Boost Your Immunity

You can feel it—autumn is here. Halloween is behind us, we have switched the clocks back from daylight savings time, and the air is getting chillier. With this seasonal shift, many of us are already dealing with more colds and other viruses. And even though we grown-ups may be thoroughly washing our hands for at least 20 seconds and avoiding touching our faces, others (including our children) are still learning to do those things consistently. The bottom line is this: we’re all around germs every day and nobody wants to get sick. So what are our best defenses? And how do we boost our immunity? Read on! We have answers.

Ways to Boost Your Kid’s Immune System – All Year Round!

Do you feel like your kid is constantly getting sick? Well, that’s likely because a child’s developing immune system makes them more susceptible to illness, especially with frequent exposure to germs at daycares, classrooms, and playgrounds.

Marie Veronique Organics

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Tylenol’s Dark Side Just Got Darker

You may remember an older post related to Tylenol’s serious health effects in children: Tylenol’s Dark Side. Now a new study has revealed that mothers who consumed acetaminophen (Tylenol) during pregnancy have a greater risk of their children being diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and requiring ADHD medications later on in life.


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How to Know When Your Sick Child Needs A Physician’s Care

Children have young immune systems that make them susceptible to illness, especially when they enter daycare or head to school for the first time and begin to exchange germs with other kids.

Most common sickness is minor and can be easily treated at home (see GetzWell’s Guide to Managing Colds and Minor Viral Infections), while a few things require an appointment with the doctor. In this post, we’ll underline the symptoms that indicate when it’s time to get your little one to his pediatrician.

More Toxic Truths = More Reason to Limit Your Baby’s Exposure to Unsafe Products

Healthy Child Healthy World recently published “The Toxic Takeover of Baby Nurseries: Chemicals of Concern Found in Almost Every Common Product and Furnishing,” a staggering report featuring a long list of toxins in everything from baby shampoos to cribs to wipes and their potential health risks to babies.

Also, in just 7 minutes you can watch The Story of Cosmetics from the Story of Stuff Project about the harmful chemicals­ – some cancer causing! – that manufacturers put in our personal and baby care products.

The sum of these studies — and many more — points to an important truth: we can no longer turn a blind eye to the toxic ingredients our children are exposed to every day.

Richard Stagliano, MD

Dr. Stagliano is a physician we highly recommend. He practices functional medicine (like us!) to target specific health issues that many adults struggle with and have had frustratingly little success resolving with conventional care. Check out his website here: Live Fit Medicine

A NEW Guide to Healthy Cleaning: Spare Your Baby from Harmful Toxins

We’re excited to introduce the Guide to Healthy Cleaning, a new database created by the Environmental Working Group (EWG) to educate parents on household cleaning products.

EWG has taken a microscope to over 2,000 popular products, giving each a grade from A to F based on hazardous ingredients, potential health risks, and integrity of their product labels.

You can search for safety facts on air fresheners, bathroom cleaners, laundry detergents, and much more. There’s even a handy Label Decoder to help you understand what manufactures really mean by “antibacterial,” “biodegradable,” and “organic.”