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The Ritalin Effect (ADHD)

The Ritalin Effect (ADHD)

This week is ADHD (attention deficit hyperactive disorder) awareness week. Ritalin (methylphenidate) has become a regular treatment for hyperactivity across America and the U.K.  Ritalin’s popularity amongst doctors has increased to such an extent that one in seven American children under the age of 18 is regularly taking a medication like Ritalin to treat their...

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Back to School Supplements for Children

Back to School Supplements for Children

The start of the school term is usually when colds, coughs and tummy bugs hit their peak for children.  Natural remedies can play a vital role in maintaining and boosting a child’s immune system. Nurseries and schools are full of bugs that usually get passed around the class. Natural supplements for children can help to strengthen their natural defences to these...

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Does fast food really increase the risk of Asthma?

Does fast food really increase the risk of Asthma?

There have been many different findings recently, but does fast food really increase the risk of asthma? Regular servings of fast food could be causing a rise in the number of cases of asthma, eczema and rhinitis (persistent colds) in children. A study published in Thorax has found that children who have three or more servings of junk food are at a higher risk. The...

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A Healthy Start to School

A Healthy Start to School

With the school year about to start, this is a time of adjustment for many families. It’s time to get back into the daily routine of early starts, homework and early nights (hopefully). The re-opening of school again is also the sign that summer is coming to an end, with autumn fast approaching. So having a healthy start to school makes a great difference to...

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Kids Wing Chun Academy

Kids Wing Chun Academy is a school that is based on teaching children of all ages discipline, good behaviour, respect as well as instilling self confidence and the skills of self defence. We recently had the oportunity to interview Sifu Jude Hudson.       1) How did you first get involved in Wing Chun (Martial Arts)? Brief History My brother told me...

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Magnesium Rich Foods for Children’s Bone Health

Magnesium Rich Foods for Children’s Bone Health

Milk has long been the staple drink to help kids with the growth of bones.  Parents are encouraged to give their children enough milk and other calcium rich foods such as cheese and yoghurt, but new research has found that other non calcium based foods may be important too, such as magnesium rich foods. Foods that are rich in magnesium such as pumpkin seeds, green...

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Natural Health Supplements for ADHD

Natural Health Supplements for ADHD

ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) is a behavioural disorder that is characterised by symptoms such as hyperactivity, a short attention span, restlessness, being easily distracted, constant fidgeting and impulsiveness. These symptoms can also lead to sleep problems and learning difficulties. ADHD is normally diagnosed between the ages of 3 to 7 years....

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Can playing in sunshine help prevent Eczema

Researchers claim that playing in the sunshine reduces the risk of children developing eczema and food allergies. Children living in areas with lower levels of sunlight have a greater risk of developing food allergies and eczema, compared with those living in areas with higher UV light. read on to find out more about if playing in sunshine can help prevent...

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One in Four Toddlers Have a Vitamin D Deficiency

Latest research has found that one in four toddlers in the UK are lacking in vitamin D. This vitamin D deficiency can lead to various illnesses and health conditions such as weak bones and in severe cases rickets disease. A more concerning statistic was that more than half of healthcare professionals are also unaware of these guidelines. This indicates that the...

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Vitamin D can reduce the risk of mental illness in children

Vitamin D can reduce the risk of mental illness in children

Are your children getting enough sunshine? A new study has found that children with low levels of the “sunshine vitamin”, vitamin D, are more likely to suffer with depression in later life. Children who had the highest levels of this vitamin were found to have a 10 per cent lower risk of developing mental illness. The Daily Mail has reported the Children of the...

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Childhood Obesity… and what we should be doing about it!

Childhood Obesity… and what we should be doing about it!

New figures have revealed that one in three children is overweight when they leave primary school at the age of 11. These new statistics are very alarming, especially as a fifth of these children are classified as clinically obese. This is quite a scary rise in childhood obesity. Health experts have warned that many of these children will remain overweight for the...

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Homeopathy for Temper Tantrums

Homeopathy for Temper Tantrums

Temper tantrums or outbursts of anger, shouting, screaming and crying are unfortunately common occurrences for many young children.  There are many reasons why children may throw temper tantrums, and these situations need to be addressed before giving any remedies. However it is sometimes possible to seek help in homeopathy for temper tantrums. Teaching children how...

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