Monthly Archives: August 2010

Stretching for Kids

This is a topic dear to my heart. As a seven year old, I had a serious accident resulting in permanent cervical spinal damage (neck). At the time the only concern was concussion, which I didn’t get, and healing the wound. In my twenties, while playing with my children, I injured my neck. I went to the doctor, who sent me to the physiotherapist. That was when I discovered the serious long-term damage I had sustained as a child. Continue reading

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Relaxation for Kids

Let me stress to you the importance of teaching the children how to relax. Children are sometimes loud and boisterous because they think that’s how they are expected to behave. Sometimes it is attention seeking. Find out why. Continue reading

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Iodine Deficiency & Development

Did you know that 20% of children in NSW and Victoria are mildly iodine deficient? This condition can affect their learning, hearing and growth. Continue reading

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Fat kids

Education Departments Australia wide are having a crack-down on fat kids. Or so it seems. This is not before time. Studies conducted by Queensland University indicate a co-relation between overweight children and ineffective parenting. Continue reading

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ADD/ADHD and Chemical Overload

By now you will all be well entrenched into the new term. And some of you will have the delight of having ADD children in your midst. What a challenge! Others will have the daydreamers, the sleepers or the downright stubborn. There is no doubt that behavioural problems with their attendant learning disorders need to be addressed with appropriate management techniques, maybe even psychological testing, and certainly parent support and education. The sad fact is that most of these problems are actually biochemical in origin, not social. When a child’s behaviour is seriously hyperactive, for example, there is a chemical imbalance in the brain. The child is not suffering from a Ritalin deficiency. The child is undoubtedly suffering from nutritional deficiencies, particularly minerals and essential fatty acids (omega 3, 6 & 9). The average diet does not contain nearly enough for the growing brain, and research indicates soils are deficient in minerals and trace elements (Trace Elements in Human and Animal Nutrition by Professor Eric Underwood, UWA). Continue reading

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