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October 11, 2015

An expanding nation

There are many reasons we have an obesity epidemic in our country. Many can be controlled. Lifestyles, parenting, food. But most of all education and parents accepting responsibility for their children health. Parents should not be afraid to be tough sometimes.

Frog in the water

“Slow changes over time in anything we see every day become invisible and can be ignored – which is great for the aging wives among us but not so helpful for frogs or children whose parents who should be taking notice so something can be done about it.”

“So if nearly everyone is obese then bizarrely no one is.” http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/obesity-is-now-so-normal-that-parents-can-t-see-it-in-their-kids/

Parents and kids.

Odds ratio analyses found children were 2.1 (95% confidence interval (CI): 1.6, 2.8) times more likely to be obese if only their father was obese, 1.9 (95% CI: 1.5, 2.4) times more likely if only their mother was obese, and 3.2 (95% CI: 2.5, 4.2) times more likely if both parents were obese.

I don’t know about you, but it makes me sad when I see little children who are obese guzzling down a soda, munching on a huge bag of potato chips, or eating junk food. Often times the parents are also eating the same foods as the kids. http://www.dianecarbonell.com/do-obese-parents-equals-obese-kids/

Poverty and obesity

National data indicate that obesity rates increased at all income levels between 1971 and 2002, but the poor did not necessarily experience the largest increases during this time period (Chang & Lauderdale, 2005).

According to one recent nationally representative sample, obesity prevalence was higher in lower income and education groups, but the rate of increase in obesity over two decades was faster for higher income and education groups (Singh et al., 2011). For instance, between 1992 and 2008, obesity prevalence increased by 42.3 percent for the lower income group compared to 88.5 percent for the higher income group. http://frac.org/initiatives/hunger-and-obesity/are-low-income-people-at-greater-risk-for-overweight-or-obesity/

One in three kids eats fast food daily.

Researchers found that kids and adolescents ate an average of 12.4% of their daily calories from fast food. Kids ages 12 to 19 ate twice as many calories from fast food restaurants as children ages two to 11. In total, close to 34% of children and adolescents from ages two to 19 ate fast food on a given day.

http://time.com/4035490/fast-food-kids/

Political correctness gets in the way

The problem that emerges when we start to substitute euphemistic phrases for scientific terminology is that we start to de-emphasize the seriousness of the problems. For example, for people who do not like the stigma of being called “anorexic” should we just say that they are “too skinny.” Some people do not like the stigma of being a cancer patient. Should we just say they just have “really bad cells?” What about people who don’t like the stigma of major depressive disorder? Should we just say the have “the blues?” Should we tell patients they have “unhealthy sugar” instead of telling them they have diabetes mellitus? Where does it stop? http://blog.medfriendly.com/2011/10/little-johnny-is-obese-political.html

My politically incorrect conclusion.

Overweight kids are at risk! Their health, their future is at risk. Our country’s future is at risk.

So pardon my language but fat and lazy parents should get off their fat and lazy butts and take control of their lives and of lives of their children. It takes effort and education. And tough love. And sometimes your feeling are hurt. And your children feelings also. And it’s OK. Better for your health and well being.

September 4, 2013

The troublesome trend is evident in America – our children are under attack by the medical establishment.

Our kids are over medicated

Got you!

 

Walk kids to school

Smart!

But we parents are a part of the problem. Why don’t we let kids to be kids? To play outside, to run, to fall and get bruises and bumps on their heads. Children’s bodies need physical activities. And it is fine to get dirty. Kids fall, kids get cuts and scratches. Kids play and scream and forget stuff.

And kids need you, parents to make sure they eat healthy food. Not sugar bombs or sodas. Not donuts and pop tarts and other junk foods. Please teach your kids to appreciate the taste of fresh fruits. Take them to apple orchards to pick apples.

Hike with kids, take them kayaking. Let them climb trees. Please limit their TV time and computer games. Kids do have a short attention span but sedentary lifestyle make the problem much worse.

I have to tell you my observation. Every morning we walk with our dog and I noticed that every morning during the school year two of our neighbors put their kids in a car and drive them a half a block to the school bus stop. A half a block? I feel so sorry for these kids! What will become of them when they grow up?

Below are some excerpts about this huge problem that we adults created. ADHD Drug Emergencies Quadrupled in 6 Years.

According to a 2010 US government survey, 1 in 10 American children now has attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)—a 22 percent increase from 2003. ADHD makes it hard for children to pay attention and control impulsive behavior.

According to recently released data, ADHD drugs were responsible for nearly 23,000 emergency room visits in 2011—a more than 400% increase in ER visits due to adverse reactions to such drugs in a mere six years.

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/08/29/adhd-drug-emergencies.aspx?e_cid=20130829Z1_DNL_art_1&utm_source=dnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art1&utm_campaign=20130829Z1

Broken childhood

No psychotic drugs for our kids!

. . There’s a suit going on right now in three states. It alleges that the major pharmaceutical company that makes Ritalin, the Novartis Company, along with the American Psychiatric Association, the main representatives of organized medicine in the ADHD movement, and the self-help group CHADD have conspired to dupe the American public into believing that there’s such a thing as ADHD, and then thrust upon innocent children a potentially dangerous drug.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/medicating/experts/business.html

In the United States, at least 9% of school-aged children have been diagnosed with ADHD, and are taking pharmaceutical medications. In France, the percentage of kids diagnosed and medicated for ADHD is less than .5%.

The French holistic, psychosocial approach also allows for considering nutritional causes for ADHD-type symptoms — specifically the fact that the behavior of some children is worsened after eating foods with artificial colors, certain preservatives, and/or allergens. Clinicians who work with troubled children in this country — not to mention parents of many ADHD kids — are well aware that dietary interventions can sometimes help a child’s problem. In the United States, the strict focus on pharmaceutical treatment of ADHD, however, encourages clinicians to ignore the influence of dietary factors on children’s behavior. http://www.governamerica.com/news/1033-adhd-sick-children-in-u-s-huge-corporate-profits#.UiC34TbkvUY

ADHD Drugs Cause Hallucinations in Children

Killing for profit

Killing our future

Where are the parents?

ADHD Drugs Cause Hallucinations in Children; Psychiatry Pushes Hallucinogenic Drugs for Profit. ADHD drugs, of course, are powerful psychotropic mind-altering chemicals that are often on molecular level identical to street drugs. The industry of psychiatry is virtually owned by Big Pharma, which hopes to drug every child, teenager and adult with at least one mind-altering medication.

New research published in the journal Pediatrics reveals that the ADHD drugs prescribed to millions of children are causing them to experience frightening hallucinations. Children on these drugs hallucinated that snakes and bugs were crawling all over them, says Reuters, and some kids taking the drugs experience other bizarre psychotic side effects such as thinking they ran into a wall and falling to the ground even when no wall was present. http://www.naturalnews.com/025433_drug_drugs_children.html#ixzz2dSygCh6Q

Four ‘atypical’ antipsychotic drugs triple the risk of a child developing type 2 diabetes, the so-called lifestyle disease that can lead to heart problems, researchers have discovered. http://www.wddty.com/adhd-drugs-triple-risk-of-diabetes-in-children.html

And medical establishment: big pharma, some doctors and hospital make handsome profit of ruining our children, our future.

Please let your kids be kids.

Sweetened milk for schools

Daily Wisdom

Milk with Aspartame

Got Aspartame?

In order to fight obesity of young children the bleeding heart liberal dairy industry put forward a bold new initiative.

Dairy industry offers to chain kids to their chairs, give them computer games, plug kid’s ears with iPod music and feed them skim milk with the artificial sweeteners and coloring.

This selfless act of kindness from the dairy industry is heart warming. It makes me feel good inside reading about this example of pure goodness of corporate world. I am convinced these big hearted industry leaders feed this low fat sweet nectar to their kids.

But this heroic move is not appreciated by some short sighted “experts” like doctors and school administrators. “Perhaps we should just eliminate flavored milk from schools, as opposed to adding chemicals to it,” said Cooper, director of nutrition services for the Boulder Valley School District in Colorado.” What a fool! Doesn’t he understand that kids love sugared drinks?

Healthy lunches in schools.

Where is my sweet milk?

Dairy industry profits

Way to go dairy industry! I would propose as next step toward improving health of our precious children to genetically modify cows to give ready to use low fat sweetened pasteurized milk. Even better if the dairy industry would figure the way for cows to produce cash rather than milk.

February 28, 2011

Gett your fat butt off the couch

Fat and lazy

I think it is time to push americans a little harder toward helthier life style.

By using:
Tax incentives
Insurance premiums
Profiling for jobs like flight attendat, healthy foods stores and so on.
It costs the country too much to have so many fat and lazy people.
It does affect the economy.
It affects the national security.
We are becoming lazy fat and stupid.
Some Superpower!
That is if we want real freedom
Freedom from being sick
Freedom to have a full life
Freedom to being able to play with our kids and greandkids
Freedom to live longer
Freedom not to use medications
Freedom to keep the money for ourselves and not for big Pharma
WASHINGTON (AFP) – Two prominent Republicans came to the defense of First Lady Michelle Obama, breaking ranks with some of their party’s top stars who have taken jabs at her campaign against obesity.
Mike Huckabee
“What Michelle Obama has proposed is that we recognize that we have a serious obesity crisis, which we do,” said Huckabee, who calls himself a “recovering foodaholic” who once weighed 300 lbs.
The former Arkansas governor pointed out that 75 percent of military age youths in the United States do not qualify for military service “because they’re either overweight or obese.
“That’s serious,” he said. “This is no longer just a health issue, an economic issue. It is becoming an issue of national security.”
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who has called himself portly, also distanced himself from conservatives critical of the first lady’s efforts to encourage young Americans to stay fit and eat healthy foods.
“I think it’s a really good goal to encourage kids to eat better,” Christie stressed.
“I’ve struggled with my weight for 30 years. And it’s a struggle. And if a kid can avoid that in his adult years or her adult years, more power to them. And

Obesity epidemic

Obesity in kids

I think the first lady is speaking out well,” he added.

While “I don’t want the government deciding what you can and what you can’t eat. … I think Mrs. Obama being out there encouraging people in a positive way to eat well and to exercise and to be healthy, I don’t have a problem with that,” Christie added.
Childhood obesity in the United States has tripled in 30 years.
Today, one in three US children are overweight or obese, meaning they are more likely than their normal-weight peers to grow up to be obese adults at higher risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease and fatty liver disease.
In my opinion The country is anly as healthy as it’s citizens.

Feb. 17, 2011 — Despite health warnings and a formal recommendation by the FDA against doing so, many parents are still giving over-the-counter (OTC) cough and cold medicine to kids under age 2.
Dangers of cough syrup for toodlers

Use breast milk instead

Research has shown that OTC cough and cold medicines have led to poisoning or death in kids under age 2.  As a result, the FDA said in 2008 that OTC cough and cold products should not be given to children in this age group.

Matthew Davis, MD, associate professor in the Child Health Evaluation and Research Unit at the University of Michigan Medical School, and colleagues wanted to see how well parents and doctors were heeding recommendations to avoid the use of OTC cough/cold medicines in children under age 2. In January 2011, they polled randomly selected parents in the U.S. with children 6 months to 2 years old.
About 50% of parents said their child’s doctor told them the OTC cough/cold medicine would help relieve their child’s symptoms.
“Unfortunately, this latest poll indicates that the FDA warnings have gone unheeded by the majority of parents, and surprisingly, many physicians.
“Physicians are a valuable source of information for parents about this issue, but it appears that physicians are not heeding FDA warnings about OTC cough and cold medicines either. Kids will be safer when parents and doctors are all on the same page in limiting these medicines to older children.”
http://findarticles.com
On January 12, 2007, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) and the National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME) released a report of a study where they investigated infant deaths due to cough and cold medicines. In 2004-2005, more than 1,500 children under age two were treated in U.S. emergency rooms for problems caused by cough and cold medications, and in 2005 three infants ages one month, three months and six months died as a result of being given too much cough and cold medicine.
In all three cases, the infants had abnormally high levels of pseudoephedrine, a nasal decongestant, in their blood samples. The pseudoephedrine concentrations of the three infants who died ranged from 4,743 ng/mL-7,100 ng/mL, more than ten times the recommended amount for children ages 2-12 (180 ng/mL-500 ng/mL). The six-month-old infant had been given prescription and over-the-counter cough/cold medications, both of which contained pseudoephedrine. And, two of the infants also had detectable levels of dextromethorphan, a cough suppressant, and acetaminophen in their blood samples. None of the children had a heart condition that might have attributed to their premature deaths, though two of the children were found to have had respiratory infection.
The bad news for parents: No home remedies or cold medicines will make a cold go away faster; they usually run their course in seven to 10 days. At best, some medicines will relieve symptoms. But even that is in question, says Sheela R. Geraghty, MD, an assistant professor of pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Ohio. She recommends fluids, reducing fever to make a child comfortable, and keeping noses suctioned so babies can eat comfortably.
“To be honest with you, that’s about it,” Geraghty says. “Time is what helps with colds.”
Breast feeding strengthen immune system

Healthy food.

Prevention: breast feed as long as possible.

So what do you do to relieve symptoms?
Congestion:
*Let your shower run on hot to create your own steam room. Sit in the bathroom with your baby for 10-15 minutes, three to four time a day. Do not put baby in the shower. Be sure to keep the bathroom door closed to keep the steam in. This will help loosen baby’s congestion. After you’re done, you may need to wipe baby’s nose, or use a bulb syringe to gently suction secretions from baby’s nose.
If you breast feed worm up the breast milk and put a few drops in each nostril
Keep baby in an upright or semi-upright position to encourage nasal drainage. If possible, put a pillow UNDER the head end of baby’s crib mattress. NEVER put a pillow in the crib with baby.
Use the humidifier in the room
Give your baby plenty of fluids.

January 31, 2011

The debate is raging on how to help sick people. I do not hear a lot about how to help people not to get sick.

In the long run this is the way to cut cost.

About health care…. again. And about personal responsibility.

Obesity in America
Healthcare

Here is the plan.

Get educated in what you eat, when to eat and how often you eat. Watch what you drink.

Information is available – watch the movies: Sicko, Food. Inc, Sweet Misery, World according to Monsanto

Exercise regularly. Why do some people take pills every day but neglect to exercise?

I would ban the escalators in the USA for the first three floors. Use your legs. You legs are designed for it.

I have noticed that when I go to the gym, people go up the escalator, work out and go down the escalator.

Only in America.

Watching too much TV

Alone with the TV

Caring, well-meaning parents drive their kids a half a block to the school bus stop, kids sit in the bus, sit in school, go back home sitting on a bus, and their caring parents drive them to the TV or computer.

Bus exhaust pollutes the air we breathe. We can stop buying Arab oil if we just use common sense and use our body’s abilities to move by itself. And we would save a bunch on health care because, if we would not be so lazy, we would have health not sickness. And because we would get healthier, we will not be stressed out so much about health insurance cost.

Trust yourself more then your doctor. I meet my doctor in the gym. Every time he seems to be surprised that I am in a better shape then he is. Why is he surprised? Have you seen doctors that look worse then their patients? Next appointment, pay attention to what shape your doctor is. Does your doctor look healthy? If not – change your doctor.

How can doctors help others if they cannot help themselves?

Eat in moderation

Do not “pig out”. You are supposed to enjoy your meal, not destroy it. Do not worry – you will have food to eat when you will get hungry.

Vote with your wallet. Do not buy junk, especially for kids. Sugar drives them crazy. It is not ADD or ADHD. It is sugar and lifestyle. Kids need to exercise. They need to use their energy. It is OK if they get a few bumps and bruises. Our kids get sick all the time by being around other kids – colds, ear infections, pink eye, etc. We understand the dangers and are used to it.

But why are we afraid of bumps and bruises? Bumps and bruises do not create chronic diseases, constant colds and infections do.

Take control of your life and your health. Do not count on doctors, government and insurance companies to do it for you.

Because if we do, we are not any better then chickens in one of the industrialized farms.

The difference is, we have a choice.

Hyper active kids.

Just being silly

It’s back-to-school season—the time of year when, for many families, the ABCs meet ADHD. It’s never easy for kids with attention-

ADHD pills overuse

Misdiagnose of ADHD

deficit/hyperactivity disorder, especially when confronted with new routines and new academic challenges.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, 4.5 million children have been diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, but experts still don’t know for sure what causes it. New research points to exposure to common pesticides, particularly organophosphate—a man-made toxin originally developed for chemical warfare and now used extensively in agriculture.
Scientists in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives write that children exposed to organophosphate while still in the womb have a higher chance of developing attention problems by age 5. The children in the study were all residents of the heavily farmed Salinas Valley in California, but a recent report in Pediatrics showed a link to ADHD even in areas where pesticide levels in the environment are not especially high.
Still another study has raised the possibility that many kids diagnosed as having ADHD do not, in fact, have it. Writing in the Journal of Health Economics, Michigan State University economist Todd Elder suggests that nearly one million children may be misdiagnosed. The real challenge for them, he argues, is not how their brains work—it’s their birthdays. “If a child is behaving poorly, if he’s inattentive, if he can’t sit still,” Elder says, “it may simply be because he’s 5 and the other kids are 6.”
Experts continue to debate the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD, so what are parents to do? While the studies show only an association and don’t prove that exposure to pesticides actually causes ADHD, always wash fruits and vegetables before eating. And take your child’s age into consideration when deciding whether to seek an evaluation. His hyperactivity may simply be the result of his being younger and more immature than his classmates.

June 7, 2010

By TODD NEALE
June 5, 2010
Eating a Mediterranean diet — one high in fruits, fish, and vegetables and low in saturated fat — is associated with a reduced likelihood of asthma in children, a large observational study reaffirmed.
Overall, choosing foods increasingly similar to a Mediterranean diet was associated with a lower prevalence of both wheeze and asthma, Dr. Gabriele Nagel, of Ulm University in Germany, and colleagues reported in the June issue of Thorax.
In contrast, children who ate burgers at least three times a week had increased odds of having asthma.
“Fast food is rich in industrially hydrogenated vegetable fats such as margarine and meat from ruminant animals which are dietary sources of trans-fatty acids,” the researchers noted. “There is some evidence that dietary intake of trans-fatty acids is associated with asthma and atopy [allergic sensitivity].”
The findings support previous studies that identified links between increased consumption of fish, fruits, and vegetables with reduced asthma symptoms, although the researchers noted that causal connections could not be established.
Also here is more information on ongoing research
These are the findings of a study to be presented this week at the American Thoracic Society ATS 2010 International Conference in New Orleans that is taking place from May 14th to 19th.
Dr. Lisa Wood, a research fellow of the University of Newcastle, New South Wales, and colleagues monitored asthma patients after they ate low and high fat meals and found that within hours of eating the high fat meal they were showing signs of airway inflammation not seen when they ate the low fat meal, and the high fat meal also appeared to inhibit their response to the asthma reliever Ventolin (albuterol).
Rates of asthma have gone up in westernized countries in recent decades, and experts suggest environmental factors like lifestyle and diet may be an important factor, especially since westernized diets have considerably more fat than more traditional ones.
Previous research shows that high fat diets stimulate the immune system, causing higher levels of inflammation markers in the blood. However, the researchers believe this is the first study to examine how a high fat meal may affect airway inflammation.
The high fat, high calorie meal of fast food burgers and hash browns contained about 1,000 calories, with over 50 per cent of them coming from fat.
The low fat, low calorie meal of reduced fat yogurt contained about 200 calories, with only 13 per cent of them from fat.
Wood said the study was important because it was the first to show a high fat meal can produce this effect.
For more information: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/newsletters.php for details.
All this supports what everyone knows already -fatty food is bad for you.

April 5, 2010

breastfeeding.jpgCHICAGO – The lives of nearly 900 babies would be saved each year, along with billions of dollars, if 90 percent of U.S. women breast-fed their babies for the first six months of life, a cost analysis says.
The findings suggest that there are hundreds of deaths and many more costly illnesses each year from health problems that breast-feeding may help prevent. These include stomach viruses, ear infections, asthma, juvenile diabetes, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and even childhood leukemia.
The magnitude of health benefits linked to breast-feeding is vastly underappreciated, said lead author Dr. Melissa Bartick, an internist and instructor at Harvard Medical School. Breast-feeding is sometimes considered a lifestyle choice, but Bartick calls it a public health issue.
The $13 billion in estimated losses due to the low breast-feeding rate includes an economists’ calculation partly based on lost potential lifetime wages — $10.56 million per death.

The methods were similar to a widely cited 2001 government report that said $3.6 billion could be saved each year if 50 percent of mothers breast-fed their babies for six months. Medical costs have climbed since then and breast-feeding rates have increased only slightly.

About 43 percent of U.S. mothers do at least some breast-feeding for six months, but only 12 percent follow government guidelines recommending that babies receive only breast milk for six months.

Dr. Larry Gray, a University of Chicago pediatrician, called the analysis compelling and said it’s reasonable to strive for 90 percent compliance.
The pediatrics academy says babies should be given a chance to start breast-feeding immediately after birth. Bartick said that often doesn’t happen, and at many hospitals newborns are offered formula even when their mothers intend to breast-feed.

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If you have to breast feed some supplements may help to keep your child healthy.

March 22, 2010

The debate is raging on how to help sick people. I do not hear a lot about how to help people not to get sick. In a long run this is the way to cut costs.  

About health care. Again.And about personal responsibility.

Here is the plan. Get educated in what you eat, when to eat and how often you eat. Watch what you drink. Information is available: Watch the movies: Sicko, Food. Inc, Sweet Misery, World According to Monsanto, Eating. 

Exercise regularly. Why do some people take pills every day but neglect to exercise?  It is much cheaper than paying for medications and doctors.I would ban escalators in US for the first three floors. Use your legs, they are designed for it.I have noticed that when I go to the gym, people go up the escalator, work out and go down the escalator.Only in America.People drive their kids a half a block to the school bus stop, kids sit on the bus, sit at school, go back home, sit on a bus or in a car, to sit on the TV or computer. Bus exhaust spoils the air we breathe.

We can stop buying Arab oil if we just used common sense and use our body’s abilities to move by itself. And we would save a bunch on health care, because if we would not be so lazy, we would have health not sickness. And because we would get healthier, we will not be stressed out so much about the health insurance cost.

Our doctors. The doctors are leally between the rock and the hard place. The system forces doctors to do many things that good for insurance companies and pharmaceuticals, not what is good for the patients.Trust yourself more than your doctor. I meet my doctor in the gym. Every time he seems to be surprised that I am in a better shape then he is. Why is he surprised? Have you seen doctors that look worse than their patients? Next appointment, pay attention to the shape your doctor is in. Does your doctor look healthy? If not – change your doctor. How can doctors help others if they cannot help themselves?

Eat in moderation.Do not pig out. You’re supposed to enjoy your meal, not destroy it. Do not worry; you will have food to eat, if you will get hungry. Vote with your wallet; do not buy junk, especially for kids. Sugar drives them crazy. It is not ADD or ADHD, it is sugar and lifestyle. Kids need to exercise. They need to use their energy. It is OK if they get a few bumps and bruises. Our kids get sick all the time by being around other kids – cold, ear infection, pink eye, etc. We understand the dangers and are used to it.But it is OK for them to get sick, why are we afraid of bumps and bruises? Bumps and bruises do not create chronic diseases, constant cold and infection do.

Take control of your life and your health. Do not count on doctors, government and insurance companies to do it for you. Because if we do, we are not any better than a chicken in one of the industrialized farms.  The difference is, we have a choice. 

I showed this letter to my daughter who is a teacher. That is her opinion: Hi pop,  Here is this letter.  It sounds a little like you are preaching to your audience.  People do not like to be lectured to.  Just a thought.  Also, I can’t say I agree with the section attacking doctors.  It’s an awful lot like the attacks on teachers.  You know?  The “I know better than the professionals” kind of thing that drives me crazy.  I agree with the overall theme of what you are trying to say, but try reading it with a critical eye.

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