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A Healthy Perspective, by Michael Allen MD

Radiation Concerns and Protection, by Michael Allen MD

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Sacramento Library Events: Sensory Storytime 

Join us for a special storytime for kids with autism and/or sensory disorders featuring books, music, fidget toys, crafts and more!
First Saturdays, 10:30-11:15 a.m.
Southgate Library

Second Saturdays, 10 – 11 a.m.
North Natomas Library

Third Saturdays, 10:30 – 11 a.m.
Sylvan Oaks Library


Your Guide to Breastfeeding

Best for Babes

La Leche League


Fever Facts Myths versus Facts about Fevers

A Toy Garden  Natural, creative and fun toys

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Camelia Waldorf School, Sacramento CA

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Live Oak Waldorf School, Meadow Vista, CA

Golden Valley Waldorf Charter School, Orangevale, CA

Golden Valley Cherry Blossom Outdoor Kindergarten Program Video, Orangevale, CA

Alice Birney Waldorf Charter School, Sacramento, CA

George Washington Carver Waldorf Charter High School, Sacramento CA


Sutter Integrative Health


A Toy Garden

Common Sense Family Media Reviews

Skin Deep Safe Personal Care Products Database



Recent News/Health Updates

Study: Parental aggression affects child’s emotional adjustment 
Children who often witness their parents quarreling had greater aggression and more trouble regulating emotions than those less exposed to parental conflict, according to a study in the journal Development and Psychopathology.Science World Report (9/18)

AAP recommends later start to the school day 
Starting classes no earlier than 8:30 a.m. would help students, particularly teens, catch up on their sleep and boost their motivation and mood, the AAP said in a policy statement published in the journal Pediatrics. The statement is aimed at middle schools and high schools.

 Lack of acceptance may increase teens’ risk for self-harm, suicide 
Suicidal attempts were more common among teens, particularly boys, who had a high perception of not being accepted by family and peers than among those with less perceived invalidation, U.S. researchers found. The study in the Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology showed that family or peer invalidation was also associated with increased odds of self-harm in girls and boys. Science World Report (10/3)

Americans are reporting more depressive symptoms 
An analysis of data on nearly 7 million teens and adults in the U.S. found more reports of psychosomatic symptoms of depression in 2010 than in the 1980s. Teens were more prone to problems sleeping and concentrating compared with their counterparts in the 1980s. The findings were published in the journal Social Indicators Research. Science World Report (9/30)

Study links exercise, better cognitive ability in children 
Greater levels of physical activity in children were linked to higher scores in the attentional reaction time test, according to a Finnish study published in PLOS One. Children who spent more time doing sedentary activities, including playing video games and using the computer, were more likely to have poorer working memory and attention than their active counterparts. (China) (8/28)

Digital media may lower children’s sensitivity to emotional cues 
When children were restricted from using electronic devices such as smartphones and TV for five days, their ability to identify facial expressions and emotional cues improved, according to a study to be published in the journal Computers in Human Behavior. Replacing in-person interactions with screen interactions may contribute to the reduced sensitivity to emotional cues, the lead author said. Science World Report (8/25)

Living in chaotic households can be detrimental to children’s health
Three-year-olds who were exposed to unclean surroundings, constant TV noise and crowding at home had a higher likelihood of poor health at age 5, according to a study in the journal Social Science & Medicine. Ohio State University researchers, who noted that many such circumstances are often beyond parents’ control, also found that inflexible work schedules of parents were linked to poorer health in children. The Huffington Post (10/10)

Prenatal intake of certain fatty acids may reduce wheezing risk in babies 
High levels of Omega 3 eicosapentenoic acid and docosahexenoic acid during pregnancy was linked to a reduced likelihood of wheezing in babies between 23 months and 29 months of age, a Japanese study in the Annals of Epidemiology showed. Researchers found no evidence that mothers’ cholesterol, intake of other fatty acids, ratio of n-3 to n-6 polyunsaturated fatty acid consumption, or meat and fish intake were associated with infant wheezing. MedWire News (U.K.) (10/10)

Breast milk is best from mom or milk bank, not bought onlineAAP News published 21 October 2013, 10. texting may lead to sleep problems in college students College students who frequently sent text messages were more likely to have sleeping problems than those with lower levels of texting, according to a study in the journal Psychology of Popular Media. For students experiencing stress, higher frequency of texting was also associated with greater difficulties in coping with stress. No cause and effect relationship was found between texting and poor sleep, study author Karla Klein Murdock noted. HealthDay News (10/18)

More physical activity linked to better academic performance in youths 
At age 11, boys and girls who participated in more moderate to vigorous exercise each day did better on English, math and science tests, according to a U.K. study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. By age 16, academic performance improved for every 17 minutes of daily exercise in boys, while girls saw improvements in their test scores for every 12 minutes of exercise, researchers said. (10/21)

Too much screen time linked to depression, anxiety in children
A report released by Public Health England revealed that spending more hours playing video games, watching TV or using the computer was linked to increased levels of anxiety, depression and emotional distress in children. Researchers noted that children who were more physically active had a greater likelihood of focusing well on schoolwork, enjoying the company of classmates, and expressing lower levels of depression, anxiety and worry.Sky News (8/28)

Studies link H1N1 flu vaccine to childhood narcolepsy
Cases of narcolepsy among children and teens in Finland increased in 2010 after receiving the Pandemrix vaccine against H1N1 flu, a study found. Another study showed that the incidence rate of narcolepsy among vaccinated children was 13 times higher than those who did not receive the vaccine. The findings appear in the journal Public Library of Science ONE. Google/The Press Association (U.K.) (3/29)

CDC report finds new high in U.S. autism rate
A CDC report based on 2008 data found the rate of U.S. cases of autism and related disorders in children reached about 1 in 88 children, an increase of about 25% since 2006. Federal health officials found that 1 in 54 boys has autism spectrum disorder, nearly five times higher than girls, with 1 in 252.Reuters (3/29), Washington Times, The/The Associated Press (3/29)

Most children have one or more allergy-related diseases
At age 12, 58% of 2,916 children had developed eczema, asthma and/or rhinitis at some point, while 7.5% had at least two of these allergy-related diseases, according to a Swedish study in the journal Allergy. Researchers also found that children born to parents with a history of allergies were more at risk for allergy-related diseases, comorbidity and more persistent disease. News (3/28)