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Help Prevent Cancer in Children: Things to Avoid

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Always Buy Organic.

Nine (or more) different cancers are linked to certain pesticides. Look for the USDA-certified organic seal when purchasing.

There are some fruits and vegetables that are especially heavily sprayed with pesticides, while others aren’t, and don’t needto be purchased as organic. See more info about both kinds, in this post.

Serve Children as Many Fruits and Vegetables as Possible

Kids love berries, carrots, and other sweet fruits and veggies. But if they re started eating them early on, they will adapt to the taste of all kinds of vegetables… even broccoli.

Add Fiber to Your Diet

A child’s diet that is full of whole fruits and vegetables will go a long way towards providing good fiber intake.
Here is more information on other ways to add fiber, and how much.

Eat More Fish

Most parents have a concern about mercury content, and radioactivity in fish (and rightfully so). However, there are still safe and healthy fish to feed your children. They include:

Anchovies
Catfish
Clams
Flounder
Haddock (Atlantic)
Hake
Herring
Mackerel (N. Atlantic, Chub)
Mullet
Oysters
Perch (Ocean)
Plaice
Pollock
Salmon (Canned)
Salmon (Fresh)
Please note: Buy salmon “wild caught”, if at all possible. “Farm raised” salmon is far less desirable (although it is getting better than it used to be — please see this article).
Sardines
Scallops
Shrimp
Sole (Pacific)
Squid (Calamari)
Tilapia
Trout (Freshwater)
Whitefish
For more safe fish, please see this website.

Drink Green Tea

Your kids might love this healthy beverage with a little raw honey added to it, either cold or hot).

Green tea contains antioxidants (polyphenols), which:

- helps strengthen the immune system,
- may protect cells from DNA damage,
- and activate enzymes that slow down or curb tumors

Get Sufficient Vitamin D

Higher blood levels of Vitamin D have been shown to be associated with lower rates of a number of cancers. Make sure your children receive plenty of healthy sunshine.
If you live in colder climate with less sunshine in winter,
supplement with Vitamin D.
Ask your naturopathic doctor about the best dosage for your child. Regular medical doctors may not be able to correctly advise you on this, as they tend not to be well informed in nutritional therapies.

Kids (or Adults) Should Never Eat Trans Fats

Trans fatty acids is a manufactured oil that is used in many commercially baked and fried foods.

They increase the risk of heart disease, diabetes and some cancers. Look on the ingredient label, and don’t buy anything containing “partially hydrogenated oil”, which is another name for trans fats.

Help Your Child Keep Toxin-Free

1. Use cleaning products that only contain organic ingredients;
2. Filter tap water (Berkey Filters are among the best –and have an option to filter out fluoride)
3. Avoid BPA and BPS (in most plastic packaging AND inside of cans).Look for plastic containers with the recycling numbers 1, 2, or 4, and cans labeled BPA-free.

Be Wary of Ionizing Radiation and Electromagnetic Fields 

In an early draft of a report issued in the spring of 1990, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the United States recommended that electromagnetic fields (EMFs) be classified as a class B carcinogen. The report concluded:

“In conclusion, several studies showing leukemia, lymphoma and cancer of the nervous system in children exposed to EMF’s, supported by similar findings in adults in several occupational studies also involving electrical power frequency exposures, show a consistent pattern of response that suggest a causal link.”

There is plenty of evidence in the scientific literature that electromagnetic fields (from cell towers, electroninc devices, etc.) can be a worrisome and possibly, major cause of cancer.

Avoid x-rays (ionizing radiation) for your children if at all possible. Here is why.

Cellphones and Kids May Not Mix

Mobile phones have been classified as “possibly carcinogenic to humans.” At the time of this writing, the final word is not out yet on the safety of childhood cellphone use.
However, it would be prudent to minimize your child’s use of cellphones, based on preliminary findings. Also, as an alternative, regular (corded) land lines are absolutely safe (but NOT cordless phones, which are even worse than cellphones).

9 “Foods” to NEVER Feed Your Kids

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Give2Kids (American Children’s Cancer Association) is doing our best to get the word out about how the food and drink our children consume, the air they breath, the skin products they use (shampoos, soap, etc.) and everything else that goes in, or on them, strongly determines their overall health, and protection against, or vulnerability to,
environmentally influenced disease conditions such as cancer and
other serious disorders.

Here are the top nine foods your children (or you) should never eat:

1. Microwave Popcorn

I’ve placed this at the top of the list, as microwave popcorn is one of the worst health offenders (with the exception of this this one).

Microwave popcorn bags are lined with PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid), which leaches into the popcorn when heated. Blood tests have shown that PFOA contaminate the blood; they can disrupt the endocrine system, which negatively affect sex hormones. The EPA has ruled PFCs as “likely carcinogens,” and has stated that PFOA “poses developmental and reproductive risks to humans.” More info.

Some PFCs have also been associated with other health dangers, such as:

- Infertility
- Thyroid disease
- Cancer
- Immune system problems
- Increased LDL cholesterol levels

2. Processed Meats (Hot Dogs, Bologna, etc.)

Meats you’ll find in your local deli typically are made from animals injected with antibiotics, growth hormones, and other drugs to artificially
fatten them up, keep them disease free and more profitable. These same meats usually also contain other chemicals (such as sodium nitrite) and artificial flavorings and dyes. All processed meats should be completely avoided because they raise your child’s risk of cancer. There is NO safe amount of processed meat. Please look instead for local providers of fresh organic, grass-fed or pastured beef, chicken, etc, and/or salmon,
which are all much healthier options. Please note: if your budget allows, it is best to buy wild caught salmon (as opposed to farm raised). Here is more information to help you make a determination.

3. Margarine

Margarine and other fake butters are unhealthy for children in many ways. They contain trans fats (which is very bad for the heart), free radicals (which can be toxic to cells), emulsifiers and artificial preservatives, and toxic solvents such as hexane. Raw milk butter, when made from grass-fed cows, is rich in beneficial conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), which is known to help fight cancer and diabetes.

4. Vegetable Oils

Many parents are not aware that vegetables oils (such as soy, corn, canola) create oxidized cholesterol in children’s arteries, which increases their risk for coronary artery disease as they grow older.

The healthiest oil to cook with is organic coconut oil, because it’s a healthy saturated fat which withstands the heat of cooking, without becoming chemically altered. For more information, please click here.

5. Tomato Sauce in the Can.

BPA is a toxic chemical linked to reproductive abnormalities, neurological effects, heightened risk of breast and prostate cancers, diabetes,
heart disease and more. To avoid this hazardous chemical, avoid canned foods entirely and stick to fresh fruits and vegetables, or switch over to brands that use glass containers instead—especially for acidic foods like tomatoes.

The plastic lining of cans contain BPA, which is a toxic chemical linked to brain disorders, higher risk of breast and prostate cancers, reproductive aberrations, heart disorders, diabetes and more. Acidic foods, such as tomatoes, are more likely to leach the BPA into the
food. Make sure, instead, to always use fresh fruit and vegetables, and/or only buy food in glass containers.

6. The Following Non-Organic Fruits and Vegetables…

It is especially important that the following fruits and vegetables only be consumed when organic, as have been found to be the most heavily sprayed with pesticides (these are the “top” 15 most sprayed. The see the rest of the list, please click here):

http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/list.php

Apples
Celery
Cherry tomatoes
Cucumbers
Grapes
Hot peppers
Nectarines (imported)
Peaches
Potatoes
Spinach
Strawberries
Sweet bell peppers
Kale
Collard greens
Summer squash

7. Regular Table Salt

As most of us know, we must consume salt — it is essential for life. But what is not generally known is that table sale (and the salt found in processed foods) is not healthy.

Processed salt is mostly (98%) sodium chloride, the rest being made up of man-made chemicals. These include ferrocyanide and aluminosilicate,  neither of which are good for you or your children.

Far superior is unrefined salt, the best being Himalayan salt. It is pure, and not polluted with industrial toxins and heavy metals.

8. Unfermented Soy Products (Soy Protein Isolate)

Parents have been mislead for years about the “benefits” of soy. Unfortunately, soy as it is consumed in processed foods is far from healthy.

95% of American grown soybeans are genetically modified, and sprayed with the toxic pesticide glyphosate, exposure to which can lead to miscarriage and birth defects.

Fermented soy (tofu, tempeh, etc.) can be far healthier — but read the label to make sure it is not processed.

Here is just one of thousands of studies, which, combined, show consuming unfermented soy can lead to to digestive distress, malnutrition,
thyroid illness, immune-system disruption, reproductive/sex hormone disorders , cognitive decline, and infertility — as well as cancer and heart
disease.

9. Artificial Sweeteners

Regular refined sugar is bad enough for kids. but artificial sweeteners, such as Aspartame, can be as bad, or worse.

Studies have demonstrated how aspartame and saccharin cause higher weight gain than table sugar.

The body converts aspartame into formaldehyde, which is toxic to DNA and sensitive proteins.

 

 

 Much of this article used information found here.

5 of the Healthiest, (and Tastiest) Store-Bought Snacks for Kids

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by Ron Streeter

Here are the top healthy commercially produced snacks we have found that are fantastic replacements for far less healthier snacks. Most of these are available at Whole Foods, independent health food stores, and high-end supermarkets, such as Wegmans. If your local provider doesn’t carry these brands, ask them to — or you can find out more how to order each of the websites below:

1. A MUCH Safer Microwave Popcorn

Healthy Microwave Popcorn

I have placed this at the top of the list, because there are still parents
who aren’t aware of how toxic the chemicals in common microwave products
can be. Please see The Cancer Risk of Microwave Popcorn, and this CDC.gov article, about the dangers of butter flavorings (such as the chemical Diacetyl) and how they are toxic to lungs.

Great news, though: There is a microwave popcorn that doesn’t contain any of the above chemicals: Quinn Popcorn and comes in some tasty flavors.

2. Corn Chips Done Right

Healthy Chips for Kids

Most of the corn chips you see in the supermarkets has Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) corn in it (unless they say “non-GMO”on the package). However, this brand,
Way Better Snacks, is non-GMO, and has organic, sprouted whole grains, seeds, quinoa,
sunflower oil, and other healthy, wholesome ingredients. And as a bonus: they taste great (I buy them all the time).

3. Avoid Dead Bread, Choose Live Sprouted Bread, Instead!

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Commercially available bread, crackers, and other grain-based foodstuffs that fill the shelves of supermarkets and served in eating establishments, are downright unhealthy. They’re chock-full of non-food ingredients, (such as azodicarbonamide — the exact same chemical in shoe rubber and yoga mats), and many other ingredients that just shouldn’t be there (including GMOs, and treatment by chemical bleach). Also,much of the flour’s nutrients are eliminated by industrial processing.

A real bread that I’ve eaten and enjoyed for years is Ezekiel 4:9 Sprouted Grain Bread – it has NO flour in it, but is made of it’s made sprouted grains (up to six of them)! This combination of sprouted grains makes up a complete protein (all nine essential amino acids). Among the varieties of Ezekial Bread, kids will love the “Cinnamon Raisin” as a toast, especially with some organic butter and a little raw honey, or fruit jam, spread on
it. It also makes a great natural peanut butter sandwich. Please note that they offer a gluten-free bread as well.

4. Crunchy, Chewy and Allergy-Free

 

Healthy Snack Bars for Kids

Here’s a great snack for kids with dairy, gluten or tree nut allergies/issues:
SunButter Crunch Bars, by Enjoy Life.
They are free of gluten, tree nuts, lactose, soy and casein. You should know ahead of time that because of an occasional chlorophyll reaction in the sun flower seeds, the inside of the bar may look somewhat green. If so, there is no reason for concern, as it is harmless (see the FAQ section at their website).

5. These Chips are Stacked in Your Favor (and Flavor)…

POPCHIPS

Most kids love crunchy salty snacks, such as potato chips. But health-conscious parents know that such snacks are usually less than healthy, as they use highly heated, often unhealthy oils. Not so with PopChips. They use a unique “popping” process, that does not involve oil. Nor do they have preservatives in them — which is great — but if you have any leftover chips, make sure to seal bag tightly.