Sep 23, 2008

Foods that Can Cause ADD or ADHD

ADD and/or ADHD are common diagnoses today for a broad range of symptoms in children, and also adults. I think every parent of an ADD child, or every adult diagnosed with ADD, should be told that as part of the remedy they have to avoid certain foods. What do you think?

Here's an article that may interest you, comment if you like!

The possibility that artificial food coloring and chemical preservatives could affect your child’s behavior has been a hotly contested issue for decades. Research reported in the September 2007 issue of the Lancet Medical Journal now provides a clear demonstration that changes in behavior can be detected in three-year-old and eight-year-old children who ingest these artificial processed food additives.

Psychology Professor James Stevenson of the University of Southampton and colleagues conducted tests on more than 300 children. They found significant differences in the children’s behavior when they drank fruit drinks with a mixture of common processed food additives including artificial food coloring and chemical preservatives.

“These findings show that adverse effects are not just seen in children with extreme hyperactivity (such as ADHD) but can also be seen in the general population and across the range of severity of hyperactivity,” the researchers wrote in their study. The team of researchers commented that “the implications of these results for the regulation of food additive use could be substantial”. 

Many parents today feel pressured by doctors and school officials into treating their children’s symptoms with narcotic medications. After witnessing the side effects, many wish they had not.
On the other hand, we have wonderful non-profit groups like The Feingold Association ( that has a 30 year track record and a 90% success rate in alleviating such symptoms by simply changing the child’s diet

If you are a parent who is concerned about your child’s behavior, please visit The Feingold Association’s website for more information. We also encourage you to offer your children Wholefood Farmacy foods which contain NO artificial coloring, NO artificial flavorings, NO artificial sweeteners and NO chemical preservatives.
Maybe ADD should really stand for Artificial Diet Disorder – we encourage parents everywhere to give nature a chance.Information provided by Wholefood Farmacy, an online wholefood buyers club.

Updated 2/10/16

Sep 22, 2008

Physical Activity Improves Grades in School

Today is the first day of fall, and children throughout the US are in school or if they are home schooled, enjoying schooling at home. Here is an article with studies that show how physical exercise improves students academically.

Middle school students who perform more vigorous physical activity than their more sedentary piers tend to do better in school, according to a new study done by researchers from Michigan State University and Grand Valley State University. The research is published in the August (2006?) issue of Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, the official journal of the American College of Sports Medicine.

For one academic year, the study tracked more than 200 sixth graders. For one semester half of the students took the general physical education class offered by the school, while the other half took part in a non-physical education course. Halfway through the school year they switched. The researchers found that students taking the physical education course did no better or worse in their academic classes.

“Physical education and activity during the school day reduce boredom and help keep kids’ attention in the classroom,” said Dawn Podulka Coe, the study’s lead author who is now an assistant professor in the Department of Movement Science at Grand Valley State University. “We were expecting to find that students enrolled in PE would have better grades because of the opportunity to be active during the school day. But enrollment in PE alone did not influence grades.”

However, the researchers also found that students who took part in more vigorous physical activities – such as organized sports like soccer or football, or non-organized after-school activities such as skateboarding – did approximately 10 percent better in core classes such as math, science, English and social studies.

“The students who performed better academically in this study were the most active, meaning those who participated in a sport or other vigorous activity at least three times a week” added Coe. The difference between vigorous activity and moderate activity is heart rate. Moderate activities, such as walking or raking leaves, don’t get the heart rate up or make the person breathe harder. Vigorous activities, such as running or swimming for exercise, increase heart rate, causing the exerciser to breathe harder and increasing oxygen to the brain.

With school about to start, we encourage all parents to take this new study to heart. We encourage you consider organized sports as a way to help your child do better in school, be healthier, maintain the proper weight, and to build a foundation of health that can last a lifetime.
Wishes for a safe, happy and healthy school year for all your children, grandchildren, or any special child in your life!

Article brought to you by The Wholefood Farmacy. Updated 2/10/16

Sep 11, 2008

A Little Nutrition Humor

I wanted to share something my husband received by email and passed along to me. Maybe you've seen this already, but if not, enjoy...and get an idea of what I have to put up with as a Nutritionist at my home...LOL!
After an exhaustive review of the research literature, here's the final word on nutrition and health:

1. Japanese eat very little fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than us.

2. Mexicans eat a lot of fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than us.

3. Chinese drink very little red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than us.

4. Italians drink excessive amounts of red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than us.

5. Germans drink beer and eat lots of sausages and fats and suffer fewer heart attacks than us.

CONCLUSION: Eat and drink what you like. Speaking English is apparently what kills you.
Updated 2/10/16
  Very funny, honey!