Most people understand being “literate” as being able to read and write your native language. But what about being “health literate”? If you’re like 88 percent of the U.S. population, you’re probably not as health literate as you should be, and this can have a negative impact on your health.
I recently came across a new study about zinc and autism. This study really resonates with me because it reinforces my firm belief that getting adequate amounts of nutrients, including minerals, even in the very early stages of development, may be critical to reduce the likelihood of diseases like autism.
I always wondered why my mom waited until she was 46-years-old to have me. And when I became an adult, I recall asking her why she waited so long to have a child as well as whether she had any concerns about giving birth to a Down syndrome baby. Her response was, it was God’s wish and she never thought about the risk of having a child with a disorder.
College-aged Sam Ballard was just doing what many young men do - he was joking around. Back in 2010, the Australian rugby player was enjoying some red wine outside on the patio with his friends. They noticed a slug inching its way along on a table, and reportedly Sam was dared to eat the slug.
If you are a parent, chances are you’re still staring at a sizeable pile of sugary snacks from the Halloween haul. Try as you might, it is never easy to convince your child to part ways with their knapsack full of candy.
When Celia Marsh, 42 of Wiltshire, England, went to Pret a Manger for a quick bite to eat, she didn’t know that she’d be paying for it with her life.
For a long time, many people believed that a mother’s health and lifestyle choices were the only things that affected the health of an unborn child. The thinking went, whatever the mother eats, the unborn baby eats; and whatever the mother did that could harm her health, such as smoking or drinking alcohol, could also harm her unborn child. So, if mom followed a healthy diet and lifestyle, got enough rest and took care of herself, she would likely have a healthy child.
It’s officially back-to-school time. And although school is a place where children learn and grow academically and socially, it is also a breeding ground for germs where kids can get sick. For example, check out these common “back-to-school illnesses,” such as pink eye and lice, you should know about. And with flu season rapidly approaching again, the fear of the flu and common cold is constant.
We’ve previously discussed drug use problems in the United States, such as the opioid crisis, cocaine and the recreational use of marijuana. And now, unfortunately, you need to be aware of another major drug issue - Fake Weed!
When we think about workaholics, the phrase, “All work and no play” comes to mind. And it’s true that many of us adults need to “play” more - whether it’s going to a movie, taking a trip, attending a concert or maybe even engaging in a little retail therapy.
Many people get routine annual physicals and eye exams. But very few get their ears examined. Hearing loss occurs more frequently than you think. The National Institute on Deafness and Communication Disorders (NIDCD) reports:
Mosquitos are a pain in the you know what - especially during the summer months. Luckily for most of us, these bloodsucking bugs don’t cause any major health issues other than those awful bites that are unbearable to not scratch. But for many, mosquitos actually pose a major threat.
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