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Sad Heart

Nothing makes me more sad than when my little guy is under the weather.  Lately, it seems that he’s been under a string of things.  Part of the fun of a developing immune system in a small child.

Just over a month ago, he and his dad were down with a stomach bug.  A few days later, he had an allergic reaction (possibly to some food) that resulted in a very difficult night with a bad croupy cough.

About the time that went away, spring allergies hit with a fervor.  My son got more than a runny nose and watery eyes, he ended up with a full body rash.  After talking with several people today who grew up in central Virginia, it seems as though he probably does have some form of poison ivy.  It’s all over his face.  Only a few days ago, his eyes were completely blood shot.  He looked like a little bloodhound.

He’s on the mend, but it’s taking a long time.  As B.J. Palmer said, “Healing takes time.”

So, forgive me if I’ve been a little behind with regular columns…I’ve been sticking to my first priority and taking care of my little one–even in the wee hours of the morning when the itchy skin is at its worst.

Please lift up Calvin in prayer.  I’ll get back to posting about some more fun aspects of parenthood in the near future.

Ear Infections: Hear Your Other Options

health happy round-upWelcome to a weekly series on Traveling with Baby, Health Happy Round-Up which focuses on multiple aspects of wholesome living and optimal health for the entire family.  Each weekend, Traveling with Baby will share some insightful news, recipes, and tips to help you consider fresh new perspectives on wholesome and happy health.

I get a lot of questions from moms who are looking for alternatives to antibiotics to help their babies or children suffering from ear infections.  Many of them are surprised to learn about the benefits of gentle pediatric chiropractic care that often help children’s ear infections resolve.

Are Antibioitics the Answer?

This is just one of many studies that indicate the ineffectiveness of antibiotics for ear infections (not only do they damage gut flora, but they don’t necessarily work for their prescribed purpose!)  Here’s another that indicates antibiotics only have a short-term, and non-lasting effect.  Doctors prescriptions for antibiotics for middle ear infections is so rampant and automatic.  Here’s a study that suggests doctors cease defaulting to the antibiotics prescription…STAT.  When specifically testing amoxicillin, a study found no difference in the drug compared to a placebo, thereby claiming amoxicillin is ultimately ineffective for treating ear infections.

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Alternatives to Drugs for Ear Infections

Instead of antibiotics, many doctors are encouraging parents to “watch and wait” instead.  Read more from WebMD.  Also, check out this health article on CBS where chiropractors teach young children to fight against ear infections.

As for medicated ear drops, there was a study that found that a naturopathic ear drop was just as effective as the medicated ear drops, minus the side effects of the medications.  This study followed 103 test subjects between the ages of 6 to 18 years of age.  After 3 days of receiving the Naturopathic drops compared to the group receiving the medicated drops, both groups reported the same decrease in perceived ear pain.

Here’s a great article on holistic approaches to ear infections by Lawrence Pavelsky, M.D.  I like that he helps parents differentiate between an ear ache and an ear infection, he describes how ear infections develop, and he discusses alternative methods of treatment that won’t leave your child’s gut blanched from the beneficial bacteria killed off by anti-biotics.

I encourage you to find a chiropractic physician in your area who will support your choice for health care.  Check out the International Chiropractic Pediatrics Association, today!

Your Turn:

What about you?  Has your child suffered from an ear infection?  What treatment methods have you tried?  What did you like or dislike about the treatments you tried?

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Happy Green Baby — Seminar Scoop

happy-green-baby1Thanks to everyone who participated in today’s seminar!  What a fun group.  For those of you who couldn’t make it and are out of town, no worries…get your Happy Green Baby highlights right here.

As promised, I’ve collected all the links and info into one location to serve as your Happy Green Baby information headquarters.  Don’t forget to bookmark this post for future reference.

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Family-Friendly Grand Opening

As a friendly reminder, I hope to see you at the grand opening festivities for Spinal Health & Wellness on Thursday, October 8th from 4PM to 7PM.  We want to make this fun-filled event enjoyable for the entire family. Participating vendors are offering FREE portrait sittings, chair massage, face painting, and kid-friendly snacks. There’s also fabulous door prizes including 8×10 portraits, HappyBaby coupons and snack samples, and much more.

Healthy Mama Workshop

healthy mama smallI’ll be back at Downtown ACAC on Saturday, November 7th as the featured speaker for the Pre-Natal and Post-Natal seminar series offering a Healthy Mama Workshop that begins at 11:45 AM.

Moms will learn safe and ergonomic postural considerations for both parent and baby while babywearing.  Also, augment the breastfeeding bonding experience by caring for mom and baby’s back needs.  This workshop will teach you how to stay comfortable longer while wearing baby–preventing spine or pelvis injuries on baby.  You’ll also learn body support tips for the most common nursing positions, and caring for your baby’s back from infancy to toddlerhood.

Bring your baby carrier/sling and nursing pillow, if you use them.

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Happy Green Baby

Hey Moms!

If you’re in the central Virginia area this coming weekend, stop by for a  one-hour class on simple ways to go green–an intro to cloth diapering and preparing homemade organic baby food from scratch–at Charlottesville’s Downtown ACAC (111 Monticello Ave.) on Saturday, October 3rd, 2009 at 11:45AM. This event is free and open to the public as part of ACAC’s pre-natal and post-natal seminars.

Happy Green Baby classes focus on surrounding a baby with a safe and and healthy environment, void of synthetic chemicals and harmful toxins.  This class will teach parents simple ways to go green, through an introduction to cloth diapering and creating homemade organic baby food, as well as a brief overview on wisely choosing items that come in contact with a baby’s mouth and precious skin, such as non-toxic bottles, baby skincare and baby sun care.

The workshop will be led by me…besides editing Traveling with Baby, I’m also a Chiropractic Physician practicing in Charlottesville.

I’m excited to offer Happy Green Baby to parents.  There’s enough learning curves involved with a new baby; I want to help parents feel confident and simplify the learning curve involved with raising a healthy, happy, and green baby.

For more information on Happy Green Baby, please call the office at (434) 566-0126 or visit www.scoliosisdoc.com.

I hope to see you there!

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Health Happy Round-Up: Vaccine Awareness

j0433218Welcome to a weekly series on Traveling with Baby, Health Happy Round-Up which focuses on multiple aspects of wholesome living and optimal health for the entire family.  Each weekend, Traveling with Baby will share some insightful news, recipes, and tips to help you consider fresh new perspectives on wholesome and happy health.  If there’s a topic or recipe you’d like featured on Health Happy Round-Up, let me know!  [drgarnecki at gmail dot com].


j0321155As a doctor mom, I’ve often been asked whether or not my husband and I have chosen to vaccinate our son.

The short answer to that question is no.

I have several colleagues who will pat me on the back, give me a high five, and say, “Amen, sister!”  On the other hand, I have family members, and many other friends who look at me in aghast as though I’ve chosen to do something utterly maniacal and drastic for my son (these are the same people who balked when I announced I was having a home birth).

Usually, when pressed, I quickly summarize my reasons for avoiding childhood vaccinations, but there’s typically not much time to elaborate on the research, statistics, and evidence to which my husband and I stand fast on our decision.  I’ll delve a little deeper into the why behind our decision.  I think whether or not to vaccinate children is a decision that should be made by the parents (not the government).

I fully support any parents’ decision, but if the topic comes up, I will calmly and gently present information supporting reasons to avoid vaccinations.  I encourage all parents to read thoroughly on both sides of the issue before settling on a decision.

Choosing to not vaccinate is not for the faint of heart

On another note, it’s easy to get your child vaccinated.  Any pediatrician will willingly vaccinate your child beginning at 6 weeks of age.  On the other hand, you may have to fight tooth and nail to prevent your child from being vaccinated.

I have a colleague, also a doctor, whose Florida pediatrician threatened to have their children taken away from them for opting not to vaccinate them without  obtaining religious exemption from the local government.

Why bother NOT vaccinating children?

For the first time in history, U.S. [and Canadian] children are sicker than the generation before them. They’re not just a little worse off, they are precipitously worse off physically, emotionally, educationally and developmentally. The statistics have been repeated so often, they are almost boring.

Obesity affects nearly a fifth of children, triple the prevalence in 1980. Juvenile diabetes is up 104% since 1980. Autism, once regarded as having a purely genetic etiology, increased more than a thousandfold in less than a generation. The incidence of asthma is up nearly 75%. Life-threatening food allergies doubled in the past decade. The prevalence of allergies increased nearly sixfold. Almost one in 10 children—between four and five million kids—have been diagnosed with attention-deficit disorder. Nutrient deficiencies, not seen for decades in U.S. children, are prevalent again, or still persisting.

What happened?

Many have argued that the increasingly aggressive vaccination schedule is partly to blame. In the 1980s, more vaccines were given earlier in infancy, as were more multivalent doses, most of which contained mercury…. If true, by vaccinating so zealously, rather than making children healthier, as school districts, federal health programs, corporate health infrastructures, and pediatricians insist, we have traded mostly benign or treatable childhood illnesses for incurable, lifelong, extremely costly disability and disease. It means that current vaccine policy and practice create more morbidity and mortality than they prevent in U.S. [and Canadian] children.

(Source: Why Do Pediatricians Deny The Obvious? By Judy Converse, MPH, RD, LD)

According to the CDC and a summarized report by Lisa Killinger, Doctor of Chiropractic, children received only 4 vaccinations in the 1980’s.  However, only five years ago, 10 million vaccines were administered per year in the U.S.  Most of them were given to infants ages 2 – 6 months of age.  Over 75 percent of all 3-year-olds in the U.S. were fully vaccinated, according to the CDC’s recommended schedule.  By the age of two, healthy infants in the U.S. receive up to 20 vaccinations to protect against 11 diseases.

In 2007, the CDC recommended schedule increased for two year-olds to receive 35 vaccinations to protect against 15 diseases.

Visit the CDC for a list of the most current vaccine schedule and state law requirements database.

Vaccines tamper with natural immunity causing serious consequences

The body has normal mechanisms for defense, but by injecting particles of infectious diseases directly into the bloodstream, the immune system’s first line of defense (Th1) is bypassed.  When Th1 is circomvented, the result is a “surprise attack” on the second line of defense, called Th2.  The antibodies created from going directly to Th2 is so distressing to the body, it can result in anaphylactic shock.

Naturally occurring diseases are introduced into the body through the nose, mouth, skin and lungs, triggering a the Th1 level that usually combats the illness before it ever reaches the bloodstream. However, the repeated “back-door surprise attacks” on the Th2 level of the immune system from vaccinations make the body’s immune system hypersensitive.  The body reacts inappropriately to other normally harmless substances like peanuts.  The persistent onslaught against immune defense results in a modern generation of children whose immune systems are damaged. They suffer from food and environmental allergies, childhood asthma, and there is an increasing number who have life threatening anaphylactic disorders.

Vaccine ingredients

Aborted human fetal tissue is harvested and used as the precursor to cell lines grown for more and more vaccines.

Vaccines are cultured in tissues such as monkey kidney cells, rabbit and dog brains, horse blood, fetal calf blood, chick embryos, and, yes, even human fetal lung tissue. Under normal circumstances, the body only encounters foreign animal proteins though the digestive tract; when injected directly into the blood stream, these proteins can wreak havoc on the body.

Vaccines may contain unintentional animal viruses. It is impossible to completely isolate one virus from others within the animal tissue used for vaccine creation. As a result, vaccines pose the greatest risk of cross-species disease introduction; past vaccine batches have contained unwanted animal
viruses. There is even evidence that the AIDS virus was spread from apes to humans through a contaminated oral polio vaccine given to over 300,000 Africans. Since then, other vaccine batches have accidentally included mysterious animal viruses, one of which is SV40, which some scientists link to non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and certain brain tumours in the Baby Boomer generation.

The chemicals added as preservatives and adjuvants (intended to make them more powerful) to vaccines are dangerous; they include formaldehyde, aluminum phosphate, phenol (carbolic acid), alum, acetone, and some still do contain Thimerosal (a preservative comprising 50% ethyl mercury). Many of these chemicals are neurotoxic and lead to a myriad of other health issues; they have been linked to autism, Attention Deficit Disorder, and other developmental disorders. These toxins build up in the system over time; heavy metals do not leave the system once they’ve crossed the blood-brain barrier.  The medical community argues that “there is no conclusive evidence” linking vaccines with these disorders because they choose to reference scientifically flawed studies sponsored by the pharmaceutical companies themselves or refuse to undertake long term studies to compare the overall health outcome of fully vaccinated groups with non-vaccinated ones. Common sense dictates that injecting toxic chemicals into the bodies of neurologically immature babies is dangerous. (Note: the flu shot still contains mercury.) (source: http://www.vran.org)

Don’t vaccines prevent disease?

According to historical trends supported by research, the positive effect of vaccines has been minimal.

Deaths caused by childhood illnesses had already declined as much as 98% before vaccine programs were ever initiated. Evidence indicates that an improved standard of living, particularly access to fresh foods (and education on hygiene and sanitization), caused this drop in disease, not vaccines. Evidence also indicates that statistical tampering over the last sixty years has made vaccines appear more effective than they truly are.

Natural Immunity, not Promiscuity

The vaccine schedule delivers multiple doses of diseased animal/human organ tissue in high doses in conjunction with harmful toxins and carcinogens.  Historically, when people did contract various diseases, it was one disease at a time, if in fact they did get multiple diseases over the course of a lifetime.

A body’s immune system is designed to create anti-bodies in response to a disease, and to fight and fend off an attack on healthy cells.  However, when multiple diseases are thrown at it all at once (in conjunction with toxins, heavy metals, and carcinogens), the body’s response capability is severely handicapped by reacting and performing in hyper-drive all the time, and irreversible damage occurs.

It is not a natural occurrence to get 4 major diseases at once, yet that is how the immunization schedule is ordered…by the time your child is 6 weeks old.

There are vaccines for diseases that can only be contracted through sexual promiscuity (such as Hepatitis B).  I do not encourage nor do I expect my son to be engaged in that type of behavior.  Straight from the Virginia religious exemption form,

The Hepatitis-B vaccine protects against a disease that is only transmitted through multiple sexual partners or street IV drug users, and therefore usurps my parental authority to condemn such activity in my child.  The acceptance of this vaccine promotes sexual promiscuity and immoral behavior in direct contradiction to the teachings of our faith.

Personally, I’d rather my son take his chances fending off a childhood disease like measles with his healthy immune system than subject himself to a lifetime of disease and disability from the crippling side effects that can occur from vaccines.

My story

Like most children born in the 1970’s, I received immunizations.  I have a story about a whole cell pertussis (DTP) booster shot taken in the buttocks at age 5 (even at that age, it was utterly humiliating).  For two weeks afterward, I could not walk.  My gluteal (buttocks) and hamstring muscles would seize up and spasm when I’d sit or lie down for long periods of time.  Eventually, it wore off, but as a result my right leg and foot continued to turn inward for several more years of childhood and into adolescence which affected my walking patterns and posture.

As an adult, I joined the U.S. military.  If you’re not current on immunizations, you’ll get them all at once in the medical processing station.  If you do not provide a record of your immunizations, they will give you everything at once.  Everything that is currently part of the CDC’s immunization schedule.

I won’t delve into the long military history of the U.S. government testing drugs and vaccines on its soldiers, because that’s not the point of this article.  I will mention that while I was on active duty, some drug testing was optional and some vaccinations were mandatory (all the anthrax series, and smallpox).  I had adverse skin reactions to anthrax as well as flu shots (also required every year for all active duty military personnel).  Every time I got the flu shot, I ended up with the flu or a very bad cold in addition to an intense skin rash that would span 3/4 of my body.  I had to take steroids to counter the rash due to the vaccination that was supposed to prevent the flu.

Although all military medical personnel denied there could be any side effects from the flu shot (I argued it was most likely the aluminum, mercury, and formaldehyde that my body was so aggressively rejecting), I knew there was nothing new in my diet, environmental exposure, or laundry detergent that was suspect.  I was able to request testing for an allergic reaction which prevented me from getting the flu shot one year.  Before they could schedule me for testing, flu season was suddenly over.  While numerous co-workers who received the flu shot were taking several sick days off work to deal with the horrendous cold virus they suddenly got, I spent the flu season healthy and free of illness.  To this day, I will never ever get another flu shot again.

One day, my son may choose to serve his country in the military.  If that day arrives, he’ll no longer have the option of claiming exemption from vaccinations.  I hope, for the sake of all military personnel serving our country and risking their lives in combat, that the government and CDC will learn to accept the evidence that immunizations cause more damage and disease than they prevent.  I hope that vaccines will be optional for military personnel in the near future.

For now, we’ll do our part to keep our family safe and share information with others who are willing to listen.


j0313931It’s moving, if not heartbreaking, to listen to testimonials of families who saw changes in their children once they were vaccinated.  Similarly, it’s joyful to hear triumphant stories of healthy adults who’ve seldom been ill and who never had vaccines as children.

But in today’s post-modern world, most folks want cold, hard facts.  Vacinne911 has provided a list of medical journals, categorized by disease, that link the cause to vaccines in pdf format (courtesy of mercola.com).  The medical journals indicate that vaccines are linked to such diseases and medical conditions as leukemia, lymphoma, epilepsy, seizures, auto-immune disease, diabetes, autism, convulsions, brain swelling, deafness, various organ disorders, and death.

To read more about the risks associated with vaccinations, please visit the following:

For a cursory post on vaccine ingredients, read What’s in Childhood Vaccines? and the post that links to a video where CDC chief admits that vaccines are linked to autism.

If you have questions or concerns, check the resources above, check with your child’s health care provider about your options, and as always, you can e-mail me (drgarnecki at gmail dot com).

Your turn:

What choice has your family made in regard to childhood vaccinations?  What influenced your decision?

–By Dr. Dolly
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Cavity Prevention and Fluoride: A Paradoxical Status Quo

In the near future, I plan to post a really fantastic product review on something (that doesn’t have fluoride) that really helps teeth.  However, the controversy on fluoride is so extensive, I believe I need to write up a post just to set-up the foundation for the particular product I’m reviewing.  So, check back next week for a healthy option to fluoridated toothpaste.  Meanwhile. read on to learn why fluoride is evil and leads to cellular death AND tooth decay.  Intrigued?  I thought you would be.

My sister-in-law first piqued my interest on tooth soap by citing research about the negative effects of fluoride on teeth and overall health.  I decided to read about it, and I began my quest at Inspired Living where I found a lot of information.  I was bummed that the specific journal references were missing from the facts, but I kept digging for more info.

I decided to do my own research on Medline to find any current literature on the efficacy of water fluoridation.  For a key word search for articles, I typed in “fluoridation and bone health”.

Basic Chemistry

Interestingly, Fluorine is the most electronegative element in the periodic table of elements.  It has an extreme affinity for other positive charges to complete it’s highly reactive state.  As a result, fluorine or sodium fluoride can break hydrogen-oxygen bonds of other compounds, and cause free radicals to form.  On numerous research sites, I read some variation of the following information:

The presence of sodium fluoride in drinking water at the level of 2 ppm may cause mottled enamel in teeth, skeletal fluorosis, and may be associated with cancer and other diseases.

What’s the Deal with Free Radicals?

Free radicals are highly volatile unpaired electrons that quickly react with other compounds (seeking and destroying weak bonds) in order to capture a necessary electron to gain stability.  When a molecule is “attacked” by a free radical, it then becomes a free radical.  Then, an ugly chain reaction of molecule bullying and breaking has begun.  When free radicals naturally occur to fight viruses and bacteria, that’s not a big blow to the body’s immune system.

But, when the body’s threshold is overloaded with free radicals due to environmental toxins (pollution, second-hand cigarette smoke, pharmacological drugs, lack of sleep, pesticides, BPA, etc.) and the body doesn’t have enough anti-oxidants (vitamins C & E donate a pair of electrons)  to pair with the volatile electron-mongering free radicals, THEN problems arise.  In this day and age, a constant barrage of free radicals is easy to come by . . . so why intentionally ingest them along with drinking water?

[Read more about basic chemistry and get info on free radicals and antioxidants from healthchecksystems.]

Cavity and Water Fluoridation Research

I found a study that analyzed the trends in dental decay from 1992 to 1998 in two towns in Finland which had low fluoridation and they completely ceased fluoridation.  Random samplings of 1500+ children ages 3 to 15 from 1992 to 1998 were examined for dental caries [tooth decay] and the abstract of the study concluded:

The fact that no increase in caries was found in [the town of] Kuopio despite discontinuation of water fluoridation and decrease in preventive procedures suggests that not all of these measures were necessary for each child.

In 2005, a Chinese Journal of Hygiene Research concluded that over 2.0 mg/L fluoride in drinking water can cause renal damage in children, and the damage degree increases with the drinking water fluoride content. Renal damage degree was mainly due to water fluoride concentration.

A follow-up study was published in Environmental Research in 2007.  Researchers found that the fluoride levels in serum and urine of children in China increased as the levels of drinking water fluoride increased.  The study concluded,

Drinking water fluoride levels over 2.0mg/L can cause damage to liver and kidney functions in children and that the dental fluorosis was independent of damage to the liver but not the kidney.

More Freaky Fluoride Facts

But, don’t take my word or research skills for it, read for yourself.

Check out Wholy Water’s site for an informative article and literature review entitled Toxic Effects of Fluoride.

Read the Fluoride Debate which is a response to the American Dental Association’s Fluoridation Facts.

Check out the politically active Fluoride Action Network for up to date info on Fluoride.

Read the Flouride Research Journal.

Read more on the toxic effects of fluoridation in your water from the holistic med site.

Read America: Overdosed on Fluoride by Lynn Landes and Maria Beches.

If you’re more of a visual learner, check out the photos of teeth (dental fluoridation) and water pipes with fluoridation from the site Fluoride: Protected Pollutant or Panacea?

So fluoride in my water and toothpaste is more harmful than helpful, now what?

No, you don’t have to use your bar soap on your teeth if you don’t want to (although, that would work just as well).  There’s actually an option that’s helpful and tastes pretty minty fresh.  Check back next week for more.

–This is an original Traveling with Baby post by Dr. Dolly Garnecki

Safe Skeeter Repellent

Happy Independence Day!  Along with your freedom to life, liberty, and property, may you also have freedom from bugs and bites.

As you spend today reflecting on our nation’s independence, enjoying BBQ, fireworks, and family time, there’s a strong possibility you’ll be fending off the bugs, especially the blood-sucking nasty mosquito-type.  If you live in Minnesota or Alaska, those skeeters are the size of birds, and very little will deter them because they can pierce through denim, wool, and even steel armor.

But, before you lather on whatever type of bug repellent is available at your nearest general goods retailer, consider the ingredients.  What’s in those lotions may be far worse than the ephemeral effects of an itchy mosquito bite.

Several bug repellents carry insecticides such as DEET, permethrin, and picaridin which cause many harmful side effects.

In an article recently published in ACA News (C Burke. Natural alternatives for mosquito management. ACA News. June 2008. p. 30-1.),

According to the Department of Health and Human Services and the Pesticide Information Profile Extension Toxicology Network, DEET has the potential to cause rashes, breathing difficulties, neurotoxic effects and even death, especially in susceptible individuals and those overusing the chemical.  Studies have also shown that the chemical is transported from the skin to all organs of the body,  [then, it ]enters the brain.  [It]  can be transferred to babies via breast milk, and [it] can even reach the fetus.

However, there are plenty of safer alternatives to insecticides and DEET, many of which revolve around one or two main ingredients that are easy and inexpensive to find.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP), bug repellents using oil of lemon eucalyptus as the main ingredient were found to provide similar protection to those using low concentrations of DEET.

The following is a list, not by any means comprehensive, which provides natural alternatives to insecticides to help repel mosquitoes, flies, and ticks:

To enjoy a bug-free evening in your own backyard, there are simple measures you can take.

  1. Grow attractive insect-repelling plants in your garden: marigolds, geraniums, catnip, basil, citronella grass, peppermint, lemon balm, rosemary, thyme, and mosquito plants.  These plants naturally repel the hungry little beastly bugs while maintaining a lovely garden aesthetic.
  2. Make your OWN insect repelling spray by crushing the leaves of the aforementioned plants, thereby releasing their essential oils.  Mix them with isopropyl alcohol and create your own natural insect repellant.
  3. Burn sandalwood sticks in your yard (obviously keep curious little ones away).
  4. Eliminate standing/stagnant water in your yard, because this is the breeding and hatching ground for mosquito eggs.
  5. Avoid wearing lotions with fragrance, perfumes, and scented hair care products while playing outdoors.  These are mosquito and fly magnets.  It’s far better to smell of lemon and eucalyptus and to be bug bite-free!
  6. Burn citronella candles in outside areas with low wind such as on your patio table keeping bugs at bay from your BBQ.
  7. Maintain your door and window screens around the perimeter.  If those little buggers sneak into the cracks around those, then you’ve got ’em in your house.  And nothing’s worse than listening to a buzzing mosquito at 3 AM!

Read www.beyondpesticides.org for more info about protecting you and your backyard from mosquitos.

If, perchance, you still happen to get that little nagging nip that turns into a pimple-sized itchy nob, and you’re “itching” for a natural remedy to prevent you from scratching your skin off, I highly recommend the nectar directly from an aloe vera plant, or Sting Away which is an aloe vera based spray that you can find at your local pharmacy or health foods store.  I’ve used it for hornet stings as well as mosquito bites.  The label also advocates its use for sea lice and jellyfish stings.  The soothing aloe quickly takes the edge of a deeply itchy sting or bite.

BPA Found in Infant Formula Cans Harms Test Animals

An article published in the International Chiropractic Pediatrics Review (Spring 2008, p. 12) recently found that lab tests of canned infant formula conducted by the FDA and a certified commercial laboratory revealed that a plastics chemical, bis-phenol-A (BPA), leaches from the metal can linings into infant formula at levels which would expose some bottle-fed infants to BPA in excess of doses that caused serious adverse side effects in tests done on animals.

No government safety standards exist to limit the amount of BPA in infant formula.

Leading infant formula makers: Nestle and Mead-Johnson, may admit that there are risks in any material used for packaging, however, they firmly stand by their products and claim liquid infant formula in these cans is safe.

Yet, two separate groups of BPA experts expressed concerns about infant exposure to BPA.  Both panels were sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  One panel comprised of 38 BPA experts worldwide expressed grave concern that infant exposure levels are equal to or exceed the levels which caused harm in animal studies. The other panel, the National Toxicology Program’s Center for Evaluation of Risks to Human Reproduction, concluded there was “some risk” that infant exposure to BPA could harm brain development and adversely affect behavior.  Unfortunately, there’s lack of scientific consensus on the parameters of “some risk.”

The Environmental Working Group (EWG), a non-profit advocacy and research group based in Washington, D.C., made notes in its executive summary regarding analyses of levels of BPA in ready-to-eat concentrated infant formual with government data on infant formula consumption indicating the following:

  • one out of every 16 infants fed ready-to-eat canned formula would be exposed to BPA at doses exceeding those which altered testosterone levels, affected neurodevelopment, and caused other permanent harm to male and female reproductive systems.
  • At the highest BPA levels found in formula, 17 parts per billion (ppb), nearly two-thirds of all infants fed ready to eat formula would be exposed above doses harmful in animal tests.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has not taken a formal stance on this issue.  The FDA acknowledges it’s actively reviewing safety data on BPA, but it is not banning or restricting its use in infant formula in the meantime.

The Toxic Substances Control Act, passed in 1976, is toxic law in the U.S. Thirty-one years later, it’s the only major public health and environmental statute in the U.S. that’s ever been updated.

Breastfeeding, on the other hand, is safe, nutritious, helps with immune system development, and it also promotes numerous other benefits for baby: physiological, neurological, and emotional.