Jul 26 2017

Trouble Talking? Californians can Borrow an iPad for Free.

Category: Health,LearningAdmin @ 9:58 am

In January 2017, a new program started lending iPads to people with speech disabilities. By using the installed speech applications, people who have difficulty talking or trouble being understood can speak independently or more easily. This 18-month pilot program hopes to address a long-standing problem among potential users of such assistive technology: It is difficult […]

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Jan 28 2017

Can Sitting Harm Children?

Category: Health,LearningAdmin @ 4:30 pm

Children Know Better Children do not sit still easily. They have good reason not to: Prolonged sitting day after day can lead to organ damage, muscle strain and degeneration, cancer, impaired brain function, and other adverse health outcomes (nicely summarized in a 2014 Washington Post article entitled, “The health hazards of Sitting).” Although most research […]

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Dec 04 2016

Pervasive CDC Corruption Related to Vaccines

Category: HealthAdmin @ 11:59 pm

New Book Master Manipulator: The Explosive True Story of Fraud, Embezzlement, and Government Betrayal at the CDC, a book by James Ottar Grundvig, was published last May. Dr. Joseph Mercola wrote a thoughtful review in December 2016 and also posted the following interview on YouTube (uploaded Nov 29, 2016): How far we should trust the […]


Dec 03 2016

Better Seating Means Better Focus

Category: Health,LearningAdmin @ 1:34 pm

I still remember some of the seats I was expected to sit in at school. The worst were metal ones, often attached to the desk so that I could not even adjust how close I sat to the work surface. They were so uncomfortable that I would alternate between leaning forward to put some of […]


Sep 27 2016

California Foster Care Children Over-Prescribed Psychotropic Drugs

Category: Health,LearningAdmin @ 11:42 am

I previously wrote about research questioning the long-term use of Ritalin for ADHD. More recently, the State of California conducted an audit of psychotropic drug prescriptions in four representative counties, including Sonoma (the county in which I myself live). Apparently, foster children are prescribed too many of these drugs and often at too high a […]

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May 03 2016

Free Online Children’s Health Summit This Week

Category: Alternative Education,HealthAdmin @ 11:34 am

The “Children’s Health Summit” webinar is going on this week, once again hosted by Carla Atherton, a functional nutrition coach specializing in children and families. It started yesterday and continues through Saturday, May 7, 2016. Each day’s presentations can be watched for free for 24 hours. You may also purchase the entire set of interviews […]

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Apr 24 2016

Children and Mental Illness

Category: Health,SafetyAdmin @ 9:40 pm

Learning disabilities may be in vogue, but they are not the only reason that some children have trouble in school or in life. One child’s emotional meltdowns can make it difficult for everyone. Unfortunately, it can take years before a child receives what he or she needs. Liza Long knows first-hand how bad the mental […]

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Dec 16 2015

Fetal Medicine for Down Syndrome

Category: Health,LearningAdmin @ 10:16 am

Down syndrome, also called trisomy 21, is perhaps best known for its role in delayed intellectual development and obvious physical characteristics. Possible errors in over 200 proteins encoded for by the DNA can wreak health havoc. Medical researchers are beginning to focus on ways to fix the biochemistry, giving hope that early detection will result […]

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Sep 29 2015

Could Your Child be Colorblind?

Category: Health,LearningAdmin @ 6:06 pm

Color blindness can be problematic. One test for it is the Farnsworth-Munsell 100 Hue Test. The online version is less accurate than the eye doctor would have, since monitors and room light variations may affect the outcome. Nevertheless, it’s worth trying because it is free and a high score indicates that further testing is warranted. […]

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Sep 25 2015

Toxic School Lunches

Category: HealthAdmin @ 4:19 pm

Healdsburg Patch has a good article about a study of BPA in children’s school lunches. Here’s one more reason to send lunch from home if you can afford it and to take political action either way: Low-income children are particularly at risk of BPA exposure because they are more likely to eat federally funded meals […]

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