I have read some interesting articles lately and I thought I'd share some links with you. Firstly (is that a word?), some of you may know that for about 8 months our little Grace had something going on. It seemed like a cold that just wouldn't let go. One night she even had a febrile seizure.
Anyway, during that 8 months or so, she would cough and cough at night. That would be the only symptom that would hang on in between colds. She was on four rounds of antibiotics and it would go away for a week, maybe two, and then come back. Every night she would cough and throw up from coughing so much. It was terrible!
Finally, after some prompting from a good friend, Christy, who's son had the same thing, we forced our pediatrician to see if it was a rare form of asthma, called Cough Varient Asthma. Sure enough, after treating it as a bacterial infection, and as allergies, to no avail, we tried an asthma medicine and the girl hasn't thrown up in two months!
All of that to say, I recently read a blog post from a Shaklee distributor about the effects of regular household cleaners, and aresol sprays on pregnant woman and the baby. This stuff is scary, but I'm beginning to wonder if my favorite Scrubbing Bubbles didn't cause Grace's Asthma!? Needless to say, the last time I cleaned the bathroom I was covering my mouth with my shirt, waving my hands wildly, and yelling at the girls, "Get out! Danger! Danger!" ha! Anyway Check out the article at House of Grace. I'm definatley re-thinking my cleaner situation.
While I'm on the bandwagon, I've still been mulling over organics and what-not. We have made the switch with dairy, and recently with meat, including grass fed beef (thank you, Food, Inc.) but now I'm feeling pressure to start buying organic produce. Not that my kids eat much produce. Sorry, I hate to give up that parent of the year award, but unless I hide the veggies in something, they aren't having it. My manager, who is a dietician, by education, sent me this article on how the nutritional value of fruits and veggies has gone drastically down because of genetic engineering, while organics have gone up. To read this article she forwarded from her Nutritionist Newsletter. Again, it makes you think!
And lastly, on a lighter note I just saw this article on the (college) class of 2014. Did you know that they don't teach cursive writing anymore? I had no idea...