AAP Doubles Vitamin D Recommendation

AAP Doubles Vitamin D Recommendation

All children should get at least 400 IU of vitamin D daily, either through dietary intake or supplementation, beginning within days of birth and continuing through adolescence, according to new guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics.

This advice doubles the organization’s previous vitamin D intake recommendation in an effort to prevent the development of rickets in specific pediatric populations, as well as to take advantage of the potential long-term health benefits associated with adequate intake of the fat-soluble nutrient, Dr. Frank Greer reported at the AAP’s annual meeting.

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A Spoonful of Honey is Good Medicine

A spoonful of honey can do more than just satisfy your sweet tooth — it might improve your health.

For centuries, the natural sweetener has served as a versatile healing agent. Folk remedies featuring honey have long been used to treat ailments ranging from the common cold to constipation.

After the development of antibiotics and other modern drugs, honey fell from favor as a medicinal agent in the 1940s, but lately, it’s making a comeback. A growing body of scientific evidence proving the health benefits of honey is putting this ancient remedy back into modern day medicine chests.

In a recent issue of the International Journal of Clinical Practice, researchers reviewed 18 studies on honey performed over the past 60 years. They concluded that the natural sweetener appears to be a viable treatment for surgical wounds, especially those that become infected or fail to heal properly.

Hydrogen peroxide and other ingredients in honey make it useful for sterilizing infected wounds and preventing infection. When used as a topical dressing, it reduced amputation rates among diabetic patients.

Honey has been shown to have potent antibiotic properties. Scientists have discovered that it naturally produces hydrogen peroxide, a substance capable of killing disease-causing bacteria.

Its high concentration of sugar, low moisture content and acidic pH create an inhospitable environment for invading organisms. Because it fights bacteria in numerous ways, it’s ideal for combating superbugs that have developed resistance to standard antibiotics.

Additional natural ingredients appear to reduce inflammation and speed the repair of damaged tissue. Honey covers injured tissue with a thick, protective barrier, preventing contamination with dirt and germs. Each of these healing properties makes honey an excellent wound dressing. As an added bonus, it’s far less expensive than comparable medicinal products.

Researchers in India found that when burn victims’ wounds were treated with honey, they experienced less pain and scarring than those treated with more conventional medications. Superficial burns covered with honey-laden skin dressings healed far faster than those treated with silver sulfadiazine, an ointment commonly prescribed for mild to moderate burns.

While honey’s antibiotic properties help promote faster wound healing, its antifungal properties can provide relief for many common skin conditions, including ringworm, athlete’s foot and yeast infections.



As a fungus-fighter, honey appears to be comparable to many over-the-counter antifungal preparations.

Scientists recently found that psoriasis sufferers may benefit from applications of a mixture of honey, beeswax and olive oil. In a study of people suffering from psoriasis and other inflammatory skin disorders, 60 percent showed significant improvement when treated with the honey-based mixture.

Honey’s healing powers may also work from the inside out, boosting the body’s natural disease-fighting ability when taken by mouth. To test this theory, researchers at the University of California, Davis, asked volunteers to consume about four tablespoons of honey daily for one month.

Blood samples taken at the beginning and end of the 30-day period showed a direct link between honey consumption and levels of disease-fighting antioxidants in the bloodstream.

The results of the study led researchers to conclude that consuming honey on a daily basis can help protect individuals from oxidative stress caused by free radicals. Oxidative stress is known to contribute to a number of chronic conditions, including Alzheimer’s, cancer and cardiovascular disease.

The antioxidants in honey, called polyphenols, are similar to those found in fruits, vegetables and olive oil. Polyphenols are thought to reduce the risk of many diseases by disarming disease-causing free radicals in the body.

If you like the flavor of honey, you might want to use it as a marinade for meat. Not only does it promote browning and glaze formation, it reduces the production of cancer-causing compounds during grilling and frying.

One type of carcinogen, called heterocyclic aromatic amine, is formed when high cooking temperatures cause meats to char or blacken. Researchers at Michigan State University demonstrated that when meats are covered in marinades consisting of 30 percent honey for four hours, formation of HAA during cooking is significantly reduced.

Honey shouldn’t be given to children younger than one year of age. Occasionally, it can contain spores of the bacteria known to cause botulism, a rare but potentially fatal condition, especially in infants.

For healthy adults, small amounts are not only safe, they might even be beneficial. Whether you spread it on your bread or slather it on your skin, a spoonful of honey is good medicine.

Rallie McAllister is a board-certified family physician, speaker and the author of several books, including “Healthy Lunchbox: The Working Mom’s Guide to Keeping You and Your Kids Trim.” Her website is http://www.rallieonhealth.com. To find out more about Rallie McAllister, M.D., and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at http://www.creators.com.









Medicine Cabinet Basics

Medicine Cabinet Basics


Aloe Vera gel for stomach/digestion problems. 

Acidophilus to help treat yeast problems, digestive issues, and when using antibiotics.

Vitamin C -an immune booster.

Echinacea – an immune booster. 

Garlic- an immune booster and natural antibiotic.

Valerian Root – for stress, sleeplessness, relaxer.

Hylands Homeopathic colic tabs. 

Hylands Homeopathic teething gel. 

Ginger root can be steeped in hot water to settle an upset stomach.

Neosporin for wounds.

 Hydrogen peroxide for wounds. 

Cranberry capsules for urinary tract problems. 

Benadryl cream/stick pen for insect bites. Also works well on bee stings. 

Benadryl-liquid for allergic reactions.

Grapefruit Seed extract for fungal problems.

Flaxseed or Fish oil capsules for EFA’s.

Cod-Liver Oil for EFA support and Vitamin A.

Raw Honey can be used for coughs and other uses.

Apple Cider Vinegar for digestive issues, chicken pox and Shingles treatment.

Licorice Root helps with coughs. 

Epsom salts for muscle aches.

Baking Soda. 

Rubbing Alcohol. 
Vicks Vapor Rub can be applied to the feet, cover with socks, and quiets a cough at night.

Lavender oil is an antiseptic, pimple reducer, burn/ pain relief and healing relaxation.

Tea tree oil is an antiseptic. 

 Ear infection

 Olive oil & garlic Remedy –

1 pint of olive oil and 1 clove of garlic, finely chopped. Simmer on the stove for 30 minutes. Strain it into a clean mason jar and let it cool. Put 3-7 drops to the ear as needed until the infection clears. It  can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 years. Drops should be room temperature or slightly warm before administering to the ear.

Is yeast your problem?

A wider perspective, common among complementary practitioners was popularised in the book, The Yeast Connection. The author, a Dr Crook, described a condition in which the main features are fatigue, intestinal disturbance, chronic infections, allergies, skin problems, poor concentration, depression, irritability and cravings for sweets or other carbohydrates. This is called the yeast syndrome.

This yeast syndome is thought to be due to an overgrowth of yeast multiplying in the intestines and producing toxins. Because this has not been intensively researched and subjected to peer review, conventional doctors remain skeptical of the existence of this syndrome. On the other hand, there is substantial clinical and anecdotal evidence that it exists and that it appears to be connected to the rampant overuse and abuse of antibiotics.

Many patients who have been diagnosed with the condition get better when they follow the kind of programme outlined below.


Black Elderberry

Support your immune system with black elderberries

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Black elderberries have been clinically proven to reduce the symptoms of cold and flu and may be the solution to maintaining a healthy immune system this winter.

In a recent randomised, double blind, placebo controlled study, black elderberry extract was shown to reduce the duration of influenza by around four days1. This study adds weight to earlier research which found that within three days, the symptoms of influenza were relieved in nearly 90 per cent of cases treated with black elderberry extract, compared to six days in the placebo group2. And most recently, in an in-vitro study, black elderberry extract was also found to be 99 per cent effective against the H5N1 strain of Avian Flu 3.

Native to hedgerows in the UK and Europe throughout October, black elderberries are thought to contain a unique compound, which coats viruses and prevents them from penetrating and infecting healthy cells. As a result viruses, such as flu, are unable to replicate. The body’s white blood cells are then able to ingest the infected cells, effectively removing the virus from the body.
Black elderberries also contain high levels of natural antioxidants known as flavonoids which help strengthen the immune system against attack. As the black elderberry has twice the antioxidant capacity of blueberries and significantly more than cranberries4 this dark purple berry may be the unsung hero of the English countryside.
Though black elderberries should not be eaten directly from the bush, the immune health benefits of this delicious ‘superfood’ can still be enjoyed by cooking the berries and using them in recipes for jam or fruit pies. It is also worth noting that the immune health properties of elderberries can only be found in the fruit of the black elderberry bush and not in its elderflowers.

Expert immunologist and registered medical herbalist Dr Serene Foster says: “Black elderberries have been traditionally used to help protect against a range of viral ailments, including colds and flu, because of their natural immune health properties. Recent research has confirmed that these dark purple fruits contain a unique compound which helps the immune system to fight back against viruses.”
For more information and research on clinical trials on black elderberry visit the website http://www.blackelderberry.info/.


Eczema can be an autoimmune response gone haywire, or an allergic response. It can also be a manifestation of the inability to metabolise essential fatty acids. 

In 1931 Dr. Arild Hansen found that children with this condition had abnormal levels of omega 6 EFA’s in their blood. People with eczema, hayfever, and asthma lack a key enzyme that converts essential fatty acids into prostaglandins. 

Evening primrose oil and blackcurrant seed oil can relieve symptoms. 

Dr. Leo Galland ( Superimmunity for Kids, 1989) recommends that toddlers recieve 2 X 500 mg capsules of Evening Primrose Oil per day by piercing them and rubbing them on the skin of the inner thigh or arm. If you don’t see improvement increase the dosage to 4 capsules per day (8 per day for adults. Half the dosage with blackcurrant oil). Other necessary co-factors are vitamins A and B, magnesium, zinc and iron. 
Supplementation with lecithin can help some but watch the source if you’re allergic to soy, as soy lecithin is everywhere. Lecithin is an emulsifier. It may not work if there is a wheat allergy either.

Vaccines may not be in the best interests of a person with eczema because they already have a skewed immune response and is sensitive to a number of allergens, or has a biochemical challenge that they need to cope with.

 Absolutely avoid all trans fats, as they compete with essential fatty acids. 
For infants-Do not give grains as first foods. Stick to fruits, veggies, meats and egg yolks for the first year at least.

Books you may find helpful:

Breaking the Vicious Cycle” by Elaine Gottschall 

Enzymes for Autism” by Karen DeFelice  
Superimmunity for Kids” by Leo Galland MD 
(Supplementing with essential fatty acids and probiotics is the essential first step in treating eczema) 
Nourishing Traditions” by Sally Fallon  

Homemade Holistic Remedies for Coughs, Poison Ivy, Electrolyte solution

Type 1


1 quart water

2 ounces dextrose (corn syrup)

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

Combine all ingredients

 Electrolyte is a general term for sodium, potassium, chloride and magnesium.

 Electrolyte supplements help to restore electrolytes that may be lost by dehydration or used for the stress associated with moving, sorting, or vaccinations.


Type 2

Homemade Electrolyte Solution


2 quarts water

 1-teaspoon baking soda

 1-teaspoon salt

7 Tablespoons sugar

1 packet Sugar-Free Kool-Aid

1/2-teaspoon salt substitute

The salt substitute and Kool-Aid are optional. Store in the refrigerator. Be creative; use your special Kool-Aid to make ice cubes so it will stay cool in their bottle or sippy-cup. Or, insert toothpicks into your ice cubes before freezing and make homemade popsicles. This contains sugar; it will eventually go bad so check any that has sat for a long time.


How to take the itch out of poison ivy :

When your child gets poison Ivy give them a vinegar bath. Put two cups of vinegar in running warm water. It will help take the itch out.


Instant Relief for Cough:

 Take vapor rub and put on the child’s or adult’s feet all over and then put on a pair of socks. Your child won’t cough for at least 8 hours. Great for the nighttime when you don’t want to wake them for medicine.


 Home-made Cough Syrup

2 tablespoons of honey 

 2 tablespoons of lemon juice

Mix this together.

Take 1/2-1 teaspoon as needed or cough. Can be used for kids as well as adults.