Nov 162014
 
Children's Juice Drinks and Sugar

Children’s Juice Drinks and Sugar from http://cooks.ndtv.com/article/show/some-children-s-juice-drinks-have-more-sugar-than-coke-619374 Some Children’s Juice Drinks Have More Sugar Than Coke Campaign group says 57 out of 203 supermarket drinks tested had as much sugar as Coca-Cola or more. Supposedly healthy supermarket smoothies and juices aimed at children can contain up to eight teaspoons of sugar – more than one-and-a-half times as much as in Coca-Cola, according to a survey carried out for a health campaign group. A quarter of the products tested had at least six teaspoons for every 200ml glass, the maximum adult daily intake recommended by the World Health Organisation, the research read more…

Jun 302014
 

Rupert Sheldrake, a Cambridge/Harvard biologist and philosopher spoke last year at TEDx in Whitechapel. The talk was taken down from the TEDx site with establishment scientists claiming Sheldrake’s science was psuedoscience. In the talk he challenges the notion of science as a belief system. He discusses ten commonly held dogmas of science. Sheldrake provides a clear and articulate rebuttal in other interviews. Sheldrake and The Science Delusion is well worth watching, with over half a million views so far.

Apr 112014
 
Benefits of 'Green Exercise' for children

A new study indicates that children who view a simulated forest environment whilst exercising are more likely to experience health enhancing effects after the activity.  A UK university study of children aged 9-10 years, published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health Health, found that after a series of 15 minute moderate intensity cycling activities the children’s post-activity blood pressure was significantly lower than it was without the simulated forest environment, indicating that the nature scenes promoted positive health effects. Dr Michael Duncan, lead author of the study and associate head of the Department of Applied Sciences and read more…

Feb 112014
 
Eco Inspired Workshops – practical inspired workshops for parents and families

A practical workshop about how to raise children who are creative, imaginative and empowered to find their own freedom, potential and purpose in life. JOIN US at the Mullumbimby Community Gardens – starting 25th February 9.30am – 11.30am In the workshop you will learn about Creating Sacred Spaces – How to create healthy environments for you and your family Power of Art – Fun Arts and Craft Activities for Young Children using natural materials Mind-Body Nutrition – practical simple ideas for your and family meals Transform your Mind – simple strategies to support positive change in you and your family’s read more…

Jun 062013
 
Power of Art - Can art and music improve your grades?

The BBC’s short clip on the Power of Art transforming education is a wonderful testament to the importance of art and music in schools. Play video from the BBC’s website “Over the last several years the focus of US education has been fixed firmly on the sciences. But research shows that the arts help children do better in all subjects and improve the likelihood that they will stay in school longer. The Obama administration is putting this theory to the test by investing $2m (£1.3m) for arts education in eight of the most poorly performing schools across the country. At read more…

May 142013
 
Your phone vs. Your Heart

Face to face empathic communication is essential for our health.  Barbara Fredrickson, Professor of Psychology at the University of North Carolina, writes in the New York Times about the cost of instant electronic media on our well being.  Technology has assisted us in communicating more rapidly – the question is how do we balance our increasing reliance on technology with time for meaningful, loving kindness interactions. Soon to be released ‘Spontaneous Acts of Love’, Meditations and Reflections for Parents, by Jane Hanckel, part of the Eco Parenting Series, provides an invaluable resource for contemplative connected parenting. “All around you are read more…

Mar 282013
 

Boy with Autism Recovers After Gluten-free Casein-free Diet Many parents know that diet and environment can change children’s behaviour. In this video a mother and Dr Kenneth Bock discuss how a gluten and dairy free diet helped her son recover from autism. Dr Bock recommends also that children and families avoid chemicals, pesticides and other possible contributors to autism such as phthalates in plastic. ‘Growing Greener Children’ is a great first step comprehensive resource for parents wanting to adopt a healthier lifestyle.    

Mar 262013
 

If you change the beginning of the story you change the whole story is the message from Dr Dimitri Christakis talking on TEDx about media and children. Typically the age children in 1970’s started watched television regularly was 4 years, now it’s 4 months. The typical child under child of 5 years is watching 4-5 hours a day. Dimitri’s talk clearly outlines the effects of too much television on the child’s developing brain.

Mar 102013
 

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has released a new report co-produced with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), titled: State of the Science of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDC’s). Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals, EDC’s, include Bisphenol-A (BPA), PCB’s, phthalates and agricultural pesticides that are in everyday items such as plastic water bottles, shower curtains, beauty products (including nail polish, hair spray, shampoo, deodorants, and fragrances), vinyl floor coverings, and more. The joint study highlights a range of health problems associated with EDC’s including breast cancer in women; developmental effects on the nervous system in children and attention deficit hyperactivity in children. Theo read more…