From the moment of conception a baby is nourished by what a mother eats. The Melaleuca Wellness Guide tells us that since baby is made from molecular building blocks an expectant mother needs more of all known nutrients. While we are all encouraged to get enough omega-3s in our diet they are especially important to pregnant women. A study found that expectant mothers who eat enough omega-3 fats, especially during the time when fetal brain development speeds up, may give birth to smarter babies. Brain development is most rapid while a baby is in the womb, and continues at a very fast pace until a child is about three years old.
Attention Deficit and Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder are found in children and adults who have a reduced attention span and behavioral challenges. Clinical studies indicate that there is a link to dietary and environmental factors. Science Daily reports on a study showing that children with higher levels of omega-3, particularly DHA, had better reading and memory as well as fewer behavior problems. The same researchers had previously shown that supplementation with omega-3s benefits children with ADHD and other related conditions.
Fleas and ticks are more than summertime nuisances. They are parasites that can infect pets any time of the year. And ticks in particular carry several potential diseases that can infect not only pets but also humans. It was a bacterium spread by fleas that caused the 14th century "black plague." It killed 25 million people in Europe! Pets can still catch plague from disease-infected fleas, and can carry the fleas into our homes. While U.S. reported human cases are rare, plague is reported in rock and ground squirrels, and dogs and cats have been infected.
While it may be tempting to apply a convenient store-bought tick and flea product, the EPA recommends the need to use extra care when using tick and flea products. Pesticides can be very harmful to pets and their human families.
According to PestWorld.org bedbug infestations are found in hotels, motels, homes, nursing homes, office buildings, schools, day care centers, and hospitals. And some infestations have been found in trains, buses, taxis, and movie theaters.
The Melaleuca Wellness Guide tells us that bedbug infestations are most common in areas of high occupant turnover like hotels, apartments, shelters, and dormitories. Infestations are spread when hidden bedbugs are transported in luggage and clothing of travelers. The bugs can also travel from one apartment to another through cracks in walls.
A wealth of information about the effects of household chemicals on health can be found in The Melaleuca Wellness Guide chapter "Is Your Home a Healthy Home." A potentially dangerous aspect of many household chemicals is that some are packaged in bright colorful containers with small warning labels that young children can't read. The Melaleuca Wellness Guide tells the tragic story of an 18 month old little boy who drank lemon-scented furniture polish, no doubt enticed by the attractive smell. He lived during a day of suffering and died of chemically-induced pneumonia.
Medline Plus informs us that furniture polish poisoning can occur when someone swallows or breathes in liquid furniture polish.
Acne is so common in teens that it often goes untreated. And yet simple daily habits, based on understanding how acne develops, can really improve teen and adult acne prone skin.
Your skin cells are constantly replacing themselves, making their way up to your skin's outermost layer, the epidermis. The flat dry outer layers of skin cells form a protective layer. Pores, some so tiny they can hardly be seen, open to a hair follicle and an oil gland. Sebum oil produced inside the hair follicle travels upward and protects and moisturizes our skin. A pore blockage can occur when there is too much oil, too many dry skin cells, or the pore is blocked on the surface from something such as sweat or oily cosmetics. Bacteria are then drawn to the mix, and the results are blackheads or whiteheads.