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The ban on plastic grocery bags enacted in San Francisco and several other California communities has an unexpected side effect — an increase in food-borne illnesses, emergency room visits, and even deaths.
The culprit: the reusable grocery bags that shoppers use instead, which are breeding grounds for E. coli and other harmful bacteria, according to a new report by university researchers.
San Francisco County enacted a ban on non-compostable plastic bags at large grocery stores and drug stores in 2007, and extended it to all retail establishments in early 2012. Los Angeles followed suit in 2012, as did several other California communities including Malibu and Palo Alto.
The bans were designed to reduce litter and threats to marine life posed by discarded bags, and encourage the use of reusable grocery bags.
But studies “suggest that reusable grocery bags harbor harmful bacteria, the most important of which is E. coli,” say Jonathan Klick, a professor of law at the University of Pennsylvania, and Joshua D. Wright, a professor at the George Mason University School of Law and Department of Economics.
“If individuals fail to clean their reusable bags, these bacteria may lead to contamination of the food transported in the bags. Such contamination has the potential to lead to health problems and even death.”
Tests of randomly selected reusable grocery bags found coliform bacteria in 51 percent of them, and E. coli in 8 percent.
According to the researchers’ report, which was released by the Social Science Research Network, most users did not use separate bags for meats and vegetables, 97 percent said they never washed their bags, and bacteria appeared to grow at a faster rate when the bags were stored in car trunks.
When the researchers analyzed data related to E. coli infections, the results were troubling: “The San Francisco County ban is associated with a statistically significant and particularly large increase in ER visits for E. coli infections,” they said — a rise of at least 25 percent.
In addition, “the San Francisco County ban is associated with a 46 percent increase in deaths from food-borne illnesses.”
Their conclusion: “We find that both deaths and ER visits spiked as soon as the ban went into effect.
“Conservative estimates of the costs and benefits of the San Francisco plastic bag ban suggest the health risks they impose are not likely offset by environmental benefits.”
In addition the non-cotton reusable bags are made of Hexane, a petrochemical by-product and neuro-toxin.
By Birgitta Lauren 12.29.12
Can a violent nature be prevented? The short answer: yes, for the most part, but not always.
A violent nature doesn’t just happen; it is not in our human nature when healthy, to kill adorable little children, or anyone for that matter. We need to look for the root cause of these horrendous incidences rather than blame the wrong end of the problem. This is a mental health issue. Not a gun issue. A gun cannot shoot itself, it needs a person to pull the trigger, but it takes a very sick person mentally to commit such a heinous crime. Blaming the gun is like blaming a car for a person deliberately running over someone, or knives when someone gets stabbed. We have millions of healthy, stable gun owners that would never do such a thing. Of course many with mental health issues are not violent either, but what causes it?
Mental health, though a multifaceted issue, starts in the womb and is either helped or hurt by continued lifestyle factors.
Factors that can affect the mental development and health negatively, of a growing baby in utero and after:
- Processed junk food, (high fructose corn syrup, soda, sugar, high GI foods, preservatives, stabilizers, nitrates, hormones, flavors, colors, and many other synthetic chemicals).
- Genetically Modified foods (corn, soy, canola, sugar, cotton, Hawaiian Papaya)
- Malnutrition and nutrient deficiencies in B vitamins, omega fatty acids, selenium.
- Chemicals (Mercury, BPA, Phthalates, fluoride, diesel and petrochemicals, and pesticides in our food, medications, skincare, cleaning products, light bulbs and all electric gadgets).
- Medications/Drugs (especially vaccines, anti-depressants, cognitive enhancers, antibiotics, anti-nausea meds, prescription pain killers, illegal drugs including marijuana, cocaine, heroin, alcohol and cigarettes).
- Lack of Vitamin D and sun exposure, is linked to all mental and physical diseases.
- Viruses and microbes like mold.
- Lack of exercise, creates hormonal imbalance and oxygen deficiencies leading to mood disorders.
- Insufficient prenatal weigh gain / Dieting around time of conception & early pregnancy
- Excessive prenatal weight gain
- Low birth weight, Preeclampsia and premature delivery
- Lack of probiotics, good bacteria and therefore vitamin K production in the gut.
- Babies born too close together (< 12 months between labor and conception).
- Mom’s or baby’s lack of sleep (affect cortisol production)
- Chronic stress or major stressful event (via Cortisol production).
- Labor complications, (C-sections, labor medications such epidurals, pitocin, & vaccines given to newborns, vitamin K3 injections.)
- Thyroid problems and Iodine deficiencies or toxicity.
- Environmental toxin exposure, exhaust, cleaning products.
Many on this list are easy to change, although most don’t realize that mental health problems are CAUSED by the chemical poisoning of the human race and mind, through our foods, drugs and products around us. Between the consumption of processed junk food, soda, sugar, GMOs, drugs legal and illegal, and cigarettes, but especially the mind/brain/mood altering drugs of anti-depressants, ADHD, pain killers (biggest killer in the US 16,500/yr), and vaccines etc., especially during pregnancy and in children, we are creating an army of crazy zombies from the womb. We are being flooded with a tsunami of chemicals from before birth that not only prohibit proper brain development but cause many mental and physical diseases. Almost all pregnant women now have dangerous levels of chemicals in their blood. The more of the above risk factors a child encounters, the higher the risk for mental illness.
This is helped along with the endorsement and collaboration of the FDA, USDA, CDC, HHS, EPA, NIH, WHO, UN, Codex Alimentarius, Agenda 21 etc. together with the big food/chemical/drug companies, the medical industry, so-called health organizations and charities that are funded by the food, chemical and drug companies. The deliberate prevention of any real proactive prevention, by all these organizations as well as constant cover-up of the ill effects and dangers of especially GMO’s and vaccines to the unsuspecting and uneducated on these issues is an abomination. Organizations like prematurity.org and preeclampsia.org actually claim that it’s not preventable when in most cases it is. Most in the medical industry do not even want to discuss alternative natural remedies and better lifestyle factors to prevent disease. The AAP (Amer. Ass of Pediatrics) and the WHO (World Health Org) actually wants mercury in vaccines (January 2013 issue of Pediatrics). The rise in autism can be directly related to the introduction of the Hib vaccines commencing in 1988.
The CDC just released their flu vaccine recommendations for pregnant women…and the FDA last week expanded Tamiflu to 2 week old infants (with no studies on children less than a year old, and side effects including cancer, infertility, hallucination, seizure, cell mutation and death). All this, despite, according to Robert Kennedy Jr., a secret meeting back in 2000 with the CDC, every vaccine manufacturer, executives of the FDA, the WHO, 52 in all, at a remote location in Simpsonwood, GA., discussing the scientific data and medical records of 100,000 children, that vaccines are very much responsible for a dramatic increase in autism and many other neurological disorders (speech delays, ADD, ADHD, slow learning, seizures etc.). Between the years 1988-2004, the number of vaccines given to children went up 300-400%, and the autism rate increased 15 fold, from 1 in 2500 to 1 in 166. This data was “embargoed” so no-one could take any info with them. One consultant from the American Academy of Pediatrics decided his grandson would not be vaccinated, but yet, the group spent the next 2 days discussing how to cover up the data as they were concerned about the detrimental effects on the vaccine industry’s bottom-line. CDC’s Dr. Chen was relieved this information had been kept out of “less responsible hands”, and the WHO’s Dr. Clements declared “the study shouldn’t have been done”…” or the results should have been handled”. All this was later released with the Freedom of Information Act.
A confidential report from GlaxoSmithKline leaked on Belgian website: Initiative Citoyeene, shows 1,742 “adverse” events from the Prevenar 13 (6-in-one) vaccine, Journal of Medicine just noted that 97% of mumps out breaks in 2009 was in vaccinated kids (89% was vaccinated twice!), and different report shows a 4,250% increase in VAERS reported fetal deaths from the 2009/10 flu season when pregnant women were injected with both the flu and the H1N1 flu vaccine. THE CDC hides this in their figures by cleverly excluding that year, by including up till 2009 and skipping to end of 2010. The 2013 winter flu season numbers are double the normal rate. If flu vaccines are so good, why? Why have Merck paid WebMD.com some $3,9 million to promote various vaccines?
The vaccinologists have adopted this idea of vaccine induced herd immunity. The problem with it is that all vaccines only confer temporary protection… I think this is not something that’s really understood generally by the public: Vaccines do not confer the same type of immunity that natural exposure to the disease does. … Do vaccine complications ultimately cause more chronic illness and death than infectious diseases do? ” says Barbara Loe Fisher, co-founder and president of the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC). There is also plenty of information on how cleanliness, hygiene etc. eradicated many communicable diseases before vaccinations did.
However, the lies are still perpetuated and pregnant women and children are still bombarded with mercury lazed vaccines. Only 10% of flu vaccines given are non-mercury. The problem is “regular” vaccines contain 25 mcg mercury, “non-mercury” vaccines still contain 3 mcg mercury… and the EPA says over 5 mcg is too toxic for adults…In addition, all vaccines also contain a variety of neurotoxic aluminum, formaldehyde, petrochemicals, phthalates, alcohol, MSG, animal extracts and a host of other chemicals. Recent news says the live polio vaccinations distributed in India today, have apparently caused some 47,000 cases of polio-effects…
Phthalates are also in skincare and many other things, BPA’s are in food cans, formula, almost all plastics to some degree, and even paper receipts from the store…why? You are surrounded with brain damaging and cancerous EMF’s (electromagnetic fields) from all electronic gadgets we use; mercury in your light bulbs, your Christmas tree lights (if anyone breaks, you will need to evacuate and literally call a hazmat team for clean-up according to the EPA); lithium in your batteries, cellphones, electric cars; petrochemicals like Hexane in your so-called “green” grocery bags and “plant extract” omega fatty acid supplement and infant formula! Phthalates, BPAs and GMO’s are banned in many countries, why not here?
90% of corn, canola, soy, sugar and cotton is now GMO (genetically modified organisms), soaked in pesticides (more than conventional produce) and with its DNA altered, that will when consumed destruct all of your tissues. GMO is causing widespread infertility, neurological decline, plant and animal deaths. Unless a product says it’s “100% USDA Organic” you are now eating GMO’s. Even organic foods may be slightly GM due to cross pollination, thanks to Monsanto. 11% of “healthy” students use ADHD drugs like Ritalin and Adderall, for cognitive enhancements – some of the many side effects: aggressive behavior, psychotic episodes, seizures, bipolar and death…there is an epidemic of painkiller addiction, so much that death from it has exceeded car accidents, 16,500 annually, and 30% of babies born in some Florida counties are born addicted to OcyContin! OcyContin side effects: depression, agitation, hallucination and impotence, among several hundred side effects… have anyone seen someone “high” on OcyContin? “Out of it zombie” is a good description. What are these babies going to be like as adults? How does a woman do this to her baby, and how do her doctors let her? The doctor responsible for widening pain medication prescriptions, Dr. Russell Portenoy, now has second thoughts…His own mother is addicted. Most people responsible for any one death, usually goes to jail…(16,500 dead a year, so likely over 100,000 dead since 1990), but the pharmaceutical, medical industry and the FDA has voted themselves immune to even lawsuits of adverse drug events resulting from addictive opioid pain pills and vaccines.
Is there any wonder we end up with so much mental illness, autism, Asperger’s and ADHD, etc.. in children? The medical industry tries to blame it on Genetic mutation but only 1% can attributed to that. Read Andy Berman’s interview on mental illness http://ow.ly/gwxg5
All school shootings have happened with mentally ill boys. Boys are the weaker sex from conception until puberty and seem to be more affected by everything. The latest school shooter, Adam apparently suffered from bi-polar and Asperger’s, his mom who also had mental health issues, had isolated him from his dad and others, he was on Fanapt, a medication for schizophrenia (side effects: suicide, aggression, major depression, mania, delusion etc…), was obsessed with violent video games and probably shouldn’t ever have been around guns. He was obviously smart enough that he planned this event quite meticulously down to destroying his computer to hide his plans. He was unable to “buy” his own guns due to Connecticut’s strict gun laws, and so took his mom’s. This was premeditated and carefully executed as he may have been angry at his mom for planning to place him in an institution where he might have gotten some help. Nothing would have stopped him. Will the investigation actually teach us how/if it could have been prevented? Will they use his medical records, and the moms prenatal medical records to learn from? Ie: medications, vaccinations stressful events, complications….What was both of their diets like? What was their exercise history? Will add they add up lifestyle factors of both, including the violent video games, etc… and use it for education and future medical illness prevention? Will the hypocritical celebrities starring in one violent movie after another (now calling for more gun restrictions) actually stop making those movies? NO on all counts. Hollywood just got themselves LESS regulations on sawn-off shotguns as movie props…and over Christmas the FDA allowed Genetically Modified Salmon…
We have to stop mental illness where it starts.
Studies have shown schizophrenia is linked to anorexia or sever stress in the first trimester of a pregnancy, and children, especially boys born to moms who smoked while pregnant are more likely to be criminally violent. Even a dad’s lifestyle, in particular drug use prior to conception, even 10-20 years earlier, can affect the future mental health of his child by damaging his own DNA. Violent media (TV, movies & video games) is shown to affect violent behavior of the very young and those not of sound mind. The elimination of the 10 commandments from schools in the 60s is directly linked to increased youth violence by 700%, and stressful family events, a lack of family structure and good parenting can also contribute do a decline in morals and behavior. We will never prevent all violence and/or mental illness as there will always be “lemons” that can’t be controlled with laws, gun control or even better health and mental care. Adams genetic material has been extracted for research into what might be his “flawed gene”. This will most likely be used against innocent people with similar genes on all sorts of levels from employment, medically to legally, instead of finding out “how” he got messed up for future prevention.
Unfortunately this last massacre will likely end up in more useless gun restrictions, which no criminal or mad person cares about anyway, and more forced anti-depressant, psychotic and ADHD medicalization of kids which will only make matters worse. The drug companies will use this to profit. Profits used to fund government agencies, medical industry, charities, and political donations. Obama who is embroiled in sending weapons to Mexican drug cartels and to various rebel groups in the Middle East, said in a recent Barbara Walters interview – “…I like men with guns (Secret service) around my daughters for protection”. So, why shouldn’t all kids have armed protection, at school and home? A new FBI report states that the number of murders by hammers & clubs is 50% higher than by rifles and murders by fists are 100% higher than by rifles. Murders overall are way down.
America needs to wake up and realize our brains are being turned into mush deliberately. But we have a choice, and there is an awful lot that we can do, to ensure better mental health. The Drake Institute in CA has a great track record of programs without drugs for suffering kids. For future generations: eating much healthier and Organic is vital; supplementing with comprehensive multi-vitamins, omega fatty acids, probiotics; exercising (for both the “happy” hormone endorphins and oxygen, as oxygen deprivation in utero is linked to ADHD and depression – prenatal fitness is also linked to better language skills which is linked to better anger management skills in toddlers says a new study from PA State U.); avoiding or limiting exposure to chemicals, especially drugs and vaccines, and getting enough sunshine (for the “happy” vitamin D as deficiencies are linked to all mental and physical diseases). Particularly during pregnancy to protect our DNA, chromosomes and telomeres, for the sake of our future babies health.
Mental health starts in the womb. But… will we do it? Will more than a few educated on the topic start to question why we are surrounded with brain altering chemicals? Why is there BPA on retail paper receipts? Why are there chemicals in baby food and prenatal supplements? Why do all so-called “green products” like light bulbs, solar panels, grocery bags, contain mercury, petro-chemicals etc… Why do Coke and Pepsi add salt and chemicals to their bottled water? … Why is there toxic fluoride in our water? Why after processing all natural nutrients out of food, do they put only a few nutrients back and synthetic versions in addition to a long list of chemicals? Why did the FDA approve Genetically Modified Salmon over Christmas? The list is endless.
Will more than a few, demand a ban on some of these chemicals and /or the use of them in certain products (some chemicals like mercury is naturally excreted in nature, so it can’t be all-out banned).
There are certainly other mental health management issues not covered here, but this article is now long enough…. A new Swedish project underway, will at least study 4,000 pregnant women and how chemicals alter the health of a growing baby in utero.
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Today, with 30% of U.S. children overweight –the war on childhood obesity is mostly centered on what children eat, the marketing and availability of unhealthy, processed foods and parental choices, rather than the much easier prevention of it. And as important as healthy school lunches and PE is for children, not starting healthy habit programs until school, like Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign is too late for prevention. The problem has already been created, both genetically and in habits – habits can be hard to change. Since obesity leads to all other diseases, from physical to mental, pediatric obesity experts now say intervention must begin early – very early, as risk factors begin before birth, necessitating changing the diet and lifestyle of the mothers themselves, before, during and after pregnancy and with very young children. It’s an interesting note that “pediatricians” are doing this as opposed to “gynecologists”…..
The Obesity Problem is Multipronged:
Statistics from the CDC, show that Hispanic, black, poor, publicly insured, and kids living in the southeastern states and those lacking outside school activities have the highest obesity rates. This tells us culture and environment matters, and may be difficult to change. But we also know that less expensive food is much less healthy. The latter is the fault of Big Food, Big Pharma (hormone, vaccine and anti-biotic injections of animals) and Big Chemicals (preservatives, additives, colors and flavors, fertilizers, pesticides & GMO’s etc…) manufacturers wanting to keep people addicted to their foods and also the government subsidizing processed foods to keep them less expensive. The collaborations between Big Food, Big Pharma, Big Chemicals, and the FDA, the USDA, the EPA and the government are keeping America fat. According to The Guardian, obesity is getting worse, not only due to too much food but, what’s in the food we eat – or not. Fixing this would require tossing out the entire Congress, or voting with your money, buying only fresh, organic and locally farmed foods, avoiding nutrient void, and chemically processed foods.
Obesity Starts in the Womb.
Too many women gain excessive amounts of weight during pregnancy as they use pregnancy as an excuse to eat too much, says researchers in a Division of Nutrition in Ithaca, N.Y Cornell University study that showed that 38% of normal-weight women, 67% of overweight women, and 46% of obese women gained too much weight while pregnant. 56% of the women who became obese during the study could have avoided it by staying within guidelines. But a Dutch study this year found that even after counseling 16% of obese women about to get IVF, refused to lose weight36. Since 96% of IVF patients face multiple risk factors – This is a big problem.
The 2009 Institute of Medicine advised weight gain during pregnancy is 11 – 40 lbs. depending on woman being obese, normal or underweight. “Get to a healthy weight before you conceive”, says the IOM, but with 55% of childbearing age women overweight, uncommon preconception care, half of pregnancies unplanned, and half of women don’t follow advice – it’s unfortunately a tall order. This is a problem as a child’s fat cells increase in number from 30 weeks of gestation through 18-24 months old. Over eating during pregnancy and nursing or formula feeding may increase the child’s number of fat cells.
Poor nutrition in the womb causes permanent genetic changes in the offspring – says study published in the FASEB Journal 4.13.09, increasing risk for diabetes, growth retardation, CVD, obesity, and neurodevelopmental delays, autism, among others, affecting multiple healthcare issues across generations. Study reiterates that prenatal care is far more important than anyone could have imagined a decade ago. Too much body fat, during pregnancy often puts too much stress on the uterus, leading to premature delivery. However obese pregnant women that exercise can prevent prematurity. However, a child will develop tastes and eating habits depending on moms eating habits. Everything mom does gestationally, will affect the baby’s future health for better or worse.
Causes of obesity in children:
Before & During Pregnancy:
- Lack of exercise
- Processed food, (high fructose corn syrup, soda, sugar, High GI foods)2
- Genetically Modified foods (GMOs), I.e.: corn & soy
- Excessive prenatal weight gain
- Insufficient prenatal weigh gain / Dieting around time of conception and early pregnancy3
- High-fat diet16, – fried foods.
- Chemicals like BPA, Phthalates11, diesel and petrochemicals exhausts12, and pesticides4.
- Medications, especially anti-depressants5
- High birth weight (whether from overeating or diabetes)
- Low birth weight, (whether from early delivery or undernourishment)
- Lack of Vitamin D6, 10
- Lack of probiotics, good bacteria and therefore vitamin K production in the gut7.
- Premature Delivery
- Babies born too close together8 (< 12 months between labor and conception).
- Mom’s lack of sleep5, as insufficient sleep may affect cortisol production35
- Chronic stress via Cortisol production.
- Labor complications and C-sections.
- Thyroid problems and Iodine deficiencies9 or toxicity.
Epigenetic Metabolic Reprogramming:
Maternal diet and physical activity during pregnancy has a profound effect on both placental and fetal development17. Nutritionally deprived newborns are at stem cells level “programmed” to “conserve energy” (store fat) and eat more by developing less neurons in the region of the brain that controls food intake, according to an article published in the Journal Brain Research, from a study by Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Altered brain development suggests that fetal growth restriction may lead to cognitive and/or behavioral problems.
These findings that dieting at conception causes obesity and diabetes shows obesity is not inherited, it’s manufactured. – “It also shows that epigenetics is the ‘new genetics': …our DNA is susceptible to binge eating and dieting — we are what our mother’s ate.” said Gerald Weissmann, M.D., Editor-in-Chief of the FASEB Journal. Interestingly, infants born large, have less health problems than infants born too small despite both leading to obesity13.
Obesity may also have roots in 1950s when pregnant women smoked, spurned breast-feeding and restricted their weight during numerous, closely spaced pregnancies; says Melinda Sothern, leading fitness and nutrition expert at Louisiana State University.
Weight gain is a known side effect of many drugs, including powerful anti-psychotics, anti-histamines, anti-depressants, diabetes drugs, beta blockers, corticosteroids and contraceptives5.Except the later, all of which seems to be freely doled out to pregnant women despite side-effects. As well as anti-nausea medication, which prohibit moms Folate absorption – with resulting ill effects and growth retardation of baby. I even see moms using serious painkillers like OcyContin (sick). With these painkillers now being the biggest cause of accidental deaths, and the constant exposure to chemicals through environment, household and body products and the food supply – is there any wonder children have problems…?
But metabolic epigenetic changes also extend to what fathers and grandfathers eat. If your paternal grandpa went hungry, or your dad ate a low-protein diet, you are more likely obese, according to the 12.23.2010 issue of Cell. This University of Massachusetts study also linked dad’s high-fat diet to their daughter’s health problems. Another study of the Swedish Sami population a century ago showed an 11 year old boy going from famine to feast prior to puberty caused a propensity for higher weight in his future children34. This means we are never off the hook of eating healthy.
- Lack of Exercise
- Formula feeding14
- Early introduction to solid foods before 6 months14.
- Baby’s lack of sleep14,35
- Processed food, GMOs, or a high-fat16 diet consumed by mom while nursing or baby later.
- Dieting (insufficient calories and nutrients)
- Chemical exposure to BPA, Phthalates, diesel petrochemical exhausts, fertilizers and pesticides.
- Medications, especially anti-depressants
- Lack of Vitamin D
- Lack of probiotics
- Eating too fast15
- Mom & baby’s chronic stress (including neglect & abuse)
- Thyroid problems and Iodine deficiency9 or toxicity.
The growing obesity epidemic, will double diabetes and triple medical costs by 203420, costing $168 Billion annually (individually $2800) says Cornell University 2010. These medical costs will rise 36% a year. This is double the cost of smoking33 and bankrupting America.
How do We Prevent Obesity?
Excellent nutrition of fresh, natural and organic foods and sufficient intake of all micronutrients at all times from preconception through nursing is crucial to establish baby’s proper metabolism, as baby growths and develops throughout. Extra prenatal supplements are vital to help baby’s metabolic system. Mom needs to be “fully stocked up” nutritionally, preferably one year before conception says the FDA. All nutrients work together, and with DHA and EPA from fish-oil; there are 32 necessary nutrients for proper health. Prenatal nutrition is like baking a cake: if you omit one ingredient or more, the cake or baby won’t be as healthy, so with most prenatals being incomplete, moms must be choosy.
Fit Moms Make Fit Babies
Exercise is a must during pregnancy. Moms who exercise produce children that are healthier on all levels: physically, mentally, better academically and athletically and are 5% leaner, says James F. Clapp MD Professor of OB/gyn Cleveland Metropolitan Health Medical Center.
Before & During Pregnancy & Nursing
- Loosing weight prior to conception if overweight.
- Exercise (3-6 x a week, 30-60 minutes a day).
- Avoid ALL processed & fried foods, white carbohydrates, sugar, soda and GMO’s.
- Eat ONLY FRESH FOODs (lean meats, fish, whole grains, legumes, nuts, fruits and vegetables), preferably ORGANIC whenever possible.
- Sufficient Vitamin D3, preferably from sun exposure. (Whites: 10 min/day, blacks: 45 min/day minimum).
- Avoid all medications, drugs and chemicals if possible.
- Eating nuts like almonds21
- Apple peel’s ursolic acid may curtail obesity by increasing muscle mass and boosting calorieburning22
- Green Tea improves metabolic rate and reduces fat accumulation24.
- Proper protein intake above 15% of daily calories25
- Taking a good comprehensive prenatal supplement26
- Getting enough sleep (7-9 hrs.)35 and going to bed before 11 pm to allow for Melatonin production (hormone secreted by the pineal gland 27 and found inmustard, Goji berries, almonds, sunflower seeds, cardamom, fennel, coriander and cherries).
- Colder weather activates brown fat burning28.
- Eat slowly15
- Reduce stress with meditation, breathing and naps.
- Breastfeeding prevents obesity.
- Positive Parenting through Parent Corps and other programs that promote effective parenting and prevent behavior problems.
With 90% of women deficient in vitamin D, iron 40%, Folate 24% and B12 4%, supplementation, dietary and lifestyle interventions31 in pregnancy is vital before conception30 for reducing weight gain, to reduce risk of preeclampsia, diabetes, hypertension, prematurity, still birth29,birth-defects and poor growth of babies31.
Breastfeeding is crucial in obesity prevention. Yet, breast-milk is only as good as moms’ diet.
Solid Food Introduction:
After 6 months introduce a little rice cereal mixed with breast milk. A few weeks later, oat cereal, then cooked & pureed vegetables & fruits. Later chicken or beef can. An ideal serving size would start with 1-3 tbsp.… offer toddlers a variety of fruits, vegetables, and freshly cooked foods. Avoid using food as a reward. Children will not get a “taste for foods” they aren’t introduced to. Keep TV watching to a minimum32 and get kids active joining you in exercise or take advantage of kid’s gyms and parks. Introduce kids to many sports until they find what they like so they stick with it.
Creating healthy kids is a parent’s responsibility, and will improve your family’s health for generations to come. There are NO excuses.
- 2007 National Survey of Children’s Health
- British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology April 2009
- FASEB Journal 4.1.2012
- FASEB Journal 7.2012
- Dr. Julie Lumeng, University of Michigan, 2007
- American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 7.2012
- British Journal of Nutrition 2.2010.
- LA Times 12.19.11
- Newstarget 2005 American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 7.2012
- Presented at The Endocrine Society’s 94th Annual Meeting 7.2012
- The Research Council of Norway’s Program on Environmental Exposures and Health Outcomes
- American Academy of Pediatrics 10.4.2004
- American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2007
- British Medical Journal 2008
- The International Association for the Study of Obesity
- OHSU School of Medicine
- UC Davis MIND Institute 4.2012
- American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 11.2007
- Diabetes Care 12.2009
- North American Association for the Study of Obesity
- PLoS ONE 6.2012
- A Danish study in American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
- Polish Research, Naturalnews.com April 2011
- University of Sydney, Australia 11.11
- Multivitamin International Journal of Obesity 2.2010
- Journal of Pineal Research 5.2011
- National Institutes of Health 6.12
- BMJ 5.17 2012
- Journal Seminars in Perinatology, 12.2011
- Division of Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, CDC 5.5.2003
- Mayo Foundation 1.2010
- American Journal of Preventative Medicine 12.2009Origins
- Uppsala University, Sweden study 8.12
- Journal of Advanced Nursing 5.12