Category: Children

  • Certified Organic Meat Put to the Test

    Researchers tested 76 samples of different kinds of organic and conventional meats for 33 different carcinogens. A study on carcinogenic risk associated with the intake of various meats estimated it to be so high that we may not want to feed beef, pork, or chicken to children more than about five times a month. The […]

  • How to Reduce the Cancer-Causing Properties of Meat

    What are the preparation methods to reduce exposure to carcinogens in cooked meat? What are some ways we can decrease our exposure to the carcinogenic substances in meat that are formed during cooking? At 0:15 in my video Carcinogens in Meat, I show a whole list of hazard factors. The first factor is “meat type,” […]

  • 4 Key Q&As About the Impact of Climate Change on Health Equity

    While climate change effects ripple across the world and all populations, it is poised to disproportionately affect people of color, low-income communities, immigrants, and other high-need groups. Many of these groups have historically been exposed to climate hazards due to government policies and discriminatory practices that leave them more vulnerable to adverse climate events like…More

  • Climate Change and Health Equity: Key Questions and Answers

    While climate change poses health threats for everyone, people of color, low-income people, and other marginalized or high-need groups face disproportionate risks due to underlying inequities and structural racism and discrimination. The same factors that contribute to health inequities influence climate vulnerability— the degree to which people or communities are at risk of experiencing the […]

  • Probiotics vs. Antibiotics for Autism

    What role do antibiotics play in the development and treatment of autism spectrum disorder? “There are many examples in nature of intestinal microbes altering host behavior. One such example involves the eukaryotic pathogen Toxoplasma gondii when it infects a rodent, causing the animal to lose its innate fear of the odor of bobcat urine.” The […]

  • Spinach and Berries to Prevent Muscle Soreness

    What are the effects of spinach and berries on oxidative stress, inflammation, and muscle soreness in athletes? Higher fruit and vegetable consumption was “positively associated with muscle power” in adolescents, but they aren’t the ones who really need it. What about the consumption of fruits and vegetables and the risk of frailty in older adults? […]

  • Moderna asks FDA to authorize vaccine for kids under 6

    Moderna on Thursday asked the Food and Drug Administration to authorize its vaccine for children under six years of age, becoming the first company to submit an application for young children.  There are currently no vaccines authorized for children under five, which has led to some frustration among parents over the pace as they are […]

  • The Public Health Concerns of Weed Legalization

    There are some serious public health concerns about the legalization of marijuana, but they’re probably not what you might expect. Regarding marijuana legalization, “opinions range from regarding this as a landmark human rights advance granting access to a miracle medication, to one of a disastrous, anarchic profiteering sham.” Most may agree, though, that the trillion-dollar […]

  • Sports Drinks Are Neither Safe Nor Effective

    Commercial influences may have corrupted the American College of Sports Medicine’s hydration guidelines. If you had to name the greatest medical advance over the past two centuries, what would you pick? Smallpox vaccine jumped to my mind, then I remembered it was discovered back in the 1700s. The British Medical Journal compiled a list of […]

  • Do Natural Thymol Cleaning Products Disinfect as Well as Bleach?

    What’s the best household cleaning product to use? Household cleaning products can be hazardous, landing hundreds of thousands of children in U.S. emergency rooms. The product most commonly associated with injury is bleach, which can be toxic, even if used as directed. We know that those with asthma who work with cleaning products day in […]

  • KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor: February 2022

    Two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, the public is split on their readiness to return to normal, with many worried about the consequences of lifting restrictions and of not lifting them. At this point, the pandemic is not a top issue for voters in November’s midterm elections . Most parents are not confident in the […]

  • Cannabis Brain Damage in Teens May Not Be Reversible

    Is the American Academy of Pediatrics’ opposition to cannabis legalization just reefer madness revisited? “Since the commercialism of marijuana [in Colorado], its use among adolescents and young adults has increased significantly,” up to a 50 percent increase reported in a single year. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, “marijuana is not a benign drug […]

  • The Last Major Phase of the COVID-19 Vaccination Roll-out: Children Under 5

    With the FDA likely to authorize Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children between the ages of 6 months and 5, the last major phase of the U.S. vaccination roll-out may soon be underway. This brief provides an overview of the characteristics of children under the age of 5 and discusses some issues to consider in rolling […]

  • KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor: January 2022 Parents And Kids Update

    This Vaccine Monitor survey finds an increase in the share of parents reporting their child has received a COVID-19 vaccine, with 61% of parents of 12-17-year olds and 33% of 5-11-year-olds now saying their child has gotten at least one shot. Three in ten parents of children under the age of 5, a group that […]

  • The Intersection of Medicaid, Special Education Service Delivery, and the COVID-19 Pandemic

    The COVID-19 pandemic created unprecedented health and education challenges for children with disabilities, many of whom receive special education services. Many children receiving special education services have substantial health care needs, and services available through a child’s health insurance plan, such as Medicaid, can complement special education services. This brief explains how Medicaid and special […]

  • Medicaid Enrollment Churn and Implications for Continuous Coverage Policies

    Recent policy actions and proposals in Medicaid have renewed focus on the problem of churn, or temporary loss of coverage in which enrollees disenroll and then re-enroll within a short period of time. We find that 10% of full-benefit enrollees have a gap in coverage of less than a year, and rates are higher for […]

  • KFF’s Kaiser Health News Wins NABJ Award for Excellence in Radio Journalism for a Story About Teaching Children to Cope with the Constant Threat of Gun Violence in Their Communities

    The National Association of Black Journalists has recognized KFF’s Kaiser Health News and two of its editorial partners with a 2021 “Salute to Excellence” award for a radio story about how children are taught to cope and survive in communities beset by gun violence. The story, Teaching Kids To Hide From Gunfire: Safety Drills At…More

  • Medicaid Policy Approaches to Facilitating Access to Vaccines for Low-Income Children

    Following the recent US Food & Drug Administration’s (FDA) authorization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommendation, children ages 5-11 are now eligible to receive Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine. There may be unique challenges to vaccinating young children, particularly those from low-income families who may face additional barriers to access. State Medicaid programs […]

  • How Could the Build Back Better Act Affect Uninsured Children?

    This brief examines characteristics of uninsured children in 2020 and discusses how current policy proposals, including outreach efforts, continuous eligibility requirements, and closing the coverage gap, could affect children’s health coverage. Recent efforts to expand coverage for adults could benefit children’s coverage, especially for children in non-expansion states if the coverage gap is filled as […]

  • KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor: October 2021

    This report tracks the public’s COVID-19 vaccine intentions, including parents’ intentions for their children ages 5-11 who may soon become eligible to get a vaccine. It also examines workers’ experiences with and views toward employer vaccine mandates and the public’s holiday plans heading into the second holiday season under the pandemic.

  • 1 in 4 Workers Say Their Employer Required Them to Get a COVID-19 Vaccine, Up Since June; 5% of Unvaccinated Adults Say They Left a Job Due to a Vaccine Requirement

    Most Parents Say Their Kids Will Go Trick-or-Treating for Halloween; 1 in 8 Won’t Due to COVID-19 With the Biden administration moving to require large employers to require COVID-19 vaccinations and require weekly testing for unvaccinated workers, the latest KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor report finds a quarter (25%) of workers say their employer has a…More

  • Advancing Health Equity Requires More and Better Data

    Increasing availability of high-quality comprehensive data disaggregated by race/ethnicity is a prerequisite for efforts to advance health equity, not only related to COVID-19 but in health and health care more broadly.

  • Analysis Examines Insurance Coverage, Affordability and Access to Home and Community-Based Services for Children with Special Health Care Needs

    A new KFF analysis examines key characteristics of children with special health care needs, the affordability and adequacy of their health coverage, and the implications for such children of potential new federal Medicaid money to assist families in caring for them. Medicaid is a significant source of coverage for medical, behavioral health, and long-term services…More

  • Children with Special Health Care Needs: Coverage, Affordability, and HCBS Access

    This issue brief provides context for ongoing policy discussions by describing key characteristics of children with special health care needs, comparing insurance affordability and access to key benefits among those covered by Medicaid/CHIP and those with private insurance, and considering the implications of additional Medicaid HCBS funding for children with special health care needs.

  • Nearly Half of Parents of Adolescents Ages 12-17 Say Their Child Got a COVID-19 Vaccine Already; a Third of Parents of Children Ages 5-11 Say Their Child Will Get Vaccinated “Right Away” Once Eligible

    Nearly half (48%) of parents of vaccine-eligible children ages 12-17 now say their child has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, a new KFF Vaccine Monitor report shows. Another 15% of those parents now say they want to “wait and see” how the vaccine works for others before their adolescent gets it,…More

  • How Real Is the Rise in Autism Rates? 

    Before speculating about the reason for the “explosive” increase in autism, one has to make sure the explosion is real.  In 1943, a famous paper was published in which Leo Kanner, a child psychiatrist at Johns Hopkins, described a series of children with “fascinating peculiarities.” He thought that “these characteristics form a unique ‘syndrome,’ not heretofore reported, which seems to be rare enough, yet is probably more frequent than is indicated […]

  • Racial Disparities in COVID-19 Impacts and Vaccinations for Children

    COVID-19 has disproportionately negatively affected the physical and mental health, academic growth, and economic security of children of color. At the same time, the limited data available to date suggest some children of color may be less likely to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, leaving them at elevated risk as the virus continues to spread and […]

  • Lead Contamination in Calcium Supplements 

    Do calcium citrate and calcium carbonate have as much lead as calcium supplements derived from dolomite and animal bone?  You may remember I’ve explored the role calcium supplements may play in reducing lead exposure during pregnancy and breastfeeding, but that assumes the supplements themselves are not contaminated. Supplements with lead?  It all started with an extraordinary case report published in 1977, entitled “Lead-Contaminated Health Food.” As I discuss in my video Lead in Calcium […]

  • BioNTech to seek approval for Covid jabs for younger children

    Company behind Pfizer vaccine expected to file results of trial of five- to 11-year-olds with regulator soon Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The German company BioNTech, which developed the Pfizer vaccine, expects to seek approval from regulators for Covid jabs suited for younger children as early as mid-October, its founders have […]

  • New Campaign from THE CONVERSATION / LA CONVERSACIÓN about Kids and the COVID Vaccines

    August 25, 2021 – THE CONVERSATION / LA CONVERSACIÓN expands to address questions about the COVID-19 vaccines and children with new FAQ videos featuring pediatricians. This installment of the campaign is produced by KFF (Kaiser Family Foundation) under its Greater Than COVID public information response and is presented with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).…More

  • What Should We Do to Lower Lead Levels in Breast Milk?

    What are the effects of sodium and calcium intake on blood lead levels in pregnant and breastfeeding women?  Although our skeleton “has predominantly been considered a storage site for sequestering absorbed lead, bone is not simply an inert storage site. Once deposited in bone, lead can be remobilized from bone” back into the bloodstream if, for example, we […]

  • Racial Disparities in COVID-19 Vaccinations among Children

    This data note assesses which states are reporting data on COVID-19 vaccinations for children by race/ethnicity and calculates vaccination rates to better understand potential racial/ethnic disparities in COVID-19 vaccination among children.

  • The Dangers of Oil Pulling 

    In my previous articles on oil pulling, I discussed how the ancient practice may be no more effective than swishing with plain water for plaque and gingivitis, doesn’t whiten your teeth, and may even worsen dental erosion. What about oil pulling to treat tooth sensitivity? About a quarter of people have sensitive teeth, for example, […]

  • Alexion’s Ultomiris (ravulizumab) Receives CHMP’s Positive Opinion Recommending its Approval for Children and Adolescents with PNH

    Shots: The CHMP’s positive opinion is based on a P-III study assessing Ultomiris and showed effectiveness in completing C5 complement inhibition @26wks. for children & adolescents aged ≤18yrs. with PNH The study demonstrated that there is no reported treatment-related sAEs, and no patients discontinued treatment during the primary evaluation period or experienced breakthrough hemolysis The […]

  • Risks and Benefits of Gluten-Free, Casein-Free Diets for Autism  

    What did the most comprehensive double-blind study of diet for autism find, and what are the potential downsides? When you read in alternative medicine journals that there is “a great deal of evidence that foods containing casein or gluten contribute significantly to ASD [autism spectrum disorder] and should be eliminated from the diet” and that “implementation of a strict casein- and gluten-free (CFGF) diet almost always leads to symptomatic improvement,” the authors are presumably talking about […]

  • Testing Wheat- and Dairy-Free Diets for Autism

    What happens when children with autism on gluten- and casein-free diets are covertly challenged with wheat and dairy? The first randomized, control study of a gluten-free and casein-free diet for autism found that parents reported their kids did significantly better in the diet group than in the control group, but that could just be the placebo […]

  • Dietary Placebo Effects in Autism

    The original randomized controlled trials of gluten- and casein-free diets may have been complicated by parental expectation bias. My video Are Autism Diet Benefits Just a Placebo Effect? begins with graphs depicting the findings from the first randomized, controlled trial to put a gluten- and casein-free diet to the test for children with autism. Significant […]

  • A Randomized Controlled Dietary Trial for Autism

    What were the results of the first randomized controlled study of a dietary intervention for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)? At the start of my video Gluten-Free, Casein-Free Diets for Autism Put to the Test, I discuss the so-called opioid-excess theory of autism, which states that when certain wheat and dairy proteins are ingested, morphine-like protein […]

  • Is the Casein in A2 Milk Healthier?

    The casomorphins—breakdown products of casein, a milk protein, with opiate-like activity—in bovine milk appears to have opposite effects than those from human breast milk on infant development, but what about A2 cow’s milk? “One of the main sources of opioid peptides”—that is, protein fragments with opiate-like activity—”in the autism patients diet are dairy products.” As […]

  • Do Casomorphins from Cow’s Milk Contribute to Autism?

    Casomorphins—breakdown products of casein, a milk protein, with opiate-like activity—may help explain why autism symptoms sometimes improve with a dairy-free diet. In my last video series on autism and diet, I talked about the benefits of broccoli sprouts, but the most commonly studied nutritional and dietary interventions for autism and diet involve variations of gluten-free […]

  • Lead in Seafood and Wild Game

    Most hunters may not be aware of the health risks related to consuming meat from animals shot with lead ammunition. I’m often asked in lectures whether microwaves are safe. Not if you drop them on your foot! But, otherwise, it matters what you’re putting in them—sweet potatoes and broccoli, or hot pockets and pop tarts? […]

  • Nutritional Yeast to Help Prevent Common Childhood Infections

    The amount of beta-glucan fiber in just a dusting of nutritional yeast a day is put to the test in a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial for the prevention of common childhood illnesses. In 1989, the late Charles Janeway gave a presentation that was to revolutionize our understanding of the immune system. He proposed that we […]

  • What’s Best for Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis): Coconut Oil vs. Mineral Oil vs. Vaseline

    Natural topical remedies for eczema, including licorice root gel, St. John’s Wort cream, and emollients such as coconut oil, mineral oil, and petroleum jelly, are put to the test. Despite the availability of drugs with proven efficacy for eczema, like topical steroids, many patients seek out natural alternatives. Which plant, then, should be used for […]

  • Do Cell Phones Cause Brain Tumors?

    What does the world’s leading authority on carcinogens have to say about mobile phones? Do cell phones cause cancer? That’s a question billions of people would like to have answered and one I address in my video Cell Phone Brain Tumor Risk?. That’s why we have the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on […]

  • Can Cell Phone Radiation Damage Your DNA?

    Do mobile phones cause brain tumors? Whenever a trillion-dollar industry is involved—whether it’s Big Food, Big Tobacco, Big Pharma, or Big Telecom—there’s so much money that the science can get manipulated. When it comes to the potential human health effects of cell phone use, certainly, you might end up with a crick in your neck […]

  • Helpful Foods to Support People with Autism

    The sulforaphane found in five cents’ worth of broccoli sprouts has been shown to benefit autism in a way no drug ever has in a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study. You may remember my series of videos, which includes Prevent Cancer from Going on TOR, about target of rapamycin (TOR), the engine-of-aging enzyme. Kids with autism […]

  • Pfizer and BioNTech Initiate COVID-19 Vaccine Trial in Children Under 12

    Shots: The companies have started testing BNT162b2 in children aged 6-11yrs. with initial results anticipated in H2’21. The companies are planning to expand the vaccination to that age range by early 2022 The companies plan to initiate the safety of BNT162b2 (10/20/30µg) vs PBO in P-I/II trial in 144-participant Pfizer and BioNTech later plan to […]

  • Fighting Autism Brain Inflammation with Food

    One food may be able to combat all four purported causal factors of autism: synaptic dysfunction, oxidative stress, mitochondrial dysfunction, and neuroinflammation. In a keynote address at an autism conference, Harvard neurologist Martha Herbert said, “I think we need to conduct research as if we know this is an emergency.” Already, up to 1.5 percent […]

  • Fever Benefits for Autism in a Food

    Dramatic improvements in children with autism when they have a fever suggest that the disorder may be reversible if one can replicate the phenomenon in other ways. Autism currently affects about 1 in 68 kids in the United States, yet we don’t even have drugs to treat the core symptoms, never mind the underlying disorder itself. […]

  • NHS to use world’s most expensive drug to treat spinal muscular atrophy

    Zolgensma, which costs £1.79m for one-off treatment, will be available in England this year for the first time The world’s most expensive drug, which treats babies and young children with a rare and often fatal degenerative disorder, will be available this year for the first time on the NHS in England. Zolgensma, which costs £1.79m […]

  • Lead Contamination in Hot Sauces

    Given the lead contamination found in candies containing chili imported from Mexico, 25 hot sauces were tested for heavy metals. “Lead toxicity is prevalent and a major concern of public health,” especially for babies. “One of the important sources of lead exposure for the fetus and infant is maternal blood. Lead in the maternal blood”—that […]

  • Arsenic in Rice Milk, Rice Krispies, and Brown Rice Syrup

    I recommend people switch away from using rice milk For kids and teens, the amount of arsenic flowing through their bodies was found to be about 15 percent higher for each quarter cup of rice consumed per day, and a similar link was found in adults. A study of pregnant women found that consuming about […]

  • Arsenic in Infant Rice Cereal

    When it comes to rice and rice-based products, pediatric nutrition authorities have recommended that arsenic intake should be as low as possible. “The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been monitoring the arsenic content in foods” for decades, yet despite the “well-established science describing the health risks associated with arsenic exposure, no standards have […]

  • Which Brands and Sources of Rice Have the Least Arsenic?

    Arsenic levels were tested in 5,800 rice samples from 25 countries.The arsenic found in five servings of rice a week poses a hundred times the acceptable cancer risk. What did the rice industry have to say about that? When the story first broke in the media that U.S. rice had some of the highest arsenic […]

  • Abbott’s FreeStyle Libre 2 Receives Health Canada’s Approval for Adults and Children with Diabetes

    Shots: Abbott’s next-generation, sensor-based glucose monitoring technology, FreeStyle Libre 2, received Health Canada’s approval for adults & children with diabetes The system continuously measures glucose data every minute with customizable, optional real-time alarms to alert users when their glucose is high/low without scanning The technology sustains performance for ~14days, providing trends, insights & actionable data […]

  • The Effects of Too Much Arsenic in the Diet

    Even at low-level exposure, arsenic is not just a class I carcinogen, but may also impair our immune function and increase our risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. When people hear about arsenic, they think of it as an acute poison, and, indeed, a tiny amount—a hundred milligrams, about one-tenth the weight of a paperclip—could […]

  • Where Does the Arsenic in Rice, Mushrooms, and Wine Come From?

    What happens when our crops are grown in soil contaminated with arsenic-based pesticides and arsenic drug-laced chicken manure? When arsenic-containing drugs are fed to chickens, not only does the arsenic grow out into their feathers, which are then fed back to them as a slaughterhouse byproduct, but the arsenic can also get into their tissues […]

  • Why Was Chicken the Primary Source of Arsenic Exposure in Children?

    What was the National Chicken Council’s response to public health authorities calling for the industry to stop feeding arsenic-based drugs to poultry? “Dietary practices influence our exposure to pesticides, toxic heavy metals, persistent organic pollutants, and industrial pollutants….A diet high in fish and other animal products, for example, results in greater exposure to persistent organic compounds […]

  • No Purveyor of Unhealthy Products Wants the Public to Know the Truth

    In 2011, Denmark introduced the world’s first tax on saturated fat. “After only 15 months, however, the fat tax was abolished,” due to massive pressure from farming and food company interests. “Public health advocates are weak in tackling the issues of corporate power…A well-used approach for alcohol, tobacco, and, more recently, food-related corporate interests is […]

  • Vitamin C for Male Infertility and Lead Poisoning?

    What is the clinical relevance of vitamin C among lead-exposed infertile men? Compared to controls, lead battery industry workers given 1,000 mg of vitamin C every workday for three months experienced “a significant increase in sperm motility and sperm count, as well as decrease in abnormal sperm,” and “a significant reduction in the incidence of […]

  • Can Vitamin C Supplements Help with Lead Poisoning?

    “Even if a nutritional manipulation is proven effective in reducing blood lead levels, reliance on such an intervention places most of the burden for prevention on those most affected and least responsible for the underlying environmental causes of lead toxicity. Nutritional interventions, therefore, must never substitute for efforts to reduce lead exposure to safe levels. […]

  • Garlic Powder to Lower Lead Levels

    There are so-called chelation drugs that can be taken for acute, life-threatening lead poisoning—for instance if your two-year-old swallowed one of the little lead weights her grandma was using while sewing curtains and the doctor happened to miss it on x-ray, so it stayed lodged inside her until she died with a blood lead level […]

  • Eating to Block Lead Absorption

    Intake of certain nutrients has been associated with lower lead levels in the body. For example, women with higher intake of thiamine, also called vitamin B1, tended to have lower blood lead levels, and the same was found for lead-exposed steel workers—and not just with thiamine, as “content of dietary fiber, iron, or thiamine intake […]

  • Adult Exposure to Lead

    “Children in approximately 4 million households in the United States are being exposed to high levels of lead.” As I discuss in my video The Effects of Low-Level Lead Exposure in Adults, “Despite the dramatic decline in children’s blood-lead concentrations over the decades, lead toxicity remains a major public health problem”—and not just for children. […]

  • Why You Don’t Want “Normal” Blood Lead Levels

    “By the 1950s, lead—a dangerous neurotoxin that was once buried deep in the ground, far away from humans—had polluted the entire planet.” We have leaded gasoline to thank for this. It’s hard to imagine “a better strategy for maximizing population exposure to a poison than to have it emitted by a ubiquitous mobile source and […]

  • The Flint Lead Crisis May Be the Tip of the Iceberg

    Back in the 1960s, a Pulitzer prize-winning scientist described the problem of childhood lead poisoning as “so well defined, so neatly packaged with both causes and cures known, that if we don’t eliminate this social crime, our society deserves all the disasters that have been forecast for it.” As I discuss in my video Lead […]

  • How the Lead Paint and Gas Industries Got Away with It

    We have known for thousands of years that lead can be toxic and for more than a century that children could be poisoned by lead paint. Since those first cases, the “lead industry has mobilized against the advances of science,” as I discuss in my video How the Lead Paint Industry Got Away with It. […]

  • What Explains the Egg-Cancer Connection

    The reason egg consumption is associated with elevated cancer risk may be the TMAO, considered the “smoking gun” of microbiome-disease interactions. “We are walking communities comprised not only of a Homo sapiens host, but also of trillions of symbiotic commensal microorganisms within the gut and on every other surface of our bodies.” There are more […]

  • What Do We Know About Children and Coronavirus Transmission?

    As schools prepare for Fall, this brief examines what’s known about children and COVID-19, including the risk the virus poses to children and the risk of children becoming infected and transmitting to others, and the experiences of other countries that reopened classrooms.

  • The Crowding Out Strategy to Eating Healthier

    It may be more expedient politically to promote an increase in consumption of healthy items rather than a decrease in consumption of unhealthy items, but it may be far less effective. The World Health Organization has estimated that more than a million deaths “worldwide are linked to low fruit and vegetable consumption.” What can be […]

  • KFF Health Tracking Poll – July 2020

    This poll examines the public’s views on reopening society during the coronavirus pandemic, as well as parents’ worries when it comes to their children returning or not returning to school, the mental health and economic effects, and priorities for possible congressional action.

  • Did You Know That Reptiles Can Be Great Pets?

    Did You Know That Reptiles Can Be Great Pets? Reptiles as pets? Geckos, and dragons, and snakes! Oh my! To novice keepers and first-time herpetologists, scales may seem more intimidating than fur or feathers, but many species of reptiles make fantastic pets, even for complete beginners. This article covers some of the best animals for […]

  • Are the BPA-Free Plastics Like Tritan Safe?

    Do BPA-free plastics such as Tritan, have human hormone-disrupting effects? And what about BPS and BPF? Recent human studies indicate that exposure to the plastics chemical BPA may be associated with infertility, miscarriage, premature delivery, reduced male sexual function, polycystic ovaries, altered thyroid and immune function, diabetes, heart disease, and more. Yet, “[a]s recently as […]

  • One Way to Treat Asthma and Autoimmune Diseases with Diet

    Cutting two teaspoons of salt’s worth of sodium from one’s daily diet can significantly improve lung function in asthmatics In the 1960s and 1970s, a mystery was emerging. Why were childhood asthma rates between 2 to 5 percent in the developed world but as low as 0.007 percent in the developing world? For example, in […]

  • Boosting Antiviral Immune Function with Green Tea

    Unlike most antiviral drugs, green tea appears to work by boosting the immune system to combat diseases such as genital warts (caused by HPV) and the flu (caused by the influenza virus). According to one study, “The belief in green tea as a ‘wonder weapon’ against diseases dates back thousands of years.” I’ve talked about […]

  • What is COVID19-Related Inflammatory Syndrome In Children?

    A rare and life-threatening COVID19-related inflammatory syndrome is rampant in children in the US and the European Union. Children with this mysterious illness – that resembles Kawasaki Disease – show symptoms such as rashes, persistent high fever, inflammation, and loss of functioning of multiple organs such as heart, kidneys, and liver. Data from New York […]

  • Best Ways to Engage with Kids during COVID-19 Pandemic Lockdown

    COVID19 is a universal crisis, which has an impact on children as well. With a restriction on playing outdoor games to just hanging out with their friends, the lock-down measures can severely impact their physical as well as mental well-being. Therefore, parents need to spend time with their kids of all age groups and help […]

  • The Role of Meat and Dairy in Triggering Type 1 Diabetes

    Type 1 diabetes “arises following the autoimmune destruction of the insulin-producing pancreatic β [beta] cells…[and] is most often diagnosed in children and adolescents, usually presenting with a classic trio of symptoms” as their blood sugars spike: excessive thirst, hunger, and urination. They need to go on insulin for the rest of their lives, since their […]