Children’s Health

We hear so much about teaching our children how to be critical thinkers, to be responsible, to respect themselves and to consider the long-term consequences of their actions. In what area of life do we have more ample opportunity to help them develop those skills than in choosing how we as adults, their primary caregivers, decide what we will eat and how we care for the health and respect our own bodies. We tend to lead by example, so let’s try to make our example somewhat exemplary.

Kahalil_Gibran_1Khalil Gibran (1883 – 1931)

Poem about Children

“Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. They come through you but not from you, And though they are with you, yet they belong not to you. You may give them your love but not your thoughts. For they have their own thoughts.

You may house their bodies but not their souls, For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams. You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you. For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday. You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth. The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite, and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far. Let your bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness; For even as he loves the arrow that flies, so He loves also the bow that is stable”.

Do You Have Children?

Many parents today prefer a less drug based treatment approach for their children, and can recognise the safe natural medicine treatments when it comes to many conditions affecting the younger members of our society. This article looks at medical drug and surgical based interventions like anti-histamines, bowel surgery, over-prescribed anti-biotic prescribing, unnecessary tonsillectomy, nutritional deficiencies and diet and children.

Autism

There is hope today with autism, because along with the rise in autism has come an improvement in treatment. Many individuals with autism have experienced huge improvements, and some are even recovering. Various experts have successfully advanced the management of autism to the degree that some autistic children can actually lead normal lives. Unlike in the past, autism is now actually considered a treatable condition among a small number of dedicated functional medicine practitioners who are taking a bio-medical approach, and some of these are seeing amazing results.

Childhood Immunity

In this article we take a look at psychological factors affecting your child’s immune system, do you still need to keep giving your child antibiotics?, be wise – think before you immunise your child, avoid toxic chemicals with your child, good and not so good food choices and the best nutritional supplements to boost your child’s immunity.

Children Need Weight Loss Too

In the last decade, the percentage of overweight children in the age group 9 to 15 years has more than doubled. Approximately 20 – 25% of children are overweight or obese, with a similar number being physically inactive. Did you know that Australia now leads the world in childhood obesty? Lets look at healthy snacking for kids. Good nutrition means we must act today — If our children are to enjoy optimal health, they must eat well and practice good nutritional habits. This is essential during childhood and adolescence because bodies are rapidly developing and lifestyle habits are forming.

Calming Herbal Medicines and Kids

When it comes to calming kids, there’s no doubt that effective herbal medicines exist. I have four children and use herbs and homeopathic medicines frequently at home as well as in the clinic. These six herbs are some of my favourites, try them, they work well. You will find that each child will have his or her preference, and it often is a matter of taste! Although commercial herbal teas are available, for more effective results do consult your naturopath or herbalist.

Childhood Stress Leads to a High Risk of Chronic Ill Health as an Adult

Do you have or know of kids that live in an abusive or high risk environment? Interesting new research has found a link between high childhood stress and elevated levels of the inflammatory marker called C-reactive protein in adults. Is it any wonder that children of lower-social economic demographic often end up prematurely suffering from heart disease, diabetes or cancer? A co-incidence? Read further.