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Television damages brain structure of children


Watching too much television can actually cause harmful changes to a child's brain structure, according to a study conducted by researchers from Tohoku University in Japan and published in the journal Cerebral Cortex. The more television watched, the more severe the changes.

Groundbreaking study reveals biological basis for sensory processing disorders in kids


Sensory processing disorder (SPD) is a condition in which the brain misperceives sensory information and processes information inefficiently. Such misperception profoundly affects how well a person makes sense of, responds to and functions in the world.

Vaccine lies: Whooping cough outbreaks being triggered by vaccinated children


It is a common myth perpetuated by both the entrenched system of monopolistic medicine and the mainstream media that unvaccinated children are the social scourge responsible for triggering outbreaks of rare diseases like pertussis (whooping cough), measles and shingles. But the scientific literature suggests otherwise, showing in many cases that vaccinated children are the ones largely responsible for triggering and spreading disease.

Bloomberg unleashes mandatory vaccination of children


New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg successfully pushed a highly controversial mandate through his NYC Board of Health on Wednesday, which stipulates all children between the ages of 6 months and 4 years, 11 months, that attend a NYC licensed daycare or pre-school must receive the annual flu shot. Set to go into effect in approximately 30 days, the mandate is expected to affect as many as 150,000 children in the NYC area. Autism activists and enraged parents held a protest Wednesday morning in resistance to the proposed mandate, yet their voices went unheard by the Bloomberg appointees, as the measure passed unanimously. Angry that their rights as parents were being infringed upon and angry at the dangers that the vaccine will pose to children, the group, as well as supporters around the country, was clearly disturbed.

Five simple tips for combating childhood obesity


Over the last 30 years, childhood obesity has doubled in young children and tripled in teens. Approximately one out of every three children are overweight or obese in the United States today, and children in the African American and Hispanic community are experiencing even higher childhood obesity rates. The Let's Move! campaign founded by Michelle Obama cites many factors contributing to the obesity epidemic. An increase in portion size, processed foods, fast foods and snacking coupled with a decrease in home cooked meals and physical activity has wreaked havoc on our youths' state of health. Another key factor is the amount of time children spend watching television, playing video games and using other electronics such as computers or cells phones. Research shows that the average 8- to 18-year-old now spends about 7.5 hours per day using electronics.

Millions of children dumbed down and drugged up on schedule II amphetamines


There is a silent tragedy taking place, mostly in the USA, as countless millions of children of all ages are being erroneously administered doses of amphetamine class drugs multiple times each day. These drugs are otherwise illegal, schedule II, in the same highly addictive group as cocaine, morphine and opium banned in most of the world. Why are innocent children being medically abused in this way?

Vinyl flooring linked to asthma in children


Children who lived in homes with vinyl floors were more likely to develop asthma than children who lived in homes with other types of flooring, according to a new study conducted in Sweden. The association was strongest for children whose parents had vinyl flooring in their bedrooms during pregnancy.

Vinyl floors expose children to toxic phthalates


The thyroid and its hormone function are under constant attack from plasticizers called phthalates. Phthalates are manufactured to make plastics more flexible and harder to break; however, these plasticizers do the opposite in the human body, slowing it down and throwing it off balance. In the body, phthalates break down into metabolites and decrease hormone levels in the thyroid. This is a serious problem, especially in children, whose bodies depend on healthy thyroid hormone levels for growth, energy, reproduction and development.