DISTURBING report finds that 20 million American schoolchildren have been prescribed antidepressants


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In many ways the world is a far more complex, difficult place to live in now than it was 20 or 30 years ago. Social media places children under increasing pressure – and at an ever decreasing age – to look perfect, have limitless “friends” and lead apparently perfect lives. Many parents work longer hours than in previous decades, leaving them with little time and energy to spend with their kids. And children are under immense pressure to perform academically and on the sports field.

In previous years, kids could generally be found playing outside with their friends or chatting to them on the phone, but modern society leaves children isolated from one another, spending more time with virtual “friends” than real-life ones. Many spend most of their time online, hardly ever venturing outside.

This toxic mix of external pressures and isolation can leave children, particularly those struggling through adolescence, feeling depressed and confused. The solution for many parents and healthcare professionals is to simply prescribe them antidepressant medications like selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). This “solution” is so widely favored, in fact, that a disturbing report by the Citizens Commission on Human Rights found that around 20 million American schoolchildren have been prescribed these dangerous drugs.

Antidepressant use in children rises sharply in seven years

Antidepressant medications are, in fact, not recommended for children under the age of 18, but you would never know that if you were to judge by the way doctors hand out prescriptions for these drugs like candy.

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According to the Daily Mail, a study recently published in the European Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology, which studied antidepressant use in children under the age of 18 in five western countries, found that there was an alarming increase in the number of prescriptions for these drugs between 2005 and 2012.

In Denmark, prescriptions for children increased by 60 percent; prescription numbers soared more than 54 percent in the United Kingdom; in Germany, they rose by 49 percent; the United States saw a 26 percent increase; and there was a 17 percent increase in antidepressant prescriptions for children in the Netherlands during that period.

This is shocking because a 2016 study published in the respected British Medical Journal, which evaluated the mental health of 18,500 children prescribed antidepressant medications, found that not only are the benefits of these drugs “below what is clinically relevant” (i.e. they don’t work), but children taking them are twice as likely to exhibit suicidal or aggressive behaviors than children who do not.

The study also found that the drug manufacturers are not only aware of this fact but that they actively try to hide the risks by labeling suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts as “worsening of depression” or “emotional liability” rather than admitting that they are side effects of the medication.

“Despite what you’ve been led to believe, antidepressants have repeatedly been shown in long-term scientific studies to worsen the course of mental illness — to say nothing of the risks of liver damage, bleeding, weight gain, sexual dysfunction, and reduced cognitive function they entail,” warned holistic women’s health psychiatrist, Dr. Kelly Brogan, writing for Green Med Info. “The dirtiest little secret of all is the fact that antidepressants are among the most difficult drugs to taper from, more so than alcohol and opiates.

“While you might call it ‘going through withdrawal,’ we medical professionals have been instructed to call it ‘discontinuation syndrome,’ which can be characterized by fiercely debilitating physical and psychological reactions. Moreover, antidepressants have a well-established history of causing violent side effects, including suicide and homicide. In fact, five of the top 10 most violence-inducing drugs have been found to be antidepressants.”

This doesn’t mean that our children need to be left to struggle through depression and isolation without any help, however. Experts recommend family, individual and other therapies, lifestyle changes including exercise and dietary changes, and spending more time outdoors with family and friends as healthy, side-effect-free ways to help kids cope.

Learn more about the dangers of antidepressant drugs at Psychiatry.news.

Sources include:

GreenMedInfo.com

Independent.co.uk

DailyMail.co.uk

ScienceDaily.com

Study: Children with IBS found to be deficient in vitamin D


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As many as one in six children suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and its uncomfortable symptoms, including cramps, bloating, diarrhea and constipation. However, it appears that many children with IBS are also deficient in vitamin D.

A study published in PLOS ONE revealed that more than 90 percent of children with IBS lack vitamin D.

Being deficient in vitamin D likewise increases their risk for decreased bone mass, as having adequate vitamin D levels is important for the growth and development of bones of children.

In the study, the researchers analyzed the medical records of 55 children with IBS and compared their data to 116 healthy controls. The results revealed that one out of every two children with IBS is deficient in vitamin D compared to one out of every four healthy children and adolescents without IBS.

The study further looked into the association between vitamin D status and the presence of anxiety, depression, and migraine headaches that often come with IBS. Patients with IBS and migraine had significantly lower vitamin D levels compared to controls, which suggests that supplementing with Vitamin D might improve their headache symptoms.

With these findings, the researchers recommend pediatric IBS patients to monitor their vitamin D status and supplement with vitamin D if they are deficient in the vitamin.

More on vitamin D

Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium, which is one of the building blocks of bone. Vitamin D also plays a role in the nervous, muscle, and immune systems. There are three ways to get vitamin D: through the skin, from food, and from supplements. Foods that are naturally rich in vitamin D include fatty fish like salmon and tuna, beef liver, raw cheese, mushrooms, and egg yolks. After being exposed to sunlight, the body naturally produces vitamin D. However, too much exposure to the sun can result in skin aging and skin cancer, which is why many people try to get their vitamin D from other sources.

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The amount of vitamin D a person needs every day depends on their age. The recommended amounts of vitamin D are the following:

  • Birth to 12 months: 400 international units (IU)
  • Children 1 to 13 years: 600 IU
  • Teens 14 to 18 years: 600 IU
  • Adults 19 to 70 years: 600 IU
  • Adults 71 years and older: 800 IU
  • Pregnant and breastfeeding women: 600 IU

Unfortunately, many are deficient in vitamin D. In the U.S. alone, approximately 42 percent of the population is vitamin D deficient. People can become deficient in vitamin D for various reasons. Some may not get enough vitamin D in their diet or have a malabsorption problem, in which they could not absorb enough vitamin D from food, while others may not get enough sunlight exposure. Some people may also have problems with their liver or kidneys that these organs cannot convert vitamin D to its active form in the body. Taking certain medicines can also interrupt the body’s ability to covert or absorb vitamin D. (Related: Vitamin D deficiency is widespread among U.S. population, expectant mothers are deficient and giving birth to deficient infants.)

As mentioned earlier, vitamin D is important for bone growth and development. Severe vitamin D deficiency can result in bone density loss, which can contribute to osteoporosis and fractures. Vitamin D deficiency can also result in many other diseases. In children, it can cause rickets, which is a rare condition that causes the bones to become soft and bend. In adults, it can result in osteomalacia, which causes weak bones, bone pain, and muscle weakness.

Read more news stories and studies on the importance of vitamin D by going to VitaminD.news.

Sources include:

UMassMed.edu

MedlinePlus.gov

CantonMercy.org

ADHD and ADD are FAKE disorders stemming from bad schooling practices, HFCS and artificial food coloring


Image: ADHD and ADD are FAKE disorders stemming from bad schooling practices, HFCS and artificial food coloring

Attention-deficit disorders are defined as brain disorders marked by ongoing patterns of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity, to an extent that it interferes with development and functioning. Symptoms include wandering off task, difficulty sustaining focus, disorganization, defiance, constant movement, fidgeting, tapping, talking, and the inability to delay immediate gratification. Sounds like every adult who’s jacked up on coffee while stuck sitting on a hard chair at some boring work meeting while playing on their smart devices and completely disconnected from the speaker and the content being presented.

Today’s elementary and secondary school curriculum and testing is still based on memorizing rote facts (which are mostly inaccurate), filling in the “blanks,” taking multiple choice quizzes and tests, and raising hands to answer questions posed by the teachers.

Meanwhile, most school breakfasts and lunches (including what most kids bring from home) are chock full of processed foods that contain high fructose corn syrup, artificial coloring, artificial flavoring, concentrated salts, pesticides, and fluoride (think of the water fountains). Children and teens are consuming pop tarts, sugar-laden cereals, soda and energy drinks without knowing the detrimental behavior effects. Plus, kids eat candy throughout the day, some coming from home and the rest from teachers who use genetically modified treats as rewards for “good behavior.” How ironic.

What year did Christopher Columbus arrive in America, and what are the long division steps for dividing 2,437 by 389? Exactly. Who cares.

First off, let’s address what kids are learning in school these days, and how most of the curriculum is cannon fodder, including outdated “skills” and “strategies” that don’t even apply to the real world in any form at all. Unless you’re appearing on the Jeopardy game show, trivia doesn’t matter at all. As for long division, nobody needs to know that dead dinosaur at all. We have computers, smart devices and even watches with calculators now.

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Kids don’t engage learning unless they’re engaged in collaboration, creativity, communication, critical thinking, and citizenship (The 5 C’s of 21st century learning).

Rote memory learning drives any human being crazy. Children are brilliant, and no curriculum in the world that’s based on rote memorization, boring worksheets, and taking multiple choice tests will ever keep them quiet, still, and “paying attention” for more than a couple minutes. Students want to know the answers to their questions like, “What does this have to do with the real world?” and “How does this help us get smarter?”

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Every single “symptom” of ADHD and ADD is a symptom of poorly planned educational systems, lack of real world connections, and bad diet

In the DSM-IV (The American Psychiatric Association manual and the pages describing diagnostic criteria for Attention Deficit Disorders), any children who can’t pay attention for extended periods of time, who don’t complete their homework, or who are often distracted by “extraneous stimuli” are in need of prescription psyche medications. According to DSM-IV, “symptoms must be present for at least 6 months …” and required to cause “some impairment in at least two settings” for a diagnosis of a brain disorder to be applied. The DSM-V is even worse, and offers no clear guidelines. Well, did the DSM-IV offer any “clear” guidelines? What’s clear is that psychiatrists can now diagnose ANY child or adolescent anytime with ADD or ADHD.

What’s clear is that students need real world education instead of memorizing facts for tests that they completely forget three days later. What’s clear is that science proves that artificial food colorings, soda, and high fructose corn syrup cause severe hypersensitivity reactions, affect behavior, reduce cognition, deplete the retention of information, and cause mental distress. Where’s all that information in the DSM manuals?

15 Million pounds of artificial dyes are put in U.S. foods, drinks, candy, and medicine every year

There has been a 55 percent increase in U.S. toxic food dyes just since the year 2000. There are over 15 million pounds of dyes put in foods, drinks, candy and medicine every year, and the FDA does nothing to protect consumers from the barrage of poison.

Did you know that the industrial-based food dye Yellow #5 affects behavior and induces severe hypersensitivity reactions? Fact: Teenagers who drink more than one large soda (4 glasses) per day experience mental health difficulties, including hyperactivity and mental distress, according to a study recently published in the American Journal of Public Health. Those same soda drinkers also score lower on tests, per the scientific research conducted.

In conclusion, if your child is “suffering” from ADD or ADHD symptoms, before you rush to a medical quack for SSRI drugs that cause severe depression, suicides, and homicidal tendencies, change your child’s diet to organic foods (stop buying school meals all together), and talk to the school’s principals and administrators about engaging the students with some real world curriculum.

Sources for this article include:

HelpforADD.com

NIMH.nih.gov

TotallyADD.com

NaturalNews.com

NaturalNews.com

NCBI.nlm.nih.gov

Food.news

If You Experienced Emotional Abuse As A Child, You Probably Do These Things As An Adult


Being a parent is a lot more than just sponsoring your kids for their education, food, and shelter. It’s a lot about giving them a strong foundation and raising good humans. Of course, every person is responsible for their behavior but it cannot be denied that we learn a lot from our surroundings in our childhood.

People say that kids don’t learn what you tell them. They instead learn what they see you doing. Maybe this is why we call homes our first school. It sounds harsh, but the truth is, not all parents are good parents. Some of them are the reason for raising difficult adults.

Emotional abuse as a child

Now if you look around yourself, you might come across certain people in your life who are tough. Not physically. They are just emotionally tough people. They do have weird habits which push people away from them and they come across as mean. But the truth yet remains to be at the grass-roots level that nobody was born bad.

There is always a reason for being a certain way, for having a particular set of morals and mindset. There are certain traits which are found in every person who has experienced child abuse in their past, which has made them the person they are today. To find out what these traits are, continue reading.

Pent Up Anger:

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People who have experienced emotional abuse in their childhood do not often succeed in finding a way to channelize negative emotions out of their body. This is why all the anger, fear and aggression come get bottled up within and flow out only when it becomes overwhelming.

Anxiety And Depression:

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For someone who has grown in a negative atmosphere, it is only expected for them to be anxious and depressed adults. They feel so heavy and hollow all at once. Sometimes they even question the authenticity of love.

Crowd Pleaser:

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For someone who has faced abuse as a child, validation plays a huge role. They like to make people feel fine even at the expense of their own emotions. They are afraid of others anger. Rather they are scared of being unpleasant around people and are scared of losing their company. Their hearts are emotionally weak because of how they were made to see the world in their growing age.

They Are Afraid To Stand Up For Themselves:

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The main stage of confidence build up is childhood. How you make a child feel about themselves at a young age will determine how they think about themselves as adults. Emotional abuse sufferers are terrified of standing up for themselves because firstly, they avoid being a part of conflicts and secondly because they also fear taking actions.

12 Simple Steps for Guiding Our Children Into Their Highest Expressions


As parents during this intense and exciting time on Earth, we accepted and/or chose an extremely important job.   We are guiding the next caretakers of the Earth and evolution of humanity.

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Our children are growing up in a world where they are faced with challenges unlike those we have ever seen.  The world is literally at their fingertips, and although this has great opportunity when applied correctly, it also brings constant distraction and stimulation, therefore pulling them away from connecting with Nature and looking inward and knowing who they are.

Not only this, but with climate change, a contaminated food chain, toxic water,  questionable vaccines and out dated school programs, it has never been more important for us as parents to be “awake.”

Because the truth is, we can thrive here if we are living our lives by heart-centered decisions that are led by our intuition, and not by the lies and propaganda that we have been told.

And yes, it may seem impossible to not get caught in the traps, but when we teach our children awareness, and allow their “awakened selves” to shine through, they will be aware of the traps and will be able to see them for what they are.  When we are aware, we are impossible to trap.

And essentially, we will be creating the peaceful, joyous Earth that we all came here to create.

A misconception that I have noticed around our children commonly known as the Indigo’s, starseeds, etc., is that they are automatically “tuned in” and kind or that they would never do or say something rude or questionable.

But what I have experienced with my oldest son, Shep, is that, yes, he is incredibly sensitive, and he is “tuned in”, but he is also clearing SO much old karma and re-balancing back to his Highest Expresssion of himself in this lifetime, that he has been susceptible to all kinds of interference and questionable behaviour.

Shep is, in his Divine Nature, a sweetie.  He loves to hug and snuggle, but he also would experience intense and erratic mood swings.  You never knew what kind of day you were going to have with him.  His highs were high – loving, jokey, and creative.  And his lows were low – brooding, angry, sulky, withdrawn.  Never mean but constantly unpredictable.

As a parent, it can be heartbreaking to see your child in this unhappy little body and know that they are in there, but how do you get to them?

It was also heartbreaking and disappointing when we would hear of something completely out of character that he had done, because you just knew that that wasn’t really him.

And afterwards, he always felt awful, but he could barely remember doing it.  It was as if he had no control over himself.  He struggled to communicate or give any explanation, as there really wasn’t one that he knew of.

Because he really didn’t know, beause it wasn’t really the “true” Shep.  His energy body was so influenced by energetic cords from past lives and outer stimulation’s (and we live on a secluded farm), that the real Shep was unable to shine through and be in control all of the time.

So how do we guide our children into the Highest expressions of themselves?

Energetic Cord Clearing

This simple practice has worked wonders for my older kids as they seem to have come into this life with a lot of old baggage to clear out.  My article An Empowering Cord Cutting Exercise for Childrengives an easy technique for doing so, or you can visit an energy worker/healer who can help.

I have found with my kids that explaining how energy works has been extremely empowering for them because understanding how energy works is understanding how EVERYTHING works.

That essentially, everything you “put out there” will come back to you, and that everything you do to others you are doing to yourself.

That energy always attracts energy of the same frequency or vibration, and when we have a “high” vibration, we attract other people and experiences with a high vibration as well.  These include love and joy, kindness, compassion, and vitality.

I often ask my kids, “what are you feeding?”  Which energy pathway are you focusing on and giving energy to?  What we focus on, we strengthen.

Simply knowing how energy works awakens our children to the truth that we are powerful beings, and that they always have control over their own energy.

And when things don’t always go their way?

“It’s All For You”

These four little words relieve a whole lot of pressure.  Because no matter what, the experience was meant to teach you something and help you grow into who you are meant to become.  I often ask my kids after something happened, such as, “what did you learn?”

The importance of looking for the lesson is life-altering.  We begin to trust Life, because we know that it is always looking out for our best interest.  And when we acknowledge and look for the lesson, Life will not have to repeat it.

“You are Already Good”

Not long ago, when we were going through a major shift and purging, Shep’s behaviour was hitting an all time unpredictability.

Whoever he happened to be around at the time, he became.  He always joined in and seemed to have no self control.

After a certain incident at school, he came home crying, “Help me be good! I want to be good! I don’t know how!”

I hugged him, and the only words that I could think to tell him were, “You are already good.  You have always been good.  You just have to believe it.  I will help you, but I can’t do it for you.  You have to believe it yourself.”

Shep made a decision that day to be true to himself, and his willpower shifted his entire energy field.  Although we had been clearing constantly, he had to reach a level of maturity and awareness where he could let it go and stand strong in himself.

He changed who he was hanging around with at school as he could recognize their influence.  I told him, “You can still play with them as long as they are behaving in a way that is true to you.  And when they are not, walk away.  You do not have to join in.”

I have to say, Shep’s older sister, Summer, has been a wonderful teacher of this lesson.  At ten years old, she has an ability of always being aligned with who she is.  She can simply observe from a neutral standpoint and never get carried away and join in.

Affirmations

We did a lot of them. We fine tuned them to project what Shep was wanting most of all; to trust himself, and for his family to be able to trust him as well.

Shep wrote them out and we placed them where he could see them everyday as a reminder to help solidify new beliefs into his being.

They were, “I am good. I am strong. I love myself. I can trust myself to always do what is true for me. My family can trust me too.”

I did constant reminders to him when he would step out the door for school, “be strong in who you are”, or “you will remember who you are”.

Eating Clean, High Vibration Food

What we take into our bodies has to match the vibration that we are encouraging.  Therefore, as little processed food as possible, lots of organic fruits and veggies, if possible, and lots of water.  My kids have always been exceptionally thirsty during these shifts, as we are moving a lot of energy and as we are mostly made of water, keeping hydrated is essential.  Shep still occasionally craves meat, but I always tell my kids, “Listen to your bodies”, so we ensure that the meat that is eaten has been ethically raised, which for Shep, happens to be right here on our farm.

Connect with the Earth

Plant a garden or a planter box with your child. Develop a relationship with Nature.  Mother Earth is here for us as we are here for her.  We form a connection and an interaction by showing respect and kindness to all beings.  Set an example by stepping around the bugs, hugging the trees, and giving thanks to Mother Earth for the food that you eat or the home that you live in.

I like to ask, “What does Nature have to teach me today?”

You will soon find Nature responding to you and “seeking you out.”  Because as we change the way we look at things, the things we look at will change.

One of the greatest gifts that we can teach our children is that magic is real and is around us at all times.  Encourage your child to help Nature with something as simple as setting up a colorful  bowl of water with stones for the bees and butterflies to land on while they drink.

My children and I do regular garbage pick ups when we are out and about.  I always tell them, “Don’t expect somebody else to do it.  If everybody picked up garbage everytime they seen it, what a different world this would be.  Be kind to Mother Earth.  She feels everything you do and she’ll thank you in many ways.”  This simple lesson will instill responsibility for the world around them and hopefully a proactive approach to Life as they grow up.

So many have the attitude, “it’s not my garbage, why should I pick it up?”

Well it’s not Mother Earth’s either, so pick it up!  Your fellow species dumped it there, so take responsibility for it.

Make Self-Love a Daily Routine

Our children need to feel love for themselves if they are to heal and shine in their Highest Expression.  Every night at bed, and every morning when they wake up, I have my kids look into a mirror and say “I love you.”  Have them look straight into their own eyes.  Encourage them to go farther and give themselves compliments such as , “I love how unique you are”, or “You are so kind to others, you really are making this world a better place” or “You are important and are bringing light to this world.”

Lets face it, the days will go by regardless, so we may as well love ourselves and make the choice to be happy with who we are.

Gratitude

By far, one of the fastest emotions to shift energy to a higher vibration.  In the morning, they can thank their bed for a good night sleep or they can thank a pet for their love and comfort.  There are literally opportunities for gratitude everywhere we look.  And when we are appreciative for what we have, we open our energy pathways to more things to be grateful for.  These are the basics that will spark an awakening and cultivate fulfillment and contentment.

“Own your Weirdness”

Afraid of getting picked on, Shep was hiding his interests and his unique qualities that make him special.  I told him, “the things that make you weird are your gifts to the world.  These are the things that you need to be most proud of.”

We come into this world with gifts, and we are meant to share them.  But this can be hard when we are living in a world of conformity and judgement where just being yourself takes great courage.

This hits a personal cord with me, as I have just been recently learning and owning this lesson myself.  I can now speak from experience that everything that I was hiding because I was scared of not being accepted, were actually my most special, helpful gifts to the world.

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Encourage your child daily, and let them know that all amazing things in this world were, at one time, weird.

Forgiveness

Is Shep still getting teased?  Of course, as he goes to a public school.  Shep is learning that people will always have something to say to those who stand out.  But he now knows that he has the choice to let it bother him.  He also knows that it is the most insecure children that tease and bully others, so he actually feels compassion in knowing that these children need love the most and are not feeling it.  And it’s not that all of these kids come from “troubled” homes either.  It’s just that they simply do not understand the basics of energy, because if they knew better, they would do better.  When we are truly loving and kind with ourselves, we cannot hurt others, as it simply will not match our vibration.  If they understood what they are feeding and bringing back upon themselves, as energy always attracts energy of the same vibration, they would behave quite differently.

I also have Shep do cord cutting with anyone who upsets him, as well as a forgiveness exercise.

I have him imagine that person standing in front of him.  Then I have him tell that person everything that he would like to say to them.  Let the person really have it, get it out.  Then he forgives them and thanks them for the lesson.  Then we ask a Spirit guide to cut any energetic cords that may be left.  This way there is no “charge” left between them, and Shep feels strong.

Shep looked at me like I was crazy the first time that I told him to thank a particular someone who had been rude to him.  But then we discussed how he had now learned what it feels like to be judged, and that he would be more compassionate to others because he knows how it feels.

Bullies are teachers. “Bad” experiences are teachers.  Have your child ask, “What am I supposed to learn from this?”

It is important to point out that we do not have to agree with what someone did to forgive them. We are actually helping ourselves and taking back our power when we forgive.

Our children need to remember their power and their strength.  And again, when things don’t go the way we thought they should, we have a choice to learn something from it and move on.

If your child is unhappy with their own previous behaviour, have them do the forgiveness exercise with themselves.  They can also place anyone in front of themselves that they would like to apologize to.  This will clear and shift energy and allow your child to move forward stronger in their own being.

Binaural Beats

With the advice from a wise, psychic friend of mine, I also had Shep listening to binaural beats, which help to develop pathways in the brain and balance energy.  There are lots to choose from on youtube, and  I let Shep listen to them and choose which ones he liked.  For about a month straight, he fell asleep to them and he would listen to them as soon as he got home from school.    His “beats” he called them, helped him feel calm and “happy”.  They were also a catalyst for clearing, and Shep did reach an all time high of dreams during this time.  A lot of his dreams were past life memories coming up to clear, and they were not always pleasant.  But after going through it, he is much lighter now.  Comfort your child through these times, listen to them, and don’t tell them it is just their imagination, but let them know that they don’t have to be afraid and that it can’t hurt them.

I have always been very honest with my kids about what is going on, and to them, it’s not really a surprise.  Actually, it makes perfect sense.  They know that they don’t have to attach to what is clearing, they can just watch it go.  It isn’t always pretty, but it is leaving them.

It was during this time that Shep was also having lots of pain in his third eye and crown chakra areas.  With the advice from my same friend, a dab of Vetiver essential oil was really helpful when placed on these areas.  But other grounding, earthy essential oils would help as well, and there are many to choose from, so go with what feels best for you.  Some include frankincense, patchouli, sandalwood, lavender, to name a few.

A different friend was having the same issues with her children, and she found that a glass of water with a teaspoon of Himalayan salt and a splash of lemon juice was helpful for easing the pain as well (this is also a great detox recipe).

Limit the Gadgets

While it is necessary for our children to know technology and be able to use it, it does have to be limited.  I can just “feel” their energy become imbalanced when they have been in front of a screen for too long.

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Remind your children that the world around them is real.  Nature, people, animals, their family.  Make them aware that they are being sucked into something that isn’t real.  Encourage them to engage with the world around them.  Play a game.  Go for a walk.  Notice what you see/hear/smell around you.  Engage their senses.  Invite them into the kitchen and cook a healthy meal together.   Discuss the ingredients that you are using.

Limit your social media time when you are around them.  Be comfortable in just sitting in stillness while you are waiting.  We do not always need to check our phones.

Encourage conversation with strangers instead while you are in a waiting room or at a check out line.

This is your life.  Be engaged.  Accept it.  Show up for it.

I have one last story that I would like to share that will display the growth and progress that Shep has undergone, as well as the effectiveness of these exercises.

Last year, Shep took to wearing fake glasses, not because he needed them to see, but because he liked the way he felt in them.  They were a heavy, black framed “Clark Kent” style of glasses that he would wear when reading, drawing, and writing stories.  They seemed to allow him to feel his creativity, and essentially, his “true” self.

We let him wear them, but I did warn him, “if you truly want glasses and keep saying that you do, you will end up needing to wear them.”

One year later, we are at the eye doctor because Shep has difficulty reading and comes home from school with sore eyes and a headache.

Yep.  Shep needs glasses, for real, not pretend anymore.

As he was quite happily searching the wall of frames, a pair gabbed his attention.  They of course have thick frames and a “Clark Kentness” quality.

He excitedly tried them on and exclaimed, “I want these ones!”

The “helpful” lady working there smiled at me, and said “oh, but there are so many to choose from, why don’t you try these ones on?” as she handed a very modern, thin framed pair to Shep.

Shep looked at the glasses in her hand with disappointment, but politely he accepted them and tried them on.

“Well those look nice on you”, the lady encouraged.

I could see Shep’s deflation from the excited little boy he was a moment earlier.

Looking in Shep’s eyes I said, “Shep, you are the one who is going to be wearing these glasses, so it only matters that you are happy with them.  Tell me, what does your heart tell you?”

Shep’s eyes lit up and a smile flashed across his face.  He swiped the modern frames off his face and replaced them with the Clark Kent’s.

“These ones!”

Relieved to see his spark returned, I said, “Great.  Then those are the ones.  Don’t even bother looking at the rest, they’ll only confuse you.”

Shocked, but not rude, the helpful lady measured up the Clark Kent frames and assured Shep that they would work just fine.

The lesson for me?

To trust my child in making his own decisions.

Glasses are personal and for Shep, a creative way of expressing himself.

How could I interfere with that?

We are here to guide and protect, not control our children.

We went to the grocery store afterwards, and Shep noticed an elderly lady in the line up behind us at the check out purchasing a couple big bags of cat food.

He whispered to me, “Mom, I’m going to help her lift those into her car.”

“That’s a wonderful idea, Shep.  Go for it.”

So Shep and Summer offered their help and the lady, also shocked, but pleasantly surprised, gladly accepted.

When Shep returned, he was beaming, “That felt so good!  I love helping people!”

I was beaming as well, but not out of pride or ego, but out of joy for Shep.  For he was feeling who he truly is, the Shep that I would always catch glimpses of before he disappeared.

This is who we all are, and this is how we will create a peaceful world.

Shep told me not long ago, “Mom, I finally feel like people can see me.  Before this, I always felt like I was “behind the scenes”, and who everyone could see wasn’t really me.”

You can imagine my relief and happiness as a mother to hear him say that.

Although Shep has had his “dark” times, he has emerged true to who he is.  He had to learn that happiness comes from within, and that it is not something external that happens to us.  It is a choice that we make every moment of every day.  He had to learn to trust Life so that he can trust himself.  He is learning that our greatest challenges are our greatest teachers.

We all emerge and grow more into ourselves everyday.

Everyday I ask, “Help me guide my children to their Highest Expressions of themselves.”

I have written many affirmations as well, stating that my children are strong in their own beings and are aligning with the vibration of their soul purpose.

I realize that there will always be new challenges, but I have witnessed enough growth to know that there are always tools and answers available to us, if we are open to them.

I have realized, as a parent, that my children are my greatest teachers and have helped me emerge into my Highest Expression of myself.

(oh, and I have also mentioned to Shep that once he has grown tired of wearing glasses, he can decide that he doesn’t want to wear them anymore)

I sincerely hope that you have found this helpful and I wish you joy on the journey.

I would love to hear from you!  I can be contacted via my website jessieklassen.com where you can sign up to receive my weekly email with helpful advice, lessons from Nature, blog posts and latest articles. You can also reach me via email.

Love and blessings,

Jessie

The Sapling

Enjoy fun activities and energy exercises to encourage growth, self-confidence, and awareness in you and your child while developing a close relationship with Nature in Jessie’s children’s book, “The Sapling.”

An inspiring story from the Trees for the children of Earth, “The Sapling” has vivid, full colour Nature illustrations that will appeal to younger children and powerful Life lessons that will grow with your child, just like a Tree!

“The Sapling” is the first book in Jessie’s Nature Child Children’s Book Series, committed to helping children grow into who they truly are meant to be.  It will be available on Amazon in the summer of 2017.

A portion of proceeds will be donated to the Nature Conservancy of Canada and to the Treesisters for reforestation and the conservation of our Earth.

Should all children be routinely screened for Scoliosis?


https://speciality.medicaldialogues.in/should-all-children-be-routinely-screened-for-scoliosis/

Children need microbes not antibiotics to develop immunity, scientists say


Hyper-hygienic environments can lead to chronic conditions

Allowing children to play with dirt actually helps them build their immune systems and reduce their chances of developing chronic conditions, such as asthma.
Allowing children to play with dirt actually helps them build their immune systems and reduce their chances of developing chronic conditions, such as asthma.

Yes, it’s important to wash your hands. It’s critical during cold and flu season and especially if you visit someone at the hospital.

The problem is — in the West at least — parents have taken the business of keeping clean way too far.

New science shows that a lot of the tiny organisms called microbes that we’re so busy blasting away with our hand sanitizers, antibacterial soaps and liberal doses of antibiotics are having a profoundly negative impact on our kids’ immune systems, says microbiologist Marie-Claire Arrieta, co-author of a new book called Let Them Eat Dirt: Saving Our Children from an Oversanitized World.

The assistant professor at the University of Calgary, along with her co-author, esteemed microbiologist Brett Finlay, make the case that we’re raising our kids in a cleaner, more hyper-hygienic environment than ever before. They say that overdoing it the way we are is contributing to a host of chronic conditions ranging from allergies to obesity. I chatted with Arrieta recently to find out more.

What inspired you and Finlay to write Let Them Eat Dirt?

We’re both microbiologists and we’ve been studying the community of microbes that live in our guts — what we call our gut microbiome. In recent years research from our lab and other labs has shown that the health of this microbiome early in life is really crucial to our lifelong health. It’s not just that we’re scientists but we’re both parents. We thought that parents and caregivers would really benefit from us bringing this knowledge to the public.

We’ve been hearing for some time that overusing antibiotics may lead to antibiotic-resistant hospital infections, something we may associate with the elderly and other immune-compromised people. But I gather the implications are much more immediate and individual than that. What’s the connection between microbes and the development of the immune system in childhood?

When we’re born we do not have any microbes. Our immune system is underdeveloped. But as soon as microbes come into the picture, they kick-start our immune system to work properly. Without microbes our immune system can’t fight infections well.

 It’s not just the presence of these microbes but what they produce. They produce molecules and substances that directly interact with the cells of the lining in our guts, but also with the immune cells that are on the other side of the lining in our guts. They literally train them. It is only upon the encounter with these microbial substances that an immune cell obtains the information to do what they’re supposed to do. Then these cells in our gut have the ability to transport themselves to other parts of the body to do more training.

It was rare when we were growing up to learn of a peer having a severe nut allergy. In the book you touch on a theory known as the “hygiene hypothesis.” What is that?

The hygiene hypothesis tries to explain why allergies, as well as obesity and inflammatory bowel disease and even autism, these are all diseases on the rise. And this is not explained by genes alone. Our genes simply do not change that fast. Research is consistently showing that it’s these changes in early life exposure to microbes that are driving the rise of these diseases. The lack of microbial exposure early in life that is necessary for our immune systems to be trained properly and to eventually be able to avoid the development of these diseases.

Are there things parents can do — and not do — to make sure they develop a good healthy microbiome and perhaps lower the chances of children contracting allergies, asthma and other related conditions?

Epidemiological evidence shows that kids who are growing up on a farm environment have way less chance of developing asthma. Of course you cannot just pick up your things and become a farmer, but what this suggests is that living in an environment that is less clean is actually better. The same is true for owning a pet, specifically a dog. Let your baby safely play with dogs.

Studies have also shown that cleaning everything that goes in baby’s mouth increases their chances of asthma. The incidence of developing asthma is decreased if the pacifier is cleaned in the parent’s mouth. And all of this points to the fact that we are just living too clean, to a point that it is not beneficial. Hygiene is crucial to our health. We should not stop washing our hands, but we should do it at a time when it is effective at preventing disease spread — before we eat and after using the restroom. Any other time it is not necessary. So if your child is out in the backyard playing with dirt, you do not need to remove that dirt. There’s no benefit from doing so. There has to be a balance between preventing infection, which is still a real threat in society, but also promoting this microbial exposure that is healthy.

Majority of parents with children at home don’t lock up prescribed opioids, study finds


Despite rise in opioid dependency in the U.S., a majority of parents who have prescription opioids at home do not report storing them safely, according to a new study published today in the journal Pediatrics.

Just 32 percent of parents of young children under the age 7 reported storing prescription opioids safely — in a latched or locked location — researchers from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health said in the study. The percentage was even lower for parents of older children between the ages of 7 and 17 — 11.7 percent. Parents who had children in both age groups leaned closer to those with young children; 29 percent reported storing the medications safely.

“Our work shines a light on the pervasiveness of unsafely stored opioids in American homes with children,” says study lead author Eileen McDonald, MS, faculty with the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy, said in a statement today. “Unsafely stored opioids can contribute to accidental ingestions among younger children and pilfering by older children, especially high school students.”

The study included data from 681 adults with children in the home who had been prescribed opioid medications. They were first recruited over the phone and then took a web survey about how they stored the medications.

While illicit opioid drugs like heroin and fenatnyl have grabbed headlines, deaths from prescription opioid drugs have more than quadrupled since 1999, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Most parents indicated that they are aware of the dangers these drugs pose to children, with 70 percent of respondents saying that locking up the opioid drugs “is a good way to keep my child from getting the medication” and “would prevent my child’s friends from getting the medication,” according to the study.

But parents with younger children expressed higher concern about storing their prescription opioids. Almost three-quarters of parents agreed with the statement, “Children can overdose on OPRs more easily than adults,” but those with younger children rated the risk higher on the scale.

Dr. Donna Seger, the executive director of the Tennessee Poison Center and a professor of clinical medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, said many parents know they should keep prescription drugs out of reach for very young children, but may not have the same concerns for adolescents.

“It’s not just a risk in toddlers, it’s a huge risk in adolescents,” Seger said, explaining that teens may start to experiment with different drugs at home. “The medicine cabinet is going to be an important place to get them.”

Opioid use among adolescents has continued to be a problem. Prescription opioid drugs are the second most common drugs used by 12- to 17-year-old children, after marijuana, according to the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health.

“We know that teens who use these drugs recreationally frequently get them from homes where they are easily accessible, increasing their risk for addiction and overdose,” McDonald said in the statement.

Seger added that teens’ nervous systems are still developing, making them more “vulnerable” to drug use.

Overdose fatalities among adolescents and young adults doubled between 1999 and 2008, according to study authors.

Parents may be aware of the dangers around opioid drugs, Seger said, but still feel “my kid wouldn’t do it” and therefore don’t take extra steps to lock up medication.

Understanding the many risks associated with opioid medication, even those that are prescribed, is important for parents of both young children and teens, the study authors and Seger said.

“Both adolescents and parents believe they are prescribed drugs, so they must be safe,” Seger said.

The study points to the need for more research on ways to store opioids more safely in homes and promoting those methods, especially in homes with children.

Children inherit their intelligence from their mother not their father, say scientists


Genes for cleverness are carried on the X chromosome and may be deactivated if they come from the father

A mother’s genetics determines how clever her children are, according to researchers, and the father makes no difference.

Women are more likely to transmit intelligence genes to their children because they are carried on the X chromosome and women have two of these, while men only have one.

But in addition to this, scientists now believe genes for advanced cognitive functions which are inherited from the father may be automatically deactivated.

A category of genes known as “conditioned genes” are thought to work only if they come from the mother in some cases and the father in other cases. Intelligence is believed to be among the conditioned genes that have to come from the mother.

Laboratory studies using genetically modified mice found that those with an extra dose of maternal genes developed bigger heads and brains, but had little bodies. Those with an extra dose of paternal genes had small brains and larger bodies.

Researchers identified cells that contained only maternal or paternal genes in six different parts of the mouse brains which controlled different cognitive functions, from eating habits to memory.

Cells with paternal genes accumulated in parts of the limbic system, which is involved in functions such as sex, food and aggression. But researchers did not find any paternal cells in the cerebral cortex, which is where the most advanced cognitive functions take place, such as reasoning, thought, language and planning.

 Concerned that people might not be like mice, researchers in Glasgow took a more human approach to exploring intelligence. They found the theories extrapolated from mice studies bear out in reality when they interviewed 12,686 young people between the ages of 14 and 22 every year from 1994. Despite taking into account several factors, from the participants education to their race and socio-economic status, the team still found the best predictor of intelligence was the IQ of the mother.However, research also makes it clear that genetics are not the only determinant of intelligence – only 40 to 60 per cent of intelligence is estimated to be hereditary, leaving a similar chunk dependent on the environment.

But mothers have also been found to play an extremely significant role in this non-genetic part of intelligence, with some studies suggesting a secure bond between mother and child is intimately tied to intelligence.

Researchers at the University of Washington found that a secure emotional bond between a mother and child is crucial for the growth of some parts of the brain. After analysing the way a group of mothers related to their children for seven years, the researchers found children who were supported emotionally and had their intellectual needs fulfilled had a 10 per cent larger hippocampus at 13 on average than children whose mothers were emotionally distant. The hippocampus is an area of the brain associated with memory, learning and stress response.

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A strong bond with the mother is thought to give a child a sense of security which allows them to explore the world, and the confidence to solve problems. In addition, devoted, attentive mothers tend to help children solve problems, further helping them to reach their potential.

Of course, there’s no reason why fathers can’t play as big a nurture role as mothers. And researchers point out that a whole array of other gene determined traits – like intuiton and emotions – which can be inherited from the father are also key to unlocking potential intelligence, so fathers – don’t despair.

Stop Giving Codeine to Children, AAP Says


The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is now advising against giving codeine to children.

Although codeine is widely used for pain relief, genetic variability in a patient’s drug metabolism causes varied efficacy results, according to a new clinical report from the AAP called “Codeine: Time to Say ‘No.’” Patients’ response to codeine depends on how quickly their body metabolizes the opioid, and patients who are fast metabolizers may exhibit strong reactions.

Children, especially those with sleep-disordered breathing, are at particular risk for opioid sensitivity. Because of this, standard doses of codeine can be fatal in these children. In fact, case reports have consistently linked the use of codeine to life-threatening or fatal respiratory depression in kids.

Despite these well-documented risks, as well as concerns expressed by health care groups that include the AAP, the FDA, and the World Health Organization, codeine is still available without a prescription in OTC cough formulas from outpatient pharmacies in 28 states and the District of Columbia, and it is still frequently prescribed to children as an analgesic and antitussive agent. One study cited in the AAP report revealed that more than 800,000 patients younger than 11 years were prescribed codeine between 2007 and 2011.

A review of data in the FDA’s Adverse Event Reporting System from 1965 to 2015 revealed 64 pediatric cases of codeine-related severe respiratory depression and 24 codeine-related deaths, 21 of which involved children younger than 12 years.

The AAP report uncovered 3 common factors among the codeine-related life-threatening and fatal events that occurred:

1.     The majority of children were relatively young.
2.     The children were put on a postoperative pain regimen of scheduled acetaminophen and codeine.
3.     The children had undergone adenotonsillectomy for sleep-disordered breathing.

According to the AAP, the most effective way to reduce codeine-related adverse effects is to explore alternative medicines for pain relief. The clinical report mentions drugs such as oxycodone, tramadol, and tapentadol as potential avenues for treatment for pediatric patients. Nevertheless, determining a definitive alternative medication that is both safe and effective is difficult and requires further research.

As lead researcher Joseph D. Tobias, MD, FAAP, stated in a press release, “Effective pain management for children remains challenging because children’s bodies process drugs differently than adults do.”

Researchers have shifted their focus to the use of postoperative nonopioid analgesics, such as acetaminophen, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen, for acute pain relief in pediatric patients.

In 2015, the FDA recommended that the use of codeine-containing cough medicines should be contraindicated in children younger than 18 years. Final action on this recommendation is pending, and in the meantime, these medicines are still available at outpatient pharmacies for purchase.

According to the AAP, more restrictions on codeine prescribing in the pediatric population is necessary to reduce related risks. Further research on pain relief alternatives, coupled with provider and parental education on nonopioid treatments and the adverse effects of codeine, is key to establishing a safe treatment plan for children.