Hyperactivity in Children Caused by Additives in Medicines

Hyperactivity in babies and children can be caused by additives in some popular well known brands of medicines for children. A recent report revealed that researchers found that a high percentage of over the counter and some prescription medicines for antibiotics, cough syrups and pain relievers contained one or more of 7 additives known to trigger hyperactivity.

Many parents routinely give paracetamol (acetaminophen) based medicines to their children to help prevent high temperatures and fever when their children have colds or coughs. Even some medicines suitable for the under threes contained these additives.

Researchers have found that the additives could make any child hyperactive even if he or she was not normally so. According to manufacturers the additives which are mainly preservatives and colours do not cause problems so are reluctant to remove them.

With more publicity and evidence about the harmful effects of colourings such as tartrazine, quinoline yellow, sunset yellow, ponceau, carmoisine, allura red and the preservartive sodium benzoate food manufacturers have been removing them from children’s drinks and foods and finding natural alternatives. So why can’t the medicine manufacturers do the same?

But with many safe Natural Health Remedies available for children who wants to risk the damage that paracetamol (acetaminophen) can do to the immature livers and kidneys of their babies?

Natural remedies have been used in traditional medicine for thousands of years to counteract immune problems in children. Recent research has confirmed that a wide range of herbs can support the immature immune systems of children and shorten recovery time if they do get an infection.

When children spend time in nurseries, daycare, or preschool, they are particularly prone to picking up viruses and bugs. To help protect their immune systems a 100% natural herbal remedy KiddieBoost has been specifically formulated to strengthen child’s immune system. KiddieBoost comes in a convenient drop formula that is easy to administer to children from the age of 12 months.

So if you are concerned about the side effects of the additives in children’s medicines and antibiotics try supporting your child’s immune system with KiddieBoost a safe natural health remedy.


Probiotics, Sugar Cravings and Weight Loss.

Probiotics have been in the news a lot recently with claims that some supermarket probiotic yogurts do not contain beneficial strains of bacteria nor enough of them to make a lot of difference.

Now some interesting research has shown a connection between the bacteria in the digestive system, sugar cravings and overweight. One study showed that people who crave daily chocolate have different colonies of bacteria than people who claim not to have any cravings.

The vast majority of bacteria in the gut belong to one of two groups known as Firmicutes and the Bacteroidetes. It seems that overweight people have a higher ratio of Firmicutes than Bacteroidetes and thin people have more Bacteroidetes.

What causes this? How would gut bacteria make you fatter? From the research by Dr Shahni for his book “Cultivate Health from Within” it is obvious that a proper ratio of gut bacteria is critical to maintaining proper body weight.

Gut bacteria are very important for complete digestion. The amount of calories and nutrients that you extract from your food depends on the bacterial content of your gut. Powerful antibiotics often give you digestive problems—they kill a lot of the bacteria in your gut. There is some speculation that certain antibiotics are more effective at killing the Bacteroidetes altering the ratio and making you fat.

This is why nutritionists and some doctors recommend taking a good probiotic containing different strains of bacteria when you take antibiotics to restore the balance. Being bloated and gaseous is a sure sign that your digestive system is disturbed.

People often complain that as they diet and exercise they somehow still do not lose weight especially around the middle. Cultivating a healthy colony of beneficial bacteria is a key part of maintaining a healthy weight and feeling free from cravings.

Ideally we should keep our digestive tracts healthy by eating fermented foods that are common in Korean, Chinese, Japanese, and North and Central European cuisine. Foods like sauerkraut, kefir, miso and tempeh are rich in enzymes and alive with gut friendly bacteria that “colonize” the intestines. But with today’s hectic lifestyles people do not have time to make these foods and many rely on taking probiotic supplements.

Another way to boost the healthy bacteria is to eat foods that supply substances that feed the bacteria. These are known as prebiotics – chicory root, Jerusalem artichoke, leeks, onions, salsify, bananas and oats.

One well researched live probiotic that is available both in the USA and the UK is LB17. It contains 17 strains of live active and fully viable friendly bacteria that are certain survive the journey through the digestive system. These friendly bacteria go to work immediately, as they are living in a naturally fermented mixture of seaweeds, mushrooms, vegetables, herbs, fruits, grains and cereals.

LB17 probiotic can improve digestive, bowel and liver function. Getting the balance right is a key part of maintaining a healthy weight and feeling free from cravings.


Smoking During Pregnancy Will Harm Your Unborn Baby

The headlines of an article in a national newspaper today states that a new research study claims that middle class women who smoke in early pregnancy do not harm their unborn babies.

The study by the London School of Economics looked at the effects of smoking on birth weight. The author of the study says “We found a negligible effect of maternal smoking during the pregnancy, if the mother quits by month five, which suggests that there is a cumulative effect of smoking.”

What the article did not reveal was the fact that the author also stated “Maternal smoking during pregnancy remains prevalent in many countries, despite decades of research testifying to the harm it imposes upon the unborn children”

The fact is that even if smoking in the first 5 months does not contribute to low birth weight it can still harm both mother and child. It is shocking to learn that in the UK one in five mothers still smoke whilst pregnant.

Professor West of Cancer research said that a vast body of research shows that smoking is harmful throughout pregnancy and stopping at any stage will be good.

Smoking introduces the toxic metal cadmium into the body and is the greatest source of it. According to Tuula E. Tuormaa researcher for Foresight, the organization for the promotion of pre-conceptual care, smoking can greatly increase the risk of the unborn baby being rejected by the mother’s body as all stages of pregnancy and can also increases the risk of bleeding.

A large study showed a 29% increase in malformations, such as hare lip, cleft palate and various central nervous system abnormalities among infants born to mothers who smoked during

In men smoking has been linked with a low sperm count and poor sperm motility and reduced testosterone secretion. In females, cigarette smoking has been linked with both an early onset of menopause as well as directly with infertility.

While it can be difficult to give up smoking a good detox program combined with nutritional support can pave the way to successfully stopping. High daily doses (up to 10gms) of Vitamin C can help to detox nicotine and stop the cravings.

Couples planning pregnancy can benefit from cleansing with improved nutrition whether they have been smokers or not. Couples with fertility problems can be helped with detox programs, dietary changes and nutritional support. Everyone carries a toxic load of metals and chemicals in their bodies which are passed on to the unborn child. Recent research has shown 200 chemicals to be present in newborn babies. A frightening thought.

Detox combined with a good fertility diet for both partners prior to conception can avoid complications during pregnancy and labour.

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Beet juice – Benefits of Juicing Proven by UK Hospital.

Beet juice (beetroot in the UK) has been found to reduce blood pressure in a recent study at a prominent London Hospital. Researchers gave the volunteers half a litre (a little less than a pint) of beet juice to drink. The lowering effect on blood pressure was dramatic and was seen in 3 -4 hours after drinking the juice.

High blood pressure is a major risk factor for heart disease which causes 50% of deaths in Europe. Although figures have been reducing in the last few years 1 in 4 women in the USA still die from it

Practitioners of Natural Medicine have long known the benefit of fresh vegetable juicing on blood pressure. But previously it had been thought to be due to the potassium and antioxidants contained in the juices.

The current research revealed that the blood pressure lowering effect of beet (beetroot) juice was due to the nitrite that was formed from nitrate in the beets by the action of bacteria naturally present in the mouth. Nitrite causes blood vessels to dilate lowering the pressure.

Beet juice has traditionally been used as a natural health remedy to detox and build the blood. It contains betaine, a natural substance, that helps liver function. More recently betaine has been included in nutritional supplements used to lower homocysteine in the blood. this is a substance that damages blood vessels and is considered a heart disease risk.

However I don’t think any natural health practitioner would recommend that anyone should drink 500 ml of neat beet (beetroot) juice because of the strong reactions some people have to it. It is generally mixed with other juices such as carrot, celery and green leaves. The proportion is usually 1 part of beet juice to 4 parts of other vegetable juice.

Professor Ahluwalia said “Our research suggests that drinking beetroot juice, or consuming other nitrate-rich vegetables, might be a simple way to maintain a healthy cardiovascular system, and might also be an additional approach that one could take in the modern day battle against rising
blood pressure”.

So if you are looking for a Natural health Remedy for raised blood pressure you have the proof that beet (beetroot) juicing will help. And natural remedies don’t have the side affects that drugs do.

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Eczema and Skin Itches Drug

Scientists have discovered an area in the brain that is linked to scratching. Understanding this process they say could lead to drugs to stop the itching of eczema.

Itching skin is a huge problem for mothers with small babies and children with eczema as it can damage the skin further and lead to secondary infections as well as disturb sleep. I wonder how many will want to give their children drugs.

While a drug like this could have many uses for people with itching skin it will do nothing for the eczema itself or the underlying causes.

Food allergy or intolerance, nutritional deficiencies and overgrowth of yeast in the bowel are some of the main causes of eczema. Even though inherited genes play a part you can still do a lot to improve eczema. It’s what you do to the genes that count.

Many people have cleared their skins from the unsightly and irritating patches by identifying foods that they react to and eliminating them from their diets.

Nutritionist and doctors who have an interest in nutrition often called Functional Medicine or Integrative Medicine doctors can do tests to find out the balance of your essential fatty acids – the Omega 3’s and Omega 6’s.

Eczema sufferers are often low in GLA an Omega 6 fatty acid. Evening Primrose Oil is effective in helping to improve this lack in the cells.

Zinc is a mineral that is often found to be low and can be improved by taking a good absorbable form for several months. It is always best to be supervised by a knowledgeable practitioner as taking too high a dose over a long period can cause an imbalance of copper.

Many Naturopathic doctors and nutritionists believe that yeast overgrowth in the bowel can affect the skin. Many mothers have noticed that their child’s eczema has started after a course o antibiotics. They kill off some of the good bacteria in the bowel and allows Candida yeast to overgrow.

Using natural antifungals or simply just giving a good probiotic supplement can help to restore the natural balance. Reducing and avoiding sugar will help too.

So whilst an anti-itch drug could bring relief for the sufferer in the short term, getting rid of unsightly eczema patches in the long term is the ultimate prize.

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