good choice for students who must tote a heavy load. Remember that rolling backpacks still must be carried up stairs, and they may be difficult to roll in snow.

The above health and safety tips are excerpted from the 2009 American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Back to School Tips.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Back to School - Making the First Day Easier


Remind your child that she is not the only student who is a bit uneasy about the first day of school. Teachers know that students are anxious and will make an extra effort to make sure everyone feels as comfortable as possible.

Point out the positive aspects of starting school: It will be fun. She'll see old friends and meet new ones. Refresh her positive memories about previous years, when she may have returned home after the first day with high spirits because she had a good time.

Find another child in the neighborhood with whom your youngster can walk to school or ride with on the bus.

If you feel it is appropriate, drive your child (or walk with her) to school and pick her up on the first day.

To Your Health,

The above health and safety tips are excerpted from the 2009 American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Back to School Tips.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Top 5 Causes of Missed School

According to the Pueblo, CO Citizen Information Center the

Top 5 Causes of Missed School are:

  • Colds,
  • Stomach Flu,
  • Ear Infection,
  • Pink Eye, &
  • Sore Throat.
The entire article is available

In our family, we have successfully avoided all of these, as well as others, for the past 14 years.

If you would like find out how we avoided these ailments, start with the Free E-Book offered on the right side of the blog.

To Your Health,

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Renal Failure Reversed?

I don't understand every scientific detail of how this works - the scientists say it is repairing DNA. Miracles are happening.

To Your Health

Brandy used to work for us at the Family Chiropractic & Nutrition Center and she was a home health care supervisor. This is an unbelievable testimony!
Karen Sandifer

Dear Karen,

Tony has been taking the VIVIX since I started employment with you all February 2009 and guess what??? We went to see the kidney doctor to find out about testing me so that I could give him a kidney and part of my liver because he was high stage 4 renal failure with polysistic kidneys … at stage 5 you have to be on dialysis to live. So we wanted to do a transplant before he had to start. When they did his blood work they told us that he is stage 2 to low 3, and proceeded to take him off the renal diets, saying he does not need any blood pressure medication and to enjoy life because he had hopefully many years before he has to think about dialysis!

You don't get better with this disease …. And according to the specialists that we consulted, they all said, “there is no cure”. Tony could not even get on the transplant list because he had a heart attack in the past.

The doctor wanted to know what was going on and even ran another blood test to make sure that the lab hadn’t screwed up. I couldn't think because I was in such shock. Here we were going there sad, and expecting the worst, with not much hope after seeing two kidney specialists that said the same thing. Then GOD and VIVIX saved our lives. All we could do was cry and laugh about what kind of meal he wanted for dinner because he was no longer limited to 4oz of protein a day which isn't much being he is 6'4 and 240lbs. Anyway his sister is in the same condition with football size cysts on her kidneys and we are sending her a shipment of VIVIX next week. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! What else do you say to someone who gave my husband and my family our lives back? I will tell anyone I can about VIVIX in the future and God Bless all of you, I know he has blessed us.

Brandy and Tony Vaclavik

Monday, August 24, 2009

Back to School Snack Ideas

These ideas are from the FREE E-Book available by request on the right hand side of the page.

10 Quick and Healthful Snack Ideas

1. Peel a banana and dip it in yogurt. Roll in
crushed cereal and freeze.

2. Spread celery sticks with peanut butter or low-fat
cream cheese. Top with raisins.

3. Make snack kabobs. Put cubes of low-fat cheese
and grapes on pretzel sticks.

4. Blend low-fat milk, a scoop of protein powder,
frozen strawberries, and a banana in a blender
for a delicious smoothie.

5. Sprinkle grated Monterey jack cheese over a
corn tortilla. Fold in half and microwave for 20
seconds. Top with mild salsa.

6. Toast a whole-grain waffle and top with low-fat
vanilla yogurt and sliced peaches.

7. Make a mini pizza by drizzling tomato sauce on a
toasted English muffin. Sprinkle with shredded
part-skim mozzarella cheese.

8. Spread natural peanut butter on a fresh sliced

9. Microwave a cup of tomato or vegetable soup
and serve with whole-wheat crackers.

10. Mix together ready-to-eat cereal, raisins, and
nuts and place

How much weed killer is safe in your water?

What's in your water?

It is so important to drink water.

The water you drink is so important!

Check out this article from the New York Times series about the worsening pollution in America's waters and the response of regulators'.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Hot, Hot, Hot!

The word is in - It is officially a heatwave!

While everyone is taking cover in the air conditioning or pool,
I thought it would be a good time to cover the importance of water.

This article does a great job -

This is the water filtering pitcher we use in our home.

To Your Health!

Monday, August 17, 2009


Spent the day out on the motorcyle with my husband yesterday. We stopped and meandered through one of those great New England towns with all the little shops. I couldn't resist sharing one of the t-shirts.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
Advice From a Tree
Stand Tall and Proud, Sink Your Roots Deep into the Earth
Be Content with your Natural Beauty, Go Out on a Limb
Drink Plenty of Water, Remember your Roots
Enjoy the View!
To Your Health!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Couple Time??

One of the things we have done to maintain our marriage is to take some time to be a couple again. That’s difficult when you are mom & dad, working, and living with the everyday stresses of life. I believe it is important to capture that time of just the two of you, whether it’s to get out to dinner or get away for a night or two.

One of our favorite get-a-ways through the years has been the couples only resort, Cove Haven, in the Poconos. It is a great to reconnect and has 2 sister resorts, also in the Poconos. Check it out.
If you decide to book, try referral code 40505N for some savings.

To Your Health!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Creating a Healthy Home and a Healthy Planet

A FREE Webinfonar For You ---**ON DEMAND**

This event will last 50 minutes.

Topics will include:
What you may not know about what's under your sink.
How you could save $3,400 in your household budget.
What could make you and your kids smarter.
Can you protect your family from Swine Flu, MERSA, and other 'super-bugs'?
How you can create a really Healthy Home.
Do you have to sacrifice performance when you "go green"?
Why this is such a critical issue for today's families.
And a lot more!

To Your Health!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Stressed Anyone????

What a stressful morning trying to book a last minute flight home for my son? The USMC set the parameters and of course we wanted to get the best price. was great for getting all the information together with combining different airports for arrival and departure to get the best option within the parameters. After spending a half hour on the phone trying to determine if the airline would give him a military discount (they would not), the price of the flight went up! Alas, he is booked and we are looking forward to having him home.

Found this to share : Stress Doc's "Top Ten" Stress Tips

To Your Health!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

ADHD Alternative

When my son was 7, he was diagnosed as ADHD. I couldn’t reconcile giving a child a narcotic to sit still in school – so I did a lot of research into alternatives. We made changes in our family diet like removing artificial sweetners, hydrogenated oils & high fructose corn syrup – it took a lot of label reading! He loved water and swim lessons – so we joined the swim team. I thought it would make it more difficult to manage his time, however – it helped him to focus and he was successful. We eliminated toxic chemicals from our home. We also supplemented with the highest quality & safest nutritional supplements available. Now they have even made them fun!

And that 7 year old boy was never prescribed narcotics and has become a 20 year old man and a U. S. Marine.

To Your Health!