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What to take on a trip with children, so that the suitcase is not overloaded?

To have a good rest during your family holidays, you are to get rid of extra load. It is about material or non-material issues, like business calls and overloaded baggage. It is possible! Since you’ve made up your…

What to take on a trip with children, so that the suitcase is not overloaded?

To have a good rest during your family holidays, you are to get rid of extra load. It is about material or non-material issues, like business calls and overloaded baggage. It is possible! Since you’ve made up your…

10 Ways to Spend More Time in Nature

You might dislike nature. It’s the home of mud, bugs, and sunburns. It’s also the home of beautiful views, fresh air, and wonderful fragrances. You might dislike nature, but on the other hand, you might love it. Whatever your feelings about nature, you know you should be…

Ashka Salon & Day Spa Give Back: Vote Pratt Brothers

June 17, 2011 – The Ashka Salon & Day Spa are hoping to give back to a worthwhile cause and need your help! They are hoping to raise $15,000 by way of silent auction and when they do, they want to give that money to help someone out.

Spencer and Bryton Pratt Brothers

There are many worthwhile contestants and I have been voting for the Pratt Brothers for a couple of weeks now. They have lost the lead by 30 votes as of this writing but they are gaining quickly.

Both brothers need the surgery

Pratt Brothers

Spencer and Bryton from Texas need your help. They don’t deserve to share in the pains of surgeries and hospital stays. Help them get the care they need and cover their personal medical expenses involving specialist and treatment.

Spencer and Bryton Pratt are brothers that were born with a similar birth defect — one that has a severe detrimental impact on both their health and their quality of living on a daily basis. The truly sad part is that they do not have to suffer this way – they just need medical help from a specialist. Help that is currently unavailable in our home state.

Spencer is a 6 year old boy who was born with an H-type tracheoesophageal fistula (TEF). A TEF is essentially, a point of fusion or connection between the trachea (windpipe) and esophagus (the tube that carries food from the mouth to the stomach). TEFs often lead to severe and/or life-threatening pulmonary complications, as food particles can enter the lungs and/or air can enter the stomach and intestines. Either event can be fatal to a child. Three out of the nine surgeries Spencer has had to date have been unsuccessful attempts to fix this misconnection. The upshot is that now Spencer has TWO misconnections that need to be repaired in order to keep food and other fluids from destroying his lungs. He will also need to have a feeding tube placed in, until his esophagus heals from the surgery. There are no doctors in Texas that are qualified to do the complicated repair surgery that Spencer is now facing.

Bryton is Spencer’s 21 month old little brother. Like his older sibling, Bryton was born with a TEF, but with an additional twist. Along with TEF, Bryton was also born with esophageal atresia (EA) – a condition that occurs when the esophagus is disconnected in the middle, and the top part ends in a blind pouch (like a sock), while the bottom part of the esophagus is misconnected to the windpipe. The combination of EA/TEF that Bryton was born with occurs in about 1 out of 4,000 births – though most people remain unaware that this particular defect even exists until they are confronted with it.

How to Vote for The Pratt Brothers

Simply go to Ashka’s website and vote for the Pratt Brothers at the bottom of the page. You can only vote once in a 24 hour period. The contest closes in only a few days so if you can remember to vote each day it would help greatly. Your vote is free but it can help these two boys get a much needed surgery!

Vote now:



Dangers of ADHD Drugs and Anti-Depressants: Child Suicide

June14, 2010 – Harry Hucknall was 10 years old when he took his own life. Diagnosed as having ADHD and prescribed both Ritalin and Prozac, Harry had mentioned feelings of unwell and did not appear to be happy. Tests have revealed he had higher doses than a normal adult would have had for the same problems. Harry was not alone, hundreds of children have died from drug-related deaths, ADHD drugs that is.

What ADHD or ADD Is and Why It Needs Treatment

ADHD or ADD is a condition that stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. The main difference between ADHD and ADD is the hyperactivity component. For the sake of simplicity, we will refer to the condition as ADHD.

Children with ADHD have trouble focusing and concentrating. They don’t always follow instructions, forget things quickly, have a hard time socially with peers and often can’t sit still for long periods of time. It is hard to make an ADHD diagnosis until the child is school-age, that is, one he is in a structured classroom setting. Drug guidelines are set to not be administered to any child under the age of six, because before then, it is quite impossible to tell if the child has ADHD or not.

Many pharmaceutical drugs have been created to treat ADHD, though the safety and effectiveness of these drugs is really not yet proven. The only drug that has been around long enough to understand long-term effects is Ritalin and it has been proven to be dangerous and lead to addiction tendencies. However, most doctors and educators push to treat these children with mind-altering drugs so they fit into the norm. Often, more than one drug is prescribed and children end up on a “cocktail” of drugs.

Don’t get me wrong, I believe ADHD does need treatment – but not with mind-altering drugs that have known side effects and unknown long-term health hazards. I am a mother of an ADHD child and have been though it all. I understand the frustrations and trials. I know parents want their children to behave and to do well in school, but pharmaceutical medications, especially ONLY pharmaceutical medications, are not the answer. You need behavioral techniques to be applied and must understand how your child thinks to help her discover the tools she’ll need to succeed in life.

Children Dying From ADHD Drug Treatments

Doctors often don’t disclose the dangers of ADHD drugs. They may mention some “common” side effects such as problems sleeping, loss of weight, loss of appetite and irritability but rarely do they mention the “other” side effects.

Did you know – many ADHD drugs can cause:

  • Depression
  • Suicidal Thoughts and Tendencies
  • Heart Attacks

Doctors rarely make sure parents know about these side effects and understand the risks their children are taking when they go with this ADHD treatment. In my personal opinion, I think all parents should have to sign a waiver of sort, that outlines the drug(s) their children will take and ALL the side effects (common or not). It needs to be 100% certain that parents realize how serious these drugs are – they are not vitamins and just because millions of kids take them each day, does not mean they are safe.

Diagnosing ADHD in Children

So how is ADHD diagnosed? It is a term that was invented 50 years ago and covered a variety of symptoms. There is no concrete or absolute test for ADHD. Basically, to diagnose ADHD parents and educators will be asked to ‘evaluate’ the child on their behavior and especially compared to their peers. A psychiatrist will then evaluate the results, compare them to peer levels and decide whether or not your child is ‘up to par‘.

A study, done by Todd Elder, indicated that nearly one million children in the U.S may be misdiagnosed with ADHD based on this method of ADHD testing. The reasoning behind it deals with children who are the youngest of the classroom. In some cases, children who enter kindergarten when they are four (typically those that have birthdays at the end of year) will be almost one year younger than their peers. Developmentally, they will always be more immature than their peers and when evaluated in comparison to them, they will be seen as “not equal.” (Well no kidding! One year is a big difference when it comes to children.)

Dangers of ADHD Drug Treatments and Children That Have Died

The next couple of paragraphs will be sad and readers are warned of the fact.

Adrian David Wade - Suicide: Strattera

Taken from the page of National Alliance Against Mandated Mental Health Screening and Psychiatric Drugging of Children, the following children have died from being on ADHD drugs:

  • Stephanie Hall – 11 years old. Ritalin.
  • Louise Dunkle – 10 years old. Desipramine.
  • Matthew Smith – 14 years old. Ritalin.
  • Adrian David Wade – 12 years old. Strattera. (Suicide).
  • Leanne Bessner – 15 years old. Concerta.(Suicide).
  • Macauley Showalter – 7 years old. Ritalin and 3 other psychiatric drugs.
  • Randy Steel – 9 years old. Dexedrine and other drugs.
  • Cameron Pettus – 12 years old. Desipramine.
  • Travis Neal – 13 years old. Ritalin.
  • Harry Hucknall – 10. Ritalin. (Suicide).

These children, and many more died from side effects caused by the ADHD drugs: heart attacks, organ toxicity or suicide.

Seeing Through The Eyes of ADHD Children

For just one moment, let’s try to put ourselves in their shoes. The ones who are diagnoses with this very subjective disorder.

“I am a child, I like to play and have fun. It feels good when someone tells me I did something right, but that doesn’t  happen often. I don’t know why, but I find it hard to sit still like everyone else. I know I should sit and read the textbook like my teacher tells me too, but I am just not interested in in and my mind is so busy with other thoughts.

I like to figure out how things work. I love it when I have free time and I can do puzzles and draw and make things work. Often I don’t clean up right away but that’s just because there is SO much I want to do, so much I want to learn. My mind is full of ideas, and thoughts and it makes me happy and excited! I can’t wait to try all these things, build new things and put my ideas on paper! I like to act and sing and play music and wish I could just express myself all the time that way.

The teachers tell me to sit still, and write out the answers a certain way. I don’t see them like that. They show me a math problem and tell me to write out all the steps individually to show how I got the answer. But my mind doesn’t work that way. I know the answer, I SEE the answer. I also see the BIG picture and how everything fits together, but teachers don’t want to see that, they want to see the small version. How do you explain to someone how to feel happy? How do you explain the steps you would go through to feel that feeling?  You can’t, it’s just something that happens. That is how I think and learn. I can’t really explain it, it’s just what I know and if it’s right, why do they tell me I’m wrong?

I don’t follow instructions well all the time and have trouble expressing myself properly. People misunderstand me all time and it really hurts. I think I’m following instructions and feeling proud of myself for doing something, only to get in trouble for not doing something else that I was supposed to do. I’m always in trouble, I’m always grounded. I don’t think I’m very smart because I’m in trouble all the time and people yell and get angry with me, sometimes they call me stupid and tell me I will never succeed in life. They are probably right. Even though I know a lot, I can’t explain what I know and I can’t do it the way the teachers want me to do it, so I probably won’t succeed in this world because I just don’t fit in. They don’t understand.

I think my parents love me, they say they do, but they are angry and sad and feel frustrated. I think I failed them, I’m not who they wanted me to be. I try so hard, each day I promise I’ll do better and I’ll listen, but somehow, things don’t work out that way and I end up messing up again and again and again. I wish I wasn’t here sometimes, the sadness is so much for me, I feel horrible most of the time and I get tired of trying to make things work out. It seems no matter how hard I try, things still mess up and I get in trouble. I feel their anger, their disappointment and it makes me dark inside. I don’t feel that happiness or joy inside me, it’s hard to think of positive things when all I feel is dark and alone.

I don’t belong here, I don’t fit in. It’s sort of like how a blind person goes through life: ” They don’t see like you or I do, they don’t use their eyes. They see things differently and do things differently but they get the job done.”

I see things differently, this I can not explain.”

The above quotation was not written by an ADHD child, but it could have been. It was written by me, a mother of an ADHD child and researcher of ADHD children.  We need to see through their eyes to understand how they think. They do not think like we do and asking them to do so is like asking a foreigner to “just speak” our language without any training.

I am a mother, my son has been through many conventional and non-conventional ADHD treatments. He has suffered some of the worst side effects listed with pharmaceutical ADHD drugs and through our experiences we have come to learn more about him and how he thinks and learns.

There is no easy answer here, no quick-fix solution. The first step is understanding and committing to working with our children. Avoiding pharmaceutical drugs is a good choice, at least until all other avenues have been fully tried. Education and awareness are key to helping our ADHD children and it begins with you: The Parent, Caregiver and Educator.

About the Author

Tamara Laschinsky is the owner of Natural e GREEN and author of Helping Your ADHD/ADD Child: Simple Steps to Improvement. She is the the mother of an ADHD child who has tried the pharmaceutical route and now employs a herbal and behavioral approach to treating ADHD. She lives with her family in Alberta, Canada. You can find her books on Amazon.


Non-Toxic Cancer Cure: Conflict of Interest

June 13, 2011 – As a new movie begins to emerge, more and more information is streaming into the media about natural and non-toxic cancer cures. Speculation rises as fingers point to the government agencies and big pharmaceutical companies for trying to stop cancer cures that would not show any profit. The conflict of interest is mind-boggling when you see just how much money is involved and what’s at risk when non-toxic cancer cures are discussed.

University of Alberta Find Cancer Cure

Researchers in Edmonton, Alberta have made a surprising discovery: a drug used to treat metabolic disorders has shown to reduce and eliminate certain tumors. The drug, dichloroacetate or DCA, does not require a patent and can not be patented, so what does this mean? It means that no pharmaceutical company will manufacture this drug or pay the bill to test the drug because there is no money to be made in using dichloroacetate to treat cancer.

Cancer cells are seen as cells that are “immortal”, that is, they don’t seem to have an “off” button. The grow and grow and grow, while normal cells run their cycle and eventually die. Dichloroacetate has shown to reactivate the “off” button in cancer cells and once introduced to cancer cells, they begin to die and are no longer immortal.

Further testing will be necessary to prove this drug will work to treat cancer and it will be up to the University to partner with other organizations in order to raise the necessary funds for the second phase of testing. Privatization of cancer cures is deadly when you consider just how many people suffer needlessly when a likely cure is available but stuck in the fine print of government regulations.

Dr. Burzynski Offers Non-Toxic Cancer Cure for Four Decades

Since the 1970′s, Dr. Burzynski has held the belief that Antineoplastons have been able to cure many types of cancer; especially terminal and untreatable cancers. For the last four decades, he has been suppressed and hounded by government agencies because of his non-toxic solution to treating cancer. He has been in court many times on false charges and has been found not-guilty every time. He has been threatened and they have tried to take away his license but still he continues.

In 2009, the FDA-supervised clinical trials began, when it was obvious they could not shut him down. If the money is raised, third level testing may happen as early as 2011 but this funding is up to Dr. Burzynski. For years he has helped to treat many types of cancer but had his hands tied on many occasions. Parents were turned away if their child had not yet tried “conventional” treatments, those are chemotherapy or radiation therapy, because the FDA put limitations on what patients were allowed to try Dr. Burzynski’s treatment.

In his research, patients who tried Antineoplaston therapy were part of a large success rate. With no toxic side effects, this therapy looks to be promising and non-invading but there is still the hurdle of government approval. If this Antineoplaston therpay is approved, it will be the first time a single scientist will be granted rights to a drug and ultimately, the Big Pharma companies will be shut out for many years before it can be available as a generic drug.

The Conflict of Interest With Cancer Cures

With billions of dollars spent and raised each year for cancer research and treatment, it does not take one very long to realize that big Pharma does not want to cure cancer. Why would they? Why cure it when you can treat it for years and years and years? Think of all the billions of billions of dollars that would be lost if a cure was discovered or, in the case of the University of Alberta research, a drug was found that could not be patented – therefore, no one made any money from it.

Imagine a day when you get a cancer diagnosis and the doctor writes you a prescription for dichloroacetate and you simply go the the pharmacy, fill the order and take your two week course and voila – cancer is gone! Imagine treating cancer like a bronchial chest infection.

Or perhaps it will be a long-term drug that keeps the cancer away. There is still plenty of money to be made in treating chronic illnesses – which is what Big Pharma wants isn’t it? Why cure something when you can just treat it over a long-term period and make billions of billions of dollars and fund research for new drugs to lengthen your lifespan?

There is too much conflict of interest and frankly, I don’t understand how this is even legal. If you are a lawyer or stock-broker or in any position of power, it is un-ethical to continue when a conflict of interest arises. The whole pharmaceutical world is one big conflict of interest because the developing companies have everything to gain from making drugs that don’t cure the problem but rather, treat the problem. Even the organizations profit by fund-raising every year. Where would the National Cancer Institute be if we found a cure for cancer? They’d be in the same place the National Institute of Chest Colds would be: out of business. There is no need for such an organization once you’ve found a cure.

The Conflict of Non-Toxic Natural Cancer Cures Vs. Traditional

Where is it the government’s place to tell us what we can or can not do with our bodies? Who are they to say we can’t choose a non-toxic, non-invasive cancer treatment? The FDA already agreed Dr.Burzynski’s treatment was non-toxic and therefore, not harmful, so why was he not allowed to continue the treatment?

So many parents, so many individuals have been refused these treatments that may work, all because of dollar signs. So many terminal cases that would have jumped at the opportunity to at least “try” the above-mentioned methods and yet, they were not allowed. What did they have to lose – really? If it didn’t work, fine. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

I have lost many friends and close family to cancer and I know they would have jumped at the chance to try something that may have worked. They would have loved to have had the option at least, the consideration of something worth trying.

It’s time the people begin questioning the government agencies that say they have our health in mind as they make their decisions. It’s time they be accountable and put under pressure to explain the reasoning behind so many decisions. There are cures for cancer – many of them I’m sure! But it’s not about curing cancer for these agencies, it’s all about treating them as chronic illnesses to maximize profit. Natural remedies exist, and they don’t have side effects or diminish quality of life: We just need to back up the companies who believe in them and help them do their research so one day, treating cancer will be no different than treating a bacterial infection.

Learn More About Natural Cancer Treatments

Dr. Burzynski has released a movie that is free to view for the next three days. It outlines his ordeals and trials as well as countless testimonials from parents and patients. You can view the movie here. Join him on Facebook too and follow the news as it happens.

You can also follow the latest news on the University of Alberta’s research: using dichloroacetate to treat cancer here

Piggy Paint Non-Toxic Chemical-Free Nail Polish Contains Toxic Chem...

May 17, 2011 – So after yet another phone call from a concerned consumer, I have decided to update on the Piggy Paint debate that is at hand. A couple of months ago I refused to order the new formulation of Piggy Paint because it contained Methylisothiazolinone (Neolone 950), which is a toxic chemical ingredient.

Piggy Paint Claims to be Non-Toxic and Chemical-Free

So Piggy Paints mission was to make a nail polish that was natural as mud and I commend them for trying to make something that was safe for little ones to wear. However, I can not accept the fact that they do have toxic chemicals in their nail polish and still market to the younger children. Parents who may ordinarily not put nail polish on their children are doing so because they believe the marketing hype – but the truth is: Piggy Paint non-toxic nail polish does contain toxic chemical ingredients.

Their website claims:

“Piggy Paint is specially formulated from God’s natural ingredients and dries to a hard, durable finish. There are  no toxic chemicals; it’s free of formaldehyde, toluene, phthalates, Bisphenol A, ethyl acetate and acetone. “

Now, a couple of months ago they changed their formula and included the toxic chemical Methylisothiazolinone which is now listed as Neolone 950 on their website. Methylisothiazolinone or MI or MIT is a common preservative that is often used to replace parabens.

What is Neolone 950 or Methylisothiazolinone?

Neolone 950 is the name for Methylisothiazolinone or MI or MIT. It is used as a preservative in cosmetics and is known to cause skin allergies, rashes, itching, hives, blistering and other forms of skin irrirtation. In-vitro studies showed it to be highly toxic to mammalian cells. In Canada the use is restricted and must no exceed the allowable dosages. In Japan, concentration limits exists when MI is used in combination with other ingredients.

Should Piggy Paint Use Toxic Chemicals Like Neolone 950 in Their  Nail Polish?

Piggy Paint can do whatever they like with their nail polish and ingredients, but they should, at the very least, tell the consumers and retailers what they are doing. By branding their product as safe and natural, they are gaining trust from consumers and retailers and running the risk of misleading them.

From my point as a retailer, I was not impressed when I got my re-stock of Piggy Paint and noticed the new ingredients on the labels. I was not informed by Piggy Paint that the formula had changed and had it not been for me ordering new colors, I never would have checked the ingredients since it was a product I had been selling for two years.

Piggy Paint should tell their retailers, who ultimately are gaining consumer trust and putting their own reputation on the line. If they wish to sell Piggy Paint, they should fully know what the product is all about.

For consumers, Piggy Paint should re-consider how they wish to market their product. Piggy Paint is safer than conventional nail polish – true! But saying it is as “natural as mud?” this may need to be modified slightly. The issue is consumers are smart and getting smarter! They know to do their research and read ingredients, so it’s only a matter of time before this blows up in someone’s face.

Piggy Paint Misleading Consumers and Retailers Saying Nail Polish is Non-Toxic

With the addition of Neolone 950 or MIT, I can’t see how Piggy Paint can really call it’s nail polish non-toxic. Neolone 950 or Methylisothiazolinone is listed as a 6 for EWG rating. It is toxic and should be referred to as such.

Piggy Paint non-toxic nail polish Ingredients: Water, acrylates copolymer, butoxy diglycol, Neolone 950. May contain mica, red 34 lake, ultramarines, titanium dioxide, iron oxide pigments.

The more calls I get from consumers, the more I know Piggy Paint is aware of this situation since consumers tell me they’ve already complained to Piggy Paint. They may soon change the way they market their product and in doing so, the consumers will at least know what to expect when putting the nail polish on their child or infant.

I commend the owner for wanting to make a safer nail polish, I really do. And I loved working with Piggy Paint for the last couple of years. But my mission is to provide the safest products I can find and when Piggy Paint added the chemical MIT to their mix, it meant I could no longer endorse Piggy Paint in my store.

The problem out there is too many companies are green-washing their products and claiming they are natural and safe and many consumers believe the claims. By stepping back a bit and calling this nail polish “the safer nail polish” you would not be misleading anyone and could feel right about how you are presenting this product to consumers and retailers.

As always, I encourage consumers to do their research and try to find the best products they can. Nothing is perfect I suppose but sometimes it’s about choosing the lesser of the evils and going with the safest on the market – they key is in knowing what you are using and understanding what all the ingredients are – then you can make your decisions!

I always appreciate feedback and encourage you to contact Piggy Paint with your concerns, as I know they started their company with good intentions and feel they still want to provide the safest polish that there is – they just may have to do some modifications to get there.

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