Monday, September 28, 2009

Are you kidding me? Today is Family Day – A Day to Eat Dinner with your Children

Today is Family Day – A Day to Eat Dinner with your Children, according to The National Center on Addiction & Substance Abuse at Columbia University.

Are you kidding me? Do we need to be told to eat dinner as a family?

Apparently, some do. This web site has some great tips for spending family time together and the research showing dinner makes a difference.

You can view it all at

I really thought it was a no-brainer to have Family Dinner’s together – however my kids say our family is not the norm. They’ve done informal surveys in health class. Now, we do not have dinner together every night. They were involved in sports and one of us was always busy running one or another back and forth to the pool. On other nights we had family dinners and on the weekends we had family breakfasts.

I don’t think it is the be all and end all of preventing your child from engaging in risky behavior, however this is our family. Take some of the tips from the website and use them – whether it be during family dinners, commutes, or family walks.

To Your Health,

Thursday, September 24, 2009

The White House Uses These Green Products!

The Obama's asked that the highest quality non-toxic cleaning products be used in the White House, mainly, because of their daughter's asthma.

If there was a way you could remove harmful chemicals from your home, eliminate 248 pounds of greenhouse gas, and do the environmental equivalant of planting 10 trees, all while saving over $3000, would you want to know more?


Join Me, Oprah, Melania Trump, Jessica Seinfeld, Renee Rockerfeller, The White House, The Vice Presidents Residence & your neighbors!

Leave a comment, and I will email you a decadent White House Cookie recipe
(direct from WH pastry chef)!

Monday, September 21, 2009

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To Your Health,

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Flu Shot or Not?

My friend Dr. Stephen Chaney has sent out this letter regarding the swine flu vaccine. He gives a great balanced view of the rumours surrounding the Swine Flu Vaccine release. Please read through it & consider the points, as you make decisions for your family.

To Your Health,

Flu Shot or Not?

The swine flu vaccine will be available soon and many of you are asking me three questions:

Is it safe? Is it effective? Should I get swine flu shots?

There is a lot of hype on both sides of the issue, so let me give you some straight talk about safety and effectiveness so that you can use to make up your own mind about whether you want to get a swine flu shot.

Let's talk about safety first.

You may have heard reports that both the British Health Protection Agency and the US Centers For Disease control have sent out letters to neurologists inBritain and the US asking them to look out for an increase in a brain disorder called Guillian-Barre Syndrome - and to notify their respective governments of all cases of this disease that they diagnose in patients that have received the swine flu shot.

Just in case you are not intimately acquainted with Guillian-Barre Syndrome, it is a disease that attacks the lining of the nerves, leaving them unable to transmit signals to the muscles. This can cause partial paralysis and, if it affects the lungs, can be fatal.

Now that sounds downright scary.

But let me tell you the rest of the story.The concern of the British and US governments is based solely on the fact that a similar swine flu vaccine killed more people than it helped in the US in 1976.

Shortly after swine flu vaccinations started in 1976 people started coming down with Guillian-Barre Syndrome. By the time vaccinations were halted 10 weeks later, 500 people had developed the disease and 25 people had died - more than were killed by the virus itself.

It was estimated that one in 80,000 people who were given that swine flu shot developed Guillian-Barre Syndrome, compared to the one in a million who develop the disease when given most seasonal flu shots.

However, I want to emphasize that there is no direct evidence that the current swine flu shot increases the risk of Guillian-Barre Syndrome more than the regular seasonal flu shots. The British and US governments simply view their warning letters to neurologists as a reasonable precaution under the circumstances.

In short, the risk of developing Guillian-Barre Syndrome or some other serious complication(miscarriages and sudden death are the other complications of most flu vaccines) from the swine flu shot is probably very, very small. It may be no greater than the one in a million chance of developing the disease that is associated with most flu vaccines - but it is not zero.

Now let's turn to the issue of effectiveness. There are several things that you should know about the effectiveness of the swine flu shot.

In the first place, there has been an active debate in the scientific community as to whether one shot or two shots will be required to give adequate protection against the swine flu. Some scientists still think that two shots would be the better option. However, stocks of swine flu vaccine are limited so the recommendation is probably going to be for one shot so that as many people can be immunized as possible.

Secondly, you should know that the swine flu vaccine offers no protection against the seasonal flu and vice versa. Since both strains of flu will be around this fall & winter you need to be vaccinated against both if you really want to avoid the flu.

Finally, there is an interesting age distribution in regard to the susceptibility to the swine flu. It turns out that it is the young people who are most susceptible to the swine flu.

Those of us who are over 50 were apparently exposed to something similar to the current swine flu virus in the past, so we have some residual immunity.

That's important because it turns out that the swine flu virus is no more deadly than the usual seasonal flu virus. What that means is that the age group that is most susceptible to the swine flu is also the age group for which the swine flu is most likely to be merely a 3 to 5 day inconvenience.

The bottom line is that most immunizations make great sense from a public health perspective and for high risk individuals, which is why they are so strongly supported by the medical community.

However, for healthy individuals with strong immune systems and no pre-existing diseases the risk-benefit ratios are a not so clear cut. Sometimes the risks can outweigh the benefits.

That brings me to the last question - should you get a swine flu shot?

If you are a healthy individual that is a very personal decision, and I won't presume to make it for you. I've just given you some facts that you may not have known about to ponder as you make that decision.

For people who are at risk for developing severe complications from the swine flu itself (young children, pregnant women, the elderly, people with compromised immune systems, and people with pre-existing diseases like diabetes) this is a decision that you should make in consultation with your physician.

To your health!
Dr. Stephen Chaney, PhD

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Police Reporting Break-ins with Facebook Info...

This is from John Tesh's Intelligence for Your Life website and will be the topic on tonight's show.

To Your Health,

Criminals Are Using Your Facebook Posts to Target You for Theft

Beware of what you post on Facebook. Criminals could be using that information to target you for theft! Think about it. How many of your Facebook friends talk about their new flat screen TV or post pictures of the Jamaican vacation they’re on? A new report says criminals are using this information to find their next targets. Michael Fraser is a former burglar who helped put the report together. He says it works like this: The bad guys will send out hundreds of friend requests on Facebook and Twitter, and see who bites, which is a lot of people. 13% of people on Facebook and 92% of people on Twitter will accept a request, no questions asked. Once they have access to your personal profile, Fraser says they’ll follow you closely and wait for you to post something about a new gadget you bought or an upcoming vacation. Then they make their move.
Some Facebookers make it really easy for crooks. They post party pictures that clearly show the interior of their homes. Fraser says this gives criminals a leg-up when they’re breaking in. Almost 10% of men actually post their HOME ADDRESS on their profile! Women are a little smarter, only 4% of women post addresses. Think about this: There are just over 15-million women on Facebook in North America. That means over 600,000 women are posting their personal home addresses for anyone to find!
So, who’s the worst offender when it comes to posting personal details online? Teens and young adults. According to the study almost two thirds of people between the ages of 16 and 24 are posting where they’ll be and when, on their Facebook page. This same age group is also more likely to accept a friend request from a total stranger. Not a good combo. So don’t let yourself become a target. Don’t ever accept a stranger’s friend request and keep private information private. If you want to catch friends and family up on a vacation you’re taking or a new entertainment system you just bought, send out an email from your personal account. That way you’ll know exactly who has access to the information.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Healthy Breakfast on Standardized Test Day

With school back in session, allow me to vent about one of my pet peeves.

That letter that is sent home right before standardized test season begins - Telling me, as a parent, how important these next few days are and how I should make sure my child gets a good night of sleep and a good breakfast.

What - I shouldn't be doing that every day? Aren't the days of learning just as, if not more, important to be in the best condition for school.

Now, I know morning could be rushed and stressful - so you need a plan. Every morning should include a good protein filled - complex carb breakfast for every member of the family. - ( sugar coated cereal - AKA candy - is not a good breakfast -despite what the manufacturers would have you believe). This will hold off blood sugar falls until you can refuel at lunch.

Some suggestions:
  • Peanut butter on whole grain toast or whole grain crackers
  • Apple slices with peanut butter
  • Rolled oats oatmeal with added protein powder
  • Smoothie with fruit & protein powder added

There are some other ideas included in the Free E-Book available on this site.

To Your Health,


Friday, September 11, 2009


Is it any wonder obesity rates are climbing? Check out these facts from Dr. Jamie McManus' book on Healthy Kids. You can obtain the entire book FREE by request on the right side of the page.

To Your Health,

Did You Know?

• Children eat nearly twice as many calories(770) at restaurants as they do during a meal at home (420).

• According to a national study, 92% of elementary schools do not provide daily physical education classes for all students throughout the entire school year.

• The typical American child spends about 44.5 hours per week using media outside of school.

• At least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity on most days of the week is the recommended minimum. However, nearly 23 percent of children and nearly 40 percent of adults get no free-time physical activity at all.

• Studies have shown that, between 1977 and 1996, portion sizes and corresponding calories per serving grew markedly in the United States.

One study of portion sizes for typical items showed that:

• Salty snacks increased from 132 calories to 225 calories.
• Soft drinks increased from 144 calories to 193 calories.
• French fries increased from 188 calories to 256 calories.
• Hamburgers increased from 389 calories to 486 calories.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Vitamin Water vs. Real Water

Vitamin waters have been all the rage the past couple of years, but if it’s vitamins that you’re looking for, you might look elsewhere. Many of the vitamins they proclaim to include are in minute quantities and are water soluble, so they would not sustain & be bio-available to you in this drink.

An average bottle of vitamin water is packed with over 100 calories, and loaded with serious amounts of sugar for flavoring. It’s almost as bad as drinking soda,(without the carbonation) and surely won’t help you or your children on your fitness journey.

You and your family should drink regular water which has zero calories. My family loves the Bestwater Perfect Pitcher pictured above. Click here for more information.

Concerned about you vitamin intake - choose the right vitamin for you, your teen, or your child and get the nutritional boost your are looking for. I'd be happy to recommend what has worked for our family.

To Your Health,

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Top 20 Antioxidant-Rich Foods

Trying to add more disease-fighting antioxidants into your diet? The following 20 foods contain the highest antioxidant concentration.

Small red beans (dried)
Wild blueberries
Red kidney beans
Pinto beans
Blueberries (cultivated)
Artichokes (cooked)
Red Delicious apples
Granny Smith apples
Sweet cherries
Black plums
Gala apples
Black beans (dried)
Antioxidants are naturally occurring nutrients that help prevent heart disease, cancer, and the effects of aging. Little is actually known about how antioxidants work or what makes them function best. Scientists believe that some antioxidants are more potent than others, and their potency can be affected by cooking or digestion. For example, the antioxidants in blueberries lose their potency when cooked, while the antioxidants in tomatoes become more potent when cooked.

So use this list to find antioxidant-rich foods, but for the best nutritional outcome, eat them in a wide variety. (Note that all the foods listed above are acceptable on the South Beach Diet; fruits would be introduced starting in Phase 2.)

This article from South Beach Diet website.

To Your Health,

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Hiking Anyone?

One of our favorite things to do with our children when they were young was to pack a lunch, tailgate, and go for a hike. It was an inexpensive way to spend a fun day together. Even though my children are older now we still like to hike when we are together. Lately, it has been my husband and I doing the hiking and picnicing.

Recently we hiked with friends and it brought back memories of when my children were little. Our son always had a lot of energy to burn and would run ahead. We used to give him a land mark that he could go ahead to -where we could still see him. He would run ahead to the designated spot, turn around and run back to us, then forward again. It seemed he always traveled 2 to 3 times as far as we did with all his back and forth.

While hiking this weekend I heard a young family use a different tactic with their energetic one. The mom would call out traffic light signals. Red light - stop where you are. Yellow light - slow up. Green light -hike. The child didn't feel they were stifled - it was all a game.

What clever ideas have you used with your children?
Post your tips in the comment section.

To Your Health,

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Are you poisoning youself & your family ?

Don't you love quizes?
This is a great one. It is the Body Burden quiz.

Are you wondering what amount of harmful chemicals and toxins
you and your family are exposed to?

Take the quiz and put your result in the comment section.

Want to find out what you can do for your family - Order the Healthy Kids E-book on this page for some ideas.

To Your Health,