Tamiflu Again Linked to Extreme Adverse Reactions

Tamiflu Again Linked to Extreme Adverse Reactions

Three separate families have blamed Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche’s antiviral drug Tamiflu (oseltamivir) for drug-induced very serious side effects—including a suicide—following administration of Tamiflu to their children during the 2017-2018 influenza season. There have been numerous cases reported in past years indicating a connection between the use of this antiviral drug…

Sudden Infant Deaths Remain High in the U.S.

Sudden Infant Deaths Remain High in the U.S.

A recent report by WTVM television of Columbus, GA claimed, “Three to four babies a week are dying in Georgia due to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) or other sleep related causes.” In 2015, there were 170 sleep-related infant deaths in Georgia alone, up from previous years.

Why Did Peanut Butter Become An Allergen?

Why Did Peanut Butter Become An Allergen?

I can remember eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for lunch while growing up. Hell, I still eat them. Now, as I try to watch my sugar intake, I enjoy peanut butter on apple slices. It’s a healthy indulgence. But, for those with peanut allergies, it’s a life threatening allergen. I had never heard of peanut allergies until one of my coworkers told me about her son. Peanuts, and other foods…

Childhood Cancer Up 13 Percent in Past Two Decades

Childhood Cancer Up 13 Percent in Past Two Decades

A recent study, coordinated by the World Health Organization’s (WHO) International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), published in Lancet Oncology shows that childhood cancer was 13 percent more common between 2001-2010 than in the 1980s, totaling to an annual incidence rate of 140 per million children aged 0-14 years worldwide. Although the data for this study was…

Is YOUR Baby Getting Too Much Aluminum?

Is YOUR Baby Getting Too Much Aluminum?

Aluminum is a metal that seems harmless. We wrap our food in it, cook with it, and swallow aluminum in food and water every day since it occurs naturally in the environment. There is aluminum in breast milk and even more in baby formula. And aluminum is harmless, unless it gets into our bloodstream and finds its way to our brain. Because aluminum is a neurotoxin…

Breast Milk Provides Vital Immunologic and Physiologic Benefits for Babies

Breast Milk Provides Vital Immunologic and Physiologic Benefits for Babies

With nearly 80 percent of mothers in the United States now choosing breastfeeding over formula feeding for their babies, there clearly is widespread agreement that mothers’ milk is the ideal food for the very young. This source of nutrition is also perfectly species-specific: Cow’s milk is best for rapidly growing bovine calves, whale milk is uniquely suited to the high-fat…

Chronic Illness and the State of Our Children’s Health

Chronic Illness and the State of Our Children’s Health

Approximately 27 percent of U.S. children live with chronic health conditions that can affect their daily lives and normal activities. These maladies often contribute greatly to school absenteeism and require continual medical attention. Many studies suggest chronic health problems…

Babies May Benefit from Co-Sleeping

Babies May Benefit from Co-Sleeping

In most of the world, it is common practice for parents and babies to sleep together. In the United States and several other countries, including Britain, Germany, and parts of western Europe, parents tend to put babies in their own beds and usually in a separate room. This custom is largely due to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) warnings about…

The Question of Vitamin K for Newborns

The Question of Vitamin K for Newborns

Essentially all human infants are born with very low blood levels of vitamin K and, since low amounts of vitamin K crosses into breast milk, levels remain low for several weeks after birth in breastfed babies. The purpose of this natural, universal experience of low vitamin K levels in newborns is not known. Has Mother Nature really made a mistake? Or is there a perfectly good reason…

The Cost of America’s Childhood Asthma Epidemic

The Cost of America’s Childhood Asthma Epidemic

Chronic diseases are the leading cause of death and disability in the United States. The prevalence of chronic diseases among children continue to rise1 with asthma being one of the most common chronic disorders in childhood affecting an estimated 7.1 million children under 18 years of age, of which 4.1 million suffered from an asthma attack or an episode in 2011. Asthma is a chronic…