Air quality seems bad lately, at least here in Dallas, Texas. There’s a government website that tracks air quality by state, it is: http://www.airnow.gov/. On the site there’s a forecast tab and after monitoring it for a few days it seems inaccurate. The Current AQI tab is better.
A government test used to measure the radiation people absorb from their cellphones might underestimate the levels to which most adults and children are exposed, according to a group of doctors and researchers whose stated mission is to promote awareness of environmental health risks they believe may be linked to cancer.
Researchers from the Environmental Health Trust released a report this morning noting that the Federal Communications Commission test to determine radiation exposure is flawed.
The reason for the discrepancy, the group says, is that the process to determine radiation exposure from cellphones involves the use of a mannequin model that they say approximates a 6-foot-2, 220-pound person. Because the model represents only about 3 percent of the population, the authors report, the test will not accurately predict the radiation exposure of the other 97 percent of the population, including children. The group is pushing for a new testing system to measure radiation exposure in a wider range of consumers.
“The standard for cellphones has been developed based on old science and old models and old assumptions about how we use cellphones, and that’s why they need to change,” said Dr. Devra Davis, former senior adviser in the Department of Health and Human Services under the Clinton administration and one of the report’s authors.
A different study cited in the report says a child’s bone marrow absorbs 10 times the radiation as an adult. The authors also raise questions about long-term side effects, such as infertility in males who carry phones in their pockets, an exposure unaccounted for in the traditional certification process.
The authors suggest an alternative certification process, one that uses MRI scans to test real humans, including children and pregnant women. Such an approach would provide exposure data on a “Virtual Family,” representing all ages, the authors say.
Americans typically have a ‘shoot first, ask later’ mentality. We advise caution since the risks are unknown. Put your phone into airplane mode before your child plays a game. If you child needs to talk on your phone, use speaker mode. If you are on your phone for more than 1 hour per day, use a headset. We recommend the wired headset – yes they are not as COOL as bluetooth but bluetooth also carries unknown risks. I use Mercola’s airtube headset: http://products.mercola.com/blue-tube-headset/
Can your kids ‘catch’ your stress?
An interesting question asked in an article over at Yahoo.com. Can your kids ‘catch’ your stress?.
You may think you’re doing a good job of shielding your kids from your anxiety and stress. But research shows that your children are probably picking up on it anyway—and it’s affecting them, physically and emotionally, more than you could imagine.
But how do kids know that something’s wrong, even when we keep telling them—and ourselves—that everything is fine? Neuroscientists call it attunement, and it may have to do with our ability to feel empathy. “Attunement is basically a fancy word for what we used to call the mother-infant bond, where parent and child are so attuned to each other that the child can pick up on a parent’s stress and absorb it almost by osmosis,” explains Code, who calls it “the mind-body connection” in his book. “It’s not so much what we say or do to our kids. It’s more about the ‘vibe’ we give off in their presence. We simply cannot fake being calm to our kids.”
Many parents aren’t even aware of how high their stress levels really are, Code points out. Between the still-weak economy and our increasingly isolated modern lifestyle, “stressed out” has become the new normal. The push to be the perfect parent is also ratcheting up the stress levels—and harming children rather than helping them. “It’s not about, ‘The more attention I give my kid, the better they’ll turn out.’ Rather, it’s about, “The calmer and more social I am, the better my kid will turn out’,’ Code says. “It turns out we were so busy killing ourselves to make our kids happy that our stress is now making them unhealthy.”
How to combat stress as a family:
1 – Parents, have a family purpose bigger than your kids. The article mentions being social as a way to beat stress.
2 – Be calm. What works for you, stop and take a breath? Read a Psalm and pray? Take life a little less seriously and play.
3 – Eat well and get enough sleep. These are also critical for overall health to cope with stress. Also supplement with Omega 3′s, magnesium and vitamins.
What is Colic? Colic is an umbrella term and has other names such as:
Infant Acid Reflux
Newborn Sleep Problems
…and many more.
Parents have three options to deal with their baby’s colic:
Over the counter medicine
Ignore the fussiness, gas, sleeplessness and acid reflux pain cries
Over the counter ‘cures’ DO NOT WORK, they mask the colic symptoms instead of treating the underlying condition. When symptoms are masked your baby may be ‘happy’ but he or she is still in distress because the colic source hasn’t been repaired. Ignoring your baby’s cry for help isn’t an option either. What you need to know is that colic has a multitude of sources and some babies have more than one source of colic. Like peeling layers of an onion, we uncover more than a dozen underlying root causes to provide a comprehensive approach to resolving infant colic. You’ll learn ‘the why’ of colic sources and how to treat them.
The guide will soon be available here: infant colic and acid reflux. We are offering it for free to those who submit a testimonial. That offer is good until August 30th. If interested please email me at mike AT nursebynature.com.